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One-to-One Device Management with DisplayNote

DisplayNote:- Technology in the Learner’s Hands

A common fear of one-to-one device ratios, from teachers across the country, is that learners will have greater opportunities to disengage. Technology for learning demands a very different approach to classroom management. DisplayNote is a useful tool that makes classroom management of ICT much easier.

Here at Nexus we focus on technologies that improve learning. We have been working with schools, teaching them how to use DisplayNote, an application that allows the teacher to push content to pupil devices, ask questions and encourage collaboration. At the same time, learners can annotate the content live in the lesson and save it on their device for later use. The fact that DisplayNote works cross platform, on any student device will be important to schools moving towards One-to-One device ratios and BYOD.

The teacher can see when a student is off task, view their screen and send them a message. Of themselves, these features are important in basic classroom management of one to one devices. However DisplayNote has much more to offer from a teaching and learning perspective.

One-to-One DisplayNote One-to-One DisplayNote One-to-One and DisplayNoteSo let us work with a teaching example.

Suppose a geography teacher is teaching a lesson on the health indicators for different countries. The maps can be sent to the student one-to-one devices and who are then asked to discuss the maps in pairs and make notes. At the end of the discussion the students save their notes and return to the teacher’s presentation. The teacher can then select students to feedback from their discussion by drawing on the presenters map so all students can see. They might point out the links between infant mortality, clean drinking water and sanitation. The teacher can then follow this up using the quiz feature. Students can respond to a simple multiple choice to identify which is the biggest factor. Or, if a deeper discussion is required they could answer a Likert Scale question.

Even if the students do not have one-to-one devices, teachers can use their mobile device, either an iPad or Android Tablet to operate their computer connected to the front of class display. This is a very powerful way to teach since it frees the teacher from the font of the class. Any software installed on the front of class computer can be operated from the tablet. It can also be used as an interactive whiteboard by calling up one of the backgrounds, including graph paper, and writing on the tablet. Valuable screens and annotations can be saved.

There are far too many features to go into within this short blog but it is enough to say that DisplayNote offers some excellent opportunities to monitor the progress of each individual, engage learners and give teachers the freedom to manage their classrooms more effectively.

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