Contrary to what most people think, it is not advisable to fit an interactive flat panel in a classroom without first sensitizing or training the users – who in this case are the teachers and the instructors. In this case, the parties who will be responsible for the utilization of these flat panels ought to have a deep understanding and a decent enough knowledge on how to best integrate this technology into the classroom environment. And given that interactive flat panels are built to be used in almost the same way that we get the best out of our tablet and smartphones, then it goes without saying that training shouldn’t be as difficult or arduous as most expect.
That being said, here is a quick primer on what it takes to train student instructors and teachers effectively on how to make the best use of interactive flat panel.
1. Each Classroom Ought to Be Assigned Its Own ‘Personality’
Just like we have people of different personalities, it is imperative to bear in mind that the each classroom environment has its unique requirements that stem primarily from students who have different skill sets and innate talents. Therefore, it is the duty of the instructor/teacher to analyze and find out the best technology tools that are applicable to a given classroom background.
2. Keep It Simple and Brief
Truth be told, nobody really looks forward to lengthy training or mentoring sessions. So as the coach, approach the training with an aim of making as short, simple but informative as possible. And while at it, give them a few useful practical hints as well.
3. Empower Them to Train Another One
As the administrator, you can hand pick a few tech-savvy, enthusiasts teachers to help you pass your message across effectively to their fellow classroom instructors. And considering that they will naturally relate better and easier with a fellow teacher, it is a more effective way of getting your message about the importance of interactive flat panels to an audience that may be technologically challenged/disadvantaged. And as you will also come to find out, more teachers will warm up to the idea of a one-on-one training stint from a fellow tutor as compared to one big session from an administrator.