Not a SMART move

SMART, the company behind the Smartboard Interactive Whiteboard announced that their software “SMART Learning Suite” which includes the only program teachers probably ever used “Smart Notebook” can no longer be sold or used with  other displays. While this probably isn’t going to affect that many Irish primary school teachers since we’ve moved way beyond Interactive Whiteboard software, … Read moreNot a SMART move

LCD Interactive Screens in the Classroom

Interactive screens seem to be the latest classroom accessory to attempt to replace the Interactive Whiteboard. Basically, with the constant dropping of prices in big screen TVs, interactive touch screen are now at a similar price to IWBs. Our friends in Liosdoire are currently selling a VIVIDtouch’s 65″ interactive display for €3,500 and Mediascene are selling … Read moreLCD Interactive Screens in the Classroom

Projectors need Service

It’s been about 3 years since projectors and Interactive Whiteboards exploded into Irish classrooms and almost 85% of them are now equipped with them. One of the more annoying things about technology is their relatively short life span. For example, laptops usually have a 3 to 5 year lifespan before they start slowing down. Unfortunately, projectors and Interactive Whiteboards are no different and an unattended projector can start losing its effectiveness after a couple of years.  I believe that next year will see a dramatic rise in projectors breaking down. Companies around Ireland are already starting to offer “packages” to maintain equipment. For example, our sponsors, Liosdoire Computers, are offering services for projectors and they’re even offering trade-ins for projectors that it’s too late to save.
In order to minimise expenses like this, it is recommended that projectors are cleared from dust every so often and that filters are cleaned. The video here shows how to clean the most common projector in Irish classrooms – the Sanyo PLC-XL50, which is attached to most Promethean Interactive Whiteboards.

Review: Starboard Link EZ system

The last year in Ireland has been reasonably quiet in the world of Interactive Whiteboards as most schools are now equipped with them thanks to some much needed government funding in 2010.  However, Hitachi have come up with an interesting new solution to the marketplace.  The Starboard Link EZ System is the first “eBeam-style” widget … Read moreReview: Starboard Link EZ system

6 Summer Updates about Interactive Whiteboards

This summer has been quiet enough in the world of Interactive Whiteboards.  However, there’s been a number of updates that have been sent to me.  As far as I know, these reports are true so if there’s anything that is wrong, please let me know as soon as possible and I’ll fix it. 1. Smartboard … Read more6 Summer Updates about Interactive Whiteboards

Three schools linking together to pool resources

I stumbled upon a web site called Shankids.com, and was immediately impressed.  When I asked about it on Twitter, one of my Twitter buddies revealed she worked in one of the schools involved.  She asked her colleague to write a short piece about the web site and here it is. ‘Shankids.com’ is an educational activity … Read moreThree schools linking together to pool resources

Anseo Apps: Aimsir (Weather)

NOTE: This program is not working at the moment. I’m working on a fix and hopefully it should be back soon. Anseo.net’s next free offering is “Aimsir” where students can learn about the different types of weather.  It’s an Interactive Whiteboard game to teach Gaeilge vocabulary relating to the weather.  As with our other apps, it … Read moreAnseo Apps: Aimsir (Weather)

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