Smart unveils new interactive whiteboard
Dubai, March 9, 2008
Smart Technologies has launched the new Smart Board 600i interactive whiteboard system.
It is Smart’s most convenient and affordable interactive whiteboard system. This second-generation integrated system combines the Smart Board 680 interactive whiteboard with the new Unifi 45 projector and will cost 25 per cent less than the original system, said an official spokesman.
Launched in 2006, the Smart Board 600i interactive whiteboard system quickly became one of the most sought-after classroom solutions. Its short-throw, high-offset projector reduced shadows cast onto the interactive whiteboard, and with the projector connected directly above the interactive whiteboard, there was no need for complicated wiring, ceiling mounting or the installation of a power outlet in the ceiling.
The new system builds on those strengths and, with extensive input from teachers, features a number of enhancements. The Unifi 45 projector offers a brighter image and true color quality, and its unique collapsible boom protects the system from deliberate damage.
The control panel below the interactive whiteboard allows teachers to turn the entire system on or off with one button, eliminating the need for a remote control.
“Integration and ease of use are two factors that are top of mind for teachers and technology coordinators as the adoption of technology accelerates in classrooms around the world,” said Smart’s CEO Nancy Knowlton.
“With the new 600i system, we have incorporated customer feedback to provide a highly affordable solution that makes teaching and learning in a 21st-century classroom fun and engaging.”
With the latest interactive whiteboard system, teachers can easily connect computers or switch between peripherals, such as MP3 players, document cameras and DVD players.
They can also add hardware to the system to best meet the needs of their students. The addition of the new Smart classroom audio system or USB speakers allows teachers to turn the system into a complete multimedia center.
They can also easily add the height-adjustable wall mount to adjust the height of the interactive whiteboard so that all students can use it.
The Smart Board 600i interactive whiteboard system comes with the Smart Board 680 interactive whiteboard, which offers teachers 77 inches (195.6 cm) of active screen area. Simply by touching the large display, users can access and control any computer or multimedia application, including the Internet, CDs and DVDs, and write notes in digital ink and save their work to share later.
The Smart Pen Tray automatically detects when a user picks up a pen or the eraser. Buttons activate the On-Screen Keyboard, right-click and help functions.
The Smart Board interactive whiteboard comes with feature-rich Notebook collaborative learning software, which offers teachers access to more than 100,000 pieces of educational content. – TradeArabia News Service
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