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SMART Math Now Available!

Create, explore, evaluate and solve with SMART Notebook Math Tools

Advanced Education is pleased to announce the launch of the new SMART Notebook Math.

SmartMathNotebookSMART Notebook Math Tools extends the capabilities of SMART Notebook software with a dynamic set of math-specific tools and features, so when you create and explore lessons on your SMART Board interactive whiteboard, you only need one application.

Designed specifically for middle and high school math classrooms, SMART Notebook Math Tools has built-in features such as an equation editor and customer graph builder. You can manipulate shapes, use interactive measurement tools and even launch your Texas Instrument brand emulator right within your software.

Features

  • Add-on to SMART Notebook Software
 - For middle and high school math classrooms
  • Advanced Equation Editor
 - This enables teachers to copy and paste equations or question sets from other software applications
  • IT Emulator Integration
  • Handwriting Recognition and Solving
 - For mathematical symbols
  • Create Perfect Arcs and Circles
 - Create perfect arcs and circles using the advanced compass tool
  • Graph Simple and Complex Equations – 
Graph with the software’s interactive graphing capabilities
  • Make Accurate Measurements
 - Do so with flexible tools such as the advanced ruler

For more information and to see a demo, click here.

Alternatively, you can call Advanced Education at 1-800-436-6239 or e-mail info@advanced-inc.com.

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SPECIAL OFFER! Advanced/NEC ‘Star Student’ program. Buy 7 projectors, get 1 FREE!

‘Star Student’ EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Advanced Education has teamed up with its global partner NEC to offer a truly unmissable offer for educators enrolled in the Star Student program. Buy 7 NEC projectors and get one absolutely FREE!

What is the Star Student program?

‘Star Student’ logoStar Student is an initiative by Advanced Education’s strategic partner, NEC, to help institutions acquire visual displays that are needed to share information and to engage and move students to new levels of discovery without putting a strain on your budget.

When does the offer run?

The offer is available between Wednesday, January 20th 2010 and Wednesday, March 31st 2010 when registered Star Student schools purchase any combination of the following 7 models from the NEC range of projectors:

  • NP110
  • NP215
  • NP310
  • NP410
  • NP410W
  • NP510
  • NP510W
  • NP510WS
  • NP610
  • NP610S.

And there’s more..

Once you’ve registered your purchases, you’ll qualify to receive Cash Back Rewards as well as FREE extended warranties as follows:

  • NP110 – $5 + 1 FREE year add’l warranty (= 3 years total)
  • NP215 – $10 + 1 FREE year add’l warranty (= 3 years total)
  • NP310 – $20 + 2 FREE years add’l warranty (= 4 years total)
  • NP410/NP410W – $20 + 2 FREE years add’l warranty (= 4 years total)
  • NP510/NP510W – $20 + 2 FREE years add’l warranty (= 4 years total)
  • NP510WS – $40 + 2 FREE years add’l warranty (= 4 years total)
  • NP610S – $40 + 2 FREE years add’l warranty (= 4 years total)
  • NP610 – $40 Cash Back

* Free projector is based on lowest unit purchased. For example, purchase 5 x NP610 + 2 x NP215 = 1 FREE NP215.

Interested or not a member of the Star Student program?

For more information on either this superb offer or how to get enrolled onto the Star Student program, contact Advanced Education direct on call us TOLL FREE at 1-800-436-6239.

Terms and Conditions

  • School must be enrolled in the NEC Star Student program and register products in order to qualify for a free projector.
  • If the schools qualify then the FREE projector will be shipped out to the Star Student contact at the end of the promotion period.
  • Products must be purchased and invoiced from January 20 – March 31, 2010 from their preferred reseller with in Star Student
  • Free projector is based on lowest unit purchased. If some of the projectors have the same MAP, then the school can choose one of the lowest units as the free unit.
  • This offer is only valid on the purchase of new NEC NP110, NP215, NP310, NP410, NP410W, NP510, NP510W, NP510WS, NP610 or NP610S. Offer not valid on demo, evaluation or refurbished NEC product. NEC reserves the right to reject any claim that does not fully comply with the terms and conditions stated herein.
  • Products must be registered on www.necstarstudent.com by April 30, 2010.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offers. NEC has the right to change, alter or cancel the promotion at any time.
  • Offer valid only in the United States and Canada and is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Advanced Education partner Kawartha Pine Ridge School in SMART Board success story

Green Thumbs in the Concert Hall…

How Advanced Education partner Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board successfully engages their students with SMART Boards.

