August 3, 2017 – Tempe, AZ – Arizona State University is teaming up with Crowd Mics to pilot the latest in education technology. Imagine this, you are a student seated in the back row of a 300 seat lecture hall for your undergraduate Chemistry class. The professor asks if anyone has questions and a student in row 2 raises her hand. You see she is talking but there is no way you will be able hear the question. This scene is repeated hundreds of times per day at ASU and universities around the world. Learning happens when students participate with professors, but the rooms themselves make it difficult to interact.
Enter Crowd Mics, the app that turns phones into wireless microphones. The students download the app, request to talk and when chosen by the professor, can talk into their phone as if they were handed a microphone. Crowd Mics also allows the students to type their questions or answer live polls. Student interaction leads to less distraction and higher quality learning.
ASU will be piloting the Crowd Mics platform in a number of lecture halls and event spaces this fall. “We are excited about the potential to accelerate learning in our classrooms with this technology” comments Jane Legacy, Clinical Professor specializing in classroom technology. ASU is one of the largest universities in the country and named Most Innovative by US News & World rankings. “Working with ASU has been a top priority for us from day one” says Tim Holladay, CEO and co-founder of Crowd Mics. “The combination of an innovative culture and massive scale make it a great pilot for Crowd Mics and for all higher education. Many universities and companies are anxious to see how Crowd Mics enhances the learning process using phones and systems that already exist in the room.”
The pilot begins with the Fall 2017 semester at ASU’s main campus in Tempe, Arizona.