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My school is looking at writing a grant to buy more interactive whiteboards. We currently use Smart Boards and I love them but I heard the Promethean's have a lot of great, cool features that Smart does not have.

What is your opinion on them? Which one do you prefer, and why?

Thanks for the help,
Art Bentheim M.Ed.

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SMART also has fantastic interactive response systems that can easily be directly incorporated into SMART Notebook. These response systems are called SMART Response (formerly known as Senteo). You can find more info here:
We have both in my district, SmartBoards at the elementary level, Promethean at the secondary. I work with the SmartBoards, and love them. There are a wealth of resources available for all grade levels and curriculum areas (at least at the elem. level), both on the Smart site, and across the web. I particularly like that SmartBoards work with the touch of a finger, not just the pen. That's helpful for our youngest learners.
We bought Promethean Boards in our district and now we are thinking of switching to Smart Boards. We have had a lot of technical problems with the Promethean Boards.
We bought Promethean Boards in our district and now we are thinking of switching to Smart Boards. We have had a lot of technical problems with the Promethean Boards.
We bought Promethean Boards in our district and now we are thinking of switching to Smart Boards. We have had a lot of technical problems with the Promethean Boards.
Hi Art,
We actually made a switch from Smart to Promethean. The main reason was the Promethean software was much more dynamic than that of Smart and seemingly more user friendly. Also, for our younger users, we felt that having a pen that didn't allow for touch errors, allowed for more control for the teachers.
My tech person is recommending Polyvision boards for new purchases. I already have both SMART and Promethean in my building and am not looking forward to adding a third platform to the building.
Does anyone have experience with Polyvision?
I personally love Promethean and would love to add more of those to our classrooms!! We have a set of the Activotes and Activexpressions and the teachers and children really enjoy using them!
We're continuing our first year with Polyvision ENO boards in each classroom (K-8). As the school Tech Coordinator, I recommended going with Polyvision for a few reasons.

1) They work as a regular whiteboard (EXPO markers, etc.). This was important for us because of space limitations. Our teachers wanted to be able to use regular markers when not using the interactivity while not having "dead space" at the same time.

2) The ENO boards require no power. The sales reps like to say that they can be "hung like a picture". So there are no wires to deal with behind the board and they can easily be moved. The board uses Bluetooth wireless pens.

3) The boards are magnetic. This is pretty useful for some of our teachers because they can combine all kinds of magnets, dry erase markers, and whatever interactive content they're using.

4) The Easiteach software that comes with the boards is great.

Overall, I'm pleased with the decision we made with these boards. I thinking the combination of different functionality and durability makes them great boards. I don't have a lot of experience with other boards, but I think Polyvision is getting it right.
Thanks for the features list, but I guess it's just intriguing to me that a board meant to infuse technology into the classroom and get students interacting with tech is also being hailed as the board that can "use regular markers and is magnetic." Seems like a step backwards to me...
I don't look at it that way. I think that having a board that has multiple functions, that can be combined in interesting ways, is beneficial. Another big issue is space. If a teacher doesn't want to be using the dedicated IWB for a particular lesson the space which it occupies is essential "dead".

I understand your comment about it being a step backward. But I think we're not to the point at which teachers and students are no longer going to use regular dry erase pens. Having a multi-functional space just makes sense for our school.

I'm not sure how much of a problem this is, but do many schools have problems with IWBs "ruined" because someone mistakes them for a dry erase board?
That's true, space could be an issue in certain classrooms. I think it's nice they envisioned the boards to be multifunctional. We have never had a SMARTboard ruined b/c someone wrote on them with regular marker, but I am sure it has happened somewhere! I'll keep you posted what we decide and how it goes, thanks again for your feedback!
Have you ever had connectivity issues with your PolyVision boards? I recently worked with a district who had them for 6 months and then switched to SMARTboards because of technical issues. The PolyVision boards are now sitting in storage.



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