The promise held true, and all 45 displays were at the school, in place and working for the new school’s open house and dedication ceremony.
“We had student ambassadors giving tours and they were the first kids to see the new classrooms,” said Kenney. “They were very excited about the touch displays on the wall and were actually saying they couldn’t wait for school to start to try them out.”
Prior to the open house, the tech team had a sample ViewSonic LED display in their offices and invited the new middle school teachers and staff to come check it out. Invariably, Kenney said, everyone loved it.
“We had people coming in to look, then spending an hour of their free time over the summer playing with it,” he said. “They liked the speed and the sensitivity of touch, as well as the Windows 8 and quality of the built-in speakers.”
Instructors were also pleased to learn that the new displays offered a variety of options for content sources.
“They liked the ViewBoard™ software and found it easy to use,” said Kenney. “And they were also glad that they were able to install and use the legacy software they were already familiar with.”
At just a month into the school year, the tech department had already received quite a bit of positive feedback about the displays, with teachers telling them that they love the convenience of the all-in-one system, the software options and the brightness of the displays.
Another bonus: with the crispness and clarity of the images and the lack of reflective light on the display, teachers don’t need to worry about where the sun is coming into the classroom – everyone can still see the display. Teachers don’t need to dim the lights, which makes things a lot more convenient. Most importantly, the displays are enhancing the learning process.
“They’re telling us that the kids are more engaged in the classroom,” said Kenney. “We’ve gotten lots of comments about the six-point touch, about how great it is to be able to have three or four kids up there at once engaged and learning together.”
Along with the success of the product, Kenney considers the support they received from ViewSonic to be a key component of the project’s success.
“ViewSonic got the displays here on time and was very helpful along every step of the way,” he said. “They helped us create our Windows 8 image and copy it to all 45 units, which was extremely helpful. The product came with the necessary mounts and was easy to install. And we’ve never had any problem connecting with technical support for those invariable little things that come up with any new technology installation. ViewSonic is an extremely responsive partner, and they’re always happy to help. That’s really important in a vendor.”
Another measure of the success of the CDE7051-TL at Berkeley County Schools: the IT department couldn’t part with the one mounted in their office, which they now use primarily for department meetings, testing software for the new school, and demonstrating the product to other departments.
“People have just been thrilled with them,” Kenney said. “Price-wise they were close to what we’ve purchased in the past, but they will last longer, get more use, and it’s truly a brighter, more beautiful display.”