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Wanna buy an interactive digital display?Ask these 10 questions first

The next generation of the interactive digital display, such as IQTouch, are more popular in the corporate and educational environments than ever before. They offer a range of amazing features that can be seamlessly integrated into existing technology platforms and are more cost-effective than ever.

The best system allows users to do what they need, while using their familiar and IT-approved software tools and existing peripherals.

This growth also drives the improvement of AV performance, smaller hardware footprint, and therefore less space in crowded spaces and a shift to open architecture solutions. Being able to use your own software and peripherals is key to this flexibility, as users often use non-standardized devices such as smartphones and laptops and want to connect them to interactive digital display for collaboration.

If you want to set up an interactive solution for your business or school, think carefully about the following questions to help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

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1: Size and space are often the key factors, and display providers that offer a variety of screen sizes can give you more choices. For example, IQ currently offers 55-inch to 98-inch options in its IQTouch series.

 

2: If you want to add an interactive display to your existing setting, are the interactive display brand you considering is “closed architecture” or an open architecture solution? Can it be smoothly integrated with your existing video conferences, cameras, software, and other devices?

 

3: Is the interactive display brand you are considering embedding in Windows, or does it allow you to run your own operating system display that has been approved by the IT department?

 

4: In addition to flat panel displays or projector-based displays, do you want to buy an interactive display with proprietary annotation software to make the system work best?

 

5: Whether the interactive display vendor needs to provide software licenses to all employees when using the display, further increasing the initial setup cost.

 

6: Ask if the annotations and collaboration software are included in the price of the interactive display. Also, do employees need training to operate the interactive display?

 

7: Does the interactive display use a third-party touch overlay for multi-touch functionality, or is it integrated into the design of the interactive display from the very beginning of design/engineering?

 

8: For true collaboration, consider how many users can use the interactive display at the same time. Ask how many contacts the monitor you are considering will support. For example, the IQTouch interactive display provides at least 10 touch points on all of its interactive display devices.

 

9: If you want to set up your monitor to interact with multiple users, can it work in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment?

 

10: Will the interactive display perform other digital signage functions if needed?

 

Interactive digital display based on an open architecture model have proven to be the best way to seamlessly integrate new advanced interactive display solutions into classrooms or conference rooms. More and more organizations are achieving this at a lower cost while leveraging existing best practices and existing audiovisual and video conferencing equipment and software investments in user organizations.

Ten Things to Consider When Choosing the Interactive Panel for Your Classroom Part 1

The IT era has raised more challenges to the 21st century educators, when the traditional chalk and whiteboard combination in the classroom has been replaced with dazzling interactive displays. Teachers nowadays are free from the worries to handle technologies, while new interactive panel brings revolutionary plug-and-play user experience for them to create collaborative and engaging class quite easily.

 

That being said, it’s not that easy to choose the right interactive panel when faced with plenty of options in the market, where vendors present their products with all the technical jargon and fancy promotion. Therefore here we are, to give you ten things to consider before making your big decision, and help you get the most suitable touch panel for you and your students.

 

  • Size comes first

 

Most of the classrooms could fit interactive touch panels from sizes 55’’ to 98’’, but the most popular ones are those sizes ranging from 65’’ to 84’’. Normally the size of the classroom determines it shall be equipped with which size of the panel. After all, you don’t want students sit at the back of the class struggle to read a 20pt font everyday. However, do bear in mind that larger size comes with heavier weight, and inevitably it leads to more trouble for logistics and installation, the safety of wall-mount positions and possible movement of future maintenance.

 

  • Resolution rules all

 

When you go and buy a TV for home entertainment, resolution is definitely the central factor that keeps your eyes on the monitor. The same is with the interactive panel. The quality of the visual effect is made up of the number of pixels, which defines the sharpness and clarity of the image displayed in the screen.

 

Nowadays technology has spoiled people with High Definition images everywhere, which you may hear as 1080P or 2K (1920×1080) resolution. This leaves you a clue that any interactive panel with resolution less than that should not be considered. Resolution lower than 1080P HD might be fine with smaller screen such as your PC or laptop, but to be seen on a screen larger than 55’’ just exposes the blurriness in every level and gives you unpleasant visual experience.

 

Moreover, some interactive panels are already ahead of the tech trend and offer Ultra High Definition (4K, 3840×2160) as total package. Some may argue whether the 4K resolution is too luxurious for education use, but think about the young generation that we are nurturing for the future, don’t they deserve the best that technology could offer to be well-armed in this IT world?

