In order to not only educate but also keep a group of students competitive in the modern era, utilizing cutting-edge tools is essential. After all, the old ‘passive’ model of dry lectures combined with supplementary assigned reading is actually one of the least effective education strategies.
Understanding Learning on a Psychological Level
Keep in mind, psychologists have found that after hearing a set of information, the average person only recalls about ten percent of it after a three-day period. If the information is delivered in the form of text, retention rates aren’t considerably higher either. However, when that information is accompanied by a picture of some kind, retention jumps up to 65%!
That said, adding visuals is not the silver bullet when it comes to students retaining and also integrating data into a larger framework.
After years of unsuccessfully attempting to explain complex physics concepts to his students, Harvard professor Eric Mazur discovered a new approach to teaching. Rather than simply lecture and present a series of slides, Mazur discovered the best means by which students retain and integrate information is through an interactive learning process in which students discuss the material with himself and their peers. According to a report published by Harvard Graduate School of Education which summarized Mazur’s findings, employing active education double if not triples retention.
As a consequence of Mazur’s findings as well as research by other education specialists, the consensus among teaching experts is that active styles of learning are far superior to antiquated passive learning. Aside from improved memory, active learning also spurs divergent thinking. Contrasted by convergent thinking in which there is only a single answer or solution, divergent thinking can lead a student to not only come up with multiple correct answers to a problem but also develop a ‘big picture’ mindset for the material being discussed.
Obviously, a natural question arises – are there any comprehensive, affordable tools which are able to present images while also allowing for interaction in real time for a group of students?
Yes, that tool is the AQUOS BOARD.
So What Features Do AQUOS BOARDs Provide?
More than a mere television screen, the AQUOS BOARD by Sharp is an interactive engagement tool which not only displays images just like a TV set but also sports touchscreen technology allowing users interact with what is being displayed. This means that during a slideshow, for example, the presenter can write additional notes on the screen or draw pictures to help elucidate or illustrate a concept. On top of that, the AQUOS system features a plethora of other technological advantages which facilitate the active learning process.
Compatible with Various Forms of Software
Running on Microsoft Windows 7 and pre-loaded with SHARP’s pen software, AQUOS BOARDs can utilize the full range of Microsoft Office Suite programs, thus offering the user an enormous number of options with respect to how they want to present data. On top of that, the system is also fully compatible with third-party programs often used in video conferencing such as Skype, GoToMeeting, and WebEx.
Connectable to Other Devices
The SHARP Display Connect Software allows smartphones, tablets, laptops, or virtually any other wireless device to connect and control the touchscreen functions of the AQUOS. This allows the presenter to interact with the AQUOS from a distance using their mobile devices without being adjacent to the AQUOS itself. Consequently, a presenter isn’t anchored to the AQUOS screen and can move freely about the room and engage with the viewing audience.
Further, a presenter can also toggle the number of wireless devices which can interact with the AQUOS display. That means that anyone in a class can instantly engage with the visual material without leaving their seats.
All Models Possess Large, Crisp Screens
Designed with an LED touch panel which displays in high definition, everything presented on screen is sharp and clear. Furthermore, AQUOS models come in 60-, 70-, and 80-inch screens so that no matter how many viewers are present or how large the room is, the screen can be seen from nearly any distance.
How Does the AQUOS System Benefit Educators?
Since AQUOS combines the fundamental features of a dry erase BOARD, a slide projector, along with completely new technological innovations it is perfect for the classroom at any scholastic level. The touchscreen technology combined with wireless connectivity to external devices is ideal for giving students a hands-on learning experience.
The fact that the system is compatible with a variety of computer programs allows the lecturer to alternate between presenting colorful slides, annotating them, displaying video footage, and getting immediate student participation with the material when asked.
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