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Clear Touch Collage Software Wins 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Award

Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Educational Technology Products and Companies


Greenville, S.C.  – Clear Touch®, a leading provider of multi-touch, interactive flat panels and software for education and business, announced that EdTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market, has selected Clear Touch Collage™ as the winner of its Classroom Technology Innovation of the Year award in the second annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program.

Clear Touch Collage is a software solution that makes lessons, group activities, and remote learning more collaborative by allowing students to connect from their iPads®, Chromebooks®, or other devices, and cast up to six screens to the classroom’s Clear Touch interactive panel. Collage works with all devices — no matter what type of device the district or school has chosen – including Android®, Chromebook, PC, Mac®, and iPad. 

Collage allows students to connect their devices directly to the board by entering a secure access code, which can be especially helpful in schools participating in a 1 to 1 device initiative. The software also allows teachers to view all connected devices at once and choose up to six devices to cast to the screen at any given time. This innovative software solution comes bundled with each Clear Touch panel, giving teachers an intuitive collaboration tool without having to worry about turning on or connecting to another third party piece of hardware, or renewing software subscriptions.

“Clear Touch Collage is a powerful solution developed in partnership with teachers and is an example of our team’s dedication to providing seamless, practical, and collaborative technology,” said Keone Trask, President of Clear Touch. “Our company continues to design innovative solutions that enhance the power of human connection, and we are proud to be recognized with the ‘Classroom Technology Innovation of the Year’ award.”

The mission of the EdTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize innovation, hard work, and success in a range of educational technology categories. This year’s program attracted more than 1,750 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world.

“Teachers all over the world can attest to the fact that encouraging interaction and involvement in a classroom setting, where each student has his or her own device, can be incredibly challenging,” said James Johnson, managing director, EdTech Breakthrough. “Clear Touch Collage is delivering a ‘breakthrough’ solution to address this challenge, transforming classroom participation in classrooms all over the U.S. We extend a hearty congratulations to Clear Touch and their entire team for winning our 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Award for ‘Classroom Technology Innovation of the Year’.”

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About Clear Touch

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch® is a forward-thinking technology provider named to the Inc. 5000 list and Financial Times list of the fastest-growing companies. Clear Touch is also a winner of multiple Tech & Learning Best of Show awards for its innovative products. The company’s commitment to its customers, the reliability of its products, and its industry-leading innovation have paved the way for consistent growth. Clear Touch develops products for education, business, and government, including multi-touch interactive panels, software suites, and accessories. Clear Touch is also a reseller of Clear Digital™ products, including LED video walls, interactive podiums, and mobile digital signage.

About EdTech Breakthrough

Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the EdTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in educational technology products, companies, and people. The EdTech Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough educational technology in categories including e-learning, student engagement, school administration, career preparation, language learning, STEM, and more. For more information, visit EdTechBreakthrough.com.

Microsoft Teams vs. Slack: Which Chat Tool is Best for Your Team

With remote work becoming more mainstream, group chat applications have become essential. While the App Store and Google Play are packed with digital business communication tools, Microsoft Teams and Slack have quickly become two of the most popular group chat apps available. While they accomplish similar things, each tool has distinct advantages. 

Comparing the benefits of each application is a smart way to make sure you choose the right option for your business needs, the program that enables effective, efficient communication — no matter where your team members may be. 

What is Slack?

Part instant messenger, part file sharing service, part video chat platform, Slack offers business teams of all sizes a digital solution that combines multiple communication tools in a single, user-friendly application. Launched in August 2013, Slack entered the marketplace as a “collaboration hub that can replace email to help you and your team work together seamlessly.” With a simple, straightforward design, Slack takes the simplicity of one-to-one messengers and expands it to facilitate easy group communication. Users can participate in multiple conversation threads, share files with team members, and even initiate audio or video calls within the Slack platform.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Teams is a digital communication and collaboration platform that allows groups to share files, send instant messages, host video meetings, and store files with ease. In 2016, three years after Slack was launched, Microsoft briefly considered purchasing Slack for the staggering price of $8 billion. However, Bill Gates, acting as an advisor on the Microsoft technology review team, shot down the idea and suggested a different approach. Rather than purchasing a competitor’s product, Gates made a case for developing a proprietary Microsoft application that would operate similarly, but with strategic differences that he and his fellow tech advisors deemed essential. The purchase proposal died, and Microsoft Teams was born. The Teams application features many of the same functionalities as Slack and integrates seamlessly with Microsoft’s popular Office 365 software suite.

Slack vs. Teams: Comparing Communication Apps

If you are a business owner or manager trying to determine which group communication app would meet your team’s specific needs, the following comparison is designed to make your decision process a little easier.

Pricing


Slack Pricing
To help encourage potential users to try their product before they make a financial investment, Slack offers a free version. This version offers unlimited personal and group chat and 5GB of storage. Additional features such as screen sharing, guest access, unlimited app integrations, and increased file storage are available with monthly service plans. Slack offers a Standard Plan that provides 10GB of file storage, unlimited message history, and voice calls for up to 15 participants for $6.67 per person per month. The Plus Plan provides 20GB of storage, unlimited message channels, and 24/7 support with a four-hour first response time for $12.50 per person per month. A special Enterprise-level plan is also available.


Microsoft Teams Pricing
Teams also offers a free version of their group communication platform, which offers unlimited chat, video calling, 10GB of team file storage, and 2GB of personal file storage per person. The free version also provides easy integration with Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Microsoft offers users various package upgrade options, including a Microsoft 365 Business Basic upgrade for $5.00 per user per month, a Microsoft 365 Business Standard upgrade for $12.50 per user per month, and an Office 365 E3 upgrade for $20.00 per user per month. Each subscription includes a full-feature version of Teams with 1TB of storage per person.

Features

Slack Features

When it comes to communication, Slack keeps it simple. The app allows users to conduct private messaging and group conversations with ease. All conversations are tracked and saved on a convenient sidebar. For discussions that will focus on specific projects or topics, users can create specialized channels. 

If you want to take messaging up a level, Slack’s video chat feature lets you initiate video calls with up to 15 participants by simply clicking the phone icon. Video calls are conducted on a pop-up window within the app, and they offer convenient features like screen sharing. 

Slack also provides straightforward file sharing, allowing users to share documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and countless other file types without ever leaving the application. File uploads are limited to 1GB each, and personal file storage ranges from 5GB for the free version to 10GB for paid versions. 

