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December 22, 2011

SMART names SKC an authorized dealer for the United States

CALGARY, Alberta --- December 22, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that SKC Communications (SKC) has been appointed an authorized SMART dealer for the United States. SKC is an established provider of technology integration solutions for business and higher education, offering a full range of services in unified communication and collaboration technologies such as videoconferencing and telepresence, voice and custom audiovisual (A/V) integration. With its focus on business and higher education, SKC is an ideal addition to SMART’s dealer network and joins more than 280 SMART authorized dealers across North America.

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November 29, 2011

SMART and Cisco Deliver Enhanced Interactive Collaboration

CALGARY, Alberta --- November 29, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that its SMART Board® 600 and 800 series interactive whiteboards and SMART Board interactive displays can now be combined with the Cisco TelePresence® systems to deliver enhanced interactive collaboration. With both companies signing a formal interoperability agreement, customers can integrate the industry-leading Cisco TelePresence experience, using patent-pending Cisco TelePresence Synch, with industry-leading SMART products to offer seamless collaboration in meeting rooms and classrooms. The joint solution is designed to allow real-time collaboration across multiple locations via content sharing, live annotations and telepresence technologies. This adaptable and affordable solution allows customers to split their screen between video and data to ensure no element of the interaction is missed.

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November 22, 2011

Puerto Rico equipping 245 classrooms with SMART education solutions 

CALGARY, Alberta --- November 22, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that the department of education in Puerto Rico will equip 245 classrooms with SMART education solutions. Every classroom will receive a SMART Board® 685ix interactive whiteboard system, a SMART Slatewireless slate, a SMART Document Camera, SMART Notebook Math Tools software and a SMART Audio classroom amplification system. Government officials chose SMART solutions based on the ease of use of all the products and the versatility of learning they provide all students. SMART education solutions are being implemented in cities throughout the territory, in classrooms from kindergarten to twelfth-grade, benefiting thousands of students. It is an important step in the long-term adoption of interactive classroom technology in Puerto Rico.

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November 18, 2011

SMART named a preferred supplier of education solutions in Quebec

CALGARY, Alberta --- November 18, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that it has been named a preferred supplier for a large-scale adoption of classroom ICT (information and communications technology) products in Quebec. The government of Quebec has announced a planned investment of CDN$160 million over the next five years to equip every kindergarten through twelfth-grade classroom – 43,000 in total – with interactive whiteboards and other technology products. School districts will acquire these products through two separate organizations – the Centre Collégial des Services Regroupés (CCSR) and the Centre de Services Partagés du Québec (CSPQ). SMART is the sole supplier of interactive whiteboards to CCSR, and nearly all of Quebec’s 72 school districts are members of that organization. CSPQ has published a catalog for school districts outlining which companies’ products meet the organization’s standards for the purchase of classroom technology solutions. Of the five categories listed, SMART education solutions qualified in four – more than any other interactive whiteboard company.

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November 15, 2011

SMART introduces SMART Board 400 series interactive display overlay

CALGARY, Alberta --- November 15, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the new SMART Board 400 series interactive display overlay. The overlay can be added to virtually any LCD or plasma flat-panel display to enable touch and ink interactivity. It features SMART’s patented DViT® (Digital Vision Touch) technology, which enables effective touch control and an accurate writing experience. DViT technology also supports common multitouch gestures, such as zooming and scrolling, currently recognized by the Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system. The new overlay includes either SMART Meeting Pro software and the SMART GoWireauto-launch cable for business and government customers or SMART Notebookcollaborative learning software for education customers, allowing for more effective collaboration in both meeting spaces and classrooms. It offers simplified installation and a sleek, new design, and replaces three existing products – the SMART Board 300 series interactive display overlay, the SMART Board interactive display frame and Actalyst interactive digital signage. The SMART Board 400 series interactive display overlay is now available globally.

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November 3, 2011

SMART reports second quarter 2012 financial results

  • Revenue of $210.3 million
  • Gross margin of 46%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $49.5 million
  • Adjusted Net Income of $31.2 million
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November 2, 2011

SMART names Tech Depot an authorized reseller for the United States

CALGARY, Alberta --- November 2, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that Tech Depot has been appointed an authorized SMART reseller for the United States. A division of Office Depot® (NYSE: ODP), Tech Depot specializes in technical business solutions through its approximately 1,200 field representatives dedicated to providing a high level of sales and technical support to customers nationwide. Tech Depot joins a network of more than 280 authorized SMART resellers.

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November 1, 2011

Lubbock ISD equips 1,300 additional classrooms with SMART solutions

CALGARY, Alberta --- November 1, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) in Lubbock, Texas, is installing approximately 1,300 SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems and 1,300 SMART Document Cameras. This extensive implementation is the result of a US$198 million bond passed in November 2010, with US$28 million devoted to technology. LISD is installing a SMART Board 680i interactive whiteboard system, featuring the ultra-short-throw SMART UF75 projector, and the SMART Document Camera 330 in all classrooms where core subjects, such as science, math, language arts or social studies, are taught. Additionally, the district is installing 75 SMART Height-Adjustable Wall Mounts in pre-kindergarten classrooms to ensure that younger students have easy access to the interactive whiteboard to engage with digital content. With this installation, LISD has standardized on SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems and SMART Document Cameras. Administrators say they chose the 680i system for its ease of use and for the reduced display shadow of the ultra short-throw UF75 projector. The SMART Document Camera 330 was chosen because it integrates seamlessly with SMART Notebook collaborative learning software and the interactive whiteboard. Combined with earlier adoptions of SMART products, approximately 1,600 LISD pre-kindergarten to twelfth-grade classrooms will be equipped with SMART education solutions when the installation is completed in March 2012.
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October 28, 2011

