In many of today’s classrooms while many things remain the same as they were in 1992, display technologies used have evolved. It is commonplace now to see whiteboards or chalkboards replaced or being used in tandem with an interactive surface like a SmartBoard® along with a projector in order engage the students more and more during the education process. Challenges found with traditional ceiling mounted projectors like the shadow cast by the presenter have been alleviated with the introduction of wall mounted ultra-short throw projectors several years ago.
While the education sector is an extremely competitive market for technology providers the two companies that have become clear leaders in this space are Epson and Smart. Epson’s introduction of the BrightLink series electronic pen based interactive projectors a few years ago further strengthened their position in this market eliminating the need to purchase both a projector and an interactive surface such as a SmartBoard® and making the upgrade path even easier allowing schools to take advantage of existing whiteboard surfaces already installed in the classroom. With the latest generation of BrightLink projectors introduced during 2014, an option now exists that no longer even requires the electronic pen and can be used with the touch of a finger.
SMART Technologies who has been offering their SMART Notebook software along with their hardware products for over a decade is now on version 15.1 and is used by millions of teachers and students around the world each school day. Perpetual licenses of SMART Notebook are included with the purchase of all SMART interactive displays while version upgrades and special add-ons are available to users with an active Notebook Advantage subscription. Additionally SMART Notebook licenses are available for purchase to run on all other brands of interactive hardware including Epson, who has been offering their resellers the option to purchase the SMART Notebook license from Epson.
On November 3, 2015 Epson announced that all BrightLink Interactive projectors will now be bundled with SMART Notebook software including a one-year subscription of SMART Notebook Advantage. Now current Epson resellers can offer the award-winning SMART software with BrightLink projectors at no additional charge simplifying the ordering process since there is just one SKU to purchase. Included in the projector box will be a redemption code that customers will be able to use in order to obtain the activation key via email.
This new partnership will provide schools with greater access to market leading lesson creation and delivery software as well as provide dealers with better opportunities to increase sales of Epson BrightLink projectors. The BrightLink projector line has been fully tested and authorized by SMART for use with SMART Notebook software. Both Epson and SMART will provide customer support and training for their respective products.