Competitive Tactical Analysis Promethean Collaborative Classroom Versus Smart Technologies Tactical Considerations Dated: July 28, 2008 During a Demo Against Smart Technologies The overriding themes are that we are curriculum software built from scratch by fellow educators, not presentation software ported from business to schools. Also, our functions are broad and deep while SMART is broad and shallow. Show the ruler, protractor, compass, fraction tool, ticker tape, Activprimary, integrated slate and votes, customizable menu which can be saved for each user, some of the 11 ways to selectively erase the board, one click for pen/highlighter /eraser (colors and sizes), paint bucket on text, block and cursive handwriting recognition on the fly and after the fact, symbol recognition, integrated results of Activotes, 15,000 resources (“secondary” folder), freehand image capture and save to resources, page zoom with a tool like a ruler, clock, dice, calculator with screen output, front/middle/bottom properties of objects, inbuilt browser, the barrel button on the pen plus hover capability, and fraction tool. Show Nettrekker – Many states have this as a standard; don‟t underestimate our 4,500 plus flipcharts aligned to every state standard. Talk about pen versus finger. A student must learn to use the pen. What adult signs a contract with his finger? A pen is much more precise than a finger when creating interesting graphics, etc. Promethean is written by teachers for teachers. We sell only to schools, not military, not businesses. 45% of our employees are former teachers. You can see the difference and should point this out frequently. Try to make sure that your decision makers/audience is composed of teachers or ex- teachers. This will pay huge dividends for you. Different functions found in MAC versus PC From SMART’s web site (related to version 9.5) Function Windows Computers Macintosh Computers Import and export Microsoft You can export Notebook Not available. PowerPoint® files software documents in PowerPoint format if PowerPoint software is installed on the same computer as SMART Board software. You Customizable Not also export may available. You can add or remove items Notebook toolbar, Floating PowerPoint documents in from the toolbar by Control- Toolbar is customizable Notebook™ format if both clicking the Notebook toolbar applications are installed. selecting and available. Customize Print capture You can direct any print output Not to Notebook software by Toolbar. selecting SMART Notebook Print Capture from the list of E-mail support You can printers in availablee-mail both any Not available. application. .pdf Notebook and documents using the Send Microsoft Office ink You can use the Pen tool to enter Not available. To menu item. awareness text or objects in all Microsoft Office applications. Handwriting recognition in You can start the handwriting Not available. Gallery search recognition application by pressing the Pen Input button LinQ™ software in the Gallery tab. LinQ software can send Not available. your computer‟s display over the network to an Auto-hide Page Sorter whiteboard interactiveauto-hide the Page Not available. You can withoutin using additional Sorter Notebook software cables. by selecting the Auto-hide check box at the bottom of the Notebook Page Sorter. Show the audience how that even when using the finger, you will have a tendency to rest your other hand on the board, tap the board to make a point, etc. All of which will make the SMART Board leave a mark or have otherwise unintentional consequences. Explain how many things SMART from copied us. They now have a ruler and protractor, but with shallow capabilities. Does this mean they acknowledge they are behind us in creative programming in other areas? Does it indicate they are stretching the truth in other representations of their product? Think about it. Speaking of misdirection … explain that SMART talks about only four points to calibrate. SMART calls this a “Quick Alignment”. You cannot get it perfectly aligned this way. To get something close to our precise calibration, you must use SMART‟s “Standard alignment” of nine points. Does it indicate they are stretching the truth in other representations of their product? Think about it. You must show Activprimary. SMART has nothing like it. Inoculate yourself from SMART‟s claim that Promethean is good only for lower grades. Make sure you show the compass tool and the math resources in our Resource Library. Pull out a Trigonometric sine graph and the case is closed. (Images – Math – Trigonometry). Always talk about how we installed 1,100 boards in 10 weeks at Forsyth County Georgia. Always talk about the thousands of boards we have sold to Forsyth (1,500), Bowling Green (750), Philadelphia (1,000), Sarasota (3,200), etc. Point out that SMART‟s third party CPS votes are infrared. That means they must be pointed at the board