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Teachers and lecturers hoping to gain – or retain – the interest of pupils and students have an array of interactive displays with all manner of features to aid their cause. These do more than merely impart information, with ever-increasing functionality meaning a more dynamic link between tutor and taught; the lat er learning by doing more than just looking. Technology in the classroom has


been transformed in just over 20 years, according to Einat Tahor, Senior Digital and Channel Specialist of ViewSonic Europe. “Never before have there been so many technological tools at our disposal for educating in entirely new, exciting, and promising ways.” With the transition from chalkboards


to whiteboards, new technology began to link the boards with computers, off ering the ability to save content writ en on the board to a computer hard drive as well as provide instant print-outs. First introduced in 1991, interactive whiteboards (IWBs) represented a transformative shift with the ability to display anything on a computer to an entire room and manipulate that content directly on the surface of the screen. “IWBs delivered unprecedented opportunities for empowering teachers, engaging students, and promoting interaction. Interactive touchscreen LED displays go beyond this standard IWB functionality in delivering a multifunctional classroom media centre, among other added benefi ts,” added Tahor. Thomas Issa, Production Manager at


Sony Europe sees similar advancement: “Interactivity in the classroom has been around for some time, and technology is constantly evolving as part of the learning experience. There are several reasons for screens becoming more appealing to the education market, not least the fact that prices are falling while the quality of technology and the range of functionality, continue to improve. Projectors carry on catering to the needs of educators who require a large or fl exible screen-size. Interactive digital screens are particularly relevant for smaller educational establishments where ease of installation is paramount.” Interaction makes for


interesting involvement. There is now a strong emphasis in education on open learning and solutions allowing increased collaboration


LEFT: The View Sonic Scenario ViewBoard BELOW: The ViewSonic six point touch


Thomas Issa


between students and educators, giving them the chance to easily interact with rich content, whether it’s text, video or online. Sony and U-Touch have worked together to create a solution allowing a simple screen overlay to convert BRAVIA screens of any size, including 4K models, into a touchscreen computer. The introduction of solutions such as Sony’s Vision Presenter adds another dimension of interactivity. It enhances any lesson or lecture by allowing content from multiple


sources to be displayed on the same screen, including live footage from the classroom, allowing


educators to draw on a variety of engaging content and create a


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