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Advanced Partner SMART Introduces Two New Interactive Products for Business

SMART is pleased to introduce the SMART Board™ 885ix interactive whiteboard system and the SMART Board 8070i interactive display. These two products use SMART’s patented DViT™ (Digital Vision Touch) technology to support common multitouch gestures currently recognized in the Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system, enabling multiple users to create and interact with digital content simultaneously. In addition to multitouch, these products support multiuser writing and object awareness.

The SMART Board 885ix interactive whiteboard system is fully integrated and easy to use. It includes an 87” (221 cm) widescreen interactive whiteboard with 16:10 aspect ratio, an ultra-short-throw projector and an extended control panel. The SMART Board 8070i interactive display offers a high-definition 70” (177.8 cm) display with 16:9 aspect ratio and features a sleek, contemporary design to complement the business environment. Both the interactive whiteboard system and the interactive display ship with SMART Meeting Pro™ software, which is specifically designed to facilitate meeting management and enable effective and efficient multitouch collaboration. Used in conjunction with SMART Bridgit™ conferencing software, meeting participants can connect remotely from anywhere in the world to share and interact with digital documents, minimizing the need for travel.

Common features

Natural user interface – Simply touch the interactive whiteboard surface or pick up the ergonomic pen to interact with digital content

Multitouch experience – Enables two users to interact simultaneously with no special tools or multitouch mode selection required

Freestyle interaction – Enables two users to work together, performing different tasks, anywhere on the interactive whiteboard surface

Ergonomic pen – Ergonomic design makes the pen comfortable to use and enables a natural writing style

SMART Ink – Ink-smoothing algorithms make handwriting more legible and refined

Touch gestures – Accepts common multitouch gestures currently recognized in the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, including one and two-finger gestures such as pinching, zooming and tossing

SMART Meeting Pro software – Ships with SMART Meeting Pro software, whiteboarding software specifically designed to support meeting management and enhance collaboration

SMART product integration – Seamlessly integrates with the full range of SMART hardware and software solutions


SMART Board 885ix interactive whiteboard

SMART Board 8070i interactive display

Request a demo today! Email Advanced Presentation Products at info@advanced-inc.com or call 1-800-436-6239.

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Advanced Announces New Ottawa Office and PD Facility

 

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Advanced Education participates at ECOO

On November 11 and 12, Advanced Education participated at the ECOO conference (Educational Computing Organization of Ontario) at the Sheraton Hotel in Richmond Hill. Advanced has been showing its presence at the conference over the last 5 years, also sponsoring most of the AV equipment used during the workshops.

This year, Advanced Education showcased the new SMART document camera, with its 3-D reality ready appeal, the exciting SMART Table and SMART Boards with integrated projectors (Gen 3). Attendees were excited to learn about the equipment showcased at our booth.

Advanced Education came along with 3 of their divisions to the show: Projector Lamp Experts, Document Camera Experts and Blossom Learning. Attendees were encouraged to use a passport and visit all 4 stations to learn about the Advanced divisions and also to enter into a draw for document cameras, Ipad and a SMART Board.
Here are some pictures of winners of ECOO 2010 Advanced Education draw:

SMART Board Winner

AverMedia Document Camera Winner

Lumens Document Camera Winner

Ipad Winner

The show was a great success and the Advanced staff was pleased to have participated once again this year. Thank you to all that came to our booths and we’ll see you in 2011.

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Advanced assists with SMART Inclusion Project at UCDSB

SMART Inclusion for the 21st Century Classroom – Integrating SMART Boards with Assistive Technology
 
 By Alex Dunn and Alison Inglis

PARTICIPATION in education involves going beyond access. It implies learning alongside others and collaborating with them in shared lessons. It involves active engagement with what is learned and taught, and having a say in how education is experienced. But participation also involves being recognized for oneself and being accepted for oneself. I participate with you when you recognize me as a person yourself, and accept me for who I am. (Booth and Ainscow (2002).

Welcome to Mrs. Curry’s Grade 1 class. Today the goal for this literacy lesson is to sequence lines in a poem. Prior to Smart Inclusion, some days, Paula would have slowly made her way to the back of the classroom to work on her literacy program on her own computer with “special” software. Sometimes Paula was even encouraged to put on headphones because she needed assistance reading the material and this was often viewed as distracting to the other students in the classroom. Other days, her classmates would all say “goodbye” to Paula as she missed the literacy block altogether to help make popcorn for the school fundraiser.

Now, as part of one of more than 30 schools in Upper Canada District School Board practicing Smart Inclusion, Paula is able to engage with peers as an active participant in her class, learning academic content while also working to meet her individual learning needs and goals; this is in essence the meaning of inclusive education. Paula’s classroom teacher is using a SMART Board (www.smarttech.com) with some of the software and hardware that Paula used to use alone or with an assistant at the back of the class and she is using these for group instruction.

A SMART Inclusion student proudly pointing out her contribution during whole group instruction.

Therefore, technology that is necessary for Paula has become good for all. Interactive whiteboard technology, when paired with assistive technology, has made it possible for teachers to offer TRUE U n i v e r s a l De s I g n f o r Learning – multiple means of representation, expression and engagement so that ALL students have access to an education.

To read the complete article, click here (pages 7-11).

ALEX DUNN (Speech Language Pathologist) and ALISON INGLIS (Chief Psychologist) represent a team of people that consists of speech-language services staff, special education resource teachers, learning consultants, teachers and Principals at the UCDSB. The team also acknowledges the contributions of the following in their work: UCDSB’s IT department, SMART Technologies, Bridges Canada, Advanced Presentation Products, Cambium Learning Technologies, Nintendo and Dynavox Mayer-Johnson, and the work and advice of Dr. Donna McGhie-Richmond from the University of Victoria.

For further information about Smart Inclusion visit www.smartinclusion.wikispaces.com.

Advanced Presentation Products is proud to have assisted Alex Dunn and UCDSB with the SMART inclusion project for special needs children. If you are looking to implement technology in your classroom to help engage your students, contact Advanced at 1-800-436-6239 or email info@advanced-education.com .

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Request your Advanced Professional Development Course Catalogue today

 

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