Blackburn interactive whiteboard firm set to chalk up sales in Saudi Arabia

A GLOBAL education company which has its headquarters in Blackburn is to provide interactive whiteboards to classrooms in Saudi Arabia.

Promethean will be providing the technology, which will also gives teachers access to the company’s learning software ActivInspire, in Arabic.

The company, which operates from Lower Philips Road, had revealed that revenue had dropped 22.9 per cent to £83.2million in the six months to June 2012.

But the tender, which was announced at the 2013 Education World Forum, now means 5,000 classrooms and 700 labs in the Arab state will be using the boards.

ActivBoards come with 78in, 87in or 95in interactive displays and are aimed at encouraging student participation.

According to the company’s website, prices start at £1,049.

Eugene Viskovic, the company’s president of international markets, said that thousands of education resources in Arabic would now be available to teachers so that they could create lessons to improve student engagement and boost learning productivity.

He said: “We are pleased to work with the ministry of education for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to create 21st century classrooms where tom-orrow’s leaders can learn skills they will need for the global economy.

“By giving teachers software that easily incorporates dynamic digital content, we improve their ability to deliver lessons that increase collaboration and motivate students.”

The project, financed with government funds, also includes hands-on training sessions with teaching and learning consultants.

In these sessions, teachers will build an understanding of how to effectively use the technology and the skills to integrate it into their classrooms to boost learning productivity.

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6:57pm Wed 6 Feb 13

doomchanter says...

Great news! I hope they take on the 400 people the council are laying off and all the people they had to "let go" last year.
Great news! I hope they take on the 400 people the council are laying off and all the people they had to "let go" last year. doomchanter
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7:41pm Wed 6 Feb 13

DEO VOLENTE says...

Progress never ceases to astound me! Just to think these were called "Blackboards" when I received my extensive and comprehensive education. That is "Blackboards" with good old fashioned "White" chalk which never let me down when being taught inter alia, the English Language, Science, the Classics and of course Mathematics. When I was being educated even the "slowest" pupil in the class could manage to grasp the aforementioned. Has progress improved education? It is of course a moot point notwithstanding the fact that a significant number of individuals educated in the U.K. could not spell "Blackboard" or even "White" if their lives depended upon it. What will tthe future hold I wonder? Yellow Boards? Or do we already have those in abundance?

Deus Vobiscum
Progress never ceases to astound me! Just to think these were called "Blackboards" when I received my extensive and comprehensive education. That is "Blackboards" with good old fashioned "White" chalk which never let me down when being taught inter alia, the English Language, Science, the Classics and of course Mathematics. When I was being educated even the "slowest" pupil in the class could manage to grasp the aforementioned. Has progress improved education? It is of course a moot point notwithstanding the fact that a significant number of individuals educated in the U.K. could not spell "Blackboard" or even "White" if their lives depended upon it. What will tthe future hold I wonder? Yellow Boards? Or do we already have those in abundance? Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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11:44am Thu 7 Feb 13

prometheanMan says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
Progress never ceases to astound me! Just to think these were called "Blackboards" when I received my extensive and comprehensive education. That is "Blackboards" with good old fashioned "White" chalk which never let me down when being taught inter alia, the English Language, Science, the Classics and of course Mathematics. When I was being educated even the "slowest" pupil in the class could manage to grasp the aforementioned. Has progress improved education? It is of course a moot point notwithstanding the fact that a significant number of individuals educated in the U.K. could not spell "Blackboard" or even "White" if their lives depended upon it. What will tthe future hold I wonder? Yellow Boards? Or do we already have those in abundance?

Deus Vobiscum
Unfortunately your extensive and comprehensive eduction didn't include appropriate use of "quotes"!
Advances in both technology and in pedagogical understanding has undoubtedly improved the quality of education available today!
I don't know of any yellow boards in class rooms at the moment, after moving from blackboard to whiteboard technology moved away from different coloured boards towards interactivity and collaboration :)
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: Progress never ceases to astound me! Just to think these were called "Blackboards" when I received my extensive and comprehensive education. That is "Blackboards" with good old fashioned "White" chalk which never let me down when being taught inter alia, the English Language, Science, the Classics and of course Mathematics. When I was being educated even the "slowest" pupil in the class could manage to grasp the aforementioned. Has progress improved education? It is of course a moot point notwithstanding the fact that a significant number of individuals educated in the U.K. could not spell "Blackboard" or even "White" if their lives depended upon it. What will tthe future hold I wonder? Yellow Boards? Or do we already have those in abundance? Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]Unfortunately your extensive and comprehensive eduction didn't include appropriate use of "quotes"! Advances in both technology and in pedagogical understanding has undoubtedly improved the quality of education available today! I don't know of any yellow boards in class rooms at the moment, after moving from blackboard to whiteboard technology moved away from different coloured boards towards interactivity and collaboration :) prometheanMan
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12:02pm Thu 7 Feb 13

BlackburnEyes says...

