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Technology & the Remote Classroom

by Jen

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An overview of basic technology for the remote classroom.

The remote classroom is possible, thanks to advancements in technology, from hardware, to video streaming technology, online chats, and document management tools. Here we cover the fundamental technology needed for a successful remote classroom.

Hardware for the Remote Classroom


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When considering the logistics of the remote classroom, it can be tempting to focus first on software and digital technology. While these should be taken into consideration, the most critical foundation to the remote classroom is the hardware that will carry the software needed to facilitate a seamless and effective remote learning environment.

  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • Webcam
  • Mobile device (smartphone or tablet)
  • Good audio functionality (headphones or microphone and speakers)
  • A good internet connection
  • White board and stationery

Software for the Remote Classroom


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While hardware makes it possible to host the software needed to run a remote classroom, this software evolves even faster than the hardware technology available to us, so new advancements in remote education are always on the horizon.

Even so, the software fundamental to the remote classroom is likely to remain the same in principle, as it supports the core of the teacher-student relationship: communication, connection, and document management. Some examples are:

  • Video conferencing software
  • Classroom management software
  • Email functionality
  • Texting or messaging software
  • Tools to manage, organize, and share PDFs

Hardware and software combine to form a powerful tool in supporting the success of the remote classroom. It's important for both teachers and students alike to have the technology they need to engage with educational materials—and with one another. And while teachers may have a wealth of information about software and tools at their fingertips, they are key in weeding out what might not be a good fit, and in leading the class with the technology that works the best for them.

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Jennifer Rees
UX Writer