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The "immediate future" of hybrid education at Colegio Base

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The school Colegio Base located in Alcobendas, Madrid, is committed to the hybrid education model as one of the ways to alleviate the incidence of COVID19 in education in our country thanks to Laiatech AV solutions, designed by and for hybrid education in educational centers. An educational modality that, as Jose Manuel Sanz tells us, a technology teacher at the school, is the “immediate future” for educational centers in our country.

According to Jose Manuel Sanz, hybrid education is “knowing how to complement, being at the educational center, the face-to-face part with the online part”. In addition, with the introduction of hybrid training, “the student must know how to work with his colleagues in person but must also know how to do it in an online context”. The use of technology is a fundamental pillar to this model: maximizing the experience and knowledge of the student by merging the positive that online education offers you without forgetting the importance of the socializing work at the educational center.

“Our goal from the beginning was to reproduce most of the school’s dynamics in an online environment, which we were already doing, but not with the intensity that this moment requires,” said Manuel Bellón,  Colegio Base school principal. And it is precisely here where the importance of having good equipment that allows this educational modality lies. In this case, Colegio Base has opted for one of the most complete classroom solutions in the market: Laiatech’s hybrid classroom solutions, installed by our partner OneVite.

Experts in AV solutions, the Spanish brand Laiatech has recently presented a set of audiovisual solutions designed by and for hybrid training. These AV solutions are mainly divided into two types of equipment: cameras and microphones. High quality equipment that, together with our favorite videoconferencing service (such as Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom or goFacing, among many others) allows to broadcast in FullHD and with clear sound so that students who are following the lessons online see their teachers as if they were in the classroom.

As a highlight, Laia equipment have the so-called “presets”. These are camera configurations preset by the teacher so that, with a simple button, Laia’s camera can take a close-up of the teacher’s desk, a view of the blackboard or a selective focus of any area of the classroom. In this way, students will be able to follow their lessons in FullHD as if they were in their own classroom, achieving a complete educational experience thanks to Laiatech’s hybrid classroom solutions. A technology that facilitates teachers’ lifes, they simply have to press a button for the camera to focus on the area they want.

As we can see, the transformation towards  hybrid classrooms represents an enormous leap with respect to the traditional classroom, thus turning the hybrid classroom into an “all-road” capable of ensuring a high quality student educational experience, regardless of where the lessons take place: the educational center or online. According to studies by West Chester University in Pennsylvania, 64% of the students in the sample said that they felt more involved with hybrid education than with face-to-face training.

In short, hybrid education is no longer the future, but has become the present of education. An educational model that requires that students begin to experience from a very young age, achieving, according to Jose Manuel Sanz, an “educational experience that prepares them for a present and a future where technology and telework are the norm”.

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