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Clear Touch Partnership Bundles DisplayNote with Interactive Panels

Reno, Nevada – Clear Touch Interactive®, an American-owned and operated company headquartered in South Carolina, is pleased to announce that its touchscreen panels shipping to North American customers now come bundled with DisplayNote Technologies’ collaborative presentation app and include a ten-connection DisplayNote license. The companies partnered to make it easy for their mutual customers to leverage the DisplayNote application to stream content from the Clear Touch panels to multiple connected devices.

“Our partnership with DisplayNote further demonstrates our commitment to bringing the best collaborative technologies to classrooms and boardrooms,” said Keone Trask, president of Clear Touch Interactive. “DisplayNote’s products bring tremendous value-add to our customers.”

DisplayNote, a presenter-to-participant screen-sharing technology, offers real-time collaboration in a flexible range of settings. By streaming content from Clear Touch panels to connected devices in the same classroom or boardroom, presenters can use their mobile device to present wirelessly, while enabling participants to contribute to the content from any smartphone, tablet or laptop.

“DisplayNote is all about making presentations and lessons interactive and collaborative, and involving everyone in the room. Together with Clear Touch, we believe we can give customers a solution that really changes how they deliver content to an audience and how they collaborate on that content,” said Jonathan Smith, global head of strategic alliances, DisplayNote Technologies.

ABOUT CLEAR TOUCH INTERACTIVE®

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch Interactive®, Inc. is transforming interactive experiences for educational institutions, government agencies and commercial enterprises. Clear Touch™ panels, related accessories and software provide a truly immersive experience with twenty simultaneous points of touch and rapid refresh rates, HD LED display technology that produces brilliant colors on an anti-glare, anti-friction tempered glass surface, and are available in six sizes ranging from 55 to 86 inches. For more information, visit www.getcleartouch.com

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Clayton County Schools Implement Clear Touch™ Panels

Ditching the Dusty Chalboards for Clear Touch™ Panels

Slate chalkboards are still affixed to the walls of elementary, middle and high school classrooms in New Jersey’s Clayton Public School District. What you notice, however, when you step into any of Clayton Public Schools’ 100 classrooms, is not the once-dusty teaching necessity of yesteryear; it’s the gorgeous 65-inch HD LED touchscreen panel mounted over the old chalkboard.

“We wanted to continue our district’s forward momentum with cutting-edge technology. From my experience in the tech industry, I knew the Clear Touch panels would … do that.”

— Dan Marakowski
District Technology Coordinator for Clayton Public School District New Jersey

Clayton Public Schools, which serves over 1,430 students, completed a district-wide rollout of Clear Touch Interactive panels just prior to the start of this school year. Dan Marakowski, District Technology Coordinator, spearheaded the project and worked with Clear Touch and its integration partner, LeCroy, to install the panels and train the teachers before students arrived in August.

Advancing the District’s Technology Agenda

Incidentally, the slate on the walls behind the Clear Touch panels doesn’t tell the whole story of this technologically progressive school district. The panels replaced, not old chalkboards, but rather outdated smartboards that once hung in their place as well as ceiling-mounted projectors well past their prime.

“The boards began to fail and all the projectors were dying. We toyed with the idea of going with smartboards again and installing new projectors, but that  seemed so regressive,” said Marakowski. “We wanted to continue our district’s forward momentum with cutting-edge technology. From my experience in the tech industry, I knew the Clear Touch panels would allow us to do that.”

The district’s forward momentum has included, in recent years, a one-to-one iPad initiative. In 2012, iPads were issued to all eighth grade students, and every year since, additional iPads have been distributed to students in other grades. The 2015-2016 school year is the first year in which all students in grades 8 through 12 have an iPad. Every teacher in the district also has an iPad.

Clayton Public Schools has also increased its classroom computing power by combining each of their new Clear Touch panels with the optional integrated computer module, which slides directly into the back of the panel.

Teachers can interact with Windows directly on the panel after logging in with their Active Directory credentials. “Anything they can do on a desktop, they can do on the touchscreen panel,” said Marakowski. “Our teachers love it. It’s instant-on. There’s no warmup time on the panel, and the PC boots quickly.”

