Updates to popular education software enable increased classroom interactivity
CALGARY, Alberta --- April 23, 2012 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces its annual consolidated education software update. SMART Notebook 11 collaborative learning software, SMART Response assessment software 2012 and the Mac edition of 3D Tools for SMART Notebook software are now available for customer download. Also available as part of the upgrade is SMART Ink™, a feature of SMART Board® interactive displays that allows users to make and save digital ink annotations in any application window. SMART education software brings interactivity to the classroom through features that enable creativity, participation and immersion into any subject, engaging students and improving learning outcomes.
The updates to SMART’s popular education software introduce new features that offer even more opportunities for collaboration and increased interaction. SMART Notebook 11 contains an Internet browser that inserts live websites within the SMART Notebook software page and allows users to write over the site and to drag and drop content into the page. It also features an adaptive toolbar and supports widgets available for download on the SMART Exchange™ website. SMART Response assessment software 2012 features new educational standards and cognitive level question tagging, enhanced Teacher Tools reporting and image support for the SMART Response VE interactive response system. SMART Response assessment software is the only one of its kind that integrates seamlessly with SMART Notebook software, enabling instant assessment for teachers and saving time with daily lesson plans. 3D Tools for SMART Notebook, a new plug-in that provides tools to import, view and manipulate 3D content, is now available for Mac users. SMART Ink is a feature that allows educators and students to naturally write over any digital content on a SMART Board interactive whiteboard, convert their writing to text and save it. SMART Ink allows students to work with any digital content and interact freely in any application. Licensed users of any of this software can download the updates at no charge. To access these new updates, visit smarttech.com/downloads.
“SMART is committed to continuously improving our education software based on the needs of teachers and administrators,” says Linda Thomas, Vice President, Products, SMART Technologies. “The 2012 consolidated software update, timed to release with the technology installation and upgrade schedule of schools, gives teachers ease of use by offering the software releases in a single install and provides both teachers and students with even more opportunities to engage with learning material.”
Features of SMART Notebook 11 software include
Internet browser – Inserts web browsers directly onto a SMART Notebook software page
Adaptive toolbar – Responds to users choosing a tool by giving the required property choices
Crayon – Creates authentic crayon drawings
Operating systems – Supports Microsoft® Windows® 7, Microsoft Windows XP, both Mac Snow Leopard® and Mac OSX Lion operating systems
Features of SMART Response assessment software 2012 include
Educational standards question tagging – Tags questions with local educational standards
Cognitive level question tagging – Tags questions with cognitive levels from industry-accepted cognitive-level scales
Teacher Tools reports – Generates up to 18 reports on student- and class-level performance
Image support for SMART Response VE system – Supports images on students’ individual Internet-enabled devices
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that change the way the world works and learns. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, our focus is on developing a variety of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, making collaboration and learning with digital resources more natural. Our products have transformed teaching and learning in more than 1.9 million classrooms worldwide, reaching over 40 million students and teachers. In business, our Freestorm™ visual collaboration solutions improve the way that people work and collaborate, enabling them to be more productive and reduce costs.
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