Deployed on mobile carts to enable efficient resource-sharing and easy classroom reconfiguration, the ViewSonic ViewBoard IFPs immediately began delivering added convenience, flexibility and engagement. Teachers found them easy to use and most mastered the basics after about only 10 minutes of training.
“The ViewBoards are very user friendly,” said Zdrojewski. “When we checked back after the initial training, teachers are already doing things like saving annotated screenshots to Google Drive and using the built-in timer tools.”
At every grade level, teachers have been thrilled with the performance improvements and added features offered by ViewBoard. Not only are they (and their students) empowered to draw and write over any displayed content, the brighter screens bring welcome clarity and classroom management benefits.
Another big bonus: no longer having to worry about projector calibration.
“With the Smartboard projectors teachers were continually having to deal with calibration and issues with the accuracy of what you’re touching on screen lining up correctly,” said Zdrojewski.
All-in-all, the ViewBoard IFPs have become a powerful educational tool wielded by the Oakfield-Alabama teachers. Wireless keyboard in hand, they walk classrooms freely, sharing insights from any vantage point and encouraging students to wirelessly cast content from their Chromebooks onto the ViewBoard screen. Multiple screens are deployed to classrooms seeking to differentiate lessons or break students into project-based groups, and the added ability to pinch, zoom into and annotate on top of anything on screen has had a big boon to teachers’ instructional capabilities. Tried-and-true “old fashioned” worksheets get ViewBoard screen-time thanks to the document camera, enabling annotating, collaboration and concept clarification that all can easily see. The wide-angle webcam and Google Hangouts meet up to enable entire classrooms to communicate with collaborators across the country or across the world.
“One cool example is that the day before the presidential election in 2016 a politics class was able to talk to one of our senators about the election using the ViewBoard in the library,” said Zdrojewski. “It was one of the first times a high school class experienced the power of live interaction on a big screen.”
Last but not least, said Zdrojewski, the ViewBoards have cut costs related to maintenance, repairs and power use.
“There’s not much that can go wrong with them and, in contrast to our Smartboards, which we had lots of issues with, we get virtually no tickets submitted related to the ViewBoards,” he said. “They’re very maintenance free.”