Reading this all with interest:
At £24 per 'Classroom' (If a classroom is a room with an interactive device), then it's feasible to roll that into my budget - a total cost of around £1600 which I could pass onto department software budgets - does anyone have contact details for SMART to verify?
I've looked at Open Sankore today - As far as the software goes it's great, but as mentioned most of the resources are still labelled in French - fine for Languages, but not so great for other topics!
Perhaps we should all look at contributing towards the project to get it up to scratch for British Schools?
Bear in mind that the .iwb format is a bit hit and miss when converting from SMART. The files I tried ended up with loads of malformation - text in the wrong place etc... Kinda like Powerpoint files to Open Office and the like.
I'm new to edugeek - I was also at Bett looking for solution for Schools (I look after their AV/ICT) who have similar Smart Licensing issues and I've come across a solution that imports smart board files just as collaborative works on boards and interactive touchscreens and is a one off cost.
Please PM me if you want to know more as I don't want to get banned for an offence of mentioning a Supplier...doh !
I've asked Steljes to confirm pricing for the UK. I'll report when I have some info!
Does smart have any t+c's which would prevent Schools from using other Touch Collaborative software on their IWB's rather than cough up £££'s on their licensing ?
icetech (29th January 2014)
SMART are changing strategy and are going down the software route. Personally I think it’s still the best software available for white-boarding but SMARTs hardware has been lagging behind for several years. Makes sense to me that they are starting to work with other hardware manufacturers.
Steljes don't seem to fully understand the licening changes themselves, so I wouldn't read too much into anything said at BETT. All the staff on the SMART stand actually work for Steljes so I wouldn't expect them to be fully briefed on any changes.
Worth noting BenQ also work with Steljes in the UK and can also provide touch screens with a legal version of SMART Notebook. Prices are in the clever-touch range. They were hidden upstairs at BETT, so likely missed by most people.
@locaIzuk need to do it unauthenticated which is a pain.
Out of curiosity how long does it takes stejes to get back to you.
Last edited by free780; 29th January 2014 at 05:32 PM.
We've tired a few free options when we moved 5 classrooms to Epson interactive projectors over the summer and none of the teachers have been fully happy with anything other than Notebook. The annual subscription will work out much cheaper for us so am very interested in the idea, will have to chase up our supplier see if they've heard anything about it.
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