Implementation Styles

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Proximity Learning classes are typically setup in one of the following implementation styles:

  • 1:1 Device Style
  • Projector / “Smartboard” Style
  • Hybrid Style
  • Asynchronous

Choosing the implementation style that is best suited to a school's equipment and facilities is critical to ensuring a successful educational experience for students.  School and district technology administrators should carefully read and consider the following implementation style descriptions and then contact Proximity Learning to discuss which style to use at each participating campus.

 

1:1 Device Style

This is the most common, and generally preferred, implementation style.  In this scenario, every student has their own laptop, Chromebook, or desktop computer, and participates in live classes individually.  Students may all be in the same room together, or may be located in different classrooms, campuses, or remote locations.  Important notes:

  • Students MUST use microphone headsets, or earbuds / headphones at minimum. Absolutely no external speakers can be used, including classroom speakers, or speakers on individual student computers.  Use of external speakers will result in echo and audio feedback.  The only exception to this rule is the case of ASL classes taught by deaf instructors, during which audio will not be used.
  • The online teacher will direct the students to turn their cameras and microphones on or off depending on the specific educational activity taking place. Students may be instructed to turn their webcams and mics on one at a time, in small groups, or as an entire class.
  • iPads, Android tablets, and other mobile devices are not sufficient for 1:1 device classes. Windows / Mac computers or Chromebooks must be used.

 

Projector / Smartboard Style

In this scenario, students do not use individual computers during the live class session.  Instead, a classroom computer is connected to a projector, Smartboard, or similar device, and the online teacher is projected up on the screen.  One or more webcam and microphone are faced back towards the class to allow the online teacher to see and hear the students.  Audio is broadcast using the classroom speakers. Important notes:

  • Seating should be arranged in such a way that all students are facing the screen and visible within the field of view of the webcam.
  • Windows or Apple/Mac computers or Chromebooks with webcams and microphones are still required in order for students to complete online coursework outside of the live class sessions.  For elementary and enrichment courses that do not require online coursework, individual student computers may not be required.  Note that iPads, Android tablets, and other mobile devices are not adequate for completing online coursework.

 

Hybrid Style

Hybrid classes are conducted just like Projector / Smartboard style classes, but the students are also able to log in on individual devices during the live class session.  In the scenario the students use the individual devices to interact via text chat, respond to online polls, and use the whiteboard.  However, in the hybrid model, students must not use the speaker, microphones, or webcams on their individual devices.  Students may use iPads and Android mobile devices in hybrid style classes.

  • Windows or Apple/Mac computers or Chromebooks with webcams and microphones are still required in order for students to complete online coursework outside of the live class sessions.  For elementary and enrichment courses that do not require online coursework, individual student computers may not be required.  Note that iPads, Android tablets, and other mobile devices are not adequate for completing online coursework.

 

Asynchronous

Asynchronous courses do not feature regularly scheduled live class sessions.  In this scenario, students work on coursework in the learning management system, and interact with their online teacher through the Canvas Inbox, discussion boards, and other asynchronous methods.  In some cases students enrolled in asynchronous courses may request to schedule live tutoring sessions with their online teacher using Adobe Connect.  iPads, Android tablets, and other mobile devices are not sufficient for asynchronous style classes. Windows / Mac computers or Chromebooks must be used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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