Projecting Interactivity | digitalLEARNING Magazine
April 2012

Projecting Interactivity

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Interactive Projectors are gaining momentum in the Indian market, but the penetration of Interactive Whiteboards is still very low among schools and higher education institutes in India in comparison to the west. It is expected that the Interactive Projector market could surpass the Interactive Whiteboards in time to come

By Pragya Gupta, Elets News Network(ENN)

Interactivity has become a most crucial part of teaching-learning in classrooms; the technology has proved its potential with improved outcomes. With the advent of technology, the simple blackboard with chalk and talk method has been converted into a whiteboard with interactive methods of teaching. Technology has shifted and brought new products for better output and to make the processes convenient. Interactive whiteboard is one of those technologies, which has almost shifted the way teaching has been done so far. It has brought new meaning to interactivity from complex set of hardware to the simpler one.  The new shift can be seen in the interactive classroom is an interactive projector. Interactive whiteboard has always been supported by a projector as device to project the content.  But projector of today has now taken a major turnaround by imbibing interactive features into it.

Interactive Projectors-What and Why

The interactive projectors can turn any screen or surface into an interactive medium, and this is the reason behind the popularity of the system. Interactive projectors also provide the freedom from hassles of buying multiple products to make the experience interactive. Capable of projected on any screen, the device facilitates interactivity required for the classroom.

The complaint of shadow has always been associated with traditional projectors due to the fact that teacher is liable to often step between a board and projector. But as the interactive projectors project their image on the whiteboard surface from a very short distance, no shadowing exists. The entire area under projection area is the interactive area. Educators and students can interact with the whiteboard surface using a pen, and software. Like IWB, calibration is required with Interactive projectors also. However, it offers the benefit at cost effective price.

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