IWBs can be a great saving on overall school equipment and also enhance the learning environment. One computer device can create a powerful interactive learning tool for the whole class as opposed to each pupil working from their own device. In the same way, the class is brought together to learn and interact together.
Flat Panel Displays
A Flat Panel Display is slightly more advanced than the IWB as is it takes away the need for a projector. The computer display panel is central to the classroom and is manipulated by touch by both the teacher and pupils. Magnetic stylus can be used to allow pupils to interact smoothly, instantly and by using a variety of multi-touch gestures. Speakers are built in, so sound is focussed totally on the display itself.
Statistics show Flat Panel Displays more popular
Computer technology within the classroom continues to rise with the market value for interactive display up by 19%. This is even taking into consideration the fact that there is also an increased demand for PCs and tablets. From recent surveys it seems clear that Flat Panel Displays are becoming more popular in the classroom. Traditionally more expensive than the IWB, alternative new sellers are entering the marketplace who, in offering branded solutions from the Far East, can also reduce overall cost.
The other factor in the increased take up of Flat Panel Displays in classrooms apart from their ease of use and advanced technology (see below) is we are entering a time when the replacement market is significant. School budget holders are able to look at integrating them into the annual budget because of reduced cost and because of highly effective leasing agreements which take into account maintenance and computer upgrades.
Benefits of Flat Panel Display systems