Interactive Flat Panel – Learning Outcomes

Interactive Flat Panel (IFP) have become increasingly popular in classrooms around the world due to their potential to enhance teaching and learning. IFPs are digital tools that can be used to display and process digital content such as videos, images and text. They can also be used for real-time annotation and collaboration, making them an effective tool for classroom instruction.

It’s been more than three decades since interactive whiteboards were first introduced into the school classrooms in 1991, and while many of those earlier models (and even some newer models) struggled with performance and affordability, today’s interactive flat panels (IFPs) are advanced learning tools that are becoming mainstream in classrooms from primary school to university.

The introduction of interactive flat panels meant that whiteboards, traditional whiteboards, interactive whiteboards and projectors became firmly a thing of the past as  the IFPs became the presentation tool of modern teachers. Teachers are turning to interactive displays for good reason, as their many advantages over  outdated alternatives allow them to elevate lesson plans and  increase  student engagement.

This article examines the effects of interactive flat panel displays on student learning outcomes.

  • Increased student engagement

One study found that the use of interactive flat screens increased student engagement in classroom activities. Students were more interested in the lesson content and more likely to participate in class discussions. The interactive nature of the flat panel allowed students to collaborate and interact with the lesson material in a more meaningful way.

  • Better student retention

Another study found that students who used interactive flat screens retained lesson content better than those who did not. The ability to display and process digital content in real time has helped students better understand complex concepts and retain  information longer.

  • Advanced critical thinking skills

Interactive flat panels also helped improve student’s critical thinking skills. The ability to comment and collaborate in real time allowed students to think more critically about class material and analyse it from different perspectives. Students were also able to apply what they learned in real-world scenarios, improving their critical thinking skills.

  • Better classroom management

According to one study, interactive whiteboards also improved #classroom management. The digital tool allowed teachers to better manage #classroom activities and keep students engaged in class. The interactive nature of the flat screen also reduced distractions and helped students stay on task.

  • Better student achievement

Finally, the use of interactive flat panel displays can improve student achievement. One study found that students who used interactive flat screens had higher test scores than those who did not. Using digital tools in the classroom helped improve students’ understanding of class materials and improved their overall academic performance. 

It is also important to note the difference between interactive whiteboards and interactive flat panel displays. Although both are popular learning tools, there are several distinct differences between them.

Interactive Whiteboards vs. Interactive Flat Panel Displays

Interactive whiteboards are usually projectors that display images on a special screen with sensors that respond to fingers, pen, pencil, eraser, and more. In many ways, interactive whiteboards are an outdated technology that has long suffered from precision projectors, dimming lamps over time, and more. 

Interactive flat panel displays (often called IFPDs, interactive flat panels, interactive touchscreens, or simply interactive displays) are large touchscreen displays that have the Android operating system built in—and they’re a better choice than interactive displays in almost every way. IFPs offer the flexibility and usability to help teachers take their lesson plans to the next level, and the right choice for you depends on the unique goals and dynamics of your classroom.

Here are four  key benefits that interactive flat screens can provide in any classroom, focusing specifically on the features and benefits of Newline Interactive’s IFP series:

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  • Flexibility of the lesson plan 

Interactive displays offer teachers  seemingly endless possibilities  compared to more traditional options. They can be used to share and present content, highlight important information, engage students in group activities and more. Teachers can also use interactive displays to lead Q&A sessions, lead sessions with charts and videos, and  educational games.

Newline Interactive’s IFPs are platform agnostic and can work seamlessly in Google, Microsoft and iOS environments. Not only have IFPs become more complex, but the proliferation of apps, online learning content, and digital curriculum has increased their impact in the classroom, helping to more effectively bridge the gap between such content and the learning environment.

Digital curriculum has become especially critical in the age of distance and hybrid learning, and IFPs help bring that content to life through interactive content, videos, games, and more. With the help of AV solutions, teachers can  dynamically teach in front of  IFP  both on-site and for remote students.

The non-proprietary nature of Newline Interactive Flat Panel also allows teachers to easily use the tools, applications and digital content of their choice on the screen. This flexibility makes it easy for students to learn in the way that works best for them. Auditory, visual and kinaesthetic learners can watch and listen to the material and follow along in real time on their synchronised devices. Newline Interactive’s free Broadcast software allows teachers to share a dashboard with up to 199 users anywhere online, while the free Cast software enables moderation and allows students to share their  screens with IFP. 

  • Increased student engagement

In addition to  flexibility, interactive displays  help provide a more interactive and engaging learning experience for students—and they’re just more fun! Students can write, draw and edit directly on the screen using smart touch to recognise fingers, pens, palms, characters and more. Real-time collaboration and idea sharing also come to life in high definition. Its importance  cannot be underestimated, as research shows that interaction and engagement are positively related to student outcomes.

Greater student engagement can improve test scores, as 99% of students in one study reported learning better when an interactive display was used in class. To increase engagement, teachers can easily summarise and provide lesson packs to students to improve usability and retention of learning.

  •  Easy to use for students and teachers

 The performance issues of earlier models of interactive displays are firmly behind us, as today’s devices are easy to learn for teachers and students of all ages. Clicking  links and buttons, highlighting text, dragging items and sharing content wirelessly are very intuitive and designed for a smoother experience. IT staff can also centrally manage all Newline IFPs remotely with a free display management tool that can configure display settings, deploy and install applications, send messages from the desktop and more.

School budgeting is always a primary concern for teachers and administrators, and interactive displays are useful for these initiatives. IFPs represent a one-time upfront cost that won’t eat into future budgets and offer a low cost of ownership over time. 

Interactive Flat Panels help schools:

 • Spend less money on paper, printing and classroom supplies 

 • Eliminates ongoing projector maintenance costs

 • Access to many affordable programs that can enhance learning 

 • Waste less paper, dry markers, erasers, chalk etc. all of which can be good for the environment.

Newline Interactive Panel Displays offer a three-year replacement warranty that includes shipping costs for damaged panels and  delivery of replacement panels. This warranty also helps lower the cost of ownership over time.


Interactive flat panel displays have become an important teaching tool in the classroom, and studies have shown that they have a positive impact on student learning outcomes. The benefits of interactive flat screens can be seen in increased student engagement, improved critical thinking skills, higher retention ability and higher academic achievement. As technology advances, interactive flat panels are likely to  become more sophisticated and powerful, further enhancing teaching and learning in the classroom.