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ICT Direct success at The Bett Show

The following article was supplied by ICT Direct, who advertise on this website. It’s interesting how you can make use of inexpensive hardware, including refurbished kit, to enhance a school’s ICT offering.

Project TouchProject Touch proved a great attraction on the ICT Direct stand at the Bett show. Visitors were very intrigued by the multi-touch table built by the ICT Direct team at a fraction of the cost of commercial offerings.

Project Touch was developed with the aim of:

  • Demonstrating how a £99 PC can deliver Windows 8 with multi touch.
  • Providing Design and Technology departments with a viable project that can enthuse students.

Enthusiasm for the multi-touch table was far beyond anything the team at ICT Direct had expected. Not only were schools fascinated by the whole concept, they were keen for the ICT Direct team to design and build kits which they could then purchase and use in their schools. Visitors to the stand were given basic guides to the concept and building of Project Touch. Once phase two of Project Touch is complete a comprehensive guide including a detailed parts list will be available. Phase two is now well underway and will incorporate operating enhancements and Windows 8 swipe and gesture. This will be ready for the Education Innovation show in Manchester in March.

ICT Direct’s refurbished computer offering was also very well received by visitors. Many schools hadn’t realised quite what ICT Direct can deliver to their schools and were somewhat surprised at the substantial cost savings their schools could make. With business-standard refurbished computers starting from as little as £74, schools can equip their ICT suites for minimal costs.

Since the show, ICT Direct has taken many orders for computer hardware from schools across the UK who found their product offering exceptionally good value. That coupled with the reassurances schools get from ICT Direct being a member of BESA and the Microsoft Refurbisher programme has helped tremendously.

John Graham, Director at ICT Direct commented, “We were overwhelmed with the level of interest shown by visitors, both to Project Touch, which seemed the main attraction on the stand, as well as to our refurbished computer hardware solution. We have been working with schools throughout the country for many years and it is great to spread the message and demonstrate to more schools just how much money we can save them, whilst still maintaining the quality and integrity they expect from their IT equipment.”

ICT Direct are Silver Sponsors of the Education Innovation Show in Manchester on 8th and 9th March, and will be demonstrating a wide range of refurbished computer equipment on the stand as well as a range of Monarch Trolleys. Oh, and of course phase two of Project Touch will be ready at the show for all visitors to see.

For further details, call 01254 820980, email info@ict-direct.co.uk or visit the website at http://www.ict-direct.co.uk

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(c) Terry Freedman