LCD Touchscreens: Beginning of the end for Interactive Whiteboards?

All-you-need Interactive Touchscreen Classroom and software Bundle

Just add a laptop or an iPad 2! No data projector needed. No shadows. Fully height-adjustable. Even project wirelessly from your iPad 2 (using an Apple TV unit and a WiFi connection)!

We have been looking for an attractive alternative to interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in the classroom for many years. We think we have found it now! The 65″ and 55″ EDUSS Multi-touch Interactive LCD screens can be operated via direct finger touch – no need for a special pen or stylus. No need for a data projector which casts shadows on the screen as students approach and shines its light into the eyes of anyone at the front of the classroom. On top of these benefits, when mounted on the custom-built LCD Touchscreen Mobile Trolley it is fully height-adjustable, making it accessible for students of all heights and abilities. Including those in wheelchairs.

Best of all, the LCD Touchscreen and trolley combined are cheaper than many interactive whiteboard options. AND do not have the ongoing costs and inconvenience of data projector bulb replacement. The five year warranty also helps for peace of mind that this new technology is classroom-tough.

How does it work? Just plug in your Mac or Windows laptop and run any of your favourite touchscreen or interactive whiteboard software programs. Titles like Clicker 5, SwitchIt! Maker 2, ChooseIt! Maker 2
and Boardmaker Plus or Studio are excellent applications to combine with your Interactive LCD screen. So we have bundled these (and many more) together as the “All-you-need Interactive Touchscreen Classroom Bundle“. This comprehensive special school classroom bundle offers 100 titles designed to support students requiring cause-and-effect and early choice-making activities, all the way through to those requiring upper primary level literacy resources. Save over $500 by buying the bundle.

Can you use it with an iPad? Yes! In fact, when the LCD Touchscreens were in action at a recent conference, visitors were referring them as “giant iPads on speed”. Just plug your iPad 2 in using an HDMI cable and all apps installed on the iPad will be available on the big touchscreen allowing collaborative group activities not possible on the smaller iPad screen. Even better, you can project wirelessly to the LCD touchscreen allowing freedom of movement around the classroom for both the teacher and the iPad being projected. All you need to make this happen is to purchase an Apple TV unit, an HDMI cable and have access to a WiFi connection. Magic … well almost!

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About Barbara Landsberg

Sales and Marketing Director
SPECTRONICS
BOccThy, MBA

Barbara is an Occupational Therapist who joined the Spectronics team 14 years ago. Prior to that time, she spent 17 years in occupational therapy positions working with adults and children with a variety of physical disabilities and learning difficulties. She also held the position of Coordinator of the assistive technology service of the Independent Living Centre of Queensland for three years before moving to Spectronics. On completion of her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2010, she assumed the role of Sales and Marketing Director at the company and, among other roles, oversees running of the exciting and innovative Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference hosted every two years by Spectronics.

Barbara has a strong interest in the opportunities for students with disabilities or learning difficulties made possible through technology. She is also a passionate advocate of the use of social media tools to promote the power of inclusive learning technologies to enable independent achievement for all – whatever form that achievement might take.

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