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December 11, 2007

SMART awarded second Worlddidac Quality Charter Accreditation

CALGARY, Alberta – December 11, 2007 – SMART Technologies announces it has received certification under the Worlddidac Quality Charter (WQC) for a second time. This prestigious designation was presented to SMART by the Worlddidac Association, an independent, international association devoted to promoting the dissemination of quality educational materials worldwide. WQC is a quality certification for companies who participate in education projects and demonstrate a strong understanding of educators' needs. WQC-certified companies are noted to be the ideal partners for governments, international development and funding agencies, and all other organizations responsible for planning and implementing education projects. SMART’s recent WQC accreditation spans 2007 to 2010. The company was previously accredited from 2004 to 2007.

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December 10, 2007

SMART Board 680 interactive whiteboard awarded Best Buy of 2007

CALGARY, Alberta --- December 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that the SMART Board™ 680 interactive whiteboard was selected as the Best Buy of 2007 by PC World magazine. The award was issued as part of an annual product evaluation sponsored by the Chinese edition of PC World, one of the world’s most popular PC magazines. After extensive trials, judges concluded that the SMART Board 680 interactive whiteboard was superior to other interactive whiteboards in both performance and operation. Features such as easy installation and intuitive interface, and the flexibility and richness of Notebook™ collaborative learning software were noted as strong product elements.

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December 7, 2007

SMART is granted six new patents, adding to six received earlier this year

CALGARY, Alberta --- December 7, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that it has been issued six new patents - three patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and three by international patent offices in Spain, Germany and China. This brings the total number of patents issued to 12 for the 2007 calendar year. SMART has been creating technology products for over 15 years and applies for several patents each year. These latest patents add to SMART’s growing portfolio of over 25 patents worldwide.

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December 6, 2007

SMART Exchange offers new online community for teachers

CALGARY, Alberta --- December 6, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces the launch of SMART Exchange, a new online community that will help educators around the world share information, connect with colleagues and collaborate on various topics, regardless of distance or time zones. SMART Exchange goes beyond a text-based forum and gives members access to an events calendar, photo gallery and resource downloads. The community provides a central space for sharing teaching ideas and best practices, posting tips and connecting with SMART experts. It also offers a variety of tools, information and resources that teachers can use to create engaging and interactive learning environments.

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November 29, 2007

Governor of Vermont recognizes Saint Johnsbury School as SMART Showcase School

CALGARY, Alberta --- November 29, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that Saint Johnsbury School in Vermont has been added to the growing list of SMART Showcase Schools across North America. Showcase Schools and Districts are leaders in the adoption and use of technology that improves student learning outcomes and teacher effectiveness. There are over 70 SMART Showcase Schools across the United States and Canada, but Saint Johnsbury School is the first SMART Showcase School in Vermont and Northern New England. The Governor of the state of Vermont, the Honorable James Douglas, and a crowd of over 70 people, including two state senators, the school superintendent, the principal, the town board of education members, parents, students and teachers, all gathered at the school to recognize the exemplary model that Saint Johnsbury School has become.

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November 20, 2007

Asheboro High School builds campus at the zoo

CALGARY, Alberta ---November 20, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that Asheboro High School (AHS) has opened a campus at the North Carolina Zoological Park and has equipped its four classrooms with SMART Board™ 680i interactive whiteboard systems. The small learning community campus is designed to foster stronger relationships among students and staff and to offer flexibility for students seeking a less conventional high school setting. The 100 selected students, from grades ten through twelve, will spend the first period of each day at Asheboro High School, and then board a bus for the zoo campus for the remainder of their classes. Small learning communities are increasing in popularity because they allow for a collaborative environment that integrates real-life examples into everyday lessons. AHS administrators believe this is the first time a learning community has been established in a zoo setting in North Carolina.

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November 19, 2007

SMART Learning Marketplace opens new world for teachers and students

CALGARY, Alberta --- November 19, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that schools, teachers and students now have access to the SMART Learning Marketplace, a Web-based subscription service which provides the largest repository of on-line education content available. With the SMART Learning Marketplace, teachers can bring a world of learning resources into the classroom. They can take students on virtual field trips to many of the world’s best museums and galleries. They can move beyond the confines of a textbook to create compelling learning experiences with the Marketplace’s resource library by using video files, images, audio files, or manipulatives to enhance lessons, while supporting a variety of learning styles. Featuring more than one million professionally developed pieces of content, the library is regularly updated, so there is always a myriad of multimedia resources available to help create engaging lesson activities. All of the content in the Marketplace is copyright-cleared, making it legal to use. The SMART Learning Marketplace, powered by the Global Grid for Learning, is the result of an alliance between SMART and Cambridge University Press, the oldest printer and publisher in the world.

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November 15, 2007

SMART wins again at Education Software Review Awards

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- November 15, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that two of its software titles have been honored at the 12th Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). The EDDIES are awarded annually by ComputED Gazette. SMART Board™ software won in the Teacher Tools: Productivity category and SMART Ideas™ concept-mapping software won in the Multilevel: Thinking Skills category. This is the fourth consecutive year that SMART has won EDDIE awards.

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October 25, 2007

SMART Technologies opens major assembly facility

KANATA, ONTARIO – October 25, 2007 --- SMART Technologies unveiled its purpose-built, 260,000 square-foot facility on Palladium Drive in Kanata, Ontario, to federal, provincial and municipal politicians, suppliers, customers and the media today. The building is now fully operational as the company’s largest assembly and warehousing center for global markets. Attendees were treated to a tour of the production floor to see the state-of-the-art assembly operation.

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October 24, 2007

Researchers conclude interactive whiteboards produce significant results

CALGARY, Alberta --- October 24, 2007--- SMART Technologies announces that an important, long-term study, commissioned by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), has concluded that interactive whiteboards have a positive impact on primary school students in math, science and English. The results showed that many students progressed more quickly if they consistently used interactive whiteboards for an extended period of time. For example, over two years, math students in grades three–six (referred to in report as Key Stage 2) made additional gains of 2.5 to 5 months’ progress. Teachers’ use of interactive whiteboards was also evaluated, and researchers noted that over time, teaching practices evolved to make the most of the interactive whiteboard’s features.

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October 22, 2007

SMART receives two Legacy Awards

CALGARY, Alberta --- October 22, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that it has been awarded two Legacy Awards in the prestigious Technology & Learning Awards of Excellence program for SMART Board™ software 9.5 and SynchronEyes™ classroom management software 7.0. The category recognizes previous award-winning products that have stood the test of time and continually offer the highest quality experiences for educators and students.

