Country Head and GM, BenQ India on technologies that brings innovations in the classroom
There are newer innovations being discovered and embraced every day coming in projection technology. Short throw and ultra short throw projection is one of the biggest innovations overcoming the shadow and disruption that was a major drawback of traditional projectors and effective student teacher engagement.
There has been a shift of preference from SVGA resolution to XGA resolution. Another big innovation is the lamp free laser lamp offering upto 10,000 lamp hours with ultra high contrast ratio of 80K:1. Interactive and 3D technology has become solution oriented rather than product centric. It has been made affordable and easily available equally for content and end products so that educational institutions can afford to use this technology for providing a better learning experience to their students. The 3D technology is also beneficial at all levels of education starting with elementary it goes up to the fields of medicine, engineering, architecture, etc.Interactive and 3D has empowered teachers and students with a life-like experience for learning.
With current generation technologies Interactive Projector is giving tough competition to Interactive Whiteboards, now the performance for both type of technology is matching. Interactive projectors have tremendous value over Interactive Whiteboards as with one single device you get complete solution, it makes the bulky and cost intensive Interactive Whiteboards a relic of past.
On the other hand Interactive Flat Panel (IFP) gives all the advantage of touch, large screen 65 inches and above and low maintenance and single device solution, which in turn is pressuring Interactive Flat panel from the top end. Hence, we see hat with convergence of technology Interactive Projector and Interactive Flat panel will replace the market of Interactive Whiteboards.
Ramping Tech Adoption in Classrooms
Ganesh S, Business Development Manager, DLP Products, Texas Instrument Penetration of multimedia has started augmenting classroom teaching a few years ago in India. In the country with more than five million classrooms, the level of adoption is very low. I am confident that appropriate technologies will get adopted in due course of time.
Classroom applications have been driving a lot of innovations in projectors. Some innovations from DLP technology-based projectors include 3D, LampFree, FilterFree, Interactivity, etc. Adopting technologies like 3D Projectors ensures that the classroom is ready for future 3D content. Technology adoption in India has been ramping up. Interactivity is getting more intuitive, with touch getting more affordable. Technology providers are constantly listening to feedback from classroom users to make the system more easy to use.
DLP’s interactive technology needs no calibration, ensuring easy set up. It can work away from the screen as well, thereby enabling the teacher to move in the classroom, but still interact with the display. In terms of content, interactive 3D stereoscopic content helps increase student engagement. DLP 3D Ready projectors with Stereoscopic content are proven to make an impact in the classroom with double digit gains in both student engagement and test scores as compared to using 2D tools alone.
IT is a Tool to Benefit Teachers
Abhilesh Guleria, Head, Multimedia Product group, NEC India Pvt. Ltd NEC From technology standpoint, we have a unique positioning in terms of legacy and domain expertise in IT, providing IT infrastructure and IT solutions, providing work centric solutions and also providing electronic display oriented solutions. It enables NEC to converge and leverage upon all these domain expertise to come out with products and delivery models that are relevant not only current scenario but also have a future potential. They are in line with the technology trends and give the best ROI and the Total Cost of Ownership benefits to the government; we can do that because we are operating in all these three spheres. Today we also need to understand the nexus of all the converged forces that is being coming up.
IT is a leveraging tool, so with the help of ICT in education the benefits to the teachers and students have increased.
In the education and training scenario, NEC looks at education as a complete vertical, which comprises of K-12, higher education, engineering and research institutes, management and higher technology institution and the entire gamut.