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The best interactive whiteboards/projectors?

Started by Sam Hamilton 06 Aug 2012 12:58pm () Replies (17)

Kia Ora Tatau,

I am a Teacher at Matata Public School in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  We are just beginning our e-learning journey are i am investigating how well interative whiteboards work in the classroom and what are the best projectors and software to get.  I was wondering if folks could pass on some of their knowledge in this area.  

Our school has very high ceilings and also as lots of trucks drive past the school there is a lot of shaking.  THis may cause trouble with collaboration of software.  So i have been thinking of 'short-throw' projectors.  Can anybody tell me much about these? are these a projectors to use?  

Also, in terms of making our whiteboards interative what hardware/software would people recommend?  I have heard schools use different things for different year groups.  Is there a difference in what they can do for different year groups?

This is my first post on here and any help would be hugely appreciated.  i am sure there are lots of questions i have failed to ask but this is just a start:o)

Thanks vary much,

Sam Hamilton


  • Fiona Paurini (View all users posts) 13 Oct 2012 8:18pm ()

    Hi there

    Did you check out the Mimio interactive system at the Waterman's stand.  These clip onto existing whiteboards and just calibrate them to the space you want.  They can be moved from class to class, or can be used on a desk (using a capture pen). There 'inter-activeness' (new word?!?) is through their software rather than built into the board itself. Much more mobile and versatile.  

    I'm looking with interest at this discussion because we are looking at making some choices between flat screen TV, apple TV, more mimio boards (we have leased a couple, but haven't been used too much this year, so we are going to have to have some training to get the best out of them).

    Also at one of the breakouts was mentioned the ability to get a touch screen overlay for flat screen TVs.  Does anyone know any more about that?

    I'm thinking that a mix and match option may be the way to go rather than a one size fits all, depending on the teacher, year level, and children.

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