Back in September, something arrived on this campus that I hope will change the way we view the classroom. More specifically, change the way we teach in the classroom.
Located (temporarily) in Brodie Hall is where you can find the first of its kind on Suffield’s campus, Introducing Newline-Interactive’s, Interactive whiteboard. This thing is awesome, it boasts a 65″ 4k backlit LED screen with amazing contrast and some fantastic built-in speakers.
Seriously it is cool. Naomi Noyes is our official Beta tester for this unit. We actually started the testing at the end of last school year. It was the first Interactive board we tested. I did my due-diligence and tried about six or seven other companies. But none of them stacked up, none of them had the two things I was looking for.
It wasn’t like I was asking for a lot, I simply wanted one, the capability to telestrate over whatever content is currently being displayed on the screen without opening a separate app or “freezing or pausing” and two, the ability to “Blank Out” the screen when needed.
SERIOUSLY… none of the other companies could do this. Oh well, their loss. After our test, I was excited to purchase one of these boards for the Academy. The TruTouch has 10 points of touch, for those of you who don’t know what 10 points of touch is, it means that you can take all ten of your digits (fingers) and write on the screen at the same time… or you can have 10 students right on the board at the same time. The board can be powered by a Windows computer, but we chose the model that’s powered by Android. Because, well Windows that’s why.
It has multiple HDMI, USB, and A/V ports, and most importantly works well with Apple products. See, that’s the real trick, finding a company that actually works with Mac. A lot of the other guys claim they do but when push comes to shove they didn’t or did poorly.
Anyways, I just wanted to make everyone aware that we have one of these and I really think I have found the board that is perfect for Suffield, if you want to check this out let me know, I would be happy to show you!