Want to really engage students in subjects? Or show off the great work students are creating on screens around school? We can advise on a huge range of audio visual (AV) solutions that are perfect for education, including touch displays, projectors, whiteboards, digital delivery and signage. And of course, our AV team can set the whole lot up for you, and provide training to make sure you’re getting the most from your kit.
Many schools are now replacing their old whiteboards, and it’s easy to see why – newer interactive touchscreen displays and multitouch surfaces are a far more advanced way of getting a class engaged and flipping the classroom. From presentations to group work, they integrate collaborative ICT into the classroom on an unprecedented level, and for a similar price to a standard interactive whiteboard. Just think of them as a giant iPad that can be either wall-mounted or used flat on the desk.
While we’re big fans of interactive touchscreens, if you want to go down a more traditional route for presenting and sharing content in class, or interactive whiteboards or bulb-based projectors have previously served you well in your teaching and you want to carry on using them, we can advise on a whole range of affordable AV solutions to suit all kinds of budgets (and all sorts of school environments) – get in touch to find out more.
Increased pupil attention
Pupils are naturally drawn to touchscreens, and the interactivity really helps them engage with subjects. If you have pupils with a short attention span who struggle to engage with topics, touchscreen displays can help. Multiple students can use them at one time, so there’s less chance to switch off as they’re engaged in learning full time.
Set pupils a group challenge and they can use the display to complete it – for example, a simple jigsaw puzzle that they would normally complete themselves can be turned into a group activity. Another option is for pupils to use iPhone or iPad to connect the display for mirroring (displaying their iPad screen on the touchscreen) and annotation.
Engaging software included
Touchscreens include software that will help you achieve your learning outcomes and improve your teaching. For example, Clevertouch screens come bundled with a whole host of software to get you up and running right out of the box, with fun activities that cover off everything from maths and literacy to geography and biology, to music, plus powerful annotation software.
Reduced replacement costs and better visibility
Unlike a data projector, a touchscreen uses an LED screen rather than a lamp. That means you won’t find yourself having to replace costly projector bulbs when they come to the end of their life. It also means there are no shadows obscuring your work as you walk in front of the screen!
Increased class attendance
Our schools who have integrated touchscreens with a 1:1 iPad scheme have seen increased attendance because pupils have been so engaged!
Intuitive and engaging learning at Elizabeth Woodville Primary
Elizabeth Woodville Primary found their interactive whiteboards were lagging behind the times, difficult to see in sunlight and often requiring recalibration. They were looking for a highly mobile platform, accessible for all of their students whenever they needed it and wanted to make use of modern touch technology – that’s why we suggested iPad and Clevertouch displays.
“We’ve really enjoyed using [Clevertouch], we like the intuitive approach it has and the fact that it’s a very similar interface to an iPad that we’re all used to. It’s the interactivity that’s really led to learning on a higher plain.”
Andrew Pridmore, Headteacher, Elizabeth Woodville Primary
What can we do?
Get all the kit – Come to us for AV.
We can provide all the kit you need, from interactive touchscreens, interactive whiteboards and projectors to digital signage and full video walls, as well as Apple TV and a host of other AV solutions.
Get all set up – We can help with installation.
We have a team of accredited engineers and project managers whose job it is to set up your IT at a time that suits you. They’ll make sure you’re up and running with the minimum disruption to your school.
Get expert advice – Ask us about our consultancy.
Our team have spent years working within the creative industries, and can design you a bespoke ICT solution based around industry-standard kit. Along with their technical skills, they have a knack for translating IT technician speak for teachers.
Get staff up to speed – Come to us for CPD training.
We can provide official Apple training for teachers, tech staff and end users, as well as CPD training to help teachers get the most from Mac and iPad in the curriculum.
Creative Edu Autumn/Winter 2016 issue