Vivitek, experts in visual presentation and collaboration solutions has announced that 62 of its interactive NovoTouch displays have been selected by Education Other Than at School (EOTAS) Centres in Northern Ireland. The consultation and installation of the panels were conducted by IMEX, Vivitek’s reseller partner in Northern Ireland.
EOTAS Educational Centres were introduced to cater for children who find the mainstream education system challenging and require additional care and support to help them address and overcome social behaviour and emotional welfare issues in a nurturing environment. The centres work with over 600 schools throughout Northern Ireland, assisting over 1000 pupils a month to help them unlock their potential.
The Vivitek panels are being used in classrooms, technology rooms and catering rooms among others. Although they are being utilised in multiple ways, the primary use for the displays is for EOTAS’ educational applications, as well as for streaming and mirroring videos. Outside of education, the panels are also being used to play games which, in turn, builds a sense of community and relationships between the students and the EOTAS staff.
Martin Gormley, Head of EOTAS Northern Ireland said, “the whole process has been seamless and exemplary. Between them, Vivitek and IMEX have excelled on this project. Other companies should strive to provide this amount of care. Even though the installations took place in over 20 centres across the whole of Northern Ireland, they were conducted on time and without hiccups. Not only was the installation quick and efficient, but the follow-up training and aftercare support has been excellent. We’d recommend Vivitek and IMEX without a doubt. They made it feel like we were their only customers thanks to the support we received. It is apparent that they do care. This is especially significant when dealing with an area of education where there has been a feeling of neglect. IMEX made us feel special.”
There are other benefits, too. Since installation, the centres have seen student attendance increase. This could be due to the allure of digital content ranging from games and apps – as well as educational content - that resonates with them.
The 23 EOTAS Centres have 61 Vivitek NovoTouch EK863i 86" 4K UHD Interactive LCD Displays. This full-featured collaborative panel has been designed for teaching spaces, huddle rooms, meeting areas, reception areas and hospitality zones. Teacher and pupils can mirror or wirelessly share content from any device to the NovoDisplay, which is well suited for hybrid teaching with many video conferencing apps pre-installed.
The EOTAS has one NovoTouch 75in 4K UHD Interactive Flat Panel. The 4K resolution delivers on image detail, which creates a much more attention-grabbing and immersive experience for pupils. Something else that will keep them focused on the content, is the 20-point touch interactivity and annotation which enables multiple students to participate. They even have the option to work from their own device, which provides more flexibility given some COVID restrictions limit movement in the classroom.
Greg Mack, UK Sales Manager, Vivitek added, “it’s a well-known fact that visual support lessons create a much more memorable educational experience for students, especially those who are not in mainstream education and who would benefit from different ways of learning. We’re thrilled to learn that Vivitek’s panels are playing a positive role in the education of the children attending the EOTAS centres in Northern Ireland, and we hope that their presence will create an inclusive learning environment that enables children who may have struggled in mainstream schools to thrive not just in education, but later in their private lives and professional careers.”