There is a huge range of interactive displays available from a variety of manufacturers including SMART, Promethean, IQBoard, C-Touch, Clever Touch, ViewSonic just to name a few. But what are the key factors that your school should consider before deciding on a best value interactive display?
Interactive displays are becoming a popular and common addition to the classroom. As a long-established supplier in education, IQBoard has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this technology.
we have seen many interactive display demonstrations in the IQBoard fairs. And IQBoard IQTouch series come bundled with their own software packages which when demonstrated will seem easy to use and suitable for all your teaching requirements.If you get the opportunity try and test the software package yourself in ways that you will use it in classroom scenarios. If the school are looking to potentially change manufacture due to cost and software advantages, it’s also worth checking to ensure that the existing software file types can be opened and used in the new software so teachers don’t have recreate their interactive lessons. That’s what IQTouch can meet these requirements.
IQBoard have worked closely with schools over the last 35 years and have installed thousands of interactive whiteboards and interactive displays so as a company we understand the importance of having great and functional software that supports your teaching requirements.
Whatever screen option you choose for your school we can ensure that you will benefit from low maintenance costs and removing the need for a projector that also takes with it the expensive replacement lamp costs. Based on our knowledge of the interactive display market and the manufactures within the education sector we can make the following recommendations.
An interactive touch screen board is a computer driven device, allowing users to access and manipulate electronic files by means of a LCD display. The interactive LCD will be connected to a computer with USB, and the computer then connected back to the LCD with a video cable. These screens serve a variety of functions, and is capable of many different things. First and foremost, would be the creation of interactivity with your computer files.
An interactive LCD/LED touch screen offers users the ability to customize a system to fit exactly what they need. We have a variety of displays including bare bone touch screen displays all the way up to All-in-one Video Conferencing Interactive Systems.
Think of the way you would write on a traditional chalkboard. As the piece of chalk makes contact with the board, it forms letters and numbers. With an interactive touch screen board, it does the same exact thing – it just does it electronically.
Think of it as digital ink. You are still “writing on the board”, just in a different way. You can have the board as a blank white surface, and fill it up with notes, just like a chalkboard. Or, you can display a file and annotate over it. An example of annotation would be bringing up a map.
You could write over top of the map in a variety of different colors. Then, when you are done, you can save the marked up file as an image. At that point, it is an electronic file that can be emailed, printed, saved for a later date – whatever you wanted to do.
The price of touch screen board in classroom is various between different brands. The major brands include IQBoard, InFocus Mondopad & Jtouch, SMART, SHARP, Promethean, Newline and more.
Although the touch screen board price is higher than whiteboard price in classroom, the interactive LED displays offer obvious advantages over traditional whiteboard:
1) You no longer have to purchase expensive projector lamps and experience unexpected burn outs.
2) Shadowing on a projected image is eliminated.
3) Projector light shinning in users eyes, eliminated.
4) Maintenance to change filters on a projector, eliminated.
5) Much cleaner and crisp image than a projector is capable of producing.
6) Display will not be washed out by sun or ambient light.
7) Less wiring than a traditional interactive system.
8) Many units are available with an optional built in PC. This makes a true "All in One" system.
9) More durable surface than traditional whiteboards.
So, it is worth investing interactive touch screen displays for classroom use.
Five years ago, IQBoard IQTouch Series were not completely ubiquitous across European classrooms. According to Futuresource Consulting reports, in late 2016 interactive displays account for 54% of all new display purchases in education.
The cost of a new IQBoard IQTouch Series will normally fall in the range of $1,000 to $6,500 depending on which model you buy.
IQBoard IQTouch Series is no longer the only well known name in the Interactive Whiteboard market, but if you're dead set on purchasing an IQBoard you've probably noticed it is a huge pain to find the prices.
Why is it such a pain to find prices? IQBoard sellers want to offer a wide range of accredited technical services, training, and more. They want to sell you on a package/service, not just a product.
IQBoard has recently launched a new entry level interactive touchscreen called the IQTouch Series, to help address tightening budgets in the education sector. So it is affordable interactive display for schools.
