For many of us, going to school meant filling backpacks and school lockers with big piles of books and binders overflowing with notebooks.
Even today, most schools rely on traditional textbooks that are frequently outdated by the time they’re researched, written, printed and circulated.
Budget-strained schools are faced with buying expensive, updated books every few years.
The move is on to finally give students access to current, diverse content via text, video, and audio. Educators worldwide and those in developing countries are eager for their students to access the vast library systems of the first world, to the classroom content at MIT or Oxford, to the news about NASA’s latest discoveries from the previous week.
It’s no wonder classroom learning is undergoing a complete transformation, spearheaded by a growing demand for electronic reading devices in schools. Devices like eSchoolbooks help teachers impart knowledge to students.
Sri Peruvemba is a Technology Display Expert when it comes to Education and the Board Member and Chair of Marketing of The Society for Information Display (SID), the only professional organization focused on the display industry. In fact, by exclusively focusing on the advancement of electronic display technology, SID provides a unique platform for industry collaboration, communication, and training in all related technologies while showcasing the industry’s best new products.
Sri is an expert when it comes to electronic display technologies having connected with hundreds of display enthusiasts throughout is years at SID.
Will education be the next market for electronic displays?
Sri makes the following points:
- The US Has Enormous Potential
- While the US market for eSchoolbooks in education shows a vast untapped potential, adoption depends on local authorities making deals with commercial eSchoolbook suppliers.
- A $64.5M deal between New York City schools included content for one million devices. While this underscores the potential of the total US market, it also reveals the fragmented nature of a market driven by local and state initiatives.
- China’s Huge Display Market
- With its 200+ million students, China is taking the lead in digital learning. Tablets in the form of eSchoolbooks are already in use here.
- China is the single biggest eSchoolbook market in the world – and it’s a market that has government support. They have the will, the resources and the ability to make dramatic changes that can lead the world in education.
- India Ramping Up
- India isn’t far behind China in its eagerness to embrace digital-based education. India’s digital learning market was estimated at $2 billion USD in 2016. Three factors fuel this technology-based transformation.
- Helping Underserved Children Worldwide
- Digital technology has the potential to dramatically expand access to education to the underserved children worldwide.
- Half of the world’s 50 million refugees are under the age of 18 and are displaced from their homes for an average of 17 years with little or no access to education.
- Two Colorado schools are bridging the technological divide between urban and rural classrooms. The STEM School Highlands Ranch use video and teleconferencing to reach across about 100 miles of prairie to the 100-student Arickaree School District.
- Addressing the Challenges of Emissive Displays in the classroom
- Medical professionals have long expressed concern over young children using emissive displays, which may harm their eyesight. Several device manufacturers now offer blue light filters for these displays.
- The Rise in Myopia: Is Excessive Reading to Blame?
- The world has been gripped by an unprecedented rise in myopia (short-sightedness).
- It’s estimated that up to 90% of Chinese teenagers and young adults are impaired.
- Myopia now affects around half of the young adults in the United States and Europe — double the prevalence of half a century ago.
- Some estimate that one-third of the world’s population — 2.5 billion people — could be affected by myopia by the end of this decade.
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