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EMA took delivery this week of two brand new 84″ interactive LED displays, combined with Workbook software and a five user license for Xorro-Q. EMA Northern’s Manager for Learning, David Foley, reflected on how the decision was arrived at.

As part of EMA’s review of the training resources in the classrooms, a team comprising the Learning Portfolio Managers and a selection of trainers assessed both student response units and interactive display technologies. The team compared the options of projected interactive whiteboards, with the new generation of giant LED/LCD interactive displays. The team concluded that, while a bit more expensive, the 2Touch LED touchscreen is a superior solution that will provide EMA with a better learning environment fit for the 21st century.

Benefits of interactive LCD / LED displays include:
• No on-screen shadow from the user,
• Superior quality of image, especially for video streaming and video-conferencing.
• 70 inch and the 84 inch screens are a similar size to the current projector screens, therefore a large enough image to be seen from the back of the room
• Has a 21st century look about it, a bit like an oversized iPad

Six suppliers were assessed and three made the shortlist. All three had similar hardware products at similar prices, so ultimately the decision came down to the choice of classroom software and student response technology. EMA chose Manzana’s 2Touch LCD/LED interactive displays, with 2Touch Workbook and the Xorro-Q audience response solution.

Benefits of choosing Manzana include:
• Workbook and Xorro-Q both run independently of each other and of hardware, providing the flexibility of deployment and use essential to EMA’s variety of settings including training, meetings, conferences and other events with and without the touchscreen.
• Xorro-Q is web browser based, so audience participants can access it from anywhere using any browser enabled device (mobile phones, iPads, laptops etc);
• 2Touch Workbook is more intuitive to use than other solutions considered;
• Existing content such as PowerPoint presentations could be instantly extended to make use of the new interactive potential;
• Manzana is a New Zealand based company with local designers willing to add functions based on customers feedback.

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Models of 2Touch IWB’s Model Years Plug-and-Play Multi-Touch Calibration 2Touch TE106 2014-current Yes: Windows, MacOS Yes, up to ten simultaneous point, no additional drivers needed Calibration utility required Download TouchServer Download TouchServer-MacOS 2Touch 2150 (all sizes) 2009-2014 Yes, Windows, MacOS (MacOS requires configuration of IWB to support multiple platforms) Yes for Windows Vista, 7, 8; requires […]

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Wordwall activity generation software allows teachers to freedom to create, play and edit resources. Teachers use it to instantly make interactive games and educational activities.

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Workbook whiteboarding software for Windows is suitable for any interactive display or interactive whiteboard, but can also be used without these tools.

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You can use Xorro-Q without this Launcher, however the Launcher does make the use of Xorro-Q activities in live presentations and lesson settings, more convenient.  You’ll need to use your Xorro login to download the Q-Launcher for Windows or the Q-Launcher for Mac