In the ALTT White Paper blog series, we explore the most pressing challenges that surround the process of deploying active learning technology and practical solutions that guide you throughout your installation. We have covered issues like dealing with hesitant stakeholders, who to include in the planning stages, how to keep your investment in technology from becoming outdated, and supporting different teaching and learning styles.
There are many different factors that make up an active learning classroom environment in education today. From the furniture to the whiteboards, it can be a difficult task to integrate everything together into one cohesive learning space.
What’s more, it is vital to ensure that all of the technology in the room - the pieces of hardware, like digital displays, cameras, and microphones - and the software, for features like video conferencing and mobile device connectivity - are able to function as one complementary system.
Otherwise, you are forced to switch back and forth between systems and applications, which can be confusing and time consuming for instructors and students alike. Having different systems throughout your classroom also means pushing updates to individual technology platforms, which can result in more points of failure.
With one integrated system, like ThinkHub Connect, you can drive all major activity in the classroom from a single source. ThinkHub Connect blends functionality together. It houses an interactive whiteboard, enables instructors to broadcast content throughout the room, and features built-in video conferencing for remote participants.
Even the furniture in your active learning space can be controlled by ThinkHub Connect. ThinkHub can actually raise and lower the Student Station BYOD displays that are housed in Steelcase Verb Active Media Tables with controls built into the Instructor Station touchscreen.
This interoperability will enable your classroom to function on a more efficient level, where all activities can take place at the same time.
The Zachry Engineering Education Complex at Texas A&M University is one of the largest active learning deployments in the country, with active learning studios, classrooms, and conference rooms all powered by T1V’s ThinkHub Connect.
We invite you to experience the Zachry Complex and interact with the team responsible for this state-of-the art learning environment. Join us at this year’s Active Learning Technology Tour Conference & Symposium in February, 2020 through our unique grant opportunity.