Interactive Flat panels, the Most Recent Replacements for Traditional Blackboards

A misconception that is prevailing in the education sector is that students learn everything that is being taught by the teacher. But the reality is that students only imbibe 13% of the knowledge in the class and rest is forgotten when they are back home. The responsibility is on the teacher’s shoulder to convey the idea or concept of a subject in a precise manner to students. They should also ensure that each and every child present in the class understands it thoroughly. The communication and interaction between teacher and student is what makes the classroom effective and innovative.

The technology has also diverted the classroom scenario from blackboards to smartboards which is a smart way to enhance student -teacher relationship. In the changing times, the smart or interactive classrooms are becoming the standard for quality education. The best thing is these boards come up with high quality which is truly impressive. Besides, there are other benefits which adds up to its worth.

Prior to that, lets figure out what makes school opt interactive classrooms in the first place or how does it fit in education. The interactive classroom replaces the traditional blackboards with smart boards which displays the combination of touch screen with educational facility on it. It gives more emphasis on collaboration, creativity and flexibility in the classes which definitely allows teachers to prepare their lessons in any way possible.

In the modern times, with the rise in smartphones, tablets etc. youth seems to be disoriented with the new pedagogical ways of learning. Some of the newly introduced technologies are not yielding educational productivity when it comes to student engagement.

The smart boards are mainly to increase the interaction between students because the traditional method displays students as passive listeners which is a hindrance towards their development.

If the student engagement and scores are down the only option that is left for schools is to move with the times and adapt to the ongoing trend. Interactive classroom makes day-to-day tasks like lesson planning and collaboration easier and more viable.

Since we have heard every coin has got two sides, the interactive classroom system has also got pros and cons as well.


  1. Portable: It is portable which can be attached to any surface that makes interaction possible wherever they go.

  2. Increases classroom engagement: students and teachers would collaborate with each other by using these classroom displays.

  3. Lesson plans: By having internet connections, it is easier to find and produce lesson plans

  4. Low maintenance

  5. easy installation


  1. High price: the major disadvantage is its base price itself is considerable.

  2. Train teachers: Some teachers are not familiar with using these modern devices. A training is necessary before getting started with classroom displays.

  3. Technical issues: high chances of having issues like a problem in the screen or lack of internet connectivity which can affect the learning hours.

Effects of Classroom Displays

Apart from the drawbacks, these have greater effect on the long run

  1. Enhances student engagement through discussions, debates etc.

  2. Teachers can adopt different learning techniques for students to learn in high energy

  3. The interactive sessions results in improvement in student’s communication skills

There are some displays available in the market such as View Board. The manufacturers include ViewSonic<Ben Qand Samsung.

The interactive flat panels are the recent entrant in the series of interactive classroom displays and are highly nuanced versions thereof.


Vinod Kakumanu

Vinod Kakumanu

Founder & Consultant - School Serv

Vinod Kakumanu heads a team of school services professionals and is an independent commentator on Indian school education scenario. Vinod has assisted school promoters establish 35+ schools besides providing ancillary services to over 1000 schools across India. He envisions a future where quality education is made available to every child of the country. The focus he places on the quality of the deliverables and customer satisfaction has made him renowned in the field of K-12 school education.

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