What are the most effective ways to use Media to Enhance Teaching and Learning in a hybrid classroom?

  • 2021-04-13

How a wireless screen mirroring system using stream different types of media to improve classroom performance

 

Why do students remember everything that’s on television but forget what is in a classroom lecture? According to the research found in How People Learn, visual media make concepts easier to access and recall. New technology is now available to enable schools to leverage copy-protected content such as movies, documentaries, television shows, and music into lessons to enable both interactive learnings as well as sharing of student-created content.  

 

This article will look at the following uses of media – and how the latest wireless screen mirroring systems can enable virtually any type of media to be leverage for learning.

With hybrid and flipped classrooms, sharing certain types of media can be a challenge.  Many classrooms have wireless screen mirroring systems that don’t support the HDCP copy protection standard – forcing the teacher to either abandon the use of commercial media or string up long cables to the display. Here are some wireless screen mirroring options for the most popular types of commercial and student-generated media.

Using Blu-Ray & DVD Discs in a Flipped or Hybrid Classroom

Documentaries such as BBC’s Blue Planet are some of the most engaging types of content that teachers can use in a classroom. The quality of production and engaging images are draw students into the topic.  However, in a flipped classroom, the media player may not be able to use the classroom wireless screen mirroring system if it doesn’t support HDCP.  This can impact not only DVD and Blu-Ray content – it also can limit the use of streamed live and recorded television signals from cable boxes and satellite receivers.  

A HDCP Error

Here is an overview of the popular classroom screen mirroring systems support of both DVD and Blu-Ray media players using HDCP content.

Classroom Screen Mirroring System Blu-Ray & DVD Players Satellite Receiver & Cable Box
Classroom Screen Mirroring System
BenQ InstaShow WDC20E
Blu-Ray & DVD Players
Yes – via HDMI
Satellite Receiver & Cable Box
Yes – via HDMI
Classroom Screen Mirroring System
Airtame 2
Blu-Ray & DVD Players
No
Satellite Receiver & Cable Box
No
Classroom Screen Mirroring System
Mersive Solstice
Blu-Ray & DVD Players
No
Satellite Receiver & Cable Box
No
Classroom Screen Mirroring System
Kramer Via
Blu-Ray & DVD Players
No
Satellite Receiver & Cable Box
No
Classroom Screen Mirroring System
Vivi
Blu-Ray & DVD Players
No
Satellite Receiver & Cable Box
No

Wirelessly Mirroring Downloaded Copy-Protected Content in a Classroom

For services such as Apple iTunes and other content aggregators, a teacher or student can download a copy-protected movie and play it from their computer on a display. While virtually every classroom projector and interactive display can provide the HDCP authentication to enable media to be streamed to the display, many wireless screen mirroring systems either cannot pass through the HDCP authentication from the computer to the display or simply don’t document this function – resulting in the content not being able to be wirelessly shared.

Here is an overview of the popular classroom screen mirroring systems wireless support of streaming HDCP content from their technical specification sheet.

Classroom Screen Mirroring System Support for HDCP Copy-protected streaming
Classroom Screen Mirroring System

BenQ InstaShow WDC20E

Support for HDCP Copy-protected streaming

Yes – full support of HDCP content

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

Airtame 2

Support for HDCP Copy-protected streaming

No – requires HDCP to be disabled

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

Mersive Solstice Gen3 Pad

Support for HDCP Copy-protected streaming

HDMI 1.4b (HDCP not supported) but can be enabled

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

Kramer Via

Support for HDCP Copy-protected streaming

No - Does not support HDCP signals

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

Vivi

Support for HDCP Copy-protected streaming

No – No HDCP documentation

Sharing Student-Generated Content

With many inquiry-based learning classrooms, students create their content to share their learning on a topic. Typically this is not copy-protected content and will be able to be streamed on any classroom wireless presentation system. However, some students may want to use different types of devices besides a computer to generate content streams. What devices are supported by various types of classroom wireless presentation systems?

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

Windows

Mac

Chromebook

Document Camera

Raspberry Pi / Linux

Digital Microscope

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

BenQ InstaShow WDC20E

Windows

Yes

Mac

Yes

Chromebook

Yes

Document Camera

Yes

Raspberry Pi / Linux

Yes

Digital Microscope

Yes

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

Airtame 2

Windows

Yes

Mac

Yes

Chromebook

Yes

Document Camera

No

Raspberry Pi / Linux

Limited

Digital Microscope

No

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

Mersive Solstice Gen3 Pad

Windows

Yes

Mac

Yes

Chromebook

Yes

Document Camera

No

Raspberry Pi / Linux

No

Digital Microscope

No

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

Kramer Via

Windows

Yes

Mac

Yes

Chromebook

Yes

Document Camera

No

Raspberry Pi / Linux

No

Digital Microscope

No

Classroom Screen Mirroring System

Vivi

Windows

Yes

Mac

Yes

Chromebook

Yes

Document Camera

No

Raspberry Pi / Linux

No

Digital Microscope

No

Looking For A Classroom Wireless Screen System?

The BenQ InstaShow WDC20E is the first classroom wireless screen mirroring system designed to support virtually any device with an HDMI port – and full support of copy-protected HDCP content from nearly anywhere in the classroom. This makes it perfect for flipped or hybrid classrooms – as well as enables teachers to creatively stream content directly from cameras and STEM devices such as Raspberry Pi.

 

To try one in your classroom for free – just let us know by filling out the form.