Wireless improves student engagement, device management

Educators often bemoan the presence of mobile devices in the classroom when they’re in the hands of students and distracting them from the lesson at hand. But when that device is in the hand of the educator and has the power to wirelessly connect to a large display to help with the lesson, it’s a different story.

Regina Catholic Schools didn’t have to look very far to find a robust classroom solution that would enhance student learning, give teachers the mobility to control their classrooms and be simple for IT to deploy and manage. Wireless display was on the lips of everyone in the Regina Catholic Technology Services group for an entire year.

Scott Fossenier, IT Supervisor at Regina Catholic Schools remembers, “we tested several products over the past year and selected ScreenBeam because it met our key criteria and had the best performance.”

Compatible with the school’s fleet of Windows 10 devices, ScreenBeam wireless display receivers creates a dedicated connection between the teacher’s source device and the classroom display.

Math Teacher at Regina Catholic Schools, Amy Sanville says that “now I am able to circulate throughout the classroom while teaching.  I can use my tablet and am no longer limited to standing at the front of the classroom or being at my desk.  I can review student work as I teach and give immediate feedback.”

Engaged Students

Other teachers at Regina Catholic Schools found that by using wireless display, more students were interacting with content from their classroom devices.  There was a marked increase in students sharing their work, answering problems and collaborating with each other, all from the safety of their own seats.  Any content can be displayed through wireless display, which means that Regina Catholic School teachers are able to enrich their lesson plans with videos, interactive learning applications, and online content, further engaging their students with media-rich material.

One central location

A new device on campus usually means set-up, configuration, lengthy training sessions and continuous on-site management.  One of the main advantages of Regina Catholic Schools deploying ScreenBeam is the Central Management System (CMS).  With 400 receivers spread across 29 locations, Regina Catholic Schools uses the CMS to remotely access each receiver to configure, customize, apply policies and push firmware updates from one central location.  IT administrators save a massive amount of time managing these devices.

Taking back control

Admittedly, technology in the classroom can be a challenge for teachers to stay in control and keep students on task.  For Windows 10 and Windows 10S-equipped classrooms, teachers can have control over student devices. ScreenBeam Classroom Commander is an orchestration system that completely changes the dynamics of a classroom full of students with assigned devices.

Teachers with ScreenBeam Classroom Commander can monitor student screens and their active applications in real-time, blank all screens to capture attention and drive URL’s across all screens, creating a more focused and controlled digital learning environment.

Engaged students, empowered teachers and a classroom technology that is easily deployed and managed by IT is the trifecta of ed-tech at its best.

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