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October 1, 2007

SMART receives Military Training Technology’s MT2 Top 100 award

CALGARY, Alberta --- October 1, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that it has been recognized by Military Training Technology magazine as one of 2007’s top 100 companies. Judged by the Military Training Technology editorial board and a panel of independent experts from the simulation and training industry, the award recognizes companies that have advanced military training through technology and innovation. This is the fourth time that SMART has been recognized by Military Training Technology magazine as one of the top 100 companies that provide products for military training. SMART received the award in 2006, 2004 and 2003.

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September 28, 2007

SMART announces World Teachers’ Day Video Contest winners

CALGARY, Alberta --- September 28, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that the 2007 overall winner of SMART’s World Teachers’ Day Video Contest is Lisa McCallum of St. Therese Primary School in Sydney, Australia. McCallum’s entry, narrated by children in her kindergarten class, was chosen because it demonstrates, in an entertaining way, the benefits of SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards in the classroom and the enthusiasm of the students when they use the boards. McCallum’s video shows how she uses Notebook™ collaborative learning software to engage her class in reading and counting. McCallum will receive an all-inclusive trip to London, England, to attend BETT 2008, the world’s largest education technology trade show, a SMART Board interactive whiteboard and an iPod shuffle.

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September 20, 2007

SMART receives Leadership Award in 2007 Deloitte Technology

CALGARY, Alberta --- September 20, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that it has won the prestigious Leadership Award in the industry subcategory of hardware in the 2007 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards. The program is celebrating its tenth anniversary as the preeminent technology awards program in Canada. SMART was recognized as the leading Canadian-based company for hardware product development and received the award for its ability to create a distinct competitive advantage in a high-growth market. The Leadership Awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of elite companies in the Canadian technology sector within the categories of emerging technologies, hardware, software and telecommunications.

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September 13, 2007

Bay Area schools embrace more SMART products

CALGARY, Alberta --- September 13, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that several San Francisco Bay Area school districts have recognized the importance of 21st-century classroom technology and are installing SMART Board™ interactive whiteboardsat a steady rate. Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD), Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) and Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) are among the Bay Area districts that have started the systematic adoption of SMART products. SUHSD began installing SMART Board interactive whiteboards last September and, by this fall, will have installed more than 100. FSUSD had already installed more than 226 SMART Board interactive whiteboards and added another 24 over the summer. PAUSD, a district with only 3 SMART Board interactive whiteboards last year, installed 27 this summer. Technology coordinators from the three districts cited improved student engagement as the main reason behind the addition of SMART products to their classrooms.

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August 29, 2007

Apax Partners takes minority stake in SMART Technologies

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- August 29, 2007 --- SMART Technologies ULC announces that the transaction announced in July, whereby funds advised by Apax Partners would take a significant minority position in the company, has now closed. Each of the founders, David Martin and Nancy Knowlton, and Intel Capital continue to retain significant minority interests. Martin and Knowlton retain their positions atop the company as Executive Chairman and CEO, respectively. No changes are anticipated in the company’s operations as a result of the closing of the transaction. The company is not disclosing details of the transaction.

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August 29, 2007

SMART is granted six new patents

CALGARY, Alberta --- August 29, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office have granted the company five new patents recognizing the innovative digital touch system incorporated in SMART’s DViT™ (digital vision touch) technology and one patent recognizing the On-Screen Keyboard in SMART Board™ software. As a leading technology company, SMART applies for a significant number of patents each year. The company has been creating technology products for approximately 17 years.

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August 23, 2007

SMART announces new vice president, people services

CALGARY, Alberta --- August 23, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the appointment of Brian McGurk to the position of vice president, people services. In this executive position, McGurk assumes overall responsibility for all people strategies and practices, including recruiting and retention, learning and development, compensation and benefits, organizational effectiveness, change management, and policies and procedures.

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August 2, 2007

SMART announces new vice president, operations

CALGARY, Alberta --- August 2, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the appointment of Dan Rodrigue to the position of vice president, operations. Rodrigue assumes the executive role for SMART’s assembly, supply chain, quality and distribution worldwide. A veteran business-operations professional, Rodrigue leads and manages the direction of product assembly execution and oversight of company-wide facilities. He is responsible for day-to-day plant operations, contract manufacturing activities, supply chain management and the facilities, security, health, safety and quality-control functions. Rodrigue fills an essential role on the executive management team, as the company continues its rapid global expansion.

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July 25, 2007

SMART helps Royal Malaysian Police train to 21st-century standards

CALGARY, Alberta --- July 25, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the Royal Malaysian Police has selected the SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard for their new ICT (information and communications technology) training labs. To date, 20 SMART Board interactive whiteboards have been installed in police training academies across the country. As police reports, training and communication are becoming increasingly computer based, Malaysian authorities recognize the need for police officers to become IT proficient. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard was chosen for the training labs because it enables trainers to present interactive lessons and engage learners. Initial feedback from the trainers indicates that the use of SMART Board interactive whiteboards has helped trainees comprehend and retain information.

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July 17, 2007

SMART product improves student engagement and results

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- July 17, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that a study conducted by the University of Southern Mississippi shows that Sympodium™ interactive pen displays enhance student participation and support student learning. Two surveys on the use of Sympodium interactive pen displays in the classroom were administered to faculty, staff and graduate students in 2004 and 2006. Sympodium interactive pen displays connect directly to a projector and computer and simultaneously display the desktop image on the Sympodium interactive pen display screen and a larger presentation screen for the audience to see. SMART Board™ software, which ships with Sympodium interactive pen displays, allows instructors to highlight and write over multimedia content in digital ink while students see the notations on the presentation screen. Mary Nell McNeese, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Research at the university, designed the study which has, to date, yielded positive responses.

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July 16, 2007

Apax Partners to take minority stake in SMART Technologies

CALGARY, Alberta --- July 16, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that funds advised by Apax Partners will take a significant minority position in the company. Each of the founders, David Martin and Nancy Knowlton, and Intel Capital will continue to retain significant minority interests. Martin and Knowlton will also retain their positions atop the company as Executive Chairman and CEO, respectively. No changes are anticipated in the company’s operations as a result of the investment. The investment is expected to close shortly pending regulatory approval. The company is not disclosing details of the transaction.

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July 10, 2007

SMART awards Dealer of Distinction status

CALGARY, Alberta --- July 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that 31 North American resellers have been named 2006 Dealers of Distinction, SMART’s top award for its North American dealers. The award is based on sales volumes, dedication to customer service and support, and an overall commitment to excellence. SMART also recognized the manner in which the Dealers of Distinction have helped to transform the way customers work and learn with SMART products.