SMART business solutions now in 16 Microsoft Technology Centers

CALGARY, Alberta --- October 28, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that the company has joined the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) Alliances program. Following a 2010 installation of SMART hardware and software products at the MTC in Irvine, California, SMART was invited to join the Alliances program because its products were recognized as offering interactive capabilities for improved collaboration and business decision making. The SMART Board 8070i interactive display, SMART Board 885ix interactive whiteboard system and SMART Meeting Pro software have since been installed in an additional 10 U.S. and 5 international centers. As a member of the Alliance program, SMART business solutions are now installed in all 11 U.S. MTC locations. With SMART products included in these MTCs, thousands of Microsoft® business customers can learn about the features and benefits of SMART business solutions.

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October 18, 2011

SMART to announce second quarter results

CALGARY, Alberta --- October 18, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that it will report financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2011, after the financial markets close in the United States and Canada on Thursday, November 3, 2011.

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October 17, 2011

SMART surpasses 100 SMART Showcase Schools in EMEA

CALGARY, Alberta --- October 17, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that it has named more than 100 SMART Showcase Schools in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). A total of 104 schools throughout the region have been recognized for using SMART education solutions to effectively support teaching and learning. All the SMART Showcase Schools were chosen for their commitment to integrating SMART’s interactive technology products into classrooms to engage students and improve learning outcomes. Educators at these schools share their experiences with peers in other institutions who are interested in learning more about SMART solutions. The schools have incorporated a variety of SMART products into their classrooms, including the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, SMART Document Camera, SMART Response interactive response system, SMART Audio classroom amplification system, SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, SMART Bridgit conferencing software and SMART Notebook Math Tools software.

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October 6, 2011

SMART Board interactive whiteboards support university students with disabilities

MILAN, IT --- October 6, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of education and collaboration solutions, announces that SMART Board interactive whiteboards have been installed throughout the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia to help promote educational inclusion for students with disabilities. The university has installed over 30 SMART Board interactive whiteboards with an aim to create a stable structure that can help to facilitate the integration of these students, enhancing their study and providing support for passing university exams. The university is a leading higher education institution for ICT and represents one of the largest Italy installs for interactive whiteboards in a university.

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October 3, 2011

SMART opens new office and showroom in Paris

Paris, France --- October 3, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the opening today of its new office in Paris. Situated in Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine department), the office is home to both staff supporting the local French market and staff supporting the broader EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. In total, approximately 40 people will be working in the new office. The office will also house the European showroom with an entire level of the building devoted to the display and demonstration of SMART education and business solutions as well as customer and reseller training. The showroom will be used extensively by SMART staff, resellers and customers.

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September 27, 2011

School district completes largest SMART Board installation in Poland

Calgary, AB --- September 27, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMA) (TSX: SMT), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that the Kujawsko-Pomorski School District has installed more than 2,300 SMART Board interactive whiteboards – the largest single installation of SMART products in Poland to date. The installation in the province of Kujawsko-Pomorski in north-central Poland is part of a province-wide project to equip classrooms with interactive technology products. District administrators affirmed that the large-scale installation will help educators provide equal learning opportunities for children from different backgrounds and with diverse learning styles, and that it will support the district’s goal of enabling learners to begin using interactive technology at an early age.

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September 26, 2011

SMART appoints HCL Infosystems as an authorized distributor for India

NEW DELHI, India --- September 26, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, and HCL Infosystems Ltd., India’s premier ICT system integration, services, hardware and distribution company,  today  announced that HCL Infosystems has been named an authorized SMART distributor for India. SMART’s best known product is the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, the world’s first interactive whiteboard and still the most popular by a large margin over its nearest competitor. HCL Infosystems will also operate as an authorized distributor of SMART products throughout South Asia, including Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Through its extensive reseller network, the company will also provide after-sale support for SMART products.

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September 22, 2011

Charleston County School District Adds 3,500 SMART Document Cameras

CALGARY, Alberta --- September 22, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that Charleston County School District (CCSD) in Charleston, South Carolina, has installed more than 3,500 SMART Document Cameras. In the current school year, teachers will begin using Mixed Reality Tools, a feature of the SMART Document Camera 330, which enables the presentation of 2D, 3D, text, animation and audio-enriched content on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. CCSD officials say they chose the SMART Document Camera 330 for its ease of use and seamless integration with the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. Over the past five years, CCSD has installed more than 3,500 SMART Board interactive whiteboards throughout the district and three years ago chose to standardize on SMART. The district has adopted several other SMART products to enhance their technology-enabled learning environments, including the SMART Response interactive response system, SMART Classroom Suiteinteractive learning software, SMART Ideas concept mapping software and the SMART Slate wireless slate.  

