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A new kind of education

Digital teaching is not a new concept in education, but the sheer demand and necessity for it in the wake of the pandemic was something no educational institution could have foreseen. Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) in Taiwan was no different. The university had been utilising online teaching for years through pre-recorded videos for students to learn asynchronously and remotely. However, teachers ran into difficulties with these programs as pre-recorded course materials take time to film and edit, are inflexible, lack interactivity, and do not address differing levels of students. Realising the benefits of investing early in a hybrid learning solution, CYCU sought a solution that would offer a better teaching and learning experience that isn't confined to the four walls of a classroom.

Building a holistic hybrid learning environment

To meet this challenge head-on, CYCU installed and implemented a hybrid classroom on campus. The key factor being to give equal weight to in-class and remote learners by fully integrating online teaching into the physical classroom, where teachers can use their established teaching methods and interact with both remote and in-class students simultaneously to bridge the gap between online and in-person learning. Taking into account that many teachers would not have been trained in online teaching, an equally important factor is the delivery of a simplified and intuitive online teaching platform, where teachers can effortlessly learn about and adopt available technological tools in class.

Key components of the hybrid classroom

A successful hybrid classroom is built on a combination of hardware and software designed to seamlessly integrate the physical and digital into one cohesive teaching environment. At the heart of the hybrid classroom solution is the large interactive touch display embedded with digital white boarding software that allows teachers to present, annotate, and collaborate on the display in real-time in such a way that is easily viewable by in-person and remote students. The software is easy to use for both teachers and students and fully incorporates the interactive capabilities of the display to help increase student engagement. Working in tandem with this is the pen display that allows teachers to write naturally on a portable display that instantly projects the content to the large interactive display at the front of the classroom.
A successful hybrid classroom is built on a combination of hardware and software designed to seamlessly integrate the physical and digital into one cohesive teaching environment
Working in combination with the interactive display, two projectors are also installed in the hybrid classroom to bring remote students, in-class students, and the teacher closer to one another by providing real-time video of each other during class. Both project images on the back wall of the classroom and are configured to display the remote students on one screen and the mirror the whiteboard display on the other. This configuration helps bring the remote students into the physical space of the teacher and allows the teacher to focus on the course or activity and maintain a high level of interactivity with the students without having to turn their back on the class. Of the two cameras installed, one follows the teacher with automatic panning, while the other records students in the classroom so that students learning remotely can see their classmates to give them a sense of being in the room. Finally, the wireless mic detects and transmits the teacher’s voice directly to the classroom’s sound system and to the online teaching system to deliver an equally clear audio experience for in-class and remote learners.

A win for all involved

The outcomes of the hybrid classroom established at CYCU have shown the solution to be a resounding success, opening new opportunities for schools, teachers, and students. Hybrid learning now has the potential to eliminate the physical barrier of class size, helping schools with teacher shortages and allowing existing teachers to keep their preferred teaching methods as education moves into the digital era. But most importantly, students can continue to learn in times when they are unable to be physically present in the class. This success case shows how technology can move existing teaching methods far beyond the scope of the traditional classroom. In a sense, the hybrid classroom at CYCU marks a milestone in education technology. The schools can refer to this hybrid model to develop more innovative teaching in the post-pandemic era, and truly achieve education equality for all students, regardless of location.
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Connecting beyond the classroom

The pandemic forced schools, colleges, and universities across the UK to take the digital leap and implement remote learning; using live video streams, online revision sessions, and software platforms to share resources with students. But with many high-profile universities confirming they will deliver all lectures online for the next academic term and no consensus on when schools will fully reopen, educators need to find sustainable and scalable solutions that are fit for purpose. With cloud-based software platforms such as myViewBoard, teachers can do more than just present content. This technology empowers them to apply distance learning principles in full – using videoconferencing to live-stream lessons and interact with students, embed videos, annotate lesson materials, create quizzes, and give feedback in real-time to engage students and give structure to their day. Any lesson materials can also be uploaded to the cloud and accessed remotely after the lesson by pupils and their parents. This allows students the flexibility to engage with the curriculum and re-visit subjects at a time that suits.

