Licensing issues be gone! Sankoré
Right, i have to get 2 rooms sorted with new AV setups over easter. The company i use are ok with this but i need to make a decision about what exactly we were having installed. As we are a promethean school i was just going to go for the Activboard +2's and a short throw. Basically i have had every possible quote under that sun but need to make a decision.
From my guys industry point of view, IWB isnt the way to go away more and that they are keen on the Epson interactive projectors.
Now without going into licensing issues....has anyone had any of these projectors installed and give me some feedback. I wasnt keen at first but looking at them now, its doesnt seem too bad an idea...
Little-Miss (7th April 2011)
ah coooommmee ooonnnnn..........
Out of interest, what will you be projecting them onto? Apparently projecting them onto ordinary whiteboards has issues with glare due to the shiny surface of them.
this is something i was wondering myself. Was going to talk to my supplier about this issue.
We've got 4 of the Epson interactives and I think they are great, teachers like them too. I'd have more if I had the budget to replace standard projectors with them.
As for boards you've got 2 options really:
1. Get proper dry wipes that are designed to be projected onto and have a matt surface, like these Projection Whiteboard VES - Dry-wipe Boards - Chalkboards & Magnetic Boards | Pin Display Boards - Products
2. Don't bother with a board and just project straight onto the wall.
Morning people! Anyone else?
Skip the iPads, go with the epsons and that open source software along with the annotation and tablet features avalible in Office (Powerpoint, OneNote pref 2010 versions) and Windows 7.
iPads would require special docks for video output meaning that you would loose the ability to walk about with it and would limit you so much you may as well just hang a poster on the wall.
bossman (8th April 2011)
If you are going to do that buy the PC and a wireless tablet to control it with or even better get one of the Epsons that take an encoded video stream over the network and use a tablet PC to carry around and use whatever software you want to.
Both of these options mean you don't need the IWB components although I would like to hear about the disadvantage of decoupling the input from the image after all of the stock that seems to be put into kids accessing stuff directly at the source on stuff like smart boards. You instantly limit it to one kid at a time hidden away with the input device instead of the more emersive front of class experience.
Last edited by SYNACK; 8th April 2011 at 11:11 AM.
There was a bit of software i saw demonstrated at BETT from the makers of the pixel panels, or whatever they are called,...pixie or pixel....especially for use on whiteboards etc...
I prefer the wireless keyboard and mouse - Gyration "3D" wireless mice are good, but any half-decent wireless mouse and keyboard works quite well.If you are going to do that buy the PC and a wireless tablet to control it with
Does that run over 802.11 wireless, or use the same part of the radio spectrum?or even better get one of the Epsons that take an encoded video stream over the network and use a tablet PC to carry around and use whatever software you want to.
I was just using the wireless tablet as a direct replacement for IWB functionality including handwriting.
That runs over standard IP and thats why I'd be looking more at a whole OS solution which could run the required client side software.
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