Education has advanced a great deal since the days of chalk on blackboard. Nowadays, modern schools are making the transition from whiteboards and projector screens to more responsive, adaptive technology.

As the world grows increasingly dependent on digital solutions, educators must assess how they deliver their lessons to students. Tablets and mobile devices are immensely popular, with an Ofcom survey revealing that seven in ten UK children have access to one at home. With that fact in mind, schools and colleges are turning to interactive, touchscreen technology to offer enhanced learning experiences for students.

VIVIDtouch is a solution offered by GPS installations, an audio visual installation specialist. VIVIDtouch screens mimic tablet technology by offering clear touchscreen experiences. The screens offer a huge amount of utility for teachers, including:

  • 10-point touchscreens, which allow student/teacher collaboration.
  • Teaching tools like freeze frame, blank out and other software aimed at educators.
  • High-quality anti-glare touchscreens.
  • Low power consumption.
  • Support for ongoing updates so technology stays relevant as time moves forward.

By looking at some key examples, it’s possible to see just how effective a touch solution can be in a classroom.

Newcastle College: A higher education institution in the north east, Newcastle College needed to replace their whiteboards and projectors as part of a refurbishment. By installing VIVIDtouch screens with SMART notebook software, the college was able to offer attributes that are familiar to a digital audience, such as pinch and zoom.

Aside from the utility offered to students, the screens offer a power saving of up to £12,500 a year thanks to their low consumption figures compared to projectors. In an energy-conscious world, this is a great way for educational establishments to set an example.

Linton Primary: A primary school that previously used whiteboard and projectors, Linton benefitted immediately from touchscreen technology. The devices allowed students to collaborate in real time, with students also benefitting from great visual quality and good software program options. As with any new technology, teachers should be taken through a training session – as was the case with Linton’s teachers.

Katherine Urwin, headteacher of the school, illustrated the benefits: “The difference between these touchscreen panels and the more familiar whiteboard and projector is massive. Vision quality is superb and we don’t have to worry about migraine inducing noisy projectors.

“Our board can be height adjusted so is suitable for carpet work with reception to full presentation to an audience in the hall. […] Children have been enthused, motivated and interactive in their learning. We are delighted with the increased potential for learning. Their response has been fantastic!”

If you’re a teacher or involved with any kind of educational institution, ask yourself whether your technology and class presentations are up to date. A changing digital world demands a change in methodology. Bringing interactive touchscreens into the classroom provides utility, interactivity and even energy conscious savings.

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Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications. Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learnt his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky. He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs. Fresh from the editorship of Student Times he now takes the reins at Young Academic - the premier student news portal. Connect with me on Google+

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