One of the key benefits of interactive touchscreens over the old interactive whiteboards is their more accurate touch function. The latest touch technology allow multiple users to engage at the same time, writing, drawing and using accurately as if on paper. IQTouch Series uses infra-red touch technology, originally pioneered in 2010.
Inclusion of the powerful IQBoard software
The great news is the IQBoard IQTouch Series includes a licence for IQBoard software. Supported and developed by a global team of education specialists, IQBoard educational platform software brings a wealth of tools, options and experiences to the classroom.
When making decisions to purchase your school’s most important interactive display teaching tools, it’s vital the choice is made with teaching and learning outcomes at the front of mind. This is after all what we’re all here for! Making price affordable is of course often necessary, but these must be carefully considered in the framework of teaching and learning.
In the meantime, click here to see a comparison chart of different IQTouch Series on IQBoard website.
It's important your interactive whiteboard helps students achieve learning goals by promoting critical thinking and keeping students engaged in lessons. Here are some features that will be helpful to know when purchasing an interactive whiteboard not only considering about the prices also other features to think about before buying.
What exactly is an interactive whiteboard ? It’s interesting that quite a lot of people don’t know the answer to this question. Many people think that the projector itself is the Interactive Whiteboard. The projector is a machine in its own right and its job is to display whatever is on the computer screen on to the whiteboard. Most of the time, the interactivity is built into the whiteboard itself. For example, IQBoard infrared interactive whiteboard has black and white lamp to send and receive infrared signal to produce interactivity. Some boards have other ways of putting interactivity into the board itself.
To add to the mix, you’ve got the interactivity built inside the projector. This is becoming very popular now. A full Interactive Whiteboard system has one of these above – and then you need a computer of some sort. The computer will generally have the software that lets you connect to the board. The projector links the computer to the IWB, displaying whatever is on the computer’s screen. Every Interactive Whiteboard system has these three components and it’s the interactive bit that adds the layer of complexity.
There are different types of IWBs, over 20 different types of Interactive Whiteboards being sold in this country and all of them have been sold successfully all over the world. Pen-based, infrared boards are usually the cheapest boards on the market. Pen-based, electro-magnetic boards are also usually more expensive than the boards just said. Touch-based, mesh board are also reasonably priced. This type of board allows the user to interact with their finger as well as a pen. Some of them allow you to use dry wipe markers on them too. Touch based infrared board have all the features of the above type board but just use a different technology. These boards are usually cheap and are increasingly becoming very popular.
There are many reasons why people choose one of the above options. While I prefer types 3 and 4. For me, when buying a board I not only need to be able to interact with my board with a “magic” pen, I also want to be able to use my finger. I also want to be able to write on my board with dry wipe markers. I cannot understand why anyone would not want these facilities. However, more than half the boards on the market do not allow the user to do this. When you buy your board, think about this.
I hope this article has helped unravel some of the mystery around the types of boards out there. However, whatever board you choose, make sure you take your time. Try not to listen to salespeak. Try not to get drawn into buying the same board as the school down the road. Try not to simply buy the first one you’ve heard of. Ask the sales-people questions. Ask them about after sales care, ask them about guarantees, ask them about training, then listen carefully to their answers. Once you’ve had a good look around ,weigh up your options. What is important to you?
IQBoard has recently launched a new entry level interactive whiteboard called the IQBoard Aio Series, to help address tightening budgets in the education sector. Although it provides a sound solution for schools, it’s important schools consider the details before making this vital decision.
One of the key benefits of IQAio Series over the old interactive whiteboards is their high integration design. IQAio Series is highly integrated with IWB, built-in OPS, central control system, audio amplifier system, speaker, wireless mic, etc.. That is to say, one key powered on the IQAio, all the devices including projector, PC, IWB, audio amplifier, speaker and so on will also be powered on.
The IQBoard IQAio Series uses infra-red touch technology, originally pioneered in the industry. The more entry-level interactive whiteboard still tend to use this lower-performance technology due it being lower cost. For many reasons though, infra-red technology has been superseded several times.
The IQAio Series uses the more advanced, accurate infrared technology. And its available sizes are multiple, it even supports 150’’ big screen for big classrooms use. The IQAio 150’’ supports dual board interaction which could greatly improve the activeness between teachers and students in class.