In what may be its most impressive feature, Slack is highly customizable, integrating with more than 800 apps or programs, including Google Drive, Giphy, Asana, Front, and Trello. By allowing users to access multiple programs without switching screens or tabs, Slack increases productivity by significantly reducing potential distractions.

Microsoft Teams Features
With some estimates suggesting that as many as 80% of businesses use some version of Microsoft Office, it makes sense that the company’s tech developers know how to develop an effective app for business communication. Microsoft Teams offers simple private messaging and group chat interfaces that feel familiar to anyone who uses Windows-based software.

Video calls are where Microsoft Teams really shines, allowing up to 250 people to participate in a single call. Teams’ robust video chat capabilities make it an excellent solution for medium to large businesses with employees spread across multiple offices and locations.

Since file sharing is a key feature of any business communication tool, Microsoft Teams provides impressive file sharing and storage. Users can upload files up to 15GB and store up to 1TB per license purchased.

While its integration options may not be as expansive as Slack, Microsoft Teams is no slouch. In addition to its ability to work seamlessly with any of the Office 365 applications, Teams can also integrate with more than 250 applications such as YouTube, OneNote, Wrike, and Polly.

User Experience

Slack User Experience
With a highly customizable interface and intuitive controls, Slack provides a simple communication solution that is easy to set up and even easier to use. It’s ideal for any business that wants to connect its workforce quickly and efficiently. And with little to no learning curve, Slack provides “out-of-the-box” utility that makes it an attractive option for organizations of any size.

Mircosoft Teams User Experience

While Teams’ user interface is efficient and its capabilities are significant, implementation requires special attention. Since it is designed to integrate with Office 365, Teams requires proper deployment in order to take advantage of its full set of features. It can be installed and put to use quickly, but the additional time spent on implementation will make it a far more useful tool. 

At the end of the day, choosing between Slack and Microsoft Teams comes down to a combination of business needs and personal preference. Since either will be a valuable tool for your entire organization, the time spent considering the pros and cons of each will be time well spent.  

How Restaurants are Using Digital Signage to Boost Business

Digital signage is changing the way restaurants do business. According to a recent survey, there are more than 660,000 restaurants in the US alone. With that kind of competition, it’s going to take more than tasty recipes and value menus for individual eateries to stand out. As digital technology reshapes the way consumers choose where to eat and place orders, creative restaurateurs are using digital signage to enhance customer experiences and improve profitability. If you’re a restaurant owner or manager, and you’re looking for ways to attract, engage, and retain more customers, the latest digital signage offers an eye-catching solution that is both versatile and cost-effective. 

6 Ways Digital Signage Can Grow Your Restaurant Business

Better first impressions

We’ve all seen those digital billboards shining bright. There’s no denying that they capture the attention of everyone driving by. Even with most of their audience flying by at highway speeds, these advertisements are able to get their message across. Now, imagine the visual impact that smaller scale signs could have for people walking down a sidewalk. Picture an old-school sandwich board equipped with the eye-catching brilliance of the latest HD TV. Innovations like the Clear Digital™ Evo Lite™ allow you to highlight daily specials, make real-time menu updates, and attract customers that more traditional marketing might have missed.

In-line entertainment

When customers are hungry, waiting in line can lead to frustration. Believe it or not, well-placed digital screens can help their wait feel a little shorter. While your customers bide their time in line, you can use digital signage to make menu suggestions that will reduce point-of-sale paralysis, lighten the mood by showing funny photos or videos, or offer fun-loving conversation starters. When it comes to what to display, the options are almost endless. The important thing is that you keep your customers’ minds occupied, which, in turn, will keep their frustrations to a minimum.

Vibrant menu boards

There are few things less appealing than faded, outdated menu pictures. If restaurant success depends on your ability to make customers’ mouths water, crystal-clear presentation is essential. Quality menu photos can be one of your restaurant’s most powerful sales tools, and cutting-edge digital signage can display your menu options in stunning HD clarity. Whether you’re inviting first-time visitors to try your house specialty or reminding long-time customers of their favorite selections, a brilliant menu board can bring your entrees to life. And while digital menu boards primarily showcase your restaurant’s food options, they also offer an additional way for you to display messaging that reinforces your brand voice and values. On-site sales and increased brand loyalty—that’s a powerful combo!

Smarter point-of-sale

For many restaurant owners, the register is the end game. Once a customer has decided on their meal and the staff member has taken their order, it’s all about completing the transaction. Digital signage can help take the exchange one step further. When positioned near the point of sale, digital signs can improve accuracy by displaying each customer’s order summary. Then, based on the items ordered, you can program your signs to display various upsell options such as larger sizes, additional side items, or even dessert options.

Improved drive-thru experience

In today’s hectic, fast-paced society, restaurant drive-thrus are both a luxury and a necessity. But if you’ve ever pulled around to the pick-up window, received your order, and pulled away only to find that your order is incorrect, you know that convenience can sometimes be maddening. Thankfully, digital signage can go a long way toward reducing drive-thru mishaps. Whether you use it to display menu options or simply provide a visual summary of a customer’s order, the uncluttered clarity of a digital sign can help eliminate much of the miscommunication that’s an all-too-common part of the drive-thru experience.

Increased repeat business

If your restaurant’s customer service or cross-selling end as soon as you deliver a customer’s food, you’re leaving money on the proverbial table. Dessert to go? “If you liked that, you’ll love this” suggestions for next time. Requests to share positive reviews on social media. The options for post-dining marketing are plentiful. With its crystal-clear photos and bold messaging options, strategically placed digital signage can help you capitalize on a good dining experience and plant ideas for your customer’s next visit.

If your restaurant’s customer service or cross-selling end as soon as you deliver a customer’s food, you’re leaving money on the proverbial table. Dessert to go? “If you liked that, you’ll love this” suggestions for next time. Requests to share positive reviews on social media. The options for post-dining marketing are plentiful. With its crystal-clear photos and bold messaging options, strategically placed digital signage can help you capitalize on a good dining experience and plant ideas for your customer’s next visit.

Technology in the Classroom: Advantages and Disadvantages

Most K–12 public school teachers keep at least one computer in their classroom. But far beyond the reach of simple desktops, most teachers also report a variety of other tech devices at school—LCDs or projectors, digital cameras, and interactive whiteboards. But with the advent of in-class technology, and more and more options for teachers and administrators alike, the question must be asked: what are the pros and cons of having technology in the classroom? 

What is classroom technology?

