The first SMART Board shook up the classroom way back in 1991 and over the last 22 years SMART interactive whiteboards have come a long way.
SMART Boards introduced the first interactive technology into classrooms, meetings and boardrooms across large screens projecting computer displays to wider audiences. Digital Ink brought the interactive element to SMART Boards, allowing speakers to annotate projected displays without leaving the presentation screen.
The impact of the SMART Board grabbed the attention of Intel Corporation, who invested in SMART Technologies and helped pave the next 20 years of developing touchscreen technology for business and education presentations.
SMART Boards get SMARTer
The modern SMART Board integrates a range of new features to make presentations more powerful than ever before. With the latest interactive whiteboards up to 4 people can simultaneously operate computer functions via the touchscreen, giving you comprehensive control of computer applications from your SMART Board.
Up to 4 people can open programs and write to edit documents and navigate your PC or laptop – all without interrupting your class, presentation or sales pitch. Want to link to external web pages? No problem, all you need is a Wi-Fi connection and you have the web at your disposal.
Digital Ink is still going strong too. In fact, it’s getting better all the time with SMART Ink. You can still annotate and write in different colours by using the supplied “pens” or you can take advantage of SMART touch technology and use your trusty own fingers. With the M600 series you can even have dual users write on different parts of the screen simultaneously. As an even better solution, the 800 series whiteboards allow up to 4 users to touch or write and will recognise and switch between pen and finger using touch recognition.
Time for an interactive upgrade?
The burning question is should I invest in SMART technology? Or if you’re already reaping the benefits of interactive whiteboards, should I upgrade to a newer model?
Naturally, the answer depends on you and your needs. If you have a 500 series SMART Board (dark grey bezel and half moon eraser), this hardware is no longer supported by SMART. The 600 series is still supported but the older resistive technology (membrane on the board) only allows one point of touch and there have been old boards with orientation problems. The latest M600 and 800 series both use DViT camera technology to allow multi-touch, multiple users writing and eradicate orientation problems. If the cameras develop a fault in the future they can be replaced. Finally, the new DViT boards do not require a membrane and therefore the hard steel surface is even more durable.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of a SMART Board upgrade is access to the new features of SMART’s Notebook software. The latest Notebook 11 release brings sound recording, an integrated web browser and a page reset to the wide collection of Notebook features. Designed with education in mind, Notebook brings together a collection of presentation tools and content access for an encyclopaedic approach to interactive learning.
Please speak to our team of experts to discuss the options most suitable for your environment or budget.