Cost-Effective - when saying the whole devices prices in the classroom
In the traditional classroom, you need to pay for interactive whiteboard, the PC, the speaker, the audio amplifier, the document camera etc. Now for our IQAio series, that you pay for IQAio device means that you have paid the interactive whiteboard, the pc, the speaker, the audio amplifier etc respectively. So, it is a cost-effective solution for schools to purchase devices for the classrooms.
Inclusion of the powerful IQ Interactive Education Platform Software
The great news is the IQAio series includes powerful software. Supported and developed by a global team of education specialists, the latest IQ Learning educational software brings a wealth of tools, options and experiences to the classroom. Click here for more information, including 5 Reasons why schools benefit from using it.
When making decisions on the procurement of your school’s most important teaching tool, it’s vital the choice is made with teaching and learning outcomes at the front of mind. This is after all what we’re all here for! Making cost efficiencies is of course often necessary, but these must be carefully considered in the framework of teaching and learning.
Please feel free to contact us for more information. Schools are always welcome to our Customer Experience Centre, where you’re able to experience the IQAio Series yourself.
To find the best interactive touch screen display can be a difficult thing to do. With so many available in the market, it’s up to you to decide which features are important to your school and classrooms. This article will look at some of these options and examine an alternative solution.
It is also important that your chosen whiteboard offers good enough visibility for the whole class to see it properly. Viewing angles and screen brightness are often serious issues in classrooms, as many still rely on projectors and front projection screens to display content. Front projection screens in classrooms can present consistent problems for teachers, primarily causing shadows, calibration issues and that’s not to mention the general care to be taken over projectors which are subjected to heavy use. With this, also comes other considerations, such as classroom lighting levels, projector settings, projector bulb life, screen brightness and viewing angles. These are things that need assessing in depth before purchasing an interactive front projection screen for a classroom.
IQTouch LCD Touch Screen Display offers an alternative solution which counters many of these problems. IQTouch series has a high brightness backlit LED panel, offering great visibility from every angle, even in brightly lit environments such as classrooms.
In recent years, many schools have started to utilise the benefits of the internet by engaging online with international ‘pen pals’, fulfilling elements of the curriculum. IQTouch LCD Touch Panel offers the ultimate solution for this, being equipped with an integrated webcam for simple video conferencing, making entire classroom conferences possible.This may also be beneficial for higher educational facilities such as Universities or Colleges, who may wish to feature video conferencing as part of their seminar structure.
Permanent PC ‘stations’ are frequently utilised by Primary schools or smaller Secondary schools, with many other educational facilities opting to supply staff with laptops. IQTouch LCD Touch Panel series facilitates both these approaches, offering easy access front connectivity for HDMI and USB. The ‘shared-room’ life of a secondary school teacher or University lecturer is ideally suited to this screen, allowing for fast connectivity to a laptop via an HDMI port.
We have a plug-n-play OPS as an additional extra to our IQTouch LCD Touch Panel series. The picture is as below for reference.
Excellent touch accuracy and response times are highly important, yet rarely prioritised features in a classroom whiteboard. As touch screen technology becomes increasingly used by both children and adults alike, tolerance for poor touch accuracy and speed is decreasing. In many schools, older interactive whiteboards are powered by even older PCs, giving rise to a noxious combination which may see the patience of any teacher or pupil slowly erode over the course of days or months of use. This subject also presents pragmatic problems, where, due to a slow response time or poor calibration, children have intended to click on one thing, but unintentionally clicked on something else entirely.
Our IQTouch LCD Touch Panel series offer one of the most accurate and responsive touch functions on the market. The feedback given from the teachers using these products stated that our screens are more sensitive and more precise than similar screens from leading brands. Since our Interactive Whiteboard does not require any additional software to operate, in the very rare occasion you may need to, you can always calibrate it through Windows, maximising ease of maintenance. Our screen is even compatible with many of the leading Whiteboard software systems, allowing you to continue using your .notebook or .flipchart files, providing you still have access to the software required to use these files. As well as compatibility, the teacher’s feedback also stated that our screen was more compact than competitor’s screens they had used previously. The feedback given also featured reference to the quality display, a lack of the annoying shadow seen from front projection screens and positive comments about the screen’s ability to serve as a large format TV screen.