now!Board review and a giveaway!!

February 20, 2012

now!Board review and a giveaway!!

February 20, 2012
Hi everyone! I am so excited to share this new product with you!! (plus it’s been like an eon since I’ve been on here–I’ve missed you all so!).
So…I first learned about now!Board from Erin Klein’s fantastic and comprehensive blog, over at Kleinspiration. I was then asked to review the product and was ecstatic to try it out!

So what is this product?

The now!Board is a technology created to turn any flat surface into an interactive whiteboard (you do need a computer and projector in order to use this tool).

The now!Board also meant to be portable and easy to set up. And it is! It comes with just a few basic parts:

  • A camera that plugs into your computer (with a USB cable) and faces your whiteboard (or other surface). The camera is very easy to maneuver and line up for calibration…

  • A stylus for calibration and interaction with the whiteboard…

  • And a wand that makes it easy for students to point and click away on the screen…
And that’s it! It only took me a few moments to get everything up and running. And once it was running…it was amazing!

The software comes with a wonderful menu of tools you can use to assist your instruction…


The highlighter tool is one of our favorites! We’ve used it on passages from Study Island and to highlight excerpts from books during Reader’s Workshop (on our document camera)…

I think the most exciting thing about this technology is that now!Board has already changed how I use the Internet for instruction.

For instance, my students have always used Spelling City on their own or with partners. But they tended to gravitate to the same basic games, since some of the other games were a bit more challenging to complete on their own (language-wise).

With the now!Board, we are able to work as a class on some the more difficult games that focus on word meaning. And we don’t just play the games. We stop, discuss strategies for finding word meanings, circle and highlight key words, and so much more!

There are so many wonderful (and free!) interactive websites out there. With the now!Board, there are countless possibilities to enhance student learning. In all honesty, I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a piece of technology (and you know I love technology!).

One more fantastic thing about this product! Once calibrated, it stays calibrated! I don’t have any other interactive whiteboards in my classroom, but I have used some in the past that lost their calibration from a little movement. I was delighted to discover this is not the case with now!Board. I’ve had some students bump into the table where the camera is set up (I’ve cautioned them but kids will be kids, right?) and it doesn’t matter! It stays calibrated!! I love it!

So, this product will be available this April and will cost $499. If you are interested in learning more about now!Board, you can access the website via the green link above.

Now for the giveaway part! Learning Resources is offering a $100 giftcard for any of their products!! There two chances to enter this giveaway (each can be a separate comment):

1. Like now!Board on their Facebook
2. Follow Ladybug’s Teacher Files (or leave me a comment saying hello if you already follow my blog–I miss talking to you guys!).

The winning name will be announced on Sunday, February 26th!

P.S. My sweet friend Cheryl over at Primary Graffiti is having the same giveaway, she announced hers yesterday–be sure to head over to read her review and enter her giveaway as well…more chances to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my first review (squeee!!).

78 Comments

  • Amber February 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I like now!board on facebook. What a cool idea!

  • Mrs. Schlickbernd's Class February 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I like now!Board on Facebook and I am already following your lovely blog! What a cool piece of technology!

  • Ginger Snaps February 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I did both! This sounds awesome!

  • Nicole Steele February 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you for posting this. It is just what I need!

  • Kim February 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Kristen:
    YAY! Your first review was fabulous!
    You sounded like you've been a product reviewer for eons.
    Sounds like a cool product, too.

    I'd love a chance to win a Learning Resources gift card. They have TONS of stuff I'd like to buy.

    I won't take up your giveaway space with my general chattiness, but I wouldn't miss a chance to say HI either!

    Happy day, BlogFriend!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  • S. Parker February 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    This product looks so easy to use and set up. How lucky that you and your students have a chance to use this tool. 🙂

    Learning with Mrs. Parker

    • Mrs. Saoud February 21, 2012 at 2:51 am

      I loved reading your review. I plan on working with PDF's and highlighting this week with scholastic news articles and text features.

      Jenny from Learning Resources emailed me today after reading my review and says they are working on becoming a DonorsChoose partner to get the now!Board available to more folks. I'm going to create a follow up post this week about her news. Exciting. I will mention your review when I post.

