In today’s tech-driven classrooms, interactive whiteboards have become a powerful tool for engaging students and enhancing learning. But what if your whiteboard could seamlessly integrate with the familiar Google ecosystem you already use? Classrooms are getting a digital makeover, and Android EDLA-certified interactive whiteboards are leading the charge.  These innovative displays combine the familiarity of Android tablets with the power of Google’s education-focused tools, creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment.

With direct access to Google Workspace for Education and a plethora of educational apps, these innovative EDLA-certified Android interactive whiteboards are more than just a display upgrade – they’re a game-changer for teachers and students alike, transforming your classroom into a collaborative hub for the digital age. Read on to learn all about Android EDLA-certified devices and their impact on classrooms.

ViewSonic IFP52 EDLA Interactive Whiteboards can transform classrooms

What Does EDLA Mean?

If you’re not closely tracking educational technology (EdTech) trends, you may be wondering what does EDLA mean? EDLA stands for Enterprise Device Licensing Agreement. In short, EDLA is a s a certification program for Android devices that was launched at the end of 2022. Its mission is to ensure the seamless compatibility of Android devices with Google services and applications. When a device is Android EDLA-certified, it essentially becomes your gateway to effortless integration with the Google ecosystem of mobile services and apps. This integration empowers educators with expanded teaching resources to enhance learning experiences.

The Android EDLA certification typically applies to devices larger than 18” in screen size, like Interactive whiteboards and slot-in PCs. An EDLA-certified interactive whiteboard can enhance traditional classrooms with improved access to Google services and applications, while EDLA-certified slot-in PCs upgrade the Android capabilities of their current interactive whiteboards. Thereby helping schools make the most of existing technology to reduce electrical waste. By providing teachers and students with an intuitive, tablet-like interface and a customizable Android launcher, EDLA-certified devices offer a more tailored educational experience with expanded learning possibilities.

To learn more about the nitty gritty of the Android ecosystem and how the EDLA certification fits into the Android ecosystem, click here.

How EDLA Benefits Classrooms

Picture yourself as a teacher, standing in front of an interactive display in your classroom, eager to seamlessly access your Google accounts, files, and collaborative tools. EDLA certification makes this picture a reality so that you can enjoy a smoother and more efficient teaching experience. As the key that unlocks Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) apps and Google Play Store access on your interactive display, EDLA introduces a range of benefits that transform your classroom dynamics.

1. Expanded Learning Possibilities

EDLA creates a digital classroom where educators can explore endless opportunities for innovative teaching methods, enhancing their ability to inspire and educate. By seamlessly integrating with a diverse range of Google Play Store apps, Android EDLA-certified devices ensure a smooth and dependable user experience. The Google Play Store provides a treasure trove of educational apps, including popular ones like Google Classroom, Kahoot, and ClassDojo, offering educators expanded horizons for innovative teaching methods and content creation.

Game-based learning platforms, such as Kahoot and Mentimeter, transform education into an interactive and gamified adventure, offering engaging quizzes and real-time feedback that cater to diverse learning styles. Simultaneously, classroom management platforms like Google Classroom and ClassDojo simplify administration with attendance and behavior tracking, incorporate a reward system, and facilitate seamless parent-teacher communication. Accessible through Android EDLA-certified devices, these apps enhance student participation and motivation. Furthermore, with over 3 billion active Android devices globally, educators gain peace of mind in knowing that emerging interactive learning platforms are likely to support the Android ecosystem.

2. Simplified Teaching Workflow

To enhance teaching efficiency, Android EDLA-certified devices are thoughtfully designed for accessibility, adaptability, and long-term use. For schools using Chromebooks and other Android devices, adopting an Android EDLA-certified interactive whiteboard will feel like a natural extension – one that seamlessly integrates into educators’ current workflows and apps. Even for schools using Windows or Mac operating systems, teachers can enjoy a streamlined workflow by installing productivity suites from the Play Store onto their Android EDLA-certified IFP. The cross-device compatibility of these suites helps to ensure an effortless learning curve in adopting an Android EDLA-certified device.

These productivity suites, such as Google Workspace and Microsoft 365, feature essential tools that are cross-device compatible, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. This cross-device capability lets teachers effortlessly add multimedia content to their lesson plans. For instance, a teacher can scan a textbook page with their phone, annotate it on the Android EDLA-certified interactive whiteboard, and share it with students using Gmail. Moreover, the collaboration tools within these apps foster the joint creation of educational resources and seamless resource sharing within schools. This efficiency reduces setup time so that teachers can concentrate on how to best educate and inspire students.

3. Enhanced Device Security

The security of student and faculty data is non-negotiable. Thankfully, Android EDLA-certified interactive whiteboards stand as a reliable shield with their robust security measures. They receive automatic security updates for both the system and applications through regular firmware updates, ensuring a continually protected environment where educators and students can safely engage with technology.

On top of the standard Android updates, Android EDLA-certified displays enjoy an additional layer of defense courtesy of Google. Meticulously scanning apps and devices for potential vulnerabilities, the Google Play Protect antivirus service safeguards your devices. Moreover, the Google Play Store saves time and minimizes lesson disruptions by offering automatic app updates. Additionally, Google has taken charge of pushing security patches for the latest Android versions—a process that was slower in the past, as manufacturers had to individually address vulnerabilities. These security features come together to empower educators to concentrate on educating and inspiring students with peace of mind regarding the safety of their data.

Considering an EDLA Solution for Your Classrooms?

In conclusion, Android EDLA-certified interactive whiteboards aren’t just a technological upgrade for your classroom, they’re an investment in the future of education. By embracing Android EDLA-certified interactive whiteboards, schools can unlock a new era of engaging and secure learning. These innovative tools empower educators with a familiar and robust platform, streamlining workflows and fostering creativity. Students benefit from a dynamic learning environment with access to a wealth of educational resources, all within the trusted Google ecosystem.  Ultimately, Android EDLA-certified whiteboards aren’t just a technological advancement; they’re a catalyst for a more collaborative, engaging, and future-proofed education experience.

If you’re considering an EDLA solution for your classroom, ViewSonic’s Android EDLA-certified solutions feature myViewBoard software that empowers teachers and enriches lessons with multimedia content. As an Elite ViewSonic partner, Parmetech is proud to add these EDLA options to our interactive whiteboards for education offerings — The ViewBoard IFP52 ED Series delivers a comprehensive Android experience with excellent hardware, while the VPC-A31-O1 EDLA-certified slot-in PC provides a sustainable classroom solution by expanding Android functionalities on your existing interactive displays.

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(From the editor: Parts of this blog were originally published on ViewSonic Library.)