Why the SMART Classroom is the future of education
Written on: 4 June 2019
Written by: Freya King
[employers, Apprentices, smart classroom]
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To keep up with the needs of the modern workplace, we’ve revolutionised our approach to teaching, moving away from traditional education methods by bringing our classroom onto the cloud. Baltic were the first training provider to offer a completely digital apprenticeship training platform, and we haven’t looked back since.
What is a SMART Classroom?
Our SMART Classrooms are technology enhanced, cloud-based learning environments that deliver teaching by integrating technology such as; presentation rooms, VOIP, live chat, polls, interactive whiteboards and group activities in breakout rooms.
SMART stands for Social, Modern, Accessible, Real-Time Training:
The nature of online learning means our apprentices can come together from all over the country and interact, communicate and engage with each other. This puts them in a unique position to access a support network that includes both their peers and our expert trainers and assessors.
The introduction of SMART Classroom technology has allowed us to transcend the boundaries of traditional education and deliver world class technical training that reaches young people where they feel most at home: online.
By moving all of our training online, our apprentices are uninhibited by the travel costs and limitations of classroom based teaching. No matter where they are located, they can log on and learn wherever they have internet access. Some apprentices find it useful to remain in the workplace for training weeks, while others prefer to access their training from the comfort of their own home.
SMART Classrooms are fully interactive, with apprentices communicating via microphone and text chat. We understand that everyone learns in different ways, so our expert trainers use a variety of tools to deliver material that is both thorough and accessible. Questions and contributions are encouraged throughout, allowing even the least confident learners to actively participate in a way that they feel comfortable.
Our apprenticeship programmes specialise in three key areas: IT support, digital marketing and software development. The technical knowledge that learners pick up during their training is highly relevant to their job roles, meaning they can put their new skills into practice when they go back to work. This quick turnaround of theory into practice is one of the major advantages of apprenticeship training.