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June 26, 2007

HP now authorized reseller of SMART products

ATLANTA, Georgia --- June 26, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the expansion of its authorized reseller network for the education market to include HP. Under the companies’ agreement, the HP sales team will offer the full SMART product portfolio, anchored by the market-leading SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard, to education customers in the United States. HP has long-standing relationships with K–12 districts and higher education institutions and considerable expertise to accelerate the adoption of SMART products in those districts and institutions. HP is among the world’s largest IT companies and the only major hardware manufacturer with which SMART is working to supply SMART products and services to education customers in the United States. The agreement is effective immediately.

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June 25, 2007

SMART Learning Marketplace makes lesson creation easier

ATLANTA, Georgia --- June 25, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the SMART Learning Marketplace, a new content subscription service that dramatically increases the learning resources available for lesson creation. It also integrates seamlessly with SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software and the SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard. The Web-based service offers access to more than one million professionally developed, copyright-cleared, multimedia learning resources from trusted content providers around the world. With the launch of the SMART Learning Marketplace, SMART now provides the largest and most varied collection of dedicated digital learning resources in North America. This makes the SMART Board interactive whiteboard experience more engaging and effective for teachers and students. Content in the SMART Learning Marketplace is delivered through the Global Grid for Learning, as part of a new North American alliance between SMART Technologies Inc. and Cambridge University Press, the oldest printer and publisher in the world.

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June 25, 2007

SMART and Cambridge University Press form North American alliance

ATLANTA, Georgia --- June 25, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it has reached an agreement in principle with respect to a North American alliance with Cambridge University Press, the world’s oldest publisher and a global player in the provision of online education content. SMART, a global education leader in classroom technology solutions, becomes the exclusive North American distributor of the Global Grid for Learning, a searchable, standards-correlated learning-resources repository. A subsidiary of Cambridge University Press, the Global Grid for Learning offers more than one million online learning resources for all subjects in a variety of formats, including images, video, audio, text documents and learning objects. SMART and Cambridge are working together to be the premier provider of digital content for educators across North America.

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June 25, 2007

Five recipients named for first annual Marilyn Baker Awards

ATLANTA, Georgia --- June 25, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the presentation of the first annual Marilyn Baker Awards for five veteran educators who are committed to using technology, such as SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards, to make a difference in the classroom. The teachers will receive the honor during an awards ceremony at the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 25, 2007.

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June 25, 2007

SMART Software Accreditation Program reaches 100 titles

CALGARY, Alberta --- June 25, 2007--- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that more than 100 multimedia content and software titles are now approved under the SMART Software Accreditation Program. This milestone meets educators’ growing demand for dynamic, interactive resources that will engage students in their lessons. The SMART Software Accreditation Program offers multimedia content and software applications based on their level of compatibility with SMART products. SMART has accredited over 36 companies representing more than 100 titles in subject areas including art and design, English, health, language arts, foreign languages, music, mathematics, science, social studies, history and technology. The titles will carry the SMART accredited logo, allowing schools and districts to purchase them with the benefit of knowing that they will integrate seamlessly with SMART products.

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June 19, 2007

SMART products improve students’ performance and teachers’ lives

CALGARY, Alberta --- June 19, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that researchers at the University of Virginia have concluded that SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards, when used with appropriate pedagogy and digital resources, can lead to improved student learning outcomes and quality of life for teachers. The three-year study, now entering its third year, examines how to best prepare teachers to effectively incorporate technology into their daily teaching in a way that fosters greater student understanding. Lead researcher Joe Garofalo points to results demonstrating that the majority of students in a class taught with SMART Board interactive whiteboards outperformed students taught without one on a variety of test and quiz items.

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June 19, 2007

SMART Classroom Solutions streamline technology implementation

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- June 19, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the availability of three SMART Classroom Solutions. The solutions consist of a variety of product and service configurations that support different teaching and learning styles. SMART has designed interactive and collaborative products for over 17 years, and SMART Classroom Solutions represent the most popular product and service configurations, providing educators with easy-to-adopt suites of technology tools and services. Training specific to each SMART Classroom Solution is also available.

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June 19, 2007

Gallery Publisher facilitates sharing of digital content

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- June 19, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that Gallery Publisher software will be available in August for Windows® operating systems. Gallery Publisher software enables publishers and educators to optimize their multimedia content for Notebook™ collaborative learning software and then import it into the Gallery, Notebook software’s searchable repository of thousands of digital images and multimedia resources. Designed specifically for education publishers who want to convert large banks of learning objects to Notebook software format, Gallery Publisher speeds up the production and distribution of digital resources for SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards. This is a significant step forward as interactive whiteboard adoption in education escalates and as teachers need more and more curriculum-based digital content. SMART is the only interactive whiteboard provider to support the development and integration of content in this way.

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June 19, 2007

SMART unveils new features for 600i interactive whiteboard system

CALGARY, Alberta --- June 19, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the SMART Board™ 600i interactive whiteboard system now offers even more flexibility, thanks to an optional firmware upgrade. This upgrade, available to SMART customers at no charge, enables control of the existing RS232 port in the system’s built-in projector. Users can now connect two computers to the 600i system and with a single touch on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard screen, they can switch seamlessly between them. For example, if a 600i has a dedicated computer connected to it, a guest laptop can now be connected, and content can be easily displayed on and controlled from the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. Alternatively, administrators can use the RS232 port to manage the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system from a remote location, controlling such functions as video inputs, volume and powering off, and monitoring lamp hours. An administrator can also use this feature with a software application to shut down multiple systems. SMART customers can download the upgrade by visiting www.smarttech.com/600ifirmware.

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June 19, 2007

SMART leads interactive whiteboard segment with 65 percent of installed base

CALGARY, Alberta – June 19, 2007 – SMART Technologies Inc. announces its global installed base of 650,000 SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards. A recently released report from Decision Tree Consulting (DTC), an industry-leading UK research company that has been documenting interactive whiteboard sales for seven years, states that the global installed base for all manufacturers is estimated to be 1,000,000 units as at December 31, 2006. This figure results in SMART’s market share being estimated at approximately 65 percent of the worldwide installed base. SMART, a privately owned company, has had a cumulative annual growth rate of 26 percent over five years, and 41 percent over 10 years. It has led the market segment since it introduced the world’s first interactive whiteboard in 1991.

