Interactive Projectors vs. Interactive Whiteboards

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In 2011, Three Village School District IT leaders decided to complement the district’s existing classroom technology initiatives with an interactive presentation program. “Initially we were interested in interactive whiteboards. Whiteboards are an important element of the classroom, and we wanted teachers and students to have a more interactive tool,”said Kerrin Welch-Pollera, the district’s director of instructional technology. “With regular whiteboards, we felt they were missing out on a much richer experience.”

But soon, the district found that interactive whiteboards were cost-prohibitive to deploy across the district. They learned about interactive projectors that turn any presentation surface—including whiteboards, blackboards and greenboards—into an interactive backdrop. “The interactive projectors were much more cost effective than the interactive whiteboards, and they’re a lot more portable,” explained Jim Fargione, the district’s lead teacher for instructional technology. “This means that where it’s appropriate, we can very easily share projectors among multiple classrooms.”

This case study explains how Three Village Central School District deployed interactive projectors.

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