Interactive Displays

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Interactive Displays

What's the Hype All About?

Interactive displays – known as "interactive whiteboards" or "smartboards" – have come a long way since their arrival on the education scene in the early 21st century. This audio-visual solution has become more portable, engaging, and flexible in its use, and displays like interactive flat panels are allowing users to say good-bye to projector bulb maintenance and fading image quality. More importantly, cloud-based interactive software has boosted the power of interactive displays even further. Businesses are even taking note, and more and more interactive displays are showing up in conference rooms and training environments in a wide range of companies, large and small. 

Interactive Displays in Education

In education, easy-to-use interactive software and the ability to add apps from curated app stores allow teachers to create amazing engaging lessons. In combination with interactive displays, they are being used to teach topics in a fun, interactive way. Just step into a room where students are learning with an interactive display, and you will feel the increase of energy and motivation in the classroom. It's hard to deny the hype when you see an interactive display being used in conjunction with great teaching strategies! It's fair to say that both teachers and students are benefitting from interactive display technology. 

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Interactive Displays in Business

In business, interactive displays are becoming more mainstream in corporate conference rooms and meeting spaces. The brilliant display engages meeting attendees, keeps documents and the web at the user’s fingertips, and easily captures meeting notes. The ability to be “at the ready for meetings” while maintaining a professional look is elevating the way office work gets done. Companies are realizing how AV services can enable their workforce to be more efficient and collaborative.

Why Are Interactive Displays So Popular?

As one of the leading audio-visual companies in Kansas City, Omaha, Columbia, St. Louis and Wichita, we can tell you firsthand that interactive displays are selling at much higher rates compared to previous years. So, what’s all the fuss about? Why and how are people integrating interactive displays into their offices and classrooms?

Interactive displays work well with other peripheral technologies.

Interactive displays are a foundational piece of presentation technology that allows you to interact with many different kinds of content and peripheral technologies. Anything that can be displayed on your computer will work with your interactive display! 

  • In the classroom, view and mark up student writing in class or project a live organism under your document camera.
  • In a business meeting, view individual poll results in real time, collaboratively edit or annotate a PDF document.
  • Allow a student or a meeting attendee student to share something from their 1:1 device – all right from your interactive display

Incorporating web-based and previously-created content is easy on interactive displays.

User-friendly interactive software – both local and cloud-based – provide easy ways for users to get started with their own curated content, whether it be in Google Drive or OneDrive.

  • Teachers can use lessons they’ve already been teaching with, making the initial implementation hurdle much easier to manage.
  • Business users have easy access to OneDrive and other business storage locations is a plus!
  • Incorporating PDFs, images, and videos, as well as fun drag-and-drop simulations is easy on interactive displays.
  • If prefer to present on the fly, the interactive software allows you to pull websites and screenshots of many different resources into a file that can be provided easily to participants who were absent or need to revisit the class or meeting notes. 

Interactive displays make it easy to engage participants.

Interactive displays make it easy for participants, whether they are students or business colleagues, to seamlessly interact with each other and share the lesson content.

  • Small groups can solve problems, collaborate, and create right at the interactive display.
  • Some interactive displays also bring 10- to 20-point touch technology into the classroom, allowing an entire small group to interact with content at the same time!
  • In the classroom, cloud-based applications like Lumio by SMART and Lynx Whiteboard by Boxlight allow students to work on an interactive activity with multiple devices at the same time – the ultimate in collaboration.
  • If students need remediation or 1:1 instruction, teachers are also able to send individual interactive activities to 1:1 devices for individual or small group instruction.

Interactive displays are kid magnets.

Some educators may feel pressured to adopt an interactive display into their classroom from their school’s administration. Chances are, educators may not be quick to make the change because they’ve been doing things a certain way for a long time. We totally get it. However, when a teacher sees the enthusiasm of the students and their engagement levels spike through the roof – the interactive display essentially makes a case for itself. Students respond well to audio-visual technology they can interact with in the classroom.

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Options for Education and Business

Different people and organizations require different solutions. What works in one classroom or may not work in another. Fortunately, KCAV is an audio-visual company with access to many different AV solutions. No matter the size of your conference room, meeting space, or classroom, we can find the perfect interactive display that suits your goals and budget.

Interactive Flat Panel Displays (IFPs)

Interactive flat panel displays like SMART interactive displays, the Clear Touch lineup, or Boxlight ProColor series maximize engagement with ultra-high definition (4K UHD) display technology that offers vivid images. Multi-touch and gesture interactivity make presentations memorable. Additionally, interactive flat panel displays enable multiple students or colleagues to work together at the same time on the same screen, increasing engagement and driving collaboration.

At KCAV, we have access to IFPs from a variety of manufacturers, but it's important that you know the right questions to ask of any vendor when selecting the best interactive flat panel for your needs. 

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Interactive Projectors

Interactive projectors like the Epson BrightLink 1485Fi 3-LCD Interactive Laser Ultra-Short projector provide a solid interactive experience. If choosing a projector, we highly suggest laser projectors, which offer a far brighter display than traditional lamp projectors. They also require less maintenance since they don’t use traditional bulbs. If you need to fill a large space of 100” or more, an interactive projector may be the best option. Because the price of interactive flat panels increases substantially at that size, a projector for that size of image may be easier on the budget.  

However, interactive projectors do have their drawbacks. You must be very careful not to install it on an uneven surface. Improper alignment or a whiteboard that is not flat (which happens much more often than you think) will significantly affect the performance of the touch tracking system.

 

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Compare the cost of ownership between a projector versus an interactive flat panel.

Many classrooms contain a 4-ft high whiteboard, and the largest 16:10 projected image you can get to fit the dry erase board with a projector is 78”. At that point, it is good to compare the cost of ownership for an interactive flat panel to the projector. You may find the projector is a more expensive alternative than a 75” interactive flat panel. 

We always recommend doing your due diligence when researching audio-visual equipment. To help you compare the total cost of ownership of a projector versus an interactive flat panel, download our free Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) worksheet.

Portable Interactive Whiteboard Devices

If you are working on a shoestring budget, the MimioTeach turns your dry erase board into an interactive whiteboard that affords you both interactivity and portability. Simply attach the MimioTeach to a wall, dry erase board, or other surface with a strong magnet or adhesive strip. In conjunction with a projector, this simple addition to your whiteboard allows you to turn a projected space into an interactive flat panel. It can also be easily transported from room to room.

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The MimioTeach turns any whiteboard into an interactive whiteboard with your classroom computer and a projector.
The MimioTeach turns any whiteboard into an interactive whiteboard with your classroom computer and a projector.

Specialty Interactive Displays

Clear Touch offers a convertible mobile stand that easily transitions the flat panel display from a lecture environment to a flat table. The flexibility of this type of interactive display accommodates all participants, even wheelchair-bound participants, and encourages collaboration. These displays can also be are also a good fit for corporate offices where teams collaborate on projects that require touchscreen interactivity.

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The Clear Touch Mini Convertible Stand is designed exclusively for Clear Touch 7000 Series panels.
The Clear Touch Mini Convertible Stand is designed exclusively for Clear Touch 7000 Series panels.

The 8086MAX by Clear Touch differentiates itself from other audio-visual products by combining the best of both worlds – a 4K Ultra HD integrated display with built-in magnetic blackboard wing extensions! Ideal for lecture halls, large classrooms, and meeting spaces, this innovative combination can take your interactive display to a new level. 

The 8086MAX by Clear Touch - A display that enhances
the instructional writing space.
The 8086MAX by Clear Touch - A display that enhances the instructional writing space.

Some of Our Most Popular Interactive Display Brands

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