Check if your local Education Centre or CESI Branch is holding a whiteboard demonstration
In the UK, whiteboards (hardware, software and Projectors) must comply with certain minimum standards: (link was http://stagebecta.ngfl.gov.uk/leas/display.cfm?section=14_5_3_2). Boards which meet this standard can carry an official Becta-approved logo. There is no such minimum standard in Ireland, although we would be wise to observe these (former) Becta standards!
Purchase based on Budget (this is a guide only:
please look at the quality of the Board, of the Software and of the Support and Training
as well as thinking in terms of the potential use of the Board in the Classroom;
the last thing a school needs is an expensive wall-hanging!)
All systems require you to use your own Computer (or Laptop)
Most Ceiling-mounted Projectors and/or Integrated CBI systems require installation by an approved installer
Guide Prices include VAT, and are only an indication of price (E&OE)
I had a series of Prices at this place on the page. However, as these were from 2010 and prior, I have moved them to a 'legacy' page board-systems---legacy.html ...I will happily post any new prices that may be emailed to me (address below).
Where can we buy a CBI?
Scroll down this page for details of these, other boards and other retailers. Note that there may be other boards and other approved resellers 'out there'. If such companies provide their details, I will try to incude such on this website. It may also be possible that the market will grow to such an extent that I will not be able to maintain all details. It is possible also the linked website addresses on this site may have changed: again, I bear no responsibiltiy for updating all of these and I rely on third parties to inform me of such changes. Drumcondra Education Centre nor its agents does not endorse one commercial product over another.
Be aware that in order to meet Public-Sector Purchasing Guidelines, you
should get at least three written quotations for any purchase over Euro 635
(and, in addition, a Tax-Clearance Certificate for any purchase over Euro 6350)
N.B. Please note that any prices mentioned here are for guideline purposes
only - you must approach a retailer and seek specific pricing for your school/college.
Prices vary from time to time, individual resellers can quote very different
prices, and this page is only a very 'rule of thumb' guide. I have seen price
differences of Euro 600 on the same board, so please shop around, ask the Resellers,
and get Quotations...E&OE. Reference to Companies on this site is as an
information-servive, rather than a specific endorsement.
In the Summer of 2009, Westcoast-Clarity, based in Tallaght, took up the distributorship of Promethean, held previously by Prim-Ed. Westcoast, in turn, have been replaced by Computer2000, based in the UK ...so your best option is to work via an authorised Reseller
Westcoast-Clarity provided the following Reseller details to schools ...these contacts may or may not be active!:
Ardnas Installations, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. Contact Colin Bulger at 01 627 9333 or 087 2654125 or email@example.com
AVEC, Little Island, Cork. Contact Terry Corkery at 021 4355192 firstname.lastname@example.org
Uptown Computers, 44 The Boulevard, Grange Rath, Droghdea, Co. Meath. 087-2496341 Contact Barry Donn. email@example.com
GDK, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Contact David Watson at 01 2166970 firstname.lastname@example.org
Educom, Glasnevin, Dublin. Contact Gary Dempsey at 01 8601995 email@example.com
Lyons Communications, Lucan, Dublin. Contact Paddy Lyons or Abgela Lyons at at 01 6852575 firstname.lastname@example.org
Net Commmunications, Enniscorthy, Wexford. Contact Morgan Finucane at 1890 898989 morgan@NetCommunications.ie.
Compupac, Sligo. Contact Brian Vickers at 071 9158700 email@example.com
About Computers, Co. Waterford. Contact Thomas Martin at 051 382062 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fitzpatrick Computer Group, Mill house, Henry Street, Limerick. 061-493300 Contact: Thomas Pratt. email@example.com
Toomey audio visual / digisound av, A3, Baldonnell Business Park, Baldonnell, Dublin 22, 01-4660515, www.toomeyav.ie
SecureLAN Systems Letterkenny, Co.Donegal John Byrne 074 9126802
First Touch Technologies Kilcloon, Co.Meath Joe Griffin 01 6290174
O'Callaghan's TV Cork Ber Hogan 021 4273433
Comdex Technology Navan, Co.Meath Joe Halpin 046 9077086
Milestone Productions Cavan Bernard Connolly 086 8137276
Cantec Limerick Don Cameron 061-313642
About Computers Waterford Thomas Martin 051 850045
Mercato Ltd., Idaville, Old Blackrock Road, Cork. Contact Alan Leahy 021 2429419, 086 6077957 www.mercato.ie firstname.lastname@example.org
Meritec A2 Network Enterprise Park, Kilcoole,
Co Wicklow. Ireland. Phone: 01 281 2790
Email: email@example.com http://www.meritec.ie
I have also been provided with details of the following:
Kalahari I.T. Solutions Limited. 19 Monroe, Newtown, Nenagh, Tipperary. Telephone: 067 23803 Mobile: 086 387 0560. The Director is Sudhir Magaraj. Visit www.smart4schools.ie
SMARTboards are distributed here by Stelljes Ireland, so a very useful point of contact is their website at www.steljes.ie/vendors/smart ...they can then put a local reseller in contact with you. You can also contact Stelljes at 408Q Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, County Dublin.