Classroom technology is the incorporation of technology into school classrooms, labs, lecture halls and auditoriums, for the benefit of supporting other learning and teaching initiatives. There are many types of classroom technology you may run across in today’s modern school, including: 

  • Whiteboards and interactive flat panels like Clear Touch or Promethean 
  • Desktops, Laptops and Tablets for quick access to apps and internet
  • Projectors for class-wide discussion and demonstration
  • Television the old standard, although losing ground to those with streaming capabilities
  • 3D printing for creation of ideas
  • Software and Applications to enable various forms of teaching and automation and support and supplement various forms of learning

Does classroom technology help students learn?

Although a few studies have been done, few have provided a vast-enough baseline. Additionally, because classroom technology is relatively new (within the past 20 years for even the oldest tools!) and it is hard to quantify the true impact of technology on overall retention. What is relatively agreed-upon, however, is that the use and implementation of the classroom technology plays a highly important role in the effectiveness of the technology in the learning environment. 

For example, if a teacher is given an interactive flat panel—like the Clear Touch 6000K—but only uses it to put the morning’s schedule on, it’s questionable as to whether or not that technology is being used effectively. This is especially true when such a tool provides a vast amount of capabilities—from collaborative learning to online research, creative tools and apps, and so much more. 

In short, the first step to ensuring that classroom technology is helping students learn and retain information is by ensuring that the technology is being used to its fullest potential.

Disadvantages of having technology in the classroom

While there are many advantages of adding tech to the classroom, the landscape has its own challenges. Here are a few disadvantages (or perceived disadvantages) of having in-class technology. 

  1. Fighting distraction 

While bringing technology into the classroom is intended to help guide students along in various studies, if left unregulated or unchecked, it can become a distraction. Consider a 1:1 system where 20 elementary students all their own tablets –– internet browsing will always win over studying for the upcoming quiz. In these cases, the use of parental locks or time where all tech is put-away may help keep everyone on task.

  1. Less social interaction

The digital vs. social debate has been going strong for a while now, but one main concern that many have with the addition of more technology to the classroom is that it will reduce social interaction. While this doesn’t have to be the case (as we’ve seen with products like multi-touch interactive screens), it still remains a question for parents and teachers alike. Teachers can address these concerns by the use of apps and tools that invite collaboration, as well as ideas like dedicated small-group time and screen sharing.

  1. Higher availability for cheating

With today’s tech-agile youth, the potential for information access is definitely higher, although in many cases also fully preventable. Most information these days can be encrypted and password-protected, and the use of monitoring software can be an added help to stretched administrators.

  1. More time in lesson planning

As teachers and administrators add more pieces of technology into their classroom mix, it stands to reason that at some point, tech fatigue will set in, especially if they are trying to use each piece to the fullest potential and capability. Keep in mind that having tech doesn’t just mean using it—it also means the teachers must learn each platform, troubleshoot it if necessary, input required data, and train students on how to use it, as well. Schools that implement these solutions can mitigate these challenges by spreading the responsibilities out—include IT and curriculum directors in the decision making—and the implementation—processes.

  1. Expense of outfitting schools

With any type of technology implementation, there is the overarching concern of “How do we pay for this?” Adding any kind of technology can be costly. To prevent buyer’s remorse, make sure you’re doing your homework, getting the best price and the right solution for your school or classroom. 

Advantages to having technology in the classroom

For all the challenges that in-class tech can reveal, there are a number of great reasons why keeping our classrooms up-to-date with the best that tech has to offer is a great idea. Here are a few benefits to having technology in the classroom.

  1. Technology is more than a tool; it’s a life skill

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and workforce, and in a modern world technology isn’t just a tool with which to work; it’s a life skill that is critical for everyone to understand. Even more, students who can master that overarching “understanding” of technology in general and adapt to whatever app or software is put in front of them, will be at the forefront of tomorrow’s businesses and organizations. 

  1. No more out-of-date curriculums

Gone are the days of out-of-date history books or inheriting your dad’s old geometry text. With technology, the learning platforms aren’t just up to date, in many cases they are current up-to-the-minute. Additionally, there are a number of websites and software applications available that can offer lessons on current happenings for teachers and students.

  1. The world (and more) is at your fingertips

When it comes to information access, todays’ technology options offer far more than what you can learn in a book. As an example, students today don’t just learn about space flight—they can experience a flight simulator, break down a rocket engine, align the stars in space and even learn how to brush their teeth in anti-gravity—all without leaving the classroom. 

  1. Better student engagement

While studies on this subject have been limited, one thing is clear: when learning is made fun, students are more engaged and more likely to learn and retain that information. By implementing technology—especially team-based tech and learning options—teachers can not only engage their students, but provide them a rich learning environment, as well. 

  1. Make your job easier

While it can be true that more technology equals more time in for teachers, the reality is that there are a number of options (especially software and apps) that can make a teacher’s job easier, automotive, and more streamlined. Consider lesson planning software online, grading built into the lessons themselves, and much more. 

Whether or not you’re personally for or against adding more technology to today’s classrooms, it’s worth exploring the options available. After you’ve had a chance to assess what your classroom (or school) needs, do the legwork and research the types of technology you might be able to use (hardware- and software-based). You might determine that bringing in something new is worth the small challenges it may take to implement it. And yes, it can be overwhelming, but we at Clear Touch are always here to help you along your path; schedule a demo with us to find out more about the solutions we offer. 

Clear Touch Signs Supply Chain Services Deal with Exertis

Strategic partnership agreement paves the way for increased business and operational growth.

Greenville, SC – Clear Touch®, a leading provider of multi-touch, interactive flat panels and software for education and business, is pleased to announce that Exertis Global Operations, part of the Exertis Group, has agreed to provide an innovative supply chain solution for the technology company’s growing global business. Exertis will manage Clear Touch’s inbound product and solutions supply chain by assisting in the management of supply partners around the world, reducing time to market, and increasing purchasing scale. Exertis will also help reduce overall cost, release working capital, and increase efficiencies from the manufacturer through to the customer.

Exertis Global Operations is part of the $4.4 billion global Exertis Group and specializes in providing innovative global supply chain solutions for growing companies.

Commenting on the agreement, Keone Trask, Clear Touch President, shared, “The combination of inventory financing, AR management, and supply chain support allows us to deliver products and services to our international customers in a more streamlined manner. Exertis infrastructure and purchasing capabilities give us a greater ability to meet the large scale implementation demands that we are experiencing due to rapid growth. This is an exciting development for the business and our customers, one that illustrates how the latest supply chain management techniques and services can stimulate both volume and geographic growth.”

