Installing a smart board in your classroom or office is a complicated task. To fully setup, align, connect, focus a smart board requires two people working all day. Professional installers take between 8 and 16 man hours to install a single board. Using non-professional installers it can take even longer. If you are setting up a lot of smart boards yourself, I would budget two days per board. So in a large school, you will either need a lot of help, or a lot of time to get it all done.
One advantage of getting a professional to install your smart board, is that you don’t have to tie up internal resources. Often times, a Smart Board roll out is part of a larger IT initiative. If you hire contractors to install the boards, your other staff can be working on other projects.
A second advantage is that professional installers have a lot of experience with projects like this. They can troubleshoot issues on the fly. They have often run across the same problems before and can quickly fix any issues you are experiencing. Amateur installers, often wait on hold with the manufacturer trying to get answers. Before long, a one day project becomes a three day project.
The final advantage is the peace of mind that comes with hiring a professional. Smart boards are complicated technology. There are a lot of expensive parts that need connected and setup. When you hire a professional, you know that it will be setup properly and ready to use the first time. If you have invested in the expensive technology, don’t be afraid to spend a little more to get it setup correctly.
Smart boards are a great learning tool. They provide a fun and interactive way to engage with students. They can be complicated to install and require a professional to do it properly, but in the end it is worth it.