2022 Updates – The next evolution of SMART Displays


2022 Updates - The next generation of SMART Boards

February 2022

As we enter the 2022 school year, there are some very exciting new updates and developments with the new generation of 6000S and MX Series SMART Boards. 

Included in this article are the updates to SMARTs famous IQ module and its elements. Please watch the video update below from SMART Technologies and then see our review notes underneath.  



  • (6000S) 40 points of touch – and upgrade from 20, increasing the points of simultaneous touch at the screen. 
  • (6000S) Integrated microphone array on the top left-hand side of the screen bezel. This allows you to connect the microphone array to video conferencing programs or use it to record a lesson for future reference and revision for students. 
  • (6000S) SMART ID Cards & NFC sign-in, increasing the ease for teachers to sign into their SMART Board with a SMART ID Card. Tapping it to the surface of the board and entering a Pin will update the board with all your settings and recent files. 
  • (Both models) Upgraded to Android 9
  • USB-C Port improvements including additional ports (MX Series) and more power to these connections (6000S)
  • (MX) A zero-bonded glass upgrade that gives more precision inking, a better image, and reduced overall weight. 



Please note that as both models use the same iQ system, these updates apply to both the new 6000S and the MX Series.


  • SMART Mirror gives students 3 ways to connect to the board.
  1. Natively using your AirPlay, Chromecast, MiraCast, etc.
  2. Via the SMART Mirror App
  3. Via the web through a web link posted on the screen share tool.
  • Annotation – There is now the ability to annotate elements on any screen shared images.
  • Grid View – allowing you to share the screens of multiple students simultaneously. 
  • Spotlight – move between spotlighting students’ work and then back to grid view quickly and easily.
  • Multitasking – bounce between the whiteboard and screen sharing without losing who is displaying their information on the screen.
  • Touchback (controlling your device when it is connected wirelessly to the SMART Board) – available on Windows and Mac systems when connecting through the SMART Mirror app. 


Collaborative Whiteboard:

  • Not only can you share the whiteboard, but you and the students can collaborate on the whiteboard session in real-time.  


New Tools in Whiteboard:

  • The infinite cloner has been added as an option to elements added onto the whiteboard 
  • Convert handwriting to text with the simple 
  • Share button – allows saving the session as a PDF or a SMART Notebook file to use on your computer.
  • With either option, you choose to save the lesson/session locally on the board or you can save it to a USB flash drive that you may have connected to the board. 

INTERESTED in a new SMART Board?

Contact one of our education specialist to explore how we can help put one of these BRAND NEW v3 series SMART Boards in your classroom now!

2022 FREE Education Webinars – Term 1 Program


2022 - FREE Education Webinar Series

Welcome to the 2022 school year! We hope that it is going to be a brilliant year for each of you.

To continue supporting the fantastic work that schools, principals, and teachers are doing for children in Victoria, Pro AV Solutions, through the PAVE Academy, are once again offering our fully subsidised education webinar series for teachers and schools – 12 free webinars for teachers, designed by teachers and delivered by experts.

With 3 webinars per term, presented by teachers and experts in their field, mapped to AITSL standards, and offering a certificate of completion as evidence for annual teacher registration PD requirements, we invite your staff to register for this program

Below is our TERM 1 Program – Please share this with teachers far and wide and encourage them to register using www.paveacademy.com.au/webinars

2022 School Term Dates


Australian School Term Dates for 2022

With the start of the school year not far away and with teachers starting to think about planning out the year that lies ahead, we thought it would be helpful if we shared all the 2022 school term dates with you so to assist with planning your schedules.

Below is a list of all the term dates for each state in Australia, listed in alphabetical order (along with a little fun information about each capital city to help with your general trivia knowledge!)

We hope that all of you have a very productive and happy new school year and please remember that Pro AV Solutions and the PAVE Academy are here to help you in any way we can. Please keep checking back to read our blog (new posts regularly), engage in our free webinar series, engage with our On-Demand Micro PD Courses or for those who have purchased your Education Technology through Pro AV Solutions, reach out to engage in our free Professional Learning and Coaching sessions. 

And remember, if you are looking for any Education Technology solutions please do not hesitate to contact us and see if we can be of assistance.


