The school piloted the 70" ViewSonic ViewBoard in a unique setting – the gym. The durable, mobile-cart mounted ViewBoard was the perfect fit for enabling the PE teacher to enhance her instruction with online resources. After almost two full school-years of use, the PE teacher continues to be thrilled with its performance.
"It has been a phenomenal addition to her teaching," said Knapp. "She’s able to pull content to enrich her curriculum, like videos on how to swing a bat correctly or covering the rules of a game. The timer also comes in handy and the kids really enjoy it."
The sturdy, smooth-rolling mobile cart lets classes quickly move the display to start game play or to position it for optimal viewing. Despite its easy mobility, however, the display has been hit a couple of times, said Knapp – proving it to be as durable as they’d hoped.
Mobility has been an important factor in the ViewBoard’s success throughout the school, along with the added flexibility delivered by the powerful slot-in PC and wireless control.
"The SMART boards were wall-mounted and the teachers were tired of having to always face the stationary board," said Knapp. "They love being able to position the ViewBoard wherever it best suits their needs and use it to get creative and collaborative with the kids, which is the wave of the new teaching techniques."
The slot-in PC, controlled with a wireless keyboard and mouse, added clutter-free convenience to the freedom of movement, freeing teachers from the hassles and tripping hazards of cables.
"The teachers never have to connect their laptops and they’re no longer tethered to a particular spot," said Knapp. "They love that they can be anywhere in the classroom and do what they need right from where they are, whether they’re standing or sitting."
Following the PE teacher’s success, the school purchased ViewBoard interactive displays for use in the kindergarten and 8th grade classrooms. A favorite feature of both instructors is the accuracy of the touchpoints.
"Our kindergarten teacher absolutely loves how much better the ViewBoard pen writing is," said Knapp. "It helps the kids really be able to see how they’re doing with developing their writing skills."
Importantly, the online features of the school’s Superkids reading program work without a hitch on the ViewBoard, said Knapp, and the students’ writing is always perfectly aligned. To the kindergarten teacher’s great relief, her ViewBoard has eliminated the dreaded "orient" process.
"Orient became a bad word around here," said Knapp jokingly but in all seriousness. "With the SMART board, if the projector or board got bumped or there were any slight vibrations teachers would have to stop and "reorient" the system or the writing would be off."
This was no small problem for the first-floor Kindergarten classroom, which was subject to vibrations from above when the kids changed classes. Thoroughly satisfied with the upgrade, Knapp said the kindergarten teacher hasn’t looked back at her SMART board once since receiving the ViewBoard. The 8th grade teacher has similarly been won over by the merits of the ViewBoard. One of her favorite aspects is the accuracy of the touch and how easy it is to use. "She also absolutely loves the way she can use her fist to erase," said Knapp. "And while that may seem like a small thing, it’s really not because it saves her a lot of time each day, being able to quickly erase what’s on the board."