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SMART Aligns with Google: What Does it Mean for Learning?

Submitted by Sam at SMART on November 21, 2013 – 6:00 am5 Comments

Many educators are aware of SMART Notebook app for iPad, which often leads to the follow-up question, “when will you have an app for Android/Chromebooks/[insert device name here]?”

But why is the focus only on apps? SMART is elevating the conversation to enable deeper learning inside and outside of the classroom. And we’ve aligned with Google to help realize that flexible learning environment.

SMART amp collaborative learning software is a revolutionary, cloud-based solution hosted on the Google cloud that takes advantage of Google’s newest cloud services. It is the ‘glue’ that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones while enabling teachers and students to collaborate in real time, do in-class assessment, connect to shared digital workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless of location or device. Read more on our press release here.

So what does this mean for you?

  • Imagine a student logging into a learning platform with a Google ID, a web browser and sharing content as a class without having to email each other. It doesn’t matter whether that learner is at home, on the bus, at school or working with peers – the learning can take place anywhere.
  • Think of how easy it would be to access classroom projects and digital content with Google Drive integration to make learning incredibly portable (because that’s how many students and teachers are storing files already).
  • Picture in your mind the benefits you already experience using Google cloud services, enriched with a virtual workspace that’s intuitive for educators, students and their peers to access digital content and collaborate together in real time.  This virtual space translates easily into the physical classroom where learners can collaborate in small groups on an interactive display and with their personal devices.
  • Envision that this is also the same platform that the teacher accesses for whole-class moments on an interactive display, easily showcasing student work or distributing formative assessments to students.

Did we paint a picture that helps you build a more robust and education-specific model for using cloud-based platforms and personal devices in the classroom? Curious to learn more?

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5 comments on “SMART Aligns with Google: What Does it Mean for Learning?

  1. Michelle wendt on said:

    I am a technology trainer who teaches smart notebook and google apps. Need to know what is coming down the wire!

  2. Donna Miller on said:

    Will this allow us to store the content for the smart notebook in the cloud as well? it takes up a lot of storage on the PC and causes my laptop to run slow.

  3. Sam at SMART on said:

    Michelle, sign up on our product page to hear the latest news as it happens: http://smarttech.com/amp

    Donna: SMART amp is our cloud-integrated solution but I will refer your suggestion to program managers. Thanks!

  4. Spectacular! Our school has just moved to Google Apps for Ed. Being able to pair GAFE with Smart would make my life as a technology trainer a bunch more interesting!

  5. spla@susd.org on said:

    I have been working with smart notebook app for the ipad. I use google drive to pool worksheets for students that have been adapted specifically for them. I haven”t have a problem until recently. When I open the smart app and went to google drive through the app it didn”t show the folder there. I was wondering if the model of the ipad could be a factor since it is an older version. Any thoughts?

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