To ensure you get the most out of the performance of your Interactive Flat Panel Display (IFPD), make sure you put the proper measures in place for regular maintenance. Promethean Technical Consultant and former Network Manager, Pete Millar, has provided his top-tips on how to protect your investment and keep your lessons running as smoothly as possible.
- Schedule regular software updates
Being in a busy school environment, it’s not always possible to run software updates when first prompted. In order to get the most out of apps and other resources, try to run updates every half term or at a minimum every term. This will ensure efficient running of the IFPD and that you have the most up-to-date software.
- Manage your data
We have all received the dreaded ‘storage full’ message on our computers and phones and have spent hours trawling through trying to delete files and uninstall apps that aren’t needed anymore. Top end IFPDs include the capacity to manage and store data, however like any digital storage device, failing to clean up data at regular intervals will negatively affect performance. You may want to initiate an ‘end of term clean-up’, where teachers or pupil digital leaders uninstall unused apps and remove files that are no longer required.
- Ensure anti-virus software is up-to-date
It’s crucial that school anti-virus software updates are completed to improve your security and smooth running of the IFPD, protecting systems and allowing you to benefit from the very best features available. Updates to software and apps contain all the latest features and security functions, make sure you have the vital security protection in place to safeguard against viruses which can affect the running of your panel.
- Hide the wires
In addition to providing a neater look around your panel, hiding away the cables and fitting them snugly out of reach will prevent them from becoming loose or being accidentally removed. Simple measures like this can leave you confident that the cables and points are secure.
- Keep it clean
One of the biggest mistakes people make is cleaning IFPDs with spray products. It is important that you look after the appearance of your panel, to ensure dust is removed and it is kept clean, but only by using a dry cloth. No spray products are to be used on the panel as it can hinder its performance and affect visuals on the screen.
Hopefully with these tips in mind, you’ll be able to keep your IFPD performing at its very best and reduce the likelihood of running into any technical difficulties.