The COVID pandemic brought a unique set of challenges for the education sector. Schools closed their doors overnight, and teachers were faced with the task of enabling learning in an environment neither pupil nor teacher was accustomed to. Teachers focused on equipping students with personal devices to make remote learning smoother – a trend that dominated much of 2020. Now, interactive displays are witnessing heavy investments in K-12 education. Schools are mostly back to in-person teaching, with collaboration and a readiness for remote and hybrid learning at the heart of current and future investments.
There are multiple factors that are causing this shift towards interactive displays. A desire and, most significantly, a need to improve student engagement is high on the list. Interactive displays encourage students to actively participate in their learning, shifting the focus away from consuming information, and instead onto creating it.
This desire is reflected significantly in the record-breaking growth felt across the industry during 2022. Futuresource Consulting’s Interactive Displays Tracker found that volumes have been consistently high across 2022. Q2 of 2022 was up +15% YoY globally, with Q3 of 2022 up over 20% YoY. Overall, the education sector accounted for 80% of global interactive displays volumes in Q2 of 2022. This underscores the value of IWBs and, increasingly, IFPDs in the classroom. Overall, it paints a picture of strength for the market.
Other significant market interactive displays milestones in 2022:
Now that pandemic is more comfortably behind us, the scrambling for devices and tools has subsided. Rather than focusing purely on price, education providers are looking for features and software that most adequately meet the needs of the classroom. This is opening a window for higher-price point products with a concentrated focus on quality.
Teachers are seeking IFPDs that create a collaborative and engaging environment. Features like multiple touchpoints, compatibility, screen size options, mobile device management (MDM), and screen mirroring will undoubtedly be major considerations for education providers. With the market encountering promising growth, these features can be implemented on a greater scale and rolled out globally. The result will be an easier and smoother learning environment, enhancing education across the board.
Interactive displays are clearly well-positioned to meet the educational needs of future generations. Futuresource has provided invaluable data on the industry in both education and corporate environments for nearly twenty years. To gain a precise understanding of the shifts and evolutions of this important market, enquire into our Interactive Displays Tracker here.
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