EDTECH Spotlight #2 – HDi Mobile Trolleys

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HDi Mobile Trolleys

Introduction

The modern-day classroom is changing, with new technologies being introduced to the sector that is changing the ways in which teachers and students interact with the learning that is occurring. One of the biggest technology shifts is the introduction of displays and screens, in specific interactive screens into the classroom. These devices are amazing and change the way in which technology drives learning in the classroom, but that is not the focus of this spotlight, instead of for this article, we are focusing on the ways in which they are installed in the space and specifically, mobile trolley solutions that provide ultimate flexibility for the learning space. 

While mounting an interactive screen to the wall is standard practice, a wall mounted screen can create a immovable structure to the way teachers design their classroom layout, the learning activities, and the location where they deliver explicit teaching in a lesson. With the ever-growing pedagogical ideals of student-centered learning, there is starting to be a need for learning spaces to be more flexible, allowing teachers to shift the learning focus from a single location dependant upon the needs of the lesson and the learners. And with this, many classrooms and schools are starting to explore mobile trolleys for their displays and interactive screens, and in this article, we are going to discuss 2 modes in the HDi mobile trolleys from TechnologyCore that can open up the ways in which teachers and students engage with the learning:

– The Mobi Elite Plus Tilt-2-Table

– The Mobi Special Edition (SE) Trolley

"The physical space serves as an intellectual gymnasium with multiple, flexible spaces that accommodate a variety of learning tasks"

– American Association of School Librarians

HDi's Mobi (SE) Special Edition Mobile Trolley

While technology in the classroom is vital to ensure that the learning is at the cutting edge, students’ and teachers’ ability to access and use that technology is vital to ensuring its success. With that in mind, we need to consider all the needs of all the students in our schools, including those with physical challenges. 

With that in mind, we would like to draw your attention to the Mobi SE Trolley as a means to ensure that all students in your classroom can engage with the displays that are installed in your classrooms. 

Due to the needs of schools, HDi has proudly engineered and manufactured a mobile trolley that is specifically designed for students and people with special needs. While offering a full range of electric height adjustments is not necessarily unique to mobile trolleys on the market, it is the additional feature of the forward and backward tilt that makes this mobile trolley special.

This trolley has the ability to be tilted forwards to allow students in a wheelchair to have full access of the display. In addition to this, the screen can tilt backwards allowing those students with walking aids to be able to easily access all regions of the screen. The open gauge legs allow for the student and their walking aids or wheelchairs to come right up to the display to fully interact with all regions – a true fully inclusive technology solution that will ensure all learners can engage with technology in the classroom. 

An added bonus is the fact that there is an in-built power board that allows you to connect devices and displays to the trolley without having to worry about cables getting in the way of students, especially those with special needs, they have truely thought of everything.

The cherry on top, with this trolley is that while it is designed for the HDi 55″ EDGE Interactive display, it does cater for the wider range of VESA mounts (400×400 & 400×600) meaning that you can use this powerful learning device for the displays you currently have in your classroom, transforming your existing technology into a fully inclusive solution quickly, easily and without being too costly. 

If you would like to discuss getting one of these amazing, Australian-made mobile trolleys for your school please hit the CONTACT US button at the top of the screen to arrange to speak to one of our education specialists. 

"All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent."

– John F. Kennedy

HDi's Mobi Elite Plus Tilt-2-Table Mobile Trolley

While we discuss the concept of flexibility in the learning space, it is also worth noting of another fantastic mobile trolley on offer fromt he HDi mobile trolley range – the Elite Plus – Tilt 2 Table.

While mobile trolleys open the door for teachers to think about how they place the technology in the learning space to enhance student learning, their impact on the pedagogical approaches has been somewhat limited to that.  Traditionally, the classroom display itself is the driving force behind the way in which the technology is used in the pedagogical approaches to learning, but with the Elite Plus Tilt-2-Table trolley, the trolley can play a major role in how you use your display in your teaching.

With the full range of mobility, from the traditional upright stance to a flat tabletop orientation, you can now maximize the roles in which your display is used in the classroom. 

Note: It is worth noting that not all screens are warrantied for tabletop configuration. While HDi Interactive screens are warrantied as table-tops this does not apply to all manufacturers. We recommend that before you purchase this solution you explore the warranty restrictions and conditions around your displays. 

The opportunities to extend the ways in which the technology drives the learning in your classroom is endless. Imagine using an interactive display in table-top configuration and having all your students standing around it. You could have a highly interactive and collaborative learning experience with your classroom technology at the centre of it all!

From planning plays on the sporting field and annotating maps to interacting with 3D models, the tabletop configuration of a display can revolutionize the pedagogical approaches that you take to learning in your classroom, transforming the way in which your classroom technology lies at its core. 

GET INSPIRED

Are you interested in exploring one of these mobile trolley solutions in your classroom? Can you see them revolutionising the way in which the technology is used for your students learning? Click the CONTACT US button on the top of this page to reach out to discuss how we can assist you!

Questions that can drive discussion around how digital technology can change your pedagogical approach - designed to spark professional discussions with your colleagues

Q1

Think about the classroom technology that you have in your school. How could solutions like this impact the pedagogical approaches that teachers take to learning in the classroom?

Q2

Do you have any students in your school with special needs? How can a solution like this benefit your students?

Q3

If you were to adopt a technology solution like this, what support would teachers need around their pedagogical approaches to ensure these tools were used effectively?

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

If you were to consider using a mobile trolley for your classroom technology, why do I want to make these changes? What am I trying to achieve with this development in my professional approach?

References

HDi – Mobility Solutions
By: TechnologyCore

Physical Space Quote
By: American Association of School Librarians

EDTECH Spotlight #1 – Learning Glass

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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.

Introducing the EDTECH Spotlight Series

EDTECH SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Introducing the EDTECH Spotlight Series?

WHAT ARE EDTECH SPOTLIGHTS?

The PAVE Academy prides itself of providing schools with the best and most reliable education technology solutions that not only improve student learning outcomes but also work to improve the working conditions and experience for educators and teachers, but we also pride ourselves on seeking and supplying cutting-edge, innovative technology that pushes digital education into the next realm!

As such, our EdTech spotlight is designed to spend some time highlighting some of these innovative products to demonstrate how technology is paving the way for advancement and development in the education sector.

As such, our EdTech spotlight is designed to spend some time highlighting some of these innovative products to demonstrate how technology is paving the way for advancement and development in the education sector.

These spotlights will be an exploration of how new and innovative technologies are changing the face of digital teaching. To facilitate this, each article will be divided into a series of different elements:

1 – we will provide a product overview, explaining what it is and its key specifications so that you can understand the product and what is required to operate it.

2 – we will unpack links to how these products can impact on pedagogical approaches to learning

3 – And of course, the products that we spotlight will all be available for purchase through both Pro AV Solutions and the PAVE Academy for purchase if teachers or schools require.  

DESIGNED TO INSPIRE!

With these articles being designed to inspire teachers and get them thinking differently about how they deliver learning in their classroom, we welcome you to the EdTech Spotlight articles and hope that they get you thinking out of the box to PAVE the way for innovative and powerful learning experiences. 

DO YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE?

Is there a piece of innovative education that you think is changing the face of education?

Share this with us by clicking the CONTACT US button at the top of the page and we will contact you about exploring how we can work together to spotlight the product and inspire further classroom development.