The past two years have created thousands of experts in online learning, among students, teachers, and parents.
However, many have not yet mastered a new art: hybrid learning, which is different from both fully-online and fully-offline learning.
Here are four key qualities to keep an eye out for, when you’re looking to upgrade:
1. Flexibility that fits your learning style
In a hybrid environment, the most effective laptops are versatile and emphasize on engagement while limiting distractions. This is a critical point when we consider that three-quarters of educators find their students struggle with losing concentration during sessions, while over half of students report distractions in their home environments.
To limit distractions, try a convertible design like the IdeaPad Flex 5. The 360-degree hinge screen of this device is highly adaptable to every user’s need. It is perfect for students who want to vary up the ways and locations in which they look at a screen, engage more tactilely with their learning or exercise options when taking notes. This device is ideal for getting basic tasks done, from editing documents, to attending classes, and is perfectly suited for the online home classroom and beyond.
2. Pet-proof and transport-proof durability
Your device is only as good as its ability to stand up against wear and tear – including that from cats, dogs, and other pets, who have become common participants in online classrooms. The hybrid era also means that devices are transported more frequently, not only between rooms, but from school to home.
To make sure your device has the durability to support you in your daily learning and teaching, pay attention to the results of tests like MIL-SPEC, which companies use as a standard measure of durability, strength and reliability. The test can serve as an indicator that devices like the IdeaPad Slim 3i and Yoga Slim 7i Carbon can hold up to a range of conditions including humidity, vibration, and a variety of temperatures. For instance, the IdeaPad Slim 3i is built for all-around toughness, it has passed a range of durability tests to ensure it can survive the most demanding environments at home, work and school.
3. Weight and battery life that keep up with the hybrid environment
The frequent transport requirements of a hybrid environment also make light weight and a long battery life more important.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro, following the marquee trait of the Lenovo IdeaPad series, also comes in a slim form factor. It weighs only 1.38 kg, and packs a 56.5Whr battery, which can deliver up to 15 hours of nonstop video playback.
4. The right combination of software and hardware
Education needs can change fast. According to the Lenovo-Microsoft Education Technology Study 2021, 86% of educators and 66% of students expect to further increase their spending on learning technology in the upcoming year to ensure they are up to speed. A combination of the right device with a flexible operating system is vital to supporting classroom technology solutions today and for the rest of the school year.
The Windows 11 operating system comes pre-installed on all Lenovo devices. The operating system functions. It can support both current & future digital school content as well as resources. It also provides unlimited cloud storage for education. This way, educators and students can worry less about tech support and focus more on learning.
Hybrid learning is still a work-in-progress, but knowledge doesn’t have to be. As we approach a new year with new demands for hybrid learning, it’s important to look ahead to what hybrid might require. For a student to be properly equipped to learn, new avenues of education don’t have to be a burden – they can be opportunities.