Learning has got really exciting bringing the thrill of gaming and fully interactive devices into the classroom with cloud type access to on-line learning and a myriad of teaching apps using latest Android technology for touchscreens and low cost tablets
At one end of the spectrum wall mounted LCD Touchscreens are the tough and robust low cost alternative to an interactive whiteboard. An LCD touchscreen has all the features and working area of a whiteboard and a lot more, but without the disadvantages of projector glare, high purchase and running costs, lighting reflection or needing blinds to be closed
Touchscreens are simple,...
Technology is racing on, especially in the classroom. In some schools tablets or laptops are being provided instead of textbooks. Whatever the teaching environment, providing a young person with a tablet at school requires an element of control to be implemented. Without this control, young people will use and abuse the tablet for things other than classroom activities, including searching the Internet, sending emails, chats on social networks, playing games, and any other non-educational activity they can find to access.
Changing settings to access the camera, and installing their own apps is easy. Changing these settings could also make the tablet...
Major Competition for Raspberry Pi
Low cost Mini Android PCs allow users to learn programming languages, several of which are designed especially for pupils and students at school, college and University, to gain valuable computer science skills.
Mini computers like Raspberry Pi and the Mini Android PC are very low cost and provide a safe environment for the learner to experiment without the fear or possibility of destroying valuable data, software, apps or settings found on a normal PC, Laptop or mobile phone. Just reboot and start again if everything else fails.
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The IR touch screen is a very well established, well proven, and reliable technology. Invented in 1971, the first "touch sensor" was developed by Dr Sam Hurst (founder of Elographics) in 1983 Hewlett-Packard's HP-150 was one of the first commercially available IR touchscreen PCs with a grid of infrared beams across the front of a monitor which detected finger movements.
Other touch technologies have been developed since including resistive and capacitive used in many hand held devices and the much later optical imaging technology.
Dr. Andrew Hsu, an expert on touch screen technologies, states in his research paper that “IR (infrared) screens...
Touchscreens now cost 80% less than the total cost of a projector and whiteboard in the classroom, they are cheaper to buy, easier to use and vastly less costly to maintain.
Total Cost of Ownership - Projector and Whiteboard US$20,305 (£13,536)
Total Cost of Ownership - Touchscreen US$3,300 (£2,200)
See table below for details
Comparison of technology and costs
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Projector lamp replacement and maintenance is the most expensive and labour intensive part of the ongoing ownership costs of a projector. To have the same 60,000 hour lifespan as a Touch screen most projectors will need more than 30 replacement...
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