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The New (and improved) Post-COVID College Experience

 

This fall marks another back to school season during the new normal. Students are again trading handshakes with new professors for fist and elbow bumps (or maybe even a wave on Zoom). In many places, the beginning of the school year is even marked by continued mask wearing and virtual learning.

An incredible amount of innovation and tech adoption was born through the onset of pandemic challenges and roadblocks. Higher education professionals couldn’t have predicted the impact of the pandemic and how disruptive it would be to the whole college experience, but college campuses and leaders have had to think about how to make the college experience even more engaging and fulfilling than before COVID.

To get a better picture of what we can expect for this school year, Sharp sponsored an interview through eCampus News with three edtech leaders about how life has changed at their institutions and the role technology has played in transforming the classroom environment to prepare for the post-pandemic reality. The following four trends emerged around what to expect on college campuses.

AV Q&A: Gary Kayye Shares Insights on The Future of Education

Many in the AV industry might be familiar with the innovative work and reporting of Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe pubs and Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Pre-pandemic, you probably saw Gary and his dedicated rAVe crew conducting camera interviews at major industry trade shows such as InfoComm and the Digital Signage Expo. With his first-hand experience in academia, we thought it would be compelling to get the inside scoop from Gary on how AV is shaping the future of education and learning. 

How to Make Sure Your Signage Isn't Old School Anymore

 

Whether you’re headed into a job interview, presentation, or a special occasion, it’s important to “look the part.” The same applies to dressing up your learning environment technology. In schools, having a modern space, tools and resources allows students to be informed, stay motivated and communicate with ease. The COVID-19 pandemic has launched educators and students into completely new ways of learning where they rely on technology more than ever. While we know the impact that interactive displays have on the classroom, adding digital signage to school common areas can make a major visual impact while providing a simplified way to communicate to large audiences at once.  

Traditionally associated with retail spaces, fast food and fast casual restaurants, digital signage is seeing increased demand from K-12 to colleges and universities. There are countless locations within a school – some you may not have thought of – where digital signage can make a difference. 

When It Comes to Display Tech in the Classroom, Agnostic is Best

 

It may be one of the greatest pet peeves for teachers. You get some fancy new technology to use in the classroom, oohs and aahs abound, but it’s incompatible or difficult to use with existing software and other systems. Or you need to learn an entirely new system, so it becomes a major time investment that counters what you thought you’d save with the technology. What educators need – and what will invariably make their jobs easier – is technology that can link up to existing devices seamlessly and that will require minimal effort to get up to speed on. This is where having an open platform solution can provide huge benefits. For interactive displays, open platform is essentially an agnostic tool that can connect with any other devices in the classroom environment.

Planning Your Back-to-the-Office Strategy

 

As we enter the post-COVID-19 era, Gartner predicts almost half of employees will work from home, and executives in the McKinsey survey expect that employees will only need to be onsite between one and four days a week. This creates a hybrid office model that blends a workforce of employees working part of the week in the office and the other part from home, others working full time in the office, and still others working remotely, full time. Additionally, there will be lingering concerns around social distancing, air quality and cleanliness in the workplace, as well as coworkers' health status for those who spend time in the office. Despite all this, the need for in-person collaboration to drive creativity and team building will remain. The office we get back to will not be the one we left, and it will require new strategies, mindsets and technology solutions that ensure long-term sustainable success.  

Interactive Whiteboards Create Collaborative Classrooms

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Learning is becoming more and more digitized, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, technology is also becoming more comfortable to use and takes less time to implement. With the ability to use the display as a touchscreen device, an interactive whiteboard allows teachers to accomplish a wide range of tasks, from presenting to collaboration. 

How to Revolutionize a Hybrid Learning Environment

 

We recently had the opportunity to work with Denmark Technical College (DTC), located in South Carolina, to provide technology solutions that created the perfect hybrid learning environment. With Sharp’s technological upgrades, the school’s faculty and students were able to continue their work without major disruptions or complications. Consider some of these tech upgrades as you look to enhance your college’s hybrid classroom experience.

How to give your school a technology makeover

 

Does your school need a technology upgrade? If you’re still writing on chalkboards and using projectors – or even if you’re working on older smartboard models – the answer is yes! Technology is at the core of virtually everything we do and exposing students to cutting-edge devices at a young age can set them up for success in the future. In addition, new display technology in the classroom allows teachers to streamline their daily plans and allows for an interactive environment for all to learn.

How to Build Your Home Office Oasis

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In the past year, office workers have quickly adapted to working from home by clearing out guest rooms, beefing up Wi-Fi, and scheduling meetings around their child’s nap time. At first your ideal home office may be as simple as a room without your kid’s online learning in the background, but if you really think about making your workspace perfect for productivity, there are clearly other aspects that need to be considered. In my quest to put together my ideal home office, I examined all critical components, from hardworking hardware to a motivating ambiance.

How IoT and the cloud can improve the meeting room experience

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Twenty-three hours a week. That’s how much time on average that an executive spends in meetings, according to MIT’s Sloan Management Review. That’s approximately three whole business days’ worth of in-person and remote meetings, and for some of us it feels like even more. While most meetings are essential and help move forward impactful ideas, even the most important or most stimulating could use a boost.

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