ViewSonic and Smestow Academy Partnership
Smestow Academy in Wolverhampton has become the first school in the UK to deploy ViewSonic’s myViewBoard Sens AI sensor technology in the classroom.
The school, which is part of the University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust, is working with ViewSonic to develop a new digital learning solution that will boost educational outcomes as part of a partnership that also includes participation by Intel.
myViewBoard Sens, which was demonstrated at BETT 2020 and at ISE 2020, enables presenters in meeting rooms and classrooms to sense the feeling in a room, and get feedback in real time or offline about how the meeting or class is progressing. It provides data about audience engagement that a presenter may not be aware of while they are focused on delivering their content.
ViewSonic is working with the school to boost education outcomes in a wider experimental hybrid classroom project that includes a strong emphasis on training.
In a video posted on social media this week, Peter Claxton, senior director of edtech solutions at ViewSonic, said: “We’re really excited about the partnership we’re forming to look at how we drive educational outcomes and attainment in the coming months.”
Also working with the school is educational technology training company Pheasey Training. Sarah Morgan, edtech demonstration lead at the company, said: “Part of the support we could give was to look at professional development for staff and the team. Through that conversation, we realised that part of that professional training could come from ViewSonic themselves and so we made the link for the school. Training for the staff is going to be key to make sure that the children get the best possible chance of getting the benefits from the hardware and software that ViewSonic has provided for them.”
Also present was Mark Frost, EMEA visual collaboration manager at Intel. “Part of my role is thought leadership,” he said. “We’re always looking, not at what is happening now, but what could be happening in five years time so we’re always looking for partners who have the same ethos and are looking to push the boundaries of technology in education.”
He added: “We’re working together on some interesting projects where we’re trying to create experimental, hybrid learning rooms that can be used to demonstrate new technology in this space.”
Jonathan Stokes, assistant headteacher at Smestow Academy, said: “Finding specialisms in IT in schools is very difficult because you are pulled from pillar to post, doing lots of different things. When working with private or commercial companies, they bring that specialism to you. They will come with possibilities and ideas, and the benefit is that it helps us to think about how that fits into an educational setting.”