St Columba College is a Catholic and Anglican school, catering for 1400 students from Reception all the way through to Year 12. It’s situated just outside Adelaide, South Australia, across three beautiful campuses, for the Junior, Middle and Senior schools, all within a kilometre of each other.
The school was using projectors in the senior school, to help bring a new dimension to lessons but by the end of 2020, these had come to the end of their life.
“The image quality was degrading over time, as happens with projectors”, explains Simon Flaherty, the college’s ICT manager. “The wireless streaming, which was via a third party add-in, was prone to drop-outs and lags, meaning that students were less engaged with the teaching material and teachers were left feeling hindered, rather than helped by the technology. On top of this, the projectors required ongoing maintenance - new globes, and cleaning of the optical engine and the filters, all of which took valuable time and money.”
The college did have one Clevertouch interactive panel, which they had purchased earlier in the year and were trialling in one of the science labs in the primary school. They were very pleased with it, but decided, nevertheless, to look at the broader market.
“Our research brought home to us how very good the Clevertouch panel was”, says Simon. “We found nothing else to match it in the market. Unlike other solutions, the Clevertouch panels had built-in wireless streaming, and had the 75inch size that we wanted. They were also very competitively priced, offering the best compromise between price and size. Being an interactive panel, rather than a projector, the Clevertouch needed no maintenance - a very attractive prospect for us.”
The final level of comfort with the Clevertouch solution was the fact that the college had a good existing relationship with Chris Ennis of ASI. ASI are Clevertouch’s exclusive distributor in Australia, and St Columba knew Chris from his previous role. They felt that with the combination of Clevertouch technology and Chris as their account manager, they couldn’t go wrong.
The college purchased 25 Clevertouch panels, and wall-mounted them throughout the school - in junior, middle and senior classrooms. Chris ran some training with Simon, who then replicated that out to the teaching staff.
The panels have made a real difference to the teachers, who love being able to add another dimension to their teaching and to delivering really engaging material - whether the lesson is Science, PE, Health, Food Technology, English or Maths.