The Teaching and Learning Center staff has been actively following trends in large format touchscreens in education. These interactive touchscreen monitors are becoming more affordable and increasingly popular in classrooms.
Over the last couple years, several departments at Chadron State College have implemented models from InFocus and Qomo. The most notable installation is the display of three, side by side, 65” InFocus touchscreens in the faculty multiuse room located in Old Admin 030. These touchscreens offer digital note-taking capabilities as well as the ability to operate a 3-screen computer system simply by touching the screen with a stylus or a finger.
Qomo has built on the touchscreen trend by incorporating an Android operating system into their Qomo Journey model. The integrated Android operating system enables screen use without a separate computer connection to view and annotate documents and images; to browse the web; to take notes digitally on the whiteboard; and even to participate in basic web conferencing (with the addition of a camera).
The touchscreens are appealing in the classroom for several reasons:
- an interactive touchscreen provides new ways to engage students
- use of interactive touchscreens streamlines classroom technology by eliminating the need for a separate projector, whiteboard, screen, and/or a dedicated classroom computer system
- interactive flat screens have a significantly longer lifespan than a projector
- newer model versions of interactive flat screen monitors are not prone to creating shadows and glare.
Interested in finding out more about using this technology from the perspective of a fellow faculty member? Read What Works Well for Phil Cary to see how he uses touchscreens to enhance teaching in his classes.
Increasingly, the TLC will focus its efforts on reporting emerging technologies that enhance teaching and learning. As we review technologies within the TLC, we will hold informational seminars and invite faculty to participate in a testing and review process. To discuss and/or suggest “new arrival” gadgets, please stop in for a visit or contact the TLC’s IT Analyst, Jereme Patterson (email@example.com or 309.432.6234).