Brief: To assist Lewisham CC with upgrading their class display/presentation equipment across all 3 Adult Education Centres. Any recommendation had to fit within the budgetary constraints, meet their longer-term technology goals and work with their own tutor BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) requirements.
The Project: Lewisham CC approached SignalmanAV to provide advice, expertise and guidance in the ever-changing world of classroom technology. Their plan was that they wanted to upgrade their classroom technology (in 26 classes) from the traditional whiteboards and projectors producing poor quality images, to a modern slick interactive display that would be 4k compatible, allow connection of multiple platform devices, such as iPads, Android phones, chrome books and windows laptops. They also wanted the technology to be straight forward to use for the external tutors coming into the education centres each week.
“All the Tutors wish to do, is come into the classroom, plug in their laptop and start their lesson” (IT Lead – Lewisham CC)
After much discussion, site surveys and ultimately reviewing costs, Lewisham CC elected to proceed with Iiyama screens. Although not the most well-known brand within the industry, their brief was met at all levels allowing quick implementation of the technology across all three sites.
The whole project consisted of:
26 x Iiyama 65” interactive panels
26 x 3m cable kits and faceplates to keep cables tidy, thus meeting part of their class health and safety requirements
26 x Heavy duty wall mounts – Each class with bespoke installation ( some floor to wall mounts due to non-load bearing installations walls.
Professional installation, including commissioning and handover
Full ongoing support, both onsite and phone based
With the new technology installed across all three sites Lewisham CC have been able to use the technology in new innovative ways that just weren’t possible with the whiteboards and projectors:
The Iiyama screens are full of connectivity. They allow the tutor to plug their laptop straight into the screen whether a VGA, HDMI or DVI connection
Use the inbuilt Onboard Iiyama (iiware) system as a back if tutor PC’s fail (annotation software)
Enabled Tutors promoting the BYOD to have students connecting their devices to the screens to promote question and answer sessions
Multi-touch capability allowing much more collaboration between students
Provide a speaking and listening session (soon to be implemented) where classes from three different sites talk to each other via the screens.
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