Padraig Henry, Commercial Director, Exertis Global Operations, said, “Exertis, as a leading supply chain partner, enables the best brands and technologies to take advantage of all of the opportunities available to them by executing materials purchasing, international trade and compliance, as well as delivering the supply chain finance to enhance growing businesses. Exertis is proud to be part of the Clear Touch supply chain and looks forward to the significant growth this partnership will produce.”

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ABOUT CLEAR TOUCH

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch® is a forward-thinking technology provider named to the Inc. 5000 list and Financial Times list of the fastest-growing companies. Clear Touch is also a winner of multiple Tech & Learning Best of Show awards for its innovative products. The company’s commitment to its customers, the reliability of its products, and its industry-leading innovation have paved the way for consistent growth. Clear Touch develops products for education, business, and government, including multi-touch interactive panels, software suites, and accessories. Clear Touch is also a reseller of Clear Digital™ products, including LED video walls, interactive podiums, and mobile digital signage.

ABOUT EXERTIS

Exertis is a leading route-to-market and supply chain partner for established and emerging technology brands across consumer, business and enterprise, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of parent company DCC PLC, an FTSE 100 company. After 38 years of profitability, Exertis continues to outperform the market, achieving revenues of £3.631billion in FY2019.

Exertis represents 1,400 global and emerging brands selling to more than 50,000 reseller and retailer customers focused on consumer, mobile, business, enterprise and IT Supplies. It also provides an industry-leading and innovative range of services and value-added solutions. With offices in Europe, North America, Middle East and China and with global reach via its supply chain services, Exertis employs 4,100 people in 21 countries.

Effective Team Training Room Design Ideas

Creating and maintaining a strong team training environment allows for more effective learning and collaboration. But what goes into making a great training room? Designing the ideal space means that you will want to take into account the types of training you will undergo, the number of participants you have, and the end goals that you have in mind. It may even be that you have multiple goals to accomplish, which is more and more common in the professional world. This means that your training room will need to be adaptable to various training and meeting sessions.  

Training Room Layouts

There are plenty of options for layouts of a training room, some more common than others. Below are core concepts and strategies you can use to design an effective and adaptable training room.

Classroom

The classroom style is the most common and recognizable layout with several horizontal rows of tables with chairs facing the direction of the presenter and accompanying displays. This provides fantastic visibility of the presenter and material. The disadvantage here is the clear divide between trainer and participant, meaning that collaboration can suffer, which then may create a static environment under training scenarios used to also foster teamwork and community.

It should be noted that the classroom layout can also evolve depending on your space into an auditorium or lecture-style space if elevation is part of the room.

Circled

Another common layout is enclosed, where the tables all face each other in a circle or square shape. This is ideal for discussion and debate, creating a sense of equality in all participants. There will be a disadvantage for technology and visibility here, though, if the goal is a discussion, this shouldn’t be much of an issue. That being said, some technology equipment providers have an effective solution for this, such as the Clear Touch Convertible Mobile Stand which can lay flat, allowing up to four people to collaborate together. This can turn what was once an opportunity in design, into a dynamic approach to teamwork and learning. 

Cluster

With tables spread into small groups of three to five chairs, the classroom takes on a new form. This gives the presenter room to move about the classroom and the participants space to collaborate in small groups. A cluster style setup fosters community and teamwork, though depending on the setup of displays and other technology, it can provide small challenges in visibility.

Design Details To Consider When Creating a Training Room

Aesthetic is important here, but so is practicality. From tables to chairs and even lighting and wall space, there are a good number of options to consider for ideal training spaces.

Lighting

Proper lighting can make or break a training room. Having uniform lighting that isn’t too bright or fluorescent makes for a more comfortable environment. Additionally, putting in a lighting system that can dim and adjust on the fly allows for smooth transitions from dialogue to presented visual material via displays. Lastly, if there are windows, shades, curtains, or any other solution can greatly reduce or eliminate glare, which can be a potential distraction.

Seating

Comfortable and ergonomic chairs are a must. Sessions can easily last an hour or more, and if your participants are uncomfortable, their ability to focus and participate can drop drastically.

Tables are another important consideration. Have sturdy tables that can also fold and move to be adjusted into different layouts as needed. Bigger is not necessarily better here. You want as small a footprint as you can have for space in the room, while still providing adequate space for laptops and note-taking.

Floor Space

Alongside the footprints of the chairs and tables, your floor space should be clear. This allows the presenter to move freely among the participants. As a matter of safety, everyone should be able to exit the room easily should there be a need to evacuate at any point. A cluttered room can cause excess stress and anxiety, so keep things open and clear.

Technology

Every training space will have its fair share of technology. The right devices can make a big difference, of course, but so can where they are placed, how far or close they are, and whether they are stationary or mobile. 

Ideally, you’ll want as much as you can have. Some classroom layouts will not demand as much, such as a classroom style needing perhaps one large interactive display, while circled and cluster layouts may require additional displays in the room. A quality sound system can go a long way. It does not have to be what you would use in a home theatre, but having strong audio that can reach everyone in the room easily is imperative. It should go without saying that reliable Wi-Fi needs to be here as well. With all of these things, having a setup that allows presenters and even participants to transition into digital content quickly will make effective use of time and eliminate any possible frustration with presenting content. 

16 Effective Classroom Management Strategies

As former educators, we understand how working classroom management into the daily responsibilities of teachers can be an ongoing struggle. Disruptive classrooms not only affect your day to day as an educator but also hurt and hamper students’ educational paths. So what can you do about it? That’s where classroom management comes in.

What is Classroom Management?

Classroom management is a set of strategies that educators use to prevent disruption, while also encouraging and fostering learning. Styles of classroom management can vary depending on age group and subject, the number of students, and who you are as an educator. However, there are a good amount of techniques you can use that are universal, even if they require specific tweaks based on the circumstances at hand.

What truly separates good classroom management from great classroom management, are the ways in which educators approach the core goal of the class. By utilizing positive and specific strategies, a teacher can have an orderly classroom and one that succeeds in the primary goal: to educate.

To help you take your classroom management to the next level, we’ve compiled 16 strategies you can employ in your classroom.

