CALGARY, Sept. 15, 2020 - As teachers prepare to teach across virtual, hybrid, and in-person environments this semester, SMART Technologies -- provider of the world's most popular collaborative learning software and hardware -- announced new software features and integrations that make it easier for teachers to build learning experiences that engage and support students from anywhere.
As the COVID-19 crisis forced schools to go virtual last semester, three quarters of teachers in an Education Week survey reported a decline in student engagement after switching to remote learning. Likewise, thousands of schools across the country are now returning to hybrid learning environments, in which teachers will simultaneously teach students in the classroom and at home, creating new demands for student engagement across multiple modalities.
New integrations with widely-used platforms like Google and Microsoft enable teachers to use SMART software, without reliance on the SMART Board® or flat panel, to enhance instruction from directly within the platforms and workflows they already use. The new integrations make it easier for students to navigate remote learning, freeing up teacher time to focus on learning moments instead of troubleshooting technology. Additionally, two new features allow teachers to personalize instruction and feedback through voice recordings and obtain insight into individual student work in group settings.
“Being able to send something out to a student, let them work on it, while the teacher can check in and see what they’re doing in real time is really powerful,” said Drew Morgan, Coordinator of Secondary Curriculum and Professional Development at Auburn City Schools in Alabama. “Especially now with distance learning, I love that there’s no context change. The more you ask learners, especially younger ones, to navigate to different browsers or windows, the more you can lose kids.”
SMART Learning Suite Online is a cloud-based platform used by millions of teachers globally to build and deliver engaging content and game-based activities, activate easy-to-use formative assessments, and enable student collaboration and breakout groups through any device, anywhere. Students are able to connect and work independently or with peers, in real-time or on their own time, making it possible to take charge of their learning while clearly showing their progress.
The new integrations include:
“We know engaging and retaining students is top of mind for educators. Teachers are relying on our software to help bring into students’ homes classroom experiences like collaborating with peers or getting real-time feedback,” said Nicholas Svensson, SMART’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our new integrations with Google, Microsoft, and Canvas are designed to help educators simplify all the toggling back and forth between technologies and instead focus on inspiring and encouraging our learners in such uncertain times.”
Additional SMART Learning Suite tools make the software more powerful, especially for teachers delivering instruction in asynchronous settings:
For more information, please visit SMART’s integrations page.
About SMART Technologies Inc.
SMART is a world leader in education technology, providing interactive solutions to help every person discover and develop the greatness within them. A consistent innovator for over 30 years, SMART is the inventor of the SMART Board® and the developer of SMART Notebook®, the world's most popular collaborative learning software, and part of the SMART Learning Suite. With their full range of interconnected displays, software, and accessories, used by millions in education and business, SMART helps students, colleagues and teams around the world achieve better outcomes. To learn more, visit smarttech.com.
Posted: September 15, 2020
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