Remember when people used to sit in meeting rooms and watch as one willing volunteer stood up to take notes on the whiteboard? As everyone called out ideas, the whiteboard volunteer would jot it down and on and on it would go until the whiteboard was full. Out came the eraser (or the unfortunate hand which got covered in mysterious black fibers and ink).And then the whiteboard got red carpet treatment. Everyone would whip out their smartphones, stand around the whiteboard and snap photo after photo to capture what was written on it. Oftentimes blurry, usually yellowish, the photos would have to be stitched together somehow in order to make sense again of what had been written down.

Has anyone ever really gone back to those photos to type up notes or use the sketches in a presentation? And if they did, did they enjoy the exercise? If so, we’d like to meet them because they’re the unsung hero of every meeting. And while these experiences probably sound familiar and frustrating, we haven’t even touched upon the remote participant. They can’t see anything written on the whiteboard. We’ve all been there – and it’s not a particularly engaging experience. Collaborating with our coworkers should be simple and effortless. The work that comes from the time we take to participate in meetings should be helpful, accessible, and seamless to use – making the meeting doubly productive.

The tool that can make it that way? SMART kapp. And now, SMART kapp iQ. With SMART kapp and kapp iQ, you can take photos of the content along the way. With the touch of the camera icon button on the bottom, capture the progression of a brainstorm, or a process – anything you can think up. And people don’t have to be in the same meeting room, either. They can connect to the session wherever they are with their laptop, mobile device, or tablet. And with SMART kapp iQ, they can contribute too – from anywhere, anytime. With the latest version of the free SMART kapp app (for Android and iOS), you can now share with up to 35 remote participants at a time and you can use a persistent URL for your kapp meetings. With the paid app, you can also now pick up right where you left off. We’ve taken the guesswork out when it comes to resuming your meeting. So stop being old-fashioned and start attending meetings in the modern age.