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SMART Enhances Collaborative Learning with New Interactive Displays

Products further enrich SMART Collaborative Classrooms with exceptional learning experiences

SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the release of new display products designed to provide exceptional collaborative learning experiences for students. The new products include the SMART Board® E70 interactive flat panel, the SMART Board M600 series of interactive whiteboards and the SMART UX80 ultra-short-throw projector. All SMART Board interactive displays include the latest version of award-winning SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software, and give educators access to the SMART Exchange™ online education communitywhere over one million educators connect, share and download high-quality digital resources. The introduction of these new products provides teachers and administrators with increased flexibility in display and projector options, and furthers the opportunities for classrooms to leverage existing products and infrastructure.

The new display products are designed to further enrich SMART Collaborative Classrooms - complete technology-enabled education spaces that meet the needs of all types of learning and teaching styles. These classrooms feature SMART Board interactive displays, education technology, content and software for teaching and learning as well as mobile devices that are seamlessly integrated with the SMART Notebook software platform. SMART will also add new cloud based functionality to this classroom solution, leveraging the power of SMART Notebook to support collaborative learning anywhere, anytime, and on any device a student is using. SMART Collaborative Classrooms transform learning environments in ways that inspire students to actively engage in their learning, leading to increased student enjoyment and achievement.

SMART Board E70 interactive flat panelDesigned for educators, the SMART Board E70 interactive flat panel provides brilliant visuals for an unparalleled viewing and writing experience, offering the best value for classrooms. The high-definition, shadow-free 70” (177.8 cm) LED display features low-friction coated glass that enables fingers to glide smoothly over the surface, facilitating a natural touch experience. The display also virtually eliminates glare and provides an optimal view from any angle in the classroom. The multitouch SMART Board E70 features freestyle multiuser interaction anywhere on the display, enabling students to collaborate without limitations.

View image of the SMART Board E70 interactive flat panel.

SMART Board M600 interactive whiteboardThe introduction of the SMART Board M600 series of interactive whiteboards brings the addition of dual-user interaction to the world’s most popular line of interactive whiteboards. The SMART Board M600 series enables two students to naturally collaborate anywhere on the interactive whiteboard using their fingers, pens or other objects. Students can interact with the display using intuitive touch gestures, such as pinching, zooming and tossing. The new series includes the SMART Board M685 with an 87″ (221 cm) display and widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio and the SMART Board M680, featuring a 77″ (195.6 cm) display with a standard 4:3 aspect ratio.

View image of the SMART Board M600 series line of interactive whiteboards.

SMART UX80 Ultra Short Throw ProjectorThe new SMART UX80 ultra-short-throw projector is 3D and HD-ready, offers two HDMI inputs, an integrated speaker, and provides teachers with the ability to control two displays simultaneously. The new projector provides 3,300 lumens for classrooms with high ambient lighting, and an ultra-short throw distance that virtually eliminates shadows and glare. The extended control panel provides easy access to numerous audiovisual products in the classroom and enables teachers to switch between inputs and access power and volume controls from one location. The projector features a simple installation and comes with a long-lasting lamp and filter-free design to reduce maintenance costs. The UX80 is available as a stand-alone digital projector or may be integrated into the widescreen SMART Board 885ix2 interactive whiteboard system or SMART Board 685ix2 interactive whiteboard system.

View images of the SMART UX80 projector.

“SMART Board interactive displays are an essential part of SMART Collaborative Classrooms because they enable educators to transform teaching and learning with visual, interactive and engaging lessons that inspire collaboration,” says Greg Estell, President, Education, SMART Technologies. “With the introduction of these new products, SMART now offers class-leading multitouch interactive displays in all three formats – interactive projectors, interactive flat panels and interactive whiteboards. And all of SMART’s interactive displays are supported by SMART Notebook, the world’s best collaborative learning software.”

 

About SMART Collaborative Classrooms

SMART’s innovative products for education are designed to enrich SMART Collaborative Classrooms – fully technology-enabled education spaces that meet the needs of all types of learning and teaching styles.

The classrooms feature multiple SMART Board interactive displays, complementary hardware including mobile devices of all kinds and software that all work together through SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. SMART has worked with schools around the world to create SMART Collaborative Classrooms that are host sites for educators interested in learning how technology-rich classrooms create collaborative learning environments that support whole-class, small-group and individual learning in ways that improve student outcomes. The classrooms feature multiple SMART Board interactive displays and complementary hardware and software that all work together through SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. Currently there are 20 SMART Collaborative Classrooms in North America, with more planned around the world.

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 integrated solutions 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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Samsung Appoints Advanced Education To Serve As Its Canadian Partner In The Samsung School Initiative

Specially priced Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets and Samsung School software now available for purchase at www.advanced-education/store/samsungschool.

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, June 24, 2013 — Advanced Education, Canada’s premier classroom technology provider for the K-12 education market, today announced that it has been appointed by Samsung to serve as the company’s Canadian partner in the deployment of the newly launched Samsung School initiative. The partnership was announced today by David Weatherhead, Co-President of Advanced Education, at the Samsung School debut at ISTE 2013.

Samsung School creates a cohesive BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment for K-12 classrooms, with its integration of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets for each student and dedicated Samsung School software that facilitates collaborative learning while providing a variety of classroom management tools for teachers.

“Advanced Education is honored to partner with Samsung to provide the newly launched Samsung School initiative to districts and students across Canada,” Weatherhead said today. “Our deep knowledge of the Canadian education market, in combination with Samsung’s dedication to making cutting edge technology available to all teachers and students, will truly revolutionize the way technology is used in every classroom across the country.”

According to Weatherhead, effective immediately all K-12 school districts in Canada will be able to purchase the specially configured and priced Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets either through direct purchase order to Advanced Education or through purchases made at a specially created online store located at www.advanced-education.com/samsung.  Advanced Education and Samsung are offering a special package on GALAXY Note 10.1 Tablets that includes a $50 instant rebate, a free Samsung case (a $65 value), and free shipping. This offer is available to Schools, Parents and Students across Canada.

Samsung School is an integrated digital education solution for K-12 classrooms, combining Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet with learning management and interactive teaching software. The easy-to-use learning management system (LMS) helps teachers with course administration and content management. In class, interactive teaching tools include: screen sharing; student screen monitoring, screen lock, instant quizzes, group collaboration, dynamic access to content as well as controls to track student progress and lesson plans, all the while making use of the GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet and the sophisticated S Pen.

Samsung School is a complete classroom solution, which consists of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for student and teacher use as well as Samsung School software licenses. Additional Samsung components can easily be configured, including a 55 or 65-inch digital e-Board, wireless printer, notebook PC for class curriculum management and an AllShare Cast dongle for existing in class e-boards.

Advanced Education, a division of Advanced Inc., is at the forefront of the educational revolution by introducing and supporting the integration of interactive technology into classrooms throughout Canada. The company assists with any type of integration solution from a single projector or interactive whiteboard to technology plans for an entire school district. Advanced Education is much more than a technology provider. Their team of education consultants also work directly with teachers, school districts, colleges, and universities to develop and deliver relevant, curriculum based professional development sessions for educators.

 

About Advanced

Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond.  Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs.  The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Ottawa, Toronto, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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