The role of technology in driving classroom collaboration and engagement

Rene Buhay, VP of sales and marketing at AVer Europe, explains how visualisers can support collaboration in the classroom

The continuous evolution of technology has resulted in a plethora of different tools to help teachers deliver dynamic lesson material and enable students to retain more information. Advancements in education technology have made it possible for an educator’s influence to extend to every corner of the globe, 24/7, and into the future via archived content.

Creating an effective digital classroom can be challenging. It requires not only appropriate training and technological know-how from teachers and wider staff, but the right equipment and knowledge of what kit will be most impactful within the teaching and learning environment.

Teachers are already starting to find even more ways for pupils to learn or express their creativity through increased opportunities within the classroom. Whether teachers are developing project work, implementing distance learning or developing classroom collaboration, cutting-edge camera technology is making a huge difference.

Modern, interactive visualisers are being increasingly used within the classroom. Equipped with high-end zooms and up to 4K resolutions, visualisers provide teachers and students with an all-new way to display classroom experiences or work. The technology’s imagery and video capturing functionality enables students to give presentations to the class or even turn their projects into step-by-step picture or video instructions.

Here are a few ways that visualisers can support collaboration and learning in the classroom:

  1. Exciting experiments

Live experiments are exciting for students, but often there are students at the back of the group who miss out as they can’t see the action clearly. A visualiser can act as an equaliser for experiment viewing. By projecting what’s happening via a large screen or interactive whiteboard, the whole class can take part in the experiment from their seats. This ensures all lessons are inclusive and gives students a better opportunity to engage.

  1. Accessible lessons

With an ability to record lessons for future reference or distribution among students, visualisers help any students that may have missed a lesson catch up and provide the opportunity to recap on what was covered. Many visualisers also have real-time recording capability which allows teachers to share the video content on their chosen media sharing platform, so students who can’t make the class can still participate in the class. It’s highly likely that remote learning will become more commonplace as technology and education practices evolve, and students (or maybe even teachers!) could well be calling into classes from hundreds of miles away in future.

  1. Engaging details

Most visualisers have a mechanical arm with a flexible neck, which makes them a great tool for teachers presenting specific details like the steps to take to solve a maths problem, the results of a test, or even a physical item like a historical artefact. The zoom function helps teachers accentuate a specific part of what they’re presenting and discussing with their learners. With a wireless visualiser, a teacher isn’t confined to one part of the room either – they’re able to move the technology to students’ desks to showcase their work or to different areas of the classroom. Through increased involvement in the lesson, students and teachers can collaborate to improve the learning experience overall.

It’s evident that the use of such technology within the classroom gives teachers much more freedom and opportunity to enhance the learning process, engage their students and involve learners in the subject matter. When collaboration and improving the learning experience overall is at the heart of education technology development, there’s no limit to its power in transforming teaching and learning behaviour.

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