with no one standing in between. Not so with our radio frequency devices. Our Activotes are integrated. Don‟t assume that teachers know what “integrated” means. What it means to them is they need to go to only one company, Promethean, for support. Also, they don‟t need to suspend Activstudio to go to another program to take the votes and then return to Activstudio. If a SMART user has a problem with the Airliner (Waacom) or CPS votes, then they must call that third party for problem remedy. The third party almost always points a finger back at SMART. And vise versa. What if SMART upgrades their software, will the CPS votes and Airliner still work with SMART? The word “integrated” also means that results are recorded within Activstudio. The user need not switch between Activstudio and another program as in SMART‟s case. SMART sells to corporate and educational accounts. How much of their R&D is devoted to education? Is this because they don‟t have the money to build their own votes and slates? Tool Promethean SMART Deep functionality Shallow functionality Pen Sizes 1 to 100, infinite color 7 line sizes, infinite color, palate, can select size and must go to second and color with two clicks and THIRD menus to get to all NO extra menu. options. Have line “styles” like “dashed” and you choose lines with different beginning, middle and end. Voting Integrated with programs to Not integrated, third party store responses and create questions from a database of previous tests. Activexpression Ability to receive text and Nothing close voting other input to determine shades of meaning and opinion Creative pen no Good tool for drawing lines with eye catching objects like stars embedded in the line Menu Customizable means you Static menu in their can add functions/icons. “Notebook” and some Also the menus can be customization in their saved for each users „Floating Toolbar”, not preference, can save user close to ours – have menus specific items in third for Notebook, floating column Tools, and Highlighter Same as pen, only one click Combined with pen, you away select color and translucency on SECOND and THIRD menu. Undo/Redo yes The ONLY options to erase board other then erase completely Spray Bottle/ Page Gives 6 ways to clean board. Nothing close reset We have 11 ways to clean a board, only a teacher can appreciate this ability. Eraser Sizes 1 to 100, one click does Three sizes plus a second it, plus can they create a menu “magic magnifying glass” like we can? Lines See “pen” See “pen” Drag a copy - yes no instant copies of images by dragging the original Shapes Infinite, We use resources, 15 shapes like rectangle, shape recognition, and right circle, check mark, etc. Up click on our pen to three menus Version 10 has improved this but not exceeded Promethean Fill Tool One click on any text or Must use up to three menus object to select line color and fill color. Can’t work on text on a word by word basis. Recognition tool One click, works AS YOU only “after the fact” WRITE, shapes or block writing or cursive writing Spell-check text yes yes objects, pages or page notes Text recognition handwritten words Same, but this can insert the transformed into typed recognized text into Excel words and letters or and WORD as typed text numerals, works during and other “ink aware” and after you write it. 14+ applications. languages Object recognition handwritten objects or SMART‟s “Active Pen” but shapes of any shape no where near the transformed into any flexibility. Prefabricated shaped object, works during shapes. and after you write it. Camera Area, point-to-point, Area, freehand, window, freehand, window, full full screen. Can only send screen. Can save to to current page or new flipchart, resource library, page. or clipboard Resource Library/ 15,000 objects, backgrounds, Called the Gallery – 5,250 Gallery activities, images, sounds, objects, 780 flipcharts on- movies line Reveal/ Screen Up/down and left to right, Same, but at the same time Shade but not at same time Page zoom/ The best, picture is not Either a very ugly, poorly Magnifier pixilated, can be used on functioning magnifying tools like ruler. Can zoom to glass or just a zoom like “infinite” stopping where used in WORD. Zooms to you want to. only one level. Zooms only the portion the magnifier covers and the magnifier is small. Version 10 has greatly improved this. Ruler, protractor, The best Just a cheap IMAGE of a ruler and protractor in their gallery. Disappearing Notes no yes Compass The best. Nothing (geometry) Object Actions By clicking an object, over By clicking an object, only 300 user defined actions can ~10 user defined actions take place. can take place. SMART calls this “Animate” Object layers Front, middle, bottom, Front and back only background Text Fonts, color, size, Mostly same but GREAT superscript, subscript, math symbols, no indent, center, left, right, bullets, no line spacing indent, line