Victoria Park blaze technology trail in Belfast

New ActivPanel is a first for schools in Northern Ireland

Victoria Park Primary School in Belfast is the first school in Northern Ireland to be using interactive flat panel technology throughout the whole school. Following its recent move to a new state-of-the-art school building, Victoria Park upgraded its interactive whiteboards to the ActivPanel.

Introduced as a full-time collaborative learning tool in all 14 classrooms, the ActivPanels are in use all day. Principal Andrea Gourley said: “From when the teachers arrive first thing in the morning and until home time, the screens are fully operational in each class. Our infant classes are very hands-on with the screens and use them for activity-based learning throughout the week. Our senior classes have their homework displayed on them first thing in the morning.”

The clarity of the display was a real selling point for the school. With unique ActivGlide™ technology, the ActivPanel glass surface eliminates the risk of finger burn and enables content to be viewed with great clarity – even at wide viewing angles.

‘Combining the ActivPanel with ActivInspire software gives schools a powerful teaching tool designed to make the classroom experience more two-way between staff and students, which is known to increase motivation’

“The quality is so clear that it means students can see the screen from whichever angle they are sat in the classroom, and without having to move to see the screen,” confirmed Andrea.

The 65-inch ActivPanels at Victoria Park benefit from having Promethean ActivSoundBars installed, improving the overall sound quality for the students.

Being the first school in Northern Ireland to benefit from this technology has put Victoria Park on the map. Andrea continued: “We get weekly visitors, either from colleagues in other schools, the Local Assessment Board and even the Education Board has paid a visit. All of them are keen to see the benefits and the positive changes the screens are bringing to students and staff.”

Ian Curtis, Promethean’s Head of Western Europe, Africa & ANZ, concluded: “Creating a positive learning environment is something we firmly believe in at Promethean. We find that the best approach for this is when schools initiate a more collaborative approach to lessons. Combining the ActivPanel with ActivInspire software gives schools a powerful teaching tool designed to make the classroom experience more two-way between staff and students, which is known to increase motivation.”

W: www.prometheanworld.com

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