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In classrooms these days everywhere you look you see kids with their heads down looking at their smartphones. When they get home, they go to their computer or tablet. Once it’s bedtime, they pick up their phones then lay down in bed while browsing the internet and texting their friends. The frustration of teachers and school administrators trying to enforce technology rules and keeping students engaged can sometimes make them want to pull their hair out. But what if instead of schools attempting to completely ban technology, they use it to their advantage? Many schools across the country are taking advantage of this new technologically adept generation to implement digital learning tools that enable teachers to expand their curriculum, keep students engaged, and improve collaboration. Chalkboards and traditional whiteboards are transforming into interactive thin film transistor (TFT) LCD touch screen whiteboards. Gigantic textbooks that weigh down backpacks and pocketbooks can now be found on a student’s LCD touch screen device. Teachers can record webinars and lectures that are posted online for distance learning and to be re-watched for deeper understanding. Many teachers, parents, and students feel that education should not be completely virtual, but they also agree that today’s technology can help educate in ways that have never been possible before. Here’s what you should know about how TFT LCD technology is making education smarter, not harder.
TFT stands for “Thin Film Transistor” and these transistors are used in high-quality flat-panel LCDs. This allows the electrical current that illuminates the display to be turned on and off at a faster rate and shows motion much smoother. Because TFT displays are active-matrix LCDs and greatly improve image color quality, contrast, and clarity, it is one of the most popular display technologies. The difference between active and passive matrix displays is that passive matrix displays are controlled by an intersection of two wires in the grid. Active matrix displays control each pixel through capacitors. Active matrix displays can support faster-moving content more effectively. However, passive matrix technology is typically suitable for smaller format displays. Active matrix TFT LCDs are also more cost-effective than the newer OLED technology. Both the technological and price advantages of TFT displays make them the preferred display type for classrooms.
Interactive whiteboards are often referred to as an electronic whiteboard or smartboard. Teachers can connect their computers to the board through an HDMI cable or AirPlay. Teachers can use the display for projecting video lessons, notes, homework, and much more! Some boards even come equipped with game-style learning applications that enhance any lesson plan. Students can interact directly with the display using a special pen or their finger. Yale University published an article that stated, “…one study found that when instructors presented content on PowerPoint and also elaborated on the content via the chalkboard, students were more active and spent more time asking questions…” This shows that smart boards are a great supplement to traditional education and are best used as an enhancement rather than a replacement.
In conclusion, TFT LCD touch displays provide extensive benefits for students, teachers, and administrative teams. Implementing interactive whiteboards into your schools can increase classroom inclusion, as well as, student collaboration and engagement. They are also easy to implement and utilize. LCD displays are the key traditional education enhancement that will increase student success and provide greater classroom management for teachers. TFT displays come with many enhancements including but not limited to:
When it comes to education, E3 Displays understands the importance of high-value dependable tools. This is why we help you create custom display solutions that fit all of your needs while excluding unnecessary features. This ensures you are gaining maximum value for your investment for years to come. E3 Displays has everything you need to develop and manufacture your custom touch display all in one place. With customer-centric solutions featuring strategic planning, competitive pricing, longevity, and support, we ensure the best products on the market to help you scale.
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