 

  • Warranty terms and service

Today’s market of interactive panels is filled with different manufacturers and suppliers that from various backgrounds, but it certainly does not stop new brands emerging up with fancy design. We are not telling you to walk away from the newbies, but like always, you can’t be too careful when it comes to the warranty terms of the device that you are going to purchase, and to know how long it’s expected to function just fine.

 

Normally used in the classroom environment, any interactive panel that can be regarded as durable should be able to last at least 50,000 hours of expected use with a lifespan of over 15 years. It’s also important to know the warranty terms before making decision, whether it’s on a basis of 12 months or 5 years on-site maintenance.

 

  • Make the most of the touching experience

 

What makes you choose the interactive panel instead of just a large-size TV in the classroom? The reason is simply because of its touching feature. Whether to use hand or pen or stylus to touch and tap the screen, you count on the display to perform daily tasks same as you would do with chalks and whiteboards back in old times, just much more to be expected. However it should be recognized that not all screens are equal when judged by their touch smoothness and flexibility with different touch sources. Some of them could be much sensitive and accurate by a touch of a finger, while some could suffer a little bit of delay when you write fast or hasty.

 

There’s also the matter of multiple touch points functioning simultaneously. Most interactive panels nowadays are available with 6-20 touch points, which you may find weird because clearly we won’t be seeing more than 10 students standing in front of the touch panel to engage in the activities, but then again, surely you need to have options with at least 6 touch points for more interaction possibilities.

 

 

One of the main features of the interactive panel is the built-in dual system – Android and Windows. Simply turn on your interactive panel, connect it to the internet and start the journey of plug and play. Users could shift from Android to Windows without restarting the machine, which saves time and boosts efficiency in class teaching. Most of the Android system supports the access to Google play store, making the download of education apps rather easy and enriching the class interactivity at a certain level.

 

Besides, the availability of Windows saves the teacher from bringing his own laptop back and forth to the classroom. Though the integrated Windows system does not boast with high specification as those external PCs, it’s more than enough for a general classroom environment.

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Do we give you a lot to think about? We’ll stop here today to let you chew on the above five points for a while, and come back with more by next time. Feel free to leave your comments and discuss with us anytime.

How do Interactive Digital Display Revolution Business

If you are looking for ways to enhance project collaboration or improve the efficiency of information dissemination, then the investment of digital display technology is worth studying.

What is an interactive digital display?

Imagine combining your whiteboard with a computer tablet on a large TV screen and you’ll find out what it is.

IQTouch is considered part of a new generation of “open architecture” interactive whiteboard products. This means you can customize in its configuration. Use new software applications to share files across the network and deliver new ideas to your audience within existing IT parameters.

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IQTouch, interactive flat panel, interactive touch screen, interactive display

Why do you need an interactive digital display?

  • Project collaboration has never been easier. Inputs and notes can be provided directly to any project or major participant in the meeting. Everyone in the classroom and in the business is using a variety of devices. The best systems, such as IQTouch’s platform, allow people to share data, graphics or notes in real time using their own devices. Simply download an app and everyone can participate.

 

  • In some projects that require action, the IQTouch can be equipped with a mobile stand (purchased separately) and taken to various areas of the event site. This allows each speaker to play more freely. Everyone is one step ahead, saving time and money.

 

  • Digital display technology enables seamless connectivity, which means your message has a greater impact. Digital displays are networked with your IT system, eliminating projector problems or cumbersome cable connections. In addition, the interactive touch screen is easy to use and can be displayed on large HD displays. Real-time idea sharing, information has greater impact and greater efficiency.

 

  • At the same time, the IQTouch touch screen technology is very intuitive and easy to use. Users can quickly learn how to access a variety of information, view files, and share feedback. This reliable ease of use ultimately means increased efficiency.
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IQTouch, interactive flat panel, interactive touch screen, interactive display

IQ Working together with Hilton Hotel and Xinhua Compassion Education Foundation to build a dream for Liangshan

On July 24, Hope for Liangshan children Art Exhibition was held in Chengdu Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The exhibition was hosted by Xinhua Compassion Education Foundation, contracted by Hilton hotels of Chengdu region. IQ provided technical support.IQ was honored to participate in this activity.

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The opening ceremony held on July 24 began with an introduction about the children’s painting activities development which was given by Wang Ying, the president of Liangshan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese. And the Chengdu Waldorf Astoria Hotel general manager Fredrik Genberg introduced the relevant situation and the meaning of Hilton hotels of Chengdu region to participate in public welfare activities and the exhibition. As Secretary general of Sichuan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, Mr. Yang gave opening speech on behalf of Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and the Overseas Chinese Foundation of Sichuan province.

