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."

Don't forget we can help you with all your Education Technology Solutions to ensure a connected

Interactive Screens

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Student Devices

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Coding & Robotics

3D Printing & Scanning

Vacuum Forming

Meeting & Board Rooms

Theatres, Gyms & Halls

Digital Signage

Contact one of our education specialist to discuss how we can assist you and your school with all your digital technology needs. 

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!

SMART – Down Under Summer Refresh PD


SMART Down Under Summer Refresh PD

Our partners at SMART Technologies are offering some free Professional Development for teaches over the Summer Break

Below is the overview of the sessions and how to access them:

It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it? This summer is a time to relax, recharge, and feel prepared for the school year to come. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring you the Down Under Summer Refresh. 

An online experience designed to support you with, engaging PD and workshops, lesson ideas and content, focusing on high-impact teaching strategies, and active learning programs. 

This professional development program will be run through the amazing SMART 360 platform and will allow you to access all the sessions as on-demand courses from the 17th of January 2022

What is on offer?

Why is attending this a good idea?

– you can gain some fantastic lesson ideas and resources

_ get a heads up about the awesome new updates in Lumio

– explore ways you can bridge the gap between the digital and physical learning environments

– develop an understanding of tools that can help you to build connections and positive relationships

Whose presenting?


  • Who: This event is run by SMART Technologies ANZ
  • When: January 17th to the 28th 2022
  • Where: The SMART 360 Online Platform
  • Sessions: On demand recordings
  • Cost: FREE!
  • More information: send an email to info_ANZ@smarttech.com

How do I register?

Save your seat now by clicking the button below and filling out the registration from on the SMART website.


Down Under Summer REFRESH Email 
By: SMART Technologies

Free Education Webinars from some of our affiliates


FREE Webinars from some of Affiliates:
September to December 2021

The PAVE Academy is proud to share the following free education webinars presented by our affiliates.

This post will be updated regularly to ensure that you have access to all the latest free webinar information to help you integrate your digital technology solutions in your teaching practice. 

SMART Technology

What does a blended classroom look like?

Walkthrough different classroom set-ups and deliver a consistent learning experience for all students.

Date: October 6th 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes


Moving beyond blended to connected.

Developing learning experiences that enable whole class and small group collaboration between all students – whether they are at home or in the classroom.

Date: October 13th 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes


Lumio 101

You have seen it in action and have asked for more! Back by popular demand, Lumio 101. Divided into 4 sessions, each webinar will focus on a specific element of the education sector, ensuring that teachers get targeted support for their specific industry area.

Lumio for Early Years
Date: Monday 11th October 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes


Lumio for Primary Schools
Date: Monday 18th October 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes


Lumio for High School
Date: Monday 25th October 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes


Lumio for Adult Education
Date: Monday 1st November 2021
Time: 3.30pm
Length: 45 minutes



Inspired Problem Solving: The Engineering Design process

Date: Thursday November 4th, 2021
Time: 8.00am
Length: 45 minutes


Please note: This webinar has been published to run from November 3rd at 3pm (MDT) from Colorado in the United States of America. The time above has been adjusted to suite local Melbourne (AEDT). time.

Collaborate in the classroom all year long with Sphero Robots

Date: September 30th 2021
Time: 7.00am
Length: 45 minutes


Please note: This webinar has been published to run from September 29th at 3pm (MDT) from Colorado in the United States of America. The time above has been adjusted to suite local Melbourne (AEST). time.


Lumio by SMART


  • This educational software is an amazing asset to all teachers and schools. Strengthening the remote learning experience as well as hybrid classrooms and blended learning, you will create highly interactive, engaging and powerful learning experiences for students of every age.
  • You can also explore our on demand courses that walk you through the various elements of Lumion in our Learning Academy!
  • If you would like to get a copy of Lumio, please send an email to ben.pisani@proav.com.au and we sort you out!
  • Sphero are leaders in classroom robotics and coding solutions for students of all ages. With the PAVE Academy providing schools with the entire Sphero range, from Indi for the early years, to Sphero mini, sprk & bolt right through to RVR, we have all your Sphero needs covered. 
  • To support this we provide you with access to the free learning webinars that are presented by Sphero. While they are run early in the morning (due to the time difference from Colorado to here), they do provide teachers with a fantastic learning opportunity.
  • Remember, if you are after any of the Sphero range, including any of their fantastic accessories please send an email to ben.pisani@proav.com.au an we can sort you out!

Please note that these webinars are not presented by the PAVE Academy, they are presented by the companies of the products that the PAVE Academy promotes.

Do you have a question? Do you have a webinar that you think should be shared with the PAVE Community? Send us an email...

