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Pursuing an Active Learning Environment

by Dennis Pierce

The Journal

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3 Key Trends in AV Technology for Schools

With active learning environments on the rise, new systems must support collaboration in the classroom and on the Web. In schools from coast to coast, classroom learning environments are becoming more active and collaborative. Students are contributing to discussions and presentations, and the days of the “sage on the stage” are waning. This change is having a profound effect on the deployment of audiovisual technology in education.

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New AV Technology Options Require Collaboration and Conversation from Educators, Administrators and IT Leaders

Classroom AV technology is changing to accommodate the needs of active learners and to leverage new technology. The ability of multiple users to interact with the same content through touch-enabled devices from various locations creates both opportunities and challenges for today’s educators. Apps for both Windows and Android allow wireless screen display from these devices. And new web-based conferencing options are emerging to compete with the now-familiar Skype and Google Hangouts. This is all great, but raises the question of how educators can determine which of the devices and apps to use and how school systems can provide needed training. What should your school be doing to ensure efficient use of new AV technology options?

Technology is no longer just an IT issue—the effective use of technology for multiple applications requires strategic planning and alignment with organizational strategies and goals and requires conversations across the silos that have traditionally existed in educational institutions. Planning also requires ongoing input from the learners themselves, with a focus on achieving desired outcomes. Lenovo is committed to partnering with administrators, educators, and IT leaders to help them adjust to meet shifting needs while keeping core priorities in mind.