The European School in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Brussels, is the largest of its kind; it has 170 classrooms that accommodate approximately 3100 students. In 2015, the school entered into collaboration with i3-Technologies to embark on a major project to refurbish all classrooms with i3BOARD interactive whiteboards. The ambitious project will be completed by 2022.
Interactive whiteboards are gradually replacing classic chalkboards all over the world. The European School is no exception to this trend, as it invested in interactive whiteboards several years ago. However, these have failed to keep up with the rapidly changing technology. The school is still struggling with old-fashioned chalkboards as well. Frank Charlier, IT manager at the European School, explains the struggle:
“Chalk dust gets everywhere: in the air, on people’s clothes, on school equipment... But that’s not all. A chalkboard attracts other dust particles like a magnet, which means it requires cleaning 24/7 with specific cleaning equipment. It’s very time-consuming!”
The European School has a multi-cultural teaching staff with different nationalities, ages and technical talents. Of course, some teachers are more reluctant to drop the chalk than others. The school opted for the i3BOARD because it has a versatile surface which is perfect for every teaching approach. You can either write with a standard whiteboard marker, a pen or your finger.
The European School also acquired an i3LEARNHUB license to help teachers create digital lessons. The learning platform allows them to instantly create their own lessons or search the integrated marketplace for ready-to-use lessons created by other teachers.
At the European School, both primary and secondary teachers use the i3LEARNHUB software.
Yvonne Gavican, a primary teacher, prepares her lessons at home, saves them in her personal i3LEARNHUB library, and opens them on the i3BOARD in class the next day. She often uses the integrated web browser to complement her course content, for example to show English spelling patterns or to play sounds. The software makes her teaching life much easier and has become an essential tool for her lessons.
Mauricette Decamp, a secondary math teacher, imports her course materials in i3LEARNHUB at home and adds digital notes on the i3BOARD in class. When she saves her lessons and exports them, the notes are automatically included in the lesson files. These can then be easily shared with students who are absent, so they can keep up with the course and complete their assignments.
i3 products have definitely made it easier for teachers at the European School in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert to integrate technology in their lessons as they make the transition to digital teaching. By 2022, all of them will be familiar with i3-Technologies.