My Vision for the Future of Interactive Surfaces in Education
Interactive surfaces, like SmartBoards and other touch-screen tools, have become popular in education over the past decade or so. The rise in popularity of these interactive surfaces shows no signs of slowing down, as more and more schools are replacing traditional blackboards with interactive options. So, what does the future hold for interactive surfaces?
You can expect to see these high-tech blackboards become even more interactive in the future, allowing students to participate in lessons more fully. This aligns with other trends in education, such as the flipped classroom model or the increased focus we’ve seen on student-centered learning.
Tech companies are creating interactive displays for all kinds of purposes, from business to entertainment to education. Trust me, in the next decade, interactive touchscreen software will change the way you think about interactive displays in the classroom.
The problem with most interactive surfaces is that they’re just a glorified blackboard or projector. They allow the teacher to write, display images, and show videos. But they don’t do anything to get students involved. Innovative edtech companies are solving this problem by creating software that allows multiple devices to interact with a display.
Teachers and students can upload images easily or interact with the display through their personal device. By integrating personal devices with their interactive board, these companies are creating a way for teachers to combine student-centered methods with their high-tech display.
Plus many of these companies have created boards that have split-screen features that enable multiple students to use the device at one time. This will also help teachers move away from lessons where the entire class is watching the teacher or a single student work on the board. Instead, teachers can create lessons that allow teams to work together or compete against one another all at once.
There’s no doubt that interactive surfaces will be included in every classroom in the future. Just as every classroom once had a blackboard or a television set, tools like this are fast becoming an essential part of the lessons that teachers plan every day. By creating interactive tools that help teachers move towards more student-centered lessons, developers can ensure they’re staying one step ahead of the competition and securing their place in the industry.
What’s your vision for the future of interactive surfaces in education? Are they just a trend, or are they here to stay?