spacing – can “deconstruct and use “paint bucket” Import PowerPoint. Can import PowerPoint and each page as single objects Promethean flipcharts, or multiple objects. imports pages as objects Export WORD doc, PDF, HTML, HTML, Image (BMP, JPG, SWF, PowerPoint, AND etc.), PDF, PowerPoint Activote results to Excel. Tables no yes Grids/Alignment Grid is completely Yes, but no where near the customizable and allow user controllability. complete control over where and how objects “snap-to” Video Player We use embedded videos – Can play output of VCR, we can write over the movie etc. Have a neat way to write over the movie. Page Grouping Promethean has a differing yes functionality in this respect and has no identical function but the Flipchart Builder allows a user to create any organization of pages and page templates and organize lesson components accordingly. Users can add pages before or after any other page while presenting and the page organizer allows new pages to be added and reorganized simply by drag and drop. Themes Yes, we do this differently yes from SMART Page Recording Teach a lesson and record Teach a lesson and record each step. Notes, menus and each step. Notes only applications are recorded. recorded. Not an event both an event recorder and recorder and a video based a video based screen screen recorder. No options recorder. Options to to drastically reduce disk drastically reduce disk space usage of recorded space usage of recorded lesson. lesson. Hovering We do it easily with pen Wimpy - MUST first select simply coming close to icon “hover” tool on the for tools tips, etc. software Right click We do it easily with our Wimpy - MUST first select barrel button on the pen for right “mouse click” tool things like context sensitive help and internet navigation Spotlight Variable circle and square Very close functionally, but still must use a MENU at times for certain actions Version 10 has improved this Calculator, recorder, Superior - calculator can calculator cannot output to keyboard output to page including board like us the complete formula Dice, clock, ticker Got it Don‟t got it tape, web browser, fraction tool Conferencing Yes with Elluminate Yes with Bridgit Calibration Five points Choice of 4, 9, or 20 alignment points – the 4 point is called “quick alignment” and is not very precise Dueling Cursors The teacher controls which nope Activslates are active to reduce fighting for control of the cursor Nettrekker nothing Three SMART Menus to do less than Promethean (V 9.5) Below is the SMART Notebook with menu choices with red arrows. Below is the SMART Control Center Below is the SMART Control panel More Activstudio 3.6 vs. Smart Notebook 9.7 Toolbar interface Activstudio’s toolbar is completely customizable which helps with different heights of teachers and students: The toolbar can be placed anywhere on the screen. The toolbar can be oriented horizontal or vertical. The tools on the toolbar can be small, medium or large. Teachers can choose exactly which tools they want to have on the toolbar and where on the toolbar they want them. The toolbar can be “rolled-up” and out of the way if desired. The toolbar and its tools can be used over any application including websites, “office” products or educational software. Smart Notebook toolbar While it can be dragged to the bottom of the page, the tools cannot be resized. You can on the Floating Tools. You cannot choose where each tool is positioned on the Smart Notebook toolbar. You can on the Floating Tools. Users of Smart Notebook cannot create and save a customized toolbars for different uses. Selection of tools/feature While many of the simple tools available in each software package are basically the same, such as pens, highlighters, and erasers, Activstudio‟s tools are clearly superior in how they were designed. Some tools are simply not available in Notebook 9.7 at all. Available in both but different: Ruler Protractor Calculator Clear screen Clock/timer Camera tool Zoom tool Handwriting recognition Not available in Notebook 9.7: Nothing close to Activprimary Protractor Dice (only as flash movie; not integrated) Page Reset (actually we have 11 ways to clear the screen) Page notes Slate controller Vote controller Grid and lined paper options Tickertape Fill word Deconstruct word Sound recorder Point of rotation tool Available in both but different: Ruler- Activstudio‟s ruler is an actual tool on the toolbar. This tool brings up a choice of centimeter, millimeter or inch ruler. The ruler can be easily rotated and the degree of rotation is visible on the ruler. Teachers and students can use the ruler tool to draw a straight line the length desired on the Activstudio flipchart page. This ruler works even when zoomed on. Alternatively, Smart‟s ruler is a flash file. While it can be rotated, the degree of rotation is not visible. Since the ruler is a flash file, it cannot be used as