How Classroom Technology Creates Collaborative Classrooms

Written by Danny Mareco Danny Mareco | March 5, 2012 | Read Time: 2 mins

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Technology in the classroom has transformed education into a more interactive and exciting experience for students today. In the past classrooms were a stale environment where teachers would just give the information while students tried to gatherer it.

Today’s learning environment has evolved into more of a cooperative effort to share information and ideas among teachers and students.

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This enhanced teaching approach has been proven to further creative and critical thinking skills as well as student engagement and understanding. This learning method is most effective in collaboration rooms created with classroom technology.

Here are 2 key types of classroom technology used to create collaborative classrooms:

1) Multiple video displays

Collaboration classrooms allow students to work in groups and share information with one another by giving them a connection to the same displays that the instructors use.Therefor these rooms will need multiple video displays so each student work group can have their own screen to present to the class.

For an effective room it is vital to plan out the desk locations within the room to determine the total number of workgroups that will need to connect to the system. This will help you get a better understanding of how many and where to position display screens. 

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2) Large video matrix control switch  and touch screen control system

Once you have numbered the student workstations, you will need to decide what type of video and audio content the instructor will need to use.

The way you plan on utilizing the room will determine the size and style of the matrix switcher you would need to use. For example, for an economics or stock trading class, where multiple financial channels need to be shown on the classroom displays, the size and style of the matrix switcher would need to accommodate multiple cable boxes, with the addition of standard sources such as a PC, Laptop, DVD player, and Document Camera.

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These are just 2 of the many classroom technology aspects you should include in your collaborative classroom. Creating collaboration rooms with classroom technology generates a whole new learning experience for your students.

There are many things to consider in the standardization process that’s why we recommend getting an expert to help successfully plan and install each type of technology in the classroom. SecurEdge Networks has many years of experience designing, deploying, and supporting small and large scale classroom technology solutions.

By taking our comprehensive knowledge and experience we can determine which type of solution will be best fit for your school. For more information about classroom technology you can  Contact Us for a free consultation or download our Classroom Technology Design Kit.

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