VIEWS & OPINION Supporting schools with powerful software Comment by RACHEL ASHMORE, Head of Promethean Academy

As we currently embark on what will be considered as the new normal for the foreseeable future, it is important to recognise the part that technology has played and continues to play in education. From the classroom to supporting learning at home, technology helps teachers to engage students by creating connected and interactive learning environments. While hardware solutions are widely recognised for the contribution they make to classroom collaboration, understanding the importance of powerful software designed specifically for education is also key.

Enhancing classroom environments From interactive display devices, to hand-held tablets and beyond, technology is increasingly being used to aid student development and enhance participation. However, as well as hardware that has been developed for the education space, software that enhances teaching techniques and supports the creation of connected environments is fundamental within the classroom. With its roots firmly embedded in education, Promethean’s hardware

and software solutions have been specifically designed with the classroom in mind. Bolstering technology use for educational benefit, Promethean’s innovative tools are trusted by educators to enhance the learning space whilst creating dynamic and engaging lessons. Supplied as standard with the Promethean ActivPanel, ActivInspire

provides access to a vast suite of tools to plan and deliver engaging lessons and enables teachers to create digital flipcharts for all curriculum areas. Supporting instruction, encouraging participation and inspiring creativity, the lesson delivery software works across Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, bolstering the integration of interactive technology within classrooms.

While ActivInspire is commonly used to prepare and deliver lessons,

whether in the classroom or as a screen recorded video, the Android- powered ActivPanel also provides access to a range of pre-loaded apps and further downloadable resources. With tools such as the Promethean Instant Whiteboarding app and screen sharing, teachers have the flexibility to switch seamlessly between planned lessons and learning in the moment. Wherever learning takes place, the one constant will be that teachers

need to adapt to make lesson content engaging, collaborative and supportive – and both now and in the future, technology will play an integral part in achieving this.

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Beyond the classroom Although usually used within classroom environments, ActivInspire has more recently been supporting teachers when working from home – assisting students’ learning remotely through the ActivInspire Screen Recorder feature. The ActivInspire Screen Recorder supports learning from home by

enabling teachers to use existing lesson materials they would normally deliver in the classroom. Teachers can use the ActivInspire Screen Recorder to record their voice and actions on screen, talking students through the key learning points. Teachers can then share the flipchart as a video file to the school’s preferred platforms. This helps to save time as teachers are familiar with the software and do not need to create a new bank of resources. Moreover, ActivInspire Screen Recorder is not limited to flipcharts. Teachers can use the feature with any desktop application, giving even greater flexibility over the use of existing lesson content.

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