a drawing aid on the Notebook page, limiting its functionality in the classroom. Protractor- Activstudio‟s protractor is an actual tool on the toolbar. This tool brings up as a half or whole protractor. The protractor can be easily rotated and the degree of rotation is visible on the protractor. Teachers and students can use the ruler tool to draw a segment of the protractor the angle (degree) desired on the Activstudio flipchart page. This protractor works even when zoomed on. Alternatively, Smart‟s protractor is a flash file. While it can be rotated, the degree of rotation is not visible. Since the protractor is a flash file, it cannot be used as a drawing aid on the Notebook page, limiting its functionality in the classroom. Calculator- Activstudio‟s calculator is an actual tool on the toolbar. The calculator comes in choice of child or adult version. Teachers and students can use the calculators to enter mathematical formulas. Unlike Smart‟s calculator, the Activstudio calculator allows the students to see the complete formula not just the last number entered or calculated. The Activstudio calculator has a built in button to paste the results (and complete formula) on the flipchart page. The Smart calculator simply calls up the calculator from the computer‟s operating system and this application cannot interact with the page itself by clicking to paste the formula on the page. Activstudio‟s calculator tool is superior. Clear screen- Activstudio‟s clear screen tool allows the teacher to choose exactly what they want to clear: annotations (items draw with the pen), objects (images or text objects), grid paper, backgrounds, or the entire page. Smart‟s clear screen clears only the entire page. Clock/timer- Activstudio‟s clock/time is an actual tool on the toolbar. This tool brings up a choice of digital, analog or both types simultaneously. Teacher‟s can also choose for the tool to perform a count up or count down to or from a specific time chosen. The teacher can choose what action happens the end of the count such as: capture the screen, reset the page, move to the next page, play a sound, go to a specific page etc. Camera tool- Activstudio‟s camera tool is superior to the capture tool on the Notebook software. The Activstudio camera tool has the choice to capture: the full screen, an area of the screen, a window, polygonal shape or a freehand selection. The advantage of the Promethean camera tool is that teachers can select or draw a specific shape off of the screen to capture (such as the outline of a country). Activstudio gives the user the choice of placing the selection on a new flipchart page, the current flipchart page, in the resource library or on the clipboard. Smart‟s does not give the user the choice of placing the captured image in the Gallery (their Resources) or to the clipboard. Zoom tool. Both Activstudio and Notebook have a tool that allows the user to zoom into the screen. Activstudio‟s tool works differently in that the user selects the zoom tool, then clicks and presses the magnifying glass on the area that he or she would like to zoom into. Activstudio‟s zoom tool allows the user choose where he or she wants to zoom and also to pan around the image when zoomed. Users can also write on objects when zoomed and the text is crisp, readable and not pixilated. By “double-clicking” with the zoom tool, the user can take the image back to the original size. SMART‟s zoom tool simply magnifies the area you hover over. It gives you no choice on how much to magnify. Handwriting Recognition- Both Activstudio and Notebook offer handwriting recognition. Activstudio‟s handwriting recognition software is superior. For example, when handwriting recognition is turned on with Activstudio, the teacher or student can write a word and it is automatically changed into a text object … as you go. The Smart handwriting recognition must be done manually after the fact. In addition, Inspiration software, the best selling graphic organizer application for education uses Activstudio‟s handwriting recognition tool. Inspiration will not convert handwriting to text when used with Notebook software. Smart‟s handwriting recognition will also not allow for shape recognition. Tools that are exclusive to Activstudio (not available in Notebook) On-screen trashcan- Activstudio allows each flipchart page to have an on- screen trashcan so that user can clearly see how to eliminate any object from the flipchart page. Smart Notebook 9.5 does not have this feature. Compass Nettrekker – We have over 1,000 flipcharts in Nettrekker pegged to all 50 state standards. This is a huge plus for us over any IWB competitor. Dice tool- Activstudio‟s dice tool allows teacher to select the number of dice desired to roll on the screen. A simple click on the page button will paste the sum of the rolled dice on the flipchart page. This tool is not available in Smart‟s Notebook software. Teachers