How SMART solutions can support all students
SMART solutions help you to promote accessibility by providing support for students’ visual, auditory, physical and mobility, and social and communication needs – so it’s easy for all students to participate both academically and socially in class. Find out how our products foster accessibility in each of the areas below.
Accessibility in a SMART-enabled classroom
With SMART solutions, you can create supportive classroom communities where all students have equal access to learning. Our products offer multiple ways for students to express themselves, interact with activities and comprehend concepts. We help you tailor instruction to the needs of each student, so you can create inclusive learning environments where all students can achieve their social and academic goals.
Explore the products that can help you to foster social learning skills in your early years education learning environment. You’ll find information on how our products can help each young learner to succeed regardless of their learning style.
SMART Board 800i interactive whiteboard system
The 800i helps students with additional learning needs
- Stay focused on lessons – the short- or ultra-short-throw projector virtually eliminates distracting or stimulating shadows and glare
- Easily write and interact with digital content using any object, such as a tennis ball, if they have difficulty holding a pen
- Work together simultaneously with students of different learning styles through its multitouch feature
- Develop a social connection with peers
SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system
The 600i helps students with additional learning needs
- By integrating assistive technology with classroom technology
- Reach a number of Individualised Education Plan (IEP) goals
- Become excited about lessons by making those lessons interactive and fun
SMART Notebook collaborative learning software
SMART Notebook software helps students with additional learning needs
- Achieve their learning goals – teachers can modify lessons to incorporate the needs of children with specific learning challenges or Individualised Education Plan (IEP) goals, without singling out individual students
- Understand lessons through compelling visuals and sound clips, which is especially helpful for visual or auditory learners
- Better understand concepts through pictures or interactive elements available in the Gallery
- See digital content – teachers can enlarge font sizes and images to help students with visual impairments see the content
The SMART Classroom
SMART Response interactive response systems
The SMART Response system helps students with additional learning needs
- Easily input their responses using simple handheld remotes (or clickers) with large, colourful buttons and symbols
- Participate in lessons regardless of reading level or degree of fine motor development – the remotes meet universal design for learning standards
- Stay involved in lessons by using the remote's raised symbols and large buttons – especially important for students with visual impairments
SMART Table interactive learning centre
The SMART Table interactive learning centre helps students with additional learning needs to
- Engage in lessons by learning in the same ways in which they play
- By letting them access the SMART Table with assistive devices such as a joystick or switch
- Participate in all types of lessons – the SMART Table supports universal design for learning
- Interact with peers, regardless of their individual learning considerations
SMART Document Camera
The SMART Document Camera helps students with additional learning needs
- Use materials such as sticks or string to spell words or make symbols under the SMART Document Camera if they have difficulty writing
- See even the smallest details by zooming in and enlarging images on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard
- Understand important points by enabling teachers to write on images with digital ink without switching to a new application or tool
SMART Slate wireless slate
The SMART Slate enables teachers to interact with digital content on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard whilst they move around the classroom. It helps students with special needs
- Stay involved in lessons – especially students with reduced mobility
- Participate in lessons without being separated from the general education students
SMART Audio classroom amplification system
The SMART Audio system helps students with additional learning needs
- Focus on lessons and not the ambient noise of the classroom
- Speak up during lessons using an optional second infrared microphone – this is especially useful for students who have reduced mobility
- By enabling speech devices, if compatible, to connect to the microphone input and be amplified through the wall or ceiling speakers
Accessories can enhance your SMART Board interactive whiteboard and help make your learning environment more inclusive.
- The SMART Height-Adjustable Wall Mount ensures that students in wheelchairs or with other assistive devices can still interact with content on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard
- USB extenders can be used to plug in assistive devices, such as joysticks or tablets, so that students of differing abilities can interact with lessons on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard
- A wireless connection can reduce or eliminate cable connections between the interactive whiteboard, classroom computer and students' assistive devices
SMART Notebook Maths Tools software
SMART Notebook Maths Tools helps students with additional learning needs.
- Learn maths concepts in a variety of ways with lessons that can be enhanced to meet various learning styles
- Learn by seeing or doing – teachers can show a single concept using symbols, numbers or visuals
SMART Classroom Suite interactive learning software
SMART Classroom Suite provides teachers with the essential tools to manage classrooms, assess students and encourage collaboration.
- The software helps students stay on track and enables teachers to see every student's desktop
- Teachers can send lesson materials and URLs to students who have difficulty typing
- Teachers can make instant and ongoing assessments
SMART Sync classroom management software
SMART Sync software makes it easy for teachers to share content from their screen with individual students, helping them to see in detail what is being presented. The software also helps students with additional learning needs
- Remain engaged and included in lessons, even if students are working on individual laptops or computers
- See lesson content on their own computer screens, so that students with visual impairments do not have to struggle to read content located at the front of the room
SMART Ideas concept-mapping software
SMART Ideas software offers many benefits for special education learning environments.
- Students can create concept maps using colours and over 2,000 resizable pieces of subject-specific clip art
- Teachers can reinforce concepts by linking to multimedia
Content and community
The SMART Exchange website
The SMART Exchange website is a free resource where special education teachers can
- Find, preview and download lessons from third-party publishers that are geared specifically toward students with additional learning needs
- Search for standards-correlated and subject-specific lessons among the over 50,000 classroom-ready learning resources
- Join an online community of educators from around the world
Training and professional development
Our training and professional development offerings help teachers to
- Adopt SMART products with enthusiasm
- Learn how to use their SMART products effectively
- Reduce preparation time
Find out how you can use SMART products to create inclusive learning environments. Our resources include webinars, stories from educators around the world and white papers.
