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INDUSTRY POV

Collaborative Learning New technologies open up a new frontier in classrooms and beyond. By Chris Feldman NEC Display Solutions

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ong gone are the days when transparency projectors and scientific calculators were the most advanced learning equipment inside the classroom. As technology continues to influence education, and as students become increasingly digitally savvy, educational facilities must look for new ways to enhance collaboration and power the learning experience. Digital whiteboards, displays and projectors are finding their way to the forefront of how educators structure lessons. However, administrators have much to consider when choosing what is right for a given school or district— and integrators can help direct them to the perfect solution.

Three Segments Of Collaboration Techniques There are three main segments of inclassroom collaboration techniques that schools can use to supplement lessons: interactive whiteboarding, wireless presentation and enhanced team collaboration. • Interactive whiteboarding is the latest evolution of the traditional chalkboard. 30 Sound & Communications May 2019

It creates dynamic learning environments that can increase participation among today’s digitally inclined students. Teachers can use the technology to save time in the classroom by creating lesson-plan materials, such as graphs, images and tables, ahead of time within the board; then, they can pull the materials to the whiteboard in real time while teaching. • The ability to share information from any device to a digital display or whiteboard creates a learning experience that is more interactive. With wireless presentation, student device usage within classrooms becomes a learning tool, rather than a distraction; moreover, it allows instructors to engage in and oversee work as it is completed. That helps students better understand ever y component of a given lesson. • Instructors have incorporated group work into the curriculum for decades. Now, with the ability to collaborate across schools, states or even countries, learning has been further enhanced. For example, a physics class in rural Nebraska can use technology to reap the benefits of having an Ivy League professor facilitate a lesson remotely. It’s like taking online videos and creating real-time, unique experiences to enhance students’ understanding of the material.

Technologies To Enhance Collaboration A plethora of technology offerings can facilitate the above-mentioned collaboration techniques for a school or district. When deciding which technologies to integrate into a classroom, it’s important to identify what solutions work best for the end users. For example, for a class that spends most of its time outside on nature walks, it might not make sense to incorporate a full suite of microphones and display technologies. In that type of setting, wireless presentation technologies that help facilitate real-time learning and sharing would be much more beneficial, as they would allow students to utilize individual tablets or devices to record their experiences and share them with the class in the moment. There are solutions for any learning environment. Setting aside cost, the two main (continued on page 110)

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