January and February are traditionally busy months for Clevertouch and so far 2016 is no different to any other year. As the market leading interactive touchscreen in education, our stand at this year’s BETT show attracted a record number of visitors from across the education space.
For me, it’s an opportunity to talk to teachers and other education professionals who are as passionate about #edtech as we are. In addition to tutorials, demos and showcasing the latest innovations from Clevertouch, visitors to our stand were given a preview of new independent research conducted with 500 British teachers and lecturers, which features technology trends and reveals its impact in education.
As well as identifying the most popular apps, software and devices, the research pinpoints how well schools are doing at integrating technology across the curriculum and whether teaching staff are getting enough ongoing support to help them use the incumbent technology effectively in the educational setting.
Interestingly, 69.2% of the teachers and lecturers polled in the research said they wanted more training with personal tablets, while 61.7% said the same of their front-of-class display. This is something Clevertouch will be tackling in 2016 by introducing more educational resources and lesson plans to the newly launched website and giving our users access to more training opportunities.
With teaching staff increasingly pressed to work out of hours, new software developments could help save time delivering and planning lessons. For example, the team from Snowflake MultiTeach (included on Clevertouch) joined us on our stand and showed us the recently launched the MultiTeach Community, which has a wealth of free video resources for teachers using Clevertouch.
Other Clevertouch developments exhibited at the show include CleverMaths software, which now comes with all Clevertouch displays. This new maths, chemistry and physics tool is suitable for primary and secondary level students and has an on-screen calculator, 2D/3D shape drawing, text recognition and a nifty formula recognition feature, which automatically turns handwritten formulas into text.
Finally, with device connectivity and integration high on the #edtech agenda, we were able to show off CleverShare, a new wireless USB device that lets users control their Clevertouch Plus or Clevertouch Pro from anywhere in a room using a laptop. It’s ideal for teachers and lecturers who have created content in advance of a lesson on their laptop and want to present and edit it from the main main display using their pen or finger as a mouse.
If you didn’t get a chance to see the research report at BETT 2016 you can find it or an infographic illustrating key findings here.