Thomas Jefferson University

Smart Podium for
Instructional Support

SMART Podium (also known as Sympodium) is an interactive computer display that allows an instructor to annotate or highlight parts of a projected page. The annotations can be saved as part of the presentation, if desired.

Presenters may write over slides in digital ink, save notes, access any website or multimedia file and project work onto a large screen to give students a more interactive experience. Presenters may use it in conjunction with familiar Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web browsers.

When your presentation is being recorded for course archives, you may use the interactive pen instead of a laser pointer, so your special highlights get recorded along with the lecture


How does it work?

The SMART Podium is an interactive monitor for cursor movement capture. It uses SMART Board software to write and highlight notes over any computer application during presentations and lessons. SMART Notebook software, bundled with the interactive monitor, allows you to prepare materials for presentation in advance.

Where is it available?

The Podium is available to all Jeffersonians in Jefferson classrooms:

College Building
203 College
205 College
Foerderer Auditorium
Herbut Auditorium

Curtis Building
218 Curtis

Hamilton Building
505 Hamilton
Connelly Auditorium

Jefferson Alumni Hall
207 JAH
307 JAH
311 JAH
407 JAH
509 JAH
Brent Auditorium

Scott Library
306 Library
307 Library

Available for Individual Installation

A "floating" unit is available for use with laptops in rooms where a permanent monitor is not installed. If requested, AV Services will make it available and install the software on your computer for a limited period of time so you can practice or prepare your teaching materials at your convenience.

Do I need to make a special reservation?

The rooms where the interactive monitor is installed don’t require any reservations or arrangements beyond your normal room reservation. It is always available if you choose to use it. Only the "floater" needs to be specifically reserved in advance.

However, please DO note in your classroom reservation request if you wish to project your Smart Board work for class demonstration. The classroom projectors require AV support.

'Flipped Classroom' or Short Videos

Would you like to produce your own flipped classroom style presentations? A sympodium and the lecture capture system, Panopto, are available for use in M12 of Jefferson Alumni Hall. This small production studio also includes Camtasia, Captivate, and Articulate's Storyline, making it easy to produce highly-interactive learning components for use in your courses. To get started with using any of these development tools, contact the Educational Technologies staff (215-503-2830, or  

If you would like a demonstration, just contact the Computer Classroom Support staff (215-503-8407 or or ask an AV technician (215-503-1290).