The school technology landscape has shifted from viewing technology as an add-on to teaching and learning to the idea that technology should be integrated into curriculum lessons. More importantly, best practices demonstrate that the most effective technology implementations are those where instruction and learning needs drive technology decisions and not the other way around. As classrooms increasingly shift from a teacher- lecture instruction model to a student-directed learning model, the big dilemma is not really which technology to select, but how to support the right visual environments that best support this changing landscape. Districts should establish their instructional priorities first and then determine the kind of technology that will support them. This strategy also helps districts decide the best way to build a digital ecosystem that supports instruction and learning in the digital age.
Flat panels have cost advantages in some cases, but projector prices are competitive and offer hands-down better viewability. In addition to cost, display size also must be considered to ensure the ideal leaning environment for students. For superintendents and school administrators charged with finding the best classroom tech, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind:
- Potential for collaborative or interactive lesson plans
- Classroom size and shape
- Depth of detail of images presented
- Flexibility of classroom space
Learn more about why projectors with lamps and laser projectors are better options, and how to choose the right display size for your classroom, in our “Projectors Versus Flat Panels” whitepaper.