report the need for this tool for a variety of classroom interactions. o For games, this tool is used to allow students to roll the dice to determine the number of steps to move in a game. o Students can be asked to give the number which they would add to the rolled dice that make up a specific number. For example, if the dice rolls three, the students could call out “Seven” if asked to find the number that would make a 10. o To practice math skills such as finding the mode, mean and median of a set of numbers rolled on the board. Page Reset- If the teacher sets up a page and the students come to the board to do the activity, the teacher can quickly click on the Page Reset button to reset the page back to the original settings. This enables the teacher to move quickly from student to student or group to group and not waste time resetting the page back for the next interaction. This is not available in Smart Notebook 9.5. Page notes- This exclusive tool allows teachers to write directions for students for how to do an activity or notes to themselves or other teachers wishing to use their lesson. This feature promotes sharing of lessons and more collaboration between teachers. Teachers can also write in this notes section to past on the flipchart page with the click of a button. Teacher can also place an action on an object that automatically calls up the notes so students or other teachers can use this as a “help screen.” This is not available in Smart Notebook 9.5. Slate controller- The use and control of Activslate for student interaction is integrated in Activstudio. Teachers use this tool to “call on” a particular student with a slate if multiple slates are used in the classroom or to disable a slate (make it inactive) when the teacher does not want student input at that time. This tool is a key factor as teachers do want to remain in control of their lessons and enables classroom management. We feel that Smart‟s absence of the integration of a slate controller in their Notebook software shows the lack of understanding of classroom management issues that face the teacher. This is not available in Smart Notebook 9.5. Vote controller- The ability to poll students during a lesson at any time is critical to the best use of any collaborative tool. Unlike Smart‟s Notebook software, the voting tool is right on the toolbar enabling teacher to built assessment right into the lesson without having to launch additional applications. Teachers can write their assessment questions in advance or ask question without pre-planning. The Activote tool, like other Activstudio tools, also work over other applications or websites enabling teachers to poll students at will. Result of the voting can be save into the flipchart or exported to an excel file if desired. As Smart does not have its own student response system, it recommends a third party product called CPS by e-instruction. This requires that the teachers learn and use a separate application if they desire to poll students for their understanding of a concept or to gather opinions. By not having this tool integrated into their software makes it less likely that the teachers will take the time to use this during instruction and more likely to use it only for summative assessment after instruction. This is not available in Smart Notebook 9.5. Grid and lined paper options- Activstudio has options for grid paper or lined paper that are exclusive. For example, the teacher could desire a paper that has a specific spacing. Activstudio easily enables this. Also teachers may want to quickly mask the grid or lines to better visualize items place on these lines or intersection. Activstudio‟s grid options also allow for snap to grid or line so that students or teachers can automatically have items lined up correctly or placed at the precise intersection on a grid. Smart‟s Notebook software does not allow for this functionality. Tickertape- Activstudio includes a tickertape tool. This tool allows teacher to place words or sentences the scroll across the screen at the top, middle or bottom. There are many constructive ways that teachers can use this tool for the class. For example: Teachers use this tool for rolling reminders, reminders of spelling words or vocabulary words or the words of a song. Smart‟s Notebook application does not include this tool. Fill word- Activstudio allows teachers or students to use the fill bucket to change the color of a particular word in a sentence on the flipchart page. For example, the teacher can ask a student to change all of the nouns to blue and all of the verbs to green. This feature is not available on the Smart Notebook application. Deconstruct word- Activstudio has a feature that allows teachers to pull a word out of a sentence by right clicking on the word and choosing “deconstruct.” This helpful by allowing the teacher to help students visualize keywords in a sentence and