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Classroom Technologies to Promote Collaboration and Engagement at Mentone Girls’

Mentone Girls’ Grammar is a K-12 independent school catering to over 700 students. Over their impressive history stretching back to 1899, Mentone Girls’ has positioned itself a the forefront of education in Australia. The school is eSmart, taking advantage of education technologies in the classroom. DIB were recently brought in to install a suite of interactive devices across Mentone’s science classrooms. Click here to read about another installation of Hitachi touchscreens on portable trolleys for the school’s art wing.

Five science rooms were equipped with audio visual systems. Three featured Epson EB-1430Wi finger touch projectors, while the other two had Hitachi 65″ interactive LED panels installed. While each of these devices have their pros and cons, both allow for more interactive and engaging class-time. They let teachers effortlessly incorporate videos, diagrams, websites, and online activities into their lessons. Interactive technologies lets teachers and students easily annotate and work on electronic content. The MeetingMate ultra short throw projector and the Hitachi flat panel both boast multi-touch, letting multiple students and teachers work together on the devices. This facilitates collaboration and fluid group work.

Hitachi 65" flat panel

Hitachi 65″ touch panel

Epson EB-1430 MeetingMate interactive projector

Epson EB-1430 MeetingMate interactive projector

The AV design also included Extron MLC62 wall control panels. These were installed in each room alongside the displays to give staff an easy way to operate the devices, with 7 clearly labelled buttons to choose from the available video sources, adjust volume, and turn the entire system on/off.

extron control panel

Extron control panel

In addition to the standard HDMI and VGA input plates, the DIB team installed an AppleTV box in each room. These allow Apple devices to connect wirelessly to the display. AppleTV’s are fantastic in schools where students use iPads or Macbooks, providing a quick and effortless way to share content onto the main projector or LED flat panel. This is one of the many ways that DIB’s installation for Mentone Girls’ Grammar School will encourage collaboration and engagement in the classroom.

Click here for more about the Epson EB-1430Wi MeetingMate interactive projector.

Click here for to learn more about Hitachi’s interactive flat panel range.

For assistance with your custom audio visual requirements, contact a DIB Audio Visual Solutions Consultant today. Phone (03) 9457-4800 or contact us.