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June 15, 2007

Nine international distributors achieve SMART Certified Training Center status

CALGARY, Alberta --- June 15, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that nine of its distributors have been designated SMART Certified Training Centers after successfully completing the SMART Certified Training Center program. They are as follows: VSV België NV (Belgium), Interactive Norway (Norway), Aronet-estysyhtiot Oy (Finland), Telda Ltd. (Estonia), AV MEDIA, a.s. (Czech Republic), Novia AG (Switzerland), Dansk Data Display A/S (Denmark), Groupvision Consulting Tecnologías para la Colaboración S.L. (Spain) and InterVideo Srl. (Italy). The nine new training centers are in addition to the international training centers already established in Germany, China, the UK, Australia and the Netherlands, bringing the number to fourteen outside of North America.

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June 15, 2007

Height-adjustable wall mount for 600i system available

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- June 15, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the new height-adjustable wall mount for the SMART Board™ 600i interactive whiteboard system is now available. Using the smooth-sliding counterweight mechanism, teachers can easily raise or lower the 600i system to any desired height within a 20-inch (50 cm) range. Lowering the SMART Board interactive whiteboard gives students in early grades easy access to a larger portion of the active area of the interactive whiteboard, and raising it back up to the teacher’s height gives students at the back of the classroom a better view. The wall mount also addresses some of the accessibility needs of teachers and students with disabilities, such as those in wheelchairs.

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June 12, 2007

Central Georgia Technical College commits to technology in every classroom

CALGARY, Alberta --- June 12, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) has a Sympodium™ interactive pen display in every classroom. Faculty at the college view technology as a necessity rather than a luxury, and they use classroom technology to enhance student learning outcomes. Instructional technology technicians at the college have worked on creating 180 classrooms and labs that have all of the latest education technology. Each of the 180 rooms is outfitted with a Sympodium interactive pen display, a projector and screen, a dedicated computer, a sound system, a document camera, a system control device and hook-ups for additional peripherals that may be brought in as needed.

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June 4, 2007

Bridgit conferencing software improves Voice over IP and chat

CALGARY, Alberta --- June 4, 2007--- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the release of Bridgit™ conferencing software 3.2 for Microsoft® Windows® and Mac OS operating systems. The latest version adds improved Voice over IP (VoIP) to Web conferencing applications, chat features, support for more users and enhanced support for the Mac operating system. Bridgit conferencing software 3.2 allows users to connect instantly and share voice, video and data over the Internet in real time. Version 3.2 allows teachers and business professionals to connect through any Internet browser without having to install the software. Bridgit software continues to offer the benefits of easy, secure, cost-effective conferencing for corporate meetings and distance education, eliminating travel time and costs.

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May 31, 2007

Senteo interactive response system now shipping

CALGARY, Alberta--- May 31, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the Senteo™ interactive response system is now shipping. The system includes a remote control device for each student in a classroom and a receiver that allows teachers to send information to each device and receive student responses. The Senteo interactive response system increases one-to-one interaction by allowing teachers to survey and engage students and to personalize the learning environment. The learning curve for the system is short and a variety of product features, some exclusive to SMART, have been built in. Extensive feedback from educators has been incorporated into the design of this latest product, ensuring it is flexible and user friendly.

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May 29, 2007

SMART Board software 9.7 now available

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- May 29, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that SMART Board™ software 9.7 for Windows®, Mac OS and Linux® operating systems is now available. The newest version of SMART Board software offers teachers more digital resources and a number of user-friendly new features. Enhancements to the world's most widely used interactive whiteboard software make it easier for educators to create and manage all their digital learning materials within one easy-to-use content platform. SMART Board software adds features that refine users' whiteboarding experience and improve system administration. Version 9.7 supports more languages than any other interactive whiteboard software on the market including 4 languages in Mac OS, 9 languages in Linux and 36 languages in Windows operating systems. A vertical text flow feature is also available to support Asian language text.

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May 22, 2007

SMART Board interactive whiteboards installed in classrooms in The Hague

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 22, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it was selected as the lead supplier of interactive whiteboards for an education project in The Hague, Netherlands. Ninety-three SMART Board™ 680 interactive whiteboards were installed at the beginning of the 2006–2007 school year in primary, special education and vocational schools as part of the city’s Digital Learning project. The main goal of the project is to stimulate the transformation of education in The Hague through ICT (information and communications technology).

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May 16, 2007

SMART announces new director, marketing communications

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 16, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the appointment of Darren Zwack to the position of director, marketing communications. Working with his team, Zwack will lead the development and execution of marketing communications strategies that drive growth across all markets and product lines, while building the SMART brand around the world.

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May 14, 2007

SMART welcomes Rand McNally and Encyclopædia Britannica to Software Accreditation Program

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 14, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that premium content publishing companies Rand McNally and Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. have joined its software accreditation program. The SMART Software Accreditation Program recognizes multimedia content and software applications based on their level of compatibility with SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards, Sympodium™ interactive pen displays and Notebook™ collaborative learning software. The two publishing companies join the software accreditation program at the Ready level, which means that SMART has reviewed and approved their multimedia content and software titles for use with SMART products. The titles include Encyclopædia Britannica 2007 Ultimate Reference Suite CD, Britannica Online® School Edition and Rand McNally Classroom. Accreditation of Rand McNally and Encyclopædia Britannica at the Ready level will promote teacher and student use of these complementary K–12 learning products.

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May 12, 2007

SMART rewards Alberta teachers of excellence with product.

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 12, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that three teachers were recognized for excellence at the Alberta Teaching Awards in a ceremony in Edmonton this evening. The three winners for the 2006/2007 school year were Alison Hancox, a fourth-grade teacher at Argryll Centre in Edmonton, Pete Mackay, grade a teacher at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton and Pierre Veilleux, a fifth- and sixth-grade French immersion teacher of grades 10, 11 and 12 at Varsity Acres School in Calgary. Judges of the award examine the creative and innovative ways in which teachers are engaging their students. The three teachers each received a technology package for their classroom, consisting of a SMART Board™ 680i interactive whiteboard system with built-in Unifi™ projector and integrated audio system, an AirLiner™ wireless slate, an unlimited school site license for SMART Ideas™ concept-mapping software, a computer lab license for SynchronEyes™ classroom management software and a two-year, five-user subscription for Bridgit™ conferencing software.

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May 7, 2007

Notebook interactive viewer now available

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 7, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the release of Notebook™ interactive viewer, a cross-platform application enabling users to view, share and interact with content created in Notebook collaborative learning software, the main whiteboarding application within SMART Board™ software. With Notebook interactive viewer, educators can open and work with Notebook files regardless of the hardware platform or brand of interactive whiteboard, ensuring they will be able to access their Notebook files and content everywhere they go. It is now available to download for Windows®, Mac OS and Linux® operating systems.

