Classroom Technology Specialist
The author of the original blog below, Cindy Hannas, was a teacher for 21 years. She started working 2 ½ years ago for Parmetech and today she is one of our best business development managers specializing in education and classroom technology.
Question 1 – In speaking with educators throughout the pandemic, what are some common challenges you’ve seen them faced with?
Flexibility is the new buzz word! Teachers have had to learn a new way to teach. Classroom management looks very different on the screen than in the classroom. Face to face interaction was very difficult in the beginning of the shutdown. However, ViewSonic caught up quickly by releasing new features of their myViewBoard software to support distance learning such as allowing the teacher’s face to be seen at all times. Lesson plans have changed as well. A teacher can now create interactive lessons with interesting downloads to engage students. Assessments, both objective and subjective, can be created on a daily basis and easily scored. While there are many challenges to teaching online, in many ways, the mechanics of teaching have become easier.
Question 2 – Your original blog was written two years ago from your perspective as an educator for 20+ years. If someone was trying to sell you on ViewSonic interactive displays now, what would be your main question(s) and concern(s) regarding implementing this type of interactive classroom technology into your existing classroom?
My main question/concern would be how do I manage my class while teaching online? I need to be able to see all the students, group them when necessary, and keep them engaged and motivated.
What I have learned from my experience is that while teachers have had to adapt to a new teaching environment, it’s the Tech teams that are the unsung heroes of the pandemic. They had to make sure all the technology was in working order, interfacing correctly, and that all the necessary websites were up and running. If they failed, the teachers couldn’t teach. The tech team was the linchpin to the whole process.
Question 3 – How have the ViewSonic interactive display features evolved / what are some of the newer features that have been released that you see as adding value to today’s evolving learning environment?
The ViewSonic ViewBoard interactive flat panels make class management very easy. The teacher can access the software from home and use all the features that the myViewBoard (the accompanying digital collaboration software) offers. The teacher’s face can be seen the entire time, groups can be formed within seconds, and download and interface capabilities keep students engaged. The teacher can manage the groups, check in on students’ progress, and create pop-quizzes to assess learning.