Over the past two years, we have seen a rapid digital acceleration in the workplace to support the growing number of hybrid workers. However, it is not just the workplace where this acceleration has occurred. The education sector is benefiting greatly from the shift to digital, with a large number of EdTech products now helping to provide a more comprehensive and personalized learning space for students, whether remote or in-person.
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Matt Waring is head of the education channel at Logitech.
Remote and hybrid learning platforms have become the norm for education around the world, and technology has been key to supporting this. However, schools can no longer afford to rely on simple technology that acts as a temporary fix. To realize the benefits of blended learning, schools and universities now need to invest in cutting-edge technology that both replicates in-person instruction and enhances the learning experience.
Many are already investing in such technology, with demand for EdTech higher than ever, as educators seek to equip classrooms with solutions that will benefit future learners. Technology is no longer used as a “silver bullet” – it’s now an essential tool for creating engaging experiences for students, no matter where they’re learning from.
Stay connected, stay collaborative
Not being able to collaborate as effectively is one of the main criticisms of blended learning, and it’s especially important that remote students are equipped to be able to share resources, participate in discussions, and develop peer-to-peer relationships. This cannot be done without quality audio and video solutions.
In the classroom, advanced video conferencing solutions can help promote interaction, boost engagement and enhance digital learning. For example, using an AI-powered whiteboard camera gives teachers a new way to share content with students remotely while making information accessible to students in person. By connecting both parties with technology, teachers can provide a learning experience that most closely mirrors in-person learning and captures the imagination of their students.
At home, schools should look to equip their remote students with quality headsets that block out background noise and distractions, and webcams that facilitate face-to-face interaction as if students are working side-by-side. Using external webcams rather than relying on built-in laptop cameras allows students to be seen clearly in all lighting conditions. Using high-quality audio and video solutions means teachers don’t have to worry about blurry images or loud background noise when collaborating with remote students during the day.
Comfort is key
With hybrid working, the home has turned into a workplace, and for students, it is now also their classroom. Parents working from home mean students often set up shop wherever they are free, using their own equipment to connect with teachers and peers. However, working long hours in spaces that are not designed to accommodate them can have serious consequences for their bodies, risking health problems such as back pain and repetitive strain injuries.
Feeling uncomfortable in the classroom makes it difficult for students to concentrate on their tasks, and the distraction of awkward tools leads students to disengage from their learning. Therefore, it is important to consider the ergonomics of the remote technology that schools equip their students with. By replacing normal mice and keyboards with ergonomic models that let hands rest naturally and reduce stress on neck and shoulder muscles, schools can help students learn more productively while putting less strain on them. on their body.
Work alongside the unique needs of students
Using technology in the classroom helps advance personalized learning, helping students meet their individual needs at a higher level. No two students are the same and using the wide variety of educational tools on offer can thwart the ‘one size fits all’ approach to education. Letting students get creative with tools that match their learning style not only supports their learning, but makes the overall experience more enjoyable.
A personalized approach to teaching and learning is an effective way to ensure that students stay engaged and get the most out of their lessons. The use of technology such as tablets and interactive pens gives students more control over their learning, from elementary school through college. Being able to organize their thoughts in the way that best helps them; whether with diagrams, mind maps, bullet points or more; helps students be more intuitive in the way they learn. With the power to learn and grow in a way that suits them, students take pride in their learning and process information better than before.
Envisioning the future of blended learning
The hybrid model has obvious advantages, its flexibility allowing students and teachers to teach and learn in new and exciting ways. To maximize these benefits, it is important that schools and universities have the right technology. With the right solutions, blended learning goes from an obstacle to an opportunity for creative experimentation in the classroom, wherever it is.
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