      I hope by posting a reply, I avoid showing up as a winner…

      Cheryl

  • Ms. Apples February 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I'm a blog follower! I love the wand that goes with the now!Board.

  • Kayla: http://schenkgr4.blogspot.com/ February 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    WOW! Nowboards are WAY cheaper than Smart/Promethean boards! Cool!

  • Kshee23 February 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I liked now!Board on their Facebook page!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

  • Kshee23 February 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I follow Ladybug's Teacher Files!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

  • Kristin February 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    This looks amazing!!! You lucky duck!!!! Whatever will my overhead (TODD) think if I get one of these fancy things????
    Of course, I follow you!!!!!! You are one of my faves!!!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  • Miss T February 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hello 🙂 Hehe. It looks soooo fun!

    ttlusty07@yahoo.com

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  • Tania Knapp February 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I follow and love your blog!

  • jennygollup February 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I liked now!Board on their Facebook page!

    Jenny
    jennygollup@gmail.com

  • jennygollup February 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I follow Ladybug's Teacher Files!

    Jenny
    Jennygollup@gmail.com

  • Jill February 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    This does look awesome especially since we don't even have overheads at school!!!!! No TODD for me. 🙁

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  • Mrs. Richling February 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I am already a faithful follower!! 🙂 I love the concept of these Now! boards!!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

  • Jo February 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I "Like"d now!Board on FB.

  • Jo February 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I am a follower and you're in my Google Reader. I don't want to miss a single one of your posts! =)

    ~Jo
    jnase1@gmail.com
    http://mrsnthebookbug.blogspot.com/
    https://sites.google.com/site/ateachersbagoftricks/
    https://www.facebook.com/ATBOT

  • jen February 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I'm definitely a follower and your review sounds great!

    msob123@gmail.com

  • Erika February 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I am already a follower and would love this totally cool tool.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  • Erika February 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I liked now!board on fb.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  • Sandra February 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm
  • Sandra February 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I am already a follower!!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

  • Jess February 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Wow! This looks like an amazing tool! I miss using a smartboard in the classroom and this is a much cheaper option. Of course I'm already a follower! 🙂

    Rambling About Reading

  • ~DeAnne~ February 21, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I liked them on FB. This would be so much nicer than my Mimio. IT gives me fits ALL the stinkin time. I will have to tell our tech guys about this!

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

  • ~DeAnne~ February 21, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I already follow your blog Kristen, because quite frankly, YOU ARE AWESOME!

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

  • katherine. February 21, 2012 at 12:22 am

    So jealous that you and Cheryl both got to try these out! I'd LOVE to win one, since I don't have a Smart Board in my room, nor do I have access to one for my room!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    katherine
    katherine (dot) loiry (at) gmail (dot) com
    Third Grade Teacher Files

  • katherine. February 21, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Oh and I forgot to say I also liked Now!Board on Facebook!

    katherine
    katherine (dot) loiry (at) gmail (dot) com
    Third Grade Teacher Files

  • kimcollatos February 21, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I like Now! Board on facebook.

    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

  • kimcollatos February 21, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I follow your blog! 🙂

    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

  • Gladys February 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

    We've missed you Kristen! And girl, you already know I follow your blog! Love this cool tool…I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

    Gladys
    teachinginhighheels(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Diane February 21, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I like now!Board on FB! It looks awesome!

    dkbradner@gmail.com

  • Diane February 21, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I follow your blog. I always enjoy reading it!

    Diane

    dkbradner@gmail.com
    http://theteachersjungle.blogspot.com

  • Mrs. Wells February 21, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I already follow your blog!

    Mindy
    mwells@ourwayschool.com

  • Suzanne February 21, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I already follow your blog!

  • Ms.M February 21, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I follow, I follow!!! What a fantastic tool! Super excited about it.

    Can't enter with Facbook, because I am not on it, but I am crossing all my fingers.

    Ms. M
    msk1ell(at)gmail(dot)com
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  • Stacey February 21, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I'm already a follower, so…hello! 🙂

    3rdgradetimesinct.blogspot.com

  • Stacey February 21, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I liked now!Board on Facebook! What an amazing looking tool!!