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September 14, 2011

SMART adds four new models to collaboration systems for business

CALGARY, Alberta --- September 14, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces four new models of collaboration systems for business. These systems offer users full functionality to whiteboard, browse the Web and view PDF files, and engage in remote and local collaboration with no need for a dedicated in-room computer. A built-in appliance in each of the systems provides an intuitive, walk-up-and-use experience, enabling users to quickly start their meetings. The four new systems include the SMART Board 885ixe interactive whiteboard system, the SMART Board 885ie interactive whiteboard system, the SMART Board 880ie interactive whiteboard system and the SMART Board 8070ie interactive display. Each features SMART Meeting Pro software and the SMART GoWire auto-launch cable, which allows a user to quickly and easily connect a laptop to the system in order to share files, launch programs, open documents, brainstorm and save notes. Data cannot be saved to the appliance, ensuring enhanced network security. Users are not required to log on under personal credentials to access files and software, and the system is immune to spyware and malware. The four new appliance-based collaboration systems for business are now available to customers in North America and will be available in all other markets in October 2011.

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September 6, 2011

SMART to present at Deutsche Bank 2011 Technology Conference

CALGARY, Alberta — September 6, 2011 — SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that Drew Fitch, Vice President, Finance and CFO, is scheduled to present at the Deutsche Bank 2011 Technology Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

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September 1, 2011

SMART introduces entry-level SMART Board to North America

CALGARY, Alberta – September 1, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the SMART Board 400 series interactive whiteboard for education customers in North America. The 400 series comprises the SMART Board 480 interactive whiteboard and the SMART Board 480iv interactive whiteboard system with the SMART V25 projector. The 480 and 480iv extend the company’s interactive whiteboard product line, which includes the SMART Board 600 series interactive whiteboard and the SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard. Using SMART’s patented DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology, the 400 series offers a rich user experience, recognizing both pen and finger inputs, and enables teachers and students to easily interact with digital content.  

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August 23, 2011

Prairie Valley Schools use SMART Table to engage early learners

CALGARY, Alberta --- August 23, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that the Prairie Valley School Division (PVSD) in Saskatchewan, Canada, has adopted the SMART Table interactive learning center for all of its 38 kindergarten classrooms. PVSD began installing the SMART Table in September 2010, as a means of engaging early learners, keeping them interested in the curriculum and introducing them to classroom technology in small groups. Because the SMART Table interactive learning center is mobile, teachers are also using it in many of their pre-kindergarten and first-grade classes. According to PVSD teachers, students as young as three years of age adapt to the SMART Table quite naturally, sorting shapes and identifying colors while learning to take turns and developing early social skills. Others use activities their teachers have downloaded from the SMART Exchange website (exchange.smarttech.com), an online community that features more than 250 subject- and grade-specific activity packs designed for use on the SMART Table, along with thousands of other SMART Table activities. SMART introduced the SMART Table interactive learning center in 2008 as the world’s first multitouch, multiuser interactive learning center designed specifically for early learners. Using the SMART Table enables groups of early education students to work simultaneously on one surface, helping them to build cognitive, social and fine motor skills, while providing access to all students, including those with special needs.

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August 19, 2011

SMART announces share repurchase plan

CALGARY, Alberta --- August 19, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase plan and normal course issuer bid. Under the terms of the plan and subject to the receipt of regulatory approval from the Canadian securities administrators, SMART is authorized to purchase up to 4,000,000 of its Class A Subordinate Voting Shares (the "Class A Shares"), or approximately 9% of its public float of 41,612,849 Class A Shares in the open market at prevailing market prices over a 12-month period commencing August 25, 2011 and ending August 24, 2012, as conditions warrant. As of August 18, 2011, there were 44,308,596 Class A Shares issued and outstanding.

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August 17, 2011

SMART headquarters achieves LEED Gold standard certification

CALGARY, Alberta --- August 17, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that its headquarters has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard certification. The designation is part of an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies intended to save energy, use water efficiently, reduce CO2 emissions and improve indoor and outdoor environmental quality. The decision to build SMART’s headquarters to meet a LEED Gold standard evolved naturally from discussions to determine the kind of space that would create the best working environment for all staff, while minimizing the environmental impact. The company has employed environmentally responsible strategies throughout its 24-year history, and LEED Gold certification was viewed as one more element in this evolution. Construction on the 19,602 m2 (211,000 sq. ft.) building began in 2006 and was completed in August 2009.

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August 9, 2011

SMART reports first quarter 2012 financial results

  • Revenue of $202.4 million
  • Gross margin of 49.6%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $47.2 million
  • Net Income: $23.0 million GAAP; $27.8 million non-GAAP
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August 5, 2011

SMART introduces SMART Podium 500 series interactive pen display

CALGARY, Alberta --- August 5, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the new SMART Podium 500 series. The SMART Podium 518 and 524 interactive pen displays provide the functionality of a SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard, optimized for individual use, and enable business users and educators to turn any work area or classroom into an interactive collaboration space. The new widescreen, high-definition (HD) series features SMART’s patented DViT™ (Digital Vision Touch) technology, enabling accurate digital writing and an interactive experience. Both the 518 and 524 models are high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) compliant to ensure safe transfer of files. Because the tethered pen is the point of contact, users can rest their hand on the interactive display while writing notes or interacting with content while the Smooth Tilt Stand enables users to adjust the angle for a more natural writing experience. The SMART Podium 500 series will begin shipping globally by the end of October 2011.

