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Dunstable, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, 2010/12/21 - The Interactive Whiteboard phenomenon continues to take hold on a global scale, with 750,000 boards sold worldwide in 2009 and the market on track to reach close to 900,000 unit sales in 2010, according to new research from Futuresource Consulting.
"With global classroom penetration sitting at just 7%, these numbers only represent the tip of the market potential iceberg," says Colin Messenger, senior consultant at Futuresource. "This ever-expanding penetration of IWB and other associated technologies has helped drive a significant evolution in interactive education from a relatively passive one-to-many learning experience.
"There is little doubt that IWBs are radically changing teaching styles and the full potential of digital interactive learning is being harnessed. Certainly there are still elements of passive learning, there probably always will be, but digital technology is allowing passive styles to evolve, as educators are able to draw from numerous multimedia platforms and create more visually rich content."
How the interactive display will look in the future is still unclear, with flat panel products gradually coming to market and interactive projection units also gathering traction at the low end. However, with so many countries still only at the starting line, the outlook is extremely positive for interactivity in education.
Against this backdrop, Futuresource Consulting is pleased to announce that it is the exclusive 'Knowledge Partner' for the BETT education show, taking place at Olympia, London on 12 - 15 January. BETT is the largest education solutions exhibition in the world and provides the opportunity to view, touch and test all that is new in the industry. As well as free entry and fast-track into the exhibition, attendees will also receive exclusive whitepapers provided by Futuresource, which give an overview of the education technology landscape now and in the future. Futuresource representatives will be chairing and moderating conference sessions, and will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, visit the BETT website.
About Futuresource Consulting
Futuresource Consulting (futuresource-consulting.com) is a specialist research and knowledge-based consulting company, providing organisations with insight into consumer electronics, digital imaging, entertainment media, broadcast, storage media, education technology and IT. With a heritage stretching back to the 1980s, the company delivers in-depth analysis and forecasts on a global scale, advising on strategic positioning, market trends, competitive forces and technological developments.