[Offtopic] Choice of Electronic Whiteboard

Cameron Bell bell.cameron.p at edumail.vic.gov.au
Thu Aug 23 15:02:07 EST 2007

We went with Smartboard as they supported all of WIN/MAC/LIN OS's.  
Although at the moment I am having some lag issues with my Linux laptop 
- but I haven't had time to chase it up properly yet.
We liked that you can use your finger if you lose the pens (no special 
pens required), and write on them with a regular marker (although we 
aren't encouraging that at the moment).
The biggest factor for us was less the brand, but getting a "critical 
mass" of them in so that teachers knew they would have regular access to 
them - hence they bothered to learn a bit about them. We had one 
Promethean in prior to that - as people had to room change or had 
limited access, we couldn't be bothered learning to use it.
Placement and numbers is just as important as the brand. We bought 10 
and will do so again shortly. We made sure each faculty had access to 2 
and when Science was refurbished, 3 out of 4 rooms had one installed.
Kevork Krozian wrote:
> Hi Folks,
>    About 18 months ago we had a discussion about the merits of Electronic Whiteboards.
> At my school, the decision has been made to purchase 4 of these. The only issue is which brand to go with.
> Here is the email from a colleague :
> "As we are going to trial electronic whiteboards I would like some opinions on the pros and cons of the 
> Promethean, mimio, smartboard and teamboard. Which should we go with? "
>  Could I ask those out there with experience in the use of any of these whiteboards to make their recommendations please ?
> Best Wishes
> Kevork Krozian
> IT Manager , Forest Hill College
> k.krozian at fhc.vic.edu.au
> http://www.fhc.vic.edu.au
> Mobile: 0419 356 034
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