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  • 30 March 2011 09:02

Promethean unveils new pen and ‘touchboard’

Global education company, Promethean, has unveiled its next generation, ActivBoard 500 Pro-series. The launch of the new interactive whiteboard introduces, for the first time, leading-edge technology that allows the board to be operated simultaneously by both pen and ‘gesture’ touch.

The ActivBoard 500 will enable the use of new and emerging multi-touch functionality similar to that used in Apple and Microsoft (Windows 7) applications. This flexibility allows teachers to reach students in a variety of ways or modes, supporting a wider range of learning types. Users will have the ability to easily move and scale objects with finger-touch using natural hand movements, in conjunction with the precision of the “pen” for tasks such as writing or drawing. This offers a more intuitive and efficient way of performing tasks and allows for more collaborative classroom activities.

Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer at Promethean, comments: “The ActivBoard 500 represents the most significant advance in interactive whiteboard technology since it was first introduced in schools. The intuitive pen and touch capabilities deliver engaging and collaborative teaching and learning opportunities, for both teachers and students.

“Expectations and usability of technology have changed with developments in consumer electronics, and with it a new set of actions has emerged – the tap of a screen has replaced the click of a button. These digital behaviours are now second nature to most technology users and can now be used in the classroom to operate our new generation of interactive whiteboards. Feedback from pilot schools has confirmed that we have created a ‘best of breed’ solution that offers a collaborative, immersive, and inclusive digital experience.”

The ActivBoard 500 Pro also includes two free multi-touch applications for mind mapping and lesson planning: NoteBoard and TouchPad. These applications allow teachers to aggregate ideas, collate learning points and use interactive ‘post-it’ notes to promote simple, easy-to-use mind-mapping activities. Supporting the ActivBoard 500 is ActivInspire 1.5, Promethean’s award-winning software, available for download via

To see the new ActivBoard 500 in action, visit:

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About Promethean Promethean - Lighting the flame of learning Promethean is a global education company committed to supporting teaching and learning. Our focus is on student centred and collaborative learning. We do this through our integrated technology, training, content and assessment solutions that help teachers meet individual student needs. Our products are used in more than 500,000 classrooms around the world, and, the world’s largest interactive whiteboard community site, provides its almost one million members access to around 23,000 free teaching resources. With corporate headquarters in the U.K. and U.S., Promethean has offices in nine countries and is listed on the London Stock Exchange as Promethean World Plc (ticker symbol ‘PRW’).

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