If you have any questions regarding any of these webinars can we please request that you contact the presenting companies directly. The PAVE Academy shares this information to our community in an effort to provide teachers with the best possible support for their professional development.

Recorded Webinars… what is available?


Recorded Webinars... what is available?

The PAVE Academy is proud to offer a variety of webinars to teachers and educators all over Australia on topics that are designed to asisst them directly with the learning that is happening in the classroom. The topics have been proposed by teachers within the PAVE Academy Network and are presented by fully registered and highly experienced teaches… and all sessions are FREE!

All webinars that we run are recorded and made available as on demand courses after the fact, so that teaches who attended the live session can go back and revisit the key ideas covered to strengthen their understanding, or for those teaches who were unable to attend the live session can still engage and learn at a time the is most convenient to them.

Mapped to AITSL Standards, each webinar will offer participants a certificate of completion which can be used as evidence for annual teacher registration professional development requirements. 

So what is on offer:

We have presented our entire catalogue of recorded webinars in categories that reflect the years when they were presented. All our content is reviewed regularly and any session or recording that is outdated or has been superseded by another presentation will be removed from the catalogue, so you can be assured that the content you are accessing is relevant and applicable to teaching today. 

Once you have registered for a PAVE Academy Account (using your school based email address) you can access the following recorded webinars:

2020 Program

  • Bringing your ‘A Game’ to remote learning
  •  Delivering High Impact Teaching & Learning in Face to Face & Remote Learning Situations

2021 Program

  • The SAMR Model: Assessing the effectiveness of technology using this framework
  • Tips for classroom organisation: design your classroom for ultimate workflow
  • Tips for classroom & behaviour management
  • Engaging students with Project-Based Learning
  • Tips for parent teacher interviews
  • Tips for building positive relationships with parents/guardians
  • Effective Time Management Skills
  • Digital Assessment: collecting & managing student assessment
  • Using data to inform your teaching
  • 10 Tips to cater for different learning abilities: Differentiation in the classroom
  • The importance of a work/life balance
  • Including student voice & agency in your teaching
  • The digital curriculum: plugged & unplugged learning and how to embed it into your teaching
  • Blended Learning – understand the hybrid classroom
  • Introduction to the Victorian Teaching & Learning Model (VTLM)
  • Reflection & Planning: how looking backwards can inform you movement forwards


The PAVE Academy is a service offered by Pro AV Solutions to support the amazing work that is being done by teachers and educators throughout Australia.

To sign up for your PAVE Academy account so you can access these webinar recordings, follow the next 4 steps

  • Click on the “person” icon at the top of this webpage
  • Click on the register button at the bottom of the sign in window
  • Fill out the form, ensuring you use your teaching email address. This could be a government issued education email address or a school .edu.au based email address) and then click the Register button.
  • You are now fully registered and you can click on the Learning Academy menu item to access our on-demand courses.

If you wanted to access any of the upcoming live sessions, you can register by clicking the LIVE WEBINARS menu option and following the prompts.

The PAVE Academy Teacher Network

All teachers who attend a live webinar or complete an on-demand course have the option to become a part of the PAVE Academy Teacher Network. What does this network do? Teachers in this network are the driving force behind the content that is developed and delivered – influencing the topics that are delivered for our program, as well as having opportunities for teachers to present and share their work through blogs and webinar presentations. 

If you would like to become a part of the PAVE Academy Teacher Network to suggest a topic that we should run, present a webinar or share a journal article, please click the contact us button at the top of the page and send us an email – we would love to have you on board!

DONT FORGET that all our courses, be they live, recorded or on demand are mapped to AITSL standards and earn participants a certificate of completion which can be used as evidence for your annual teacher registration requirements. So once you have finished watching a recording of a session, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the GET CERTIFICATE button to fill out the form so we can send you your certificate!

Also, new on demand webinar recordings will appear within 1 week after each live session has run, so please keep checking for new content and courses

SMART Learning Suite Online is getting a NEW NAME!


SMART Learning Suite Online is getting a NEW NAME!

For those of you who are users of the SMART Learning Suite, you will be aware that your annual subscription gives you access to the full version of SMART Notebook as well as access to the powerful online software SMART Learning Suite Online or SLSO and as of June 26th 2021, there is going to be a slight change to one of theses two elements – the SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO)

In a press release that was emaikled to all SLSO users on Saturday the 29th of May, SMART finally acknowledged something that has been a little issue for all the users, the name of the online version. SMART Learning Suite Online was always a mouthful to say, and while SLSO was a lot easier, for new users to the platform, this acronym sometimes made it a little tricky to understand what was being talked about. With this in mind, SMART have decided to rebrand the SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO) to:

In the press release, SMART goes on to tell us the meaning behind the new logo:

“The little firefly in the logo represents the luminescence, spark, and aha lightbulb moments the software is designed to enable your students and teachers.” 

