The Epson BrightLink 710Ui comes with a redemption code for a one year subscription to SMART Learning Suite, which is one of the leading systems in creating interactive content for classrooms. The Suite comes with a variety of tools, all aimed toward making things easier for teachers and more fun for the students. SMART Learning Suite includes four awesome software programs: SMART Notebook, SMART Lab, SMART response 2, and SMART amp. Let’s discuss what each program does and how it can benefit teachers and students alike.
SMART Notebook is a program for creating engaging content for hands-on learning. The program allows you to create lessons and transform what may have been a typical PowerPoint (let’s face it, we all hated those) into an interactive experience that facilitates deeper learning and integration of the course material. Some teachers prefer to lesson plan from the comfort of their own home – this is possible with SMART Notebook. They need only install on their home computer and send the lessons directly to the classroom.
SMART Lab is similar, but is more for creating activities for the students. This is game-based learning software that includes easy-to-use, customizable templates for lesson activities. This kind of learning aids in the integration of concepts because it is a fun, low-stress way of receiving the material. Students are always playing games, whether it be on their phones, tablets, computers, or game consoles like PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, so bringing that aspect into the classroom is appealing to them and can help side-step the aversion to learning many students seem to have.
SMART Response 2 is an easy way to gauge how well students are absorbing the lessons by creating a set of questions in under five minutes. Students can answer on Chromebooks, desktop computers, laptops, phones or tablets, making it easy for both teachers and students to exchange questions and answers. This is a major tree-saver, too, and therefore a money-saver when that considering teachers will be making less copies by using this program. SMART amp is a workspace for collaboration between teachers and students, groups of students, or the whole class to create and work on projects with multimedia content. What a cool way to work!
There are tons of free resources and other key features of SMART Learning Suite, but the value is clear: the software makes teaching and learning more fun and successful for everyone. If you want to learn more, check out the product brochure. Many of my friends are teachers that use interactive whiteboards – I have a feeling they would truly appreciate this software and will be suggesting it to them for their classrooms. Some of them really struggle with the younger kids – middle schoolers – who are difficult to teach because they try to find the exception to everything. While you can’t make a teenager be anything other than a teenager, you sure can make school more enjoyable with the SMART Learning Suite software.