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Tech & Learning case study: Building an all-in-one hybrid classroom

By Sascha Zuger on Mar 25, 2021 6:00:00 AM
Tech & Learning case study: Building an all-in-one hybrid classroom

This case study was originally published by Tech & Learning.

At the Byram Hills School District in North Castle, N.Y., a K-12 district of 2,300 students, educators decided to take a different approach to teaching during the pandemic.

“We realized that we could not recreate the face-to-face experience online, but we could reimagine teaching and learning with technology,” says Andrew Taylor, Director of Technology and Professional Learning. “Instead of putting cameras in the classroom that simply streamed the teacher at the whiteboard, we created a teacher ‘command center’ in each classroom.”

The command center allows the teacher to simultaneously teach students in the classroom and at home.

“Our goal was to have teachers model in the classroom how learning will happen if we are remote,” says Taylor. “Unfortunately, we have students and teachers quarantined daily. The command centers have made the transition from in the classroom to fully remote learning more seamless.”

The command center includes a document camera (IPEVO 4K), a laptop (Dell™), and an interactive monitor (ViewSonic® TD 2455). The district piloted the Nureva® HDL300, an audio system designed for mid-sized learning spaces that captures the audio of everything happening in the classroom, to support this initiative. All of this technology can be brought home, or accessed from home, if the teacher needs to work remotely.

Hybrid learning tools at Byram Hills School District

“In a hybrid learning environment, it is important that everyone can hear each other and be heard,” says Taylor. “Although we are new in the pilot, it was immediately apparent Nureva is helping to make sure everyone in the classroom can be part of the conversation and hear the content clearly. Our teachers spent the spring struggling to present content while working remotely. Today, teachers tell me all the time how this setup has been a game changer.”

“The Nureva system has been a fantastic addition to my classroom,” says Dawn Selnes, Technology Teacher and Building Technology Coordinator at HCC. “The sound system has dramatically improved my students’ ability to hear each other and be heard – especially while masked!”

Hybrid learning at Byram Hills School District with the Nureva HDL300 system

Challenges and solutions

“The fluid nature of learning during the pandemic is a challenge,” says Taylor. “Teachers and students move in and out of the classroom.” The hybrid learning environment allows teaching and learning to continue, no matter the location of the teacher or students.

“It is not unusual to have a class that has students face-to-face in the classroom, down the hall due to social distancing, and at home,” Taylor continues. “Students may be at home due to personal choice, quarantine, or due to the redesign of the learning environment. We must be ready to address the teacher and student needs no matter what the location or needs may be.”

“Tools you choose should have a lifespan beyond the pandemic,” says Taylor. “If we are going to invest time/resources now in learning/implementing, then it should last beyond the current crisis. Do not let short-term needs outweigh long-term goals.”

Taylor says that he is continuously amazed by the capacity of the students and teacher to rise to the challenge and overcome obstacles.

“Success can only be achieved if we are all working together,” he says. “Many of the tools we have adapted are quickly becoming part of the teachers’ toolbox and I believe will last far beyond the pandemic.”

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Topics: HDL300 system K–12 education Hybrid classroom Hybrid learning Our customers