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How Can An Interactive Display Benefit Students?

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An Interactive Display Will Help Prepare Students For The Future

The future of education is never settled, but one thing does seem certain - students will need to be comfortable with technology to compete in the modern economy. As the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) points out, a large portion of today’s high demand careers have been created in just the last decade as a result of rapidly-improving technologies. An interactive display can help improve your students’ comfort with tech and help unlock their potential using the display as an instructive, creative and collaborative medium. An interactive display, then, can enhance student learning across a multitude of subjects, and not just technology.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Six Ways Students Will Benefit From An Interactive Display

An interactive display can play a major role in your classrooms, helping teachers deliver compelling lessons, and encouraging students to participate in novel ways. There’s a lot the technology can do, and here are seven features that will give your students an advantage:

1. Improved lesson engagement - People learn and retain information better when multiple senses are utilized during a lesson. Traditional stand and deliver lecturing, though, often lacks the visual, audible, and tactile qualities that can pull students into the material. In 2013, Gallup tracked students’ opinions of school over the years, and found that even though close to 80 percent of elementary students were engaged in their lessons, that number dropped to 33 percent by 11th grade. When Gallup asked students to describe how they felt about school, “bored” was the most common response.

Technology, however, is something students are both familiar with and willing to engage with. Educators can leverage this by bringing in a compelling combination of imagery, animation, sound, and tactile feedback, in the form of an interactive display.

2. STEM-focused learning opportunities - The number of STEM-related industries and the size of those industries expand every year, faster than projections made just a few years ago. Further, STEM careers pay more according to Pew Research. In 2019, the median pay for non-STEM jobs was about $47,000, and for STEM careers, it was $77,400. Money isn’t everything, but the role of an educator is to set their students up for future success, and STEM careers offer a clear path to that.

Fortunately, interactive displays are an ideal tool to deliver STEM lessons. With their ability to represent complex technical details visually, interactive displays can simplify STEM concepts that would otherwise be intimidating to learn through only lecture. Also, interactive displays typically come with software that delivers compelling STEM lessons, like simulating physics or challenging students to build an electrical circuit.

3. Enhanced collaboration between students - Interactive displays also facilitate collaboration between students, making for more interesting group work. In some classrooms, educators are changing the way they teach, using the power of interactive displays and group work. This is particularly useful in classes or clubs where the students will be taking on large projects, like robotics. Educators can arrange students in groups, or pods, and pair each group with an interactive display that they can use to visualize ideas and develop plans.

4. Software that expands lesson content further - Leading display manufacturers package their hardware with innovative software that can drive learning to new heights. Some of this software is STEM-based, such as physics simulators, but much of it can be used to unlock student creativity, improve collaboration, engage with games, or introduce a wealth of ideas.

5. Import lessons that other educators have built - In addition to the software suite that comes with the display, some manufacturers have also built up their own educational ecosystems. Through one of these online platforms, educators can access lessons and learning materials that other teachers have put together and uploaded. With so many contributions from other passionate educators, teachers will never run out of material for their own coursework.

6. Screen mirroring is great for hybrid learning and presentations - Interactive displays are designed with screen mirroring functionality, so teachers can send whatever is on the display to students’ own devices. In the classroom, this is ideal for presentations, as students can share their work from their own devices.

Screen mirroring, though, is even more valuable in hybrid classrooms, which have spiked in prevalence during the last 18 months. With screen mirroring, teachers can keep remote students engaged with the same visuals and lesson content that students see in the classroom. Students can also annotate from their own devices, so remote students can interact with the class, even when they aren’t in the same space.

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A Certified Integrator Can Oversee And Optimize Your AV Projects, Interactive Displays Included

Interactive displays are highly effective teaching tools, but to get the most out of your technology, consider working with a certified AV integrator. Here’s why:
  • A certified integrator can select the best solution for your classrooms - When embarking on an AV project, there are usually many products to choose from, and it’s not always clear what the differences are between them. This is also true of interactive displays, as there are several reputable manufacturers that develop products for the market. To sort through all of the available options, districts look to their AV integrator to provide valuable insight. With a certified integrator on hand, your schools will always have the technology that best fits their students and their learning needs.
  • A certified integrator can help your teachers get comfortable with the technology - A certified integrator does much more than select and install equipment. Once the solution is set up, an integrator can train everyone that will use the technology, so they aren’t overwhelmed once the solution is live. With interactive displays, this means training educators on the display’s use and features, so they will be able to handle the technology as easily as a blackboard or overhead projector.
  • A certified integrator can provide long term maintenance for your system - In addition to project design, installation, configuration and training, a certified integrator can also provide ongoing maintenance. This includes remote, onsite, and preventative maintenance, which will keep the solution running at optimal capacity. Preventative maintenance is especially important, as it can be used to spot potential downtime-causing issues before they emerge.
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