Smart Technologies is one of world’s largest manufacturers of interactive whiteboards and they have coined the term Smartboard. Smart is also the leader in other innovative solutions for education and business, including interactive displays, student response systems, interactive tables, document cameras, copyboards, and much more.
An Important Note
“Smartboard” is a whiteboard by Smart Technologies, however, it has become synonymous with interactive whiteboards in general. Although many people refer to interactive whiteboards as smartboards, a “Smart Board” is actually a product made by Smart Technologies. It is very similar to the way people refer to any brand of tissue as a Kleenex, or any photo copier as a Xerox machine. For example, a board made by Hitachi is an interactive whiteboard, although people will commonly refer to it as a Hitachi smartboard.
Here at Touchboards, we sell all brands of interactive whiteboards and we help people find a solution to suit their application and budget. We like to refer to Smart Technologies’ Smartboard as the “Toyota Camry of the whiteboard world.” It is very popular, offers good value, and has a host of features popular within the industry. However, in reality, not everyone needs, or even wants, a middle of the road whiteboard. And in this case, we can help you choose a more economical product, or even a more sophisticated system.
Interactive whiteboards from Smart Technologies will include one of its popular software packages Notebook, which was designed for use in schools; or Meeting Pro, made for corporate customers. Each is compatible with both PC and Mac. Using Smart Notebook software, teachers can share lesson plans and ideas with each other, all done through the Internet. Smart also hosts a website called SMART Exchange which allows teachers around the world to collaborate, and is categorized by subject, grade and even file type. Smart also has games for children which can be played on your interactive whiteboard. While all of these are great features, it is important to note that SMART does charge a yearly maintenance fee for all software. Below, please see our videos comparing two of our most popular alternatives to SMART:
The 600 Series
The 600 series boards are the interactive whiteboards designed by SMART for educational settings. They are available in two sizes 77” (SBM680) and 87” (SBM685). SMART also offers these in a variety of packaged options that include projectors. However, many of our customers find that these packages are a bit expensive. To solve this problem, we came up with some of our own packages that are less expensive and include better projectors. You can view these packages here.
The 800 Series
While education is an important aspect of SMART’s interactive whiteboard line up, they have also developed a series of boards specifically tailored for business applications. Much like the 600 Series, the 800 series is available in two sizes 77” (SB880) and 87” (SB885). SMART also provides packages that are bundled with Meeting Pro software designed specifically for business applications.
SMART also carries a full line of interactive LED panels in a variety of sizes designed for both educational and business settings. A favorite in many classrooms is SMART’s interactive table, the 442i.
SMART has also created an intuitive and innovative copy board. The SMART Kapp, is a copyboard that through the connection of an iPad, Android, or other mobile device is able to capture and distribute dry erase notes instantaneously. Please check out our demo video below:
Using iPads and Other Mobile Devices
iPads, Android tablets and other mobile devices are becoming a key ingredient in the classroom. There are several ways you can utilize this technology with a SMART interactive product. Please take a look at our video tutorial below: