In digital learning environments tablets offer unique pedagogic opportunities. Today many schools have introduced tablet-based classrooms, with Android emerging as the technology of choice. However, without effective management they can easily become a teacher’s worst nightmare, disrupting, rather than aiding learning. Radix SmartClass software, uniquely for the Android-based classroom, fully facilitates teacher monitoring and control of student tablet activities.
How it works: Radix SmartClass is based on the Wi-Fi network of the classroom with no server or internet connection required. Students enter the class and work from their designated tablet. The teacher has their own laptop or tablet with the Radix SmartClass management software installed on it. The students simply connect to the class by selecting the teacher’s name or the name of the class they need to join. Wi-Fi connection means SmartClass fully integrates with and enhances whatever existing technology and pedagogic approach the school has. Whether a 1:1 initiative, whiteboard or tablet storage carts being moved between classrooms SmartClass is instantly available and seamlessly integrates with class teaching: No user registration, account setup or purchasing/installing of infrastructure, software, 3rd party devices or middleware required.
SmartClass creates a new form of collaborative learning environment. Teachers can see live and real-time events, based on every individual student’s screen activity. Anything on screen whether a game, website or word document can be monitored and shared. This is one step further from alternative collaborative software which require every device to be working on the same application or website. In the SmartClass classroom each student can work on a different application or document and perform research in any approved website. The teacher can not only see all of their screens in real-time, but can choose any screen to share with the other students. Therefore the tablet itself becomes a collaborative tool at the operating system level, not limited to the application level.
The Radix SmartClass software enables Android tablets already existing in the classroom to be used to their greatest pedagogic potential: In learner-led activities, collaborative learning and interactive learning; all while the teacher stays in full control of all student activities in the classroom. The software emphasizes the ability for students to collaborate and be independent learners, while teachers can monitor each student’s progress and help them privately or demonstrate their work in front of the whole class. Keeping students on-task, the software allows teachers to ensure students don’t get distracted or have access to inappropriate resources.
With Radix SmartClass all students' Android and/or Windows tablet activities can be managed in the interests of learning – all from the teacher’s own Android mobile device or laptop. Radix SmartClass software empowers teachers to not only convey an enriched educational experience and keep students on-task, but also to ensure individual attention and discrete assistance can go to the students who really need it.
What makes SmartClass so relevant for today’s classroom is the ability to transforms students’ Androids, as well as other Windows tablets into a rich 21st century learning environment. Android tablets represent the long-term technology trend in education, fast replacing all other student devices in class. Radix SmartClass is the only solution that allows teachers full management of the Android classroom as an add-on app to the tablets.
The fact that Android technology so engages and excites students can and should be harnessed for the purposes of education. However, open access to such a platform, especially with the availability of the Internet and game applications, can pose a risk to effective learning. Focusing students on task and monitoring their activities for help.