Napier University makes the grade with Promethean Activpanels

Napier University, Edinburgh, has implemented Promethean Activpanels in all of its lecture theatres, which means no matter how large the group, lecturers and students will benefit from interactive and engaging session delivery.

At Napier University, 60 Activpanels have been installed in lecture rooms which accommodate more than 20 people. Supplied with accompanying Activstudio software, the Activpanel allows lecturers to enhance lesson content, display DVDs, and connect to the internet. Lecture material is controlled directly from the panel, and annotations made onto the LCD monitor to highlight key learning points. Annotations can also be saved for recall at a later date.

Simple to use, the Activpanel features a 15-inch LCD monitor which displays material that is opened on a PC. With all the functionality of a Promethean interactive whiteboard, lecturers can interact directly with the Activpanel whilst facing their students.

The supplementary Activstudio software features a large number of flipcharts that are specifically designed for use within the education sector, as well as several images and backgrounds to allow lecturers to create exciting and stimulating learning sessions.

When used with a suitable projector, the image size is virtually unrestricted, making the Activpanel an ideal solution for creating more interactive presentations to groups of large numbers.

Andy Wanless, chief technician at Napier University, explains: Before we introduced the Activpanels, lecturers were restricted to writing on standard whiteboards. This was very limiting because not only is most lecture material contained on a PC nowadays, but reading lecture notes could be very difficult, particularly for students at the back of the class.

He continues: The Activpanels offer a practical solution to delivering lectures to large numbers, as everyone in the room can see the screen and the annotations made by the lecturer. They have certainly provided teaching staff with more scope for what they can include in their sessions, as a range of multimedia devices are available in one place.

The Activpanel is operated using a cordless, battery-free pen. As a lightweight and portable tool, it can be transported between rooms with ease, or be installed at a lectern if preferred.

Steve Dracup, managing director at Promethean (AV Distribution) comments: In this day and age, students are entering Higher Education having had a lot of exposure to interactive presentation technology when at school and college. It is therefore natural for them to expect such technology to be present when they go to university. As seen at Napier University, both students and lecturers benefit greatly from the integration of the technology and interactive delivery.

Napier University consulted accredited Promethean reseller, Impact Marcom, to implement the Activpanels into its lecture seminars.

Distributing through a nationwide network of accredited resellers, Prometheans portfolio includes the Presenta and Activ range of interactive presentation and training products. To complement this range, Promethean also provides digital projectors and LCD monitors from market leaders Sharp and Sanyo, the Samsung range of digital presenters, and the Projecta range of projection screens.



Promethean AV Distribution

Part of the Promethean Technologies Group Ltd, Promethean AV Distribution is a major distributor of specialist interactive training and presentation equipment; including the Promethean Activ and Presenta range of interactive and audience response tools through the channel. To compliment this range, Promethean AV also distributes digital projectors and LCD displays from Sanyo and Sharp, the latest in digital presenters from Samsung, and innovative projection screens from Projecta. It specialises in supplying interactive presentation solutions to education and the growing health, emergency services, corporate and training markets, through a network of resellers.


About Promethean

Promethean is a global leader in interactive learning technology that empowers teachers to engage, educate, assess and motivate learners.  Developed by and for educators, its award-winning products help teachers to prepare digital lessons quickly and with greater ease. The technology enables them to create, customize and integrate text, web, video and audio content, so they can more easily capture students attention and accommodate different learning styles.
The company supplies Activboard, the worlds most durable interactive whiteboard technology; Activstudio, a software platform for secondary teaching; and Activprimary, the only product designed specifically for use in primary schools and kindergarten. It also offers hand-held Activotes that permit instantaneous assessment of pupils comprehension of lessons. Beyond the classroom, Promethean offers training and support to ensure maximum results and return on investment.
Promethean is headquartered in Blackburn, in the United Kingdom. Its products are distributed through a network of partners and inspire millions of learners in more than 70 countries.
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