New technologies are rapidly changing the education landscape. With exciting new tools, devices, software and content, educators have to often adapt quickly and often the learning curve for them can be steep. In fact, teachers are often on their own to find the content they need for their class curriculum and then square those finds with their district technology coordinator and/or school administrators. A recent study by Tyton Partners found that about 60 percent of teachers are responsible for making the digital purchasing decisions for their classroom.
Here is a primer for finding the classroom content that meets the need of educators and maps with the criteria administrators look for when evaluating digital learning resources and delivery systems. It will also explain how Promethean’s interactive displays with ClassFlow lesson delivery meets these needs.
1. Does the content map with curriculum standards?
Fun games can incentivize students to learn, but the digital apps must align with national, state and common core standards. Promethean’s ClassFlow allows a district’s own standards can be populated for use within the platform. As teachers create lessons, they can also tag standards by keywords. (ex. Common Core, Web’s Depth of Knowledge, and Bloom’s Taxonomy). Keyword tagging allows flexibility for teachers and teaching departments to reference lessons in the way best suited to their individual requirements… and the best part? ClassFlow is free.
2. Does the platform provide curricular activities across multiple subjects?
Students learn at different paces and in different ways. Having a digital suite that provides varied options for learning; for example, a math concept or developing reading comprehension is important. ClassFlow is designed for use in all areas. As an instructional delivery platform, it can be used across the board for core, supplemental, special needs, and extracurricular instruction.
3. Does the content adhere to child safety and online compliance standards?
It’s critical that tools don’t allow students to inadvertently share personal identifiable information. The federal government and education regulators require educational technology used in the classroom to be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which requires operators of commercial websites, online services, and mobile apps to notify parents and obtain their consent before collecting any personal information on children under the age of 13.
ClassFlow is committed to safeguarding students and protecting your personal data.
ClassFlow is recognized by iKeepSafe for it’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (Federal), the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) (California), and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
4. Is the digital content easy to access, navigate, and manage?
Content should be easy to use and intuitive for even the youngest students. Importantly, there needs to be resources available to you, the educator, when learning to adapt, use and deliver the platform’s content to you students.
ClassFlow has been designed with teachers and students— and the plethora of devices available to them—in mind. It has different modes to accommodate a teacher using a tablet or computer to present on a front-of-class display. It is mobile-responsive, with an adapted interface for students using smartphones.
ClassFlow by Promethean offers award-winning technology solutions for education. ClassFlow delivers lessons that will engage your students on ANY brand of interactive display, including Promethean Smart Displays, Epson, HiteVision, Clevertouch, Legamaster and more. You’ll only need to learn ONE interactive delivery software that will work in any school technology environment.
Designed by teachers for teachers, ClassFlow is cloud-based lesson delivery software with advanced collaboration tools for student engagement. Energize the classroom with interactive lessons, activities, quizzes, and millions of immersive resources from educators around the world.
As technology continues to evolve, we need to ensure we’re leveraging tools and apps that help them learn and grow. Engaging them, recognizing their current interests, and being smart about the tools we leverage in the classroom will keep us all moving forward with our students.
5. Is training, support and advice available to teachers to implement the digital content?
The best content is useless until you know how to access, understand and deliver it in a meaningful way in the classroom. Promethean’s content and delivery systems are driven by best practices to assist educators with designing lessons and activities that support instructional engagement.
All Promethean Education Consultants are Google™ Certified Level 2 Educators and possess extensive experience in teaching, curriculum development, and education leadership.
Designed by teachers for teachers, the Promethean Professional Development Team offers a wide range of consultation services to help educators effectively implement immersive technologies that transform learning environments and support student achievement.
6. Why invest in an upgrade from traditional white boards to an interactive displays?
Promethean’s award-winning interactive brilliant displays provide a highly-accurate touch detection. The ActivPanel creates a smooth pen-on-paper writing performance with no script-lag, enabling teachers and students to collaborate with ease. The ActivPanel automatically detects differences between pen, touch, and palm erase, allowing teachers to teach efficiently without switching between software tools. These premium interactive displays are perfect for immersive learning, providing a tablet-like experience at the front of the classroom.
For more information or to schedule an on site Promethean and ClassFlow demonstration, call D&D at 800-453-4195.