SMART solutions in English language acquisition

English language acquisition

Closing the achievement gap in English language acquisition

See how educators at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in California used SMART products to increase English language proficiency test scores by more than 30%.

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SMART solutions in English language acquisition

With SMART products, teachers can help students overcome the barriers that often keep them from effectively learning the English language. Our interactive products can provide a visual context to lessons, making the material easier for English language learners to understand. With multiple ways to interact with content and the ability to learn collaboratively, students can feel less anxious about simultaneously mastering a language and learning subject-area content.

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Bring every student into the classroom conversation

Depending on each student's learning style, teachers can use SMART products to explain words, concepts and ideas in different ways. Students have more opportunities to see, hear and interact with lesson material, so language instruction is more meaningful to them and they can become more motivated to learn and participate in class.

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SMART Board 800i interactive whiteboard system

The 800i helps English language learners

  • Build confidence by working alongside native English language speakers in natural, unrestricted collaboration
  • Gain a deeper connection to lesson material by using intuitive touch gestures to explore and manipulate content
  • Become more engaged in learning – teachers can add large, vibrant images to lessons to create a visual context for words and language concepts
SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard

SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system

The 600i helps English language learners

  • Better understand and retain information because the interactive whiteboard supports kinesthetic, auditory and visual learning styles
  • Become more engaged in learning – teachers can add large, vibrant images to lessons to create a visual context for words and language concepts
  • Effectively learn grammar and spelling because they can easily break up sentences and move and manipulate words and phrases
  • Feel comfortable using technology because the interactive whiteboard is easy to use and doesn't require complicated instructions
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SMART Notebook collaborative learning software

SMART Notebook software offers many benefits for an ELA classroom.

  • Teachers can use SMART Notebook software to easily integrate and access additional SMART products from within a lesson without disrupting its flow
  • Teachers can reduce their lesson preparation time by creating interactive, visually engaging digital lessons and content, such as sentence strips, which can be reused anytime
  • Students can comprehend language concepts more fully when teachers add audio files to their lessons, so they can both see and hear words
  • Students can better understand language concepts when lessons are given more context through the use of pictures, sound and videos
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SMART Response interactive response systems

SMART Response systems offers many benefits for ELA classrooms.

  • Teachers can choose from five models suited for different types of learning environments
  • Students can submit answers anonymously, so they can gauge their own level of understanding without being singled out or feeling anxious
  • Teachers can track all evaluation data from one location and use the information to complete required government assessment reports
  • Teachers can easily prepare questions for lessons and add questions spontaneously to gauge understanding – the systems seamlessly integrate with SMART Notebook software
SMART Table interactive learning center

SMART Table interactive learning center

SMART Table helps young English language learners

  • Work with native English language speakers as they learn together through interactive and collaborative activities
  • Practice and reinforce language concepts by working in small groups
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SMART Document Camera

The SMART Document Camera offers many benefits for ELA classrooms.

  • Students can better understand unfamiliar topics when teachers can show the entire class objects they may never have seen before
  • Teachers can conveniently launch the SMART Document Camera directly from SMART Notebook software, capturing images and then instantly adding them to their lessons
  • Students can see real objects in lessons, which gives them a better understanding of the material and makes lessons more visually engaging and relevant
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SMART Slate wireless slate

SMART Slate offers many benefits for ELA classrooms.

  • Students can interact with lesson material on the interactive whiteboard while sitting at their desks, so even shy students can feel comfortable participating in class
  • Teachers can move around the room to help individual students while continuing to guide the whole-class lesson
  • Students can learn together – one student can use SMART Slate while another is at the SMART Board interactive whiteboard
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SMART Audio classroom amplification system

The SMART Audio system offers many benefits for ELA classrooms.

  • Students become more engaged in learning the English language when syllables and phonetic sounds are easier to hear
  • Teachers can use the wireless microphone so they don't have to repeat information or strain their voices to be heard
  • Teachers can record their voice and play it back for students as part of a lesson


Accessories can enhance your SMART Board interactive whiteboard and provide many benefits for ELA instruction.

  • Teachers can have an integrated system with single-button control of all multimedia devices by adding a SMART projector retrofit kit to their interactive whiteboard
  • Teachers can add audio files to lessons and enhance sound quality in the classroom using speakers mounted to their SMART Board interactive whiteboard
  • Teachers can easily move the SMART Board interactive whiteboard system up or down to accommodate students of differing heights using the SMART Height-Adjustable Wall Mount
Software products
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SMART Notebook Math Tools software

SMART Notebook Math Tools can help students in ELA classrooms

  • Gain greater understanding of math and science concepts because teachers can use the math-specific tools to present concepts in multiple ways – symbolically, numerically and visually
  • Become more engaged in learning because teachers can create lessons that are interactive and visually appealing
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SMART Classroom Suite interactive learning software

This software suite makes it easy for teachers in computer-enabled classrooms to manage their classrooms, assess learning and encourage collaboration.

  • Teachers can move seamlessly between whole-class, small-group and individual instruction
  • Teachers can easily assess student understanding of English language lesson material anytime during class
  • Students can use SMART Notebook SE (Student Edition) software to complete assignments and create their own interactive material using the same software platform as their teachers
  • Teachers can save class time by sending lesson material or website links, so students don't have to spend time typing specific URLs
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SMART Sync classroom management software

SMART Sync connects the teacher and student computers in computer-enabled classrooms, helping teachers guide learning and keeping students focused.

  • Students can learn together by working on group assignments and sharing screens without having to leave their computers
  • English language learners can be paired with English speaking students so they can learn from each other while still working at their own computers
  • Teachers can share content from their computer screen with students, so students can see the lesson material being presented in greater detail
  • Teachers can monitor student computers, help students who need it and keep all students focused on learning
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SMART Ideas concept-mapping software

SMART Ideas software offers many benefits for ELA classrooms.

  • Students can better understand and analyze lesson material by building multilevel concept maps to break down information into smaller pieces
  • Teachers can enhance lessons by adding multimedia files to reinforce and explain concepts
  • Teachers and students can choose from over 2,000 clip art resources, which are resizable and organized by curriculum topic
Content and community
SMART Exchange

SMART Exchange website

The SMART Exchange website is a free resource that helps ELA teachers

  • Save time preparing lessons by easily accessing over 50,000 high-quality interactive learning resources, including 7,000 lessons for English and language arts
  • Connect and share effective teaching strategies with other ELA teachers
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SMART training and professional development

SMART training and professional development helps ELA teachers

  • Reduce their lesson preparation time by learning to effectively use their SMART products, so they can spend more time focused on teaching students
  • Obtain professional development credits – SMART training courses can be applied toward professional development credits

Closing the Achievement Gap: Transforming Learning and Engaging English Language Learners with Technology – available on demand

White papers

SMART develops white papers on a variety of topics to help customers make informed decisions about which products best suit their needs.


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Customer stories

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Get to know the SMART Table

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Find out why the SMART Table interactive learning center has won the hearts of teachers and students around the world. Get to know the SMART Table by checking out our flash demonstration.

SMART Exchange website

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Access easy-to-use, relevant, classroom-ready resources and connect to a growing, vibrant online community on the SMART Exchange website.

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