    3rdgradetimesinct.blogspot.com

  • katieneu February 21, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I liked now!Board on Facebook!
    katie.neustadter@gmail.com

  • katieneu February 21, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I have been a follower of your blog!!! Love it!
    katie.neustadter@gmail.com

  • Lisa February 21, 2012 at 2:15 am
  • Lisa February 21, 2012 at 2:15 am
  • Kelley Cirrito February 21, 2012 at 2:22 am

    This would be soo amazing to have in my classroom. We don't have smart boards but I would love to be able to bring more technology into my classroom.I hope you have a great week!

  • Laura Starnes February 21, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I like now!Board on Facebook! What a neat technology gadget that isn't overwhelming like the Promethean's!

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness

  • Laura Starnes February 21, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I have very limited technology in my room this year and it's killing me. I've moved schools which put me on the bottom of the totem pole for cool techy things. I'd love to get my hands on this little gadget! I've followed your blog for quite awhile now and love it!

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness

  • Mrs. Burke February 21, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I liked now!Board a few weeks ago. What a great technology tool.

  • Mrs. Burke February 21, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I follow your blog as well. Thanks for the great ideas and topics you have to share.

  • Ms. Rachel February 21, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I liked now!Board on FB!

    Rachel
    Ms. Rachel’s Room

  • Ms. Rachel February 21, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I follow your blog! of course!

    Rachel
    Ms. Rachel’s Room

  • Mrs. Cupcake February 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Hi there! I follow you of course 🙂
    acupcakefortheteacher@gmail.com
    ❤Teri

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  • Mrs. Cupcake February 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I like the now!Board on FB 🙂
    ❤Teri

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  • Dasha February 21, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I now follow your blog!dashendric@hotmail.com

  • Keys4Education February 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I am a follower! I am a follower! :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  • missme February 22, 2012 at 1:19 am

    This looks so much cooler than the "EBEAM" we have (that doesn't work :P).

    PS. I love your blog.

    mcweick@gmail.com

  • CMARSalter February 23, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I couldn't live without your blog … and I like the now!Board on FB 🙂

  • M&J'sMom February 23, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I love your blog, and I now have liked now!board on FB =)

    This would be sooo cool for the classroom!

    Emily
    emom3boys@yahoo.com

  • Mrs. S February 23, 2012 at 1:00 am

    hey, awesome blog! i have both now!board on FB and also your blog. 🙂 🙂

  • Ms. Hale February 23, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Hey! I follow your blog and now!board. Really cool idea!!!

  • Crayons and Curls February 23, 2012 at 3:13 am

    I like now!Board on Facebook! 🙂
    Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway! 🙂
    Cheryl
    cener(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    Crayons and Curls

  • Crayons and Curls February 23, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I follow your blog! 🙂
    Cheryl
    cener(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    Crayons and Curls

  • Lora February 23, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I liked now!Board on FB!

    loragaul@gmail.com

  • Lora February 23, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I am a follower!

    loragaul@gmail.com

  • Brianne February 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I liked now!Board on Facebook!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

  • Brianne February 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I already follow your blog!!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

  • April February 24, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I like the now!Board. I want the now!Board.
    Great blog that I will follow. Thanks for sharing!
    alwestover@tbaytel.net

  • luckyseattlemom February 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I like inow's facebook page under Jl Johnson
    luckyseattlemom at gmail dot com

  • luckyseattlemom February 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I am a follower of your blog through GFC under luckyseattlemom
    luckyseattlemom at gmail dot com

  • Jenn February 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I am already a follower of your blog. What a great tool to have in the classroom!
    jjburkhardt@sbcglobal.net

  • earthmother February 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I have been wanting a smart board for so long now. The now!Board is the perfect way to meet my classrooms needs. Thanks for sharing!
    earth1mother at gmail dot com

  • earthmother February 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I follow inow's fb page
    earth1mother at gmail dot com

  • Theresa S. February 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I liked now!board on facebook!

    theresasmith24@gmail.com

  • Theresa S. February 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Now I'm also following your blog! Yay!

    theresasmith24@gmail.com

  • Karla February 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Love your website! I need a Now!board! Showing this to my administrator tomorrow! Thanks!

  • Deslyn February 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Just found your blog. Thank for all the wonderful ideas. I'd love a now!Board for my classroom.

  • Deslyn February 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I liked now!Board on facebook!

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