Increase Student Collaboration in the Classroom

For many of us growing up we learned on a chalkboard or dry erase board.  Students today are learning in a way that is very different from how our educational system was originally designed. Teachers have transformed classrooms into interactive hubs where students, who are digital natives, can flourish in an environment that is familiar to them.

Strategy to Keep Students Engaged

Think about it.  Students today live in a digital world where they have personal devices at their fingertips whether it’s an iPad, phone, laptop or chromebook.  For teachers, using interactive learning has moved from being an innovative strategy to a necessity to keeps students engaged in the classroom.  Research shows that a teacher who effectively implements educational technology such as interactive displays will see an increase in student engagement; this in turn leads to learning improvement. Some examples are:

  1. No matter the age of the student, clear bright images keep the student focused and engaged.
  2. Collaboration between students help active learning and participation.
  3. Increases student interest by adding a video link or additional documents to launch during lesson plan.
  4. Participation is familiar to students because of the touch capabilities available on an interactive whiteboard.
  5. Mirroring or screen sharing (casting images) from student’s devices encourages students to participate and share information.
  6. Students, if needed, can join from home and participate.
  7. Overall, more enjoyable for students to thrive.

Share and Distribute Lessons

For years, teachers were spending their time creating packets for students to hand out in class. But now, teachers can use interactive whiteboards to take screenshots of their lessons, save them and distribute to students electronically via PowerSchool, Blackboard or some other school related software.  The content options are limitless: Teachers can save their own notes so they can pick right up where they left off, or they can create review materials for students to study with at home. Another significant benefit is for students who are falling behind or having a hard time taking notes in real time. If they miss something, they can easily refer back to the lesson on their own time. No more struggling to keep up with the lesson.

Reduces Classroom Costs

The costs for classroom supplies are significantly reduced, as students do not need to rely on materials to experience the lesson.  For example, if we revert back to traditional dry erase boards and chalkboards, they do require other tools like dry markers, erasers, chalk and other accessories to use them.

Another example of reducing cost is not having the expense of printing lesson plans, or packets to send home. All materials for the lesson plan are online and readily available for students in the classroom and at home.

Helping Students Succeed

A teacher is a person who helps students acquire knowledge, competence and virtue, via the practice teaching. Although the overall method of teaching has not changed, but the vehicle in which students learn has changed.  Interactive whiteboards are now the vehicle, or hub for students to learn and thrive in the classroom.  Teachers, themselves continue to learn how to interact with students in this new environment and latest technology.


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The Sharp AQUOS BOARD is a beneficial addition to the classroom with advanced display technology and intuitive built-in features. AQUOS BOARD interactive displays enables instructors to easily present information, capture notes, share information and increase participation amongst students.

In addition to a built-in media player with 4K resolution and front mounted speakers, the AQUOS Board provides an open system platform to seamlessly integrate with various learning management systems.

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What are the Latest Innovations from Sharp for Schools & Education Offices?

The classroom has been changing rapidly over the last decade. Technology has been making learning easier for students and helping teachers present new concepts to young minds. Sharp has been a leader in helping the education industry move forward with the Sharp classroom technology products and services.

From managed print services for a school to cutting edge education technology, Sharp has been changing the way we look at education. This new technology allows students to learn in the way that suits them best and, ultimately, could help produce better results from classrooms across the country.

Sharp Interactive Whiteboards

One of the most exciting pieces of Sharp education technology is the interactive whiteboards that bring lessons to life. With Sharp interactive whiteboards, a high definition display connects students with vivid imagery while teachers are still able to provide their own context and lessons using the interactive whiteboard features.

Best of all, this technology turns a traditional classroom into an area of collaboration. This is in line with research that shows students learn better by actually doing activities rather than simply sitting and listening. Educators can invite students to participate in the lesson, or work together as a group to solve the problem being discussed.

The 4k display provides exceptional clarity while the responsive Sharp Pen leaves endless opportunity for creativity. The Sharp AQUOS board is truly an incredible step for modern classrooms and shows the best of Sharp education technology.

Cutting Costs with Managed Print Services for a School

Education institutions have one of the most important duties within society: to educate young minds. Every dollar spent within a district or school must be effectively spent to ensure that students get the education they deserve.

The company found in site offers managed print services for a school or education office that could help reduce printing costs and, therefore, allow more funds to be allocated where they can be used best. In addition, schools can help lead by example when it comes to sustainability planning.

The fact is that print waste accounts for 50% of waste in many offices. With the added user base of a large school or education office, print waste can add up quickly. Managed print services for a school looks to eliminate redundant devices and make printing more economical and environmentally friendly.

Students and staff can be given daily, weekly, or monthly printing limits to help curb unnecessary printing. In addition, multifunction devices can be used in place of single purpose devices to eliminate the need for additional devices that are unnecessary and costly.

Better Storage of Records and Information

It goes without saying that a school or education office has a lot of information to manage on a day-to-day basis. Everything from student records to permission slips needs to be retained securely. In the past, this was done using a paper filing system. Not only is this an inefficient use of space but the method opens up the opportunity for theft or loss that could compromise the privacy of students or faculty.

Sharp classroom technology is not just about beautiful displays for students to interact with. Sharp also works behind the scenes to ensure that data is securely stored but available quickly and easily for authorized users. With the right data management plan in place, educators no longer have to scramble through file folders to access the information they need.

This kind of streamlining can reduce the need for physical storage and the costs associated. In addition, information can be shared among staff, parents, or guardians quickly and simply. Of course, the ultimate goal is to ensure that the child gets the best education possible. With Sharp education technology, students are put first. You can also ensure your child’s best future and education, for further information you may read this post about The Children’s ISA!

Taking Education to the Next Level

Future generations are just beginning to discover the amazing world around them. With Sharp classroom technology, that world can come to life inside their classroom. More importantly, educators are empowered to do their best work and unlock their own creativity to reach their students.

At Smile Business Products we are proud to offer Sharp classroom technology products and solutions. If you are wondering how Sharp managed print services for a school can reduce costs, or interested in seeing the stunning Sharp AQUOS interactive display, we would be happy to sit down with you.

Sharp just announced their award-winning 8K Ultra-HD LCD Display; let us help you discover how 33 millions pixels will change the way you view digital signage. Just another way Sharp can help schools distribute educational material in classrooms.

Contact us today to learn more about how Sharp is changing the education landscape!