The myth of interactivity

Why projection technology remains the preferred display solution for universities

Since the introduction and mass uptake of interactive whiteboard technology in education more than a decade ago, interactivity seems to be the word on everyone’s lips when it comes to classroom technology. Projectors, whiteboards and flat panel displays have all been developing to incorporate interactivity in response to this demand.

But new research from Wildfire Communications and Casio Projectors shows that while the educational and edtech industries are discussing the future of projection in the wake of interactive technology, a majority of universities still lean on projectors as their preferred technology resource.

An impressive 100% of all higher education institutions surveyed used projection in their universities, which made it the most prominent of any educational display technology.

Interactive whiteboard technology is employed by 75% of universities, followed closely by simple large format display technology used in 72% of higher education facilities. Interactive displays are in 60% of universities.

Matthew Bearn of Bristol University explains: “Projection allows for complete flexibility in the university setting. Lecturers, students and guest speakers need a simple tech solution to communicate a broad range of ideas clearly, every time. Projection is the easiest way for universities to provide this.”

We are seeing educators and universities proactively choose a range of technologies to support the flexible needs of their students, subjects and lecturers

The wide range of projectors on the market right now, mean that a university can create a tailored AV solution for their unique classroom needs. Casio’s fully lamp-free range of projectors for example has an industry-leading low total cost of ownership, boasting no lamps or filters to change, minimal required maintenance and low power consumption offering universities a 35% power cost savings on average.

Interactivity works best in setups where a small number of students can truly engage in the display technology, taking advantage of the enabled touch and gesture control to allow students to proactively learn in a hands-on way. But in situations where you are working with larger groups of students, or when you have a lecture presentation to run through, projectors provide a simple solution for teachers, looking for consistency in delivery and total peace of mind.

Phil Clark concludes: “Technology in education is certainly changing, but our research clearly shows that these changes don’t mean the death of projection by any means. Instead, we are seeing educators and universities proactively choose a range of technologies to support the flexible needs of their students, subjects and lecturers. It really underlines that there is a place for all technology which encourages learning within the school environment. The current generation has some great learning resources to draw from!”

*Research of 426 educational professionals conducted by Wildfire Communications, January 2016




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