Hull College (U.K.) was determined to work through a bold 5-year development plan to revamp its technology. The college was faced with trying to find the right immersive and inclusive classroom technology for adoption across multiple sites. John Bayes, Director of ICT Services, knew that after a few demonstrations of the Clevertouch® solution, they found what was needed. Bayes commented, “We tried and tested the top manufacturers and quickly realised Clevertouch gave us the most value for our investment.”
After rigorous trials and exploration, the college chose the Clevertouch UX Pro display as their interactive touchscreen technology. Bayes says, “Clevertouch was chosen based on the feedback we received from staff during the focus groups we ran. They loved the simplicity of the screen and how easy the software was to use even though they weren’t familiar with it.”
Hull College set up and launched an iQ Lab, a unique training area to drive larger adoption. Khaled Al-Ankar, Head of e-Learning, explains, “The whole idea was to create a safe place for teachers to come and play, be themselves, break down barriers and ultimately take a risk. Not all teachers can just get up in front of a class and start using technology.”
Since its launch, the iQLab has become a hot spot of development that is feeding back right across the college. Two features of the UX Pro interactive touchscreen display that have proved to be simple-to-use and boost collaboration are LYNX and Snowflake:
- LYNX Whiteboard - This easy-to-use annotation and whiteboarding software allows teachers to create and deliver interactive lessons using content from a variety of sources, including the web. Since LYNX is a cloud-based platform, teachers can log in from anywhere and create dynamic lessons at their convenience.
- Snowflake – This educational software helps teachers create interactive lessons and tasks that saves them planning time so that they can work with students directly. Snowflake also allows teachers to better personalise learning to meet a variety of student needs.
Educators and students have much to say about how the Clevertouch solution has amped up engagement for all. Bayes stated, “The intuitive nature of the screen makes for simple use within the classrooms. We found them easy to use and with the features we wanted. Together with the ongoing support from Clevertouch, I wouldn’t have anything else in our college.”
For more on the Hull College experience, read their case study here.