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New SMART Table 442i Inspires Collaborative Learning

Latest Innovation From SMART Engages Early Learners and Students With Special Needs

SMART Technologies Inc., a leading provider of collaboration solutions and the company that pioneered interactive learning tables, introduces their newest innovation — the SMART Table® 442i collaborative learning center.  The SMART Table features an engaging 360 degree, multitouch surface with a brilliant 106.68 cm (42″) high-definition 1080p LCD display. The SMART Table enables up to eight students to interact simultaneously and actively collaborate to achieve shared learning goals.

Educators can access over 1,500 ready-made activity packs from the award-winning SMART Exchange website, or create their own engaging lesson content using the included SMART Table Toolkit. Teachers can also import ready-made lessons and 3D multimedia content, with award winning SMART Notebook collaborative learning software (included with the SMART Table).

The SMART Table is designed for durability in active classrooms, and is supported by a virtually untippable pedestal base that makes it easy for all students, including students in wheelchairs, to engage in active discussions and small group collaboration activities.

Multiple USB ports allow educators to easily integrate the SMART Table with other classroom technology, such as the SMART Document Camera to capture and display live images, video and 3D content. SMART Sync classroom management software (included) enables educators to easily transition from small-group to whole-class learning by sharing SMART Table content on a SMART Board® interactive display. To learn more about the SMART Table 442i collaborative learning center, visit www.advanced-education.com

For more information, watch this video of the SMART Table 442i collaborative learning center.

The SMART Table collaborative learning center transforms classrooms by providing a platform which allows educators to create an inspirational learning environment,” says Warren Barkley, Chief Technology Officer, SMART Technologies. “We continue to be committed to developing innovative products that encourage student centered collaboration and increase educational outcomes.”

Features

Simultaneous multitouch capability — Enables eight students to collaborate on lessons at the same time. It also supports touch gestures such as rotate, toss and zoom.

Extensive content and resources — Over 1,500 ready-made activity packs are free to download from the SMART Exchange website. Educators can create new activities using the SMART Table Toolkit and import content into SMART Notebook files.

High-definition display — 106.68 cm (42″), LCD, 1080p display with no shadows and virtually no glare.

Rugged design — Sturdy pedestal that is virtually untippable and can support 200lbs on its scratch- and spill-proof surface.

SMART product integration —SMART Sync software is included and enables educators to share SMART Table content on a SMART Board interactive display. Educators also have the ability to connect a SMART Document Camera to capture and display images and video.

Built-in sound — Includes four headphone jacks and table speakers with individual volume control.

Easy setup — Can go from the box to being in use in 30 minutes.

Mobile design — Designed to fit through standard doorways. Optional casters are available.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) friendly — Can accommodate students with special needs and provide multiple ways for learners to interact with lesson content and express understanding.

Built-in Wi-Fi — Enables educators to connect directly to SMART Exchange or their learning authority’s (district’s) network.

 

For more information about the new SMART Table 442i contact Advanced Education at 1-855-502-0035 or email info@advanced-education.com

 

About SMART Technologies

SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive experience. SMART delivers an integrated solution of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance and ease of use, and remains a world leader in interactive displays.

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Clickers help teachers read the classroom

Tristan Maheux looks excited when he bounds into class after recess and sees what is on his desk.

“Oh good, a quiz,” the nine-year-old says.

He picks up a wireless hand-held device known as a clicker, enters his identification number and looks to the large screen at the front of the room. Eight multiple choice or true-or-false questions start to appear, one at a time.

Tristan and his Grade 4 classmates press buttons on their clickers to choose their answers as specialized software tabulates the results for their teacher, Nathalie Roy. She has been using clickers in her classroom for two years, for quick quizzes or to ask the children a question in the middle of a lesson to see if they are following.

“If everyone gets it right, I know I can move on,” says Ms. Roy, who works at St. Isidore Catholic School in Ottawa.

