Most of the time, educational technology focuses on bringing everyone together. Classroom SMART boards and interactive flat panels allow different inputs and connections among class members during a presentation. The ability to quickly and conveniently share content helps keep everyone engaged. Interactive devices also allow tremendous opportunities to create and extend one-on-one interactions in the classroom. Investment in interactive classroom display and presentation technology can help you reach and engage more students in direct, one-to-one student collaboration.
Teachers can be more effective when they collaborate one-on-one with students. A technique many educators use on all levels is to call on students and have them individually answer questions. With interactive technology, though, you can take this engagement to a new level. Teachers can present information and have students engage either on-screen utilizing a touch display or connected interaction through a wireless device. This collaboration adds a visual and tactile element to the question and answer. The student doesn’t merely respond to the teacher but participates actively. This interaction turns a question and answer sequence into a fully engaged, collaborative exercise. Students learn by listening, seeing and by doing.
These technologies also make it easier for students to work together. In team presentations, students typically work separately to develop an understanding of the ideas and concepts they will present. Then they take turns doing the actual presentation. They often learn separate pieces of the whole. It is akin to the proverb of three blind individuals describing an elephant; each experiences something different from the others and represents a part without ever fully understanding the whole.
Interactive presentation devices like the SMART or Clevertouch interactive touchscreen allow students to move past this model and indeed work together, collaboratively, on a project. They can demonstrate and display ideas at the same time, working through the material in both audible and visual form. This connection allows the students to immerse themselves fully into the presentation, rather than assuming separate and distinct pieces of the whole. By working on the project directly on the screen or from laptops, tablets or other connected devices, they can collaborate simultaneously.
Students benefit from working with multiple means and styles of learning. Contact Unified today to learn how we can help set up your most productive classroom experience.