Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) have become a very popular tool in classrooms all across the US in recent years. The hardware and software that drive this technology is constantly changing and evolving and the manufacturers of the different brands of interactive boards all have their reasons why their brand is the best. However, maybe it's time for educators to consider an alternative to those pricey brands with proprietary software and hardware and look at a an option that offers more flexibility as well as a longer life-cycle than today's IWBs.

We are all familiar with LCD TVs and have watched the prices drop considerably in the last 10 years. With the price on Large-Screen LCD TVs continuing to drop, LCD screens with touch screen capabilities have also become more and more affordable. As a result, we are now seeing a rise in popularity of touch screen LCDs being used in the classroom in the same manner as interactive whiteboards (IWBs). You are now seeing 65" & 70" LCD panels from a variety of manufacturers as affordable as projectors and IWBs and the flexibility they offer make them well worth looking at for classroom presentation applications. Many come with integrated computer CPUs that eliminate the need to use in conjunction with a laptop or tablet.

So, what factors should you consider when deciding what type of interactive technology to purchase for your classroom and might it be the right time to purchase a touch screen LCD? Below are some things to consider:

Advantages of the Touch Screen LCD Panel over a Traditional IWB & Projector
  1. Brighter than a data projector
  2. Expensive Bulb replacements not required
  3. Generally higher resolution that what is available in projectors at the same price point
  4. Easier to have a mobile solution to be shared among multiple classrooms
  5. Calibration not usually not required
  6. No Proprietary software required

One Solution we highly recommend for classroom applications is the Clear Touch Interactive Flat Panel.
ClearTouch Interactive Panel

If you'd like more information on this product or more guidance on selecting the right solution for your classroom, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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