SAIW Pilots Smart Screen Classroom for Enhanced Learning Experience

The SAIW is proud to announce its latest investment in cutting-edge teaching technology. With the introduction of a pilot Smart Screen Learning Programme, the SAIW is taking a giant leap towards enhancing accessibility and providing a student-centric approach to training.

The SAIW’s new smart screen classroom allows students to virtually see exactly what they would in a physical classroom. By using the screen’s built-in camera which ‘follows the lecturer around’, the screen ensures an immersive experience. In addition, the system is equipped with built-in speakers and microphones which guarantee excellent sound quality, enabling students to fully engage with the learning materials.

SAIW Executive Director John Tarboton says; “We are committed to ramping up our classrooms with the latest smart boards, ensuring that learners across various courses benefit from this type of technology. The system is usable for courses such as NDT, welding inspectors and IWS bridging classes and the aim is that smart screen learning eventually extends throughout our educational programs.”

He adds that while the virtual learning aspect is important, it is not the only advantage of Smartboards. “With smart boards, lecturers can create more dynamic lessons by writing or typing on screen, calling attention to certain topics with highlights, circles, arrows or zooming in, and sharing multimedia content such as videos, webpages, presentations and images. They can also share screenshots with the class. The clarity and quality of the smart screen is far superior to old-fashioned projectors,” says Tarboton

Flexible global learning

Another advantage of this innovation is its flexibility. For instance, a current SAIW student based in Australia, works full time during the day and attends the Institute’s classes virtually in the evening. This flexibility empowers students to optimise their learning while managing their personal and professional commitments.

Additionally, the system’s virtual courses mean students can cut down on travel and accommodation costs, particularly for students who need to attend a limited number of in-person classes.

Tarboton says overall; “The smart screen learning experience offers a proper learning environment, with quality that rivals that of a physical classroom. Students can write, annotate, and engage with interactive drawings and communication is seamless through platforms like Microsoft Teams, ensuring real-time learning.”

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