The Skinny on SMART’s New Interactive Flat Panels

About a year ago SMART Technologies came out with the 6000 series interactive flat panels, the next generation of SMART Boards. The 6000 series currently comes in two sizes: 55″ and 65″, which are named the 6055 and 6065 respectively. This new line of SMART Boards features a projector-free solution. Going projector-free makes for a great user experience, which teachers like, and a maintenance free solution, which tech directors like. Let’s talk about why.

For Teachers: Ease of Use

The user experience on this board is fantastic! No projector shadow to worry about. No bright light in your eyes when you face the students. No dimming over time. With the Ultra High Definition (4K) screen, the picture is always bright and clear, which means teachers can focus on the content rather than worry if students can read it. The pens now allow two students to write simultaneously in two different colors. Also, SMART Ink allows those students to change the color and properties of their pen with ease. The 6065 keeps the focus on learning and not on the tool.

For Tech Directors: Ease of Installation and Maintenance 

Installation is a breeze! Just install with a heavy duty mount and you are done. No need to worry about projector distance or lining it up just right. And the connections are just an HDMI and a USB to keep it simple and functional. The maintenance free aspect of the 6065 is great as well. No alignment issues. No bulbs to replace. No air filters to worry about. Fewer service calls.

Below is a video explaining some of the 6000 series’ key features.

Also check out this infographic that explains the cost savings of the interactive flat panel (IFP): SMART Technologies IFP Savings Infographic

Update:

in Spring of 2016 SMART has added a 75″ model to the lineup.  The 75″ model also includes a Display Port on which UHD 2160p resolution can be at 60hz.

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Bob Jackman

Bob Jackman is a native of Utah. He graduated with a BA in Music Performance with a teaching certificate from Southern Utah University. Bob taught at Fort Herriman Middle School for four years teaching instrumental music. During that time he earned a Masters of Music from the University of Utah. He spent two years providing Microsoft operating system technical support and 7 years providing technology support for teachers to help them more efficiently use technology to help students learn. This was done while he was in college and while teaching in Herriman. Bob loves technology and education and is excited to put the two together and help teachers use technology to improve student learning. Bob Jackman is an Account Manager at The Chariot Group, Inc.

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