Education has gone digital. Administration records, such as student records, grade books, learning plans, curriculum, lesson plans and curriculum are all stored digitally. Instructional materials are moving from print to digital. Schools are also using the web and social media tools in their instruction. Schools are also moving to storing this digital content in cloud services.
Our 24/7 Digital Classroom stores administrative and instructional digital files and tracks educational activities.
Using digital devices, such as laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones, teachers, students and parents can access the administrative data and instructional materials. By including video, audio and desktop share functionalities, we provide the ability for students, who cannot physically be in the classroom, to be active participants.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Q. How exactly does the platform work for a student that needs to do work remotely from home or even a healthcare facility while the teacher is teaching (real-time)?
A. When a student has to work remotely, they log into their account. Students then have access to their learning plans and instructional materials. Students can complete individualized assignments according to their schedule. For classroom presentation or lectures, students can participate live, using our video and audio components. Live sessions can also be recorded for students review according to their schedule.
We can schedule a live demonstration of our 24/7 Digital Classroom.
2. Q. What if the student is unable to join the class during the scheduled time slot, how can they still participate and receive feedback from the teacher at a later time?
A. Our system is designed to allow students to move on their own schedule. If a student cannot attend a class during a scheduled time slot, all assignments, and instructional materials are identified on the student’s profile. Classroom sessions or lectures can be recorded and accessed by the student when their scheduled allows.
B. Instructional materials, along with completed student work is archived and stored in the 24/7 Digital Classroom. Based upon the teacher’s review, the student can receive feedback either in a video conference, note, email or social media tools.
3. Q. What equipment is necessary for the student and for the school to implement this learning tool?
A. Minimum equipment is required for the teacher and student, this includes:
- Blue tooth microphone (teacher wears it)
- Camera in the Classroom (wide lens webcam)
- Blue tooth speaker- Tablet, computer, or laptop- Tripod
- A Large screen monitor, Projector, Smart/Promethean Board
- Internet Connection
- Tablet, Laptop, or Computer
4. Q. What are the options for a teacher to use if they did not want a camera to be used?
A. Instruction should focus on content, not the image of the teacher presenting. The instructional materials to be presented should be on the teacher’s computer screen. The screen can be shared with remote students.
Use of a live camera in the classroom should be limited and with appropriate planning, in most cases, can be eliminated. Live cameras in the classroom create security and privacy issues if used incorrectly.
5. Q. Does this teacher need to wear a device for audio?
A. It is recommended that the teacher uses a blue tooth headset. This will allow the teacher to talk directly to the remote students without having to share the conversation with the entire class.
6. Q. How much control does the teacher have with inputting lessons for the student, is this something that you can do ahead of time for the teacher if they did not want to do it themselves? Is that process seamless, what does it entail?
A. Lessons are based on the educational standards assigned to a student, mapped to the curriculum, and instructional materials. These components are pre-loaded and require minimum teacher input. The teacher has control over the lessons, how they are taught, the order of content and scheduling of time.
7. Q. How can you ensure that it is the student who is taking an assessment and not someone else doing the work for them?
A. This is a question of trust and is not unique to distance education. How do you handle the same issue for homework completion? This needs to be addressed as part of the school’s code of conduct.
8. Q. Can the class be recorded and the student accesses it a later time?
9. Q. How does the student participate in real-time? Can they ask questions along with the class? What does that look like on the teacher end? Is there something that alerts the teacher to the fact that they have a question?
A. Students can participate in real-time by using the video, audio and chat functions. We provide a web meeting etiquette guide, which includes using the raising your hand function when a student wants to ask a question. The raise your hand function provides an alert to the teacher.
10. Q. What is so different from your platform versus another such as Skype, Moodle or Haiku?
- Why choose 24/7 Digital Classrooms?
A. 24/7 Digital Classrooms combine the benefits of video conferencing, self-paced courses, social networking, E-commerce, and video gaming to create a complete virtual classroom and learning community.
- Skype is a standalone online meeting service. Participants are required to have a username and password. Integrating Skype with a system that includes educational standards, learning plans, and digital materials will take customization development hours and ongoing support. Skype can also cause privacy and security issues as they are out of the control of your school.
- Moodle is an open source learning management system. Your school will be required to develop, host, maintain, and provide hotline support for your Moodle LMS and meeting services.
- Haiku is a content management system. As stated on its website “Haiku Learning revolves around your content. 24/7 Digital Classrooms allows for content and platform customizations. You can create classroom pages, add and organize content blocks, change layouts, and publish whenever you’re ready. Embed content from YouTube, Google Docs, Maps, Skype and dozens of other third-party services or create your own from scratch.”
- As with Moodle, you have to customize Haiku to incorporate other apps, such as Skype for web meetings. Embedding Skype then brings along the issues of security and privacy.
11. Why are we better?
We are educators that understand technology. Our Technology approach is:
Identify your school’s educational standards by subject and grade
Map your standards to your curriculum
Link digital instructional materials to your curriculum
Support a blended approach of classroom and online instructionTrack students’ performance and mastery of the educational standards
Place these components in our 24/7 Digital Classroom, which provides remote access for students who are not physically in the classroom