School District Drives Change with ViewSonic® ViewBoard® Interactive Displays
In 2016, Fenton Area Public Schools’ aging classroom projectors were due for an upgrade. The annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) conference provided the perfect venue for Technology Director, Kevin Powers, to investigate alternatives.
While projection was his initial priority, it was impossible for Powers to ignore the many interactive display solutions. As he visited exhibitors, Powers was struck by the profound implications interactive displays could have for tactile learners. Sure, touch technology was more expensive than projection, but it was clearly worth taking a closer look at the potential benefits it offered. What would it be like to enable kids at his schools to manipulate information during the learning process?
Thus, the 2017-18 school year pilot was born. First, Powers and his team put ViewSonic interactive touch displays in nine rooms at Fenton Senior High School. Fourteen rooms got brand new high definition ceiling-mounted projectors. Later, the IT team asked teachers: did anything change for you?
“We wanted to drive change with this investment,” said Powers. “And after talking with each group of teachers, it was clear that nothing changed in the projector rooms.”
In rooms with the ViewSonic interactive display, however, teachers reported profound change. “Kids got out of their seats. They collaborated. Multiple students stood around the display and worked together. Teachers expanded their teaching methods. Positive changes were clearly being driven by the capabilities of the ViewSonic interactive displays. At that point,” said Powers, “we knew we were onto something with this technology.”