Today, everywhere you look you can see a touchscreen. These range from personal touch screens, such as tablets and smartphones, to larger screens, such as the I-series touch monitor. This is also true for classrooms, as more schools and school districts are investing in touchscreen technology to enhance and improve student learning and retention. Here are a few ways touch screens can help with learning and teaching in the classroom.
Increased Student Engagement
With the integration of technology and touch screens in the classroom, teachers are looking for ways they can cater their lessons to fully engage students and encourage active participation. Because students are exposed to touchscreen technology in the home, these new technologies are second nature to them.
Different styles of screens can be operated with the simple touch of a finger or stylus. This technology allows students to be able to easily navigate different applications, edit digital content, make annotations, brainstorm, give presentations, manipulate images, and so much more! This style of learning can be further enhanced, as many devices are equipped with multi-touch capacity. This allows multiple users to operate the screen at the same time.
Easy to Use
Many touchscreen monitors are easy to use, as they only require the user to turn the screen on and connect a USB or HDMI cable to a computer or laptop. Once these steps have been completed, the screen is immediately ready to be used. One of the best features of touch screen monitors is that PC’s can be installed in them. This is accomplished by either using a slot-style PC compliant with Intel’s open pluggable standard (OPS), or another similar style system. This allows touch screens to grow and adapt to meet each individual schools’ needs and budgets, as different options can be easily installed when needed.
Touch screen monitors have integrated speakers. These speakers normally provide more than ample sound for a classroom environment. In addition to quality sound, they also produce bright, color-rich images that are ideal for high-resolution videos. When equipped with a web camera, touch screens can act as a low-cost video conferencing unit that allows teachers to teach remote students and promotes collaboration between multiple schools.
On average, most touchscreen monitors are rated for a minimum of 50,000 hours of use. This makes them a very cost-effective solution for many schools. When a major brand is purchased, the technology is more robust and dependable. In addition, these monitors are designed for heavy usage and are typically found in airports, hospitals, and upmarket retail outlets. To attest to their durability and reliability, many models, including the I-series touch monitor, offer a warranty that includes 24/7 operation as a testament to their reliability.
Many forward-thinking, technology-conscious schools are making the transition and incorporating touchscreen technology into their classrooms. This is because many teachers and school administrators recognize how it improves students’ learning experience.