Our generation of whiteboards at school… The interactive type no less… Are slowly coming to the end of their useful life. The projectors are becoming more and more problematic, bulbs replacing with increased frequency and the hardware looking increasingly like it’s not going to last the year.
Fact is some problems: constant calibration, bulb changes, lost remote controls can all be sorted out, but, they are becoming more and more time consuming and less out of our expertise. Replacements are needed.
Where to start?
Some key questions need to be answered :
- Do they really need to be interactive?
- Do we want to continue using a laptop alongside a projector?
- What size screen do we need?
- And – controversially – do we even need a screen?
I’ve been thinking very carefully about this over the last few weeks, and spoken to many of those who will be directly affected. Fact is our whiteboards, particularly lower down the school are used interactively. Children manipulate images, draw, create and play games. Higher up the school, not so much, but they are still used with an element of demonstration from the teacher.
We also have visualisers attached, and these need still to work as they are popular with staff.
It’s also worth considering that we a GAfE school – and google infrastructure is used very well by most of the key stage 2 pupils!
I’ve got an idea of where we need to go next – but I would be incredibly interested to find out what works for others in schools… Thanks!