Best of both worlds

In these unprecedented times, education demands innovation. It's essential for educators to find a balance between traditional and digital teaching strategies. AV technology doesn't necessarily have to replace physical teaching, rather it can be used to complement and enhance traditional methods through what's known as hybrid teaching. Hybrid teaching is an educational strategy which combines online digital teaching with traditional classroom methods. Edtech has already proved effective in creating blended teaching environments for higher education and SEND students. The challenge now is to scale up this technology to primary and secondary schools to support the academic development of the millions of children who are not currently engaged with learning. Hybrid teaching doesn't come without its challenges. The transition will not be instantaneous and adapting teaching pedagogies takes time. There are also considerable differences in the levels of pupil engagement in remote learning, particularly amongst the most disadvantaged pupils. However, the Department for Education has committed to spending £100m to provide laptops and internet connections for disadvantaged students to ensure the digital divide doesn't put a barrier between pupils and their education.

Taking the digital leap

The coronavirus outbreak has forced education providers to react. As the initial threat of the virus begins to ease, and we now look ahead at the long-term future of education in the UK, it is clear AV technology must play a greater role in a post-COVID world. Technology can help the education system overcome the physical limitations posed by the pandemic by giving students live teacher interaction and diversified learning. It's now time for the AV industry and educators to work together to navigate the best possible learning outcomes for future generations.
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As this generation of students becomes increasingly visual, the emphasis is on educators to take advantage of modern technology to capture the attention of pupils and increase their engagement with the curriculum.
School-age children in modern Britain have been born and raised in the digital era and are well-versed in using technology as part of their everyday lives. For them, walking in to a classroom full of interactive screens and tablets is normal. In fact, according to the National Centre for Education Statistics, tablet computers are now used in 70% of schools in the UK. As this generation of students becomes increasingly visual, the emphasis is on educators to take advantage of modern technology to capture the attention of pupils and increase their engagement with the curriculum. The rise of video the-rise-of-video As a result, teachers are now using videos more than ever, with research showing 70% of educators use video in the classroom multiple times per week. Known as video-assisted learning (VAL), this process enables students to acquire knowledge, competence and skills by using audio-visual aids as instructional resources. The benefits of VAL, on both students and teachers, are one of the main driving forces for the rapid adoption of video in the classroom.

