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