  • T1: Tuesday 1st February to Friday 8th April
  • T2: Tuesday 26th April to Friday 1st July
  • T3: Monday 18th July to Friday 23rd September
  • T4: Monday 10th October to Friday 16th December

Source here 

Canberra, the capital city of ACT and Australia is claimed to derive from the work “Kambera” or “Canberry” which is said to mean meeting place in Ngunnawal which is one of the indigenous languages of the district. However this meaning has been disputed  with claims that “Canberra” and “Nganbra” are the indigenous names for the two mountains, Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie surrounding the city. 


  • T1 (Eastern Division): Friday 28th January to Friday 8th April
  • T1 Western Division): Friday 4th February to Friday 8th April
  • T2: Tuesday 26th April to Friday 1st July
  • T3: Monday 18th July to Friday 23rd September
  • T4: Monday 10th October to Tuesday 20th December

Originally named “New Albion” by British settlers, Sydney later adopted its name after the then British Home Secretary Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney. It is suggested that this was the result of the charter authorizing Governor Phillip to establish a colony on the site and was so done on the 7th of February 1788.


  • T1: (Urban Schools) Monday 31st January to Friday 8th April
  • T1 (Remote Schools): Tuesday 1st February to Friday 8th April
  • T2: Tuesday 19th April to Friday 24th June
  • T3: Tuesday 19th July to Friday 23rd September
  • T4: (Urban Schools) Monday 10th October to Thursday 15th December
  • T4 (Remote Schools): Monday 10th October to Friday 16th December

On the 5th of February 1869 a small settlement of 135 men and women was established at the Port of Darwin. The Port of Darwin, discovered by Captain J.C. Wickham, named it after Charles Darwin who had once sailed the HMS Beagle. Apparently, due to the controversy of some of Charles Darwin’s theories, the settlement was renamed Palmerston in 1869 after British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, but it reverted back to Darwin in 1911.


  • T1: Monday 24th January to Friday 1st April
  • T2: Tuesday 19th April to Friday 24th June
  • T3: Monday 11th July to Friday 16th September
  • T4: Tuesday 4th October to Friday 9th December

Conceived initially as a penal colony for British Convicts sent from Sydney, Brisbane was settled as a town in 1834, became a free settlement in 1838, a municipality in 1859, and was considered a metropolitan area in 1924. Named to honour Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825, the name was officially adopted in 1834, to replace its “penal colony” status


  • T1: Monday 31st January to Thursday 14th April
  • T2: Monday 2nd May to Friday 8th July
  • T3: Monday 25th July to Friday 30th September
  • T4: Monday 17th October to Friday 16th December

Named in honour of Queen Adelaide, Adelaide was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for the oly free-settled British province in Australia. Designed in a grid layout known as the “Light Vision” and located close to the River Torrens, Colonel William Light is identified as one of the founding fathers and the key designer of the city. As the only freely-settled city in Australia at the time, it was shaped by the diversity and wealth of the free settlers.


  • T1: Wednesday 9th February to Wednesday 13th April 
  • T2: Monday 2nd May to Friday 8th July
  • T3: Tuesday 26th July to Friday 30th September
  • T4: Monday 17th October to Wednesday 21st December

Originally called Hobart Town or Hobarton, Australia’s second oldest city adopted the name Hobart in 1881 from the Forth Early of Buckinghamshire who was also known as Lord Hobart.  Settled as a British penal colony and defensive outpost in 1803 it was originally located at Risdon Cove on the eastern shores of the Derwent River, however, it was moved in 1804 to its current location at Sullivans Cove. 


  • T1:Monday 31st January to Friday 8th April
  • T2: Tuesday 26th April to Friday 24th June
  • T3: Monday 11th July to Friday 16th September
  • T4: Monday 3rd October to Tuesday 20th December

Part of the original British Colony and a short-lived penal settlement at Port Phillip, Melbourne was officially settled in 1835 with the arrival of free settlers from van Diemens Land (Tasmania) and identified as the crown settlement of Melbourne in 1837. Named for the then British Prime Minister, William Lamb, the 2nd Viscount Melbourne, it served as the interim capital of Australia after the 1901 federation until Canberra became the permanent capital in 1927.