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We regularly speak to teachers who use video as a way to improve student development and academic performance. For them, using video as a primary teaching aid has three key benefits:
  1. Increases student engagement The human brain processes visual images 60,000 times faster than written words, making video a powerful tool for learning and retaining important information. Recent studies have shown a direct correlation between the use of video-assisted learning and improved academic performance.
  2. Facilitates active group discussion As students move through primary and secondary school into higher education, they are expected to take on a more active role in the learning process. Video is a great way of encouraging group discussion and collaboration, as well as fostering creative and critical problem-solving skills.
  3. Supports the flipped education model and SEND pupils Video resources are available online and can be viewed and re-watched outside of the traditional classroom environment, helping students learn at their own pace. Captions can also help deaf students benefit from visual content.
It is no surprise then that many teachers are using video as a blended learning tool to maximise student outcomes. Imagine a GCSE history lesson discussing World War Two: twenty years ago the most common teaching method was a combination of lectures and textbooks, whereas now pupils can use video to supplement written materials. Reading about historical events is one thing, but being able to see and hear elements of them offers a much deeper, immersive learning experience. Taking video to the max taking-video-to-the-max Video has now become the richest medium for teaching and learning, effectively communicating complex information to students and supporting them as they explore new topics. However there are still a number of challenges posed by sourcing and integrating visual content into everyday lesson plans, challenges which edtech is now helping to overcome:
  1. Finding suitable content This is perhaps the most obvious: many teachers are time-poor and it can at times be difficult to source quality video content which is not only relevant to the subject matter, but is also free from copyright, age-appropriate for its intended audience and comes from a reliable source. Many edtech display providers now offer their own embedded software platforms with video libraries curated to subject areas and age levels.
  2. Getting rid of advertisements When using free video platforms such as YouTube, advertising can interrupt the flow of a video and negatively impact student engagement. To negate this issue, many video-streaming platforms now provide ad-free access to educational institutions.
  3. Showing it off Sourcing great content is one thing, but being able to effectively showcase it to a class of 30 students is another – arguably a more important one. Many schools who regularly use video content have adopted the use of interactive flat panels (IFPs) as the main display hubs in their classrooms. For those schools with tablet devices for students, content can also be wirelessly mirrored onto the main screen – helping increase individual student engagement even further.
Education’s future educations-future The use of video in education is only going to increase as more resources (both financial and technological) become available for schools. By harnessing the power of edtech, teachers can not only broaden the minds of their students on specific topics but also broaden their horizons – helping them thrive as they move through the education system. [post_title] => How video-assisted-learning is making a real impact on education [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-video-assisted-learning-is-making-a-real-impact-on-education [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-10-14 15:27:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-10-14 14:27:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://edtechnology.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=18753 [menu_order] => 1578 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 17045 [post_author] => 77 [post_date] => 2019-08-13 00:00:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-12 23:00:53 [post_content] => It’s no secret that video is everywhere in today’s world, with the average eight–18-year-old consuming 6–9 hours of digital media each day and 71% of three–18-year-olds accessing and using the internet at home*. But did you know that according to research (Kaltura 2018), 70% of educators use video in the classroom multiple times per week?  With 92% of students and 83% of teachers reporting that videos have a positive impact on their classroom experiences, there’s no denying that videos are being used for teaching more than ever in today’s classrooms. If you would like to utilise the benefits that video can bring to the classroom and are considering using the platform within lessons, video-assisted learning is for you. But what exactly is video-assisted learning, and what impact can it have on the teaching experience and the educational outcomes for students? Why is video-assisted learning important? Video-assisted learning is the process of acquiring defined knowledge, competence and skills with the intelligent use of audio-visual aids as instructional resources, and it has a number of benefits for teaching and learning: ● It produces better cognitive and effective learning outcomes.  ● It enables educators to experiment with digital learning tools.  ● It saves time and raises students’ interest given their proficiency with technology and appetite for online video consumption. ● It increases the retention of knowledge and stimulates understanding and aptitude.  ● It accommodates different learning styles as well as the need to foster creative and critical problem-solving skills.  ● It provides a standardised way of conveying information that can be viewed several times at any moment and from any place where video-enabled devices and internet access are available. [caption id="attachment_17047" align="alignnone" width="790"] myViewBoard Clips allows educators to access more than 2 million licensed educational videos to enhance video-assisted learning[/caption] ViewSonic’s total solutions to education – ViewBoard + myViewBoard ViewSonic is an education solution provider which integrates the interactive flat panel ViewBoard with software solutions myViewBoard and myViewBoard Classroom for educators.  The pioneering system operates on an open-source philosophy and supports Google Classroom and Microsoft Education integration. It also includes a complementary file conversion function, allowing legacy files of major interactive flat-panel brands to be shared across different solution platforms. This determination to empower educators has created a new ‘open’ edtech ecosystem founded on the principles of ‘prepare, present, participate’, and has solidified ViewSonic as leaders in the next generation of edtech resources. ViewSonic’s current education solution already supports video learning through: ● Easily importable multimedia Dragging your cloud-stored videos and YouTube videos onto the board is possible, and hosts are able to capture and record screen images and annotations in the middle of a discussion. Even the most out-of-the-box ideas can be expressed in full with a variety of writing, drawing and multimedia tools. Easily recording and saving of video files to integrated cloud space The embedded cloud integration panels include Google Drive, One Drive and Dropbox. Challenges to video-assisted learning Although video use appears to be an ideal addition to the classroom, there are challenges and concerns around how teachers obtain video content. ● Concerns about time Teachers, who are notoriously time-poor and over-burdened with demands, spend considerable time finding videos to suit their students’ needs, both for use in the classroom and as homework assignments. ● Concerns about trustworthy content Teachers tend to prefer content obtained from sources based on peer assessments and recommendations. Although colleague recommendations can be hugely valuable to the individual teacher, such recommendations may not always reach a large proportion of the teacher community. ● Concerns about safety As online safety becomes a greater concern in education, many educational institutions are restricting access to publicly accessible video platforms, thereby limiting the resources teachers have available to them. Technology could provide a solution to these issues.  myViewBoard Clips – access to over two million educationally relevant videos To solve the current video-assisted learning challenges, ViewSonic has recently partnered with educational video content company Boclips. ViewSonic created a new video-streaming tool, myViewBoard Clips, that allows teachers access to over two million educationally relevant videos to support their learning objectives and easily incorporate them into their lectures and other activities, free from commercial distractions and firewall restrictions. The new learning tool contains supplementary content from Boclips’ library of over 150 trusted and renowned media partners, including TED, PBS Newshour and Bloomberg, as well as teacher favourites like Crash Course, Minute Earth and LearnZillion. With educational videos available in different formats and suitable for all age levels, myViewBoard Clips content is suitable for curriculums across the world. Access to these materials will give educators the freedom to create interactive and engaging lessons directly on the myViewBoard canvas.  Recognising the demand from teachers for a rich and relevant in-classroom video repository that is free from commercial distractions and firewall restrictions, this partnership helps to greatly reduce teachers’ workload and also enhance student engagement. Through the new educational video-streaming feature myViewBoard Clips, teachers will be able to find video content to support their learning objectives and easily incorporate it into their lectures and other activities, free from commercial distractions and firewall restrictions. ViewSonic solution - the video-assisted learning platform ViewSonic’s solution, equipped with whiteboard environment in hardware and software, is an ideal platform for video-assisted learning, providing rich annotation tools and a sleek writing experience for learning. On ViewSonic’s digital whiteboard platform, educators can access a plethora of safe and relevant video content on top of the already well-established tools. For example, after accessing the videos, educators can explain and elaborate more clearly through adding texts, graphs, photos, diagrams, tables, illustrations, documents, browsers, apps and more beside videos on one canvas.
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The CDE8452T is the latest in ViewSonic’s product line of interactive large format displays to encourage collaboration in the corporate and education sectors. The large-format display with multi-touch interactivity provides a platform for teachers to experiment with and for pupils to enjoy a connected learning experience. ViewSonic believes interactivity is an important way to grasp the attention of young people, helping them to learn and develop through participation. 

