In November, we announced the launch of Microsoft's Surface Classroom Design Challenge asking all of you to come up with a way to incorporate the Surface into the classroom learning experience. The entry period has officially closed, but you can still check out the designs that made it through to the final round. This week, a winner will be announced from the ten finalists, so make sure and check back to see which one is chosen.
From interactive co-working tables to Surface-charging backpacks, the accessories are impressive—here are a few of the amazing projects for your consideration:
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This accessory allows you to show 3D objects on the Microsoft Surface and enables the user to interact with these virtual objects. significantly improving the cognitive skills of students using the device.
Surface Classroom Tool Kit
The Surface Classroom Tool Kit has six tools that help make learning with the Surface even more fun! The scanner, stylus, cord, speaker, microphone and drive all fit in one convenient case. Students will also like a kit for home, their dorm room, or on the go!
Medband Student Medical Monitoring Bracelet
MedBand is a Bluetooth 4.0 medical monitoring bracelet that tracks in real-time each student's health, including temperature, heart rate, and blood sugar levels. Using a version of Microsoft HealthVault for the classroom, teachers can monitor and record the medical data transmitted by the MedBand to their Surface. Being able to identify contagious students earlier, teachers will be able to prevent the rapid outbreak of sickness, such as the flu, and have a healthier classroom. Paired with the HealthVault software, the MedBand will also be able to keep track of students' allergies, medications, and other medical conditions and illnesses.
In our previous coverage of the competition, teachers and students talked about the different ways they see Surfaces improving the classroom. The winning designer will receive their own Surface or Surface 2 and the ability to donate a classroom full of Surfaces to their school of choice.
Make sure to check back on January 27 to see which design ends up being rewarded the grand prize. Check out the finalist gallery and pick your favorite design here.