beam
Transforming the blackboard into a collaborative canvas for debate in the classroom using students' smartphones.
How can students be empowered to use modern tools with a responsible approach to technology?

beam is a platform that facilitates sharing content in the classroom while also encouraging participation and collaboration.
core principles

Teaching With beam

Connect to
Students’ Reality

In order to create lasting and intrinsic motivation in students, they need to be able to deal with topics from their own lives. With beam, students share content the same way they are used to from modern apps, bringing in their own individual interests.

Encourage Social
Interaction

Shared content becomes visible to everyone, making it possible to compare and learn from each other’s work. The large scale display of this content helps with classroom discussions and can be used to highlight contributions or discuss issues together.

Leverage Didactic
Methods

beam is not an alternative to classical teaching. On the contrary – to ensure didactics come first, beam allows for structuring lessons according to methods chosen by the teacher. This structure then serves as a guide for students working on tasks.

Content Sharing

Found a picture that emphasises your point? Saw an interesting documentary that adds to the subject? beam provides shared spaces, to which students can send any content, making it visible to the whole class.

Realtime Participation

beam works with the students’ own smartphones and does not need an internet connection. This means that everyone can contribute as quickly and easily as they send messages with an instant messaging service.

Explore and discuss contributed content

Questions and corresponding answers can be viewed via the classroom projector. Individual questions and answers can put into focus by the teacher to moderate the discussion of the contributed content. This focused mode also opens up opportunities for the teacher to address the quality of the sources used by the students.

Structured Content Templates

In order for beam to work with a wide range of possible assignments, the concept includes task templates tailored for using them with respective didactic methods.

Writing a Poem

This template serves the purpose of creating processes of learning in which students determine what, where and how they learn.

Answering Each Other’s Questions

This template serves the purpose of creating processes of learning in which students determine what, where and how they learn.