As a millennial, I used to constantly hear the phrase “PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY” shouted across classrooms and hallways daily. For years, teachers have battled electronic interruptions head-first; but is it time for education to finally embrace interactive technology?
Recent statistics show that roughly three-quarters of Americans own smart phones with that number continuing to rise rapidly.1 Although not as common as smartphones, over half of the public also owned tablet devices, a big change from only 3% ownership in 2010. With these technology numbers increasing daily, we’ve adapted as humans to receive our information digitally.
Educational tools have adjusted to this rapid adoption of technology with the inclusion of computer games, videos, and interactive learning into course lessons. As public education in Oklahoma faces major budget cuts, some schools have turned to sturdy tablets, laptops, or Chrome books instead of constantly replacing textbooks to keep lessons up to date and accurate.
“One-to-one” has become the common term for schools that provide computers, tablets, or other mobile computing devices for every student. This form of learning is more and more common in school districts as the model has proven to increase test scores and participation in classrooms.
Benefits of Interactive Learning
Collaborative, collaborative learning has also been proven to develop higher level thinking skills, and increase student retention.2 Students are able to apply newly acquired knowledge and better relate to the material being taught when working together with other students using the tools familiar to everyday technologies.
The investment in interactive learning such as an Interactive Flat Panel (IFP), or an interactive white board (SMART board), is worth its weight in gold. More and more educators are seeing the importance of integrating interactive displays into classrooms to encourage lively discussions. Some of our most trusted brands we love to install include BenQ, SMART, or Nureva.
With an IFP, educators can transform their teaching with hands-on, interactive lessons. IFPs have on-board games, multi-touch capabilities, and anti-microbial surfaces to keep the spread of germs away. The panels also have intelligent handwriting recognition, which turns letters, numbers, forms, and drawings into legible text and shapes, perfect for saving a copy and sending to absent students!
See For Yourself
Still not convinced interactive learning is the way to go? Give us a call today to try a hands-on demonstration of the Ben Q Interactive Flat Panel today!