How to use Dual Screens in Education

How to use Dual Screens in Education

Multitasking has become a common part of our lives. We’re constantly juggling multiple tasks, whether it’s work, entertainment or communication. And while dual screens for computers have been popular for a long time, there’s another emerging trend that’s changing the game – dual screening with your smartphone or tablet alongside your computer or laptop!

Many of us have our smartphones within an arm’s reach at all times. They’re incredibly versatile devices that can serve as powerful secondary screens to complement your computer. Dual screen use can transform the way you work and play – they can help you to multitask with ease, access information quickly and stay connected with others!

Dual screens in education.

Using more than one screen at a time is a habit that lots of us have now! Children using multiple screens in education can have both advantages and disadvantages. It’s really important for us as educators and parents to consider these factors to make informed decisions about integrating dual screens into a child’s learning experience. Here are some pros and cons of dual screening in education.

The pros.

  • Enhanced learning experience. Dual screens provide a more immersive and engaging learning experience. Children can have educational content on one screen, while working or interacting on the other. It makes learning more interactive and enjoyable!
  • Multitasking skills. By learning to manage dual screens, children can learn and develop multitasking and time management skills. Both of which are really valuable in today’s world!
  • Access to resources. Dual screens allow children to access reference materials and educational resources at the same time as they’re working on homework or projects. This can help improve the quality of their work.
  • Increased productivity. By having one screen for research materials and another for the document they’re working on, there’s no need to continuously switch between multiple tabs! This can help boost productivity and efficiency.
  • Visual learning. Different children learn in different ways. Some benefit from visual learning, and dual screens can help with that! It allows them to have to additional visual aids or resources alongside their primary learning material.
  • Collaboration. Dual screening can enable students to work together more efficiently. They can participate in group discussions and view shared documents on one screen while working on the other.

The cons.

  • Distractions. Dual screens can be a distraction! It’s easy to lose focus and access non-education content, play games or scroll through social media.
  • Overstimulation. Too much screen time can cause problems to our physical and mental health. Using multiple screens or devices at the same time can lead to sensory overload, especially for younger children.
  • Tech dependence. Relying on dual screens might make children become dependent on using technology for their learning. This might impact their ability to use traditional offline learning methods.
  • Reduced interaction. Excessive screen time (both with dual or single screens) is never good. It can limit the amount we interact with others and cause problems in children developing essential social skills.
  • Cost. Technology isn’t cheap! Not all families or educational institutions have the resources available to provide technology to students.
  • Technical issues. Dual screen setups can be prone to technical issues which can disrupt learning. For example, software glitches, compatibility issues or hardware malfunctions.

Getting started with dual screening.

Setting up dual screens with your smartphone or tablet is pretty easy! First of all, you need to make sure your computer and mobile device are connected to the same network. Some operating systems offer built-in features for dual screen use. However there’s a number of apps that let you connect your mobile to your computer wirelessly or through a USB cable too.

Once you’re connected, you need to arrange your devices so you have a comfortable workspace! Consider using a stand/holder for your smartphone or tablet so you can keep them at eye level.

How can we help?

Dual screening can help you to multitask with ease and increase your productivity. However while dual screens in education offer several advantages, they should be used carefully and in moderation. It’s important for schools and parents to set clear guidelines, monitor screen time and ensure children have a balanced and healthy learning environment. Educate yourself with the Department for Education’s (DfE) Keeping Children Safe in Education(KCSIE) guidance for a help hand.

Although we can’t help with your fancy dual screen set ups, we can help with your connectivity! Our full fibre broadband connections meet the standards set by DfE. And all our broadband packages are customisable so you can tailor it to exactly suit your school or trust. In addition, you can add our super web filtering, monitoring, firewalls and anti-virus solutions to keep your school safe too. Plus it’s all fully compliant with KCSIE, Prevent Duty and Internet Watch Foundation standards!

Just get in touch if you’d like to find out more about how we can help you with your school or trust’s connectivity or safeguarding!

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