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    Protecting smartboards from damage

    Well we're gearing up for the summer again, and during the hols we have foreign language schools hiring our rooms off us (because we dont make enough money off the extortionate fees we charge). Its always been an issue in the past with outside teachers using our rooms without training on out interactive whiteboards. We get them drawn on, we've had holes in them, we get cables unplugged, pen trays ripped off, etc. So every year we try and come up with a solution to protect them from misuse.

    Last year we made laminated covers out of harboard and hung them over the whiteboards so they could be used with regular board pens without the surface being touched. However some teachers took off the boards and damaged the smartboards in the process. Also we've had an issue with storing the covers during the term time.

    This year I'm considering putting a layer of white paper over the board surface and covering the whole thing in self adhesive acetate, then giving the teachers washable markers again to write on the acetate.

    I was wondering if anyone else has had issues with damage to smartboards and what preventative measures you've taken.

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    we use these - not an advert you can buy them anywhere!!!

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    shockingly expensive solution though!

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    I'd make use of something like this http://telcontar.net/Artwork/ThinkNe...-LART-xoom.jpg

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    They are a bit expensive!

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    Wow! We'd need about 20 of them just to do the rooms we hire out. We've got a board in pretty much every classroom.

    Mallets are cheap and we already have plenty in CDT.

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    I presume you charge them for the damages?

    Why not take a damage deposit as a condition of higher the rooms.

    That may make them a bit more careful.

    Otherwise take the smartboards of the wall for the summer?

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    I presume you charge them for the damages?

    Why not take a damage deposit as a condition of higher the rooms.

    That may make them a bit more careful.

    Otherwise take the smartboards of the wall for the summer?

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    Yeah we do. Trouble is they're difficult to get money out of and our commercial services manager doesn't like doing it because they're good customers apparently (crazy I know).

    I try to avoid moving them if I can in case they get damaged in transit, or thrown at the back of some dusty store room with a load of chairs piled on top of them.

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    Instead of covering the board….. I would cover my a@se and raise the issue with SLT. Give them ownership of the problem and if the proverbial hits the fan they have no one but themselves to blame.

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    Shouldn't be an issue getting a damage deposit out of them as you should have that in place before they use the room otherwise it's not a stick to beat them with.

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    Quote Originally Posted by djm968
    Instead of covering the board….. I would cover my a@se and raise the issue with SLT. Give them ownership of the problem and if the proverbial hits the fan they have no one but themselves to blame.


    Yeah I see your point. But they still need a board to teach on and theres more smartboard space on the wall than conventional whiteboard in a lot of places. So rather than have to arrange replacement of 20 whiteboards with only a few days notice in September I'd prefer to look at preventative measures rather than have to clean up after everyone.

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    I know storage is a problem but I would honestly take them down, would save so much hassle

    And if your school is anything like ours, there are still plenty of whiteboards on wheels dotted around the school - so move them to the rooms where you've taken the boards down

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    sounds like you need to get them to sign a policy. If they damage them they pay for repairs. Bit like if you hire a car, the hire company checks the vehicle, signs it and then you sign to agree the information/checks are correct. That is what i would do, that means there is no need for you to spend money on trying to protect your boards.

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    That why i decided right from the offset that we would go Promethean Activboard and to date have had no problems over 5 years.

    (Not gloating just making an observation on the resilience of the Promethean product as to the Smartboard alternative)

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    Re: Protecting smartboards from damage

    Quote Originally Posted by bossman
    That why i decided right from the offset that we would go Promethean Activboard and to date have had no problems over 5 years.

    (Not gloating just making an observation on the resilience of the Promethean product as to the Smartboard alternative)
    I have found the Promethean boards very durable. Only concerns i have is:

    The corners have been known to be broken off, this exposes a weak part of the board. and if not delt with striaght away, if the corner is damaged, it damages the matirx, thus the mouse icon flicks around the pen when appled with the baord. I ahd this happen to a board, unfortunately it was not reported to me. Had to get a new baord. great thing is though promethean do refurbished boards at a smaller fraction of the cost.

    The Pens can become a little worse for wear i.e. the nibs wear down or the barrel button becomes stuck, usually due to been dropped. good thing is promethean supply replacement nibs free of charge. as for the pens chassi and barrel button breaking, if the board is under warranty, you can replace both pens free of charge. Other wise you can buy 10 peans for around £100; £10/pen.

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