The new CDE8452T interactive display has been specifically designed for the corporate and education sectors, using innovative technologies in high traffic areas to encourage collaborative learning. 

Delivering four times the detail of Full HD displays, the CDE8452T shows images with more detail, depth and clarity. Even when interacting up close with the 84” touch screen, the images remain vivid and sharp with no noticeable pixilation. 

The new screen is ideal for higher education and with the 10-point touch-enabled display; up to 10 users can simultaneously write or draw on the display’s surface using their fingers or styluses; ideal for group interaction.

Technical specifications:

  • Display area: 1860.48mm(H) x 1046.52mm(V), 84' diagonal
  • Optimum resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Contrast ratio: 1600:1
  • Brightness; 350 cd/m2
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9

The optional slot-in PC provides additional computing power and allows teachers to project their own material and lessons onto the big screen, as well as providing further touch functionality for fast-moving educational environments. ViewBoard™ software (Windows® compatible) also allows students to write, highlight, edit and transform documents and images in real time. In addition, screen recording means lessons can then be shared afterwards.

A wireless gateway can be added to improve collaborative functionality. The new ViewSync 3 plugs into the display and allows other devices to stream content to it. The gateway addition will also provide two wireless dongles to accommodate an easy plug-and-play experience; perfect for sharing content. For example, if students were asked to complete a presentation or display homework, this could be projected onto the CDE8452T T screen via a laptop or tablet device.