Classroom Management Techniques to Take Your Class to the Next Level

1. Compliance 

Before the lesson begins, you can give the students a simple task. “Look at me,” “Turn towards the board,” and wait for students to get in place. This gets everyone in a place to begin. From there, have a next step ready to go. If you’re using an interactive display, you can have a bellringer activity already up or a snowflake game on the board that students can start working through when they walk into the classroom, making this step even easier.

2. Establish Class Rules Together 

A great early step is to have students to define what should and should not be okay to do in the classroom. Many of them will already know what rules should be followed, such as when to talk and when not, what to do with their phones, how to treat each other, and how to treat you as their teacher. By allowing them to define these, you create ownership with them that this isn’t only your class, but their class, too. All of which allows for shared responsibility and a clear understanding of how things should go.

3. Ownership of assignments 

Ownership can also apply to how lessons and assignments are completed. Empowering your students to choose between different assignment types, an essay or a quiz, and so forth, will give them more of a sense of ownership over their learning. Of course, you’re still in charge, but giving them reasonable responsibility can certainly improve overall buy-in.

4. Routine 

This may sound exceedingly simple, or something that you are already doing, but having a set of established routines will help set students’ minds in place for transitions. These routines could be anything from everyone getting up and stretching, an activity or small game before class begins, then moving into learning. This can build excitement, fun, and more community and camaraderie as well. Posting a schedule will also fit right in here.

5. Tangible Rewards 

This works just about anywhere, including the professional environment. Rewarding good behavior, or even just participation in the lesson, will spark enthusiasm. A common practice is to use raffle tickets and hand them out for good answers to questions or positive behavior. Then at the end of class, draw the tickets for prizes, though candy is probably the best and most affordable option here. 

6. Verbal Rewards 

Use positive, specific feedback/praise when students display positive behavior. This allows you to connect with the student and meet an emotional need. Candy is dandy, but verbal praise lasts for a lot longer and can most certainly change a student’s life. Additionally, when students see that they can be praised for doing the right thing or providing the right answers, they’ll want to work to get there, too.

7. Be Passionate 

Passion is contagious. In teaching, with so much going on, it can be all too easy to be tired or not feel like putting forth the extra effort, but if you’re bored, chances are they will be, as well.

8. Discipline Outside 

Disciplining a student in front of the classroom can have as much of a negative effect (if not sometimes more), than praising a student publicly. Take a moment when the class is busy with their next task, or make one if you need the opportunity, to talk to the student privately about their behavior. Start small, but try not to make a big deal or an “example” of the student, as this can quite often spur the student to act out more if for nothing else than attention.

9. Ask Students for Their Help

If you have a particularly difficult student, a great approach is to ask them for their help. “Billy, I need your help here. You have a great way of making people laugh, so people listen to you. I’d love it if you could help me keep the class in order today.” Offer specific and positive praise to what the student is trying to accomplish, and provide that student a task to complete. This can be a great first step to transforming a normally disruptive student in a positive way.

10. Avoid Extreme Consequences 

Each year is a new year, and each new class is a new class. Discipline for disruption doesn’t need to start at its highest level, whether that is sending someone straight to an office or writing a note home/making a phone call. Start with a discussion with the student and move from there. There may still be times where discipline will need to escalate, but drastic measures can be used when they are absolutely needed, not within the first day to send a message. Though fear can be effective, clear chances for forgiveness and redemption are far more effective.

11. Avoid Group Punishment 

Punishing a class can be risky, and usually, the recommendation is not to do it at all. It is possible that the entire class is misbehaving but more likely than not, there are students doing well. This means that the innocent are punished along with the guilty and can spark frustration and resentment with both you and their misbehaving classmates, furthering disruption.

12. Assigning Roles 

Along the same lines is to assign responsibilities and jobs for students. Preferably something that you know each specific student will enjoy. 

13. Celebrate 

If the entire class did well on a test, have a small party. Perhaps they’ve been well-behaved for a month, or even a week. Rewarding the class as a whole is always a good thing, and allows you to set a precedent that more good work and behavior can lead to more parties later on.

14. Take Time to get to Know your Students Individually 

This can be done through interviews with each student, or just talking to them before class begins. Doing this can help you understand the passions they have, which can give you the edge if a particular student is struggling, allowing you to assign specific work based on the things they love.

15. Have Fun 

Small jokes in lessons or even fun-themed content can really bring a sense of fun to the classroom. The more you know your students, the more in tune you can present your content with their passions. When a topic is related to something they love, their buy-in is far easier to get.

16. Positive Phone Calls and Notes Home

Often these are used to speak with parents about ongoing negative behavior. However, by making positive phone calls to parents or guardians, you can inform them of their child’s great behavior specifically. Building a bridge here can make a huge difference, and the parents can see you as someone invested in their child.

These classroom management strategies are universal and can work in almost any school setting, and many of them transfer readily with some specific adjustment to a higher level and professional teaching environments. In the end, they empower both you and your students to have a safe, engaging, effective, and fun environment to promote learning.

Clear Touch Named by The Financial Times as One of the Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2020

Clear Touch listed as #140 on the list of 500 elite companies

Greenville, SC – Clear Touch®, a leading provider of multi-touch, interactive flat panels and software for education and business, was recognized as part of The Financial Times’ inaugural list of The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2020. This prestigious award is presented by The Financial Times and Statista Inc.

FT’s The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies list comprises the enterprises that contribute most heavily to economic growth in North America, Central America, and South America; only 500 firms were selected for this first annual ranking. The top 500 companies received this recognition based on their Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR), which was calculated using revenue information the companies shared with Statista’s research team. Clear Touch, at spot #140, had an absolute growth rate higher than Uber, Tesla, Paypal, Netflix and many other.


“These past two months, we have been laser-focused on managing the changes brought on by the public health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. This award announcement comes at the perfect time since it recognizes the years of dedication and hard work of a team that continues to rally together every day,” said Keone Trask, President of Clear Touch. “We are honored to be named to this list because it highlights how we are stronger together and how our entire team is working, even now, to make an impact in our community and around the world.” 

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ABOUT CLEAR TOUCH

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch is a forward-thinking technology provider named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies two years in a row and recognized as one of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies. U.S. owned and operated, Clear Touch is also a winner of multiple Tech & Learning Best of Show awards for its innovative products. The company’s commitment to its customers, the reliability of its products, and its industry-leading innovation have paved the way for consistent growth. Clear Touch develops products for education, business, and government, including multi-touch interactive panels, software suites, and accessories. Clear Touch is also a reseller of Clear Digital™ products, including LED video walls, interactive podiums, and mobile display signage.

