Promethean lands major US deal

Promethean World, the Blackburn-based interactive learning technology specialist, has been selected as the exclusive provider of interactive display systems for 10,000 classrooms to the Miami-Dade County public schools district.

PrometheanPromethean will provide its ActivBoard Touch system and its ActivInspire software and implement an 18-month programme to assist the schools with using the software.

Miami-Dade is the fourth largest school district in the US with about 350,000 students.

Chief executive Jim Marshall, said: "We have the opportunity to empower Miami-Dade teachers with a new way to motivate and engage students through collaborative digital learning activities in the classroom and we are excited by this.

"The Miami-Dade award is significant, both because it is one of the largest classroom implementations of interactive display systems in our history and because it may be one of the signs that the pressures on education technology budgets in the US are beginning to ease." However, he also added: "It does not lead us to alter our current view of our financial prospects for this year, and we expect the marketplace to remain tough, but we do take it as a very positive endorsement of the quality of Promethean's solutions."