Technology has long been used in the classroom environment to encourage participation and promote student engagement. Although, in recent months, educators have relied on technology more than ever before to maintain educational continuity.
As teachers and students are back in the classroom, the ActivPanel has the ability to create productive and collaborative spaces that embrace best practice use of technology. To help teachers to make the most of their ActivPanel, here are some ideas on how it can be used to engage students and bolster class participation.
Keeping it social
Children are naturally social learners, who thrive in team situations and collaborative settings. After months of distanced learning, utilising the ActivPanel in lessons can help to facilitate social situations and promote peer-to-peer assessment.
As the interactive hub of the classroom, the ActivPanel has been designed to support learning in the moment and encourage collaboration. With a range of pre-loaded apps, teachers can transform the lesson into a discussion-led model by using the Instant Whiteboarding App. Alternatively, educators can encourage healthy competition among students by using Timer and Spinner apps.
Interacting with change
The ActivPanel’s ability to connect with student’s handheld devices is another way teachers can encourage students to interact within the classroom using technology. Using Screen Share, teachers can mirror content from devices to the ActivPanel, allowing for immediate feedback and peer discussion.
Similarly, wherever learning takes place, students can connect their devices to the front of class display, allowing them to participate in discussions, polls or quizzes – therefore helping students who may be learning at home to collaborate with the class.
The Promethean ActivPanel is supplied as standard with award-winning lesson delivery software, ActivInspire. Helping to enable teachers to create dynamic and engaging lessons that embrace technology, ActivInspire encourages best practice use of the front of class device.
Within ActivInspire, the Screen Recorder functionality allows teachers to record their screen and talk students through the key learning points. This can then be converted to a video file and uploaded to the schools’ preferred platform. Helping students beyond the initial navigation period, teachers can highlight important aspects of different lessons for students’ personal development.
Students naturally perform better in a classroom environment and technology can enhance the space to engage learners and transform lesson delivery. Looking forward, the ActivPanel has the potential to support teachers to encourage class collaboration in a range of innovative and intuitive ways – promoting pedagogical best practice.