Recent research has repeatedly shown us that a hands-on, multi-sensory learning method is the strongest way to reach students and improve overall engagement. Interactivity in technology is something that is almost expected in today’s world. We have long since moved past the days of marker whiteboards and overhead projectors. No longer are teachers required to spend time preparing flash cards or video presentations before class for only half of the results accompanied to a digital solution. If we want to increase student attentiveness while creating an enhanced learning environment hitting its full potential, it is important to utilize technology that corresponds with what students are already using regularly. Interactive Flat Panels (IFP) are the next step forward in maximizing student output.
The initial concepts for interactive classroom displays began in 1991 with the introduction of the first interactive white marker board. Despite this becoming a mainstay for academic administrations, technology’s recent progression has shifted the market towards an interactive display that more so resembles the appearance and capabilities of a tablet on a larger scale. This changed the game for companies such as ViewSonic, Promethean, and ClearTouch, who have embraced the transition to a fully digital method of teaching.
There are some obvious advantages in terms of setup and visual execution. IFP’s don’t rely on the assistance of a calibrated projector, there are no bulbs that need to be changed, and the screens are more visible and less affected by direct light. This is just the tip of the iceberg. These displays can connect wirelessly to student learning devices while creating a student-teacher collaboration inside the classroom that helps bring that perfect hands-on approach for absorbing the curricular material. Digital annotation is supported and can be saved or sent to anyone at any time. Students also have the familiarity of interacting via various input methods whether it’s touch, a digital pen, or a wireless keyboard. This ultimately ensures increased engagement and academic output by personalizing the interactivity.
Collaboration and connectivity balanced with the personalization of learning are central components to the success of digitizing the education environment today. An IFP is the bridge to successfully integrating digital learning tools into your schools, district, and community.
Interactive flat panel displays are consuming the market and completely revolutionizing the way instructors reach their students. But for these displays to serve their purpose and exceed initial investment, it relies on how it is implemented within the class and the instructor’s willingness to learn the functions and how they can best be applied to a structured curriculum. If our teachers and administrators do not understand how to effectively use the tools with which they teach, then what expectations are we setting for the students? Student learning begins by example. Certified consultants and trainers offer their professional services and are devoted to assisting faculty and administrations in understanding the practical use of IFP technologies as a tool in learning.