Colegio San Luis Maristas - Barranco Engages Students with ViewSonic ViewBoard Interactive Displays
Founded in 1923 as one of ten Catholic schools in Peru, the Brarranco branch
of the Colegio San Luis Maristas serves students from kindergarten through
The founders of the school were heavily infl uenced by the teachings of St. Marcellin Champagnat, a Catholic saint who was devoted to education. Today, there are over 900 students currently enrolled at the Colegio San Luis Maristas – Barranco campus.
"One of the benefits of these displays is that they combine the best of both hybrid and in-person classroom setups. Educators can access Zoom, Google Drive, OneDrive and other popular applications to create a richer learning experience.”
— Renzo Urresty, High School Communication Teacher.
In 2021, administrators were tasked with preparing their campus for the return of in-person learning. Although it had been less than two years since students had started learning remotely, in that time, the learning landscape in Peru had shifted dramatically. Students had become accustomed to using computers, laptops and other devices during lessons rather than just learning from whiteboards and textbooks.
Administrators began to seek out solutions that would work cross-functionally with their existing devices and educational software programs that the teachers had adopted. Additionally, administrators were also seeking a solution with features that would enhance learning, such as QR code scanning, questionnaire management and interactive quizzes.
“Children could not go back to traditional learning. They had already been studying through their displays for quite some time. They were used to screens already so the best decision was to look for an alternative for their continued interaction and participation in their pedagogical development in the classroom,” said Renzo Urresty, a communications teacher at the Colegio San Luis Maristas.
According to Maria del Carmen Marini, a fellow kindergarten and first grade teacher, “It’s not easy to be in a classroom in front of 40 students from a different generation who are more familiar with the technology than the teachers.”
In 2019, chalk and whiteboards were still heavily in use at the school. Administrators were mindful that some educators struggled with newer forms of technology and their ultimate solution needed to provide training and support to help get their staff up to speed.
After weeks of deliberation, the Colegio San Luis Maristas ultimately selected ViewSonic to equip 29 classrooms with 75” ViewBoard® IFP7550-3 interactive displays and accompanying WMK-047-2 fixed wall mount brackets. 14 displays and brackets were to be sent to its elementary school, 10 to its secondary school and five to its kindergarten classrooms. Additionally, educators also received myViewBoard® entity accounts and access to training so that they could make the most of their new devices.
“One of the benefits of these displays is that they combine the best of both hybrid and in-person classroom setups. Educators can access Zoom, Google Drive, OneDrive and other popular applications to create a richer learning experience,” said Urresty.
Another benefit of using ViewSonic products is the ease of setup and deployment. Although the ViewBoard interactive displays arrived on February 28, the displays were installed and set up by the time students started school in April.
Since the Colegio San Luis Maristas installed its ViewBoard interactive displays and implemented training, educators reported a significant increase in student engagement and interest in lessons. At the kindergarten level, teachers have been impressed by their students’ ability to learn and interact with this new technology.
“The youngest children have had two years of virtual learning and have adapted naturally to these tools and games that enable them to leverage displays and get actively involved in their own learning. During a lesson, students can take turns leaving once they’re done and the screen can be split into three sections, resulting in high interaction,” explained Marini.
ViewSonic educational solutions have also helped to reduce inequality as well. Students in higher grades no longer need to purchase a printer and ink to complete their homework – a proposition that is as expensive as it is unreliable. Thanks to the ViewSonic companion app, students can synchronize their devices with a simple QR code. Students can then answer questions, share content and get information on lessons and coursework.
The Colegio San Luis Maristas was pleased to fi nd that student performance improved in multiple areas following the adoption of ViewSonic myViewBoard® software.
“The Colegio San Luis Maristas has excelled in leveraging the benefi ts of inclass interactivity and teacher training. Educating teachers has in turn enabled them to connect to today’s students – who are extremely savvy when it comes to interactive experiences. ViewSonic ViewBoard displays encourage students to step outside of the realm of rote learning and memorization and pivot to engaging, interactive lessons that simulate all of their senses and enhance student involvement. This is a defi nitive step forward for modernizing the Colegio San Luis Maristas,” said Alex Carlos, ViewSonic Territory Manager for Peru, Columbia and Ecuador.