  • T1: Monday 31st January to Friday 8th April
  • T2: Tuesday 26th April to Friday 1st July
  • T3: Monday 18th July to Friday 23rd September
  • T4: Monday 10th October to Thursday 15th December

Origianlly sighted and documented by Dutch Captain Willem de Vlamingh on January 10th 1697, it was eventually settled by the British Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the centre of the Swan River Colony. Perth takes its name from the city of Perth in Scotland, influenced by Stirling’s patron Sir George Murray who had connections with the area. Gaining status as a city in 1856, the population increased significantly due to the gold rush in the late 1800’s. 

Merry Christmas from the PAVE Academy


Merry Christmas from the PAVE Academy

As schools draw to a close or another year, everyone at Pro AV Solutions and the PAVE Academy wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you, the fantastic schools and educators in Australia, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2021 turned out to be more of a challenge than everyone was hoping for, especially after 2020… but we are glad to say that we got through it… and we did it together! 

With teachers bouncing between face to face teaching and remote learning, there is a lot that we can take away from these past two years. First is the amazing talent and professionalism of the educators in this country. To pivot on a moment’s notice and deliver state-of-the-art education experiences for the students is a massive achievement that you should all be proud of. It also stands as a demonstration of the resilience and fortitude of our schools, our students, and our teachers to work as effectively through tough times that have been the last two years. 

Moving forward we hope that a level of ‘normalcy’ returns to the classrooms and we can continue to develop and deliver outstanding education experiences for our students. We hope that the lessons learnt during remote learning can strengthen our use of digital technology in our classrooms and the team here at the PAVE Academy is excited to work with you as you embark on this journey.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a safe and happy new year and may the school holidays bring you the rest and relaxation that you all very much deserve. We look forward to working with you and your schools in the new year and please keep an eye out for our new blog posts, our Education Webinar Series and also don’t hesitate to contact us if we can assist you with any of your classroom, stem or education technology solutions.

"May the new year bring you all happiness, joy and laughter."

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Share Your Voice – Suggest webinar topics for 2022



Suggest webinar topics for the 2022 education webinar series

The PAVE Academy prides itself on putting students, teachers and schools at the centre of what we do.

From the education technology solutions, consultation, installation and project services that we offer right through to our professional development and training, students, teachers and schools lie directly at the centre of they way we operate as an academy.

With that in mind we are putting a call out to schools and teachers to


What do you have to do?

Its quite simple, below you will find a button which will redirect you to a Google Form.

Please share your ideas as to what webinars would best SUPPORT YOU and YOUR TEACHING.

What will we do with this information?

We will collate the data that is collected and will use this as the basis of the decisions that we make around the webinars that we offer in 2022.


If you think you have something that you would like to share with the PAVE Academy Teacher Network and would like to present one of our webinars please let us know. There is a section of the form that asks if you would like to present or you can get in contact with our education specialist Ben Pisani on 0411 148 950 or ben.pisani@proav.com.au to discuss how you might get involved!

What is our Education Webinar Series?

The PAVE Academy, driven by Pro AV Solutions, want to support all the amazing work that is happening in schools around Australia, and in line with our Education Technology solutions, highest quality installation and service technicians we are proud to present a series of education webinars, designed to assist teachers with their pedagogical development.

Organised by our Education Team, and delivered by highly experienced and fully registered teachers, we ensure that the content is not only appropriate for every teacher in every classroom, but that it is mapped to AITSL standards so that they can get a certificate of completion which can be used as evidence for annual Professional Development requirements for teacher registrations. 

Run on a Thursday afternoon from 4pm, teachers can share in ideas, gain knowledge and collect resources that can assist them with the learning that occurs in their classroom. The sessions are also recorded, so while not as interactive as being in the live session, teachers have the opportunity to view the recordings of sessions they missed or revisit the sessions to revise some of the key points that were covered – and you can get a certificate for your PD too!

Can I see the on demand recordings of the 2021 education webinar series?


We have developed on demand courses for all the webinars that were recorded during our 2021 season.

To access them, all you need to do is click the “person” icon at the top of the screen, register for your FREE teacher account using either your schools or government department email address and then you are good to go!

You can access all the webinar recordings as well as a collection of other on demand courses that we have in our system – and keep an eye out for new courses that are being added soon!

If you need any assistance with this please don’t hesitate to reach out through the CONTACT US button at the top of the page.


Thank you and we look forward to engaging with you in our 2022 Education Webinar Series!