Perth school turns on interactive whiteboards

Students at Hillside Christian College in Perth are now using a new interactive whiteboard solution won as part of a competition run by SPC and Goulburn Valley and Woolworths and supported by Panasonic Australia.

The Panasonic Interactive Whiteboard solution is a 77-inch board with an electronic pen that controls content displayed via a projector from a connected PC.

Hillside Christian School principal Jim Heslop said the technology has been greeted with much enthusiasm from both teachers and students.

“We are thrilled with the new Elite Panaboard – its durable surface is ideal for the rough and tumble of a primary school classroom and it also works well in this environment thanks to the low-glare feature,” Heslop said.

“We were impressed by both installation of the solution and the high quality of the product and our students are now reaping the benefits of this terrific ICT innovation – we are finding the short-throw projector especially useful thanks to its small footprint.”

Last month, the NSW government announced it will spend $23 million deploying 4300 interactive whiteboards across some 1000 schools across the state.

In other education technology news, Monash University and Redlands school in Sydney have recently announced Moodle e-learning app deployments.

Founded in 1977, Hillside Christian College is a private Christian school with 350 students.

The applications the school is using the whiteboard for include presentations and classroom work, and Heslop says it helps make learning more interactive and engaging.

The college is now looking to extend the use of interactive whiteboards throughout the school following positive feedback from staff.

Panasonic’s UB-T781 becomes an interactive computer desktop when connected to a PC and projector and it features integrated speakers for multimedia.

Panasonic Australia’s business systems group AV-IT group manager, David Cuckney, said: “As more and more students have access to personal computers and technology at home, it is crucial that education technology providers keep up with these trends and offer solutions that promote active and visual-based learning using the tools that children are already familiar with.”

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