What technology can teachers use to get kids off their own devices and get them involved in the lesson?
1. Virtual Reality
With the help of Virtual Reality, students are transported to Tokyo, New York, a safari in Africa or outer space. An entire classroom can either get involved in the lesson or one student can display their journey on an interactive panel. Either way – students work as a team to explore different lands that they wouldn’t necessarily get on a traditional field trip. Convinced? Click Here for 50% off.
2. Augmented Reality
Augmented reality allows students to use their individual devices to create an amplified experience right in their classrooms. This application allows students to see the inside of a cell, or the body’s organs from their own desks. Teachers can also use it to create a scavenger hunt, triggered by different items scanned throughout the classroom. Ultimately, this tool gets students out of their seats and engaged in the lesson. Click Here for 50% off.
3. Interactive Technology
Interactive panels are the most popular and effective way to facilitate group learning. By using interactive whiteboard features, students can practice spelling, understand vocabulary words, and practice for an upcoming math test.
Teachers can use the panel to mix up how they call on students with a spinner on the panel that acts like a classroom roster. To calm student anxiety, teachers can post a class timer on the board so students know how long they have to finish an assignment or how long is left in the class period. Large graphing sheets create activities on the panel that engages an entire group.
There is so much technology that distracts our students. In order to guide them in the right direction, we must catch their attention while in the classroom. The right technology can inspire our children to be learned adults who will develop new technology in their futures!
If you’re interested in learning more about upgrading your school technology, we’d be happy to help guide you in the right direction. Contact our information technology department today!
Submitted by: Brittany Rodriguez, Marketing Specialist on May 21, 2019 <<https://blog.konicaminolta.us/reengage-students-classroom-technology/>>
A four-year project examining the results of 54 research studies with 170,000 people has concluded that print is vital for effective education.
Why Print is Essential for Learning
The argument that reading on paper results in deeper comprehension and retention, concentration, vocabulary building and memory has been given immense weight by a groundbreaking study by Intergraf, the European federation for print and digital communication.
The research examined the results of 54 studies with a total of over 170,000 participants from 19 countries, and found overwhelming evidence that comprehension of text is much stronger when reading from paper as opposed to a screen, particularly when the reader is under time pressure.
Concerned by the effect of increased time spent reading from screens in schools, the international trade body has called upon policy makers and educational organisations at both national and European levels to ensure that print retains a significant role within education.
Better progress with print
Titled E-READ (Evolution of Reading in the Age of Digitization), the Intergraf study is an impressive feat of research. Taking place over four years, it involved a network of almost 200 academics from all over Europe carrying out highly detailed empirical research and debates about the effects of digitization on reading, especially for students and young people.
“Students learning from digital devices only progressed one third as much as they would have done had they been reading on paper”
E-READ found that print readers have a better recall of the relationship between events and are able to reconstruct the plot of a text better than screen readers. It was also found that the advantage for print was greater under time constraints and that scrolling resulted in a significant disadvantage for digital reading.
With regard to education, the digital disadvantage during elementary school was found to be two-thirds of the yearly increase in reading comprehension, meaning that students potentially only progressed one-third as much as they would have done had they been reading on paper instead of on a screen.
Paper, a technology of proven strengths
The fact that young people only learn one-third as well when reading from a digital device is clearly alarming, and so Intergraf has called for urgent action to be taken at all levels to “ensure that education in Europe is not degraded by the rapid and unsubstantiated introduction of screen reading in schools”.
The statement continues: “The development of students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking skills must be immediately safeguarded. A failure to act on the advice given in such studies creates an immediate risk that students’ learning outcomes will be negatively affected by the increasing tendency of schools in Europe to promote reading on digital devices without the necessary tools and strategies to ensure this does not cause a setback in reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Products which are proven to facilitate comprehension and critical thinking, such as paper books and other printed informational texts, already exist and should not be overlooked. Paper is a technology of proven strengths.”
Urgent action required
The results of the Intergraf study and their recommendations entirely chimes with the work of Two Sides and the results of our recent study into people’s preference for print. The study, titled Busting The Myths, found that 69% of European consumers preferred to read books in print, with 61% preferring print for magazines and 54% for print newspapers.
There are many studies that show that reading in print improves the understanding of information, as well as absorption and recall, which is essential for the education of people of all ages, but especially for young people. This Intergraf study is a vital piece of work that proves once and for all that print is better than digital for learning. Let’s hope the governments and institutions are listening.
Submitted by: The Two Sides Team October 15, 2019 <<https://www.twosides.info/UK/why-print-is-essential-for-the-future-of-education/>>
A message from our employees
As a company, CPI has recently made a significant move toward the betterment of it's employees. At the beginning of October, CPI provided every employee with the opportunity for a free gym membership. When the Snap Fitness owner, Wes Armstrong, came to debrief us and sign paperwork for our new gym passes, he expressed that CPI was the only company in town providing gym memberships for their employees (at least at Snap Fitness). When we heard this, we felt incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work for such a caring and generous company. That single statement helped us to see with a new perspective and evoked gratefulness in every person. It's really true that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. With this personal investment it is easy to see that our employer cares about us as people, not just employees.
Employee Testimonial: Tonja Williams
"Working for a company who values their employees' well being has been extremely beneficial. It's been a dream serve a company that cares about the well being of its employees and consistently strives to help each person reach their potential. The leadership at CPI pours into its employees in meetings that empower and inspire us to see the world and our job differently. We are encouraged to make a impact on the world around us in and out of the workplace. Our job is much bigger than selling products or services. Each person in leadership cares about their employees and customers on a personal level - and they demonstrate that care in everything they do."
- Tonja Williams
"Having a free gym membership has been amazing. It's so great to work for a company that cares about my health and fitness. It makes me want to be a better person for my family and company. I believe being healthy is a very vital part of my life, and I am so blessed to be apart of Copy Products who cares about me."
- Mallory Clary
"Not only am I holding myself accountable but everyone in the company is keeping me on track. We all rally around to help support each other in our efforts to create a healthier lifestyle for ourselves. The company investing in our health shows that we are not just a body to fill a position but we are truly thought about & cared for by our leadership."
- Heather Brown
"Healthy employees who have a lifestyle change, increase productivity because of less stress,better nutrition, and more exercise, which reflect in a positive way for the company."
- Brent Tanton