Considerations

Why should we consider adding interactive technology to our classrooms?

Front-of-room interactive displays like ViewSonic ViewBoards support the latest research on what works to improve student success. Collaborative learning has been demonstrated by research to improve student engagement, retention, and scores, and to help students develop the skills to succeed in the 21st century. Also, the traditional education model, where teachers lecture and students listen, is being replaced by an evidence-based approach where instructors facilitate the development of knowledge among students working together collaboratively.


What is some specific research supporting classroom collaboration?

A landmark study of classroom IWBs (the first widely-used interactive technology) showed that the use of interactive whiteboards was associated with a 16% gain in student achievement. The study further revealed that combining the interactive display board with the careful use of graphics/visuals, information reinforcers, and an audience response mechanism, the gain was 31 percentile points.1


Is there information on what teachers say about interactive technology?

Teachers report that increased student attentiveness and engagement are the top benefits of teaching with an interactive display,2 and a majority of educators – around 77% in one survey – believe that an interactive display in the classroom is very important or an absolute must.3


How do ViewSonic ViewBoards support the new collaborative education model?

ViewSonic ViewBoards enable 10 touch points of interactivity at a time, which lets groups of students interact and collaborate in virtually unlimited ways. Because they’re an all-in-one solution equipped with an embedded processor and web browser, ViewBoards let students and instructors seamlessly integrate materials like video, computer applications, and web-based content, then write directly on content and save for future reference or to share with absent group members. They’re also device agnostic and can be easily combined with school-issued or student BYOD devices and content sharing apps like Solstice software.


How do I know which interactive technology is best for my school?

Traditional interactive whiteboards (IWBs), interactive projectors, and ViewBoard displays each have distinct features. Although the up-front cost for ViewBoards is higher than the other technologies, the advantages of a ViewBoard often outweigh the other technologies. A careful assessment of your budget, space constraints and content considerations will help determine your best fit. The advantages of ViewBoards over IWBs and IPJs are discussed below.


1 Marzano, Robert J., The Art and Science of Teaching / Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards, November 2009 , Volume 67, Number 3 , Multiple Measures Pages 80-82, Retrieved 2.25.14 from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/nov09/vol67/num03/Teaching-with-Interactive-Whiteboards. aspx


2 PMA Research Report. Survey of U.S. K-12 Educators Shows Strong Interest in Interactive Functionality for Classroom Projectors, Accessed 3.4.14 at http://www.pmaresearch.com/press-releases/survey-of-u-s-k-12-educators-shows-strong-interest-in-interactivefunctionality-for-classroom-projectors/


3 Interactive Whiteboards Enhance Classroom Instruction and Learning, Accessed 4.14.14 at: http://www.neamb.com/professional-resources/ benefits-of-interactive-whiteboards.htm