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BCS Installs New Promethean ActivPanels

Recently, all Bradley County elementary school received five 70″ Promethean titanium series ActivPanels as part of phase one of a multi-year refresh program. These state of the art devices provide teachers with countless ways to provide students with immersive and interactive learning experiences.

These devices are basically large LED televisions with a built-in computer and touch screen capabilities. The panels are capable of registering 20 points of touch simultaneously across an endless whiteboard which allows multiple students to work at the board concurrently. The native software includes a number of teaching tools such as pens, highlighters, protractors, and timers. Students are able to wirelessly mirror their devices (Laptops, Chromebooks, tablets) to the board with the touch of a button, which is a great way to share student work with the entire class!

Additionally, these new panels will also include a Chromebox. These Google-centered devices add an even larger set of functionalities to an already amazing product. With the attached Chromebox, teachers will be able to work within a full ChromeOS environment, which includes the ability to download thousands of apps from the Google Play store. BCS teacher accounts work seamlessly with the ChromeOS, meaning that all of their content follows them regardless if they are working on the panels, or on a computer at home.

Teachers that want to learn more about these panels, or about other Promethean hardware and software topics, are encouraged to visit the Learn Promethean website. Here you can find a wide variety of resources to provide training and spark new ideas. On this site you will also find videos from all of this summer’s Camp Promethean live professional development webinars.

Still looking for more Promethean information and training? Be sure to talk with a BCS tech coach or schedule a personal training session through the technology ticketing system. We are eager to work with you as you integrate these technologies into your curriculum!

About the author

Colby Burris

Colby is a product of Bradley County Schools and spent 17 years teaching instrumental music at Walker Valley High School before becoming a tech coach in January of 2019. He is a Google Certified Educator Level 2 and an Apple Teacher. Colby specializes in audio, video, and graphic media creation and integration.

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