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Why Educators Will Flip Over a New Kind of Smart Board

Smart boards have grown increasingly common in classroom settings, but they don’t always deliver a smart experience for teachers and students. A new kind of interactive display technology gives educators a collaborative tool that is affordable, portable and highly intuitive.

Samsung’s Flip interactive display solution is a modern, sophisticated variation of the smart board that is mounted on a wheel-based easel and can be moved from classroom to classroom. It borrows the flipchart design but is loaded with many of the smart features found in expensive, wall-mounted interactive whiteboards.

The design philosophy behind Samsung Flip was simple: Produce an interactive smart board that anyone could walk up to and use, without any training. This means it has capabilities such as:

  • Navigation with a smartphone feel and familiarity
  • Digitally correcting mistakes without leaving marker ink on fingers
  • Easily storing all notes and lessons during the day
  • Turns on when the pen is removed from its holder
  • A design that allows for easy movement around classrooms and schools

With these main functions, teachers can smoothly integrate Flip into their lesson plans, classrooms and student workflows.

A Better Flipchart

Flipcharts have been a staple for decades in educational settings, because they enable quick and easy idea generation and collaboration. Students write out ideas, draw charts and even make calculations right on them. When the sheet is filled, it gets flipped over the easel for a new one.

That works, but it’s a clunky, inefficient way to capture information. It also doesn’t naturally fit into student’s digital workflows, since more of them are using computers and other technology to complete assignments and in-school activities. They need collaboration solutions that allow them to quickly find any work or reference material.

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With Flip, any work is captured and digitally stored. As many as 20 pages of notes can be contained in a single document, and sorted by scrolling or built-in search. Sharing documents is done by sending emails directly off Flip, saving to the cloud, downloading to a USB or directly printing them.

Flip supports four different participants at once, each using the provided stylus or virtually any tool. Users can pick from pens or highlighters of various colors and thicknesses. Its intuitive user experience means working with Flip does not require technical support for installation, or operator training before it can be used.

Students or teachers can connect their computers to the Flip via standard HDMI. Mobile devices like phones and tablets can connect wirelessly via screen mirroring technology. It’s easy to push content, like images and videos, to the Flip display for sharing, illustrating concepts and enhancing discussions.

When it comes to visibility, there’s no need to dim the lights or worry about users blocking the screen. The display can be set to whiteboard or blackboard backgrounds, and the screen is bright enough to counteract room lights.

Flexible Design and Use

Group ideation, collaboration and sharing materials are the prime classroom uses for Flip, but it also serves as a more conventional presentation tool with an Ultra HD screen. Flip’s wheel-based easel lets it seamlessly swivel between portrait and widescreen mode, letting students use it for applications such as PowerPoint or Prezi.

Over the years, classroom technology has evolved from A/V carts that moved televisions and projectors between rooms to interactive whiteboards. Flip brings the next step in education technology — and many more capabilities to a classroom, its teacher and students.

Get the details on Samsung’s Flip interactive display solution.


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Dave Haynes

Dave Haynes is a well-known veteran in the digital signage industry. He consults to some of the world’s largest brands on their digital signage strategy and technical needs, but also spends time mentoring start-ups. A former daily newspaper journalist, Haynes has for the past decade written a highly-respected blog about digital signage, Sixteen:Nine. Follow Dave on twitter @sixteennine

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