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Thursday, March 23, 2006

How strong are walls anyway?

This afternoon I went to Luss Primary to assist in the installation of their new 42"interactive plasma display. Just how exciting can this be? I was quite worried before making the journey how it would actually hang on the wall, as the combined weight of the plasma screen and interactive overlay is quite considerable, but I need not have worried.

Luss along with Luing and Rockfield are taking part in a pilot project this session to look into the varying kinds of interactive technology we could have in classrooms. Luing Primary are going to be using bluetooth graphics tablets with data projectors, Rockfield Primary are going to use a bluetooth graphics tablet with a 55" plasma display and Luss Primary are going to use a 42" plasma display with a SMART board interactive overlay.

I'm hoping to convince all the staff involved to keep a blog to chart their thoughts on the interactive technology usage, but I'll post about that once I have set things up for them. We still have some teething problems in Rockfield and Luing to resolve before the project will begin in earnest.

On a first look I am very impressed - the screen in Luss is sitting low enough on the wall for the infant children to be able to reach. There is no problem of seeing the screen, as it is a small classroom. No projector lense to worry about, but most importantly, no projected image to be in the way of. I can't wait to see how the kids get on with it!


Blogger marlyn moffat said...

Plasma screens...were you listening to my waxing lyrically.. a few months ago..sounds of weeping from Campbeltown. Och well it took 18 months of pleading for me to get a whiteboard to play with, having worked for two years with a projector and an old film screen...guess life's like that for old worn out Blogging, Masterclassers. It would be helpful to know , though, what initiatives the Authority had in mind in case we might be able to have some training or input to keep abreast of developments, that we might well be asked about.

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Blogger ab said...

God loves a trier Marlyn!

Actually, I have been following interactive display techology since the 1980s when my Dad got the use of a touch screen computer (HP I think?). It was an appalling device, but the concept intrigued me. About 5 years ago I saw a large form factor plasma display used to great effect in a business setting, but was far too expensive for education. To bring the price of these items down, there needed to be significant uptake in the domestic market which has now happened.

The entire point of a pilot is to evaluate the technology so that we are in a position to offer advice to schools based on solid evidence, rather than our own personal opinion.

I'm very keen to make sure that we skill up the entire workforce and not just a few, so I purposely chose three schools that were keen to be involved, and were not necessarily starting from a high level of skill. The only way to publicise this at the moment is here on this blog, or in the 'ICT in Focus' newsletters that John sends out periodically. Until we have a web presence for education in the authority, the only other way would be by letting all enquiries accounts know, which may have caused more confusion than anything else.

Regarding training, the interactive overlay operates exactly the same software as a SMART Board, so there is no additional learning curve at all.

By convincing the schools involved to hopefully keep a blog of their findings, there will be the ideal means to keep abreast of developments in this field, so hopefully once this is up and running I would suggest you have a good look at how they are getting on, and ask them questions if you like?

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