So, from June 26th 2021, your SMART Learning Suite subscription will provide you with access to the following two amazingly powerful education software platforms

1 – SMART Notebook (downloadable software)

2 – Lumio (Online/cloud based learning platform)

*Note – The logos for SMART Learning Suite and SMART Notebook will not change, so the icons that identify the software that you have come to know and love will stay the same – the only element that is changing is the online version of the software. 

To try and assist teachers and schools with the transition, we have provided some questions and answers that may answer any concerns that you may have in the space below.


In short… absolutely nothing. 

Currently, your SMART Learning Suite subscription provides you with access to the full version of SMART Notebook as well as access to SMART Learning Suite Online and as of June 26th this access will not change. You will still be able to download and unlock the full version of SMART Notebook as well as being able to sign onto your SMART Learning Suite Online account – the only difference will be the name on the SLSO page.


No they wont. 

All the features that you know and love in the SLSO platform will stay the same. There will just be a new logo sitting at the top of the page.


Absolutely NOT.

If you have a current subscription, it will just roll over into the new Lumio product. You will have the same digital classroom id and all your lesson files will be stored in your dashboard/account. 

The only differences will be:

  1. the logo that sits at the top will now be Lumio with the firefly
  2. when it comes to renewing your SMART Learning Suite license with Pro AV Solutions the language on the renewal notices will change from “accessing SLSO to accessing Lumio”


Yes you will.

If you have bookmarked the https://suite.smarttech-prod.com so that you can quickly and easily log into your SLSO account then don’t worry, this URL will still be active and you can use it to log into the new Lumio portal. 


Yes they do – this element of the platform has not changed.

For those of you who have been around long enough, you will realise that “hellosmart.com” was once called “classlab.com” and while SMART made the transition to “hellosmart” a few years ago the original classlab.com URL still works today – redirecting students to the hellosmart.com student access portal.

So, just to reiterate, the students access portal is exactly the same as it was.


No they wont.

The signing in process for Lumio is exactly the same, with the same usernames.



While SMART haven’t said anything about this in their press release, we expect that when you type in suite.smarttech.com to sign in to your SLSO/Lumio account, there will most likely be some changes here. There will definitely be the new logo featured prominently on the page, and there may be some additional videos and resources that explain the change. 

We don’t think there will many changes to the dashboard when you log in. Outside of the new logo, the PAVE Academy expect the layout to be exactly the same. 

If you have a question about this transition that isn’t answered in this article, please reach out to our Education Specialist Ben Pisani on 0411 148 950 or ben.pisani@proav.com.au and he will answer all of your questions.


Transformation in Progress
Press Release dated Saturday 29th May 2021
By: SMART Technologies

SMART Learning Suite Online: 2021 Updates (Part 2)


SMART Learning Suite Online: 2021 Updates (Part 2)


In our last blog article, we discussed 6 exciting new updates to the SMART Learning Suite Online platform that really transformed how teachers can use the platform, however as a pleasant surprise, SMART have graced us with some new additional updates that have increased the power of the platform even more, and we are going to discuss them here to give you the in-depth understanding of what they are and how they will help your teaching.

Before we begin, a quick recap on the 6 areas we covered in part 1 of our SLSO updates article:

  1. Explore Resources – a mini smart exchange in built right into the SLSO platform
  2. Words Search – a new game added to the online Game Based Learning tools
  3. Updates to existing games – including online image browsing and a zoom function allowing students to zoom into images that you use as elements of the games to get a better look!
  4. Shout it Out Updates – including adding a question text bar to the top of the screen so students can see the prompt and being able to customise the backgrounds of the note boards!
  5. Editing Handouts & Workspaces – previously, when you converted a page into t workspace or handout you were stuck with the choices that you made… well this is no longer the case as you can quickly and easily edit these tools.
  6. Training resources – along with the explore resources button, there is a new training button that allows you to access quick guide video resources to help you maximise your use of the platform.

If you would like to read up on these elements, please CLICK HERE

Now, without further ado, we will now discuss the second wave of new updates, updates that will transform the way that I, and other teachers will use the platform.

Importing Resources

This has been a very important element of the SLSO platform, as you have been able to import SMART Notebook, PowerPoint and PDF files directly into your SLSO dashboard, however the first element that I want to draw your attention to is the fact that you can now choose if you want to upload your resource from your local disk (your computer) or your library (SLSO dashboard) – yes that’s right, you can now import lessons from your SLSO library into a new lesson….

If you click on the green “ADD ACTIVITES” button on your SLSO dashboard you will see, as you have always seen, the Import Resources button, however when you click on this now, a drop-down menu will appear that gives you options as to what you want to import – a file from your computer or a SLSO lesson.

