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Interactive touchscreens may seem a bit daunting at first, but so was the iPhone when that came out. So say goodbye to your outdated flip-phone and get acquainted with interactive touchscreens.

1. How does a classroom display work?

The classroom display functions like a giant touchscreen mounted on classroom walls. They allow teachers and students to interact directly with the lesson using their hands, board pens, and any connected devices. Plus, there’s no projector involved thanks to the backlit board. So, you’ll never have to worry about blocking the view again!

2. What can you use a classroom display for?

•Teaching and Presentations: Teachers can show content, write, draw, and annotate lesson materials in front on the class. This encourages discussion around the content that you can develop on easily.

•Collaboration: Students can participate in group activities, solve problems, and engage in interactive learning.

•Multimedia Integration: These boards support videos, images, and other multimedia elements for use with your lesson resources. These integrate very smoothly with the displays software to play smoothly. Often with safety features and no advertisement as an educational platform concerned with child safety should.

•Onboard computer: Most modern boards have their own computer built in. You can cut back on the number devices you need to use by putting it all on your touchscreen!

3. What are the benefits of using interactive displays in the classroom?

•Engagement: classroom displays capture students’ attention and make learning more dynamic as opposed to paper resources that they will find uninteresting.

•Visual Learning: Visual content enhances understanding and retention.

•Real-Time Interaction: Teachers can assess student responses instantly by encouraging them to demonstrate understanding in front of the class.

•Digital Annotations: Write over existing content without blocking visibility. Letting every student see what changes are being made and discuss them with you.

4. What differentiates a good classroom display from a great one?

Every display has their own specific benefits that come with the price point. More features and software accessibility tends to mean a higher cost which is something to keep in mind.

•User Profiles: Personalised settings for teachers mean you can bring your preferences to other classrooms.

•Cloud Collaboration Tools: Support for remote learning, coaching, and sharing resources with your colleagues/students.

•Multiple touchpoints: Many boards can handle up to 40 unique touch points, allowing multiple students to interact simultaneously.

5. How can I set up a classroom display in my classroom?

At Elementary technology, we will install the board in a way that works with you. Our work doesn't stop at payment and shipping, instead we make sure that you're able to use your board.

•Positioning: Mount the board at a good height for all students.

•Connectivity: Make sure your board connects with your technology.

•Explore: With the touchscreen set up, there’s an endless number of things to discover. Why not book some training with us on the key aspects?

6. How can I interact with pupils using a classroom display?

The availability of a touchscreen encourages you to move away from using PowerPoint and other static resources, instead building something more engaging that invites them to demonstrate their knowledge. Dragging and dropping answers, drawing together, or using the math tools to demonstrate an answer to their peers.

Touchscreens also offer a screen share option that allows them to display their own devices onto the board. Letting the whole class show off their work from their seats.

7. Can I use my old resources on a new board?

You can easily bring your old resources over to the display through a few different methods:

•Saving your resources to the cloud and opening them on your board

•Connecting your PC to the board and operating it from there

•Saving them to an external memory device and plugging that in. (Depending on your schools policies regarding these.)

Once you have the resource on your touchscreen, there are lots of tools that let you interact with them. Such as pens, importable images and shapes and turning your fingertips into the mouse. Flawlessly turning your click-click PowerPoint into a dynamic experience.

8. How long does a classroom display last?

These boards aren’t like your old projectors. Slowly becoming dimmer and needing you to close the blinds just to see it. These displays last years without slowing down or losing quality. Only needing the occasional software update for continued support and smooth running with whatever latest features have come out. Essentially, they will only improve with time.

9. Are classroom displays good quality?

Interactive touchscreens are all built with education in mind. The screen is resilient to dents, cracks, and other marks. Meaning your class can play with the board and not have to be overly cautious. They’re also incredibly high-quality picture. Ranging between HD and 4K as a standard which is highly likely going to be better than your own classroom computer, there will be no issues with video/image quality when teaching.

10. What apps can I use on my classroom display?

Classroom displays have all been moving towards using the android app store also known as the google play store, for their apps. This is often a curated list of educational apps alongside several default apps like Microsoft office, google applications (google classroom, google earth) and the brands own apps. Most commonly a whiteboard app for creativity and notes.

If you'd like to learn more about interactive touchscreens or any of the other products we work with, contact our team on 0113 818 7930 or by email at enquiries@elementaryuk.com.

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