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August 4, 2011

SMART introduces SMART Projector Care program

CALGARY, Alberta --- August 4, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the SMART Projector Care program, a service program that gives fast and reliable support to education customers who purchase a SMART projector as part of their SMART Board interactive whiteboard system. The SMART Projector Care program makes it simple and efficient for technology directors to maintain their projector implementations. Upon registration, education customers will receive an extended warranty on projector lamps, access to specially trained projector technicians who can troubleshoot and resolve technical issues, rapid repair turnaround and preferential pricing for lamps, upgrades and spare projectors. Education customers also receive a complimentary upgrade to SMART Projector Care Plus, a premium service that offers all the features of the SMART Projector Care program and two upgraded options – expedited shipping and advanced projector replacement, which guarantees replacement projectors will be shipped within 24 hours. The SMART Projector Care program is now available globally at no charge for education customers.

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July 26 2011

SMART to announce first quarter results

CALGARY, Alberta — July 26, 2011 — SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that it will report financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2011, after the financial markets close in the United States and Canada on Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

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July 25, 2011

SMART announces global agreement with Alcatel-Lucent

CALGARY, Alberta --- July 25, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces a global agreement with Alcatel-Lucent. Under the agreement, SMART’s business products are integrated with Alcatel-Lucent’s My Teamwork multimedia, multiparty business communications solution to provide a new visual collaboration solution for enterprise meeting spaces. The integrated solution is designed to deliver improved employee engagement and better customer service while reducing costs for true collaborative visual communications.

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July 5, 2011

SMART names three international SMART Showcase Schools

CALGARY, Alberta --- July 5, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the appointment of three new international SMART Showcase Schools. Imatrankoski School in Finland, Eiksmarka School in Norway and OLV Pulhof Institute in Belgium are the first schools to be recognized in their respective countries for their effective use of SMART products. Each school has demonstrated dedication to integrating SMART products into their daily teaching and learning to engage learners and enhance interactivity for all students. Educators at the three schools will now share their experiences with other educators who are interested in exploring the benefits of using SMART education solutions in the classroom.

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June 27, 2011

SMART Vantage offers new insight into classroom technology use

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania --- June 27, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces SMART Vantage technology-management software, an easy-to-use software application that provides key data to administrators and technology directors so they can manage and understand how SMART Boardinteractive whiteboards and projectors are being used. Simply by logging in to the web-based interface, educational and IT administrators can access data on all aspects of SMART Board interactive whiteboard and projector use in individual classrooms, throughout schools and across entire districts. This comprehensive information provides valuable insight into technology use, enabling administrators to reduce operating and maintenance costs, decrease hardware downtime and make more informed decisions about professional development opportunities. SMART Vantage technology-management software will be available in two modules – a Manage and Report module that manages SMART Board interactive whiteboards and SMART projectors, and a Manage, Report and Integrate module that manages SMART products and third-party projectors. A beta version of the software will be available in North America beginning July 20, 2011. Full versions of both the Manage and Report and the Manage, Report and Integrate modules will be available on an annual subscription basis in North America in October 2011 and in all other markets in the spring of 2012.

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June 27, 2011

Announcing new SMART Response VE for internet-enabled devices

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania--- June 27, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the SMART Response VE interactive response system, part of the growing SMART Response product line. It enables students to log in to assessments from any Internet-enabled device, including tablets, such as the Apple iPad and Blackberry® Playbook, smartphones, including the iPhone and BlackBerry, the iPod Touch, a home computer or a laptop. Students can access teacher-created assessments, respond to questions and receive immediate feedback. As with all models in the SMART Response product line, SMART Response VE integrates seamlessly with SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, consolidating lesson creation, delivery and assessment within one application. SMART Response VE is offered on an annual subscription basis and will be available in North America on July 20, 2011, and globally in the fall of 2011.

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June 27, 2011

Updates to SMART education software titles enhance classroom experience

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania --- June 27, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces updates for four education software titles: SMART Notebook 10.8 collaborative learning software, SMART Response 2011 interactive response software, SMART Sync 2011 classroom management software and SMART Classroom Suite 2011 interactive learning software. For the first time, SMART is providing a consolidated update for multiple software titles. This enables administrators to quickly and easily update all of their SMART software titles simultaneously, allowing for full use of the latest features across numerous applications. The consolidated update will be available globally at no cost to existing customers by the end of July 2011. Going forward, the company will release a consolidated education software update annually.

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June 22, 2011

SMART appoints David B. Sutcliffe to its board of directors

CALGARY, Alberta --- June 22, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the appointment of David B. Sutcliffe to its board of directors. Mr. Sutcliffe is a recognized technology industry executive whose career spans three decades across various executive functions. As CEO of a public company for six years and now a corporate director, Mr. Sutcliffe currently holds board positions with Sierra Wireless Inc., a provider of mobile broadband modems, and Ballard Power Systems Inc., a global leader in fuel cell technology. Mr. Sutcliffe will chair the corporate governance and nominating committee and sit on the audit and compensation committees.

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June 21, 2011

SMART continues to be preferred supplier of interactive whiteboards in Italy

MILAN, IT --- June 21, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc.(NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that it continues to be the preferred supplier of interactive whiteboards in Italy. According to Futuresource Consulting, an independent research company that has been tracking interactive whiteboard sales since 2004, SMART remains the leading supplier with over 23,400 SMART Board interactive whiteboards sold in Italy. In 2010, SMART sold over 8,500 interactive whiteboards into the country and at the end of that year accounted for 46.4 percent of Italy’s product category share. As the global product category leader, SMART recently announced the installation of its two millionth SMART Board interactive whiteboard. The company has been selling interactive collaboration products to Italian customers, both in education and business, for over 10 years.

