Smarter Interactive will be exhibiting at Learning Technologies 2013 later this month and in recent posts we’ve been outlining some of the demonstrations that will be available on our stand. We’ve already talked about in room communication technologies and remote one way training, but what if you want to be able to offer fully collaborative two way training outside the classroom? We have solutions for that too – and you’ll be able to see two way remote collaboration in action at the exhibition. While there is a place for one way training – where a presenter displays a slideshow or shares data with delegates who observe passively – training is far more effective when your students can take part and respond immediately. Using SMART technology you can offer your students the opportunity to participate fully, leading to improved collaboration and a more dynamic learning experience. And because SMART understands that it’s not possible for everyone to have a SMART Board to hand, we can supply SMART Bridgit software which creates an access point for everyone via their PC, Mac or iPad. So how does two way remote collaboration work? Imagine a scenario where you want to ask your student questions and have them respond in some way. Using SMART Bridgit they can take control of your SMART Board and write or draw on it using their mouse or keyboard. They can also manipulate objects, for example move a series of typed events into chronological order, sort numbers etc. And you’re not limited to training individual students either. You can invite as many people to the session as you want and everyone will be able to participate fully in real time – and as with all SMART sessions you can save the board and send everything out to students later. Here’s a real life example for you. UK company Global Knowledge provides training courses in IT and business skills to the private and public sector. To maximise the learning opportunities they have used SMART Bridgit to link together two classrooms in different locations. This means the trainer can deliver learning to both groups of people simultaneously, which has big benefits in time and travel savings, and increases the knowledge pool of the attendees too. Global Knowledge also uses high definition video conferencing to make the dual classroom environment a more immersive experience, where the trainer and trainees can see and speak to each other while they share data and collaborate. While this isn’t essential to most training scenarios, it is a nice extra to be able to offer, and there are now several video conferencing platforms available to suit all budgets. For example, LifeSize ClearSea lets you invite people to join an HD video conference from their PC, Mac or iOS/Android/Windows Mobile device at no cost to the delegates. To find out more about two way remote collaboration and how you could use it in a training environment visit us on stand 16 at Learning Technologies 2013. The exhibition takes place on Tues 29th and Wed 30th January at Olympia 2, London and tickets are free – book yours here. Alternatively, give us a call on 0118 336 0010 to speak to our experts today. Oh, and we will be giving away an iPad during the exhibition so make sure you pay us a visit on stand 16!
James Henrey, CEO