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Preparing for the Collaborative Classrooms of Tomorrow

April 5, 2017 | Telepresence Options


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Remember the days of students sitting in grid-like classroom rows with a teacher sitting behind a desk glued to a laptop screen? Those days are going, going, soon to be gone, said Jason Meyer, senior product manager, Epson America. So what's next?

"Moveable furniture, multiple monitors, document cameras, and interactive projectors--that's what the future classroom looks like," he said. "In other words, it's about 'active learning,' introduced as a collaborative learning space promoting both creativity and critical thinking, with an aim to provide equal visual and auditory accessibility for students, regardless of where they are sitting in the classroom. As the idea continues to grow in popularity and expand in capabilities, the need for collaboration-enabling technology will be crucial."

With wireless device connectivity, students and teachers are already using tablet devices in the classroom, Meyer added. "With Epson education presentation displays, students can also project content from their devices onto entire walls and surfaces, and annotate on the wall in real time using their fingers with BrightLink devices. Teachers can see and display up to four devices simultaneously from a maximum of 50 connected student devices, or easily compare students' work side-by-side for an engaging, collaborative learning experience. As the technology landscape develops, whether its high-speed networks, 3D printing, or high-resolution visualization, so will classrooms."

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