prometheanMan wrote:
DEO VOLENTE wrote: Progress never ceases to astound me! Just to think these were called "Blackboards" when I received my extensive and comprehensive education. That is "Blackboards" with good old fashioned "White" chalk which never let me down when being taught inter alia, the English Language, Science, the Classics and of course Mathematics. When I was being educated even the "slowest" pupil in the class could manage to grasp the aforementioned. Has progress improved education? It is of course a moot point notwithstanding the fact that a significant number of individuals educated in the U.K. could not spell "Blackboard" or even "White" if their lives depended upon it. What will tthe future hold I wonder? Yellow Boards? Or do we already have those in abundance? Deus Vobiscum
Unfortunately your extensive and comprehensive eduction didn't include appropriate use of "quotes"! Advances in both technology and in pedagogical understanding has undoubtedly improved the quality of education available today! I don't know of any yellow boards in class rooms at the moment, after moving from blackboard to whiteboard technology moved away from different coloured boards towards interactivity and collaboration :)
They are already making schools ipad compliant...the interactive whiteboard from this company is ok but there are better ones outhere that uses touch wall technology....I have refurbished some schools that have no blackboards at all you project an image on the wall touch the wall and hey presto the board reacts...devils work if you ask me lol
[quote][p][bold]prometheanMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: Progress never ceases to astound me! Just to think these were called "Blackboards" when I received my extensive and comprehensive education. That is "Blackboards" with good old fashioned "White" chalk which never let me down when being taught inter alia, the English Language, Science, the Classics and of course Mathematics. When I was being educated even the "slowest" pupil in the class could manage to grasp the aforementioned. Has progress improved education? It is of course a moot point notwithstanding the fact that a significant number of individuals educated in the U.K. could not spell "Blackboard" or even "White" if their lives depended upon it. What will tthe future hold I wonder? Yellow Boards? Or do we already have those in abundance? Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]Unfortunately your extensive and comprehensive eduction didn't include appropriate use of "quotes"! Advances in both technology and in pedagogical understanding has undoubtedly improved the quality of education available today! I don't know of any yellow boards in class rooms at the moment, after moving from blackboard to whiteboard technology moved away from different coloured boards towards interactivity and collaboration :)[/p][/quote]They are already making schools ipad compliant...the interactive whiteboard from this company is ok but there are better ones outhere that uses touch wall technology....I have refurbished some schools that have no blackboards at all you project an image on the wall touch the wall and hey presto the board reacts...devils work if you ask me lol BlackburnEyes
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4:52pm Thu 7 Feb 13

prometheanBoy says...

prometheanMan wrote:
DEO VOLENTE wrote:
Progress never ceases to astound me! Just to think these were called "Blackboards" when I received my extensive and comprehensive education. That is "Blackboards" with good old fashioned "White" chalk which never let me down when being taught inter alia, the English Language, Science, the Classics and of course Mathematics. When I was being educated even the "slowest" pupil in the class could manage to grasp the aforementioned. Has progress improved education? It is of course a moot point notwithstanding the fact that a significant number of individuals educated in the U.K. could not spell "Blackboard" or even "White" if their lives depended upon it. What will tthe future hold I wonder? Yellow Boards? Or do we already have those in abundance?

Deus Vobiscum
Unfortunately your extensive and comprehensive eduction didn't include appropriate use of "quotes"!
Advances in both technology and in pedagogical understanding has undoubtedly improved the quality of education available today!
I don't know of any yellow boards in class rooms at the moment, after moving from blackboard to whiteboard technology moved away from different coloured boards towards interactivity and collaboration :)
gee willikers prometheanMan, you sure told him!
[quote][p][bold]prometheanMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: Progress never ceases to astound me! Just to think these were called "Blackboards" when I received my extensive and comprehensive education. That is "Blackboards" with good old fashioned "White" chalk which never let me down when being taught inter alia, the English Language, Science, the Classics and of course Mathematics. When I was being educated even the "slowest" pupil in the class could manage to grasp the aforementioned. Has progress improved education? It is of course a moot point notwithstanding the fact that a significant number of individuals educated in the U.K. could not spell "Blackboard" or even "White" if their lives depended upon it. What will tthe future hold I wonder? Yellow Boards? Or do we already have those in abundance? Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]Unfortunately your extensive and comprehensive eduction didn't include appropriate use of "quotes"! Advances in both technology and in pedagogical understanding has undoubtedly improved the quality of education available today! I don't know of any yellow boards in class rooms at the moment, after moving from blackboard to whiteboard technology moved away from different coloured boards towards interactivity and collaboration :)[/p][/quote]gee willikers prometheanMan, you sure told him! prometheanBoy
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9:13pm Thu 7 Feb 13

DEO VOLENTE says...

Ha Ha Ha I will take no lessons from someone who cannot even spell education nevermind lecture on it. "Eduction" Boy. You must try harder, if you are to engage in debate with someone of my educational standing, you really must!

Deus Vobiscum
Ha Ha Ha I will take no lessons from someone who cannot even spell education nevermind lecture on it. "Eduction" Boy. You must try harder, if you are to engage in debate with someone of my educational standing, you really must! Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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