A new, very different, Interactive Whiteboard (eno from Polyvision)

I recently came across a new kind of Interactive Whiteboard and liked what I saw. It has some unique selling points that I think will go down well with schools, especially when it combines an interactive whiteboard, a traditional markerboard and a magnetic surface. You can use any software with it (it is currently shipped with RM Easiteach), write on it with marker pens and place fridge magnets on it too. The name is eno from Polyvsion.


It is also eco friendly, having cradle to cradle silver certification, a very clean surface and is nigh on indestructible. Try and scratch it or set fire to it and you will see what I mean. How is this possible? It's made of ceramic steel, in a factory in Belgium, from recyclable materials and the Interactive Whiteboard itself comes with a "Forever Warranty", meaning the company is giving a lifetime guarantee. Widely used around the world, the ceramic steel can be used to make a surface of all sizes, including a classroom wall. Just imagine the possibilities.

The other element that makes up this groundbreaking package is the stylus (which isn't under the same warranty), a blue tooth device, which transforms the surface into an interactive one.
It hasn't any wires and doesn't require power, apart from the stylus needing one AAA battery. The IWB is very easy to move from one position in the classroom to another, which means it is very simple and quick to set up. Just link it to a projector and a computer and after 5 minutes it is ready to use.

The eno Interactive Whiteboard also has a companion, the eno mini slate which has all the features of its big brother, but is mobile.

Want to know more?

1. Read the brochures:

http://belgium.polyvision.com/TECHsite/PDF/datasheet_eno/eno_English.pdf

http://belgium.polyvision.com/TECHsite/PDF/datasheet_eno/eno_mini_150709-en.pdf 

2. Contact Ian Maber:

IMaber@polyvision.com

If you decide to purchase one, let me know how you get on.

About the Author:

Jeff is the Managing Director of JRH Consultancy Ltd with 30 plus years of experience in education, (as an AST, HOD, Senior Teacher, Senior Examiner, Advisor) and as a consultant in the Commercial and Public sector. He offers to schools and LA's the following support and services. Please contact Jeff for more information:

(M: 07765253028 / E: jeffreyrichardh@gmail.com)

*Strategic development of ICT and New Technologies
i. Review ICT (Health Check) - ICT Audit Exercise (Active and Passive ICT) to identify where the school has expertise and where they can improve ICT provision / Review ICT - Total Cost of Ownership Exercise, so that school can identify outgoings and plan and maximise their ICT spend for the future / Review ICT Vision and Strategy for Change - create / update documentation.
ii. Produce an ICT Requirements Report (Key strengths / key weaknesses. Options and Recommendations, including ICT cost saving recommendations / Risk Register).

*Operational use of ICT and New Technologies
i. Introduce, support and develop the Self Review Framework - a very good tool for developing the use of ICT within schools.
ii. Develop a Next Steps innovation programme, e.g: Provide 5 examples of good practice across the school with recommendations for development.
iii. Share good practice in use of ICT, resources and ideas, stimulating discussion and debate.
iv. Develop student voice / teachers voice / community voice within the school.
v. Support the design and build of new learning spaces (new build or refurbishment).
vi. Develop and support the use of Learning Platforms.

*Interactive Content Creation and Publishing
i. Develop school based Interactive Resources (web / audio / video / animation).
ii. Introduce local / national opportunities to create, publish and share content (audio. images, video) via projects such as making the news, digital storytelling, radio and tv school networks etc.

*Change Management and Transformation Training

i. Develop, collect and spread transformational practice in Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management.
ii. Review Change and Transformation within the school and produce a Training and Transformation Report, with reference to ICT for Management and Leadership / Curriculum staff / Administration staff / Wider Community.
iii. Provide a staffs skills audit and a range of CPD activities for all staff (e-learning, subject specific) / Community Support / Gifted and Talented Support.

*Strategic Curriculum Development / Leadership and Management
i. Review Curriculum and produce Curriculum review document.
ii. Review and develop school Policies and Procedures, including E-Safety, Data Handling Policies.
iii. Review and develop Education Brief including KPIs, Inclusion, 14-19 arrangements, community and business links, QA systems.
iv. Review and develop a Strategy for Change document.

*Subject Specialisms

Provide training and support for the following subjects:

ICT - (Primary / Secondary)
Geography - (Primary / Secondary)
Citizenship - (Secondary)
Media - (Primary / Secondary)
Cross Curricular Activities - (Primary / Secondary) including Transition Activities.
Internationalism - (Primary / Secondary)