Opinion: The argument for healthier displays in schools

Upgrading school equipment might be expensive in the short term but, it is cost-effective over the long haul. AOC regional sales director Paul Butler explains why it is important to keep monitors up to date

Just as many sectors are going through a digitalisation process, the education sector follows, or sometimes leads this transition. The old days, when the teacher used to noisily scratch the blackboard to lecture their students have changed to smart and interactive boards. What a teacher or lecturer scribbles onto the blackboards nowadays is no longer gone forever after the class. All these educational materials can be archived and e-mailed to students later. Students, in return, can deliver their homework or assignments via their tablets or mobile computers.

In such an interactive setting, both teachers and students are spending more of their time either in front of mobile displays or PC monitors. As the computer use in every branch from maths to science and even to literature increases and programming becomes more ubiquitous from primary school to any kind of university program, the need for better, healthier, more efficient and economical displays in educational is steadily increasing.

In underfunded public schools around the world, most equipment is not updated regularly. It is still possible to see old, energy-hungry CRT monitors with low resolutions in schools and even universities. It is therefore not only the interest of the school administrations to reduce the energy costs of tens or even hundreds of computers and monitors, but it is also in the interest of teachers or students to work with healthier and better monitors. 

“It is not unusual to see computer-labs and libraries stocked with old 4:3 displays.”

Children of primary school age will benefit from new displays, which can deliver vibrant colours and high details to catch their attention. Similarly, bigger displays will create more screen real estate which can show multiple kinds of information on a single screen.

Universities suffer from the same issue. It is not unusual to seecomputer-labs and libraries stocked with old 4:3 displays. From researching to writing theses, the time consumed behind a computer monitor is enormous. It therefore makes perfect sense to update monitors alongside the computer hardware to meet current standards. 

Recent monitors from AOC come equipped with Flicker-Free technology and Low Blue Light technology, which reduce the harmful effects once produced by legacy monitors. With the Flicker-Free technology, reduced flicker achieved by regulating the backlight will help reduce headaches and eye-strain. These health features in new monitors are suited for teachers and students, who both spend many hours in front of a PC on a daily basis.

In the light of these recent improvements, it is now the perfect time for schools and universities to upgrade their monitors before the new semester starts.

PCR’s Sector Spotlight on Education – in association with Westcoast – is running throughout August 2017 – click here for more articles

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