If you are to believe what you hear, Interactive Whiteboards are about to be made obsolete by Interactive Touchscreen Displays, also known as Touchscreen TVs, LCD Touch Screens and various combinations of these words. I don’t think an acronym has been agreed on yet so I’m just going to call them Touch Screen Displays for the rest of this article.
Touch Screen Displays are simply very big televisions that allow interaction by touch. Many TVs in houses have this feature nowadays and they are not a terribly new technology. However, schools require larger screens than houses and the cost of very large screens was unaffordable up until now. A classroom really needs a minimum screen size of 65″, which is on the small side.
The advantage of Touch Screen Displays over IWBs is that one doesn’t need a projector. Also, the lifetime of a Touch Screen Display is higher than an IWB, in many cases. They are a relatively untested form of technology in the classroom and, personally, I think they are fine for presenting information. I think the touch element (much like the IWB) is limited in its use in primary classrooms. Therefore, I would probably advocate looking for non-Touch Screen Displays, essentially really big TV screens, and it might save some money. However, if you are in the market for a Touch Screen Display, here are some places that I know are selling them in Ireland today. If you are a company that isn’t listed here, let me know and I’ll add you. Prices are around €3,500 these days but probably will change by the time you read this article so I haven’t added the price I have been given by the companies.
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- Liosdoire (Co. Kerry)
- Mediascene (Co. Dublin)
- GDK (Co. Dublin)
- IMEX (Co. Louth)
- Toomey AV (Co. Dublin)
Last Update: August 17, 2017