When I ask someone to tell me how much a smart board costs today, the most common answer I hear is in the range of $10,000. Did you know you can have all the features and functionality of smart board in your school for much less? Want to know how?
When people think of Smart Boards, they always think of a particular product that is an interactive whiteboard that shows a projection of your computer screen, and on which you can use a pen. This product is known as the Smart Board Interactive Whiteboard” and it is one of the more expensive products Smart Tech makes. What most people do not know is that Smart Tech also makes other Smart Board products that can fit a lot of different sized budgets. One of the more affordable options for schools is the Smart Board Interactive Displays.
The smart board Interactive Display is an add-on which you can install on top of an existing flat panel high definition television (HDTV) that places an extra layer of glass on top of your television screen and adds the Smart Board technology to a regular HDTV. There are currently two types of add-on units for HDTV’s, the “Display Frame” and the “Interactive Display Overlay".
If you already have an HDTV display mounted in one of your classrooms, this can be a very economical solution for getting a Smart Board in your classroom. If you do not have an HDTV in your class they start around $800 but make sure you get a model that is compatible with the Smart Tech product you are interested in. You may be much closer to a Smart Board in your class than you think!! You can find out more about Smart Tech displays by visiting their website at www.smarttech.com.