Potential Benefits of Using EPSON BrightLink Interactive Displays for Education

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Technology can be a great benefit in the classroom. One type of technology that’s really starting to catch on in classrooms around the country is the interactive whiteboard, such as the EPSON BrightLink Interactive Displays for Education. These whiteboards combine a dry erase whiteboard and an LCD projector and use special software to make it interactive. Unfortunately, these whiteboards are only present in about 16 percent of U.S. classrooms compared to about 80 percent of classrooms in the U.K. There can be numerous benefits from using these systems in schools.

More Versatile Than Similar Options

An Interactive Projector is more versatile than simply using a whiteboard or an overhead projector. A special pen (or in some cases just a finger) can be used to make changes to what’s showing on the whiteboard. It can project what’s on the computer screen or a tablet, and changes can be made on the whiteboard just as if the students or teacher were actually making changes on the computer itself. This makes it possible to use the EPSON BrightLink Interactive Displays for Education to take virtual field trips, engage in collaborative problem solving, give multimedia presentations and lessons or even record lessons that substitute teachers can use. It’s even possible to use these projectors onto a plain wall or table rather than a dry-erase whiteboard, which is particularly handy when a large projected image is wanted. The BrightLink system can have display areas that measure up to 100 inches.

Can Improve Participation

With younger kids, taking part in creating the displays on the whiteboard can make the lesson more fun and engaging and get them to participate more in the classroom. With older students who would normally be taking lots of notes, they will be free to participate more fully in the discussion because the displays can be saved and printed out for the students to use later. These systems can be particularly useful for group collaboration, including such things as brainstorming and taking notes during group discussions to be saved and printed out for the students after the discussion is over. With the right system, it’s possible for multiple people to be interacting with the whiteboard content at once. For example, some BrightLink projectors allow for up to six fingers and two stylus pens to be in use at the same time.

Easier to Include Visuals During Presentations

Both presentations created by the teacher and those created by students can be displayed for all to see using EPSON Projectors. This makes it easier for people who are more visual learners to get more out of the presentation than they would if they had to listen to it without the accompanying visuals. It’s possible to interact with material that’s on many different applications on a computer using the BrightLink Series projectors, including popular Microsoft Office programs as well as programs commonly used in school curriculums, like the SMART Learning Suite.

Can Improve Learning

Having visual aids in the classroom can improve learning by up to 200 percent, improve student retention by as much as 38 percent and limit the time it takes to explain complicated subjects by up to 40 percent. These visual aids help make presentations more likely to hold the interest of students and help keep them from getting too bored during class so they pay attention better and retain more of what they learn. Keep in mind that there is a learning process, so these gains are more likely to be achieved once the instructors have gotten familiar with and started to use the interactive whiteboards to their full potential. The process can take a couple years before the use of the new system is fully integrated into the teaching methods of the instructor.