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June 8, 2011

SMART to launch online content store

Washington, DC --- June 8, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces an e-commerce store on the SMART Exchange website (exchange.smarttech.com). The store will provide a repository of content and applications created by education publishers and available for purchase online. Already one of the world’s fastest growing online education communities with more than 50,000 digital resources, the SMART Exchange has recorded almost 10 million visits and 52 million page views since the website was launched in September 2009. The addition of a store to the SMART Exchange will add even more content, giving educators greater options for creating engaging lessons. Education publishers are invited to create content for the store, including lesson activities for SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, gallery manipulatives for use on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, and content and applications for the SMART Tableinteractive learning center. When visitors to the SMART Exchange website search for relevant content, they will see both free content and subject-related publisher titles that can be previewed and purchased online via the store. Publisher-created content will be accredited by the SMART Software and Content Accreditation Program (SCAP), ensuring that every title is compatible with the SMART Board interactive whiteboard or another SMART hardware product. The store for the SMART Exchange will be available in the United States and Canada in the spring of 2012, with planned expansion to other countries. Publishers interested in developing content for the store can find more information by visiting the SMART Ecosystem Network (smarttech.com/ecosystem).

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June 2, 2011

SMART appoints second authorized distributor for Russian Federation

MOSCOW, Russia --- June 2, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that Digital Systems of Moscow has been appointed an authorized SMART distributor for the Russian Federation. Digital Systems joins Polymedia as the second authorized SMART distributor in Russia to support SMART education and business solutions, offer customer consultation and product installation, and provide customer support through its technical staff.

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June 1, 2011

SMART appoints Robert Hagerty as Lead Director

CALGARY, Alberta --- June 1, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the appointment of Robert C. Hagerty as Lead Director. Mr. Hagerty has been a director of SMART since June 2010. In addition to his role as Lead Director, Mr. Hagerty also heads SMART’s compensation committee and is on the audit committee.

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May 25, 2011

SMART introduces next-generation interactive whiteboard system

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 25, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the fifth-generation SMART Board interactive whiteboard system. The new interactive whiteboard system, featuring the ultra-short-throw standard SMART UF75 or widescreen SMART UF75w projectors, is available with the SMART Board 400i, 600i and 800i series. The SMART UF75 offers a bright, crisp image and is the first projector from SMART that is both 3D- and high definition-ready. The integrated SMART UF75 projector mounts to the wall directly above the interactive whiteboard and offers a throw distance of just 23.5” (59.7 cm), improving picture quality and reducing shadows and glare. The new 600i and 800i interactive whiteboard systems are now available in North America and will be available globally on May 30, 2011. The new 400i interactive whiteboard system will be available May 30, 2011, in countries throughout EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), Asia Pacific, Latin America and Mexico.

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May 24, 2011

SMART to present at upcoming investor conferences

CALGARY, Alberta — May 24, 2011 — SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that Nancy Knowlton, President and CEO, is scheduled to present at the following investor conferences in June:

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May 24, 2011

First SMART Showcase School named in the United Arab Emirates

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ---  May 24, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that the Universal American School (UAS) in Dubai has been named the first SMART Showcase School in the United Arab Emirates. The K–12 school was chosen because of its outstanding use of SMART products, including SMART Board interactive whiteboards and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, demonstrating how UAS teachers and administrators have embraced SMART products to enhance teaching and learning. With SMART Board interactive whiteboards in 90 percent of classrooms, and with SMART Notebook software installed on more than 200 computers, teachers are using the award-winning software to deliver interactive lessons across all grades and a wide range of subject areas.

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May 20, 2011

SMART increases interactive whiteboard product category share

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 20, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that it has increased its category share in the United States and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), according to data released by Futuresource Consulting, a leading independent global research company that tracks interactive whiteboard sales. Specifically, SMART increased its category share in the United States to 63.1 percent for the 12-month period ended March 31, 2011, up almost 3 percentage points from the same period last year. In EMEA, the company’s market share increased to 43.8 percent, compared to 41.5 percent last year.

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May 18, 2011

SMART reports full year and fourth quarter 2011 financial results

·         Full year revenue of $790.1 million, up 22% year-over-year

·         Strong sales of attachment products, up 47% year-over-year

·         Annual gross margin of 49.5%

·         Full year Adjusted EBITDA of $185.8 million; Adjusted EBITDA margin of 23%

·         Annual Adjusted Net Income of $85.5 million, up 44% year-over-year

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May 17, 2011

Apple iPad application for SMART Bridgit conferencing software

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 17, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces an application (app) for SMART Bridgit conferencing software, the first app from SMART specifically designed to work on the Apple iPad. Using any 3G or Wi-Fi® Internet connection, app users can create and join collaborative meetings from anywhere to connect with local and remote participants in real time. The iPad application for SMART Bridgit conferencing software is now available globally in English and can be downloaded at no charge via the Apple App Store.

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May 16, 2011

SMART installs two millionth SMART Board interactive whiteboard

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 16, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the installation of its two millionth SMART Board interactive whiteboard. To mark the milestone, SMART is donating the two millionth interactive whiteboard to Douglas Harkness School (DHS) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the city where SMART was founded in 1987 and remains headquartered. The donation consists of a SMART Board 885ix interactive whiteboard system with an integrated, ultra-short-throw SMART UX60 projector and a full day of complimentary training for up to 15 DHS educators. The achievement of the two millionth install adds to a year of product and company milestones for SMART. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the sale of the world’s first interactive whiteboard, and SMART recently recorded the five millionth registered user of version 10 of its SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. It took 17 years for the company to reach the one-million unit milestone and then less than three more years to reach two million units.

