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Equipping your Hybrid Classroom Without Breaking the Budget

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Author: Mike Walsh | CEO
Equipping your Hybrid Classroom Without Breaking the Budget

It’s safe to say that 2020 was not what any of us expected. Around the world, industries have been forced to adapt to a new normal, and K-12 educators and schools are certainly no exception.

As the new academic year began, many school systems went from remote learning to a hybrid model with smaller cohorts of students attending school part time. Simultaneously educating both in-person and remote learners has required teachers to adapt their approach. Keeping a traditional in-person class engaged is hard enough; managing an onsite and remote class at the same time increases the challenge and requires the right unified communications and remote learning solutions to do so.

Technology hardware and software have made remote and hybrid learning possible for schools of all sizes and grades. Video conferencing platforms like Zoom and equipment from providers like Poly have made the seemly impossible task of hybrid education possible for teachers and students, but this equipment can be expensive. Equipment like video bars and integrated headsets can cost thousands of dollars per classroom — and chances are your school board budget did not account for a spike in technology spending this fiscal year.

That’s why we’re proud to announce that DGI has launched an innovative “AV as a service” model, which lets schools districts on a tight budget pay a monthly fee and is a fraction of the up-front spend on the necessary equipment for hybrid learning. You can enhance learning, help your educators and not break your budget.

Let’s take a look at some of the ideal hardware available under this program for your hybrid classrooms:

The Poly X30 and X50 video bars offer high-quality audio and video to all participants. Setup is fast and easy, and the elegant form-factor integrates into your classroom. You can share content easily and ensure that all students see and hear the lesson.

A quality headset is also an integral part of your hybrid classroom technology suite. In strictly remote learning environments educators can stay tethered to their laptop, but a hybrid classroom requires the ability to roam. Headsets like the Poly 4200 Series give educators range and high quality sound, so every student can hear their instructions, and teachers can hear every response.

While we’re all adapting to hybrid learning, DGI’s expertise, equipment and innovative pricing can help your school district to reach every learner in a clear, secure and engaging fashion. Contact us today to learn more about how to build a better bridge from the classroom to the home.

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Mike Walsh | CEO

Mike Walsh is a 15+ year veteran in the audio visual industry, bringing extensive knowledge of AV design, implementation, service and sales to DGI. Mike is high energy, providing leadership and driving innovation for the diverse divisions that make up our company. He’s also led a team that was recognized as the top integration firm serving educational markets in the country two years running.

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