The past few years have seen an increase in the number of schools that implement interactive technologies in their classrooms. This has been driven by the need for the educational sector to integrate technology with their curricula to improve learning and student participation in the classroom. As a result, large technology companies have cashed in on opportunities provided by this modern classroom setup.
However, different types of classroom technologies should be adapted to custom classroom conditions. We will look at the two common options which are regularly implemented to facilitate interactivity in different classrooms today.
1. An Interactive Board and Projector
Interactive boards and projectors have by far been the most common setup in classrooms for the past decade. The interactive board display is large and easily viewable from different areas in the room. The boards come with writing and drawing devices such as stylus pens that allow the user to control different functions.
Newer projectors have bulbs that last longer than earlier models, which greatly reduce maintenance costs for these devices. Another advantage of this setup is the proprietary software that comes bundled with most devices. These software packages allow the teacher to model creative and interactive lessons with ease.
On the other hand, this setup can be quite pricey to obtain and maintain, especially when compared with other options on the market. Additionally, the interactive board display can be negatively affected by natural light, though most newer displays are immune to this effect. This setup, however, has stood the test of time and continues to contribute to classroom evolution across the education sector.
This type of display comes with an in-built computer that controls the screen’s interactive functions. Interactive displays receive input via finger or hand gestures and different types of stylus pens. Additionally, the screen is clear and can be used for different uses within the classroom. Unlike most other types of displays, interactive displays are least likely to be affected by natural light.
On the downside, interactive displays are smaller and more expensive than conventional projector displays. They are also more complex than non-interactive options, which may discourage non-technical school administrators and teachers from implementing them in their schools and classrooms.