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Cablers Network & AV Solutions  have teamed up with some of the best independent trainers in the country to offer accredited high quality on-site training for your school

Book in a Twilight session or a Full / Half day training session for Promethean Activinspire , Smart Notebook , DisplayNote or Onelan to get the most out of your existing hardware/sofware investment and make your lessons more fun and engaging. Its your students who benefit most of all.

“Technology is only as good as the user.”

Depending on your needs we can arrange a tailor made on site training program, your staff will be able to learn by doing, its usually a real hands on approach where everyone has a go regardless of age and ability. Training will empower your staff with the necessary skills and confidence to use these teaching and learning systems as they were designed. It will make their lessons more engaging and fun whilst improving the overall learning experience for students.

The accredited trainers that work with you will make sure that every teacher leaves the course more motivated, confident, skilled and enthused than before. The beauty with a tailor made course is that it can be deigned and aimed at beginners, intermediate or advanced users and all will come away knowing far more than when they started.

Contact Cablers to discuss your training requirements.

 

Promethean training

Get the most from your Promethaen products. Learn how to utilise Activinspire, Prometheans award winning software. With instant access to a multitude of rich resources and content, such as images, videos, sounds, templates and gesture touch applications that make presentation development and delivery easy for today’s technology driven lessons.

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SMART Notebook software connects you to a full ecosystem of content; tools and support to help you create high-impact lessons that bring learning to life. A powerful and easy-to-use application, SMART Notebook software enables you to easily design and  deliver interactive lessons that create more extraordinary learning moments for your students. See how much more you can do when you use some of the many bolt on products Smart offer such as the

Smart Classroom suite interactive learning software.  Smart training

 

 

display-note-bog-v2 training

This is a highly flexible collaborative software solution that works with any device on any platform. Designed for the next generation of interactive learning and presenting. DisplayNote transforms presentations for teachers and students. Use it to present wirelessly with a tablet and mirror your screen to your classroom interactive display and to every students device. Students can capture your slides on their devices, make changes and then share and collaborate with each other in real time. At all times the presenter/teacher stays in control.

 Onelan training

 Onelan Digital Signage provides tools to effectively targets messages direct to your audience.

        Here are a few things you can do with it:

  • Display news and details of campus events
  • Instantly convey emergency messages
  • Provide sports updates
  • Highlight important events
  • Assist navigation for students and visitors
  • Allow instant registration for clubs and activities

With our onsite training you will be looking for excuses to change your display on a daily basis.

Contact the education team at Cablers for advice on training for your staff so that you get more from your investment in new technology.

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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.)

promethean-activboard 500                      Promethean-ActivBoard-500-Pro

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.

Why not give us a call on  01787 221166 for some friendly advice about your class room multimedia options.

We can also help get the most out of your IT investment by training your staff to use Activinspire.

(Please see the Promethean board comparison chart below)

Product Comparison

 

ActivBoard 500 Pro

ActivBoard 300 Pro

ActivBoard Touch

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;
Promethean Apps
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/

 

 

 

 

Technology is only as good as the user

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Everyone knows a workman who blames his tools for a poor job is not a good workman.

(Unless its me and then its always the fault of the tools!)

The same logic can be applied to most of the education technology products we provide to schools. They are the tools that teachers use on a daily basis to deliver the best possible learning outcomes.

Sometimes when we start working with a school the existing technology is at fault but it does not stay that way for long. Once you audit a schools technology you can then quickly and easily prioritise the improvements to the network and equipment. Completely preparing you to stage and phase in the improvements over time. Everything hinges on budgets, so working to a plan will save a school considerable amounts of time and money over the course of a few years. A good plan instills confidence and allows a school the time to develop a diverse blend of IT tools and equipment that will work seamlessly together. They also help you avoid costly mistakes and poor purchasing decisions. We then work closely with head teacher’s and senior leadership team’s to instigate their plans and assist in delivering the schools IT vision.

Everthing’s in place

So lets assume that all the components are in place and you are living the dream because your schools IT vision has been realised. (Or at least some of it.) You have a great network which is fast and reliable, you have the software, computers, laptops and tablets available for staff and students, maybe you even allow users to bring their own devices (BYOD) to use on the school network. In pride of place on your class room wall will be an interactive white board or a large format LED touch screen, you might also have some interactive tables and of course i shouldn’t leave out visulisers and voting systems.

You have all the multimedia tools its possible to have at your disposal and some clever software to back it up which will help you share material and collaborate with your class. Your now ready to utilise them all and execute your most engaging lesson ever. But hold on, its never that easy for everyone Is it?

“A tool is only as good as its user” is a phrase you may have heard, this is never more applicable than when it comes to using interactive technologies for your teaching.

School’s are going to have a mix of teachers whose skill sets with technology are going to be at different levels. Some will be using all the tools at their disposal to deliver dynamic multimedia rich lessons while others will avoid getting the tablets out, or will only be using their interactive white board or LED touch screen for the basics and will never test the limits of the hardware. This is where you need to think about some training to get the most out of your IT investment and makes sure the technologies you have invested in are helping to deliver the best possible education for the students.

I don’t think anyone understands the value in training staff better than schools. To get the most out of any tool you need to be shown how to use it correctly. Once you know your way around a bit of software and understand how your hardware works you will be able to push it to its limits and reap the rewards.

We have a team of engineers at Cablers who have all benefited from an ongoing training program, although none of them will ever use an interactive display to teach with or design a lesson with the bundled software we still make sure that they know how to use it all. The same goes for all the other products and services we provide as well. As a company who understands the importance of wringing every ounce of usefulness from your education technology solutions we have developed and nurtured some fantastic relationships with many ICT consultants and training providers.

Depending on your needs we recommend that you arrange a tailor made on site training program, your staff will usually be able to learn by doing, its a real hands on approach where everyone has a go regardless of age and ability. Training will empower your staff with the necessary skills and confidence to use these teaching and learning systems as they were designed. It will make their lessons more engaging and fun whilst improving the overall learning experience for students.

The accredited trainers who work with you will make sure that every teacher leaves the course more motivated, confident, skilled and enthused than before. The beauty with a tailor made course is that it can be deigned and aimed at beginners, intermediate or advanced users and all will come away knowing far more than when they started.

Get much more from your IT investment and a better outcome for students by organizing some training. A quick poll of your teaching staff will highlight the areas where training will deliver the best results quickly for minimal investment.

What are you waiting for?

Use this link for more information about the types of on-site training Cablers can arrange for you

Alternatively contact us on 01787 221166 to discuss your training requirements.

Its your students who benefit most!

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