LectureTools, Inc. provides instructors and students with a robust, pedagogically sound and easy-to-use active learning platform. We seek to improve the overall classroom learning experience by harnessing the laptops, cellphones, and tablets students are already bringing into the classroom. Our team is made up of educators, technologists, researchers, programmers, and designers; together we form a dynamic group of lifelong learners determined to revolutionize the modern classroom.
To leverage modern technologies and develop software products that improve the classroom learning experience for all instructors and students.
Originally a research project began in 2005 by Dr. Perry Samson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan, the initial version of LectureTools was developed to make large introductory college classes seem smaller and less intimidating. By engaging student laptops during lecture, Dr. Samson set out to prove that technology use in the classroom improves communications and cultivates an environment for more active, participatory learning. Research conducted by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching showed that the use of LectureTools in college classrooms increased student engagement and improved participation.
In 2010 LectureTools, Inc. was founded to deliver an easy to use commercial product with all the features and functionality of the successful research version of the system. The new version of LectureTools was designed and built over the course of that year and became available for in-class use in Fall 2011. The team has since created LectureTools for iPad and has joined forces with Echo360 to provide a single solution for institutions looking to improve their on-campus experience.