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The interactive flat panel displayed at the opening ceremony is provided by IQ.

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At the opening ceremony, Hilton hotels of Chengdu region and Xinhua Compassion Education Foundation signed a donation agreement to donate three multimedia classrooms to Juesa Primary School in Butuo county, Liangshan prefecture.

In addition to the Liangshan children’s 53 paintings, the IQAiO Interactive Whiteboard System is also shown to the public. Which is used in the three multi-media classrooms donated by Hilton hotels of Chengdu region to the Liangshan state Butuo County Primary School. By playing the video of Liangshan children’s painting activities, IQAiO presented a prospecting future of the new technology to help the development of rural education to the attendees.

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IQAiO is a multimedia equipment which highly integrated interactive whiteboard, OPS, speakers, document camera and so on. The rich function and high integration make it the first choice of cost-effective performance—Completing the construction of a multimedia classroom only needs an IQAiO and a projector. This is the reason why IQAiO has been approved by Hilton Group and Xinhua Compassion Education Foundation.

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From July 24 to August 4, the Liangshan children’s art exhibition will hold the itinerant exhibition in other regional hotels of the Hilton group in Chengdu. They hope through the display of children’s paintings, more people will have a better understanding of Liangshan, see the beauty of Liangshan and the dreams of Liangshan’s children.

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IQ is also willing to continue shouldering its own social responsibility, improving the rural education environment, and making efforts to promote the balanced development of education.

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Ways to upgrade your class to next level with interactive flat panel PART 2

Many schools are beginning to introduce interactive flat panel displays. Although it is powerful, many functions of it are not used. We have summary some methods and suggestions and hope to give you some inspiration in using interactive flat panel displays.

 

  1. Play video games.

Try to create more interesting classes. You can connect the game console to an interactive flat panel display, such as the Wii and Xbox that kids love. Some games are entertaining and can mobilize children’s interests. All you have to do is find them.

 

  1. More equitable way to call.

Use tools like Random Student Number in your interactive flat panel to ensure that you don’t always ask the same child to answer questions. You can also use it for assignments or select partners or groups to distribute the game fairly.

 

  1. Use your interactive flat panel as a learning center.

When your child is doing group activities, you can use the IFP as a group center to show the children’s discussions. You can also use IQTouch’s mobile casting features to capture student work on your mobile phone and display it on an interactive flat panel display.

 

  1. Include test preparation in the game.

You can use PowerPoint on your interactive flat panel to make your own games or courseware. You can also download and install online games.

 

  1. Conduct a virtual field trip.

Field trips are amazing learning opportunities, but they require a lot of work and money to achieve them. However, with an interactive flat panel display, any journey can be made a reality. Using Google Maps and local videos, you can travel around the world and videos. Virtual travel can also help before or after actually visiting a local destination. Use your IFP as an introduction or summary of your trip.

 

  1. Create a cool new application.

If you are a technical teacher, your interactive flat panel can help teach your child how to create his own iPhone or Android application. You can use them with different operating systems (Android or Windows) and run them directly to test their results.

 

  1. Efficient review of assignments.

You can display work content on the interactive flat panel without writing job problems and parsing or verbal checks on the whiteboard. You can connect a document camera to the IQTouch interactive flat panel to complete student work. You can easily switch between teacher answer sheets and different student worksheets or notebooks for sharing and collaboration.

 

  1. Try a new way of reading.

Use the reading function in the IQClass interactive classroom system to read any document you find. It is a good idea to use your voice to experience good words with your children!

 

  1. Campus management and class management.

If your school is lucky enough to have an interactive flat panel in each classroom, you can show the entire school video or display an emergency drill warning. Some schools even use their IFP morning and afternoon notices. With the IQ School campus management solution, it is also possible to implement a pre-set schedule to play videos and announcements as planned.

Ways to upgrade your class to next level with interactive flat panel PART 1

There is no doubt that the interactive flat panel display (IFP) is an amazing tool in the classroom. But it is possible that you do not make full use of this tool! The following are some of the small ideas we have compiled. We hope to give you some inspiration.

1.Flexible use of timing function

The alarm function of the interactive flat panel IQTouch can expand many uses. In addition to timing classroom activities to ensuring the pace of classes, the use of IFP also allows you to incorporate other media into your bell– you can show photos, play songs or YouTube videos.

2.Professor time management.

There are many ways to use timers in IFP. You can use a variety of time options and stopwatches, including alarms.

