The Coming Revolution In Learning
Do schools kill creativity? This is the question posed by Sir Ken Robinson, Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick in his famous TED Talk that has received over ten million views on YouTube. An international advisor on education, Sir Ken believes that traditional teaching methods do not work, as they stifle students’ creativity and their ability to solve problems.
Education is the cornerstone of any society’s success, including those in South East Asia. But according to Sir Ken, education systems around the world have been designed to meet the last-century requirements of commerce and industry. He points out that the world is changing so fast that no one can predict what skills will be required in five years’ time—let alone 50 years.
Creativity, says Sir Ken, is now as important as literacy, and should have the same status. The challenge then, is to create classrooms that allow students to develop their individual creativity and intelligence.
The rising change in education
Fortunately, many governments recognise the need for change. Singapore is building the world’s first Smart Nation and is actively pushing innovations in education. Whilst Thailand plans to develop “smart classrooms” equipped with interactive devices for the digital generation. Indonesia announced plans for an ICT-based “Learning Movement” emphasising technology in the classroom. Malaysia too, has invested in technologies for education initiatives such as “Smart Schools”.
This quest to deliver next generation tools in education has driven Epson to research and understand the mechanics of learning; consequently, developing solutions that enable interactive learning for students who grew up with an intuitive appreciation of technology.
Epson introduces interactive projection technology to help educators
Imagine a classroom where the front screen is transformed into a giant digital drawing board. Epson has developed interactive projectors with this vision in mind. Operated by six-point multi-touch or two interactive pens, these projectors allow users to directly control education software projected on screen, or create instant drawings and annotations to maximise the impact of education communication. When multiple participants, teachers and students alike are given the opportunity to co-create and interact simultaneously on this large digital learning canvas, the lesson becomes collaborative, stimulating and fun.
Epson EB-600 series and EB-1400 series interactive projectors feature beyond Full HD WUXGA resolution ultra-short throw projection, PC or PC-less interactivity and seamless interactivity across dual screens to ignite highly engaging presentations. The higher end EB-1400 series interactive projectors feature advanced mobile device connectivity, remote desktop access and the ability to enhance distance learning video calls by sharing interactive projections across multiple locations; for example, live drawings can be shared among four networked interactive projectors in different locations during video calls for students in remote locations to have two-way collaboration with their teacher.
“As the learning revolution gathers momentum, Epson’s interactive projector technology will continue to play a leading role – unleashing students’ natural creative and ideas.”
Amy Kwa, Department Head, Epson Visual Instruments Division
The importance of screen size in a classroom setting
Connecting with students’ mobile devices
Teachers can also collaborate with students’ mobile devices with the ability to connect up to 50 laptops, tablets or smartphones to the interactive projector via the network. Epson has brought classroom collaboration to a new level, as the interactive projectors now support key lesson processes such as sending questions to student laptops and devices and receiving their answers for preview before selecting up to four answers to be projected at the same time on the screen for comparisons and discussion. Finally, the work created on screen can be directly saved or printed via the network for dissemination right away.
Epson, with a majority 68.4% Ultra-Short Throw Interactive Projector market share** in Southeast Asia in FY2016 Q3 year to date, is the preferred interactive projector brand for innovative schools in the region to help teachers to teach more effectively.
* Leading 70-inch class 4k resolution flat panel in a 22′ (width) by 27′ (depth) classroom-style arrangement. When asked to copy down six short items of information from slides being displayed, 58% of students ages 12-22 copied at least one item incorrectly. Based on U.S. research conducted by Radius Research.
**Source: Futuresource Consulting
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