Promethean provide some great options with their interactive whiteboards
The other prevalent interactive white board Cablers supply to schools are from Promethean who have also refreshed their range recently. (You can read my first post about Interactive Whiteboards here.)
They come in three different varietys which are the Activboard500 Pro, Activboard300 Pro and the new entry level ActivboardTouch. Promethean no longer supply the Activboard100 to UK schools. Each of these Activboards is then offered in a range different sizes to suit all class rooms. (78″ 87″ 95″ 88″) As with most other class room multimedia solutions you can mount these boards to a wall, on a mobile stand or you can opt for a height adjustable option either fixed or mobile. We will be able to advise on the best solution once we understand how you want to use equipment.
Promethean bundle their boards with ActivInspire software. Using it teachers transform traditional, lecture-based classrooms into learning environments infused with imaginative, interactive experiences that captivate students’ attention while granting them the freedom to take ownership of their achievement. Designed to foster collaboration and active learning, ActivInspire empowers users to blend real-time assessment and real-world experience into the learning process.
ActivInspire provides you with everything you need to create differentiated lessons filled with rich, hands-on activities in a fraction of the time. With it you will simplify lesson preparation and delivery. Its intuitive interface allows teachers to easily create lessons, enhance collaboration and engage students through interactive tools. With curriculum-based templates and an assortment of tools, images and activities, ActivInspire provides you with all the building blocks you need to create an interactive learning environment. Connect with Promethean Planet, one of the world’s largest online educator communities, to discover a wide variety of free resources for use in the classroom.
Although you can order your Promethean board to be bundled with one of Prometheans own brand projectors, either short throw, ultra short throw or extreme short throw. We would recommend that you speak to your installer about having your board supplied with a projector that has a dedicated education warranty from a third party such as Epson. It will often save you money and it allows you more freedom to specify which connections you want with your installation that will best suit your existing class room equipment and the new technology coming through.
Promethean utilise capacity resistive touch technology for their board control which senses a pen or finger with infra red. What ever ActivBoard you pick it will require installation by a Certified Promethean Installer like us here at Cablers.
(Please see the Promethean board comparison chart below)
|Installation Options||Mount, Adjustable, Fixed, Mobile||Mount, Adjustable, Fixed, Mobile||Mount|
|Board Sizes||78″, 87″, 95″||78″, 87″, 95″||78″, 88″|
|Dual User||Yes||Yes|| Yes
Dependent upon application software and operating system
|Types of Interactivity||Touch and ActivPen||ActivPen||Touch|
|Integrated Speakers and Amps||Yes||Yes||Add ActivSound System|
|Wireless Connection Option||–||Add Wireless Upgrade Pack||–|
|Two USB Ports||Yes||Yes||–||–|
|Software Included||ActivInspire Professional Edition or Promethean ActivOffice;
|ActivInspire Professional Edition or Promethean ActivOffice||ActivInspire Professional Edition|
|Operating Systems||Windows, Mac, Linux||Windows, Mac, Linux||Windows|
|Standard Warranty||Three Years *||Three Years *||One Year *|
|* Extended Warranty available. Terms and Conditions apply. http://www.prometheanworld.com/gb/english/education/products/|