So, by now, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the reviews of the Now!Board on other blogs.  It’s my turn now :)  This device is truly remarkable and it will take interactive learning/whiteboard world by storm!  Our district tech team says these small portable devices will eventually take over the larger IWBs (interactive white boards). And I believe them….for these reasons:
1. Cost – at $499, it is much more affordable for districts to put these in classrooms.  Throw in a projector and it’s at least a 1/3 of the price of a Promethean or SMART board. Calculate Donors Choose or other funding sources, and you could have one in your room before you know it!
2.  Installation – there is no bulky board to set up.  All you need is a flat, smooth surface – like the dry erase type white board that many classrooms already have.
3. Portability – In theory teachers could share these devices. Place one on a cart with an LCD projector, a laptop (if the teacher doesn’t already have one), and you’re good to go.
Here is a little video if you’re starting to get intrigued by this device:

Pretty neat, huh?
When Learning Resources contacted me and asked me to review this little gadget, I was super excited.  There are many teachers in our district that still do not have IWBs and are just dying to get their hands on one! 
The Now!Board works just like an IWB, but without the big screen.  You still need a projector, and you still need a computer.  If you can manage to get your hands on those, you’re good to go.
When I got the device in the mail, I was surprised by the small packaging.  It was neatly packed in a blue box with the device, the stylus and a neat little carrying pouch.
In this picture, it shows an option of another pen-like stylus.  This is not included in the base kit, but can be purchased separately.  Learning Resources sent along this awesome stylus to try:
imageThe kids are already familiar with these kids of pointers, so they will be excited to see it! It is super kid friendly, and I love that it is longer than a standard stylus.  It allows those little arms to really reach the object that they want to move around!
The set-up process with simple, just insert the disc and follow the on-screen instructions.  Super easy.  I used it on a Mac and there were no issues along the way.
I had a few struggles with the calibration of the device though.  My LCD projector is mounted on the ceiling, and although the instructions say that you can still use the device with a ceiling mounted projector, I struggled a bit.  My cables were simply  not long enough to have the computer and Now!Board far enough behind the projector. 
image After some frustration, I decided to try it in a different classroom with an LCD projector that is on a cart.  After some trial and error, I did have success.  The device works just like an IWB.  In fact, I could even open up my Promethean Software and use the flipcharts that I have already created.
I think this device is a great alternative to schools/teachers that really want to have the features of an IWB, but simply can’t afford the expense.  This little gadget is portable, so it could be checked out and shared among grade levels.  Just keep in mind that each time it is moved it does need to be recalibrated. 
I really appreciate Learning Resources giving me the opportunity to check out this new technology!  I do think that this is the future of interactive technology!
And now…here’s a little fun for you all!  Learning Resources has graciously offered a $100 (yes, you read that right) Learning Resources gift certificate!   You could put that towards a Now!Board of your own, or towards something else that you may have had your eye on!
Here is what you need to do for a chance to win:
1. Go to Facebook and “like” Now!Board
2. Go to YouTube and “like” their YouTube page.
3. Follow MY blog :)
4. Follow my TpT store
I’m going to try out a new way to keep track of all of your entries! It’s called Raffle Copter! Let’s hope this works! Just use the widget below to log in and make your entries! This is new to me too, so bear with me if there are any hiccups!
Good luck!

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  1. That is so neat! Do you know if it's like a Mimio Board?

    Kaleigh's Klassroom

  2. I hadn't heard of this before but it definitely is a cost effective alternative for smartboards! I wonder if they sell to individuals for home use also. Have you tried using anything from the Smart Exchange ( on it? If you click on any item and do "Open in Smart Notebook Express" you can open the files on any computer without any of the smart notebook software. That would really make this a fully functioning alternative to smartboards. Let me know if you try it!

  3. Hi Kathleen,
    I am your newest follower. I should say official follower. I'm a first grade teacher, but I've been using your wonderful ideas for awhile. I can't wait to tell my colleagues about the Now! Board. We just got LCD projectors and document cameras, so I see this as a real possibility.

  4. This post came at the perfect time we were just notified that we need to spend a pretty large chunk of technology money NOW!! I really have not been interested in a 'smart board' but a kinder teacher in my district has one and has made a TON of 'flip charts' and given us all access to them. They are such a neat resource and I was trying to figure out how to use them with just my laptop and I can do it with the Now! Board. Also, I could NOT remember the name of ESGI I had search all kinds of words in google trying to get something to come up that would jog my memory (I 1st heard about ESGI @ iteachk) and there it was in right at the top of your blog the 3rd thing down in the margin! yay!

  5. Kathleen, this is so cool! I have never seen anything like it! On another note, I am a faithful stalker, oops, follower! :-) I have given you an award. Please check it out on my blog:


  6. Wow! That is pretty neat. I just found your blog. I love it and I'm now a follower. :)

    Lori (TX)

  7. This would be so great to win - I entered a few other teacher bloggers' giveaways, but haven't won yet - maybe St. Patrick's Day will give me some good luck! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Third Grade Teacher Files 

  8. Hi There,
    We had Sow bugs and Pill bugs in our science unit last year close to the end of the year. We studied how fast each bug moved. We then made a race track with three circles. (Like a bulls eye) We painted the backs of the bugs seperate colors and raced them. It was super fun! The children would pick a color they thought would win. First, we would ask them, "Why do you think the Sow bug will win?" Some said beacuse the Pill bugs were too scared and they would waste their time currling up in a ball. It really was fun! Happy racing!