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May 10, 2011

SMART names Vice President, Asia Pacific

CALGARY, Alberta --- May 10, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the appointment of Al Monro as Vice President, Asia Pacific. The creation of this senior role reinforces SMART’s commitment to providing strength and direction in this important market. Monro brings more than 27 years’ experience to the role, including 9 years as CEO of SMART’s wholly owned subsidiary, the New Zealand-based NextWindow. His considerable knowledge of Asia Pacific (APAC) markets and opportunities, and of global new-product introduction, makes him an excellent fit to lead SMART’s business in APAC at the executive level. Monro will report to SMART President and Chief Operating Officer, Tom Hodson.

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April 27, 2011

SMART to announce full year and fourth quarter results

CALGARY, Alberta — April 27, 2011 — SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that it will report financial results for its full fiscal year and fourth quarter ended March 31, 2011, after the financial markets close in the United States and Canada on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

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April 26, 2011

Dante Alighieri named first SMART Showcase School in Brazil

SÃO PAULO, Brazil --- April 26, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces that Dante Alighieri School in São Paulo, Brazil, has been named the first Brazillian SMART Showcase School. Dante Alighieri was chosen for its dedication to improving learning outcomes by using SMART products in outstanding ways. The school is equipped with 115 SMART Board interactive whiteboards installed in classrooms, laboratories, music rooms and faculty meeting rooms, and most teachers use SMART Notebook collaborative learning software on a daily basis to create and deliver interactive lessons. Dante Alighieri will be formally recognized as a SMART Showcase School during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held today in the school courtyard.

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April 15, 2011

SMART names first Showcase School in Russia

Moscow, Russia --- April 15, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces that Gymnasium No1518 in Moscow, Russia, has been named the first SMART Showcase School of the Russian Federation. The state secondary school is equipped with SMART products including SMART Board interactive whiteboards and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. According to school officials, 80 percent of the 850 students use SMART products regularly, and the majority of teachers use the award-winning SMART Notebook software on a daily basis to create and deliver interactive lessons. Administrators began installing SMART Board interactive whiteboards in 2002. Based on positive teacher and student feedback, they continued purchasing and installing these and other SMART products over the following years. Today, there is a total of 48 SMART Board interactive whiteboards throughout the school – one in every classroom.

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April 13, 2011

Willem-Alexander named first SMART Showcase School in Netherlands

Rijssen, the Netherlands --- April 13, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces that Willem-Alexander School in Rijssen has been named the first SMART Showcase School in the Netherlands. The elementary school has received this recognition as a result of its outstanding use of SMART products, including the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, SMART Response™ interactive response systems and other SMART education solutions. Administrators and teachers at Willem-Alexander have been working collectively to become a SMART Showcase School for several years. The school started installing SMART products in 2004 and now has ten SMART Board interactive whiteboards installed – nearly one in every classroom for the school’s 285 students.

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April 7, 2011

Large public school district in Texas standardizes on SMART

CALGARY, Alberta --- April 7, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) in Corpus Christi, Texas, has standardized on SMART products. Following the approval of a local bond issue aimed at financing increased use of classroom technology, CCISD undertook a review of interactive whiteboards and related products from a number of providers and chose to standardize on SMART. Over the past year, CCISD has installed over 450 SMART Board 685ix interactive whiteboard systems with attached speakers. The systems are a mixture of wall-mounted units, units using the mobile floor stand to enable movement between classrooms and others equipped with the SMART Height-Adjustable Wall Mount to ensure that all teachers and students, particularly in the district’s elementary schools, have access to the interactive whiteboard to engage with digital content. Additionally, middle school and high school teachers at CCISD teaching mathematics and science are using 350 SMART Document Cameras to explore and display images. CCISD administrators cited return on investment, the intuitive touch technology offered by the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, the ease of use of SMART Notebook collaborative learning software and the abundance of content available on the SMART Exchange website as reasons for choosing SMART.

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March 23, 2011

Sixth largest school district in Canada chooses SMART

CALGARY, Alberta --- March 23, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces that Edmonton Public Schools (EPS), in Edmonton, Alberta, continues to add SMART products to classrooms. EPS first began installing SMART Board interactive whiteboards in 2007 following a proof of concept implementation. Today, EPS has nearly 3,000 interactive whiteboards installed in classrooms throughout the district with a goal to equip each of its 4,000 classrooms. In addition to SMART Board interactive whiteboards, the district has installed more than 500 SMART Document Cameras, more than 100 SMART Response interactive response systems and approximately 100 SMART Slate wireless slates.

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March 10, 2011

Kenmore Middle School named first SMART Showcase School of the Year

CALGARY, Alberta --- March 10, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces that Kenmore Middle School (KMS) in Arlington, Virginia, has been named the first SMART Showcase School of the Year. KMS uses a wide variety of SMART hardware and software products and standardized on both SMART Board interactive whiteboards and SMART Response interactive response systems in 2004. The school has four SMART Exemplary Educators on staff and, in 2010, hosted more than 300 visitors seeking information on how SMART products can be used to support teaching and learning. The school also hosted the third annual SUCCESS conference, a mid-Atlantic II area conference promoting the effective integration of SMART products in classrooms. KMS focuses on arts and communications technology, and its teachers use a variety of SMART hardware and software products to deliver the Arlington middle school curriculum in an innovative and engaging manner. KMS will be formally recognized as the 2011 SMART Showcase School of the Year at a ceremony taking place today at the school.

