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    Smart Airliner - Interference?

    Just been asked by one of our teachers about getting a wireless pad for the Smartboard in her room. I have no doubt that once she gets one, everybody else will start to ask!

    Just wondering if anybody has experienced any interference problems with using multiple Airliners in neighbouring rooms?

    Cheers!

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Busybub
    Just wondering if anybody has experienced any interference problems with using multiple Airliners in neighbouring rooms?
    8O Wow - your classrooms are big enough to fit Airliners into!?

    I would think that using them in classrooms is likely to lead to widespread disruption across the school. :wav:

    Sorry, couldn't resist

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    I have a number f the GTCO Calcomp SchoolPads - we tend to favour these over IWBs because they are cheaper and can be shared amongst rooms.

    If the AirLiners are anything like the SchoolPad, they will work via bluetooth, pairing with a PC. Multiple pads can be used together for collaboration with a master pad for the teacher.

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    We're looking at Airliners at the moment too, and have one on loan for a bit - our salesman told us that you can have more than one on a single PC, so I very much doubt that ones on different PCs in different classrooms would be any problem at all.

    There's some pairing done between the Airliner and the PC (although unlike with Bluetooth keyboards, no "passkey" to enter) so I doubt the other PCs would even know they're there unless you happened to search for all B/T devices in range, then you would need to make sure you selected the correct one.

    I'd be interested to know what you think of them, actually...

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    You will be fine.

    The Smart airliner works over class 2 bluetooth so the range is around 10 meters

    I personally love the Airliner, and they are only £240 Bargain!

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisa
    I personally love the Airliner, and they are only £240 Bargain!
    But "normal" Wacom tablets are only about £150 - are the re-badged SMART ones worth the extra money?

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    But "normal" Wacom tablets are only about £150 - are the re-badged SMART ones worth the extra money?
    Yes, The smart tablets have quick links to all the pens and tools built on the tablet.

    If you use the Wacom tablet you have to navigate the tool bar in the notebook software.

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisa
    Yes, The smart tablets have quick links to all the pens and tools built on the tablet.

    If you use the Wacom tablet you have to navigate the tool bar in the notebook software.
    And that's worth nearly £100 to you/your teachers? I'm not meaning to dispute this, I just want to be sure that if/when we buy some of these, we spend effectively, i.e. 2x Airliner or 3x Wacom.

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    If the teachers use the Smartboard software correctly then i would say they are definatly worth the extra money.

    I have tried other wireless tablets to try and save schools some money but the Smart Airliner wins hands down everytime.

    If you would like to loan one for a week to have a play with I can send you one.

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    Thanks, but we've got one on loan from our supplier already.

    When I was using it, I didn't find much benefit from the SMART-specific buttons, but one of our English teachers loves them, as she can quickly swap colours when annotating text. It's that "classroom view" of them which I'm trying to get. On similar lines, how do you find the students get on with them?

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    We find that it engages the kids who don't like standing in front of the class to work on the board.

    It takes the kids no time to get the hang of using them, its the teachers that need showing what to do.

    The only thing I would say is that the mouse that comes with the package is rubbish, But we don't really use it anyway

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    No, I couldn't see a single reason to use the mouse with it, especially since our IWBs have B/T keyboards and mice on them anyway, so I didn't even give it to the teachers who are trialling them!

    If the teacher were competent enough, do you think that these tablets could negate the need for an interactive board, i.e. just get a projector and a tablet?

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    If the teacher were competent enough, do you think that these tablets could negate the need for an interactive board, i.e. just get a projector and a tablet?
    We support a big secondary school and all they have is a projector and a Smart Airliner in every classroom which seems to work well

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    I have a number f the GTCO Calcomp SchoolPads - we tend to favour these over IWBs because they are cheaper and can be shared amongst rooms.
    Those GTCO Calcomp SchoolPads sound interesting Ric. How much and where from??

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    Re: Smart Airliner - Interference?

    The SchoolPads can be purchased from Mandy Brereton at Oliis Solutions and they are under £300 (although I cannot remember how much under). This includes a bluetooth adapter (re-badged TDK dongle) and a license for their Interwrite software - which I happen to quite like.

    Check out http://www.gtcocalcomp.net/interwriteschoolsuite.htm for more details.



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