The CDE8452T screen is designed for heavy usage in areas of high traffic – such as in a classroom – with a tempered glass overlay ensuring durability as well as a consistent, high-quality touch experience. The LED screen also features 7H scratch-resistant surface hardness and an anti-glare film that improves screen visibility in bright environments, contributing to the robustness of the product. The CDE8452T can be wall mounted for a solid and safe user-touch experience or ViewSonic can provide a trolley mount that offers the flexibility and versatility of a mobile display. The safety of product users is paramount; the screen is fitted with a rounded-corner design to provide a safer learning environment for active students by helping to prevent injuries in the classroom. 

The CDE8452T features an energy-saving LED backlight with a lifespan of over 50,000 hours, and more than a decade of durability. This feature lowers power consumption and the cost of ownership, making our products a great long-term investment.

For further information go to: viewsoniceurope.com 

 

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With ‘screen time’ a part of most young people’s daily lives, using equipment with similar capabilities and performance in their education makes perfect sense. Not only do such screens bring the internet’s information and images into the classroom and university learning space, but they provide the interactivity children love and paying students expect, while preparing the latter for the workplace environment they are soon to enter. Establishments seeking to reduce expenditure should note the extensive savings brought by one supplier to a Lancashire college.

Blackburn’s Griffin Park primary school sought a cost-effective solution to their outdated interactive whiteboards, reviewing solutions from three competitors before ultimately choosing ViewSonic’s 65” and 70” Full HD Displays from a range available in sizes 42” to 84”. They initially tried a sample before ordering three units; finding these to be a good fit in their classroom environment, the school ordered a further four units, fitting one in every classroom. The units were priced less than the competition and led to an overall reduced total cost of ownership, with both an increased response time and reduced set-up and maintenance times.

 

These multi-touch-enabled displays allow two users to simultaneously write or draw on the board using their fingers or stylus. The displays have an ergonomic design making them more flexible to use and come with a tempered glass overlay; anti-glare treatment prevents sunlight glare while rounded corners help avoid injuries.

Griffin Park Headteacher Catherine Clayton-Young said: “The children were really motivated by the screens. Their set-up meant we were able to relocate them in our classrooms onto different walls and then we were able to reorganise our classrooms, creating more space for the children and their desks. The governing body was so impressed with the boards we decided to bring forward our rolling programme for the replacement.”

NEC’s products are having a similar impact, according to Jon Garaway, Education Account Manager, NEC Display Solutions. “NEC is selling more of its new ShadowSense touchscreens due to the control and flexibility the system offers. Based on the new touch technology ShadowSense™, NEC’s new P Series touch displays deliver true multi-touch support with up to six simultaneous touch points, ideal for classrooms and small group learning. Unlike other optical technologies, ShadowSense uses innovative high performance sensors to provide unprecedented performance, stability and accuracy. The anti-reflective coating means reflections are reduced to a minimum which significantly increases readability of content. In the UK it appears many universities are beginning to question how whiteboards are being used – if at all – and are definitely looking at alternatives such as screens and tablets, but where a university is training students to become teachers, whiteboards are still popular.”

One higher education establishment using NEC is the University of Derby. When seeking to stimulate and encourage student participation and offer its students experiential learning opportunities mirroring the workplace, the University installed the Learning Curve, a technology-rich space designed to be used before and after formal teaching by small student groups. It features coffee lounge areas leading through to a number of adaptable learning spaces. Each ‘pod’ comprises a large NEC touchscreen display mounted on a moveable table enabling the space to be reconfigured as required and for all members of a working party to have full access to view and touch the screen. With multi-touch capability supporting up to five touch points, students find the touch control highly intuitive, controlling the content as they would a tablet device. 

 “Learning is more active which makes it easier to learn and understand.”

The multi-touch displays come with free DisplayNote software, allowing the University to take collaborative learning to the next level as their learning spaces initiative evolves. Ample power sockets for mobile devices, individually-controlled lighting and all furniture being moveable ensures a more engaging learning experience. There are six ‘pods’ in total, four private spaces and two which are more open, each suited to different groups of students and their needs. One MBA student said, “Learning is more active which makes it easier to learn and understand.”

