The Benjamin School is prepared to seamlessly integrate remote learners into brick and mortar classrooms with the School’s proprietary new “Connected Classroom” distance learning solution. The combination of computer hardware and software allows distance learners to experience their classrooms through multiple camera angles in real time.
Chief Technology Officer Russell Tepper said this solution consists of a few pieces including a robotic camera with programmable preset positions that allow the teacher to control where the camera looks in the classroom. A speaker and hands-free microphone is also placed in the mid-front area of the classroom to allow for two-way communication between remote learners and their teachers. A large LCD screen in the back of the room lets teachers and on-campus students see students who are working remotely, and a micro-desktop computer ties everything together.
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“With the use of the Connected Classroom and the zoom function on the camera, remote learners can see what’s happening on the board in the classroom and as their teacher conducts class in real time,” said Tepper.
Members of the Advancement Team experienced a first-hand look at the new technology coming to classrooms in the Fall. Web Manager Rhonda Thomas said she felt as though she was sitting in a classroom and the picture was vivid and lifelike.
Remote learners will be able to enjoy their Connected Classrooms beginning on the first day of classes on August 18.
A premier PK3 - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Since 1960, The Benjamin School has provided a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.