Promethean Gets The Scottish Vote
on: February 17, 2010, 10:13 am
Following the implementation of Promethean's ActivExpression
learner response system, an innovative handheld voting device, Students
in Scotland are getting the vote early at the Scottish Parliament's
on-site education centre in the Holyrood building.
ActivExpression is being used to enhance the Parliament's education programme, by
making activities more interactive, engaging and relevant to the young visitors.
Using ActivExpression, students are given the chance to 'vote' on key political
issues and their responses provide education staff with opinions to encourage,
debate and enhance review sessions at the end of the visit.
Alongside ActivExpression, Scottish Parliament chose to implement additional
ActivClassroom solutions, including Promethean's ActivBoard interactive whiteboard solution and accompanying
interactive whiteboard tools and ActivInspire
software. Bringing topics to life, education staff have used the technologies to
create lively resources on the history of Holyrood and daily duties of parliamentary
members, incorporating a variety of multimedia, including images, videos and sound.
Margaret Allen, head of European market development at Promethean, commented: "This
is a fantastic example of how the ActivClassroom is being used in an alternative
learning environment to promote participation and collaboration in a way that
appeals to today's digital learner."
Beyond the Parliament's on-site education centre, ActivClassroom technologies have
been integrated into Holyrood's 'chat room', a space where visiting students get
the chance to question Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). To ensure the
effectiveness of these questioning sessions, Parliament staff decided to implement
Promethean's ActivSound audio enhancement system, to make sure that students are
fully engaged and involved in the experience.
Commenting on the arrival of the Promethean ActivClassroom technologies, Rosemary
Everett, Head of Education and Community Partnerships at Scottish Parliament, said: "The technologies were implemented at Holyrood in September, yet have already been
praised by Parliament staff and visiting schools alike. Since the arrival of the
ActivClassroom, the education team has witnessed improvements in student
involvement, with young people more animated and eager to take part in activities."
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About the Scottish Parliament Education Team
The Parliament's Education Team provides resources and education sessions for young
people, teachers and other educational groups interested in learning about the
Parliament, in line with A Curriculum for Excellence. The team has recently
increased its capacity for education visits to Holyrood by 97% (2008-2009 compared
to 2007-2008) enabling 11,320 young people and teachers to visit the Parliament.
Staff also go out to visit schools, and in 2008-2009, met with 7,749 young people –
an increase of 29% over 2007-2008.
About Promethean - Lighting the flame of learning
Promethean's aim is to unlock the potential of human achievement in education and
training at all ages around the world. It does so by creating, developing,
supplying and supporting leading edge, interactive learning technology, such as interactive whiteboards, and by encouraging the
growth of the world's largest online teacher community in this field. In these
ways, Promethean is helping bring to life the promise of 21st century learning,
improving engagement and results for learners and teachers alike.
Beyond the classroom, Promethean provides comprehensive training and support and,
with over 500,000 members, the rapidly growing Promethean Planet is the world's
largest online community for users of interactive learning technology, providing
user-generated and premium content and is a forum for teachers to exchange ideas and
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