Comparing the Different SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Series
Many different interactive whiteboard models and systems are available. In the next few sections, I give you enough information for you to identify which interactive whiteboard you have and understand how it works. Be warned, though: If you brag too much about your new skills, you’ll be identified as the team’s expert and your colleagues will be coming to you for help!
Do you have an interactive whiteboard or an interactive display?
One of the first things you need to figure out is whether you have an interactive whiteboard or an interactive display (sometimes also called an interactive flat panel). The best way to figure it out is to look at the huge display and ask, “Does it look like a traditional whiteboard, or does it look more like a television set?” If it looks more like a whiteboard, you have an interactive whiteboard. If it looks more like a television set, it’s an interactive display.
Another way you can tell is whether the system uses a projector. If it does use a projector, then it’s definitively an interactive whiteboard. This book focuses on the interactive whiteboard, but fortunately, if you have an interactive display, you’re not out of luck — much of the functionality is identical.
Do you have a 600 series or an 800 series?
If you’ve determined that what you have is an interactive whiteboard (see the preceding section), the next step is to figure out which series you have. It’s not too difficult ...