Educational Technology Solutions Simplified: Interactive Touchscreen Management

More impressively, touchscreens perform the job both ways. They improve the way teachers teach while also improving the way students learn. As a result, touchscreens are among the educational technology solutions that helped usher the digital transformation of schools.

Young learners grow up in an environment surrounded by digital technology. Toddlers now instinctively navigate the digital realm, so it’s little surprise that the touchscreen may be the best device to transition them into classroom life.


 

Touchscreens Are One of the Most Popular Educational Technology Solutions Today

What makes touchscreens so easily embraceable in schools? Apart from the fact that the new generations are growing up surrounded by smartphones, touchscreens appeal to students because of the many benefits they offer. These include the following:

They Are Highly Interactive

Touchscreens are highly interactive. Instructors can develop lessons that provide immediate feedback when students respond to questions or instructions online. Touchscreens are the best medium to receive input and generate the corresponding output instantly. Studies confirm that when learners receive timely feedback, they can absorb the information better and faster. In addition, quick feedback helps learners develop autonomy and self-learning.

They Are Engaging and Inclusive

Compared to conventional whiteboard/projector learning, touchscreens are more engaging for both students and teachers. It allows students to participate in interactive activities, which appeal to their desires for collaboration and competition. In many cases, teachers report an increase in attentiveness and engagement. As a result, many students have begun to view learning more positively.

These Devices Appeal to Various Types of Learners

Educational technology solutions such as touchscreens also appeal to different types of learners. Visual learners can easily view and absorb the material displayed on the screen. Meanwhile, tactile learners can appreciate getting the freedom to touch the board and watch when elements react. Touchscreens also support audio output, which can either have built-in speakers or connect to external ones. Schools wanting to create the best learning environment to appeal to all types of learners find touchscreens very helpful.

Touchscreens Provide a Convenient, All-In-One Solution

Touchscreens are an all-in-one replacement for a whiteboard, projector, and computer. They eliminate the need for transporting/setting up bulky projectors. They also eliminate the need for whiteboard markers and erasers that will inevitably end up in the trash/burning a hole in the school’s pocket. With touchscreen devices, all teachers need are power sources!



The Need for Reliable Software to Manage, Maintain, and Secure Educational Technology Solutions

School districts that choose to acquire educational technology solutions, such as touchscreens, should realize the magnitude of their investment. They will need proper upkeep and maintenance to ensure optimal performance and security. Using default device management software to get the job done may not be enough.

Like any digital device, touchscreens will require regular monitoring and updating to ensure they: run the latest software versions, contain only authorized applications, and only allow authorized access to their content and data. If the touchscreens’ accompanying device management software can’t perform the above functions, you should consider seeking a more reliable program.

Device Management Software Features

In particular, the ideal device management software should provide a complete set of tools and measures to make sure each device can consistently deliver exactly what the students need each day. To do so, the software should contain the following features:

Management Tools for Educational Technology Solutions

Like any other school device, touchscreens need care in handling and management. Devices can store private learning materials, as well as confidential school or student records. This is why it’s important to make sure that only authorized users have access to the school’s smart devices. In the case of multiple touchscreen brands running on different operating systems, the DM software should have the ability to accept and connect the common device and OS types.

At the same time, administrators need to assign specific access levels for each user so they can only access certain features of the device. Teachers can log into devices and have access to run programs and upload learning materials. Superintendents and school administrators can access device analytics to gauge the effectiveness of different learning tools. System administrators and IT support teams can handle update, repair, and maintenance activities.

Monitoring and Maintenance Tools

System administrators and authorized IT support team members can check if devices are performing optimally. They can install or remove applications, update software and firmware to the latest versions, and perform diagnostics and monitoring procedures.

When performing maintenance work, the device management software should have no problems connecting with school devices via cloud access. Important fixes and updates can be easily downloaded and installed. The support team should also have the flexibility to schedule updates when the devices are idle, so as not to disrupt class time.

Security Tools

Yes, with great power comes great responsibility... but kids are kids. Some may try to install applications outside of the curriculum. Or, they might try to access restricted files like exams or student files. Again, kids are kids. It’s our job as adults to limit their ability to act on their shortsighted inclinations.

Reliable device management software should have adequate security tools to counter any attempts to bypass access levels. System administrators can lock devices to prevent the installation of unauthorized applications. They can geolocate devices and monitor if someone managed to smuggle them out of the school. In those cases, the system can lock or freeze the devices to prevent further access. The administrator can even choose to wipe the device’s entire data to prevent copying or downloading.

Partnering Educational Technology Solutions With Reliable Device Management Software

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of touchscreens as well as educational technology solutions providers may find it to their advantage to bundle reliable device management software with their products. This gives budget-conscious school districts a value-added package that helps them protect and preserve their educational technology investments.

Meanwhile, schools can appreciate the convenience of having comprehensive and reliable software to manage their devices. They can be sure that the software running their devices is using the latest versions and free from identified issues. For a minimal add-on cost, school districts get the help they need to keep their investment in optimal condition.

Nadav Avni, Chief Marketing Officer at Radix Technologies

 
23/05/2022