As educational institutions around the world embark on the journey of digital transformation, adding an interactive flat panel in the classroom has become more common.
Interactive flat panels are smart tech devices that replace the traditional chalkboard or whiteboard. They can be used to enhance the educational experience for both students and teachers. Interactive displays can be written on like chalk or whiteboards while featuring all the advantages of today's technologies, enabling more collaboration, engagement, and interactivity with a wide range of unique features.
Interactive screens (touchscreens) have become a major part of our lives, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. But why are they so popular?
Here are some benefits of using interactive panels in educational segment -
1. Increased engagement & active learning
Even the most reticent learner will appreciate the bright, clear images on the screen, as well as the interactivity possible during activities and lessons presented.
A poster of the rainforest is starkly different from viewing a video simulating walking through the rainforest, including the ambient sounds which will make this type of learning experience unique. There is a plethora of resources available for increased interactivity that will engage students and motivate them to be more involved in lessons.
2. More opportunities to collaborate
At times, it can be a struggle to have students discuss and collaborate on activities and tasks.
But because the look and feel of the interactive display is like their personal devices, the struggle is minimised. Some interactive displays have multi-touch capabilities so more than one student can come up and add annotations, highlight, or move content as they see fit.
Quite a few displays also have screen mirroring software, so students learning from home can participate in class discussions.
3. Innovative software and learning apps
To attract more schools, many companies are making sure that their interactive displays come equipped with classroom software and learning apps.
Exceptional classroom software allows teachers to create interactive lessons that include multiple question types, docs, images, videos, slide presentations, and more in a matter of minutes. To reinforce lessons, displays can also include learning apps many of which are aligned with key learning objectives.
4. Pose questions to gauge understanding
Classroom software that comes inbuilt on many interactive displays usually includes tools so teachers can view student responses to questions created for the lesson. Teachers can measure student understanding while presenting, and address misunderstandings right away rather than wait after grading a stack of paper tests.
Some software and web-based platforms also allow for posing questions on the fly, which is a great way to get a sense of student interest and engagement in the topic.
5. Screen mirroring for hybrid learning
State-of-the-art interactive displays have screen mirroring software which enables teachers to cast images on the display to student devices. Students can annotate on the images, which can be seen by anyone viewing the display.
This is especially useful for hybrid learning environments when some students are learning from home. These students can participate in class discussions and collaborate on tasks using their web-enabled devices.
6. Accessibility for students with disabilities
Interactive displays have also been proven to help students with different disabilities participate actively in lessons.
For example, students who have difficulty gripping writing tools such as a pencil or stylus, can use their fingers or palm to annotate on an interactive display. Displays mounted on carts help students who aren’t able to walk to or stand at the board.
7. Saves time
Interactive displays are a complete, out-of-the-box solution and don’t require excessive cables, hard wiring, or bulb maintenance.
Teachers can save precious instructional time by not having to deal with making sure images are clear and focused, or connecting their PC to the display. Turn on the interactive display and start working.
8. Sync with cloud drives
Being able to work from anywhere at any time, then save content to the cloud has helped teachers create, collaborate, and share even when not on the worksite.
Cutting-edge interactive displays feature the ability to sync with cloud drives such as Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive so teachers can upload and share activities, administrators can share annotated meeting notes, and students can access assigned lessons or reference documents.
9. A rewarding investment
Interactive flat panels are easy-to-use devices that offer quick and easy implementation, configuration, and operation.
They streamline and enhance the teaching process, allowing teachers to focus on delivering excellent, robust lessons to the students. They also encourage students to actively participate in the class and learn with rapt attention.
Their central management features can also help administrators reduce costs and efforts while striving for more efficient maintenance of their facility.