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May 4, 2007

SMART now accepting nominations for Marilyn Baker Award

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 4, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces it is now accepting nominations for the first annual Marilyn Baker Award program. The program was established by SMART to recognize veteran teachers who exhibit the same dedication and drive as Marilyn Baker. A self-driven educator, Baker has made it her life’s mission to help others understand the power of using SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards in the classroom. To be considered for the award, teachers must be nominated for and submit a 500 word essay showing how technology has changed their teaching practices. Five teachers will be awarded the Marilyn Baker Award in June at the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta, Georgia. SMART will be accepting nominations until May 31, 2007, and will be judging nominees based on their demonstrated commitment to using technology, specifically SMART Board interactive whiteboards, to make a difference in the classroom. Nominees must have 15 years or more of teaching experience. Nomination details can be found online at www.education.smarttech.com/bakeraward.

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April 30, 2007

Washington state music teacher named National Teacher of the Year

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- April 30, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that Andrea Peterson has been named the National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and was recognized as such by President George W. Bush during a ceremony at the White House on April 26, 2007. As the Washington State Teacher of the Year, Peterson was awarded a technology package from SMART, including a SMART Board™ 600i interactive system, a two-year, five-user license for Bridgit™ conferencing software, a computer-lab license for SynchronEyes™ classroom management software, an unlimited school site license for SMART Ideas™ concept-mapping software and an AirLiner™ wireless slate. Peterson has been teaching music at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls, Washington, for ten years and has seen major changes in the school and the music program during that time. She will share her success as she spends the next year traveling across the U.S. speaking at events. Her message to other educators is to involve the community in the school and to set high expectations for students – a no-limits standard.

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April 26, 2007

SMART announces new vice president, marketing

CALGARY, Alberta --- April 26, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the appointment of Linda Thomas to the position of vice president, marketing. Taking over from Tom Hodson, who was recently promoted to president and chief operating officer (COO), Thomas assumes the leadership role for marketing SMART’s products and services worldwide. A seasoned business professional, Thomas will lead the marketing group, which includes product management, education and corporate market development, marketing communications and international marketing.

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April 26, 2007

SMART donates interactive whiteboards to Intel Teach program in Russia

MOSCOW, RUSSIA --- April 26, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the donation of 25 SMART Board™ 680 interactive whiteboards and Notebook™ collaborative learning software to the Intel® Teach program in Russia. The donation was officially announced today at the Intel sponsored conference, Web 2.0 for Education and Science in Moscow. SMART awards products on an ongoing basis to education institutions participating in the program. To date, SMART has donated more than US$350,000 in products to Intel Teach worldwide as part of its continuing commitment to support the effective integration of technology in everyday teaching and learning.

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April 25, 2007

SMART announces new director, software and content market development

CALGARY, Alberta --- April 25, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the appointment of Emilio Bernabei to the position of director, software and content market development. In this newly developed position, Bernabei will provide strong leadership and focus on key products, key players, distribution channels and go-to-market strategies. Bernabei’s leadership will further develop the company’s global software and content market position during a period of significant growth. He is an accomplished businessman with a successful track record and extensive experience in international marketing, business development and product management.

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April 23, 2007

SMART announces new director of global operations

CALGARY, Alberta --- April 23, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the appointment of Mario Del Rizzo to the newly created position of director, global operations. In this role, Del Rizzo is responsible for developing and implementing operational strategies and practices to take advantage of the global market growth in collaboration technology. Del Rizzo has had an extensive career in operations and process development and brings with him knowledge specific to global operations, which will enable him to effectively manage production activities occurring outside of SMART’s anchor facility in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. He will also manage and assess relationships with manufacturers outside of North America.

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April 16, 2007

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center uses Actalyst overlays on flight information displays

CALGARY, Alberta --- April 16, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) is using Actalyst™ interactive overlay to provide travelers with information about flights at Logan International Airport. The Actalyst overlays are on two LCD panels, allowing people to check flight arrival and departure information simply by touching the screen. The overlay slips over and fastens securely to an LCD or plasma panel, creating an interactive surface. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), operator of the BCEC, purchased the overlays to give travelers access to real-time travel information, allowing them to manage their schedules more efficiently.

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April 10, 2007

SMART launches Showcase School Program with 22 schools and one district

CALGARY, Alberta --- April 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. names 22 schools and one district to its SMART Showcase School Program. Showcase Schools and districts are leaders in the adoption and use of technology that improves student outcomes and teacher effectiveness. These schools are also enthusiastic about sharing their success stories and regularly make themselves available to other educators and district stakeholders interested in learning how SMART products can be used to enhance teaching and learning. These schools welcome educators across the world to visit them and see how they apply best practices for using technology products to improve student performance.

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April 2, 2007

Study links interactive whiteboards to improved student performance

CALGARY, Alberta --- April 2, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that a European report on the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on student achievement reveals that using interactive whiteboards results in improved test scores, especially in subjects such as English, math and science. The report, by European Schoolnet, examined the results of 17 studies on ICT produced in the UK and other European countries between 2002 and 2006. The following outcomes were among its key findings: interactive whiteboard use results in improved student performance in national tests in English, math and science, compared to student performance without interactive whiteboards; digital content on interactive whiteboards is engaging, motivating, and students pay more attention during lessons; and interactive whiteboard use encourages greater student participation in the classroom.

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March 24, 2007

SMART co-founder receives Outstanding Achievement Award

CALGARY, Alberta --- MARCH 24, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that company co-founder and executive chairman, David Martin, has received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Education Suppliers Association’s (BESA) annual Education Resource Awards event. Honored at a gala dinner and awards ceremony held Friday, March 23, in Birmingham, UK, David Martin was recognized for his contribution to education as the inventor of the interactive whiteboard. Now in their ninth year, the Education Resource Awards acknowledge the quality and diversity of education products and resources, excellent education establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching and supplies industry that work together to encourage the very best in education. At the ceremony, SMART was also a finalist in the Innovation Award category for its SMART Board™ 600i interactive whiteboard system.

