ISTE ’17: mcSquares Brings New Meaning To White Board Collaboration
Whiteboards are a great place to brain storm, show off ideas and collaborate. A Colorado startup called mcSquares (think rappers and Einstein not McDonalds), has reinvented the white board, no, rather re-imagined the white board and the whiteboard space.
mcSquares has taken the traditional white board and turned it into a group of individual smaller white boards. This allows students to get personal, and let their ideas and creativity work. In this day and age with 1:1 devices in the classroom, mcSquares is an analog way to not just get students to be creative, but to think more. Then, they can take their idea, and their single mcSquare and add it to the group of squares at the front of the room to bring together one concept and one idea.
Sure you can send ten students to the front of the room and have them all work on the same white board space, but emphatically the students will gel off one another and teachers won’t get the same raw creativity that they would from a mcSquares system. mcSquares gives every student an opportunity to participate in a big classroom discussion or project, especially those that shy away from going to the front of the room.
mcSquares can be moved around and repositioned. Maybe one student’s idea fits better with another. Students get a much better understanding of how their individual work contributes to the big picture.
“mcSquares has really revolutionized how we do skills practice in the classroom, we don’t use pencil and paper anymore…mcSquares has allowed us to work independently but also to share out publicly, and collaboratively with each other in class… It’s next level as far as skills practice in a 21st century classroom.” Michael Cammilleri a 1st grade teacher at Ashley Elementary School said on mcSquares website.
Of course a system like mcSquares is perfect for the board room and for startups as well. Business people can work on their own contribution to a big project and then put the squares together to show how the whole project works. The possibilities with mcSquares are only limited to the users creativity, but with a bunch of users working in tandem, the possibilities become limitless.
mcSquares are available in a number of configurations, from a personalized office package to a class room, conference room or board room.
You can see the power of mcSquares for yourself at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, June 25th-28th, booth #2757 and online at mcSquares.com