For the IT department of a School District, updating old Smartboards with new technology and software can be an absolute minefield. There are a lot of decisions to be made. What technology? What size LED? How much is it? What software does it come with? This question always leads to the even bigger question we guarantee will come from all the teachers “Can I keep my existing lessons?”
Teachers are renowned for building up a portfolio of lesson content that can be modified and used again and again. The prospect of losing this material or indeed having to recreate it from scratch can be a terrifying thought. Over the last 10+ years Smart Technologies have done a fantastic job of educating schools and universities around the world what an Interactive Whiteboard was and as such, there are a lot of their products in the marketplace. This also means that lots of the content that has been created by teachers is designed for use with SMART Notebook®; Smart’s proprietary software.
Recent changes in the sales/pricing model has meant that this software comes at a cost to the School District and many are looking for alternatives to this as budgets have become tighter. At TouchIT Technologies we do have a solution for this which combines our Interactive LEDs, the ideal replacement for aged interactive whiteboards and our Contribute Cloud software.
If you are not sure why you should be replacing Interactive Whiteboards, then have a look at the video below.
Contribute Cloud software allows you to import your legacy SMART Notebook® files into the software meaning that the teachers do not lose their material. For the District’s IT team, it means that the burning question on all the teacher’s lips regarding their old content can be answered in the style of the X Factor with “A big FAT yes“. The fear quickly drains away from their faces, pulses stop racing and all is good with the world once again.
Importing files in Contribute Cloud is a simple process. Once you have logged in and you are into your account, select new Workbook and the editor will open. Then, you need to choose either one of your cloud drives, or your local machine where the Smart Notebook file is shown. Then, select the file and click ok to import it. It will then appear in your slides. Please note, that we only import non-proprietary parts of the file so as not to infringe on Smart Technologies and get their legal teams interested. Things like animations and widgets will not be imported but we will be importing things like images, annotations etc. The key point is that the content is not lost and doesn’t need to be recreated from scratch.
As the resolutions are higher on an LED, some of the older low resolution pictures you have used might need updating and changing to higher resolution images but this is more of a personal preference than a must for the content to be used. Next, if you have used any of the SMART Notebook® tools that are specific to them, you will need to make sure that the equivalent Contribute Cloud tools are dropped into the page when you are in playback mode.
SMART Board® and SMART Notebook® are registered Trademarks of Smart Technologies in the USA and other countries around the world.