My district has quite a few aging interactive whiteboards (SMARTboards and ActivBoards). As they near the end of their expected lifespan, we are looking for alternatives. One idea that has been floated is Apple TV, but I'm interesting to hear other ideas as well. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience, for the good or bad, with other solutions for interactivity. Thanks!
Great question you have posed Dan. I have seen some districts in our are Midwest area purchase flat panel plasma or HD TV's. They feel the visual literacy is the most important support with strong teacher pedagogical instruction/practice infused with highly interactive collaborative learning and activities with their students.
Others are dabbling with Apple TV with an HD TV- and it is working very well. Here is a supportive blog reflection.
I am now presenting my large scale keynotes with Apple TV, my iPad and an LCD Projector and soon with my Ultrabook :-) This allows me to be highly mobile and not constrained to the podium, especially during collaborative work times with adult learners. Here is an overview PDF of classrom possiblities.
An option I have heard but have not seen is the touchscreen HD TV http://www.samsung.com/us/business/commercial-display-solutions/LH65TCPMBC/ZA
It will be very interesting to watch the mobile transformation in the next 12 months on this topics- thanks for posing the question!
My district opted for Smart Airliners about 6 years ago instead of white boards and were very happy with them. The initial cost is lower, the allow the teacher and students more flexibility in movement around the room and don't put your eyes in the crosshairs of the projector. Recently I've been using the Polycom input tablet and am very happy with it.