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March 23, 2007

Don Pedro Albizu Campos now a SMART Showcase School

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- March 23, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that Don Pedro Albizu Campos/P.S. 161 is named a SMART Showcase School, making it the first SMART Showcase School in New York. P.S. 161 was invited to become a showcase school in recognition of its strong technology program and its vibrant, empowering, collaborative and safe learning environment. An urban school, P.S. 161 faces many challenges – it serves 936 minority students, and it has a poverty indicator of 98 percent and an English language learner status at 73 percent. Yet, over the last six years, innovative changes at the school have resulted in annual test score increases in English language arts and mathematics. The school has also received numerous awards and recognitions, and it has become a model school for its city and state.

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March 21, 2007

SMART welcomes Key Curriculum Press to software accreditation program

CALGARY, Alberta --- March 21, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that The Geometer’s Sketchpad®, TinkerPlots™ Dynamic Data Exploration and Fathom Dynamic Data™ software from Key Curriculum Press have been accredited at the Ready level in the SMART Software Accreditation Program. The program recognizes multimedia content and software applications based on their level of compatibility with SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards and Notebook™ collaborative learning software. At the Ready level, SMART has reviewed and approved the use of Key Curriculum Press material with SMART products. Accreditation of these Key Curriculum Press titles will promote teacher and student use of Key’s K–12 learning products with SMART products in math instruction.

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March 20, 2007

SMART now shipping Rear Projection SMART Board 4000i interactive whiteboard

CALGARY, Alberta --- March 20, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the new, updated Rear Projection SMART Board™ 4000i interactive whiteboard is now shipping. Introduced in December 2006, the touch-sensitive display quickly captured the interest of corporate and military audiences. The 4000i offers high resolution and large screen size. Built as an all-in-one mobile multimedia cabinet, the interactive whiteboard features a 66" (168 cm) shadow-free screen, which is ideal for satellite imaging, research and design work, and high-resolution computer simulation training.

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March 20, 2007

SynchronEyes classroom management software 7.0 now available

CALGARY, Alberta --- March 20, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the release of SynchronEyes™ classroom management software 7.0. Introduced in January, SynchronEyes 7.0 can be used with any combination of desktop computers, wireless laptops or mobile devices to instruct, monitor and assess participants in classrooms and networked learning environments. Version 7.0 has captured the interest of corporate and military trainers around the world because it enables them to log on to their network and connect with participants using mobile devices. SynchronEyes software 7.0 is compatible with all Microsoft® Windows® operating systems.

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March 15, 2007

SMART launches second annual World Teachers’ Day video contest

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- March 15, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it is now accepting entries for SMART’s second annual World Teachers’ Day (WTD) video contest. Once again teachers across the globe are invited to submit videos that demonstrate how SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards are improving student learning outcomes. Seventy-five winners, selected from five global regions, will win iPod shuffles. The top regional winners will each receive a SMART Board interactive whiteboard, and the overall winner will receive the grand prize, an all-inclusive trip to London, England, for BETT 2008, a leading education technology tradeshow.

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March 8, 2007

SMART and iCORE create research chair to study

CALGARY, Alberta --- March 8, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the creation of the iCORE/SMART Technologies Inc. Industrial Chair in Interactive Technologies Research at the University of Calgary. SMART and Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE) are each contributing CDN$500,000 over five years, bringing the total research support for the University of Calgary chair to CDN$1 million. Saul Greenberg, PhD, and Sheelagh Carpendale, PhD, will share the chair and challenge the boundaries of interactive technology through innovative research. Greenberg, professor of computer science at the University of Calgary, and Carpendale, Canada Research Chair in Information Visualization and associate professor at the University of Calgary, see this as an opportunity to create a world in which every surface could be interactive and computer operation would not require a mouse or a keyboard or any special input device. SMART, the creator of the world’s first and continuously best-selling interactive whiteboard, supports the advancement of interactive technology applications through local research and education.

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February 28, 2007

SMART Exemplary Educator named Classroom Teacher of the Year

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- February 28, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that SMART Exemplary Educator Renee Marts has been named the 2007 Classroom Teacher of the Year by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). The award honors teachers who enhance the student learning experience with superior use of technology in the classroom. Marts, a seventh-grade science teacher at Durham Middle School in Lewisville, Texas, was named a SMART Exemplary Educator in 2006, a designation that recognizes teachers who improve education outcomes through the innovative use of SMART products. She was presented the Classroom Teacher of the Year award at the opening session of the TCEA convention on February 7, 2007.

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February 24, 2007

SMART CEO named Calgary Businesswoman of the Year

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- February 24, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that Nancy Knowlton has been named the 2006/2007 Calgary Businesswoman of the Year by the Consumers’ Choice Institute. The SMART CEO was presented the award at a gala dinner attended by nearly 600 people at the Calgary Stampede Roundup Centre. An annual event in eight Canadian cities, the Consumers’ Choice Award program recognizes business excellence in areas such as quality, service and value. The annual winner is determined through Léger Marketing’s independent survey of Calgary’s business community. This is the sixth year the Consumers’ Choice Awards have been conducted in Calgary. Previous recipients of the Calgary Businesswoman of the Year honor include Nancy C. Southern, president and CEO of the ATCO Group, and Arlene Dickinson, president of Venture Communications. Murray Edwards, a well-known Calgary businessman with diverse business interests, was named Calgary Businessman of the Year.

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February 23, 2007

SMART announces new vice president of North American sales

CALGARY, Alberta --- February 23, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the appointment of Patric Nagel to the position of vice president, North American sales. Based out of SMART’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Nagel is responsible for driving overall sales growth, and the channel and sales strategies for SMART’s products and services in North America. An accomplished executive, Nagel has an extensive career in sales and marketing, bringing with him the skills and expertise to help take SMART to the next level during a period of significant growth.

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February 19, 2007

SMART Board software 9.5 supports Windows Vista operating system

CALGARY, Alberta --- February 19, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces support for Windows Vista™, Microsoft’s latest operating system, in SMART Board™ software 9.5. As with earlier Windows® operating systems, Vista provides SMART Board interactive whiteboard users with a familiar interface, and with Vista’s new support of East Asian languages, SMART customers can now use handwriting recognition for Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Version 9.5 also supports earlier versions of Windows such as XP and 2000 as well as Mac OS and Linux® operating systems.

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February 15, 2007

SMART welcomes netTrekker to Software Accreditation Program

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- February 15, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the popular netTrekker suite of award-winning education search products from Thinkronize Inc. has been added to its software accreditation program at the Ready level. The SMART Software Accreditation Program recognizes multimedia content and software applications based on their level of compatibility with SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards and Notebook™ collaborative learning software. At the Ready level, SMART reviews and approves the use of netTrekker with SMART products. Accreditation of Thinkronize at the Ready level will promote teacher and student use of these two complementary K-12 learning products.

