The Coming Revolution In Learning

Nov 1, 2019Projectors, Visual Instruments

Do schools kill creativity? This is the question posed by Sir Ken Robinson, Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick in his famous TED Talk that has received over ten million views on YouTube. An international advisor on education, Sir Ken believes that traditional teaching methods do not work, as they stifle students’ creativity and their ability to solve problems.

Education is the cornerstone of any society’s success, including those in South East Asia. But according to Sir Ken, education systems around the world have been designed to meet the last-century requirements of commerce and industry. He points out that the world is changing so fast that no one can predict what skills will be required in five years’ time—let alone 50 years.

Creativity, says Sir Ken, is now as important as literacy, and should have the same status. The challenge then, is to create classrooms that allow students to develop their individual creativity and intelligence.

The rising change in education

Fortunately, many governments recognise the need for change. Singapore is building the world’s first Smart Nation and is actively pushing innovations in education. Whilst Thailand plans to develop “smart classrooms” equipped with interactive devices for the digital generation. Indonesia announced plans for an ICT-based “Learning Movement” emphasising technology in the classroom. Malaysia too, has invested in technologies for education initiatives such as “Smart Schools”.

This quest to deliver next generation tools in education has driven Epson to research and understand the mechanics of learning; consequently, developing solutions that enable interactive learning for students who grew up with an intuitive appreciation of technology.

Epson introduces interactive projection technology to help educators

Imagine a classroom where the front screen is transformed into a giant digital drawing board. Epson has developed interactive projectors with this vision in mind. Operated by six-point multi-touch or two interactive pens, these projectors allow users to directly control education software projected on screen, or create instant drawings and annotations to maximise the impact of education communication. When multiple participants, teachers and students alike are given the opportunity to co-create and interact simultaneously on this large digital learning canvas, the lesson becomes collaborative, stimulating and fun.

Epson EB-600 series and EB-1400 series interactive projectors feature beyond Full HD WUXGA resolution ultra-short throw projection, PC or PC-less interactivity and seamless interactivity across dual screens to ignite highly engaging presentations. The higher end EB-1400 series interactive projectors feature advanced mobile device connectivity, remote desktop access and the ability to enhance distance learning video calls by sharing interactive projections across multiple locations; for example, live drawings can be shared among four networked interactive projectors in different locations during video calls for students in remote locations to have two-way collaboration with their teacher.

“As the learning revolution gathers momentum, Epson’s interactive projector technology will continue to play a leading role – unleashing students’ natural creative and ideas.”

Amy Kwa, Department Head, Epson Visual Instruments Division

The importance of screen size in a classroom setting

Although obvious, some do not realise that screen size is of paramount importance, especially in the common large classroom settings. A recent study in the US by Radius Research found that 58% of students are unable to read content displayed on a 70-inch flat panel display*—an alarming finding for schools that have adopted flat panel displays of this size, or even smaller. The interactive projector stands out for its large image size and picture quality. The touch-enabled projections are not restricted to a specific size and can go up to 100 inches, double the size of an expensive 50-inch touchscreen flat panel. Two interactive projectors can also be installed side-by-side to create an ultra-wide interactive screen of up to 177 inches.

Connecting with students’ mobile devices 

Teachers can also collaborate with students’ mobile devices with the ability to connect up to 50 laptops, tablets or smartphones to the interactive projector via the network. Epson has brought classroom collaboration to a new level, as the interactive projectors now support key lesson processes such as sending questions to student laptops and devices and receiving their answers for preview before selecting up to four answers to be projected at the same time on the screen for comparisons and discussion. Finally, the work created on screen can be directly saved or printed via the network for dissemination right away.

Epson, with a majority 68.4% Ultra-Short Throw Interactive Projector market share** in Southeast Asia in FY2016 Q3 year to date, is the preferred interactive projector brand for innovative schools in the region to help teachers to teach more effectively.

* Leading 70-inch class 4k resolution flat panel in a 22′ (width) by 27′ (depth) classroom-style arrangement. When asked to copy down six short items of information from slides being displayed, 58% of students ages 12-22 copied at least one item incorrectly. Based on U.S. research conducted by Radius Research.

**Source: Futuresource Consulting

Project, Connect, Collaborate – Like Never Before

Interact Seamlessly Across Panoramic Images

Epson EB-600 Series:

Interactive, versatile and powerful, these projectors are set to redefine your discussions and presentations. Featuring advanced features such as beyond Full HD* ultra-short throw projection, PC-less interactivity, seamless interactivity across dual screens and on-screen control of Epson document cameras, enables you to kick-start highly engaging interactive presentations right away.

* For EB-696Ui only.

Collaborate with Maximum Interactivity

Epson EB-1400 Series: 

Experience highly collaborative discussions with Epson’s smart interactive projector series – featuring advanced mobile device connectivity, remote desktop access and the ability to enhance distance learning video calls by sharing interactive projections across multiple locations. Live drawings can be sent from the projector during a video call for participants in other locations to view, ideal for concept sharing and training.

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