September 25, 2018

Operation SmartBoard

 

We believe the Smart Board is the single best teaching tool available to teachers and is quickly revolutionizing classrooms around the country. District 33 currently has 1/3 of its classrooms outfitted with this technology and it is the Foudation’s goal of equipping every classroom in the District.

About the SMART Board

The Smart Board is an interactive whiteboard that uses touch detection for user input – e.g. scrolling, right mouse-click – in the same way normal PC input devices, such as a mouse or keyboard, detect input. A projector is used to display a computer’s video output on the interactive whiteboard, which then acts as a large touch screen. The Smart Board interactive whiteboard typically comes with four pens, which use digital ink and replace traditional whiteboard markers. Most Smart Board interactive whiteboards register only one touch at a time however, in June 2009, Smart Technologies introduced their first dual-touch interactive whiteboard.[1] The dual-touch Smart Board interactive whiteboard accepts two simultaneous touches, however only on two separate sides of the interactive whiteboard surface.

In October 2010, Smart Technologies introduced the Smart Board 800 series interactive whiteboard,[2] a line of multitouch, multiuser interactive whiteboards. The 800 series, which includes the 880 and the 885, supports multitouch and multiwrite anywhere on the interactive whiteboard surface, unlike the dual-touch interactive whiteboard, which can only support two simultaneous touches on different halves of the interactive surface. Unlike the previous generations, the Smart Board 800 series interactive whiteboard comes with only two pens. Users can select the ink color then want to use – red, blue, green or black – by pressing the corresponding button on the pen tray. Multiple users cannot write in different colored ink at the same time. The 800 series also supports common multitouch gestures, like those found on the Apple iPod Touch or iPad, including pinch, toss, flick and scroll.[2]

In December 2010, Smart introduced the lower cost Smart Board 400 series interactive whiteboard[3] which only available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Mexico.

The Smart Board interactive whiteboard operates as part of a system that includes the interactive whiteboard, a computer, a projector and white boarding software called Smart Notebook collaborative learning software. The components are connected wirelessly, via USB or serial cables. A projector connected to the computer displays the computer’s desktop image on the interactive whiteboard. The interactive whiteboard accepts touch input from a finger, pen or other solid object. Each contact with the Smart Board interactive whiteboard is interpreted as a left-click from the mouse. Smart Board interactive whiteboards are also available as a front-projection flat-panel display – interactive surfaces that fit over plasma or LCD display panels.[4]