MUSCAT: Information communications technologies (ICTs) are gaining a foothold in K-12 markets around the world, with countries such as the UK spending more on classroom tech at one time than on books.

While mobile devices have been the main driving force behind the shift to smarter and more collaborative technologies, stationary solutions appear to be the next frontier.

Transitions from chalkboards and dry erase boards have already made interactive whiteboards into a US$2bn industry, and Samsung anticipates that more educators and administrators will adopt LFDs in 2015, kicking out the old schoolhouse projector.

The Korean company recently unveiled its ED75D and DM82D large format displays (LFDs) to bring a more reliable viewing experience, easier setup and even lower cost of ownership to schools this year.

High performance, greater engagement projectors are a hallmark of the schoolroom. They can display pictures and even cell cultures at up to 7m in size, but they can pixelate images, produce muddy colour, and create light distortions.

LFDs produce true-to-life colour and better quality picture. The crisp, clean images and the realistic colour of the Samsung ED75D and the Samsung DM82D is supported by direct LED technology, or LED bulbs directly behind the screen.

The ED75D and DM82D are also feature-packed to heighten student engagement. Using either LFD, teachers and students can write and draw on the screen, and project the day’s lesson onto any of the PCs, tablets and smartphones in the room. Teachers can also increase participation and collaboration by putting a student’s work up on the LFD from his smart device, thanks to ‘Autosource Switching’.

Installing a projector not only requires technical skills, but it has to be placed just right, away from light sources and at distances that won’t cause distortions in the picture. The Samsung ED75D and DM82D are ready right out of the box.

Lesson plans are also up and running with the Samsung MagicInfo, a software solution that allows teachers and administrators to use pre-installed templates to create new content, schedule when it appears, and control playback from their mobile devices.

Samsung LFDs are built for connectivity, as well. Equipped with Wi-Fi, HDMI, DVI, D-sub, RS-232C, and Component and Composite input, these screens are compatible across devices.