With much discussion on whether to have employees fully return to offices, incorporate a hybrid model, or allow remote work to continue, the prevailing concern is whether productivity is continuous, smooth, and without major interruption. For companies that are deciding that hybrid and remote will best suit the overall company needs, including safeguarding employee health, then a means for collaboration is necessary. Do companies see employee training to improve collaboration and productivity as essential?
Horsley Park Public School (Sydney, Australia) is a small primary school, situated in the semi-rural outskirts of Sydney. Made up of eight classes - four mainstream and four providing support for children with autism and intellectual disabilities – a goal of Horsley Park is “positive behavior, cooperation, and a growth mindset are encouraged and supported through a positive environment.”
Environmental engineering is a branch of applied science and technology that is designed to address the issues of energy preservation, protection of assets, and control of waste from human and animal activities, including managing public health solutions.
EdTech Breakthrough, part of Tech Breakthrough - a leading market intelligence organisation that recognises industry leaders in the education technology market – has awarded our MimioConnect Blended Learning Platform as Classroom Technology Innovation of the Year in its third annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program. The mission of the EdTech Breakthrough Awards is to honour excellence and recognise innovation, hard work, and success in a range of educational technology categories. This year’s program attracted more than 2,000 nominations from over 17 different countries.
Pre-pandemic, the thought of incorporating flipped or blended learning, self-paced learning, video conferencing, and creating videos to teach key concepts or skills was seen as reserved mostly for virtual schools that catered to families that wanted an alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar schooling or for especially ‘high-tech savvy’ educators who could deftly handle quickly changing technology. Of course, the pandemic and consequent school closures changed all that and teachers, students, and parents had to learn to navigate online learning fairly quickly. For teachers who were comfortable with the tried and true, front-of-class style of instruction, switching to tech tools for creating, assigning, grading, and facilitating lessons was a steep learning curve. But here we are, over a year later, and many teachers have found that they have become incredibly adept at using these same tools if not more so.
Fairland Primary School (Fairland Laerskool), a government primary school in Johannesburg, South Africa, strives to unlock every student’s potential and help them develop as successful independent learners. To do this, staff must have the tools needed to provide quality education. While looking for alternative solutions to aging classroom technology, Fairland decision-makers were introduced to the Clevertouch interactive touchscreen displays.
Francois Pienaar, Fairland Primary School IT Manager, knew they had found the innovative solution needed for their Math and Science classrooms. Stated Pienaar, “We chose Clevertouch because it is an all-in-one solution. With the built-in android device, teachers do not require anything else to teach. With Clevertouch, they are able to walk into the classroom and teach immediately.”
What are a few other key features of the Clevertouch interactive touchscreen display?
- Super Glide Touch technology for a fluid writing experience that can differentiate between palm-erase, fingertouch, and stylus-writing
- Cleverstore gives educators access to hundreds of free teaching apps to make lessons engaging, including Math and Science apps. In addition, there are no ongoing subscriptions!
- Cloud drives can be synced with displays so that teachers can work from anywhere and share content from any device, a key feature when health and safety of staff and students are a concern
Pienaar declared, “We highly recommend the Clevertouch display.”
For more on how Fairland Primary School utilizes Clevertouch interactive displays, read the case study here.
School is wrapping up and most of us are thinking of ways to help our students maintain their progress over the summer in fun and engaging ways. The following resources are terrific for learning from home with or without parent and caregiver help. In some cases, membership is required but for the most part, the resources offer free activities. If you have a few minutes, click through some of these resources and/or share them with your students’ families for summer enrichment.
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Shamrock Independent School District (Shamrock, TX, U.S.) has long strived to provide its teachers and students with innovative technology to engage and boost active participation in all grades, whatever the situation. A case in point - they were able to respond quickly to school closures due to the pandemic because they are a 1:1 school and students could connect to remote learning without extensive issues.
It’s the middle of both Walk to School Week and National Walking Month so clearly walking is essential to maintain physical health as well as to improve focus and concentration once students make it to school. It’s a great time to incorporate simple STEM activities to engage your students in learning and walking.
Teachers understand that education requires more than knowing how to read and answer questions about a text. A well-rounded education helps students build skills to fluently communicate ideas and thoughts, broaden their worldview by reading about other cultures, societies, and civilisations, and guide them in planning solutions to challenges faced by the world. Clearly, this can only happen through strong English and STEM learning. By integrating concepts and ideas from these key building blocks of education, students can reach for academic goals that will follow them through to adulthood and contribute to society.