3.Saveyour calling time.

You don’t need to name your students every day, since your students can use their tablet or sign your IFP. They can do it on their own, which is a fun morning habit for kids and saves you a lot of time.

4. Master class behavior.

If you are using a classroom management system like IQClass, you can use an interactive flat panel to take it to the next level. You can give the children a star when they are excellent, and I believe they will be happy to see their star collection increase.

5.Paperless class

It’s not a good idea to bury it in a pile of paper every day. You can access all saved course materials directly from your computer’s hard drive, Google Drive, or IQClass Plus personal folders and display them on your interactive flat panel. You can save your test papers and handouts in real time and send them back to your personal online drive, or e-mail these notes to students in the absence.

6.Make corrections a full class participation.

IQTouch allows your entire class to participate in the editing process. Students use pens to collectively review assignments on interactive flat panel displays. Each student selects a color for editing. In this way you can find out how different and different the way they think.

7.Give the video a different feeling

By using web-based teaching software IQClass Plus, when you play video for kids, if you want them to pay attention to something on the video, or need to comment on the video, then you just need to put the video directly in IQClass Plus. You can use the brush annotation directly on playback. These tags can also be saved for next use.

8.Ask your students to be teachers

If can control classroom lectures, it must be a very interesting experience for children. IQTouch’s EShare feature wirelessly connects tablet content to IQTouch interactive flat panel displays. Students can manipulate IFP by clicking on a PowerPoint presentation or pressing a video on YouTube.

Case Study-Global Indian International School (GIIS)-Singapore

Global Indian International School (GIIS) is an international network of award-winning schools with 23 campuses across 7 countries. They include Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam, and India, offering Indian and international curricula to students from diverse backgrounds.

At the end of 2016, GIIS Singapore new campus has started construction work of two main buildings. With the aim of building a school with state-of-the-art technology, the school IT team came to IQ. We offered them a proposal for the smart classroom and smart campus development.

Challenges 

Fully aware of the importance of education technology in the 21 century, the GIIS team has confidence in blueprinting a school of the future. When it comes to the classroom A/V design, they are clear about what they want:

  • An interactive, intuitive and innovative teaching & learning environment, where technology is easy for teachers to use and fun for students to engage.
  • Efficient campus management via a networked AV system. Keep multiple devices under regular control through the internet of things to achieve energy conservation.
  • Audio and video announcements broadcasted on the campus could be timely, effective and assigned destination.
  • Integrate the traditional emergency alert into the overall networked system to achieve a safe campus environment.

 Solution

At the request of the GIIS team, IQ has designed a comprehensive campus AV solution that rises to the challenge:

Each classroom is equipped with two IQTouch interactive displays and an IQView interactive document camera. Together with bundled software IQ Interactive Education Platform, they create a vivid and interesting learning environment.

Each classroom installed a central controller (IQSchool Converged Station) by simply utilizing the network infrastructure. So that automated and centralized control over classroom devices become possible through a single software platform (IQSchool Manager Software) operated by IT admins. More excitingly, audio and video broadcasting could be realized on the same platform without involving another system.

A desktop touch control panel is available on teacher’s table, enable the teacher to control all AV technology in the entire classroom from a user-friendly interface. At the press of a button, switching multiple AV signal sources could never be easier, as well as powering up the display and the lights (IQSchool Power & A/C Control Terminal), adjusting volumes of the classroom speaker. To prevent teachers from throat pain, a hands-free wireless microphone (IQ 2.4G Wireless Mic) is provided for them to wear around the neck or clip on the lapel.

Customized Functions

A particular request from the school is to balance the sound of the fire alarm and the sound of the classroom audio/video. When the teacher is having the class with classroom audio/video on, the fire alarm might not be heard by the crowd in case of fire emergency, which leads to campus safety hazard. How to integrate the independent fire alarm system into the IQSchool system network has become a challenge to the IQ team.

After several simulation tests and on-site evaluation, IQ engineers have come up with a solution, to connect a network I/O sensor between the IQSchool server and the fire alarm system, meanwhile the server software gets modified so that when there’s fire alarm, the server software automatically activates a mute task to all the classroom speakers, more than that, a voice announcement of emergency could be broadcasted to every corner of the campus, along with a video of evacuation route if available.

 

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A new era of education, new ideas of imagination! IQ takes part in 74th China Educational Equipment Industry Exhibition.

IQ showcased a one-stop smart campus solution and interactive displays on the 74th China Educational Equipment Industry Exhibition. Sponsored by the China Educational Equipment Industry Association, the show was successfully held in Western China International Expo City, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province on May 11-13, 2018.

