By now, you’ve probably heard that SMART Sync classroom management is being discontinued. If you’re a SMART Sync customer, that means you’ve most likely been putting off the inevitable need for implementing an alternative solution. There’s no need to put it off any longer. SMART Technologies and Impero have partnered together to provide SMART customers with a path for upgrading to Impero Education Pro, and we’ve gathered this list of smart reasons why it’s time to make the switch:
Share teacher screen with the whole class? Check. Project a student screen to the SMART board? Check. Send messages, view thumbnails of all connected devices, show videos, turn apps on and off, send and receive files — the list continues. All the features you know and love in SMART Sync (and more) are readily available and easy to use in Education Pro.
Not only does Impero Education Pro provide all the lovely classroom management tools we just mentioned, but it also has complete remote network management and Internet safety functions to save time and protect students. Tech managers can pop on teachers’ computers and fix a problem or update software remotely in real time. Student Internet and app use can be monitored to prevent and address issues, such as cyberbullying, eating disorders and suicide. All this can be done while class continues without interruption.
Unlike SMART Sync, Education Pro plays well with Macs and PCs. It also works with Chromebooks and iPads, so almost all the devices in a classroom or lab can be connected, projected and managed. As technology is integrated into pedagogy, Education Pro is there. And licensing is per device. When one device hops off the network, a slot is opened for another. This is great for BYOD and 1:1 schemes.
So many schools have been using SMART Sync’s classroom management tools for so long that it might seem scary to switch over to something new. What if it is difficult to train teachers to use Education Pro? What if they don’t get it?
Good news: it’s simple to learn how to operate. In fact, one of our IT manager customers shared that her 80-year-old library aid was able to get the hang of Education Pro in less than an hour. She now happily sends on-screen chat messages to students whenever they’re not paying attention (perhaps to their dismay…!).
Because of our partnership, we are able to offer any SMART customer an upgrade from SMART Sync installation to the full feature set of Impero Education Pro through one of our trusted reseller partners at a deeply discounted price.
So, to sum it up:
Impero Education Pro is the only solution specifically designed for K through 12 schools that makes it possible to remotely view and manage PCs, Macs, iPads and Chromebooks. It’s also the only solutiont that allows this monitoring from a single management console in real-time in a classroom, across a campus or throughout an entire school district, so it will meet the needs of every educational institution SMART serves.
How to make the switch
If you are a customer in the United States, gather up your invoice, purchase order or license agreement for your current SMART Sync license, and call our office at 877.883.4370. We’ll hook you up.
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