Last year Milton Keynes Education Trust (MKET) came back from Bett brimming with interactive flat panel inspiration which led Technical Services Manager, Mornè van Niekerk, to establish an engagement programme with teaching staff…
“We recognised that the mixed ICT estate across all of our sites required a complete upgrade. While my team had the technical and commercial considerations of procurement front-of-mind, we fully appreciated the importance of engaging teaching staff regarding their needs too – after all, they are the ones who use the technology to enhance the classroom experience.”
Having listened to the teachers; two brands of an interactive flat panel were introduced for piloting in a classroom environment. These were objectively assessed against criteria such as value for money, training and support, warranty provision, software quality and installation service – with the Promethean ActivPanel emerging as the preferred solution.
Vice Principal, Anthony Smith, played a key role in the procurement and implementation process and now uses the ActivPanel during his GCSE Chemistry and Physics lessons: “I’ve always been more of an advocate of using the Bunsen burner and practical experiments than display technology in the classroom; but since getting to grips with the ActivPanel I can really see where the potential is to add teaching value.
“From a general SLT perspective, the ActivPanel has been a great solution for overcoming the daylight versus screen projection dilemma in classrooms. As a North/South facing school, we no longer have to use black-out blinds for content on the screens to be legible – lots of natural daylight shines through which can only be a positive thing for student motivation.”
With Bett 2017 on the horizon, now is an excellent time to start planning what you want to bring back from the event (25th – 28th January). On Stand B98, Promethean will be showcasing its latest ActivPanel range alongside cloud based learning platform, ClassFlow. You can also speak to a team of practising teachers who are on hand to share ideas on how to use these technologies to open-up a world of learning potential.