Districts can affordably create a multiscreen classroom--and it can have a number of benefits in hybrid and remote learning scenarios

Hybrid-remote learning provides the flexibility and freedom schools, parents, and students need in the current pandemic. However, moving a traditional classroom that’s built for face-to-face delivery to a hybrid-remote environment where instructors are teaching to both students in the classroom and online, often simultaneously, will take more than simply a laptop and a video conferencing application. With only these basic tools, remote students may be positioned to fail while teachers are burdened with an unnatural way to teach and a heavier workload. Enter the multiscreen classroom.

In fact, the recent study “Learning and instruction in the hybrid virtual classroom: An investigation of students’ engagement and the effect of quizzes,” published in January by Elsevier, found that both students’ relatedness to peers and intrinsic motivation — both of which are shown to deeply impact academic achievement — work best when multiple screens and collaboration technology is in place.

While it may be hard to imagine a classroom with more than one screen, the success of the hybrid-remote model will depend upon it. Multiple displays enable teachers and students to easily see and engage with each other. To affordably transition to this new model and create a cohesive environment for everyone, schools can rely on the latest budget-friendly display, projector, and presentation solutions designed for education.

The model classroom

In the study, the school employed a classroom setup with the focus on offering all students — whether they were in the classroom or joining online — comparable learning experiences. The setup was also designed to make it more natural and effortless for instructors to teach and engage with students. Remote students were projected on four projector screens at the back of the class, with four students appearing on each screen.

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