Our world is becoming increasingly online and connected; technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, impacting the way we work, learn and consume information. The same is also true in education, where technology can be a great enabler and has the potential to revolutionise the way teachers and pupils interact.
In fact, a 2017 report promoted by The Knowledge Academy found that 96% of teaching staff believe technology has a positive impact on the way children participate and learn. Advances in audio-visual technology in particular have transformed learning environments in recent years. Products such as interactive whiteboards and displays can be used in classrooms to improve collaboration and learning by creating a truly immersive experience for both students and staff.
Interactive displays like Sharp’s BIG PAD, for example, are a flexible alternative to traditional teaching tools and can help to create a range of learning environments tailored to different needs. The displays feature advanced touch screen technology which means that input is fast, precise, and has a natural writing feel to it, just as if you were putting Pen-on-Paper. Being able to write or draw in a natural way makes the technology intuitive and easy to use for a wide range of users.
Ease-of-use is not only important for pupils, but also teachers, who have to use technology in front of an audience, and maintain engagement of the class throughout. Transitioning from a whiteboard to an interactive display can be daunting, however the simple design of displays like BIG PAD help to ensure that the underlying technology does not distract from the task of educating.
Integrating other technologies, including personal and school devices, with interactive displays can also help to improve pupil’s digital competencies, motivation and engagement. Connecting devices such as PCs, laptops, tablets or smartphones to displays via WiFi offers new possibilities in terms of ways of working.
For example, students are able to work together in small groups on screens to co-create visual content, or work individually on their personal devices and send what they create to the interactive display to be viewed by the teacher or class. If the display is connected to a cloud service, student work can be saved and accessed later as needed, giving pupils more control over their learning process.
There are a number of factors that influence the learning experience, but technology that enables greater flexibility for the education environment has clear benefits. Ultimately, if implemented correctly, technologies like interactive displays can transform the way students and teachers engage with information, as well one another.