Hybrid learning is a way of knowledge sharing that combines virtual learning with an in-class teacher-led module. In this learning module, students are exposed to the traditional classroom experience along with web-based activities and online lessons.
Over the last two years, we have become increasingly aware of how technology can benefit children’s hybrid learning experience. Technology was already part of the traditional classroom because it’s an integral learning tool, but virtual and hybrid learning was not the norm. Therefore, many school systems had to move quickly to update their infrastructure to accommodate continued learning at every education level—even daycare.
Hybrid learning is beneficial for students and teachers. To provide a seamless experience in virtual classrooms, schools can use ERP software. School management systems streamline the learning process and automate crucial administrative tasks. As a result, teachers can save time by eliminating unproductive work from their schedules. It also allows them to focus on their goal, i.e., to teach.
Hybrid learning has become a buzzword in the education world. But it also offers various advantages to teachers and students.
Research shows that helping preschool-aged children get familiar with digital devices builds foundational skills for life and later school years, which can be especially important for confidence and comfort in a hybrid learning environment. Fostering these critical skills is exactly what Kleine Strolche, a non-profit, parent-owned daycare center in Selm, Germany, aimed to do in partnership with Poly.
The center prides itself on its next generation approach to child development, where technology is already considered essential to learning. When collaborating with Poly, it was important to the Kleine Strolche’s team that all smart devices have a plug-and-play functionality that deliver the familiar, seamless Microsoft Teams experience they expect. Ease-of-use was another key criterion. Kleine Strolche, like most educational institutions of its size, does not have an IT department, so their new tech needed to be very intuitive.
Together, Poly and Kleine Strolche implemented new tech and processes throughout the daycare center to keep admin and parents connected all while empowering children with digital tools to learn and explore.
Kleine Strolche selected the Poly Studio USB video bar, Poly Studio P5 personal webcam, Poly Sync 40 speakerphone and the Poly Voyager Focus 2 ANC Bluetooth headset to update their center’s technology. The intelligent, plug-and-play devices ensure that the daycare’s management team, the parents’ council, and the parents themselves remain in touch. Implementing this technology allowed everyone to maintain those connections and smoothly run the day-to-day operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and after.
“Thanks to Poly’s solutions, we can now maintain operational continuity at all times. Our headsets’ noise-cancelling function allows us to make phone calls even when it’s noisy in the nursery. We regularly use the Poly Sync 40 as a speakerphone for the children and, when necessary, video conferencing technology to broadcast children's events,” said, Mandy Sieradzki, Manager of Kleine Strolche Selm e.V.
Maintain day-to-day operations through the pandemic when confronted with face-to-face restrictions.
Poly Studio P5
Poly Sync 40
Poly Voyager Focus 2
These new, progressive ways of interacting, working and learning initially forced by pandemic restrictions have now become routine: Telephone and video conferencing as well as communication via chat in Microsoft Teams are standard practices. The possibilities Poly solutions offer are far from exhausted, especially in a daycare center, where there is no limit to creativity. For example, there are already plans to offer virtual tours for parents thinking about registering their children or - in the event of another lockdown - to broadcast new theatre performances.
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Create a focus zone all around you with the Voyager Focus 2. All you hear is your call with three levels of hybrid active noise canceling (ANC). All they hear is you with our pro-grade microphones using Poly Acoustic Fence technology. It's all the Poly next-level engineering you expect with the wear-it-all-day comfort you need.
Making Hybrid Learning a Reality:
With the introduction of Poly’s technology, the daycare center suddenly had more options to stay in touch with children and their parents, even when interpersonal interactions and collaborations weren’t allowed. Thanks to Poly and Microsoft Teams, they were able to rapidly switch to hybrid collaboration, even during full lockdown. Poly’s audio and voice solutions meant parent teacher conferences, meetings and daily administration could take place, irrespective of individual locations. The children also greatly benefited from this accelerated use of technology. For example, audio books were played via the Poly Sync 40 speakerphone during nap time. Video conferencing was used to stay in touch when children had to stay home, allowing teachers to put on live events, like puppet shows or exercises, they could view on their home devices. Peer contact between the children was also maintained through the use of the Poly Studio P5 webcam, creating interactive exchanges between groups that usually learn and played together.
Essential daily exchanges between management, parents’ council, and the board were made possible with Poly’s devices and technology. Poly’s solutions enabled hybrid interactions and critical democratic activities such as voting in board elections. Teaching children how to use technology and equipment sensibly was also an important element supported by Poly’s solutions.
IT’S CHILD’S PLAY
When technology is intuitive, even children can learn to use it quickly. Children at the Kleine Strolche daycare center listened to their favorite audio books via the Poly Sync 40 and got acquainted with the device’s how-to during storytime. When children were separated from each other due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Poly Studio P5 webcam was used to connect children and their teachers for conferences and creative engagement, including live events and puppet shows to continue children’s learning, even from miles away.
What did this extraordinary project teach us? Digital education and new media literacy are not rocket science if you have the right equipment, which is easy to implement and use. Make the technology as easy as a child’s play, and see creativity abound in everyday life.
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What is hybrid learning?
Schools can use hybrid learning to bridge the gap in the learning process. As a result, students get quality education at their convenience. Moreover, school administrators can provide quality education to every learner. Students also receive numerous benefits of hybrid learning
5 benefits of hybrid learning
Discipline and Focus
Learning With Peers and Professors
Freedom and Flexibility
What are the challenges of hybrid learning?
It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student. A lot of planning is important to make hybrid learning work. Many students don’t find it useful to go to college and study as they have less time.
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