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Evolving Education: Four Key Trends Driving the Use
of Visual Learning Technologies in the Classroom
Digital display technologies create active learning environments, keep
students engaged and help teachers increase productivity.
Today's school-age children live in a multi-screen world, making their educational needs
very different from those of students just a couple of decades ago. Their immersion in
screens and technologies has redefined the way they learn: They rely heavily on images,
video and other visual input for information, and are used to seeing, touching and
interacting with content on a digital display.
To make learning in a formal environment more effective, classrooms are transforming
into spaces centered around technologies that let students learn visually.
Visual learning allows students to look at problems in different ways and helps them
understand abstract concepts. When supported by technologies such large-screen
displays, desktop displays and projectors to create collaborative solutions, visual
learning creates a stimulating and engaging environment that is more conducive to
retaining knowledge.
There are four key trends shaping the movement toward visual learning technologies:

1. Classroom collaboration is on the rise - and
educators need visual learning solutions that can link
multiple students simultaneously to a shared screen.
In today's classrooms, the flow of information is rarely just one way. The classrooms of
today are more collaborative in nature; students share or present their work with each
other or the rest of the class. Teachers need a seamless way to let students share their
screen with the group from whatever device they are using, without eating up valuable
class time when switching from one presenter to another.
A number of new technologies support classroom collaboration. For instance, many
interactive projectors come bundled with software such as DisplayNote, an application
that makes lessons and presentations more collaborative by mirroring what is on the
teacher's screen to any device in the room. It also allows students and instructors to
share and annotate images, files, documents, presentations and more wirelessly, while
also switching easily between presenters on the fly.
With DisplayNote, teachers can share content in real time with multiple students
across multiple devices. As the teacher marks up a presentation, these notes appear
on the students' devices as the teacher types or writes. Students can capture and save
presentations on their device, so they can review the material later; they can add their
own notes and sketches to the content as well.
In addition, DisplayNote makes real-time collaboration possible. Multiple users
can annotate and work on the same document at the same time. Teachers can view

2. Large-screen displays used in classrooms have
become more affordable.
Larger screen sizes for flat-panel displays are becoming much more prevalent in
education as the cost of the technology has dropped. Just five years ago, putting a
large screen display in the classroom was a budgetary constraint. Now, the technology's
increasing affordability allows large screen displays to be considered for schools.
As these displays have become more budget-friendly, some schools are installing
multiple large screens side by side to create a giant video wall for visual learning
purposes.
For example, Charlottesville High School in Virginia partnered with the University of
Virginia to create a new lab to enhance students' science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) education. The school used 46-inch displays in 2x2 and 2x6 configurations
to create two video walls in the lab. The thin-bezel displays allow students to see a
virtually uninterrupted image on the video walls. A software program called Hiperwall
allows teachers to share a single high-resolution image across all the panels of a wall, or
segment it so that different images can be shown at any place on the wall.
In keeping with the STEM theme of the lab, the school uses solar panels to offset the
video wall's power consumption, adding a "green" element to the project. The screens
are designed to be on for several hours every school day and were chosen for their
longevity - a key concern when working within a school budget.

3. More sophisticated touch interactivity keeps
students engaged.

anyone's screen and present it to others, and they can poll students or send messages

A protective touch overlay can turn large-screen displays into giant touchscreens

to individual students or groups of students. It works across Windows, Mac, Android and

supporting up to 10 simultaneous touches with an interactive pen or finger, adding a

iOS platforms, making it a viable choice for many schools.

hands-on element to visual learning.



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