Just like the Active Learning Technology Tour, the ALTT White Paper blog series covers a variety of significant challenges that arise when implementing active learning technology in your education space.
We have discussed issues like dealing with hesitant stakeholders, who to include in the planning stages, how to keep your investment in technology from becoming outdated, supporting different teaching and learning styles, and platform interoperability.
Perhaps one of the most interesting challenges that accompanies the rapid pace of technological development is one that often frustrates educators - the devices that students bring into the classroom.
Did you know that the average college student brings seven internet-connected devices, including smartphones, notebooks and tablets, to campus?
Instead of pushing back against this reality and becoming frustrated with students constantly being on their devices, causing distraction, or worrying about bandwidth usage - it is more beneficial to simply embrace the trend.
If students are constantly utilizing technology, so should the classroom system in its entirety. One way to do this is to build an environment that supports connectivity from these mobile devices.
Create a system where students can use their devices to take notes, share data, and research information, and leverage that content to share with their student peers.
Provide ways that make it even easier to share content from mobile devices. ThinkHub Connect active learning technology includes a free companion app, AirConnect - a wireless device sharing application that enable students to easily share content from their mobile device.
The key to a great BYOD environment is one that is easy to use but also intuitive. Your students will be your fastest adopters. Take advantage of their tech savviness and build BYOD content / sharing into lesson plans.
Students can share work together, share answers to group problems with the rest of the classroom.
For more information about how to incorporate BYOD solutions into your education environment, apply to ALTT 2020!
This unique grant opportunity allows attendees to visit one of the largest active learning deployments in the country, the Zachry Engineering Education Complex at Texas A&M University.
Don’t miss your chance to explore the Zachry complex and its active learning studios, classrooms, and conference rooms featuring ThinkHub Connect.