Clickers were first adopted by university professors teaching large classes with hundreds of students, but now a growing number of elementary and high- school teachers across North America are introducing them as part of the push toward using technology to engage students. Canadian researchers have now started to look at ways to help teachers use clickers more effectively.

The growing popularity of the devices is linked to the increased use of whiteboards in classrooms, the high-tech, interactive version of the traditional blackboard. Many companies that produce whiteboards also make various kinds of clickers. In 2011, 5.7 million individual clickers were sold worldwide, 85 per cent of them in the United States, more than half for kindergarten to Grade 12 classes, says Laurie Long, a spokesman for Calgary-based SMART Technologies.

His company is the leading provider of clickers to elementary and high schools, he says, and made the clickers in Ms. Roy’s classroom, which cost about $75 each, including a receiver and the software.

Ms. Roy says doing instant mini-quizzes helps her track when the students aren’t grasping a concept – it’s an instant flag that she should go over the material again, or find another way to explain it. After class, Ms. Roy reviews the data, to see who is having trouble and may need extra help.

She says the devices also make it easier for shy students to participate and takes the pressure off students who only like to answer a question in class if they are sure they will get it right. Clickers also help students who have difficulty writing.

Researchers are working on ways to help teachers get more out of clickers.

At the University of British Columbia, Marina Milner-Bolotin and her colleagues are putting together a database of clicker questions for the science and math curriculums in the province. A clever question will allow teachers to see if students hold common misconceptions or are making a common error, says Dr. Milner-Bolotin.

When the database is finished, Dr. Milner-Bolotin says teachers will be able to rate the questions and add their own, if they wish.

There are, of course, more low-tech options, like answering a math question on a piece of paper on the way out the door after class, or asking students to write their answers on cardboard cards and hold them up.

But clickers give precise feedback in real time, says Nathaniel Lasry, a teacher at John Abbott College in Montreal.

Dr. Lasry, who is also an education researcher, says clickers help teachers read the room, since usually only a handful of students nod or offer other signs that they are following a lesson. He and his colleagues are working on a system that will allow students to use their smartphones as clickers. The students frequently text each other during class, he says, so it makes sense to have them use the wireless devices in ways that will help them focus their attention.

The students in Ms. Roy’s class seem to enjoy taking the quiz, going over the answers and viewing the pie charts that show them how well the class performed on each question.

Tristan says it was fun. The girl who sits beside him, Sydney D’Angelo, enjoyed it as well.

“I like quizzes, but I like these quizzes the best,” she says.

 

For more information about clickers or other classroom products, contact Advanced Education toll-free at 1-800-502-0035 or email info@advanced-education.com

 

- Reposted from The Globe and Mail (Originally Posted

 

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Go! Winnipeg Features FrontRow Sound Amplification System

Teachers at Oakenwald School in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg show Kim Babij of Go! Winnipeg how classroom sound fields help improve student engagement. Kim talks to students and teachers about how the FrontRow audio system helps students with hearing impairments participate in teacher led instructions and student presentations as they can easily and clearly hear classroom discussions.

To find out more about how Oakenwald successfully implemented sound fields in their classroom, watch the YouTube video here.

For more information about FrontRow and other classroom sound amplification systems or to set up a demonstration, contact Advanced Education at 1-855-502-0035 or info@advanced-education.com.

 

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 About Advanced Education:

Advanced Education is a leader in helping educators improve learning outcomes by turning classrooms into interactive learning environments. Working with more than 60 school districts in Ontario, Advanced Education has provided audio visual solutions and collaborative learning environments that allow educators and presenters to share material in a flexible and dynamic way. The technology and software solutions provided by Advanced Education allow educators to meet the individual needs of all students by addressing multiple learning styles and engaging each student. Advanced Education is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with offices in Toronto, Ottawa, London, Sudbury, and Vancouver. For more information, please visit www.advanced-education.com or contact Advanced Education at info@advanced-education.com or toll free 1-855-502-0035.

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