We used smart control to teach in the computer lab at school. Essentially, SMART switches you to a digital projector / LCD projector in an interactive keyboard that you can write to.
The SMART table itself is a touch-sensitive giant screen that connects to your computer. You use the digital screen saver to display your computer screen on the SMART desktop and the software that lets you touch and interact with your computer.
As more and more school boards and teachers are investing in data protection machines, it is a question of whether SMART Boards are a good investment. After all, an intuitive touch interface as well as the ability to write digital documents (with digital inks) would help us go beyond the black board, browser paper, and overhead monitors.
- With the SMART Board, you can control all applications with the touch screen. So, instead of working behind the computer keyboard, you (or your students) can be in front of the classroom that physically interacts with the screen.
- You can use any of 4 color markers or erasers to write in digital ink over applications, websites, or videos. The SMART table still works if you lose the pen. (There are 4 colored pen holes and one eraser.) When you lift the pen from the slot, it selects the color or the stroke.
- Like other digital ink software applications, you can save your work in a notebook and you can edit a script in a text.
- Hard to write. The biggest disappointment with the digital ink comes from the fact that the SMART Board is the front of the screen. This means that your data protection is placed in front of the screen (like a cost machine). Which means that when you stand between the projector and the screen, you throw a shadow on the screen … right where you are trying to write. Sure, it was great to interact with apps by touching the screen, but writing notes was difficult because you were constantly stopping the image.
- Hard to write neat . To be completely honest, it was a little disappointing how our handwriting turned out to be on the SMART Board. Better than our experience with another digital pen (ie the i-pen), the script was still big, cold and messy. One of the things you need to do is to not lean against the SMART Board. When writing on a table or a white table, you usually rest the edge of your palm on the table. If you do this on a touch screen, the pointer in your palm indicates it doesn't work. You must train yourself to write just by using the tip on the pen. The tag worked fine if we wanted to highlight or call the main ideas, but if you wanted to edit or revise a 12-point, dual-word document, you're having trouble getting the management needed.
- You still need to go back and forth from the keyboard to the screen. We could start our browser by touching the SMART table, but when it came time to enter the URL, we had to go back to the table to enter the URL.
- Animals. The total cost of the SMART Board assets may be unauthorized for classroom teachers. Retail price of 77? (195.6cm) The SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard is $ 1399 (USD) supported by the SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada. (www.SmarterKids.org)
- You need to provide your own data project. A new, decent projector costs about $ 500 – $ 1000. The SMART table is just a giant touch screen. Your need to provide your own projector to show the image on your smartphone. (Software, connectors and equipment are included.)
- You may want to upgrade to a wireless connection ($ 199 USD) to avoid the cables and dangers in the classroom. The screen shot and the SMART Board touch screen may be out of step. This means that when you try to click the button, the mouse pointer will appear a few inches to the side. You must reformat your hardware that would interfere with a lesson.