Advanced Education partner Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board successfully engages their students with SMART Boards

The greenhouse is a hub of activity. Conversations overlap with talk of waterfall features and the latest backyard fish pond concepts down one aisle, with a fervent discussion of plans for a mini-putt golf course around the corner. All projects are completed only after exploring just the right plants to enhance the outdoor environment.

What is surprising is that this scene is not being realized at your neighborhood garden center, but at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in Peterborough. More specifically, this greenhouse is the center of the school’s Horticulture and Landscaping Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program.

The SHSM program is a Ministry of Education initiative that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Making connections between what is going on in the classroom and what the student is interested in doing in the future is at the heart of this program. Co-operative education placements merge real life experiences with sector-specific curriculum. Along with learning essential skills and work habits, students are gaining practical skills.

As with all secondary school programs, the goal is for students to be ready to move successfully into their future career path, whether that be direct employment, an apprenticeship, a college or university program.

Horticulture teacher Michelle Chambers also chairs the Horticulture Ontario Secondary Teachers Association (HOSTA), and is a co-writer of the newest Ontario curriculum, Green Industries. She is enthusiastic about the Ministry of Education’s recent student success initiative.

“A Specialist High Skills Major gives students more opportunities to focus their interests and strengths into a particular economic sector where they can take sector-specific courses, and benefit from a wide range of relevant experiences. I see students making more and more connections between what they are doing in class and what they want to do in the future,” says Chambers.

Grade12 student Beige McIntosh supports this sentiment. “I didn’t really care about school in Grades 9 and 10 and just passed my courses. I always knew I had a love of plants and often helped neighbors with their gardens, but it wasn’t until I got involved in the Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM that I realized that this is what I want to do after high school. I now have a 91% average and wouldn’t miss a day. I know I can make a difference in preserving the environment,” says McIntosh.

A month ago, McIntosh was one of 10 SHSM students who traveled to Landscape Ontario’s testing facility in Milton, Ontario, where she earned two certifications in the Certified Horticulture Technician program. The extension of the classroom to the community is where students experience a slice of real life as they learn essential skills and work habits from a variety of community partners: from a local cemetery to a golf course. They also gain experience at the YWCA community vegetable garden, and through their very successful Annual Community Plant Sale in May.

Just down the hall from the greenhouse, students are exploring a very different career path: one based firmly within the arts. Within the auditorium, there is a lively discussion between a local performer and a musical theater class, in preparation for an upcoming production. Next door in a visual arts classroom, students are planning their next trip to a local college campus where they will take a course in photography, wire sculpture and mask making.

In the Arts and Culture SHSM at TASS, students can focus their creative artistic skills in three distinct areas: music, visual arts or drama.

“Students are captivated by the opportunity to participate in workshops that are delivered by well-known local artists, as well as by the many certifications they will be able to earn through the SHSM program. The enrichment is incredible,” says Micky Renders, Visual Arts teacher.

Once you hear Janelle Kelsy take command of the keyboard, there is no doubt that she is a very talented musician. She never thought music would be her future career path, however, until she was encouraged by music teacher Vince Abrahamse to conduct the school choir at the recent Remembrance Day Service. Cooperative education is one of the components of all SHSM programs, and it was through the music class placement that Kelsy has developed confidence in herself. She has eagerly taken on a leadership role in the school’s dynamic music program.

“I couldn’t believe I was actually the conductor at the Remembrance Day Service. Since earning the song-writing certificate from a local artist, I am now writing lyrics and melodies. I know the SHSM designation will give me a huge step forward on my way to becoming a music teacher,” says Kelsy.

“The greatest strength of these programs is the creativity of curriculum delivery which results in such superior opportunities for students,” says Abrahamse. Principal Annie Johnston is also a strong supporter of the provincial initiative.

“It is exciting to see students so interested and connected to these programs – they’re making a real difference in student engagement,” says Johnston.“ The SHSM program is certainly gaining momentum here as a group of teachers is already planning on submitting an application for next year in the area of Health and Wellness.”

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board continues to embrace the Specialist High Skills Major program, which grew from 13 programs last year to 30 programs this year – the largest number of SHSMs offered in the province.

The programs cover 10 economic sectors ranging from Hospitality and Tourism, to Manufacturing, to Business. The Board is committed to increasing student access to innovative, engaging and high quality programs that are relevant to students’ personal interests, strengths and goals beyond graduation.

For more information on Advanced’s wide range of products and consultancy services for the Education sector, contact Advanced Education now or call us toll free at 1-800-436-6239.

Source: Director’s Report. Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

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