Digital Ecosystem in Classrooms

In the modern digital learning ecosystem, students and teachers are able to interact in a fluid learning environment, moving freely throughout the classroom and school, untethered.  Our learners enjoy a robust wireless environment that allows them to access digital content, engage in collaboration, and creatively problem solve using contemporary learning tools.  Now that all teachers have laptops and nearly all students have equitable access to a touch-enabled Chromebooks in grades 3 through 12, the collaboration monitors bring a new level of collaboration capabilities not possible in the previous model.  Synergy continues to build in our digital learning ecosystem as LCPS has also enabled all schools broadcasting capabilities via their own streaming channel that can be leveraged for internal and external communications.

 

The new 75” collaboration monitors at both the elementary and secondary levels offer a brightness that no longer requires teachers to dim the lights or pull the shades.  The new panels also have an increased life expectancy compared to projection based systems. There is no longer a need to continually replace bulbs or spend valuable staff time cleaning filters and projectors.  The new panels also include built-in audio that will reduce staff frustration on external systems that often failed or required adjustments depending on the audio source. 

 elem classroom tech

In elementary classrooms, the new collaboration monitors are now mobile and allow teachers the ability to reconfigure their learning spaces on-demand.  A variety of devices can be hardwired to present and also supports the interactivity for Macs, Windows, and Chromebooks. This will continue to strengthen our BYOT initiative and allow students to bring devices that work best for them, not just the district provided technology.

 secondary classroom tech

In secondary classrooms, the collaboration monitors are mounted to the wall on a swivel bracket.  The teachers can angle the display for the entire class or to smaller individual groups working independently.  The panels allow for any Mac, Windows, or Chromebook device to connect to them with an included HDMI cable and teachers are able to wirelessly present content from their LCPS assigned laptops.

 

By comparison, the previous model of classroom technology was obsolete.  This combination of interdependent systems was complex and fraught with issues due to the multiple systems and connections. 

old classroom tech