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BYOD Classrooms - the School of the Future

BYOD Classrooms – the School of the Future


Technology steers our personal and work lives, and it’s becoming a staple in our schools as well, via BYOD classrooms. Schools across the country are engaging in new technologies that make learning easier and more enjoyable. Education is more interactive and engaging when it’s personalized, and bring your own device (BYOD) policies offer a means to that end. Such policies allow students to use their own devices as learning platforms in accordance with the teacher’s software selection.

Discover a Technology Toolbox

An effective teacher has the right virtual toolbox at his or her disposal. In modern times, this toolbox must include the best apps and online programs for efficient instruction. Many of the most popular options encourage collaboration among students, teachers, and family members. Others give students control of the content to ensure the information is presented in a way they understand. There are hundreds of programs like this; here are our favorites:

Google Classroom

  • Google Classroom is like mission control for your class. Teachers can share assignments and feedback paperlessly. Plus, there’s immense cross compatibility with the other branches of Google software: Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Each one mimics a Microsoft program (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively) and allows students and instructors to create documents online at no cost, and with an inherently familiar interface.
  • Google’s tools provide an impressive level of collaboration possibilities. Students and teachers can work together on any of the three programs, whether they are two feet apart or on opposite sides of the world. Each user can view the content and share it instantly through Google Drive. The integration is completely built and easy to navigate. The Google suite also lets the original file creator choose permissions for each partner and view changes in real time.


  • Seesaw is a program created for students. It works by making the content more engaging and prompting responses through each lesson. Users can take pictures, write about the material, and create screencasts. The design allows students to capture their thoughts while learning—without switching to paper. Students can share creations from Seesaw with their peers, teachers, and family members.

Adobe Spark

  • Adobe is a well-known creative giant, and this collection adds to the company’s impressive suite. Spark encompasses three creation tools: Video, Page, and Post. All are available online or as individual apps. Spark Video generates a series of slides for students to customize, Spark Page tackles web pages, and Spark Post enables students to design images. When used together, the tools help students present information in a way that works for them.


  • Sesame is different from the other programs because its design allows teachers to assess students’ skills instead of simply adapting the content. Plus, students can capture their learning as it happens. The instructor can keep an eye on each student’s progress and provide instant feedback. Instant interactions allow a more personal approach, so every student receives proper guidance. Teaching with Sesame is much faster than collecting, grading, and redistributing papers. It also allows instructors to offer private assistance.

Teaching without technology is no longer an option—teachers must leverage these tools to create a 21st century classroom. If you’re leading a BYOD classroom, review these options and decide which ones are the best fit for your classroom.

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AV for Higher Education and Colleges

AV Technology and Its Impact on Higher Education


It’s rare to find a millennial that isn’t glued to his or her smartphone, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the traditional college lecture format isn’t exactly this generation’s cup of tea. As a result, professors have had to approach student engagement in a different way. Audio-visual (AV) technology plays a key role in connecting students and professors in creative and collaborative ways.

The Shift to AV Adoption

College students use mobile devices to socialize, keep in touch with parents, handle finances, and more. Using technology in the higher education classroom is a natural progression for this generation that clearly prefers to engage on digital platforms.

Student learning isn’t limited to one-sided lectures in confined lecture halls. Learning experiences feature interactive collaboration, flipped classroom activities, and blended classrooms. In an effort to reduce the overhead costs of education, many students are engaging in remote learning opportunities, which utilize collaboration platforms, data analysis, and synchronous and asynchronous video to engage students.

For professors willing to embrace the innovations, the seamless integration of AV technology and IT solutions enhances classroom engagement and can even improve retention levels.

It’s rare to find a millennial that isn’t glued to his or her smartphone, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the traditional college lecture format isn’t exactly this generation’s cup of tea. As a result, professors have had to approach student engagement in a different way. Audio-visual (AV) technology plays a key role in connecting students and professors in creative and collaborative ways.

AV Is Transforming Higher Education

As AV technology progresses, educators are discovering new ways to change the learning environment to optimize student workflows. Some of the most exciting advancements in AV technology for the classroom include:

  • Better collaboration. Most students bring some sort of mobile device into the classroom. With collaboration technology such as the wePresent WIPG-1600, Poll Everywhere, and Google Classroom, students can share their screens and engage in interactive activities without coming up to the front of the classroom or turning in a physical document.
  • Smart audio. In videoconferencing sessions for classroom collaborations, lectures, or guest speakers, sound quality is a fairly common challenge for AV users. New microphone setups from companies such as Shure use strategically placed microphones to reduce ambient noise for a better listening experience.
  • Improved projection. In addition to the screens themselves, projector technology has advanced. Ultrashort throw interactive projectors improve the projecting ability on white boards, while lamp-free projectors enhance quality and machine efficiency.
  • Classroom sensors and Big Data analytics. In 2015, Google provided Carnegie Mellon University with $500,000 to create an IoT platform to support everything from sensor-based data collection to app development. The university used the funds to create the platform GloTTO. Among the platform’s capabilities, the project lead believes the technology may change audio-visual experiences in the classroom by detecting environmental changes and improving technology diagnostics.

While many of these changes are exciting, barriers to adoption include integration and wireless connectivity. For the AV solutions to transform the learning environment, they must work seamlessly and reliably with different consumer and commercial devices.

To create a fully evolved classroom, AV integrators must delve into the changing nature of classroom interactions. New modes of learning, such as flipped classrooms—where students work during class and learn during individual study and assignments—highlight the need for seamless collaboration tools that connect students inside and outside of the classroom. In the next stage of evolution, higher education facilities may also explore the benefits of using augmented and virtual reality platforms to truly immerse students in an educational experience.

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