Parish School Replaces Aging SMART Boards with ViewSonic® ViewBoard®
Like many schools today, the St. Matthew Parish School was ready to retire a host of aging SMART boards. Having used the boards for the past 10 years, the teachers and administrators knew what worked well – and what didn’t. While teachers and students were benefitting from the interactive capabilities, several limitations compelled technology coordinator Gretchen Knapp to look for a better option.
Knapp recognized that keeping teachers tethered to their laptops constrained their creative capabilities. In addition, the need to continually "orient" the SMART boards to reconfigure touchpoints whenever the projector or board was bumped or jarred by vibrations was sapping teacher time and patience. The school was also looking to move away from Windows and become a Google Chrome environment, which created a dilemma around license renewal for their SMART Notebook software, which Knapp said didn’t work well with Chromebooks.
"Last time I looked, SMART hadn’t done a lot with Chromebooks and we were committed to moving in that direction," said Knapp, "So license renewal didn’t make much sense."