(Atlanta, Ga.–July 6)–Promethean, a global leader in interactive learning technology,
introduced to America today Activboard+2, a new short-throw mounted projector
adjustable interactive whiteboard that eliminates the need for expensive in-ceiling wiring
and installation that will yield savings for older schools as well as districts with new
Activboard+2 can be installed in less time than a standard system because it does not
require in-ceiling wiring, a major consideration when retro-fitting older classrooms or
specifying new classroom construction. The affordable all-in-one system is height
adjustable for teachers and students and has advanced security features.
“Activboard+2 is an ingenious solution to reduce the expense of installing interactive
learning technology in the classroom while making the interactive experience more
accessible to students and teachers,” said Promethean US President Mark Elliott.
In contrast to traditional projection systems, Activboard+2’s short-throw Sanyo projector
is mounted to the board by a strong steel arm positioned approximately three feet away
from the board screen and can be operated by remote-control only, giving teachers
complete control. The integrated short-throw projector also dramatically reduces the
“shadow effect” that can distort content images on the board.
The flexibility of the stand’s height setting also means the system can be used in most
classrooms and can be simply adjusted to the appropriate height for both the instructor
and class. It can also project the customer’s logo at start-up which, combined with the
color, provide subtle security features.
Activboard+2 is bundled with Promethean’s award-winning Activstudio or Activprimary
lesson development software that is compatible with Microsoft® Windows® or Mac OS
X. Activprimary, the leading whiteboard software designed specifically for use in
primary schools and kindergarten, has large, easy-to-use tools located at the bottom of the
screen, allowing young learners to more easily interact with activities on the Activboard.
Special teacher tools on the top of the screen and a huge resource library make lesson
development quick, easy and fun. Promethean users also have access to thousands of
ready-made flipchart lessons aligned to state education standards in a searchable database
that can be queried by state, subject area, grade level and keyword at www.prometheanplanet.com.
The Activboard+2 features a connections module to conveniently link a computer, VCR,
DVD, document camera and other peripherals via USB, RGB video (HD15), composite
video (RCA), S-video and RCA audio input and output jacks. For added security, a wallmounted
lockable security cage for the projector is available as an optional extra.
The combined investment not only represents cost-savings when compared with
separately sourced interactive whiteboard/projector systems, but also significantly increases both the ease and speed of installation minimizing disruption and
implementation costs to schools.