Promethean really is an innovative company. We have Promethean boards at MGS and also some of their other products including an Active Slate and Active Vote. I also use one of their Active Expression kits for many of my presentations and think that Active Studio is an incredibly advanced piece of software.
I’m also a big fan of Promethean Planet which is a great way for teachers to network, share resources and stay in touch (they currently have over 250, 000 members). The other good thing about Promethean is that they are not frightened to embrace new technology. For example, they have an excellent blog and also a twitter channel. You can even add Promethean to your iGoogle home page for all the latest news. In fact, it seems to me, that they will do everything possible to try and stay in touch and connect with the teaching community. They also sponsored Teachmeet at BETT 2009 – thanks guys!
As a company they also seem keen to embrace Open Source. I notice that their blog runs of a Wordpress Open Source Multi User Platform and their Active Learning courses run off a Moodle Open Source operating system.
At BETT it was nice to catch up with Promethean and see what their Activclassroom plans were for 2009. It was particularly nice to be introduced to Tony Cann, Director and Founder of Promethean – and a very inspiring guy!
Anyway, at the heart of Prometheans 2009 developments is a new piece of software called Activsoftware Inspire Edition. They also launched a new huge new 87-inch Activboard. As with previous boards it’s very accurate and allows children and teachers to lean against the board while writing. Other new products included Activsound and Activremote – I’ll tackle these products in more detail as separate posts.