The Re-Imagined Classroom: What Stays and What Goes?

 

If there is one thing that is certain amidst all this uncertainty, physical classrooms will never be the same. In this episode, Grant Woods, VP of Marketing for Aver Information, discusses some of the innovative ways educators and students used their tech during the early days of the pandemic and how the company has developed new tools to improve the new dynamics of anytime, anywhere learning.

AVer Information Inc., a provider of video collaboration solutions and education technology solutions, recently announced the launch of the innovative and ground-breaking DL30 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Auto Tracking Distance Learning Camera. Designed specifically for the evolving K-12 distance learning classroom and ever-changing teaching and learning environments, the DL30 boasts advanced AI to automatically detect the teacher’s movement in the classroom, allowing them to focus on delivering their curriculum instead of worrying about staying within the camera’s view.

“K-12 classrooms have unique environments that typical conference-room type tracking cameras do not address. Since the DL30 was designed specifically for the classroom, it ensures remote students remain engaged as if they were still in school” -And Teoh

The AI technology of the DL30 drives two auto tracking modes including Presenter Tracking or Zone Tracking with no need for a camera operator. Presenter Tracking allows the camera to automatically follow the presenter with either full body or half body, or manually track any other specific presenter with a simple click. Since the AI technology focuses on the body rather than the face, the camera recognizes and follows the presenter even if he or she is wearing a PPE mask. Since the DL30 does not rely on voice tracking or the need to wear a lanyard, the teacher is always kept in camera view regardless of any other noise interference or loss of contact with a sensor. Zone Tracking allows automatic and seamless tracking between multiple preset zones to support different learning stations in the classroom. Completely hands-free, the DL30 provides the flexibility for the teacher or presenter to move freely about the room and let the camera do the work.

The 12X optical zoom provides a clear and precise image of the teacher regardless of how far he or she is from the camera, allowing remote students to remain engaged with the instructor. When the camera is not in use, Privacy Mode automatically kicks in where the camera head rotates downward 90o into its cradle to ensure privacy in-between classes, conferences or other times privacy is necessary.

The included free software allows for video recording, image capture and live streaming, while administrative features allow for the easy maintenance, control, and management of hundreds of cameras from a single location. Compatible with all major video conferencing platforms used for distance learning such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangout, the DL30 will integrate with whichever solution the school is using. Connecting a document camera allows the teacher to display physical objects and material simultaneously during a lesson.

“K-12 classrooms have unique environments that typical conference-room type tracking cameras do not address. Since the DL30 was designed specifically for the classroom, it ensures remote students remain engaged as if they were still in school,” says And Teoh, Director of Product Management, K-12 and Pro AV. “The DL30 offers an immersive classroom experience to remote students for the long-term, no matter how the climate changes.”

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