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January 22, 2009


Doug Woods

These interactive tables were possibly the stars of BETT09. I do wonder though about the practicalities of using them in a classroom.
I feel it is good that pupils can sit around them and work collaboratively. Though the SMART table didn't seem all that easy to sit around owing to the closed underside of the table (presumably to protect the projector).
I have also heard that Promethean will be bringing out a multitouch whiteboard later in the year; I feel this may be of more practical use than the tables (providing Promethean abandon their stylus approach!). Time, though, will tell and it will be interesting to see which products are on display at next year's BETT.


Multi touch - if you have a wiimote,bluetooth dongle and an infra red led pen then you have a touch screen on any flat monitor. For £40. Even better is to turn the projector then project on a table, and up to 4 pupils can use it with the wiimote at the same time.

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