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5 ways to ensure technology is driving collaboration and innovation 
in the Classroom

The global education market is worth over $5 trillion (€884.2 billion) according to a report published by EdTechX,but as their report highlights – the sector is still only 2% digitised.

School funding has long been a barrier to technology in the classroom. Continuous learning has become the norm, but investing in the right technology to ensure that students are getting the most out of the experience is not always easy.
As someone working to bring collaborative technology into schools, Neil Colquhoun, Executive Director of Visual Instruments at Epson Europe says: “By bringing interactive projectors, into the classroom, we’re gearing up students for an ever more digitalised workplace.”

Here are some tips to ensure that technology becomes a ‘must have’ and not just a ‘nice to have’ in the classroom:

1) Invest in collaborative technology

Education is not just about knowledge; it’s about learning through collaboration. “Many people are realising the limitations of learning technologies that aren’t geared towards interaction and collaboration,” says Colquhoun. “We stand behind collaborative technology, such as interactive projectors, because we’ve seen how they work in real-life, bringing students and employees together in the learning environment.”

2) Make the investment work for you

Schools no longer need to buy associated devices to facilitate interaction. Interactive projectors link with connected devices to allows students to join in on the activity, share files, annotate documents, and other possibilities that make flexible and collaborative learning possible.

As ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) becomes a reality in classrooms, adaptability is just one benefit. “Schools are connecting with students on a new level – in a way they understand and are familiar,” says Colquhoun. “They can transform what was once a distraction into a learning tool, and that’s a great investment.”

3) Switch the focus from the technology to the people using it

Integrating technology into learning is a precious ally for teachers focusing on research-based education, problem solving, and group work.

Teachers using this technology in their classrooms daily accept that technology isn’t a solution in itself, but it is allowing them to adapt courses for the individual needs of their students. It’s increasing interactivity and making classes student- rather than teacher-focused.

4) Rethink old approaches

Innovation is leading to new opportunities to rethink the way in which things have always been done; and education is no exception. The European Commission is putting its weight behind innovation and technology for Europe’s future economy, and technology-focused education initiatives are key to bringing many industries back to life.

5) Give students the chance to adapt to tomorrow’s workplace

Innovation and digitisation are driving big changes in the classroom. If students are to keep up with the skills-shift of tomorrow, they will need the capacity to take charge of their own individual learning and development. Schools are realising the benefits of technology as a tool that is enabling young people to tap into the collaborative innovation revolution that is driving our economy into the future.