The Epson BrightLink series of interactive projectors is built for the hybrid classroom, making it easier for teachers to instruct both in-class and online students at the same time.
Students aren’t just learning in the class anymore, and many districts are turning to a hybrid classroom model to make sure every student is involved. It has become widespread throughout the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. The bureau found that 93 percent of households with school-age children have used some form of distance education, so nearly every student is online at some point.
The challenge mostly falls to educators to ensure every student remains engaged, but BrightLink projectors can help teachers navigate a rapidly evolving approach to schooling.
The BrightLink Simplifies Teaching for Teachers
Epson’s BrightLink interactive projectors are designed for collaboration, and that includes collaboration between students and teachers. With BrightLink, it’s easier for teachers to organize their students and deliver lessons. Here’s how:
It’s compatible with leading conferencing platforms
The BrightLink works best with video conferencing platforms that your school is likely already working with. That includes popular options like Zoom, which is designed for ease of use.
With one button press, teachers can start the lesson with everyone in the room. When it’s time to use the BrightLink, the teacher can access whiteboard mode with another button press, so students get a full screen view of what’s going on the whiteboard.
It’s compatible with other teaching technologies
The BrightLink is the focal point of most lessons, as it provides most of the visual reinforcement. However, additional teaching tools can be used in conjunction with the BrightLink to give the teacher more educating versatility. For instance, BrightLink projectors can be attached to the same PC or laptop as a document camera, and teachers can switch from the projector feed to the camera with a couple button presses. This allows educators to move from one part of the lesson to another without stopping the class flow.
It’s also easy to connect to wirelessly
BrightLink projectors are built with wireless connectivity, which is quickly becoming an essential feature in collaboration technologies. Wireless connectivity means the teacher doesn’t have to touch the projector to connect to it, and that makes for a cleaner, safer system design.
BrightLink’s wireless connectivity is robust, too, as it can connect via Miracast to up to 50 other devices. That’s enough room for an entire classroom’s worth of devices, so students can connect to the projector before the lesson starts and be ready to share work.
It means teachers can teach in class and online the same way
The hybrid classroom puts a strain on teachers, in part because educators have to produce lesson content for both in-class and online students. In this way, it’s like teachers have to create lessons for two classes instead of one.
The BrightLink projector, though, fits perfectly into both roles, as it can be used when live streaming a class or when recording coursework for asynchronous students. It’s an effective visual tool in both cases, so teachers can put together a compelling lesson for online students while using the BrightLink during an in-class session.
It Keeps Online Students Engaged in the Lesson
Student engagement is a major concern for educators, especially on the online side. Online-only students occasionally struggle with the distance, especially if there are no technologies to help bridge the gap. The BrightLink, though, is one such solution that can keep every student locked into the lesson, whether they’re at home or at school. Here’s how the BrightLink keeps engagement high:
It produces a brilliant picture from every angle
In-class students are now spaced apart for social distancing reasons, so they’re spread throughout the room. This gives teachers yet another challenge to contend with, as a typical digital display may not be large and vivid enough for everyone to see.
That’s not a problem with the BrightLink. Though it depends on the exact model, Epson’s interactive projectors can generate 5,000 lumens of brightness, and it’s paired with a 1080p full HD display.
Image quality isn’t an issue, and neither is image size. That’s because the BrightLink can project images up to 120 inches wide, so when compared to a typical interactive flat panel, there’s much more space to work with. It’s flexible space, too, because teachers can alter the projector’s aspect ratio for the best possible look.
Even better, the BrightLink maintains its excellent image quality from every angle, so no matter where your students are sitting, they can follow along without difficulty.
It allows the teacher to focus on the lesson better
Technology can help or hinder teachers, depending on how simple they are to use. A common issue for educators is managing all of this new classroom technology while remaining available for student questions and comments. If the teacher pays more attention to the tech, it won’t be long before students tune out.
The BrightLink is designed to prevent this. One simple but valuable BrightLink feature is the ability to control the connected device from the interactive, projected image. That means educators can start the projector, share what’s on their PC and control the PC from the front of the classroom. There’s no need to mess with a mouse or keep an eye on a laptop – the teacher can instruct like normal, keep an eye on every student and be mentally freed up for questions.
It drives student participation during the lesson
BrightLink’s extensive connectivity can be leveraged for better student participation, too. While in operation, the teacher can bring any device screen to the projector, so the connected student can show their work or answer a problem in real time. This can be done with in-class and online students, so the BrightLink ensures every student has a chance to demonstrate what they’ve learned.
Hybrid classrooms are a new frontier in education, so teachers need new tools to navigate them. Interactive projectors like the BrightLink are one such tool, giving educators a visually compelling, simple-to-use instruction medium that can be used with both in-person and online students effectively.