One of the major factors in interactive screen development in recent years has been the rapid increase in their size, making large group interaction more feasible. Screens measuring from 55” to 80” have easily replaced the average 6’ x 4’ and 8’ x 10’ projection screen, making the visuals accessible to groups of up to 30. Significant reductions in the total cost of ownership of such technology has been underpinned by ever-improving operational performance figures, with some institutions realising significant energy savings across their screen inventory by careful selection of the most efficient models.

This is clearly illustrated at one of the Saville installations for Bury College, where the original specification for interactive boards and projectors was changed to 65” interactive screens with AMX Apollo hard-wired control panels. These screens used a reduced-power consumption of 308W as opposed to 500W for the board and projector, thereby producing an energy saving of more than £30,000 across the estate over five years. This was achieved with no limitations on interactive activity.

Caister Junior School, near Great Yarmouth, previously used projectors with interactive touchscreens to assist with teaching, but when the products were coming to end-of-life, images had become grainy and maintenance costs were high. Anthony Hall, ICT coordinator, said: “We looked for a new, highly-intuitive teaching aid displaying content with a high degree of clarity. It also needed to be reliable, easily used by pupils and work without dimming the lights, as this can make both pupils and teachers sleepy.”

Cost was also a factor. “While the up-front cost was important, a long-term return on investment is vital for all schools as budgets are tight.” A number of technologies were reviewed before 12 of Sharp’s PN-L602 60” interactive touchscreen monitors were chosen for their image quality. “The monitors provide an accurate and consistent writing experience and are very flexible. We use them as a ‘normal’ whiteboard, to display internet content, play video and really draw the children into lessons,” said Anthony. “We also connect in-class visualisers to the screens, which can magnify photos and objects by up to 200 times. When you put a leaf on there, for example, the image quality is breathtaking. The monitors turn good lessons into great lessons.”

 “While the up-front cost was important, a long-term return on investment is vital for all schools as budgets are tight.”

Interactive technologies are growing in popularity within the education sector, thanks to increasing gamification and hands-on learning. Consequently, manufacturers such as Sony have begun to prioritise R&D investment in this area. The use of interactive screens in classrooms is evolving to assist peer-to-peer presentations, encouraging greater student participation and display additional content from various sources to supplement and illustrate lessons. Though harnessing the latest technology is important, it is vital manufacturers appreciate the financial constraints many educational establishments are subject to, and offer affordable options suiting all budgets.

Sony took this into account when building its exclusive partnership with U-Touch. U-Touch produces fully interactive screen overlays compatible with any size of BRAVIA Professional Display (up to 85”), including 4K models, to become touch sensitive when connected to a Windows PC. These are exceptionally easy to install, meaning educational institutions can easily take advantage of interactive technology.

Pupils and students used to working with their own tablets will use classroom and learning space interactive screens just as intuitively, while teachers and lecturers will relish the opportunity to reconfigure the physical area in which such screens are used to maximise their educational impact. Indeed, the next challenge for educators will be to ensure future learning spaces allowing for interactive screens to be used to their full potential.

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Embedded with multiple infrared sensors and built-in PCs, these displays enable you to work directly on screen with a higher level of touch accuracy.

The ViewBoard series comes with pre-installed and easy to use software. With various tool bar options that allow you to write, draw, save and share, the presenters can highlight content more effectively. It also features screen recording, magnifier and spotlight features that make office presentations, in-classroom and distance education learning more productive, interactive and efficient.

Key features:

✥Full HD resolution on 55”, 65”, 70” and up to 4K (UHD) resolution for the 84” display model.

✥Advanced touch technology for group interaction with 4-point (55” model) and 6-point (65”, 70” and 84”) simultaneous touch technology, these large-panel displays encourage group interaction. For group activities, two or three users can simultaneously write or draw on the display’s surface at the same time! Its superior touch report rate also provides a smoother user touch experience for both educational and corporate applications. Students can use the provided stylus or their fingers.

