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    Nursery Whiteboard height???

    We recently installed a smartboard in a Nursery classroom and have just received a call from the school saying that the board is too high. The bottom of the board is 68cm/26 inches from the floor. Going by installs in other schools this seems to be the norm. Just looking to see if other people have lower boards in their nursery classes. Please let me know as the school want us to change the projector and lower the board for free. Thanks in advance.

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    Thats a little high for a Nursery - i normally aim for 12-18" in a nursery, 15-22" in reception and then 20-30" in KS1 - if its not as required by the client its a freebie im afraid.

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    Speaking as a parent, rather than an IT bod, my the interactive w/b in my daughter's nursery is much lower than this. Prob about a foot of the ground at the most.

    The reason being is that a lot of the time, staff set up activities to do using the whiteboard for the children to do ... they then have to be able to touch all parts of the whiteboard to do the activity.

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    Our Nursery board is 12" off the floor. the teacher tends to be kneeling when it is being used and the kiddies can just about reach the top. I must admit I had my doubts when they told me the hight that it was to be but it works very well, don't know if it break's any health and safety rules though. We have the ajustable Activboards around the rest of the school but they did'nt go low enough.

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    Would have to say it is to high, nursery / reception we usually put at about 6 to 9 inchs from the floor - Sorry

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    Thanks for your replies, my next question is that due to the layout of the room, the maximum distance we can put the projector from the board is about 1.6m. Does anyone know of/recommend a projector that is short throw that will throw a 64" diameter image 10-12" from the floor?

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    We have standardised on Hitachi A100s CP-A100 : Multi Purpose : LCD Projectors : English : Hitachi Digital Media Group with 600 series smartboards. Not the cheapest solution by a long chalk but one of the main reasons was preventing people staring into the projector beam.

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    We would normally perform a site survey and get the customer to sign the survey, after a discussion has been made regarding the height. So this prevents any freebies if the height which has been agreed is not suitable.

    Problems with having it too low are, teachers bending over all the time to use the bottom of the board, had issues with back complaints after a while.

    Children sat in front on the IWB on the carpet watching a video etc can cast shadows on the screen.

    I have used this projector in the past, to acheive low heights

    Epson launches ultra-short throw EMP-400W / EMP-400We projectors -- Engadget

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    we have had 2 NEC projectors that are short throw, not sure of model but can get it tomorrow, they have a large glass "eye"!!

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    I have seen smartboards on rails so you can adjust the height this are the best bet.

    The way you come across you are a company that installs the equipment. Surely you should know what type of projector to use?

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    We're not an install company as such, we're mainly an ICT support service and occasionally do AV and network installs. Mostly our projector installs to date have been with standard (non short throw) projectors and standard replacement projectors. It's always nice to get recommendations though

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    I always in my nurserys and primarys ask where they want them and then discuss it with the pro's and con's of the height.

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    We have an adjustable-height ActivBoard 2 for our littlies

    We have had to put tables under the projector, otherwise, you run the risk of banging our head on it when the board is lowered.

    (The pitched roof in this room meant that a ceiling mount for the projector wasn't an option anyway)

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    Sympathise with your situation. The problem with going "non-standard" on the board height is that you're dealing with multiple stakeholders - their ICT person may say something different to the head, the teacher(s) and possibly the students. If you get a confirmation ahead of time from one, the teacher on the day may demand something different. This isn't a tech question, but about your relationship with the school and of course procedures for sign-off etc.

    We've installed as low as "skirting board height" on one occasion due to a very specific request from an IT supplier for whom we were sub-contracting. 3 months later the teacher was demanding we "correct" the situation as it was too low. (moved at our cost to 30cm height).

    One thing you may wish to consider, which hasn't been mentioned is Health & Safety issues. If you put the projector below 2.0m height someone is going to bang their head or damage the projector. This usually dictates the minimum height of the board, particularly if you're using a short throw projector as there's no play room.

    If the school genuinely needs a height that can accomodate both nursery children and teachers, then they will need to go for a height adjustable unit and add a grand to the budget.

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    Whiteboard steps work well for us. Something like: Whiteboard Double Step from Go Education, the AV & IT specialists.

    The board can go at a reasonable height for the adult, but is still accessible with the steps for the children.

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