In addition to the drawbacks of the SmartBoard functionality, I also faced issues with platform compatibility and having to learn a new program/protocol. I remember when our Technology Director switched us from Windows to Google Docs. We were promised that it would be SO EASY to convert our lesson plans from one program to the next. As far as text was concerned, the conversion was very easy — a few formatting glitches, but pretty simple to correct those. Symbols, however, did not translate at all! Math is a symbolic subject. For me, that meant that 17 years of math lesson plans, documents, projects, etc. were lost! The technology department did a quick about face and had to allow us to access both Windows and Google Docs.
The great thing about the ViewSonic ViewBoard gives you and your school the freedom to use the digital tools that work best for you, from legacy lesson files to browser-hosted apps, Google Classroom or Microsoft 365. The ViewBoard supports a full range of end-user devices including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. This summer, in fact, ViewSonic became a Google for Education Partner and the myViewBoard™ platform has become Google for Education certified, signaling ViewSonic’s official participation in the Google for Education ecosystem and further commitment to the education market.
With ViewSonic, you don’t have to worry about losing your legacy lesson plans! You can convert, edit and share existing content saved in .iwb, .notebook, .ppt and .pdf formats. My ViewBoard also allows you to import/convert your existing Promethean Activinspire (.flipchart), SMART (.notebook), orEasiNote3 (.enb) files and use them instantly! Additionally, you can enliven your existing lessons by incorporating online content, apps and tools via myViewBoard™’s built-in Chrome browser. For teaching or training, there are 10,000+ ready-to-use .iwb files for reference.
With these interactive screens for classrooms, you never have to worry about having access to your lessons either – you can simply login to any ViewBoard via QR code for instant access to your pen presets, personalized canvases and saved lesson content. When you’re done, just logout and leave the ViewBoard free for the next teacher to use!