When interactive whiteboards first made an appearance in the early 2000s, both teachers and students were awestruck about its applications. For the first time ever, this technology brought teachers a chance to present the lessons in a dynamic way and thus bridging a gap between the relation between a teacher and his/her pupil. With the dawn of digital instructional resources available at the click of a button, teachers found a life-saving tool through which they could even share lessons after class.
Moreover, they could also contact the students or their parents through email. However, as lucrative as interactive whiteboard technology might have been, it had to give way to an even more advanced tool that we now know as interactive flat panel displays.
Why did the transition take place?
The transition from interactive whiteboards to a superior alternative, interactive flat panel displays took place because of the following reasons:
1. Improved functions: With the progression of technology, interactive flat panel displays took the helm from their whiteboard counterparts because of their advanced features. Almost the entire focus behind this transition lay behind better access to resources and improved functionalities. The flat panels not only offered an exponentially better display in comparison to whiteboards, but it also made sure the images do not degrade in quality when used with projectors.
Taking advantage of the superior technology found in tablet computers, interactive flat panel displays too offered the utility of multitouch displays. This also invoked a new found interest among the pupils to interact more with their study material, and in turn retain more information of what was taught in class.
2. Reduce long-term cost: In comparison to interactive whiteboards, interactive flat panel displays consume less energy and are also less harmful to the environment. Since the ongoing cost of maintaining bulbs and projectors of whiteboards was getting too overwhelming for some institutes, the only rational choice they could have adopted was to shift to a more cost-effective technology that would suffice all classroom needs.
This makes adopting interactive flat panel displays and easier choice for schools and other institutions with budget constraints. It shouldn’t be long till we see increased number of educational establishments taking up this technology as their primary mode of tutoring.
These are the main two reasons why the use of interactive whiteboards got gradually phased out and was replaced with something better. It is true that interactive flat panel displays are the technology of the future, but only the future will tell if this can sustain or is replaced by something even more advanced.