Now, that we’ve looked at a few of the trends, let’s take a look at a list of the top K-12 education technology tools for the coming year:
1. Interactive Whiteboards
Upgrading your classroom with interactive whiteboards is a great way to engage your students in the physical classroom, virtual classrooms, or a combination of both for hybrid learning. Interactive displays like the ViewSonic Interactive Whiteboards for education are perfect for any learning environment, with features like:
- Easily access legacy files from the cloud and build new interactive lessons
- Simultaneously teach and share lessons with students in class and students learning remotely
- Control and monitor devices from anywhere, as well as broadcast messages to any display panels
- Compatible with Windows, Mac, Chrome, and Linux, with full-touch input functionality for external devices that are connected to the displays
Additionally, the myViewBoard platform – ViewSonic’s digital whiteboard software – offers a suite of apps including myViewBoard Classroom, a hybrid teaching software tool packed with a variety of features to help create a classroom environment in the digital space. Developed for both remote and in-class learning environments, it’s essentially a web based “digital twin” of the real-classroom designed for distance to allow teachers to switch between physical and virtual classrooms seamlessly in a fully controlled environment. myViewBoard Classroom was also recently awarded “Overall e-Learning Solution of the Year” the EdTech Breakthrough Awards 2021.
If you’ve been considering incorporating interactive whiteboard technology into your school but aren’t sure if it’s the right fit for your education environment, check out our Interactive Whiteboard Eval Program which gives educators the option to test-drive a display in your own classroom for 30 days.
Laptops and tablets have always been a useful education technology tool. Chromebooks, specifically, are gaining popularity as effective k-12 education technology tools because they are affordable, sturdy, and easy to use. They also provide easy-to-manage computing, allowing educators to spend more time on teaching than managing classroom technology. There are multiple manufacturers to choose from including Dell, HP, and Lenovo as well as touch and non-touch options.
3. Audio Conferencing
Audio conferencing technologies allow teachers to remain connected to their students, no matter the distance between them. For example, with thousands of virtual microphones and precision speakers, the Nureva HDL Virtual Microphone Systems provide true full-room coverage and handles all your audio needs for classrooms and more up to 30′ x 50′. This is a great option for remote and hybrid learning classroom set ups. Additionally, when teachers, administrators, and parents need to meet and discuss student progress and general education changes and policies, audio conferencing is a great option for areas that are still practicing social distancing. Audio conferencing software is a great asset to have for educational industries that require meetings between staff and parents on a regular basis. The community can stay on track and on the same page with adequate audio conferencing.
For teachers who are teaching in remote or hybrid learning classrooms, having a state-of-the-art webcam or tracking camera can help bridge the gap that is created by a screen. When your students are able to get a clear picture of you, this can help preserve the personal feel of the classroom. A great example is the ClearOne UNITE 180 4K Panoramic Tracking Camera. Designed for professional-quality visual collaboration, the UNITE 180 camera provides six viewing modes for room and participant close-ups. Ideal for hybrid learning environments, this ePTZ professional camera provides a full 180-degree panoramic field-of-view with “real-time stitching” to achieve a variety of useful viewing modes for any application and environment.
5. Classroom Microphones
As many schools have transitioned to education styles that support home-learning environments, it’s important to equip teachers with the equipment they need to be heard and understood through the screen. A quality microphone is a solid investment when it comes to ensuring continued educational opportunities through remote learning. One solution that actually combines audio and video is the Poly Studio Premium USB Video Bar. Delivering the best audio quality in its class and group framing and automatic speaker tracking, this premium all-in-one video conference camera & sound bar system helps connect your hybrid classroom. With an integrated camera, stereo speakers, and a six-microphone array, teachers can simultaneously interact with students who are in class and those who are remote, even when moving about the classroom.