Screen-Sharing Tool Allows Teachers to Direct Collaboration with Ease
The problem Parkland wanted to solve, Renna says, was how to personalize learning for students without pulling teachers in too many directions to be effective: “How do we clear the brush for teachers and make it as easy as possible for them to personalize learning for students and amplify student agency in the classroom?”
For that, Parkland administrators chose Airtame, a wireless screen-sharing and collaboration solution that they introduced in the high school and, shortly after, implemented districtwide. The technology, Renna says, enables teachers to work more collaboratively with students instead of being tied to the front of a classroom by a cord or cable. This can be particularly beneficial for students who might need extra assistance to keep pace.
“Learning should be driven by the students whenever possible,” Renna says. “There should be the ability for students to work on things at their own speed.
The teacher can be like a maestro, in a sense, keeping things moving for one group while having a sidebar with another.”
Charging Carts Keep Student Devices Always Ready
Even the most talented, multitasking master of a teacher can’t prevent kids from doing what comes naturally: breaking, losing or forgetting things, particularly device chargers. A laptop without a charged battery is just a brick.
With the proliferation of one-to-one device programs in recent years, K–12 district technology teams have had an influx of IT assets to tag, track, update and maintain. It’s no easy feat, particularly for large districts like the School District of Palm Beach County, the 10th largest public school district in the U.S. and the fifth largest in Florida. It’s also why this district invested in Ergotron charging carts to protect, service and store student devices.