I teach middle school math and AP Calculus and I am very excited about the upcoming school year. It sounds as if I will be receiving some new technology in my classroom. This will include an interactive whiteboard and a set of student response clickers.
My dilemma is I am not sure of which brand(s) I should get.
I have done numerous hours of research on IWB and clickers over the internet (including the extensive thread here at "Does anyone have experience with both Promethean and SmartBoard to...
) and have had some interaction with different boards and clickers at presentations and demonstrations. I have also downloaded and explored the software associated with each product.
Each product has its pros and cons. My original plan was to get a Smart Board and CPS clickers from eInstruction. But the more I research, the more unsure I become of what to do.
I’m posting here in hopes of getting some constructive feedback. Not “I have Brand A and love it! Brand B sucks!!!”
The following is a summary of what I think are pros and cons of the different systems I am looking at. If anyone could add to my knowledge or correct any misinformation I may have, it would be much appreciated.
Pros- Touch Sensitive, Equation Recognition (Math Beta), TI-Inspire software integration, a wealth of information/resources across the web, well established user-base
Cons- No multi-touch, lower touch resolution
Pros- Multi-user, Promethean Planet, ActiveInspire software is more flexible/has more features
Cons- Not Touch Sensitive, Lack of internet “saturation” (although Planet is nice)
Pros- Ease of creating questions “on-the-fly”, integration of ExamView,
Cons-Not integrated with Notebook or ActiveInspire
Pros- Integrates with SmartBoard
Cons- Does it allow self-paced testing? No text entry, lack of ease for “on-the-fly” questions
Pros- Integrates with ActiveInspire, text entry
Cons- No self-paced testing (in an upcomming patch?)
Thanks in advance for any advice and suggestions.