Abbey Gate School is an independent primary school which caters for children between the ages of three and 11. The Chester-based school prides itself on its forward thinking and innovative approach to education and as a result, the school's Deputy Head, Mrs Barlow was recently awarded the title of 'Teacher of the Year' as part of a Local Heroes event run by Dee 106 radio.
Identifying a problem
Like many primary schools, Abbey Gate wanted to find a way to better engage its younger pupils and increase their enjoyment in lessons. Prior to the adoption of the Epson EB-450wi interactive projector, the Leader of the 1st year class - which teaches children aged five and six - used a whiteboard and pen in lessons meaning lessons not as dynamic as they could be. The school was therefore looking for a teaching solution which would help bring lessons to life, engage the children and ultimately increase attainment.
Providing a solution
Upon seeing the brief, IT reseller Ten Ten Systems Ltd recommended the installation of an Epson EB-450wi interactive projector onto the main wall of the early years' classroom - an easy to use, interactive teaching solution which delivers amazing, true-to-life colour and sound for a truly engaging teaching experience.
This solution enabled:
Increased engagement and attainment
Abbey Gate has seen a significant increase in pupil engagement through the delivery of dynamic content in lessons. The Epson EB-450wi cleverly turns any surface into an interactive one allowing both teachers and students to interact with the presentation. It includes a digital pen which acts like a mouse for total control of the projection area - great for the classroom environment as children can also draw onto the projection.
To add to the enjoyment and further bring content to life, the projector has a built-in speaker and microphone socket allowing multi-media such as film clips, sounds and online games to be shared with the class. The school has also found an online numeracy game to be particularly successful with the early years' class as children are able to write their suggested answers directly onto the wall. This new and interactive way of learning has resulted in teachers seeing an improvement in both concentration levels and in grades.
Safety is essential in all schools and any products introduced into the classroom must therefore be carefully considered to ensure they do not pose any danger to pupils. The ultra-short throw feature of the EB-450wi projector enables it to be installed high up and a just few centimetres away from the main wall of the early years' classroom, resulting in no hazards from loose or trailing wires which children could trip over.
Ease of use, with no compromise on quality
The Epson EB-450wi projector is simple to use and the included interactive pen gives teachers total control of applications allowing them to easily add notes and drawings to documents which can be saved during a lesson. The ultra-short throw feature of the projector also enables teachers to interact with the presentation without casting a shadow and obstructing the view, which can cause distraction.
Schools are under increasing pressure from budget cuts meaning they are more conscious than ever about purchasing new equipment and the running costs associated with them. The E-TORL lamp featured on the EB-450wi projector offers schools an efficient solution that uses less power than a conventional lamp. Likewise, the EB-450wi projector provides an instant cost saving to schools as there is no need to purchase an additional interactive whiteboard.
Service and support
Epson provided Abbey Gate School with a three year, onsite projector and lamp warranty, ensuring that, if there are any issues with the projector, an engineer can visit by the next working day at the latest. The school also has a preventative maintenance warranty that entitles the school to two engineer visits a year to perform tasks such as changing the lamps and filter for added peace of mind.