Interactive Flat Panel—- The Next Step in Education

The general consensus amongst consumers is that the touchscreen is the next step in evolution after the interactive whiteboard, suggesting that this technology may be out of date and archaic and that a new push to deliver education with interactive flat panel may be the future.

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The reason it may have taken so long for interactive flat panel to breach the global market and educational environment can be attributed to the new technology being sold for prices that were simply beyond the means of the average educational institution. However, with an ever-rapidly increasing technological culture, the arrival of cheaper prices for impressive hardware has come to pass. This has led to the mass production and further standardization of the technology. LED technology has also expanded extensively throughout all mediums of technological input and become a consumer-favorite, a development that has led to various improvements and price drops which teachers may benefit from.

Perhaps one of the most prominent advantages of using interactive flat panel as opposed to the interactive whiteboard is the shadow-casting. When a teacher is in front of the class writing on an interactive whiteboard, since the projector is usually placed dangling from the ceiling in the middle of the classroom, a shadow is cast by anything that gets in the way which may distract the students who are eager to learn. In addition to this, the maintenance of an interactive whiteboard can cost anywhere from $6000 to $11,000 over 3 years, accounting for any hidden costs, warranty, maintenance, bulb and pen replacements and other related costs. This, when compared to the interactive flat panel ranging at under $4000 for the 3 years, begs the question – why are more educational institutions not incorporating this technology into their learning environments? Other advantages of the flat panel include increased antiglare glass, less coordination needing to be made between the whiteboard and projector, no need for bulb replacements, easy mounting without having to bend to the constraints of the room as projectors/interactive white boards do, and a whole host of other related factors.

Many professionals and businesses are also incorporating this technology into their daily usage. Not only will LED Interactive Displays be a welcome tool to enhance the education of children, it will also prepare them with the skills necessary for later in life when they begin their careers in the corporate context.

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