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March 10, 2011

SMART appoints two new distributors for Caribbean and Latin America

CALGARY, Alberta --- March 10, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces the appointment of two new distributors for Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) to support its rapidly growing business and expanding opportunities throughout the region. SMART has named Distecna, located in Buenos Aries, Argentina, and Nexsys Latin America, of Bogotá, Colombia, as regional SMART distributors. Effective immediately, Distecna will provide support to authorized SMART dealers throughout Argentina, while Nexsys Latin America will serve authorized dealers throughout the region, excluding Brazil and Mexico. Distecna and Nexsys Latin America join two existing distributors – Conesul, which supports Brazil, and Videonet, which serves Central America and Mexico. Authorized SMART dealers throughout CALA can order products through one of these four regional distributors.

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February 22, 2011

SMART to present at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference

CALGARY, Alberta — February 22, 2011 — SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that Nancy Knowlton, President and CEO, will present at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference being held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.

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February 14, 2011

SMART intends to vigorously defend Canadian Class Action 

SMART Technologies Inc. ("SMART") (TSX: SMA) (NASDAQ: SMT), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that it has become aware that a class proceeding ("Class Action") has been commenced in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on behalf of purchasers of shares of SMART in the July 2010 initial public offering of 38.8 million shares.

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February 8, 2011

SMART reports third quarter 2011 financial results

·         Revenue of $180.9 million, up 16% year-over-year

·         Strong sales of attachment products, up 54% year-over-year

·         Gross margin of 48%

·         Adjusted EBITDA of $34.0 million

·         Net Income: $12.5 million GAAP; $15.9 million non-GAAP

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February 2, 2011

SMART to present at upcoming investor conferences

CALGARY, Alberta --- February 2, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that Nancy Knowlton, President and CEO, is scheduled to present at the following investor conferences in February:

  • Stifel Nicolaus 2011 Technology, Communications & Internet Conference, San Francisco, CA

      Presentation: Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 8:35 a.m. PT

  • Deutsche Bank Securities Small and Mid Cap Conference, Naples, FL

      Presentation: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. ET

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February 2, 2011

Two new SMART collaboration systems available globally

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands --- February 2, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces two SMART collaboration systems for business, fully integrated solutions designed to enhance collaboration in interactive meeting spaces. There are two SMART collaboration systems, one with the SMART Board 885ix interactive whiteboard system and one with the SMART Board 8070i interactive display. Both systems ship with SMART Meeting Pro 2.2 software and the SMART GoWire auto-launch cable, which also comes with SMART Meeting Pro software. Both the SMART Board 885ix interactive whiteboard system and the SMART Board 8070i interactive display support common multitouch gestures currently recognized in the Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system. Using SMART’s patented DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology, the interactive whiteboard system and the interactive display deliver an exceptional multitouch, multiuser writing experience, enabling two users to create and interact with digital content simultaneously. The 885ix and 8070i also offer object awareness, a feature that provides an intuitive experience and enables users to interact with digital content using their fingers, pens, fists or erasers interchangeably. Both SMART collaboration systems for business are now available globally.

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February 1, 2011

New SMART Notebook 10.7 features enhance collaboration

ORLANDO, Florida --- February 1, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces SMART Notebook 10.7 collaborative learning software. The latest version of the award-winning software supports multiuser writing and common multitouch gestures, including one- and two-finger gestures like pinching, zooming and tossing. Version 10.7 also supports freestyle interaction and object awareness. Freestyle interaction enables two students to work together on the same interactive lesson and perform different tasks simultaneously, such as writing with digital ink and manipulating digital objects, anywhere on the surface of the SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard. Object awareness enables users to interact with digital content using their fingers, pens, fists or erasers interchangeably. Version 10.7 will be available for download in March 2011 at no additional cost to licensed SMART Notebook software users.

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January 25, 2011

SMART to announce third quarter results

CALGARY, Alberta --- January 25, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that it will report financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2010, after the financial markets close in the United States and Canada on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

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January 17, 2011

Quebec district standardizes on SMART Board interactive whiteboards

CALGARY, Alberta --- January 17, 2011 --- SMART Technologies announces that Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB) in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, is standardizing on SMART Board interactive whiteboards. CSMB first introduced SMART Board interactive whiteboards in 2008 as part of a pilot program that saw classrooms in two elementary schools equipped with interactive whiteboards from SMART and a competitor. Educators noted increased student motivation and engagement in the classrooms where SMART products were used, so they decided to standardize on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. The district currently has more than 300 SMART Board interactive whiteboards installed in classrooms and plans to implement an additional 1,000 in the coming months.