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February 13, 2007

SMART announces new director of product management

CALGARY, Alberta --- February 13, 2007--- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the appointment of Rob Abbott to the newly created position of director, product management. He is now responsible for setting the strategic direction for SMART’s world-leading products and solutions for interactive classrooms and meeting rooms.

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February 12, 2007

SMART announces new manager, education advocacy

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- February 12, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the appointment of Mick Adkisson to the position of manager, education advocacy, effective today. Based out of Portland, Oregon, Adkisson will maintain relationships with influential advocacy organizations, service agencies and high-level government officials focused on education technology in the North American K–12 market segment. Adkisson comes to SMART from Intel® Corporation, bringing with him a unique skill set and valuable market insight. During his 10 years at Intel, Adkisson held several positions, including management roles in project and software development, and enterprise architecture. Most recently, he was a strategic marketing manager focusing on the K–12 segment in the Americas marketing group.

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February 9, 2007

SMART wins four significant technology awards in China

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- February 9, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it has won four awards in China recognizing excellence in technology. Recently, a panel of experts organized by the China Computer Education Newspaper with representatives from China’s Ministry of Information Industry, the Ministry of Education and the China Centre of Electronics and Industry Development Research, named the SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard the Top Whiteboard in Education for 2006. The panel cited the SMART Board interactive whiteboard’s performance, variety of functions and overall influence on the modernization of education in China as key elements for the award. This was the first time that interactive whiteboards were included in a separate award category. The China Computer Education Newspaper is one of the most prominent journals in China focusing on IT in the education field. It also named the SMART Board interactive whiteboard the 2006 Product of the Year, recognizing its high quality and outstanding performance.

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January 29, 2007

SMART Board interactive whiteboards support university course in Italy

MILAN, ITALY --- January 29, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the University of Florence is offering a course aimed at training teachers how to effectively use computer technology and interactive whiteboards in the classroom. The course offering marks the first time in Italy that teachers in training will be specifically instructed on how to use and integrate interactive whiteboards in their everyday classes. The SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards are being loaned to the university for the duration of the six-month course by Intervideo, SMART’s distributor in Italy.

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January 26, 2007

SMART announces height-adjustable mount for SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 26, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces a new height-adjustable mount for the SMART Board™ 600i interactive whiteboard system. Teachers will now be able to raise the 600i system 20 inches (50 centimeters) up or down, to a desired height. Lowering the SMART Board interactive whiteboard gives students in early grades easy access to a larger portion of the active area of the interactive whiteboard, and raising it gives students in the back of the classroom a better view. The new mount also addresses the requirements of classrooms where students with disabilities and those in wheelchairs need different heights to reach and work on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard.

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January 25, 2007

City of Cape Coral Charter School District standardizes on SMART products

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 25, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that Florida’s City of Cape Coral Charter School District has standardized on SMART products and has installed more than 100 SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards. Following a formal bidding process, which included submissions from manufacturers around the world, teachers and administrators agreed that SMART products would make the greatest contribution to the district, for reasons such as the unsurpassed durability of SMART products, customer support and SMART’s five-year warranty. A two-phase installation took place over 16 months, outfitting Oasis Elementary, Christa McAuliffe Elementary and Oasis Middle School with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard in every classroom. In addition to the interactive whiteboards, teachers throughout the district have access to SMART Board software, which includes hundreds of standardized interactive lesson activities, more than 6,000 learning objects and links to a wide range of tutorials. SMART Board interactive whiteboards and SMART Board software have become the basis of the district’s learning process for both students and teachers.

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January 25, 2007

Students at Richland School District Two pass more tests with SMART Board interactive whiteboards

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 25, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that teachers at Columbia’s Richland School District Two are seeing better test scores from both lower performing and advanced-placement students after installing more than 1,000 SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards in 95 percent of the district’s schools. Test scores in an advanced-placement biology class at Spring Valley High School have risen 30 percent more than classes that are not using SMART Board interactive whiteboards in every lesson. Another class at Spring Valley that had lower performing students began using SMART products and had a 10 percent increase in test scores. Richland School District Two plans to continue installing even more SMART products in the 28 schools within the district.

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January 24, 2007

SMART releases two new white papers

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 24, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the release of two new white papers. "The Truth About Wireless Slates and Differentiated Instruction: Using wireless slates to facilitate mobility and flexibility in the differentiated classroom" examines how interactive whiteboards and wireless slates help teachers strike a balance between collaborative learning and meeting individual student’s needs. "The Truth about Interactive Whiteboard Active Screen Area: The Way You Measure Matters" demystifies how to accurately measures interactive whiteboard screen sizes.

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January 11, 2007

SMART product receives ‘specially commended’ status at BETT Awards

LONDON, UK --- January 11, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it has received a ‘specially commended’ award from BETT judges for SynchronEyes classroom management software 6.0. This recognition was received at the BETT Awards dinner held last night in London. The commendation recognises SynchronEyes software 6.0, acknowledging the exceptional contribution it has made in a personalized learning environment. SynchronEyes 6.0 helps teachers keep pupils focused because they can monitor applications and Internet usage on each individual’s computer or PDA. Teachers can also quickly survey their pupils and view instant results, and pupils can share their computer screens with the whole class.

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January 10, 2007

SMART launches the Senteo interactive response system

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the Senteo™ interactive response system. The system includes a handheld device for each student in a classroom and a central receiver that allows teachers to send information out to each device and receive information back from each student. The Senteo interactive response system increases one-to-one interaction by allowing teachers to survey and engage students and collect responses to personalize the learning environment. The learning curve for the system is short and a variety of product features, some exclusive to SMART, have been built in. Extensive feedback from educators has been incorporated into the design of this latest product, ensuring it is flexible and user friendly.

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January 10, 2007

SMART teams with Eclipse Books on language-learning software

CALGARY, ALBERTA--- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it has signed a letter of intent with Eclipse Books to co-develop and distribute language-learning software. As part of the agreement, Eclipse will also be joining the SMART Software Accreditation Program, which accredits multimedia content and software applications based on their level of compatibility with SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards and Sympodium™ interactive pen displays. Both SMART and Eclipse recognize the growing need for curriculum-based digital content that is compatible with interactive whiteboards, particularly as local education authorities in Great Britain continue with plans to equip all their classrooms with interactive whiteboards. The relationship combines the expertise of both companies to deliver high-quality digital content to educators. Eclipse's first software title, Petit Pont, will be accredited at SMART's Ready level, which means that SMART has reviewed and approved it for use with SMART Board products. More titles will follow in the coming months.

