Educational technology represents a big investment for schools — so it makes sense to do your research before you buy. We can help set up some purchasing guidelines to help drive your decision. Here’s our top tips for buying the best interactive panels for your classroom.
This is the first question that you should address before you begin making your purchasing decision. However, it’s not as simple as it first appears. Many schools opt for the device with the lowest possible price per unit—but this approach can be short-sighted.
Lower-priced devices often have associated costs, such as software licensing fees, repair and replacement costs, and IT support, that drive up the total cost of ownership. IQTouch interactive touch screen has software bonus for each touch screen order.
Flat panel interactive displays which are suitable for most classroom sizes range from 55” to 98”, with the most popular sizes being in the range 65” to 84”. The size of the room should dictate the size of your screen. The basic rule is that the screen should be large enough to allow the students at the back of the class to be able to easily read a 20pt font.
The resolution defines the sharpness and clarity of any visual panel and is the number of pixels (individual points of colour) contained within the screen. The resolution is defined as the number of pixels in the horizontal axis X the number in the vertical axis. The higher the resolution, the sharper and crisper the image. For example, IQTouch interactive touch screen series are all with clear 4K UHD display.
4. Students Age
This is an important question to ask because it highlights the functionality your students need in their classroom technology. Younger students, for instance, typically do better with tablet-style devices with touch screens that help build their manual dexterity while Junior High and High School students tend to need more functionality than tablets offer and do better with laptops or desktop devices. Fortunately, IQTouch touch screen series offer multiple connectivity, including mobile connectivity, and feature 10 or 20 simultaneous points of touch so that students can collaborate more easily.
There are other questions to consider before investing in educational technology for your school–How often do you plan to upgrade? Which operating system do you want your students to learn? but these initial 4 suggestions will get you a long way toward a smart decision. Or, if you are ready to see our panels in action, contact us for a no obligation on-site demo.