Booms and Swingers? ... Projecting the right image!
An interesting observation was made on a recent school visit. A school in Kent has installed a new i-whiteboard and projector combination. Due of the height of the ceiling and the need to ensure the board height can be adjusted to meet the needs of childrens' different reaches, the school chose a combination that has a boom connecting the board to a short-throw projector. Thus, when the height of the board is adjusted, the projector moves with it! So far so good.
It appears that this type of design is highly attractive to more athletic children as a piece of gym equipment! Children apparently jump or reach up and swing on the boom. The particular design in question allows the child to get a good hand grip around the boom and swing! I notice other designs have a wider flatter boom with a shorter throw projector that you cannot get a grip on to do this.
I was wondering whether this problem has been encountered at other schools and is thus an issue for others to consider, or whether it is isolated. I know that this type of board is becoming more popular, but am not sure if there are enough of them for the problem to be highlighted. If more are sold, will it become one?
Comments and observations please?