Q&A with Tim Rocke, Schools ICT Commissioner for Telford and Wrekin Council

Phoenix Academy in Telford is a co-educational community school, which recently moved into new premises.  Set up to offer an exciting range of learning and teaching innovations, including an intuitive AV System, Tim Rocke, Schools ICT Commissioner for Telford and Wrekin Council, talks about the bespoke solutions that were implemented at the school.

What were you trying to achieve with the technology at Phoenix Academy?

The vision for Phoenix Academy was to enable teachers to move simply and quickly between classrooms, to minimise downtime and improve the efficiency of the school day.

In order to make this happen we needed to install a cutting edge AV system throughout the school, utilising the very latest technology and bespoke innovations that would create simple interactivity for teachers.

Did you face any specific challenges with the installation?

Within a challenging timescale, Clevertouch and AV integrator, CDEC, worked together to install 53 Clevertouch interactive touchscreens.

What solutions were implemented?

We Present software was installed on every Clevertouch enabling teachers to wirelessly connect their Toshiba Z10T laptops to the touchscreens. This means that teachers can use their devices as laptops or as detachable tablets and can direct lessons from anywhere in the classroom.  Additionally, they can hand control the touchscreens, connect to pupils at their desk and deploy a wide range of content including videos, presentations, bespoke applications, websites, word documents and live TV.

The system also features an external web-cam that can record lessons and relay them in real time on a big screen or replay at a later date for revision purposes. Working closely with CDEC and Clevertouch, we were able to create bespoke modifications to our Clevertouch touchscreens such as wireless connectivity, meaning the solution is completely unique.

How happy are you with the results?

The system is innovative in its ease of use for teachers, offering speed and simplicity of connection to the interactive screen.  Clevertouch worked with us as a partner, helping us to find solutions that weren’t off the shelf and achieved what we wanted.  The vision was translated as a technical solution that works really well and the We Present software offers a seamless connection between tablet and screen.