UK schools to embrace the Modern Classroom with Promethean in 2016


Global education company Promethean is reimagining the learning workspace by developing solutions which enhance teaching and learning, encourage true collaboration, increase student motivation and improve learning productivity – all by facilitating learning beyond the classroom walls. Focused firmly on what schools need to effectively support learning opportunities, Promethean is at the forefront of developing technologies which make an impact where it matters most – ensuring all students have the chance to realise their true potential. From ActivPanel and ActivBoard front-of-class displays through to connected classroom software ClassFlow, Promethean is committed to helping educators and students to work and learn in new ways.

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At the Bett 2016 conference earlier this month in London, Promethean demonstrated to thousands of teachers how their ‘Modern Classroom’ solutions can be used to support a wide range of teaching and learning strategies. The organisation’s head of Education Consultancy, Dr John Collick, also took to the Bett Arena stage with his informative (and often humorous) presentation ‘Future education technology - the real challenges’.

Heading up Promethean’s vision of the modern classroom is the device-agnostic ClassFlow. During Bett, teachers and students from Saltash Community School, Cornwall demonstrated how the system is ideal for running lessons digitally. The team at Stand B99 showed how they particularly liked ClassFlow’s ability to help address the SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) classroom challenge via the likes of assessment and pupil-collaboration.

Since its initial launch at Bett two years ago, ClassFlow has undergone significant development, which has focused on creating a powerful software solution directly addressing the modern needs of education environments. By registering for a free ClassFlow account, teachers will gain access to a wealth of collaborative tools and the ability to prepare multimedia-rich lessons. With this resource, they can create project-based learning experiences which are personalised to different groups of students or individuals.

“The concept of ClassFlow has always been to provide teachers with a platform that enables the integration of varied classroom technologies, regardless of the devices that are in use” said Promethean’s Ian Curtis, head of Europe, Africa and Australasia. “Using ClassFlow gives teachers a central point for lesson preparation, lesson delivery and student assessment. While this makes life a little easier for the teacher, even more importantly, the interactive features of ClassFlow empower both teacher and student to engage in truly collaborative learning opportunities.”

Promethean and Saltash Community School team up to demonstrate ClassFlow

Also at Stand B99 was the launch of a newly-upgraded ActivPanel, a touchscreen solution that keeps pace with the computing world by specifically addressing the growing demand for Android devices in classroom displays. As well as catering to Android users, ActivPanel now enables users to externally upgrade the device.

“Many schools looking to invest in flat panels with internal computing devices have the expectation that the technology will not need to be refreshed for five to 10 years,” said Promethean’s Ian Curtis, head of Europe, Africa and Australasia. “However, the rate of innovation around computing processing power on average doubles every two years. This means there is a high likelihood that the processing power may be generations behind after a short period of time, leaving schools with dated technology and without options.

“Ease-of-use and efficiency continue to emerge as key requirements in the education sector. In doing so, we’ve succeeded in addressing these while at the same time designing an upgradeable solution which will protect the investment which schools make in the ActivPanel displays.”

Throughout 2016, Promethean will be focussing on asking teachers to reimagine their teaching and learning spaces by thinking about how edtech could extend learning beyond their classroom.

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