physically manipulate them. This feature is not available on the Smart Notebook application. Sound controller- Activstudio allows for teachers and student to record sounds into flipcharts that can be played with clicking on a particular button or object. Smart Notebook 9.5 does not have this option. Point of rotation tool- Activstudio has a tool that allows the teacher to select exactly the point of rotation of any object which is great for math or science (orbits). Smart Notebook 9.5 does not have this tool. Activprimary Activprimary is lesson development software for elementary school classrooms. This software was developed with a specific easy to user interface for early learners with big, chunky, and easy to understand tools at the bottom of the page and teacher tools at the top. Smart does not offer a software application of this type. Activslate XR vs. Smart Airliner Slate Overview: Both Promethean and Smart offer a wireless slate that can be used to control the application show on their boards. Promethean‟s Activslate XR uses radio frequency and works to the built-in transceiver on the Activboard. The Smart Airline Slate uses Bluetooth and thus requires that the teacher‟s computer either has built-in Bluetooth or use a USB or serial port to attach a Bluetooth receiver. Promethean‟s Activslate XR was developed as part of a solution and is fully integrated. Smart‟s Airline Slate is a new addition to Smart‟s line that we feel is directly a result of demand from clients to have a more complete solution like Promethean. Manufactured for Smart by Waacom, this new device misses the mark and once again, Promethean‟s solution is superior. Teacher control- Promethean‟s Activstudio software has a built-in slate controller tool that allows the teacher to “call on” a particular slate or de-activate the student from using the slate. Smart does not have a controller built into the Notebook application thus the teacher will have no way to choose which slate is active or to de-activate students from using the slate when needed unless doing so from the slate itself. On Smart‟s website, you will find the following comments, “Involve more students at once - Multiple slate users can write at the same time – and at the same time as someone at the SMART Board interactive whiteboard.” This is misleading. Actually, one cannot write on any whiteboard or use multiple slates at the “same time” as there is only one cursor available on a personal computer! If they indeed try to do so, the cursor (or chosen tool) will chaotically fly around the screen from place to place. The fact that Smart does not have a controller to manage this is another factor in understanding that the classroom management needs of the teacher have not been taken into consideration. Promethean‟s Activslate was built for the classroom as part of a cohesive well-thought out solution. Built into the board- Wireless connectivity for the Activslate XR is built right into the Activboard. No extra connections to the teachers computer to purchase, manage or support is necessary. Interchangeable pen- The Promethean Activslate comes with an Activpen that is interchangeable with the pen that is used at the Activboard. This allows users to user the same feel on their surface. Smart‟s pen is different that the one used on the Smart Board. In fact, as Smart feels that it is better to not use a pen at all but to use a finger to write with, we find it odd that the Smart Airliner does not have an option to write with the finger. Battery management- Promethean‟s Activslate XR has battery management built in. This means that the Activslate will turn off automatically if no ones uses it for several minutes. This was intentional as it is quite possible and actually probably that someone may forget to turn off their slate and run the battery down. Smart‟s Airliner slate does not have these power management capabilities. If fact, if the battery is left on and it loses all of its charge, it cannot be recharged at all. From Smart‟s website (underlined items are our emphasis): Charging the battery Follow the advice below to conserve battery charge and ensure that the slate is always ready for use. • Turn off the slate when you finish working with it. • Recharge the battery if you don't expect to use the slate for a number of days. NOTE: The slate still draws a small amount of current from the battery even when the slate is turned off. When you recharge the battery, you ensure that the battery still has some charge when you next use it. There is a built-in protection circuit that prevents the battery from overcharging. CAUTION: If the battery loses all of its charge, you can't recharge it. • If you won't be using your slate for an extended period of time (a month or longer), unplug the battery from the slate. • When the battery's charge falls below 20%, an alert in the system tray reminds you to recharge the battery. When this