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January 12, 2011

SMART Board interactive whiteboard reaches 20-year milestone

LONDON, UK --- January 12, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the 20-year anniversary of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. SMART conceptualized its touch-enabled SMART Board interactive whiteboard in 1986, and in 1991, its first commercial version of the product was launched. Since then, SMART has developed a comprehensive range of easy-to-use, touch- and gesture-enabled solutions that facilitate effective learning and collaboration. SMART’s commitment to Touch Recognition, multitouch and gesture-driven systems ensures an intuitive user experience for both education and business users. With a portfolio of more than 65 issued patents and more than 385 patents pending, SMART continues to develop innovative products to meet the evolving needs of users. Its line of interactive whiteboards today includes the 400 series, the 600 series and the 800 series. It also has a line of SMART Board interactive displays and the SMART Table interactive learning center, as well as a variety of complementary products and services. According to Futuresource Consulting, an independent global research company that has tracked interactive whiteboard sales for more than nine years, SMART continues to lead the global interactive whiteboard product category with a 47 percent share as of September 30, 2010, more than double SMART’s nearest competitor. Today approximately 8 percent of the world’s classrooms have an interactive whiteboard. The adoption rates in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada are approximately 73, 36 and 26 percent, respectively, according to Futuresource Consulting. SMART Board interactive whiteboards are used by more than 1.5 million teachers and more than 30 million students worldwide.

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January 12, 2011

SMART announces next generation classroom amplification systems

CALGARY, Alberta --- January 12, 2011 --- SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces the SMART Audio 340 and 360 classroom amplification systems. With speakers installed throughout the classroom, the 340 and 360 systems amplify teacher and student voices, reducing teacher vocal strain, and ensuring that everyone can clearly hear what is being said from anywhere in the room. SMART Audio 340 features seamless integration with SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. Touching the SMART Audio icon found in SMART Notebook software brings up an intuitive user interface that enables educators to control up to five separate audio inputs with the touch of a finger. Adjusting the volume is quick and simple, saving valuable class time while maintaining lesson flow. SMART Audio 360 is designed for educators who do not currently use SMART Notebook software. The system includes a wall-mounted control unit that features an LCD screen and control dial that enables users to access and adjust settings. Both the SMART Audio 340 and 360 classroom amplification systems are expected to begin shipping globally in the summer of 2011.

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January 11, 2011

SMART appoints authorized distributor for Germany and Austria

BONN, Germany --- January 11, 2011 --- SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces that Ingram Micro Distribution GmbH, a global leader in information technology (IT) distribution, has been named as a SMART authorized distributor for Germany and Austria. With the largest IT distribution center in Europe, Ingram Micro Distribution GmbH is well positioned to provide fast and efficient distribution of SMART hardware products to resellers for business and education customers in both countries. The Ingram Micro logistics center, located in Dornach, Germany, will assume all order processing, warehousing, shipping and invoicing associated with SMART hardware products throughout the region beginning January 2011.

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January 10, 2011

SMART Notebook Express now available globally

LONDON, UK --- January 10, 2011 --- SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces that its SMART Notebook Express web application, a lightweight version of the award-winning SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, is now available globally. SMART Notebook Express enables educators to open, edit, save and share .notebook files from anywhere, at any time, regardless of whether they have access to the Internet. Depending on their needs, users can access SMART Notebook Express online by visiting express.smarttech.com or offline by downloading SMART Notebook Express to their desktops. Both versions offer the same intuitive user interface. Educators who do not otherwise have access to SMART Notebook software will now be able to use SMART Notebook Express to open and interact with SMART Notebook lessons for use in their classrooms and to share those lessons with colleagues, students and parents. SMART Notebook Express is now available globally at no cost via express.smarttech.com.

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January 5, 2011

SMART announces country director, India and South Asia

CALGARY, Alberta --- January 5, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced the appointment of Sanjiv Pande to the newly created position of country director, India and South Asia. Pande will be based in Delhi, India, with a mandate to develop new business and education opportunities for SMART throughout India and South Asia. He will manage in-country SMART staff and oversee the operations and product sales of distributors and dealers. The creation of this senior-level role reinforces SMART’s commitment to this important market. Pande has a bachelor’s degree in engineering electronics from MS University in Baroda, Gujarat, and brings more than 20 years of experience in IT and education to the role. He reports to SMART President and Chief Operating Officer, Tom Hodson.

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January 5, 2011

SMART to present at upcoming investor conferences

CALGARY, Alberta — January 5, 2011 — SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced that Nancy Knowlton, President and CEO, is scheduled to present at the following investor conferences in January:

  • 13th Annual Needham Growth Conference, New York, NY

        Presentation: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 10:40 a.m. ET

  • CIBC 2011 Whistler Institutional Investor Conference, Whistler, BC

        Presentation: Thursday, January 20, 2011, at 8:35 a.m. PT

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January 5, 2011

Free membership offers enhanced SMART Exchange experience

CALGARY, Alberta --- January 5, 2011 --- SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces a number of enhancements to the SMART Exchange website. Users of SMART’s rapidly growing online community will soon have the opportunity to login as registered members, enabling them to access exclusive features designed to simplify and enhance file sharing and networking. Once registered, members will continue to have full access to more than 51,000 digital resources and interactive lesson activities, including those created by SMART, publishers and other educators. Members will also have their own My Resources area where they can edit, delete or replace their uploaded files at any time. Through the My Resources area, members will be able to view all files they have shared, including how many other members have downloaded or recommended them. In November 2010, SMART began compiling accredited third-party software and content in a designated Accredited Titles section of the SMART Exchange website, giving users quick and easy access to even more digital resources. Registering for the website also gives members access to the SMART Learning Space (learningspace.smarttech.com), a virtual learning environment launched in October 2010 where users can access, register for and manage SMART online training courses. Registration for membership to the SMART Exchange website is free of charge and will begin in February 2011.

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