How technology enhances the learning experience from anywhere

In collaboration with Logitech.

In the immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, colleges and universities rushed to come up with impromptu ways of teaching from a distance.

By the end of March, there were more than 930 million downloads of educational applications worldwide, a higher number than ever before. In the United States, online education platform usage rose by more than 10 percent between March and June as students made the switch to distance learning.

The future of back to school

Now, as efforts to restart the economy continue, but with infections still rising in many areas, governments and school officials are looking ahead to the start of the new school year and are hoping for the best (a full return to classrooms) but preparing for the worst (continued shutdowns).

One thing is clear: The safety of students and educators is the top priority.

Getting back into classrooms safely

Many jurisdictions are working hard to get kids back in physical classrooms in the fall of 2020. Several strategies are being considered to keep students safe while also allowing for effective learning, including:

  • Daily health checks, masks, smaller class sizes, reduced contact between students, classroom layouts that allow for distancing, and outdoor physical education classes will minimize risks of infection.
  • At some schools, students may alternate days at school with time learning online.
  • Schools are focusing on core subjects and educators are working hard to create learning experiences that spark students’ curiosity, while also developing curricula that are flexible enough to work well both in and out of the physical classroom.

A big part of back-to-school planning is the awareness that a quick transition back to online learning may be needed in the event of infection. Schools may close for just a few days in the event a small number of students become ill to allow cleaning to take place, but larger outbreaks may result in longer closures lasting weeks, or perhaps even months.

In the post-pandemic classroom, technology will play a more important part than ever in facilitating the learning experience. Using technology designed to maximize engagement and immersion opportunities for remote learning will help teachers and students manage the transition to learning from anywhere.

Enhance learning experiences with the right gear

Effective learning depends on communication between students and educators, and Logitech products help make this possible. Whether learning happens in-class or remotely, the right gear helps students engage and learn with flexibility.

Logitech solutions also help students and educators set up effective remote workspaces that limit distractions, promote concentration, and enable greater opportunities for connection and creativity.

  • Student solutions: Enhance remote learning experiences on school issued devices by connecting to a Bluetooth tablet keyboard that helps students type comfortably. Create virtual face-to-face connections with a webcam and headset for collaborative online learning.
  • Educator solutions: Provide a Logitech webcam and software, such as Logitech Capture, for educators to pre-record and distribute lectures prior to class discussions, maximizing in-class time when or if it’s available, and ensuring that online contact is focused on engaging with students rather than delivering course materials.
  • Classroom solutions: Keep virtual classrooms connected by equipping spaces with conference cameras to share lectures with virtual students or to expand the reach of the physical classroom – by connecting with subject matter experts, like with Microsoft’s Skype a Scientist program.

Expanding the reach of education

Distance learning technology opens possibilities for enhanced learning and global collaboration. For younger learners, remote field trips let them experience places far from home, bringing learning to life. For college and university students, video-first technology solutions offer an ideal way to create an adaptive learning environment that reflects their existing interests and capabilities, giving them an opportunity to connect with peers and access cutting-edge research being done at top schools around the world.

Because these tools are simple to use, students can easily collaborate, share ideas, and freely explore content, and instructors can provide guidance and feedback rather than simply deliver course materials.

Connect with us to explore Logitech’s adaptive technologies designed to help students amplify their voices and reach their full potential.

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