Hybrid classroom: Is it really the future of education?

Distance learning has taken teachers’ digital literacy to unprecedented levels. It has also motivated educators to explore new ways and creative approaches to ensure that learning can continue without the need for the audience to be in the same location as them

Every day, new studies recognise the benefits of streamlining the learning environment through technology. The possibility of incorporating complementary educational resources to the traditional ones adds value and helps to make knowledge permeability more efficient.

Transforming the classroom into a hybrid classroom

Covid-19 has taught us many things, namely that it is not necessary for teachers and students to occupy the same space for the teaching-learning process to be successful.

In January 2020, few schools were committed to a distance learning model. Only a handful were offering their curricula in a hybrid form, with part of the students studying in person and part at a distance. We now know that the latter were, in addition to being a rara avis, true visionaries.

Universities were the most innovative when it came to offering their degrees in different modalities, a train that academic institutions at other educational levels had not jumped on, but which, after the pandemic, they could not let pass.

This time of the pandemic forced us to improvise and make decisions on the fly that allowed us to continue with our routines in the most efficient way possible. A new normality had been installed and had to be adapted to it. In this context, new technologies proved to be a valuable ally and demonstrated that even in difficult situations there are opportunities to be found.

In a complicated and unprecedented scenario, students around the world were able to continue learning, socialising and advancing in their academic training thanks to the advance of digitalisation.

As the months passed and the health situation progressively improved, educational centres began to reopen their doors, imposing a limited capacity that forced part of the students to follow the lesson from home while the rest returned to the classrooms.  This was the beginning of hybrid teaching.

Hybrid teaching: The future of education

This approach ensures that learners in the classroom and those attending remotely achieve a similar experience. A successful hybrid lesson will capture learners’ attention, hold it, and ensure that the knowledge penetrates their minds.

One of the main advantages of hybrid teaching is that it offers teachers and schools more flexibility and defies the idea that interactivity is only possible in the face-to-face model. Through a screen, teachers and students can interact with each other as much or more than in the face-to-face mode.

In the hybrid era, teachers and schools must be able to focus on the quality of teaching and the development of their students. It is therefore essential that schools equip themselves with digital tools that meet their needs. Because the way content is shared determines the success of hybrid teaching.

There are a multitude of videoconferencing programs and there are no rules about which one to choose in teaching. That’s why interactive display manufacturer Newline Interactive develops solutions that adapt to the main videoconferencing programs. The goal is for technology to facilitate teaching.

Newline brings value to the classroom

Sharing content via touch screen in a clear and organized manner ensures that a seamless learning experience can be created in the hybrid classroom. Having all students access the same information, regardless of their physical location, is essential to achieving learning objectives. To this end, Newline interactive touchscreens incorporates Newline Broadcast, a remote connection software.

This application optimises the learning experience in all modalities. Teachers can share their screen with up to 200 other screens at the touch of a button. Students at home can see everything that happens on the touch screen, live, unrestricted, and without losing detail of what the teacher is explaining.

There are no barriers. The contents being studied in class, the materials used, the teacher’s notes – everything will be seen simultaneously by those in the classroom and those connected through the software.

Newline Cast works in a similar way, allowing up to four devices to share a screen with the main monitor, projecting work, materials or comments on it, which will be visible to all those connected to the Newline device.

In addition, Newline interactive screens allow the installation of applications with different themes to make classes more dynamic and help students to better internalize the lesson.

Tactility allows teachers to make on-the-spot annotations or corrections, share content with their students and access extra material hosted in the cloud.

Interactive solutions for education

Within the educational range, Newline ATLAS plays a leading role. Teamwork, idea generation, annotations, corrections, presentations, and up to 20 simultaneous touch points are some of the most outstanding functionalities of this interactive display model.

With Newline touch screens, schools and students can make the most of hybrid learning. Want to know more about how we support education at all levels?

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