✥Windows 8 operations system for a better interactive experience. The built-in browser enables the presenters to show content directly from the internet. Windows® 8 creates a great interactive experience that helps to share and upload data, connect and collaborate, and even create presentations, improving overall efficiency and productivity. With a range of Windows® 8 apps to choose from, there is greater access to various education applications.

✥Protective rounded corners bezel design to avoid classroom injuries.

✥Anti-scratch and anti-glare with 7H hardness tempered glass provides a long-lasting product lifetime in demanding environments.

✥Powerful i3 (55” model) and i5 (65”, 70” and 84” models) Intel processors ensure a smooth interactive operation experience.

✥Long-lasting operation due to energy-saving LED backlight for up to 30,000 hours on the 55” and 65” displays and up to 50,000 hours on the 70” and 84” displays.

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A new kind of education

Digital teaching is not a new concept in education, but the sheer demand and necessity for it in the wake of the pandemic was something no educational institution could have foreseen. Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) in Taiwan was no different. The university had been utilising online teaching for years through pre-recorded videos for students to learn asynchronously and remotely. However, teachers ran into difficulties with these programs as pre-recorded course materials take time to film and edit, are inflexible, lack interactivity, and do not address differing levels of students. Realising the benefits of investing early in a hybrid learning solution, CYCU sought a solution that would offer a better teaching and learning experience that isn't confined to the four walls of a classroom.

Building a holistic hybrid learning environment

To meet this challenge head-on, CYCU installed and implemented a hybrid classroom on campus. The key factor being to give equal weight to in-class and remote learners by fully integrating online teaching into the physical classroom, where teachers can use their established teaching methods and interact with both remote and in-class students simultaneously to bridge the gap between online and in-person learning. Taking into account that many teachers would not have been trained in online teaching, an equally important factor is the delivery of a simplified and intuitive online teaching platform, where teachers can effortlessly learn about and adopt available technological tools in class.

Key components of the hybrid classroom

A successful hybrid classroom is built on a combination of hardware and software designed to seamlessly integrate the physical and digital into one cohesive teaching environment. At the heart of the hybrid classroom solution is the large interactive touch display embedded with digital white boarding software that allows teachers to present, annotate, and collaborate on the display in real-time in such a way that is easily viewable by in-person and remote students. The software is easy to use for both teachers and students and fully incorporates the interactive capabilities of the display to help increase student engagement. Working in tandem with this is the pen display that allows teachers to write naturally on a portable display that instantly projects the content to the large interactive display at the front of the classroom.
A successful hybrid classroom is built on a combination of hardware and software designed to seamlessly integrate the physical and digital into one cohesive teaching environment
Working in combination with the interactive display, two projectors are also installed in the hybrid classroom to bring remote students, in-class students, and the teacher closer to one another by providing real-time video of each other during class. Both project images on the back wall of the classroom and are configured to display the remote students on one screen and the mirror the whiteboard display on the other. This configuration helps bring the remote students into the physical space of the teacher and allows the teacher to focus on the course or activity and maintain a high level of interactivity with the students without having to turn their back on the class. Of the two cameras installed, one follows the teacher with automatic panning, while the other records students in the classroom so that students learning remotely can see their classmates to give them a sense of being in the room. Finally, the wireless mic detects and transmits the teacher’s voice directly to the classroom’s sound system and to the online teaching system to deliver an equally clear audio experience for in-class and remote learners.

A win for all involved

The outcomes of the hybrid classroom established at CYCU have shown the solution to be a resounding success, opening new opportunities for schools, teachers, and students. Hybrid learning now has the potential to eliminate the physical barrier of class size, helping schools with teacher shortages and allowing existing teachers to keep their preferred teaching methods as education moves into the digital era. But most importantly, students can continue to learn in times when they are unable to be physically present in the class. This success case shows how technology can move existing teaching methods far beyond the scope of the traditional classroom. In a sense, the hybrid classroom at CYCU marks a milestone in education technology. The schools can refer to this hybrid model to develop more innovative teaching in the post-pandemic era, and truly achieve education equality for all students, regardless of location.
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