While many look forward to “normal” in person classes this fall, the demand for options in learning remains on the rise, independent of any pandemic. The fact is COVID-19 merely fast-tracked what was already in motion.
Online charter schools, homeschooling, dual enrollment, and hybrid education models were already gaining popularity long before the pandemic. A trend experts predict will continue long after.
As a result, today’s educators are bombarded with another app to learn, another USB port to install, in order to accommodate yet another device, the proverbial “baby in the bathwater” is much-needed personal connection, and it is being thrown out.
SideVia is bridging the gap between in person learning and online convenience. With this simple tool, classrooms of all types can offer better visuals, more clarity in instructions, and much less down time.
“The genius is its simplicity,” Brandon Kennington, inventor of SideVia, explains. “We’ve uncomplicated education today by offering students more of what is most effective in learning: personal, real time instruction and demonstrations they can easily follow. We call it our low-tech solution because all you need to use it with is everything you already have, your mobile phone or tablet.”
SideVia allows educators, tutors, therapists, and library instructors to project their workspace, from box to lesson in under two minutes.
The instructions for use are simple:
- Using your mobile phone or tablet, connect to whatever platform you’re already familiar with.
- Place your phone or tablet on SideVia, aligning the mobile device’s camera with SideVia’s magnetic prism.
- Watch “Huh?” turn into “A-HA!” while you model penmanship, demonstrate crafting techniques, display math manipulatives and so much more, as if you’re sitting right next to them.
SideVia isn’t just for online use either. In classrooms, it can be used to project lessons onto a large screen so that every seat in the room has a perfect view of what’s being discussed.
This eliminates complaints of “I can’t see” or requiring students to leave their chairs to gather around for a demonstration. By keeping lessons moving fluidly, it increases learning retention while reducing the side effects of unnecessary interruptions.
SideVia has already proven its effectiveness in schools and education centers all over the country.
Bonnie Meyers, a Barton and Spelling Certified tutor raves, “I truly appreciate TutorCam (now SideVia), mostly because it has allowed me to actually see what my students are writing and how they are forming letters. I teach children with dyslexia how to read.”
Bonnie goes on to explain how SideVia helped with real time instruction, “Before we had SideVias, they could write on paper, but then they’d hold up their completed writing to show me, as best they could. By that point the letters were already formed, writing had already happened, and there was no way to correct them.”
In addition to teachers, SideVia impressed the iconic Today Show, which dubbed it “a Fall 2020 must have.” It also snagged two awards from the prestigious International Design Awards for “Social Impact” and “Best Teaching Aids 2020.”
Even though summer vacation has just begun, plans for Fall 2021 are already well underway. Regardless of our progress through the pandemic, education today is irreversibly changed. Educators must be adaptable and flexible while maintaining the same quality of instruction.
SideVia gets tech out of the way, so you can give students, clients and patrons more of what they really need: You.