With the new school year just around the corner Sight&Sound and Resources4Learning have put our heads together to devise the top 5 best AV Technologies for the classroom

Genee PowerBoard

Interactive Whiteboard

The Genee Powerboard is an interactive whiteboard which allows you to deliver interactive presentations or lessons to a large group of people easily and clearly. Available is large range of sizes and with many excellent features the Powerboard is designed to provide a platform to boost interactivity and productivity in the classroom

Powerful Features

With a durable porcelain easy to clean surface, the Genee Powerboard is made to last. You can use dry markers without permanently marking the surface.

Using the different coloured pens provided or simply using your finger with the Powerboard you can annotate, erase and manipulate multiple objects simultaneously.

You can even save your presentation so that it can be uploaded to an online resource area or for future presentations. The interactive whiteboard also supports third party software applications. For peace of mind the interactive whiteboard comes with a three year warranty.

Qwizdom Classroom Response System

Classroom Response

Qwizdom offer a range of solutions and products that can help you to transform your classroom into a rapid learning environment, the one we’ll focus on today is the student response system.

Qwizdom’s Student Response System offers amazing benfits such as:

Easy to Implement

Easy-to-use tools and software along with the excellent technical support offered by Qwizdom ensure that teachers are up and running quickly with limited need for training.

Immediate Feedback

With student understanding assessed and viewed instantly, instructors are able to adapt teaching as needed, reaching more individuals and maximizing learning.

Grading & Reporting

Instant grading and printable reports allow teachers to efficiently relay student progress to parents and administrators. This frees up time for more engaging classroom activities.

Performance Tracking

Qwizdom Actionpoint software enables you to generate individual or class reports for performance summaries. Allowing you to monitor and track student progress and understanding across topics, subjects or across the school term or year.

Reduce Expenditures

Using a Qwizdom Student Response System or Qwizdom Virtual Remote (QVR) along with computer-based presentations or resources means a reduction in printing costs and waste.

Ultra Short Throw Projector

Ultra Short Throw Projector
The Optoma EH320USTP is an excellent option for classrooms. Tired of the projector in your classroom shining in your eyes? With an ultra short throw projector the projector is situated closer to the screen with drastically reduces the amount of light shining in a teachers eyes.


Full HD 1080p
1080p resolution gives you sharp and detailed images from HD content without downscaling or compression; perfect for watching Blu-ray movies, HD broadcasting and playing video games.

High Contrast
Add more depth to your image with a high contrast projector; with brighter whites and ultra-rich blacks, images come alive and text appears crisp and clear – ideal for business and education applications

Full 3D
Optoma projectors can display true 3D content from almost any 3D source, including 3D Blu-ray players, 3D broadcasting and the latest generation games consoles. Support for 144Hz rapid refresh rate provides ultra-smooth flicker free images.

Integrated Speaker
The built-in speaker offers excellent audio support. Easy to set up without the need for costly external speakers

Energy Saving
Using the specially designed lamp modes, you can reduce the power consumption by up to 70%. Each mode also has a positive effect on the lamp life, while lowering the total cost of ownership and reducing maintenance.

Auto Power Off
There may be instances when the projector is left running when not in use. To help save energy, the “Auto Power Off” feature automatically turns off the projector after a set period of time if it is not being used

Long Lamp Life
Reduce the number of lamp changes with lamp life of up to 6500 hours.

Lumens DC125 “Ladibug” Visualiser

The DC125 Ladibug High-Definition Portable Visualiser (aka document camera) connects to a computer via a single USB cable to enable interactive presentations. This visualiser has a flexible gooseneck that allows you to capture detailed images of objects which make it an essential device for subjects like science. There are a wide number of uses for a visualiser and the lumens DC125 comes out on top for quality and features, features like:

  • Full HD 1080p output resolution
  • Jointless, highly flexible gooseneck
  • High-speed 30fps dynamic image
  • Hands-free auto focus
  • Single USB cable
  • Plug-and-Play
  • Unique image optimization
  • Special water droplet design
  • Compatible with all major brands of interactive whiteboards

Lenovo Ideapad S500 Touchscreen Notebook

Touchscreen Laptop

I struggled with the 5th best technology for schools but once inspiration hit I considered moving it further up he list.

Time moves on and technology moves on. Touchscreen laptops are the future and while a lot of us have lived our lives using a mouse and keyboard we need to move on. Traditional laptops are living on borrowed time so let me introduce the Lenovo Ideapad S500.

Thin, Light and Affordable 15.6″ Multi-Touch Laptop. The IdeaPad S500 Touch laptop features a capacitive 10-point touchscreen in a slim, attractive design. Backed by powerful Intel processor, long battery life, integrated Intel HD graphics and the comfortable AccuType keyboard, it delivers the smart performance of a laptop, while also providing the touch convenience of a tablet. All at an affordable price.


10-Finger Multitouch Screen

Interact with your IdeaPad S500 Touch laptop by using simple, intuitive gestures on the 10-point multitouch display, optimized for Windows 8.

Long Battery Life

Stay unplugged up to 6+ hours with the standard 48wh 4-cell battery.

Enhanced Graphics

Enjoy beautiful, lifelike visuals from your laptop, with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics.

AccuType Keyboard

The full-sized, island-style keyboard is comfortable to use with finger-friendly curved keys and ergonomic spacing to help ensure typing accuracy. Plus the multitouch touchpad adds convenience and supports gestures for easy scrolling and zoom functions.

Dolby Advanced Audio

With Dolby Advanced Audio, your built-in stereo speakers deliver greater clarity and consistent tone, while providing a cinematic surround-sound experience. Play your music and video louder without distortion. Plus, customize your audio settings to lock-in your preferred volume level for a more consistent listening experience.

Integrated 720p HD Webcam

The S500’s integrated 720p HD webcam is great for web conferences and online video chats. Includes face-tracking so you can multitask and stay within the frame, as well as low-light sensitivity.