But time and technology moves on, and Hitachi has revealed its latest classroom teaching aid the StarBoard FX-Trio during a session at the School Resources Expo in Sydney.
According to Hitachi: Building on the success of its predecessor, the FX-Duo, the new StarBoard takes interactive learning to the next level by allowing three people to write on the screen at the same time by the simple touch of a finger or by using the pen feature, injecting creativity into the classroom environment.
Projecting classrooms into the future, the IntelliPen function automatically converts freehand words or objects to text and the Magical Touch function enables easy scroll, as well as shrinking or expanding the display all by the swipe of a hand. The FX-Trio also boasts a superior surface and improved accuracy and durability.
'The response to date from partners and consultants alike has been extremely positive after our preview event in Melbourne last week. With the FX-Trio, we are bringing a world first to Australian classrooms while giving more kids the opportunity to get in touch with an innovative learning tool,' said James Burke, Digital Presentation Solutions Division, Hitachi Australia.
'The FX-Trio transforms the learning experience even further as teachers can now test three students at the same time allowing for a fun and competitive learning environment. The release of this board is a big step forward in technology innovations and we look forward to the day when the whole class can write on the board at once.'
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The AIS StarBoard Challenge is open to all of Australia's government and non-government primary schools and can be entered at www.aisclassroom.com.au .
The School Resources Expo is for professionals involved in making a purchasing decision for their institution from primary through to tertiary education. The Expo is being held at Rosehill Gardens Event Centre, Rosehill Racecourse on Friday, March 12th 2010 (8am - 4pm) and Saturday, March 13th 2010 (9am - 3pm). For further information visit: http://www.schoolresourcesexpo.com.au/sydney