Telephone: +353 1 4016648. Fax: +353 1 4105032. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (as of Oct. 2014). It may be the case that some of the companies that I have listed above are no longer resellers of SMART
The TouchIT board uses infra-red beams down and across the board so does
not need a pen, your finger will do. Further, the board surface reverts
back to a white board for use with dry marker pens when turned off. The board comes
bundled with Easiteach software and Draw.exe software
TouchIT Technologies now offer HID technology (Human Input Device) that does not require a driver. "Windows, Linux and MAC all recognise HIDs so it makes the implementation of [the] hardware on these platforms a lot more straight forward. The HID TouchIT Board represents a total redesign of the electronic hardware. Performance has been improved, tracking is faster, connection time to the server has been reduced which improves the user experience of the product."
Calibration is done automatically via a press of the Board's remote control
(RC). The RC also functions as a Mouse and Virtual Pen. Using a PolyKey means
you don't have to pre-load software. The new "eno" board is dry-erase, interactive and magnetic!
The board is described as "the world's largest touchscreen" (with a 77 inch diagonal). It is sometimes supplied with "Easiteach" software; otherwise it comes with its own 'TeamBoard Draw' software (a 98-page user guide to the latter can be accessed at http://www.erlas.hu/brochures/User_Guide.pdf)
The Teamboard can also be used as a dry-erase board. It is available with standard or short-throw projectors, with or without audio subject to customer requirements
This is a Portugese product, distibuted here by a company in Cork (where, I understand, there are now significant numbers). Seeing it at Bett2009, the Amigo software looked good, not disimilar to SMART nor Mimio. Read more at www.clasus.com
The contact information is via www.screenflexireland.ie/ ...where I note that they are now Promethean resellers (so perhaps no longer dealing in Clasus?)
a WIImote from your Nintendo system ...or purchase from (for example) Argos for Euro 39.99 (see http://www.argos.ie)
a Data Projector (from as little as Euro 319 from for example www.komplett.ie) to show onto a screen such as a smooth wall or ordinary whiteboard (or from behind and onto perspex or a tight cotton sheet) ...or instead of a Projector you may wish to make your own touch monitor by pointing the IR Pen onto a computer screen (such as an older VGA type) but be careful in case the IR Pen scratches the surface
a Bluetooth connection from your computer (either built-in or purchased as an external USB dongle)
software (always check downloads with your AV software before you Run!:
BlueSoleil was originally suggested by Johnny Lee. It is available to download from http://www.bluesoleil.com ...this is used to manage Bluetooth connections. Note that the free version has a data transfer limit.
The above will suffice if you only wish to operate existing programs (Solitaire, Paint etc.). If you wish to 'author' your own whiteboard files you will need commercial software such as Easiteach or Lynx ...or KindleLab (Open Source) from http://kindlelab.com
I have shared a document (pdf) to show how to get the Bluetooth connection to the Wii up and running ...WiimoteSetupDK.pdf
I have a short video showing the Wiimote in action ...CBIwiimote377.wmv (3.39 MB file)
My thanks to Enda Donlon (Mater Dei) and John Maloca (NUIM) for their advice on this item
The ONfinity CM2 solution works by calibratiing itself to the light-projected image. The working surface can be a whiteboard, a blackboard or a stone wall (it can also work with a Plasma screen via the 'video out' of the PC). The unit sits on or beside the Projector, rather than being attached to the Board.
Supplied with their own FreeClass software, as well as WizTeach
Neither Drumcondra Education Centre nor its agents promote one brand and/or company over another. The information gathered on this site is provided as a service to our schools. Issues of prices, specifications, warrenties etc. are a matter for the individual companies. Schools should not rely on the information provided on this site, but should confirm these details with the relevant companies. There may be other brands and/or companies who provide similar solutions to those listed above - it is not the intention of this site to exclude those companies. E&OE