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Excelling in hybrid environments and making tools work for you with Giancarlo Brotto

July 14, 2022

Excelling in hybrid environments and making tools work for you with Giancarlo Brotto
 
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Blended learning and hybrid workplaces are rising as schools and companies adjust to new expectations and technology. The return to in-person learning and working brings the need for innovative tools.

People are calling for interaction, engagement and connection—what makes a tool effective in hybrid environments, and how can that criteria come to fruition?

Shelby Skrhak speaks with Giancarlo Brotto, Global Education Advisor at Smart Technologies, about:
 
  • Utilizing tools for engagement in hybrid environments
  • The value of interaction and connection in the classroom
  • Incorporating technology with true impact

Utilizing tools for engagement in hybrid environments

In multiple industries, there’s been restructuring for hands-on meetings built around accommodating in-person and remote employees.

With that, businesses are asking themselves if they have the tools to solve workplace problems in that new structure and are getting mixed results. They need tools that naturally fit into workflows and support interaction beyond passive note-taking.

There’s a push to leverage the fact that employees and students are together again. “But in some cases,” Giancarlo points out, “some people are still not in the room. How do we make them feel like they are?”

Smart Technologies addresses that need through annotation-based documents meant for meetings with high-caliber collaboration, providing live workshopping. Real-time interaction is where collaborative dialogues thrive. 

The value of interaction and connection in the classroom

In any setting where learning and working are required, the connection must go beyond chatbox-based interaction. Schools are fighting to incorporate more engagement in their classrooms while retaining their teachers.

“How do we make sure that we're leveraging the things that teachers are accustomed to but not overwhelming them with technology?” Giancarlo says.

Schools adopted heaps of tech during lockdowns and quarantines that it’s no wonder educators feel the burnout of learning new tools.

One aspect that’s not disputed is that we need to keep engagement in the classroom in whatever form we can. Students thrive when they can talk with one another and explore topics with their peers.

A happy marriage of pre-pandemic methods and new technology is possible—all that’s needed is time to find balance.

Incorporating technology with true impact

Blending the old with the new takes finesse. It’s not always clear how a lesson or subject can be interactive. “It's the minds of the staff and the educators.” Giancarlo says, “We need our teachers.”

If educators are asking themselves how to inspire more connection and interaction between students, they’re already closer to success than those who don’t question the status quo.

“You don't want technology getting in the way of what you're trying to do,” Giancarlo points out. That goes for everyone from teachers to employees to students.

Technology should assist, not hinder. Smart Technologies aims to create solutions that naturally fit into workflows and support engagement for students and employees.

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