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My pen for my IWB is broken. Can I use any Interactive pen?

Interactive Whiteboards comes in a few different flavours these days. The two main categories can be loosely described as: Traditional Interactive Whiteboards Interactive Touch Screens The second type is the newer type of board and is basically a giant TV screen which can be interacted with touch. It doesn’t require a particular stylus so most people simply use their finger. Traditional Interactive Whiteboards have been around for the best part of 25 years and have gone through a number of changes. Basically, they Read More...

What types of Promethean boards are there?

Since the peak of Interactive Whiteboard usage in Ireland in 2009-10, the number of types of Interactive Whiteboard available here has decreased. There are very few companies left that directly support Irish schools and many companies have fallen by the wayside. Back in the day, Promethean and SMART were the two big brand names. Promethean used to have a direct presence in Ireland but it has since been incorporated into their UK departments. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, Read More...

My cursor hangs when I plug in my Interactive Whiteboard. Help!

I received the following question from a user about his Traceboard. What is the problem when my trace board is connected to the computer system, the cursor will immediately hook (hang, stops), when disconnected it works? I will appreciate your quick response please. Thanks. This issue can happen with any Interactive Whiteboard and there could be any number of reasons as to why a cursor might hang or stop working when a device is plugged in. A Traceboard is a touch-based Read More...

Any advice for buying touch panel screens?

If you’ve decided to buy touch panel screen, there’s just a few things I’d recommend because there is very little difference really between the well made brands in terms of price and quality. Buy local – this is particularly important for after-sales service. If there’s a problem, you want to be waiting the least amount of time for it to be rectified Get a decent after-sales service when buying your screen – Following on from above, this is essential. Don’t buy Read More...

Do new school builds come with Interactive Whiteboards?

Getting a new school building is a lovely experience for everyone. Although a lot of work for the principal who needs to remember the building project management module(!) he/she did in teacher training college, once everyone moves in, it’s worth all the phonecalls and screaming matches. New School Buildings in 2018 don’t come with a lot in terms of technology. You’ll usually get a server cabinet but without any of the infrastructure such as switches, routers, etc. You’ll generally Read More...

I’ve lost my driver to my Interactive Whiteboard

Back in the mid-noughties, there were nearly 30 brands of Interactive Whiteboard on the market. Within a few years, most of the companies that sold these boards either went out of business or simply stopped selling these boards. When schools bought these boards, the companies usually came into the school and set them up. This including installing the board’s drivers on to whatever laptop was being used. Laptops generally die after a few years so it’s necessary to replace Read More...

My projector has broken. Should I replace my Interactive Whiteboard?

Traditionally, Interactive Whiteboards come in two main parts – the board and the projector. The board is usually something that will last a long time but the projector usually needs more maintenance. Bulbs tend to blow every 3-5 years and the filters often need cleaning. Technology, as we know, moves quickly so by the time a projector bulb goes, there’s usually a nicer model of Interactive Whiteboard on the market and the temptation is to go all out and replace the Read More...

Questions to ask about Interactive Touch Screens

At the recent IPPN conference expo, it was interesting to see the number of companies selling interactive touchscreens. They are being hailed as the successor to Interactive Whiteboards and they were certainly giving the principals some food for thought. The big selling point seemed to be that with an Interactive Touchscreen, there was no need for a projector and, in some cases, a laptop or computer. With projectors breaking down over the last few years, principals seemed turned on by the idea Read More...

Who is selling Interactive Touchscreen Displays?

If you are to believe what you hear, Interactive Whiteboards are about to be made obsolete by Interactive Touchscreen Displays, also known as Touchscreen TVs, LCD Touch Screens and various combinations of these words. I don’t think an acronym has been agreed on yet so I’m just going to call them Touch Screen Displays for the rest of this article. Touch Screen Displays are simply very big televisions that allow interaction by touch. Many TVs in houses have this feature nowadays Read More...

Why your IWB might be dim

I recently received a question via the contact form on the web site looking for advice about Interactive Whiteboards. The question went something along the lines of: in my classroom I have a IWB and projector. When I switch it on, the picture is so faint that the children cannot really see what is on display. Any advice, tips or suggestions would be very welcome about how to improve our situation please? Here are some ideas as to why a projected Read More...

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