Promethean here on site, some boards are just passing 8 years and still going strong here
We have had our current promethean boards for over 7 years now - never had a problem with them.
One thing that I am thinking of is just changing the projectors to ultra short throw projectors so that the images are clearer however it does me that we are still stuck with just a pen.
Has anyone heard of Genee boards? We are starting a week trial tomorrow and am interested to see how they compare - especially as they come in a LOT cheaper than their promethean or Smart alternatives...
I'm in the process of getting new Smartboards 880i series, just been thrown a spanner in the works with CleverLCD, anyone know if there are any good?
Only a slight diversion from thread.....
We need to put a "Smart" type board on wheels for portability. We have Smart 500/600/800 boards on walls, but I cannot see that type of projector based solution being on a stand. I looked at Clever-Touch last year.
Anyone have any experience with other LCD based touch solutions?
Any experience with Smart software on non Smart bds?
On another note... the 800 dual touch seems to suffer from loose sleeves breaking light beam before finger. Kids' blasers and teachers wide sleeve cardigans! Any comments?
The best whiteboards?
The ones that get used effectivly by their users rather than just as a replacement for the whiteboard. We bought into them big style adn they hardly get used for anything exciting.
TRAINING and materials is the key.
A couple of years ago now we moved into a new building and we originally planned to put in Hitachi Starboards, primarily I think because of the fact they could be used with both dry wipe marker pens and as interactive whiteboards. However, when it came to training a few key members of staff on them the software was found to be somewhat lacking. The hardware was great but the software was missing a lot of key features that the staff were expecting. I couldn't tell you what exactly, I'm not a teacher and this was two years ago now!
Anyway, we eventually ended up with Promethean boards, I think they're ActivBoard 780s with built in speakers. They've been reliable from a hardware point of view and the teachers here seem to get on well with the software so I can't complain too much. In my last job almost five years ago now, they had SmartBoards and I think the Prometheans have the edge over SmartBoards in terms of robustness but it's possible that the Smartboard software is better. The SmartBoards do have the advantage of not needing special pens as well.
We had loads of probels with Prometheans due to connection problem so we went with Genee Powerboard. We are now very happy with our 10 Genee Powerboards which we had installed with the last 6 Months. The price was reasonable compared to that of Smart and Promethean, The support is great. We received training from an ex teacher who couldn’t have help us out any more and even gave us a load of curriculum whiteboard content to get us started.
We've got 50 smartboards, most are over 5 years old. Incredibly reliable.
We were mainly Promethean then we change to the Genee Powerboard, much better software, reliable and the coating on the board allows out year 1 and 2 students to write over the board using a dry marker pen without the worry of permanently marking the board
I have never used a whiteboard, but am thinking of persuading the university I work at to purchase some for the language rooms. If the feedback is good, then perhaps the university as a whole could install them.
What are the main advantages of an electronic whiteboard vs a traditional whiteboard accompanied with laptop, projector, speakers, etc? Do the added benefits outweigh the cost? Is it really worth investing in an electronic interactive whiteboard?
@iainjd , In terms of board the Smart , Promeathean and Hitachi are all decent boards. Where the Smart stands out as many have commented is that Smartnotebook is really at the cutting edge of interactive software bundles and goes beyond a basic inking tool.
Having said that it's worth considering and engaging with teachers on ;
- What are the teachers actually using the Inking software to do ? Advanced maths or glorified powerpoint ?
- Which software/inking package are they used to using? Are they happy / will accept a change?
- Are you licensed for existing on new/different vendor hardware?
I will Pm you my details if you want to discuss further - Happy to help and give you some options if needed.
@iainjd, Genee are a software company with offices in India and UK (Wolverhampton) They do a large amount of hardware in India and Africa, in the UK they were amongst the first LED touch flat screen manufacturers and have been a competitor to clevertouch product by Sahara.
Genee import and re-brand their kit from Asia, this is something not to be afraid of as Ctouch, Clevertouch and many of the other vendors do this.
Where Genee stand out vs Sahara (Clevertouch/Cleverboard) is they are a software company and their bundled software ,SPARK, is a cut above the Lynx and Wordwall bundled with Clevertouch/Cleverboard product.
Again with all the AV solutions out there the crux questions that will define which solution to go with are ;
What do features/ size/touchpoints do users want out of the hardware?
What do users want out of the Software?
What software are users used to , will they change packages and what are you licenced for?
What is the budget and how important is saving it compared to the needs above.
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