Importing from “Local Storage”

This element is not new, it just means that when you select this option you are uploading a file from your computer. This will open the file explorer or navigation window where you can navigate to the SMART Notebook, PowerPoint, or PDF file you want to upload to your SLSO dashboard like you have always done.

Importing from “My Library”

This is the new element to the update, and it will revolutionize how you use lessons in your SMART Learning Suite Online platform. 

When you click the “My Library” option in the import resources menu you will see a new window that lists all your SLSO lessons and shows their thumbnails. You can scroll through these to select the lesson that you want to import into your new lesson.

Once you select the lesson you want to import the SLSO platform will process the import and then show you another new screen, which allows you to select which pages from the SLSO lesson you want to import into your new lesson… Yes, you read that correctly, you can now import either a full lesson (all the sides/pages) or selected elements (games, slides, videos, anything) from one lesson into another! 

So, you no longer need to hunt for that YouTube video again or recreate that game, you can just import it from one lesson to another!

WHAT A TIME SAVER! But wait, it doesn’t stop there. 

The second element that is even more exciting is what you can do INSIDE your SLSO Lessons.

Editing your SLSO Lessons – Edit Mode

I don’t know about you, but when I have been building lessons in SLSO, or even when I import a Notebook or PowerPoint file, I have always wished that I could add a page or element from a different file. I found it frustrating that if I wanted to add a slide from a different notebook or that I had to recreate a game that I had used in a different SLSO lesson… well that frustration is NO MORE because the import resource is now available INSIDE lessons as well.

The process is exactly the same as what we discussed earlier in this article, but it means that I can import either elements from SMART Notebook, PowerPoint or PDF files into a lesson and add them to the work I have already completed OR I can take elements, including games and videos, from other SLSO lessons and use them in the lesson that I am working with or building.

The second small, but powerful update is what you can do for each slide in your lesson.

Editing your SLSO Lessons – Presentation Mode

This update is really powerful because you can now edit your lesson while you are in presentation mode. So, if you are teaching a session and you come across an element of your presentation that you want to change, you can do so quickly and easily.

Clicking the Hamburger icon in the top left-hand corner of the presentation screen will bring up a menu that will allow you to quickly jump into the “Edit Lesson” window where you can make changes. Once you have finished making your changes, the “Finish Editing” button at the top of the screen will take you back to your presentation view for your lesson.

Not only can you edit the lesson, but in this menu, you can also click on the share option which allows you to share the lesson with other teachers so they can use it in their classrooms, or create a student link which will allow them to access the lesson outside of the classroom. 

You can also use this menu to make a copy of the lesson or request a feature which is your direct pipeline to SMART about what you would like to see happen in the SLSO platform.  

The final update, which we are going to discuss in this article is one of the most awesome!

Have you ever been in a session where you get to a slide/page and you think, “man I should have made this a handout or workspace activity?” (remember a handout is an individual activity for students to complete on their devices and a workspace activity is a collaborative activity or shard document that a group of students work on collaboratively). Well now you can.

Clicking on the “people icon” where you would traditionally change the lesson pacing (teacher/student driven), have students connect to your classroom and see who was connected, now has the functionality of converting the page you are currently on into a handout or workspace activity.

So, no longer do you need to click into the edit mode and then create the activity, you can do it within seconds right in presentation mode. This conversion will trigger a change on the students’ devices which will allow them to click the Start button and then interact with the newly created activity within moments.

In Summary

While these updates may not be flashy new elements like a new game or the ability to customise your shout it outs, they have revolutionised the ways in which I, and other teachers are using the platform in their teaching. The ability to add files and elements of other SLSO lessons into my current lessons is amazing, not to mention the fact that we now can create handouts and workspaces on the fly. These elements transform this already amazing learning platform into the next realm

Questions that can drive your integration of the Modification into the learning in the classroom and can spark professional discussions with your colleagues


How am I/could I use the SMART Learning Suite to increase student engagement and digital literacy in my classroom?


How can the updates listed above improve my use of the SLSO in the learning that is occurring in my classroom?


What can I do now that I couldn’t do before and how will this change my approach to using this tool in my class?


What current lesson/unit of work could we explore using some of these updates to change the way in which I deliver learning in my classroom?


What are our current strengths and weaknesses as a team that would affect the roll out of our exploration of the SLSO and the elements listed above?

All images used in this article have been taken as screen shots from the PAVE Academy SMART Learning Suite Online portal.

SMART Learning Suite Online:
Link: https://www.smarttech.com/smart-learning-suite/

2021 SLSO Updates:
Published by: SMART Technologies

Image References
All images used in this article have been taken as screen shots from the PAVE Academy SMART Learning Suite Online portal.