An interactive display is a tool that allows multiple people to engage in a collaborative experience using a touchscreen to take notes, annotate content, and more.
Many schools and districts have invested heavily in interactive whiteboards (IWBs) for their classrooms. But when these IWBs reach their end-of-life and are ready for replacement, schools must decide whether to purchase new ones or go a different route for their classroom projection systems.
For schools ready to replace their old IWBs, this article are going to talk about some other good alternatives to consider:
Flat Panel Displays
Essentially large screen televisions, when connected to a computing device - wirelessly or with a cable - they offer a clear, high-definition (HD) image. The LED technologies used in these displays continue to advance, and the display costs are going down.
Special pens are no longer needed and one can operate the board with just the touch of a finger.
Also IWBs allow users to connect to them with wireless devices to project their screen image on the board from throughout the classroom.
There is also another interesting alternative to IWB’s: Interactive projectors — like the Epson BrightLink — that display an interactive image onto almost any clean, flat white surface, like a classroom wall or whiteboard.
On a promising note, digital display and projection technologies are advancing at a rapid pace, and there are more and better options than there were five years ago. And one can foresee a not-too-distant future with excellent and affordable wall-size classroom display solutions. However, in the interim, schools are still faced with making hard choices.
Projection technology offers countless opportunities for companies, events, or brands in the market for producing an AV experience. Now, with the integration of lasers, the projection landscape is undergoing a major shift on a scale that hasn’t been seen in 20 years when the debut of Texas Instrument’s DLP (Digital Light Processing) projectors hit the market.
The Laser Advantage
The benefits of laser projection technology are immense. They allow more compact projectors of the same brightness class, although the weight wouldn’t change, as lasers are just as heavy. They have lower decibel ratings since most of the noise a projector emits comes from the cooling fans. There is no orientation sensitivity, and a laser light source consumes less power than its xenon counterpart.
Quality, brightness, and longevity. Anyone who has seen a lamp projector and a laser projector side by side in a dark room knows that lasers produce a much brighter image, and since they can handle nearly any wavelength of light, they’re able to produce deeper, richer, more precise colors as well.
Longevity is also a plus. Not only do laser projectors emit a brighter light than bulb projectors, they also maintain that brightness over time. Unlike bulb projectors, which tend to lose their color and luminosity relatively quickly, a 5,000-lumen laser projector will still run pretty much at 5,000 lumens in two to three years.
In short, laser projectors might be more expensive, but in the long run they could be more cost-efficient, depending on how they’re used.
Since the introduction of interactive technology in the classroom, there have been many changes and advances in the industry. Whilst a small minority in the education sector are still not completely convinced of the efficacy of using technology to assist teachers, there are those that embrace the benefits it delivers. As this technology evolves and devices become smarter and offer more functionality, is there still a place for pioneering classroom technology such as the interactive touch screen?
This article will discuss the necessity of buying interactive displays in classrooms. The following are the advantages that teachers who use our panels have noticed in the classroom:
1. The modern classroom is one that focuses on engagement, collaboration and interactivity. And the interactive whiteboard has been instrumental driving this approach. In fact, large classroom displays are generally seen as a ‘must-have’ technology in the classroom to facilitate the core teaching and learning function of demonstration and modelling.
2. The multi-touch capabilities that interactive displays offer mean that more students can get around the panel and learn together. IQTouch K series and IQTouch C Pro series feature 20 points of simultaneous touch and educational software that divides the screen into quadrants so more students can participate at once.
3. Teachers use the interactive displays as learning station for both advanced learning for early finishers and remediation. Students are more engaged, and teachers save time and money when they aren’t making endless copies of worksheets.
4. IQTouch screens include a 4K display with crystal clear graphics and colours, and smooth inking in all light levels. More than that, this latest generation of IQTouch screen includes an built-in Windows 10 OPS computer, so no additional desktop or laptop is required — merely switch it on and access what you need from online apps and documents.
Days are gone when investing in classroom technology meant nothing more exciting than choosing which colour of chalk to buy for the board. Now comes to a new age where interactive whiteboard and projection systems have become common place in the classroom, the advancing technological revolution is driving this arena to new heights.
For interactive whiteboard, when choosing the aspect ratio of interactive whiteboard, you need to refer to the projection size of the projector. The size will according to your classroom size.
For LCD flat panel interactive displays, the size of the room should dictate the size of your screen. The basic rule is that the screen should be large enough to allow the students at the back of the class to be able to easily read a 20pt font.
The resolution defines the sharpness and clarity of any visual panel and is the number of pixels (individual points of colour) contained within the screen. The higher the resolution, the sharper and crisper the image. Some interactive panels are now also available in Ultra High Definition which is referred to in the industry as 4K (3840×2160), such as IQTouch K Series, C Pro, L series etc.