As the world’s leading provider of education solutions and products, IQ showcased a one-stop intelligent campus solution featuring IQCloud and interactive displays for smart teaching and quality-oriented education.

IQ new interactive display to open a new chapter of interactive classroom

IQ products, with superior performance and good quality, are welcomed by customers all over the world. We keep improving our products in pursuit of perfection. The new models of IQ products on show include IQAiO all in one interactive whiteboard system, IQOne S all in one multi-media teaching system, IQTouch C interactive display.  They meet the different needs of modern multimedia teaching applications. While IQ products equipped with self-developed software system such as IQClass, IQCloud platform, and IQ online marking software,they help teachers to easily carry out multi-media teaching and effectively improve the quality and efficiency of classroom teaching.

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At the exhibition, IQ team showed what it’s like to have a class with IQ smart teaching solution. The fluent writing experience and vivid interaction won the compliments of the exhibitors. It is an honor that the IQClass software was also short-listed for the gold products of this exhibition.

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In addition, IQ also exhibited intelligent school regional education equipment management solutions.

The solution has offered a set of primary and secondary education equipment asset management systems. It includes equipment standards, asset management, statistics and inquiries of various types of reports. The education bureaus and schools of city and county can more easily and effectively manage equipment asset. This system has been successfully applied in Longyan, Jinjiang and other cities.

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Gone through  12 years of development, we have established an education equipment production and software R&D base with the strongest technical strength and the most comprehensive capabilities. IQ will continue to forge ahead with innovation. Adhering to the users, we will build a beautiful tomorrow of intelligent education.

IQ Education Solution For School And Classroom

We all know that hot topics about technology now are AI, VR, AR, MR, IoT, Cloud, etc.When talking about management, IoT, Cloud may come into our minds, and we have applied these concepts for homes, that’s our Intelligent Homes which provide life conveniences as most of us are familiar with. BUT how about we apply these to our schools? Homes give us comfort while children are our future. Yeah, we have now IQSchool solutions which integrate IoT, TCP/IP, and Cloud concepts, that’s our Intelligent Schools.And it will be the near future for schools.

I’d love to give introductions and roadmap of IQ who is spending tons of efforts on the IQSchool solutions.

Returnstar Interactive Technology Group Co., Ltd(Stock Code 836453), with IQBoard as the main brand, dedicated into educational industry since 2006. As time goes by, business solutions are taken into another developing direction. However, I’d like to talk more about our educational industry roadmap as for concerns of Intelligent Schools.

Generally speaking, we offer two solutions which are IQclass Solutions and IQSchool Solutions.

With IQClass solutions assisting on the teaching for teachers and students, classes are turned out to be more interactivities and with more fun. While C/S(Client-server) based software IQClass takes care of before , during and after classes, which shows the core value of our educational software, to realize interactivity between teachers and students, education management, tests, tasks allocation and evaluation and others, B/S (Brower server) software IQClass+ makes online teaching possible, and the only thing you need is a networking cable. On the other hand, Returnstar has IQBoard as interactive whiteboard(IWB), interactive flat panel(IFP), document camera, laser projectors, etc.

Educational market mainstreams are small sizes IFP 55” 65”75” for classrooms available for less than 32 students and IWB+Laser projector solution but with bigger size for classrooms available for students above 32. Our latest product projected capacitive touch(PCT) could be taken into consideration for larger classrooms for 90 students with its 7 meters in width. In the market, share of IFP and IWB+Laser projector is around 50% versus 50%. The IWB+Laser projector will still be leading the bigger size market because of its size with more value, while small size IFP is in charge of the smaller size market. This will remain for a period of time. Returnstar offers competitive solutions in both markets with both quality and cost concerns.

Compared with IQClass solutions, IQSchool solutions are applying IoT and TCP/IP concepts which are the keywords for IT world. Administrators are able to get a better management of the school electric equipment. With help of the software and converged systems, all the devices can work automatically according to the schedule set up by administrators or principal, including A/V broadcasting simultaneously or separately, turning on or off when it’s necessary, and interacting with other classrooms. Even remote management and interacting are supported from overseas. Beta version of management software for mobile platform is available now. This will be the symbol of modern schools, smart schools in the near future. What’s more, our target is to achieve more functions for more customization demands from different schools with different characters. The connection with Facebook, Wechat, and other social media is on the developing list.

We look forward to the future that we can provide more and more help on learning and campus management for students, teachers, principals, ICT administrators, and parents. And we’d love to grow up with you together.