How to Clean your Interactive Panel and Other Classroom and Business Equipment

We understand that many of our customers want to be sure they regularly disinfect their Clear Touch interactive panels as well as other classroom and business equipment. Our user manuals outline general maintenance guidelines but we have received requests in the past week on clarification for cleaning recommendations.

Below are steps for cleaning products following the latest CDC guidelines. Our team is available If you have any questions on your panel or how to clean any Clear Touch product and are happy to discuss any specific questions. You can contact customer service at (864) 643-5045 or reach us via online chat or support ticket.

We recommend following the CDC’s guide to proper cleaning. According to the latest post from the CDC regarding types of products:  “For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective (CDC website, March 19, 2020)”

An additional list of recommended cleaning products can be found by clicking here. 

NOTE – Be careful to NOT mix certain cleaning products, such as Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar, as this mixture can create a corrosive substance. Follow the cleaner manufacturer’s guide to safe handling and ventilation etc. 

Again, follow CDC, government and health professional guidelines when cleaning and please stay up to date on the latest recommendations. Below are some practical pieces of advice, when cleaning:

  • Please unplug the power plug before cleaning and maintenance, to prevent electric shock.
  • We normally recommend dish or tableware detergent mixed with rubbing alcohol, but again, be sure you are meeting CDC mixture recommendations. Traditional household cleaning products (Clorox wipes, Lysol, disinfectant sprays, and mild surface cleaners) are safe to use with our panels.
  • Do NOT spray cleaning solutions directly onto the panel.  Liquid sprays can be used to lightly dampen a microfiber or lint-free cloth, which can then be used to safely wipe down the display.  
  • Try to not allow cleaning solutions to drip into crevices/gaps such as buttons or speakers, into the IR frame, or ventilations and do not submerge electrical products. Use as little cleaning products as necessary and do not allow the solution to stream down or otherwise inundated equipment. 
  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting your panel or stand.
  • Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. 
  • Wash hands immediately after gloves are removed.

Some general notes on hygiene to prevent spreading germs as recommended by the CDC:

  • In every work place, all staff should clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  • Additional key times to clean hands include:
    • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After using the restroom
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • After contact with animals or pets
    • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)

Our team members are here to address any concerns or questions you may have at this time. 

— The Clear Touch Team

10 Best Project Management Software Options for 2020

Project management software comes in all shapes and sizes, but the bottom line is that project management software is used to corroborate and delegate based on the needs of each team within your organization. No matter the team size, the goal remains the same: Assign projects to team members, monitor the progress, delegate as needed, and achieve results. Given the diverse nature of so many businesses, it’s not hard to believe that there is a veritable slew of PM software options, which can make the selection process feel overwhelming. There are software programs specifically for different sized businesses, from small to medium and enterprise, and others that are online via cloud services or local, and others with additional integrations into existing pieces of software. Making the wrong choice can bring frustration and, ultimately, loss of money to your team. On the other hand, making the best choice can propel your business to the next level. We’re going to review the best project management software options, what makes them great and worth considering, best practices, and how each one fits for different size and style business models.

Best practices when using project management software

Project management software is best used with a project manager or managers of different levels collaborating to streamline progress. The end goal of every Project Manager is to get things done as quickly and as dead-end-free as possible on or under budget— while keeping the team motivated and updated. Here’s where these platforms come in. Project management software is meant to organize and construct that timeline as accurately and efficiently as possible. Without a Project Manager and streamlined project process, tasks can become convoluted, and team members can become overwhelmed, resulting in less than satisfactory delivery times on completed tasks. So keep in mind, that while software is a valuable tool, there needs to be empowered leads and a defined process already in place within your organization for the project management software to work to its highest potential.

What makes a good project management platform?

A good project management platform allows a project manager to see and edit task lists and monitor schedules and projects. File Sharing is a must, as well as easy communication, whether that be by a social chat option within the platform itself, or an integrated communication platform such as Slack. Reporting is also mandatory. Without reporting, it’s challenging to monitor what’s working and what isn’t, what’s getting done and what needs a bit of support. And lastly, usability. You can have the “best” platform in the world, but if it’s difficult to use and/or lacks support or training options for your team, what good is it? Your organization needs to either be able to use it easily or be able to get the training they need quickly to understand how to best record their progress and collaborate.

Before we dive deeper, what is a Gantt chart?

The deeper you dive into project management, the more you see the word “Gantt.” So what is it? A Gantt, or a Gantt Chart, is one of the best and most common ways of showing the status of tasks and events within a given time frame via a horizontal bar chart. It looks a lot like a traditional schedule or a calendar, but instead of showing a full range of an event, it displays a more specified timeframe or deadline. The advantage here is that you get a nice view of what needs to be done and when it should be completed. Most Project Management platforms have a Gantt view or, at the very least, something akin to the style above. All of the ones we’ve selected have a Gantt view or something comparable that allows easy and quick assessment of project timelines.

Important Project Manager Software Features

These are the features to bear in mind when looking for the right project management software for you.

  • Task Management: The ability to create, manage, edit, schedule, and track in real time, tasks from your team to your entire business.
  • Collaboration: A great project management program allows collaboration between team members, which includes features such as an in-app messenger and document editing.
  • Usability: In terms of usability, is it simple and intuitive? Or is it complex, and if so, how does the maker support your team in learning the ins and outs of this software? The last thing anyone needs is extended downtime due to difficult programs.
  • Mobile Companion: As it stands, this is something that should seem as though every piece of software like this should have mobile companion, but that is not how it is. Having the ability to access your tasks on the go is, for all of us, extremely important.
  • Support: Software is not perfect. Sometimes something can (and will) go wrong, so how do their creators support it? Do they have a great support and ticketing system? Live chat or a way to talk to a real person easily and quickly? Great products attract customers, great support turns them into loyal promoters.
  • Integrations: What additions can the software support? App suites such as Google Docs, Microsoft Office, and Apple’s line (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) are paramount, not to mention CRM platforms like Dynamics and Salesforce and even Email integrations. The more you can integrate into your current setup, the more fluid completing tasks will be.
  • Customizations: Can the software be customized for a specific company’s brand requirements or layouts? What other customizations are available, if any?
  • Analytics and Reporting: A great little feature that shows task completion and response over time, giving you another perspective into the efficiency of your teams.