happens, connect the slate to an external power source using the power adapter cable. You can continue to use the slate while the battery is recharging. Activtablet Promethean offers an Activtablet that allows teachers to develop lessons with Activstudio using a pen while away from the Activboard. Smart does not offer this option to teachers. Activote vs. CPS (Smart does not make student response devices.) Activote is an integrated component of Promethean‟s Collaborative Classroom. Smart does not make a student response system so they recommend that it is purchased from a third party e-instruction, makers of CPS. Having assessment integrated in the solution promotes best practice, ease of use and better technical management. Integration into the software- Activstudio has the ability to assess student understanding of concepts and opinion polling built into the software using the “Voting” tool. If using the Smart solution with CPS, the teacher must use an additional software tool to ask question and gather responses. In this scenario, teachers are much less likely to develop lessons that integrate formative assessment or use spontaneous questioning in their classes. Not only can teacher prepare questions in advance in their Activstudio flipcharts, they can also poll students at any time when showing web pages or other education activities. Smart Notebook does not offer an integrated assessment tool. Built-in wireless- Promethean‟s Activboard has a radio frequency transceiver (RF) built into the board. This means that the teacher does not have to use, set up or manage an additional transceiver in the classroom. The Activboard requires only a connection to the teacher computer to allow for board user, slate use and student response device use. The Smart “solution” could require as many as three different ports: one for the board, one for the Bluetooth receiver to the Airliner Slate and a third for CPS’s IR receiver. RF vs. IR- Promethean uses radio frequency (RF) as the method of communicating with the voting devices. CPS uses an IR receiver as the method of communicating with the student response devices. (E- instruction/CPS also offers a more expensive RF solution as well.) RF does not require a line of site. IR does. When a student is using an Activote device, he or she can hold the device privately in their lap so as not to show the response chosen to others who may be watching. With an IR system, the students physically extend their arm and point the device to the receiver, thus possibly showing others how they responded and altering the scores. Constructed for the classroom- Activote devices were developed specifically for the classroom. This is shown in its design as rounded and meant to be cupped in the hands and its rubber coating, preventing accidental slipping from students‟ hands. Each device also has a special battery compartment that opens only with a special tool (delivered in the case) preventing students from removing the batteries. Use without the Activboard- While this is not advised except for in special circumstances, Promethean also offers a device called an Activhub (USB radio transceiver) that allows the Activotes or the Activslate to be used without an Activboard. This solution is destined for classrooms where an Activboard is not appropriate because of room constraint or size. An Activboard is the advised solution for most classrooms. Resources delivered with software Activstudio is delivered with over 15,000 resources which include flipcharts, page templates, backgrounds, grid and lined paper, images, sounds, shapes texts, texts and activities. Activstudio has many times the resources than SMART. Saving lessons by keyword- Activstudio allows teachers to keyword any lesson or resource through an easy to use meta-tagging system. This key wording can be incorporate state or national standards or any other way the teachers or districts would like to organize lessons or resources. Since these resources can be saved on any networked storage device, all resources can be made available to other teachers who may want to share lessons together promoting a district-wide curriculum delivery vehicle. Smart Notebook does not allow teachers to save lessons or resources by keyword. Staff Development options Promethean believes that great professional development will ensure best practice and do ensure that we offer a wide variety of professional development options. On-line training 24/7- Promethean has partnered with Atomic Learning to provide on-line basic training for both Activstudio and Activprimary (over 40 lessons for each). The basic lessons are video-based with full voice explanations and are available free of charge to teachers at any time world- wide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Smart does not offer 24/7 staff development that is video based. SMART has on-line training, but it is skeletal compared to ours.