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January 10, 2007

SMART introduces Notebook interactive viewer for greater sharing and distribution of digital content

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces Notebook™ interactive viewer, a cross-platform application that allows users to view, share and interact with content in files created within Notebook collaborative learning software, the main whiteboarding application within SMART Board™ software. The full version of Notebook software is widely used by educators to create and modify interactive lessons and to manage digital resources. Available for Windows®, Mac OS and Linux® operating systems, Notebook interactive viewer ensures that if teachers change classrooms or schools, they still have access to their Notebook files, regardless of the hardware platform or brand of interactive whiteboard being used in their new location. Third-party content created with Notebook software can be accessed and used in the same manner.

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January 10, 2007

SynchronEyes software now compatible with mobile learning devices

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that SynchronEyes™ classroom management software 7.0, can now be used with any combination of desktop computers, wireless laptops or mobile devices to instruct, monitor and assess students in networked classrooms. Compatible with Microsoft’s new Windows Vista™ operating system, SynchronEyes 7.0 is a significant upgrade that builds on the award-winning features of its predecessor. With version 7.0, teachers can log on to their network and connect quickly and easily with students using mobile devices (Windows Mobile®/CE 4.2 software or later). Another feature includes the option to import existing XML quiz bank files.

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January 10, 2007

SMART Board software 9.5 makes creating and managing digital content easier

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that the latest version of SMART Board™ software 9.5 for Windows®, Mac OS and Linux® operating systems offers teachers more digital resources, a number of user-friendly new features and support for five additional languages. These enhancements to the world's most widely used interactive whiteboard software make it easier for educators to create and manage all their digital learning materials within one easy-to-use content platform. Version 9.5 adds features that refine users' whiteboarding experience and improve system administration. It provides new Gallery images and Flash interactivities, and support for five additional languages, which brings the total to 36 (Windows operating systems only), more than any other interactive whiteboard software on the market.

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January 10, 2007

SMART strengthens industry-leading after-sales support

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that its newly designed customer support website is now live at www2.smarttech.com/st/en-us/support. The new site developed to support SMART’s education, corporate, government and military customers features easy-to-use navigational tools providing quick, easy access to information and resources about products, training, software updates and after-sales support. SMART incorporated customer feedback into the design and resources for the new site, strengthening its industry leading customer service. The result is a user-friendly website that is easy to navigate and search with quick links that enable customers to find the answer to hundreds of commonly asked questions.

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January 10, 2007

Unifi 35 projector for SMART Board 660 and 680 interactive whiteboards now shipping

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the availability of the Unifi™ 35 projector with built-in audio, video source switching and whiteboarding application. The Unifi projector is a short-throw, high-offset projector that reduces any distracting shadows. The projector was developed as a key component in the SMART Board™ 600i interactive whiteboard system, announced in June 2006, and is now available as a retrofit kit for customers who own a SMART Board 660 or 680 interactive whiteboard. The Unifi 35 starts shipping today.

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January 10, 2007

SMART ships all-in-one interactive whiteboard system

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the SMART Board™ 600i interactive whiteboard system is now shipping in volume. First announced in June 2006, the 600i interactive whiteboard system quickly became a sought-after classroom and meeting room solution with thousands of units on order. The 600i system is an integrated solution, combining a front-projection SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard and a Unifi™ 35 projector with a built-in audio system, video source switching and ScratchPad, the projector’s own whiteboarding software. Writing and erasing tools built into the projector mean users can operate the whiteboard with or without a computer.

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January 10, 2007

SMART expands lesson activities for educators

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the availability of 50 new, highly interactive SMART Lesson Activities for Notebook 9.5 built for K–12 teachers. These are in addition to its collection of hundreds of educator-created lesson activities already available. The next generation of SMART lesson activities for Notebook 9.5 incorporates more interactive Adobe® Flash® objects, which bring lessons to life and enhance student engagement. The activities allow for direct feedback, a feature that checks if students’ answers are correct. The lesson activities are also flexible enough for student-directed learning or to be used by specialist or non-specialist teachers. Lesson activities for Notebook 9.5 are created based on, and correlated to curriculum standards North America.

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January 10, 2007

SMART establishes growing presence in Ukrainian market

LONDON, UK --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that more than 1,000 SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards have now been installed in Kiev classrooms. Achieving this milestone means that at least two SMART Board interactive whiteboards are installed in every public school in Kiev, with some individual schools using as many as eight.

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January 10, 2007

1,650 SMART Board interactive whiteboards to be installed in DiGi Scuola classrooms across Central Southern Italy

LONDON, UK --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that 1,650 SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards will be installed in 550 secondary public schools across Central Southern Italy, through the DiGi Scuola project. The initiative is financed by the Department for Reforms and Innovations in Public Administration, and will be implemented by Innovazione Italia, a public agency, and the Minister of Public Education. The DiGi Scuola project aims to improve digital literacy and reduce the technology gap between the classroom and everyday life through the introduction of new teaching technologies.

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January 10, 2007

SMART launches development network for content and software developers

Calgary, Alberta --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the launch of the SMART Development Network to provide more tools and technical support to commercial and noncommercial multimedia content and software developers. The network will help developers create products designed for use with SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards and Notebook™ software. SMART is raising its level of developer support to meet growing customer demand for integrated interactive content and software. Greater developer support means educators will have access to more lesson activities and resources specifically created for use with SMART products. Students will benefit from multimedia content and innovative applications that will make the digital learning experience even more engaging.

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January 10, 2007

Munich school for the deaf installs SMART products in every classroom 

LONDON, UK --- January 10, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the installation of 20 SMART Board interactive whiteboards and 40 Sympodium interactive pen displays at Samuel-Heinicke-Realschule in Munich, Germany. Samuel-Heinicke-Realschule is Bavaria’s only secondary school for deaf students and, with this installation, it joins a growing list of schools in Germany to have SMART products in every classroom. There are 420 students at the school in grades 5–10, some of whom are deaf, some experience degrees of difficulty hearing and others hear normally. Teachers at the school believe all students will benefit from the use of SMART products.

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January 4, 2007

SMART announces executive management changes

CALGARY, ALBERTA --- January 4, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. today announced a number of changes in its executive management ranks to improve the company’s structure and increase its agility and ability to grow. These changes include the naming of a president and chief operating officer (COO), the separation of the president and chief executive officer (CEO) roles, the promotion of three vice presidents and the departure of two vice presidents. Additionally, the company is recruiting for a number of executives to provide additional capacity and depth.

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