Interactive Classrooms Project
With the increase and availability of student devices through the SMART Bond and other District initiatives, many schools have identified a need to update the classroom learning environment. The district has selected the Recordex Simplicity Touch interactive flat panels to begin the process of standardizing the classroom presentation system. Over the past year, all K-12 media centers have received the interactive system and media specialists and microtechs have attended professional development.
The Interactive Classroom system comes with a microphone and the NovoPro Wireless collaboration system. Schools can elect to receive a document camera and slate. The Recordex system can be used for hands-on interactive lessons, independent student stations, or with teachers in Professional Learning Communities. Built with a smart TV interface, students and teachers can easily access and share interactive media, browse the Internet, present content, and wirelessly collaborate. Up to ten students can annotate on the screen at one time, and up 64 students can wirelessly connect to the system with mobile devices.
In February 2017, the Information and Technology Department began installing 1,000 Recordex systems in classrooms. Schools will receive approximately 1 system for every 200 students. Principals select the classroom teachers that will receive the equipment. Media Specialists are expected to play a key role in modeling the use of the system and supporting the classroom teachers that receive the equipment.
Interactive Classroom Project Professional Learning
Classroom teachers receiving the Interactive Classroom system are required to attend 2 full days of Professional Development. Day 1 of PD focuses on the system and peripherals and integration into the current instructional process. Day 2, which occurs the following week, focuses on effective teaching and learning using the Interactive Classroom system in a blended learning environment.
Professional Learning for the Interactive Classroom is ongoing. Teachers can log onto MyLearningPlan to register.
Interactive Classroom Project YAMMER Group
The District has created a Yammer Group for Interactive Classroom Teachers to collaborate, share ideas and ask questions. Yammer is a private social network available through Office365 and only visible to Broward Schools employees. To join the Interactive Classroom Yammer, click on your Office 365 waffle or 9 square and select the Yammer tile. Complete your profile and click the Discover More Groups link to look through all of the groups in BCPS, or use the Search box and type Interactive Classroom Initiative-Recordex. Click the Join + button and request an invite.
Each school in the district will be receiving a Recordex IFP and various peripherals to create an Interactve Classroom. The number of Recordex IFPs is based on the number of FTEs at each location. Media Specialists will train Interactive Classroom teachers on the use of the Recordex IFP in their classrooms. Teachers will be identified through an application process at each school.
Innovative Learning staff will deliver ongoing support to teachers in creating digital content and developing appropriate blended learning pedagogical practices to transform the learning environment in our quest to Reimagine Learning.