Top 10 Project Management Software & Tools

1. Monday.com

monday.com has a simple goal: to revolutionize how teams collaborate and complete objectives together. Through its easy-to-use interface, it allows teams to keep up with tasks, work together, and bring a holistic view of all ongoing projects.
The biggest advantage of monday.com is its ease of use. It has a simple, familiar interface that allows quick project assignment and coordination between team members. Users can also manage various projects through real-time progress updates and interactive timelines.
monday.com’s client list includes top brands like Uber, Shell, and Adobe.
When we’re looking at products that require minimal time to learn and integrate, monday.com is topping the charts. They’ve got a great video giving a simple play-by-play on using their software here: https://monday.com/product/
Their pricing isn’t too high, depending on the size of your business. Plans range from $39 for teams up to 5 with price breaks as your team size grows, up to $79 for max features. They also have a way to set up enterprise-level service, and this option can be arranged through the monday.com sales team. The one downside is that the base plan only offers 5GB of file storage on their cloud server. The next level up is 50GB, which can work for certain businesses, but could still present challenges for resource-heavy companies such as marketing firms. Unlimited storage, integrated features, and app customization are available with their top-tier plan. The enterprise option gives your team even more control, allowing for one-on-one training and a dedicated customer success manager.
For larger companies, the price of the enterprise level may not be a roadblock, but for small businesses, especially those starting out, price could become a barrier. Nevertheless, monday.com is an excellent project management app that has a well-earned reputation.
Monday.com Pros and Cons:
Pros: Easy to use and integrate.
Cons: Depending on the size of your business, pricing plans can be an issue that keep you from some of the more in-depth customization and features.

2. Wrike

Wrike is another heavy hitter here with existing clients like Airbnb, Verizon, and Google — and for good reason. The interface is clean and utilizes drag and drop functions to assign tasks. It also offers user-friendly comment structures and integration. On top of all of this, their pricing plans are some of the best in the business. You can start with a basic, five-user version of Wrike for free! The next two levels are $9.80 a month and $24.80 a month, respectively, with an option for enterprise via their sales team. Each plan adds features, starting with additional collaboration options and followed by reporting and customization and then extra security with the enterprise level. But no matter the level of your business, Wrike offers a solution. Beyond that, you can set up workflows and additional integration to function within your existing infrastructure. And if that wasn’t enough, they have additional plans designed for marketers and professional services, too.
All in all, Wrike is hard to beat here with their flexibility, ease of use, and incredible pricing plans. However, training seems very much on the user side. Their website has training resources if you have an account that can walk you through using the software, but there isn’t a current pricing plan that shows any one-on-one training. Even though it’s easy to use at its basic level, some of the more advanced features may require a bit of assistance to maximize their vast resources.
Wrike pros and cons
Pros: Extremely versatile and affordable.
Cons: Advanced help only available with higher tiers of the product.

3. Asana


Asana is one of the most straightforward and accessible project management platforms on the market today. It has a simple drag-and-drop interface that allows for easy assignment of tasks. It also features plenty of integrations, including Microsoft Office, Slack, Salesforce, Zapier, Google Drive, and Adobe. Their mobile app is clean and seamless, and the pricing plans are budget-friendly, starting with a free Basic plan, a Premium plan for $10.99 a month, and a Business plan for $24.99 a month. Asana also offers an Enterprise plan, which adds features appropriate for each business tier’s requirements.
Though it doesn’t have the complexity or financial focus of some Project Management platforms, Asana gets the core function of getting things done, which is what Project Management is all about. And if that’s not enough, their customers include Spotify, The New York Times, Paypal, and Nasa. Asana may not be as robust as other platforms, but it gets things done, and it does it well.
Pros and cons of Asana
Pros: Easy to use, affordable for any business size.
Cons: Not as robust as other platforms.

4. Smartsheet

Smartsheet achieves a new level of project management. Real-time updates within a spreadsheet-style interface capable of different views to allow for the ultimate view of all tasks going on in your organization. Smartsheet also integrates with a wide range of applications, from Slack to Google apps. This versatility provides seamless compatibility with existing setups you may already have. Their biggest advantage here is customization. Smartsheet will allow you to go as far as you want with workflows and grids to provide a complete overview of your business. The pricing is straightforward as well, with an individual plan at $14 and a Business plan at $25 (per month). They also offer Enterprise and a Premier plans, with the Premier plan granting premium support and apps, as well as additional integrations like Jira, Salesforce, and Dynamics.
Pros and Cons of Smartsheet
Pros: Incredible versatility for managing tasks and teams.
Cons: Integrations into CRM software are available for the Premium Plan, as well as best support and additional apps. Support levels can vary, with paid support and training options available for higher tiers.
Interface may require longer than usual for adequate training.

5. Clarizen Project Management Software

Clarizen is an enterprise-level project management platform designed to give users control over a vast array of projects. With a full view of all resources, schedules, and tasks, Clarizen gives amazing insights into everything going on in your business, allowing for real-time collaboration and re-assignment to allow for ideal workflows across multiple teams. Clarizen also boasts project graphs and charts to identify how quickly and effectively projects are completed, allowing for an unprecedented view of progress.
The downside with such a tool is that it’s primarily designed for enterprise-level businesses. Even though Clarizen integrates with many of the top tier team apps like Slack and Box, the only real CRM they integrate fully with is Salesforce. Though Salesforce is a fantastic CRM, there are others out there that many enterprises are currently using.
Pros and Cons of Clarizen
Pros: Incredible depth for enterprise-level business allowing for maximum control and real-time observation for tasks across your company, including charts and graphs as well as integrations.
Cons: Clarizen offers a lot of great features, but is specific to enterprise-level businesses, meaning that small-medium sized companies will want to look for a different solution.
CRM integrations are limited, with Salesforce being the primary option. Though Salesforce is an amazing platform, many businesses use other options (such as Microsoft Dynamics), limiting the reach of this enterprise-level platform to business with other CRM platforms already in place.

6. Mavenlink

Mavenlink comes in with a unique yet incredibly important aspect of project management: financials. This focus drives its platform, and makes it ideal for medium to enterprise-level organizations. The dashboard shows cost rates of all managed projects on macro and micro views, business to individual, allowing for insight into projected profit and loss statements. Mavenlink even has invoice capability for time and expenses and built-in workflows to email team members with specific reminders for things such as deadlines.
Mavenlink plans range from $19 to $39 a month. Customized enterprise and premier plans are available through the company’s sales team. The only real downside is that it’s not meant for small businesses, and their interface, though great for financial-based management, is complex and can take some time to learn to use to its fullest potential. All in all, if your project management needs are rooted in looking at costs and profit, Mavenlink is the way to go.
Pros and cons of Mavenlink
Pros: Financial based project management allows for in-depth views into cost/profit across timelines and individuals.
Cons: Learning curve can be a little steep. Intended for medium to enterprise-level business.