Engaging students in their learning
Discover how SMART products are helping students with additional learning needs to become more motivated to engage in their learning.
Giving students with autism autonomy over their learning
Find out why having new ways to access learning is empowering students with additional learning needs to take more responsibility for their learning.
Providing new ways to overcome barriers
Learn how SMART products have given students with additional learning needs different ways to demonstrate their knowledge and communicate their needs.
When it comes to success stories, our customers tell them best. From helping educators to improve student learning outcomes to providing firefighters with life-saving simulation training, SMART products help people in all corners of the world collaborate, communicate and learn better than ever.
Smart Inclusion for the 21st Century Classroom
This article discusses the integration of SMART Boards with assistive technology in the classroom. It was published in the December 2010 / January 2011 edition of Closing the Gap magazine.
Smart Adventures in the Classroom
This article examines the use of SMART Boards with what has historically been thought of as "special needs software," set within a framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Differentiated Instruction (DI), Aided Language Stimulation, and the Participation Model (PM). It was published in the August / September 2011 edition of Closing the Gap magazine.
This article discusses the outcome and benefits that the School Board has seen since integrating students with severe additional learning needs into mainstream education and system classrooms throughout the district. It was published in the April / May 2012 edition of Closing the Gap magazine.
SMART Response LE
Discover how SMART Response LE helps students in early years and additional needs education to express themselves, whilst providing teachers with an easy way to gain instant and accurate insight into student understanding.
Get more information on how SMART products can be effectively implemented and can help students with special needs succeed.
SMART has created numerous white papers to help you find the products that best suit your needs. These research documents are easy to read, cover a variety of topics and provide practical, reliable information that assist you in making informed decisions about the technology you implement.
Supporting Behavioural Disorders and Dyslexia on Digital Tables
This study describes how SMART Technologies multi-touch table leverages personal space to help students with behavioural disorders learn together.
Designing Technology to Meet the Needs of All
This study shows how mainstream educational technology, in conjunction with what is generally thought of as "special needs" software/hardware, can act as a catalyst for inclusive classroom practices -"necessary for some good for all". Combining technology with good instruction enhances educational and social participation for all students including those with disabilities.
The Effects of the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard on Secondary School Students with Special Needs in a Functional Mathematics Class
This research project on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard investigated its effect on the achievement of 11 students with additional learning needs in a functional mathematics class. The project concludes that the SMART Board interactive whiteboard appears to be a positive tool for assisting functional maths achievement with these students.
Gains in Self-Efficacy: Using SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Technology in Special Education Classrooms
This project used cognitive/behavioural counselling, social-skills training, and the SMART Board interactive whiteboard to teach students with emotional/behavioural disorders.
Absenteeism: The Learning Gap Solution
This study explored alternative approaches to instructing students when they are absent from class, such as using a SMART Board interactive whiteboard and SMART Bridgit conferencing software.
Helping All Children Learn Action Research Project
This project records a teacher's observations of technology integration with grade three students (ages 8 - 9), including two students with ADHD.
Report on the Use of the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard to Enhance Literacy in Children with Learning Disabilities
This study compared the academic performance of disabled students who learned emergent literacy on a digital whiteboard to that of students who received traditional literacy instruction.
The Aural Enabler: Creating a Way for Children with Additional Learning Needs to Participate in the Classroom Lesson
With a SMART Board interactive whiteboard being used for instruction, this study assesses the language skills of students with additional learning needs in grades three and five (ages 8 to 9 and ages 10 - 11)
SMART Technology Research Project at Dr. Gordon Townsend School
This research paper investigates the SMART Board interactive whiteboard's potential impact on teaching and learning in an environment where many of the students have physical or mental difficulties.
Report on the Use of the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard to Teach Language Arts to Children with Autism and Autistic-like Behaviors
This study compared the use of a SMART Board interactive whiteboard in teaching autistic children language arts to the use of a written newspaper containing identical information.
The Effectiveness of the SMART Board while Instructing Limited English Proficient Learners
This project examined the literacy gains made by students with limited-English proficiency when taught with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard.
Dore Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina
Dore Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina is a school for children with attention and learning disabilities. The school uses SMART Board interactive whiteboards and SMART Ideas concept-mapping software to ensure lessons are highly visual, interactive and engaging.
John F. Kennedy Centre in Hong Kong
John F. Kennedy Centre in Hong Kong uses SMART Board interactive whiteboards to transform learning for special needs students. Students’ attention and retention was improved and lesson planning was streamlined.
The Bridge School in London
The Bridge School in London, United Kingdom teaches students 5 to 19 years old who have Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Severe Learning Disabilities (SLD).
The pen and finger-touch capabilities of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard mean all students can use and benefit from the technology, even students who can't hold a pen.
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Florida is a state-supported residential school for eligible hearing-impaired and visually impaired students from preschool through grade 12. SMART Board interactive whiteboards have improved learning outcomes and brought learning benefits to all students.