Interactive teaching solutions are becoming increasingly popular within classrooms from all over the world and this trend is sure to continue over the next couple of years as well, a company called Promethan has just come up with an interactive whiteboard that also delivers multi-touch support.
So, the device in question will enable the use of multi-touch functionality similar to that used in Apple and Microsoft (Windows 7) applications, allowing users to move and scale objects with finger-touch using natural hand movements, in conjunction with the precision of the “pen” for tasks such as writing or drawing.
The ActiveBoard will be accompanied by two free multi-touch applications for mind mapping and lesson planning, namely NoteBoard and TouchPad, that allow teachers and students collaborate a lot closer and much more effectively during the educational process.
“Expectations and usability of technology have changed with developments in consumer electronics, and with it a new set of actions has emerged – the tap of a screen has replaced the click of a button. These digital behaviors are now second nature to most technology users and can now be used in the classroom to operate our new generation of interactive whiteboards,” commented Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer at Promethean.
“We believe the ActivBoard 500 represents the most significant advance in interactive whiteboard technology since it was first introduced in schools. The feedback we’ve received from pilot schools confirms that our ‘best of breed’ solution with both pen and touch capabilities offers a more collaborative, immersive, and inclusive digital experience for both teachers and students,” Mr. Charlier concluded.
Unfortunately, the company’s not provided any pricing and availability details for their ActivBoard 500 solution, but if you’re interested in such details, you can contact them directly and find out more details on these topics.