Leveraging Technology to Promote & Enhance Learning

“Our teachers can now teach from anywhere in the classroom. In the past, they utilized desktops to control the smartboards and projectors, but with the panels, we were able to rip all of that out, leaving only the desktops for email, grading, curriculum planning, and other non-student-facing tasks,” said Marakowski.

The setup provides endless teaching possibilities. The panel can be used as the integrated PC’s display and input device, but it can also wirelessly display any iPad screen, including, for those teaching grades 8 through 12, students’ iPads.

“Clear Touch panels are software agnostic, which is great from a usability and diversity standpoint,” said Marakowski. “We employ a mix of Clear Touch software and third-party software to give our teachers extreme flexibility.”

Teachers can pull up any Windows-based application, any iPad app, any video, any online resource, etc., and display it on the screen. What’s more, the panel gets students involved and engages them in lessons better than ever before.

Marakowski said Clear Touch’s ability to recognize up to ten simultaneous points of touch drives student engagement and collaboration. “I’ve seen it in action: ten little pre-k fingers manipulating objects and matching shapes all at the same time, first graders learning phonics with the help of online games, middle schoolers collaborating on difficult math problems, and high schoolers working together to connect points on a giant diagram,” he said.


Ensuring Panel Visibility & Reachability

Not all of Clayton’s new panels are mounted to the wall in the same way, and two panels are not mounted to any wall. In selecting the installation hardware, special consideration was given to classroom layouts and student height.

All of the panels installed in Herma Simmons Elementary School classrooms (46 total) are mounted on balance box systems. With these spring-loaded, height-adjustable wall mounts, teachers can effortlessly slide the panels down the wall to accommodate their shorter operators. “We wanted our younger students to be able to interact with the panels in their own writing position,” said Marakowski. “The balance box mounts do that.”

Two types of wall mounts were used to hang 65-inch Clear Touch panels in the 54 middle and high school classrooms. Fixed mounting systems were used in classrooms that don’t have line-of-sight obstructions for students sitting at their desks, while panels in science and art classrooms can be raised on the balance box systems, allowing students to see over lab stations and art tables.

Clear Touch panels are designed to be easy to see.

“The panels are bright, vivid and clear. With the projectors, teachers had to turn off the lights, and even then, students in the back of the room couldn’t see the washed-out image projected on the whiteboard. With the Clear Touch panels, the lights can be on and sunlight can be streaming through the windows.”

— Dan Marakowski
District Technology Coordinator for Clayton Public School District New Jersey

In addition to the 100 panels mounted to the slate on classroom walls, two 84-inch panels are mounted to balance boxes on mobile stands. One is housed in the middle and high school media center; one in the elementary school library. These panels are used for videos and presentations to larger groups of students.

For example, elementary school teachers recently gathered their students in the cafeteria in front of the 84-inch Clear Touch panel and conducted a Skype call with a marine biologist in Florida, who spoke about his profession.


Training Teachers & Maintaining the Panels

“Clear Touch and LeCroy worked tirelessly to get us up-and-running before the school year started,” said Marakowski. LeCroy installed the panels, and Clear Touch and LeCroy together provided onsite training for teachers.

Marakowski and his team have offered additional training opportunities since the panels were deployed. During some of the district’s regular in-service days, they have presented one-hour sessions for teachers to continue learning. “The panels are so easy to use. Most of our training is focused on better utilizing available software and introducing new apps,” he said. “The panels are also very reliable. We currently have a zero failure rate for the panels.”


Prepping Students for the Future

Marakowski said Clayton Public School District has an incredible amount of technology, especially considering its smaller size. He credits the visionary administrative leaders and the Board of Education, noting that technology plays a vital role in their mission to help schools embrace the opportunities of today to prepare students for the opportunities of tomorrow.