3. Touch points
Touch points really mean a lot to classroom. For example, If an interactive flat panel display has 6 touch points, there can be as many as 6 students at the display, each using a single touch point (one finger or a stylus). Or, 3 students can each use 2 fingers to manipulate and move objects on the display. Now many standard LCD touch panel has 10 touch points or 20touch points at most, such as IQTouch K series.
You buy the interactive displays for teaching, so you may want to select software which can actually enable and engage learning,and can provide collaboration opportunities, assessment and integrate with mobile teaching. IQTouch K series are the best example bundle with the software.
You need to make is where in the classroom you are going to mount your interactive panel and the physical size of those who may need to use the screen. Many nursery schools or early year classes make good use of mobile or wall mounted electronic height adjustable brackets for their interactive panels. For senior schools, higher education establishments and training suites, a fixed wall bracket is generally acceptable.
Interactive whiteboards are rapidly becoming an integral part of group collaboration in all industry sectors, especially in education sector. It offers interaction to all classrooms or meetings participants. The interactive whiteboard technology has increased in popularity, which means that the writing is now on the wall for traditional methods. Interactive whiteboards combine powerful audio, video and screen sharing tools so as to deliver a truly four dimensional experience.
This article will introduce the best Interactive Whiteboard supplier in the market, that is IQBoard interactive whiteboards, the following are the best selling models.
1. IQAio (IQ All-in-one machine)GR519
IQAio GR519 is an all-in-one device, it has 3 available sizes: 80’’,92’’ and 100’’. It is not only a multi-point infrared interactive whiteboard, but also integrated with central control system, interactive whiteboard, wireless microphone, OPS computer, stereo amplifier system and other equipment. That means, with one-key powered on, teachers can power on all the devices including projector, interactive whiteboard, OPS, and stereo amplifier system etc. It will bring great conveniences for teachers.
Bundle with IQ Interactive Education Platform Software, IQAio GR519 can achieve a vivid and interesting atmosphere in class.
2. IQAio GR511
Being a high end multi-media teaching equipment, IQAiO GR511is integrated with central control system, computer, IWB, document camera and audio amplifier, forming a perfect multi-media classroom solution together with a projector. Moreover, IQAiO GR511 has an advantage over the touch flat panel in terms of its large size reaching up to 102 inches to satisfy specific demands of the market. Compared with traditional classroom, IQAiO GR511 forms a perfect classroom solution only with a projector. The 150 inch IQAio GR511 has super-wide dual-screen interaction, which can satisfy large classroom requirements.
Bundle with IQ Interactive Education Platform Software, 150’’ IQAio GR511 can achieve party mode and dual board mode in classroom, which allow several students to write on the interactive whiteboard at the same time, and dual board mode allow interactive, sync mode to create an interactive teaching atmosphere between teachers and students in classroom.
IQAio highly integrated multi-point infrared interactive whiteboard central control system, wireless microphone, stereo amplifier system, OPS and other equipment. That is to say, when teachers come into the classroom, and one-key press the power on/off button of the IQAio GR519 or swipe card to power on, then all the device including the projector, interactive whiteboard, stereo amplifier etc will be also powered on. It will be very convenient for teachers.
With IQ Interactive Education Platform Software, it becomes so easy to create a vivid and wonderful class and demonstration.
2. IQTouch L Pro
IQTouch L Pro features 10 point touch and Android 6.0 system. It is very easy for annotation and 4K UHD crytal clear presentation. With optional multi-screen casting projection, it can create a collaborative and interactive atmosphere in the classroom or workplaces, where partners could work together by casting their devices wirelessly. It also has built in hotspot and bluetooth.
IQTouch K series features 20 point touch and Android 8.0 system. 4K crystal clear display devivers the highest image quality. With optional multi-device casting software and installation-free IQClass plus software, IQTouch K helps make an interactive teaching and collaboration in class. It has plug-n-play OPS module and rich interfaces, supporting Windows system & Mac & Chromebook.
IQTouch C Pro will create a collaborative and interactive atmosphere in the classroom or workplaces, where partners could work together by casting their mobile devices wirelessly. It supports 20 point touch and 4K UHD display. With IQShare Lite, it could join in to share and display the laptop screen to IQTouch C Pro screen immediately with no cable and no set-up.
IQTouch J, creates smooth and natural writing experience with the unrivalled IR touch screen technology. Bundled with the IQClass 6.0 or installation-free IQClass Plus software, you can achieve plenty of teaching functions as multi-screen interactivity, student vote activity, etc.
With removable infrared touch frame and removable modular plug-in box integrated with Android board, power supply board and OPS module, IQTouch J is very convenient for future upgrading and maintenance.