If you would welcome the opportunity to offer remote training but you don’t know how to set it up, then using SMART Boards with video conferencing for training could be the answer. Video conferencing opens up the classroom to your students wherever they are located; SMART Boards make remote training more interactive and exciting. Combining the two creates a training atmosphere that can only be beaten by actual face-to-face training.
There are many different platforms for video conferencing, from free online services like Skype to top end high quality dedicated video conferencing systems. Obviously your choice will depend on your circumstances, usage and budget but whichever solution you opt for you gain the same benefits. Using video conferencing for training means your students no longer need to be in the classroom; alternatively, it could mean you can deliver on-site training to a business without actually being onsite. By deploying video conferencing as part of your training setup you can extend your training to people around the world at the touch of a button, and because you can see each other as you speak, you can appreciate all the body language, subtle gestures and expressions that are a vital part of communication.
But video conferencing has its limitations. For example, how do you show your students a diagram, video or worksheet? You could email the course materials in advance but you then need to rely on students to have them to hand at the right time – and you won’t have control of what they see or be able to point out key features, for example. That’s where SMART Boards come into their own.
SMART Boards are interactive white boards that you can use to display anything that’s on your computer, whether it’s a website, YouTube video, Word document or PowerPoint presentation. You can easily open and manipulate objects, files and programmes and write over or highlight the contents. You can invite people to view your SMART Board via their computer, laptop or iPad, but better still, anyone you share your SMART Board with can also control what’s going on on the screen. For example, you could open up a table and ask a student to fill in the relevant information – and everyone would see that info being added, in real time. And if you use video conferencing alongside the SMART Board you will be able to see and talk to each other at the same time.
Using SMART Boards and video conferencing for training enhances learning and opens up a world of opportunities. Whatever your needs or your budget, we can find a SMART Board and video conferencing solution for you. Just call us today on 0118 336 0010 to discuss your requirements and arrange your free demonstration.