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Clear Touch Interactive Awarded Digital Edge

Reno, Nevada – Clear Touch Interactive, an American-owned and operated company headquartered in South Carolina, today announced that it has been awarded a DigitalEdge Purchasing Contract from Educational Service District 112. Contract #ESD112-DE16A for “Educational Technology, Wireless Devices and Audio-Visual Equipment” enables K-12 schools, colleges and universities, libraries, and government agencies in 12 Western states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming) to conveniently and confidently procure Clear Touch’s multi-touch interactive panels.

The DigitalEdge contract became effective on Jan. 1 following a competitive bidding process. It provides educational and governmental institutions in the 12-state region with the best pricing on Clear Touch’s interactive presentation systems, while simplifying the procurement process.

“As we continue to penetrate new markets and grow our brand on the national stage, we remain committed to making the buying process easy for our customers. This contract does that for public sector organizations on the West Coast,” said West Martin, vice president of sales for Clear Touch Interactive. “We look forward to demonstrating to organizations in this region how our technology is transforming classrooms and revolutionizing the way people interact with their content.”

Clear Touch Interactive panels deliver highly immersive collaboration experiences. Panels are available in six sizes ranging from 55 to 98 inches. Each HD LED display produces brilliant colors on a 4mm anti-glare, anti-friction tempered glass surface. True multi-touch interactivity, with ten simultaneous touch points and rapid response times, is achieved with ScatteredIR technology.

About DigitalEdge Contracts

Since the DigitalEdge Purchasing Program began in 2002, $86.6 million in educational technology solutions has been sold to eligible purchasers. Membership is not required for purchasers to be able to participate in DigitalEdge contracts. State laws authorize “piggybacking” off a bid that was competitively procured by another public agency. School districts may purchase off a DigitalEdge contract without publishing their own bid. All interested organizations are advised to check their governing laws and obtain their own legal counsel to determine eligibility for purchasing products through DigitalEdge contracts. A school district that determines it is eligible to use the DigitalEdge contracts can request an interlocal agreement from the DigitalEdge office at 360.952.3415.

ABOUT CLEAR TOUCH INTERACTIVE®

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch Interactive®, Inc. is transforming interactive experiences for educational institutions, government agencies and commercial enterprises. Clear Touch™ panels, related accessories and software provide a truly immersive experience with twenty simultaneous points of touch and rapid refresh rates, HD LED display technology that produces brilliant colors on an anti-glare, anti-friction tempered glass surface, and are available in six sizes ranging from 55 to 86 inches. For more information, visit www.getcleartouch.com

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Clear Touch Forms Distribution Partnership with Galaxy Technology Distribution for its Multi-Touch Interactive Panels

Reno, Nevada — Clear Touch Interactive, an American-owned and operated company headquartered in South Carolina, today announced that it has finalized a distribution agreement with Galaxy Technology Distribution for its large, multi-touch interactive panels. Clear Touch has spent the better part of this year in hyper-growth mode, building out its team and operations to keep up with the high demand for its panels in collaborative educational and business environments. Clear Touch’s partnership with Galaxy is streamlining its distribution process and enabling scalability in line with continued growth.

“It had become quite clear to us in recent months that we needed a scalable and reliable distribution arm to manage our back-end operations, and it was important for us to choose a partner who is as committed to service as we are,” said Tamara Trask, vice president of operations for Clear Touch Interactive. “We found that partner in Galaxy. Their team, acting as an extension of ours, is tasked with ensuring a seamless and positive fulfillment experience for all customers and resellers.”

Galaxy is maintaining an active inventory of Clear Touch panels and accessories so all products are kept in-stock and ready to ship. It is also handling freight logistics and communicating order status and tracking details to resellers and customers. Galaxy has recently begun fulfilling Clear Touch orders, and turnaround time from order to delivery continues to accelerate.

“We’re pleased to welcome Clear Touch as our flagship partner, and we’re excited to be supporting their growth through inventory management, order fulfillment and customer service,” said Ellen Alligood, chief operating officer at Galaxy Technology Distribution. “This partnership with Clear Touch gives us a great product around which we can build a portfolio of complementary solutions.”

