Acrive Inspire Licencing
Currently we have 24 Promethean IWB's in our classrooms, we are looking to replace all of these with LCD touch screens,
my question is do we have to buy a new licence if we wish to keep active inspire or are we covered if we scrap the boards ???
The License is only valid when used with the Promethean Hardware.
You can buy new licenses for the software however I believe from other threads on here asking this question they are not cheap. Someone said an alternative way around this is to by the Voting System or Slates they do as that then re-licenses you but I am not sure if that is fully correct.
Best advice is contact Promethean / your authorised reseller :)
Seconded - contact Promethean directly - they are very helpful I find
They told me we could have 2x software licenses for each hardware.
The licence for ActivInspire Professional edition is as follows:
Number of Promethean ActivHardware products x2 (ActivBoards, ActivPanels, kit of 32 ActivExpression, kit of 32 ActiVote.)
So it is as CyberNerd mentions above.
If you have 10 Promethean ActivBoards you are licenced to have ActivInspire Professional edition installed on 20 computers.
If no Promethean hardware is present in the school then the ActivInspire licences will need to be purchased from your local reseller.
Looks like you need to put your boards in a cupboard then :)
I'd seriously start looking at alternatives - something that would allow students to access resources at home on any device, eg VLE/HTML5 based.
The AS software has become a bit of a lock-in in our school to the point where it is really difficult for departments that are entrenched in AS to be able to easily share their documents online. The AS personal is useless for ipad/android tablets - which is what the majority of our students own, and pdf/html export is long winded and doesn't include any interactivity. I mentioned this to promethean at BETT but got shunned as it didn't fit their business model of selling hardware. We've recommended any new IWB's are LCD and not to use AS for these reasons - but I'm still looking for some good HTML5 tools.