UC Advanced - issue #7

Simon Port “Technology in the classroom changes rapidly and we consistently hear from customers that they want secure solutions, have the longevity to keep up with other classroom technology, and fit easily into their desired ecosystem. These are some of the problems we wanted to solve with the design of ActivPanel LX. Specifically, our move away from an all-in-one device to a modular architecture addresses the needs we hear most from customers purchasing interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs). We understand that compatibility is important to provide continuity of technology use across classrooms where there is a combination of legacy and current implementations. “Whichever computing environment schools prefer, the ActivPanel LX can be seamlessly integrated using an optional computing device. While this gives schools increased flexibility it also creates a more secure IFPD solution as existing security protocols and authentication methods can be used. Moreover, as no data is stored on the panel, it completely removes any security risk or the need for panel security updates. “It also extends the useful life of the panel as the external computing device can be upgraded as needed, rather than having to replace the interactive display. As well as being a more sustainable technology strategy, it gives the ActivPanel LX greater longevity at a time when schools need every investment to deliver maximum value in the long term. As operating systems become outdated and unsupported, the ActivPanel LX can be easily upgraded with a new external computing device.” Petia Maximova “We’ve seen how easily education and teaching can be interrupted during COVID-19 and I don’t think schools are even 40% of where they need to be in terms of having reliable technology, so I think funding and having adequate technology are the big things. Making sure that every single school has adequate access to technology that enables distance learning is fundamental. “I think the other topic, which has always been top of mind but with AI I think now it’s even more so, is students’ safety. I think that there is a big focus on being able to make sure that students are safe on any technology that is being used. This will be a big debate for the next year because, although safety measures are in place, there isn’t a real focus on it and I think a lot of companies will be doubling down on it.”

Q What impact is AI having on Education? Martin McDermott “AI is poised to revolutionise education, supporting schools and academies

in their mission to personalise the delivery of lessons, and help to create learning materials that suit different needs, abilities and styles, to maximise individual outcomes. “AI also brings the functionality for large databases to analyse student data, associated with learning, and identifying gaps. By providing an overview of student performance in this way, educational institutions will then be able to flag any areas or subjects in which students need further support or attention.”

AI opens up ways for students who learn better with visual aids or who don’t understand a particular subject,

to custom make these pieces of training

Matt Waring “With the increasing prevalence of hybrid learning, AI is finding its place in the classroom, helping to improve lesson equity and encourage remote students to feel involved and speak up. For example, AI- powered whiteboard cameras can provide remote learners with a clear, real-time view of the whiteboard. The camera’s AI capability can “ghost” the teacher’s hand as they write, so they can enjoy an uninterrupted view of the whiteboard, reducing the risk of an inadequate remote learning experience and giving every student a seat at the front of the class.” Petia Maximova “The personalised experience is huge when it comes to AI. There was one opinion that I heard which was that with artificial intelligence we can create much more individualised training, which is a tendency in education as there is a focus on the skill-based economy, practical training, and individualised learning. “AI opens up ways for students who learn better with visual aids or who don’t understand a particular subject, to custom make these pieces of training using AI. I’m so glad to see this because it’s such a powerful way to further education and we’re adding all these dimensions to help students learn better.”

Petia Maximova




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