ABOUT CLEAR TOUCH INTERACTIVE®

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch Interactive®, Inc. is transforming interactive experiences for educational institutions, government agencies and commercial enterprises. Clear Touch™ panels, related accessories and software provide a truly immersive experience with twenty simultaneous points of touch and rapid refresh rates, HD LED display technology that produces brilliant colors on an anti-glare, anti-friction tempered glass surface, and are available in six sizes ranging from 55 to 86 inches. For more information, visit www.getcleartouch.com

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Clear Touch Inks Exclusive U.S. Agreement with NUITEQ

Greenville, SC — Clear Touch Interactive, an American-owned and operated company headquartered in South Carolina, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Natural User Interface Technologies (NUITEQ®) that bundles the companies’ complementary products in the United States. All Clear Touch Interactive panels now include a license for NUITEQ’s award-winning multi-touch software, Snowflake, at no additional charge. The terms of the agreement also give Clear Touch exclusive U.S. distribution rights for NUITEQ’s Snowflake MultiTeach software.

“Our partnership with NUITEQ underscores our commitment to bringing the best collaborative technologies to classrooms and boardrooms, and we are excited to be able to offer NUITEQ’s proven Snowflake software as a value-add to our customers,” said Keone Trask, president of Clear Touch Interactive. “The exclusivity built into this agreement also says a lot about our ability to deliver immersive interactive experiences – and our growing leadership in the market.”

Clear Touch panels are available in six sizes ranging from 55 to 98 inches. Each HD LED display produces brilliant colors on a 4mm anti-glare, anti-friction tempered glass surface. True multi-touch interactivity, with ten simultaneous touchpoints and rapid response times, is achieved with HID ScatteredIR technology. Clear Touch also provides panel accessories and software.

In the United States, only Clear Touch Interactive bundles a NUITEQ Snowflake license with its panels, enabling customers to download, free-of-charge, the Snowflake software of their choice.

  • Snowflake MultiTeach is an edutainment suite of software apps for touchscreens used by teachers and students in primary education classrooms. Snowflake MultiTeach makes learning fun by engaging young minds and creating memorable interactive classroom experiences that increase student and teacher performance. In addition to more than 25 built-in apps with preset content, busy teachers can also use the Lessons app to quickly and easily create curriculum-specific touchscreen lessons with their own custom content.
  • Snowflake Business consists of a comprehensive suite of multi-touch business tools that drive information sharing and collaboration. Snowflake Business is used in boardrooms and corporate lobbies, and in business presentation and training environments. It comes preloaded with a variety of apps for browsing the web, drawing and annotating, viewing photos and videos, interacting with social media, exploring maps, and much more. Snowflake Business is easy to use and customize with branded content.

“Clear Touch may be a relative newcomer to the interactive panel space, but their solid technology, extensive industry knowledge and rapid growth over the past two years gave us confidence to enter into this exclusive agreement with them in the United States,” said Harry van der Veen, co-founder and CEO of NUITEQ. “We look forward to working together to revolutionize the way people in educational, government and corporate settings interact with their content.”

Brian Collins, business development manager at NUITEQ, added, “I have been highly impressed by the team at Clear Touch. Their dedication and understanding of their market, coupled with their vision and enthusiasm for the future of the connected digital classroom, are all essential elements of this partnership.”

About Natural User Interface Technologies

NUITEQ is an award-winning developer of multi-touch software solutions for interactive touch displays. Its multi-user collaborative software product, Snowflake, which has been developed for over seven years, is globally known for its high level of performance and stability. NUITEQ’s customers include businesses and schools as well as OEMs, system integrators and VARs in over 70 countries. The company’s vision is to improve the way people interact with technology, by creating rich engaging user interfaces. For more information, visit www.nuiteq.com.

ABOUT CLEAR TOUCH INTERACTIVE®

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch Interactive®, Inc. is transforming interactive experiences for educational institutions, government agencies and commercial enterprises. Clear Touch™ panels, related accessories and software provide a truly immersive experience with twenty simultaneous points of touch and rapid refresh rates, HD LED display technology that produces brilliant colors on an anti-glare, anti-friction tempered glass surface, and are available in six sizes ranging from 55 to 86 inches. For more information, visit www.getcleartouch.com

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