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EDTECH SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Learning Glass

By the PAVE Academy

Introduction

It is an underestimation to say that 2020 changed the face of the world, but if you pause for a moment, take a step back and objectively look at the ways in which people and industry have had to rethink how they operate, develop their product line, and diversify ways in which they are delivered, a silver lining appears.

The education sector has been working towards incorporating digital technologies into the classrooms for many years, and while some schools have taken large leaps forward the movement across the sector has been slow and steady – however 2020 shifted that into high gear overnight with remote learning.  While this was a challenge for many teachers and schools, and it did create an extensive workload for many of them, the pandemic and the concept of remote learning forced the education sector to take bold new leaps that will have massive benefits into the future.

Outside of the pedagogical advancement in the classroom, there has been a huge impact on the quality of products that have become available to schools and teachers. Companies have been forced to also leap forward with their product development, innovating new and exciting ways in which teachers can deliver effective and powerful lessons in this new frontier.

And with that we present the first of our EDTECH Spotlight articles on an innovative product that can revolutionise the ways in which teachers not only teach during remote learning lessons, but also moving forward outside of the pandemic lockdowns into hybrid classrooms. – LEARNING GLASS

WHAT IS LEARNING GLASS?

Invented and developed by Dr Matt Anderson, a San Diego State University physics professor, Learning Glass was designed to make learning more engaging for students in both the physical and digital classroom. Now, this product can be used to create FLIPPED learning content, facilitate online remote learning lessons as well as catering to the hybrid classroom.

Meet the EGLASS 

The following video will present the EGLASS or Learning Glass product to you in a quick 60 second demonstration.

What better way to learn about this amazing product than with a quick demonstration!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Lightboard technology is simple, the 66-inch pristine glass panel lit by vivid LED lights allows teachers and presenters to present complex material while maintaining a human connection with students and audiences. Outfitted with sturdy bracket legs on both sides to ensure stability on any table top or flat surface, the teacher stands behind the transparent glass board and writes on the surface with luminescent ink from the included markers in bright neon colours just as you would when you are writing on a whiteboard or blackboard. From here a camera (or iPad/iPhone), facing the board, captures the image and sends it to the digital classroom source (Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Zoom, Webex etc) and flips it so that the image that is being seen by the students is the right way around – just as the teacher sees it. In addition to the fact that there is no longer a need to try and write backwards, it also means that you can face the audience and narrate what you are doing while you are doing it.

The other key benefit to the Learning Glass is that the panel includes inbuilt LED lighting to ensure that the teacher is lit enough for a clear and crisp visual image meaning that you don’t need any additional lights or other gadgets – just the Learning Glass, your laptop and connection to a digital classroom.

HOW DOES LEARNING CLASS CHANGE THE FACE OF DIGITAL LEARNING?

Teachers know that it’s not just the content that they write on a board that is important, that their facial cues and gesture are essential to effective instruction when explaining something to students, and the Learning Glass is a wonderful educational tool that allows these vital elements of instruction to be captured and utilised in the digital learning environment.

An important tool to be used with students of any age, the Learning Glass can be used by teachers to communicate with students and maintain all-important eye contact while writing directly on the board. It can also be used by students, to demonstrate how to do examples in math, science, writing, language, or art are applied to others in their class. The most exciting thing is that this tool is that as education moves forward into the world of the hybrid classroom (where live and digital students interact in lessons simultaneously), the learning glass facilitates ensures effective instruction and delivery of content for everyone regardless of where they are!

Paired with the decimator in-line video flipping device, a video switcher, and your laptop, you can move between live demonstration, slide shows and videos) to create the ultimate remote and hybrid classrooms are the engaging and powerful lessons!

Learning Glass is truly an innovative way of presenting content to the classroom, and it paves the way for teachers to utilise this product to create revolutionary learning experiences for the students of the new hybrid educational age.

SEE LEARNING GLASS IN ACTION!

Inventor and designer Dr Matt Anderson discusses how the learning glass is being used in his classroom at San Diego State University as well as hearing how students react to this innovative learning experience.

 

GET INSPIRED

Are you interested in exploring the Learning Glass for your classroom? Pro AV Solutions and the PAVE Academy can supply you and your school with the complete setup to ensure that you are taking your digital learning to the next level. Click the CONTACT US button at the top of the page to reach out to discuss how we can help you!

Questions that can drive your reflection and discussion around how you approach remote/hybrid/digital learning in your classroom or school

Q1

Think about the approach that you and your school has taken to remote learning though the lockdowns in 2020/21 – what have been some successes and what areas could be improved?

Q2

What technology have/did you you use with your remote learning experience – did it work? Did the technology you used help you to create strong lessons? Why/why not?

Q3

Forget about the restrictions you faced or any other limitations that you may have – what things do you WISH you could do in your digital lessons to make them more engaging and powerful?

Q4

How comfortable do you feel stepping out of your comfort zone? Adopting new technology into teaching practice requires you to rethink how you do what you do so well. Are you ready to take the leap? What challenges might you face if you do?

Q5

Why do i want to make these changes? What am i trying to achieve with this development in my professional approach?

REFERENCES:

Learning Glass
Website for the Learning Glass product.