7.LiquidPlanner Project Management Software

LiquidPlanner takes the approach of complex portfolios. Built with scheduling tools that allow for managed schedules that update in real-time with best and worst-case estimates, LiquidPlanner is the pinnacle of time management, allowing views that show who is spending how much time where and the option to reassign as needed. Add in full-fledged social options like chat and tagging, and you’ve got a platform that can allow for seamless transitions between projects and deadlines.
Liquidplanner is made for businesses of 50+ employees. This excludes small businesses. One flaw is that the software doesn’t have a full dashboard yet. The current option is still in beta, meaning that they are testing it out and receiving feedback from users, though it should be available in the near future. Compared to other options, Liquidplanner’s pricing is limited. After a 14-day free trial, users can sign up for the Professional level for $45 a month or arrange enterprise options through the company’s sales team.
Pros and Cons of Liquidplanner
Pros: Allows for advanced scheduling and internal social chat.
Cons: Limited to medium to enterprise business models. Dashboard is still in beta. Only two pricing options.

8. Trello

Trello brings interactive drag-and-drop boards to the game. These function as real-time feeds that allow for perspective and collaboration, as well as quick reassigning. Trello’s primary feature is called “Boards,” which are drag-and-drop panels for people and projects that can sync between devices. In the end, this means an easy to use interface that just about anyone can pick up. Trello does integrate with apps like Slack, DropBox, and Google Drive, but lacks some of the more advanced integrations like Adobe and CRM platforms. If you’re looking for something simple and straightforward, however, Trello has you covered. Their pricing is budget-friendly, with a free plan, Business Class for $9.99 per month, and an Enterprise plan starting at $20.83 per month for 20 users and decreasing to $5.92 as the number of users increases. There are more options based on the plans, of course, but for a small business, Trello hits the sweet spot. But if you’re a big business, don’t overlook Trello. Companies like National Geographic and Fender use it, and that’s enough proof to justify bringing it into your model.
Pros and Cons of Trello
Pros: Simple to use. Budget-friendly pricing that fits most business models.
Cons: Lacks the depth of other platforms. Integrations are good, but not as thorough as other competitors.

9. Hive

Hive’s productivity platform has a simple purpose: giving clarity to project management. Hive has done an excellent job marrying Project Management and Integrations. With over 1,000 different integration options, from iCal, Outlook, GoogleCal, Gmail, Github, Microsoft Teams, Jira, Marketo, Hubspot, Salesforce, Quickbooks, Slack, and more, Hive is easily one of the most existing system friendly Project Management tools on the market. The interface is familiar and easy to use with resource management, customizable summary views, analytics, and an in-app messenger, allowing for streamlined assignments across your teams’ workspaces.
Hive’s pricing model is also unique in the realm of project management. They start with an annual package for annual pricing of $12 a month, and also offer a monthly option for $16 a month. The additional parts, such as custom analytics and other features, come at additional costs, the highest of which is an additional $8 a month, the lowest at $3, depending on what you need, giving Hive an incredibly flexible plan based on your business needs. Speaking of which, since those needs can vary, Hive has options from Marketing to Education, making sure to reach just about everyone, making it one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to get into Project Management.
Pros and Cons of Hive
Pros: Budget-friendly. Greatest range of integrations. Simple to use.
Cons: Lacks a specific focus outside of integrations.

10. Project Manager

Project Manager is another easy way to get things moving across your business. They utilize visual drag and drop boards to manage work, complete with task lists and dashboards that can suit small- to enterprise-level businesses, as well as more than 400 integration options. But what sets Project Manager apart from the competition is their support. By far, Project Manager has the best training and support options readily available and easy to access from their site, including 24/7 support options. Having great software is one thing, but knowing that you can get help quickly at all times is just as important.
Project Manager has a simple pricing setup as well, starting at $15 a month, moving up to $25 a month for 15 users, it makes itself very easy for Small to Medium Business to get started. Business comes with every feature they provide, including one-on-one training. Lastly, you can contact their sales team for any enterprise option.
Pros and Cons of Project Manager
Pros: Simple to use, yet allows for great time management. Phenomenal support and training options. Budget-friendly.
Cons: Fewer options than competitors. Lacks financial tools.

Project Management Software Comparison

To make things a little easier, we’ve got a chart that will help put things in a more objective frame. Most options are clear cut, but integrations are a little different. We’ve sorted the integrations by size here. Basic means it covers the most common uses like Slack, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Outlook. Varied covers more uses, including multiple CRM platforms — otherwise, they show numeric values based on the product. Support Level is also varied here. Basic rating means that most support is site-based, though some exceptions are made for plan tiers, while Advanced will indicate that support with a person is far easier to access, no matter your plan tier. Pricing is gauged from low to high, where low is a plan starting from free, mid is a plan starting anywhere from $12 up, and high coincides with business sizes medium to enterprise-level.


Business SizeIntegrationEase of UseSupport LevelPrice
Monday.comAnyBasicEasyBasic – Plan LevelMid Level
WrikeAnyVariedEasyBasic – Plan LevelMid Level
AsanaAnyVariedEasyBasic – Plan LevelLow
SmartsheetAnyBasicAdvancedBasic – Paid SupportMid to High Level
ClarizenEnterpriseBasicAdvancedBasic – Paid SupportMid to High Level
MavenlinkMedium – EnterpriseBasicAdvancedAdvancedMid to High Level
LiquidPlannerMedium – EnterpriseBasicAdvancedAdvancedMid to High Level
TrelloAnyVariedEasyBasicLow
HiveAnyVariedEasyBasicLow
Project ManagerAnyVariedEasyBasicLow

Project Management Platforms come in all shapes and sizes. Hopefully, this gives you a good idea of where to start among the best of the best. The other great part about all of these options is that with their views, you can easily display the dashboards, Gantts, and analytics to your teams in meetings mirrored on any display. Clear Touch can also help with that, giving you an easy way to collaborate with your team in meetings to address, assign, and reassign with one another during meetings so everyone can see, giving you that extra versatility and ease in your Project Management. You want to get things done, and we want to help.