SMART Board interactive whiteboards invigorate teaching and enhance learning
CALGARY, Alberta --- September 13, 2007 --- SMART Technologies announces that several San Francisco Bay Area school districts have recognized the importance of 21st-century classroom technology and are installing SMART Board™ interactive whiteboardsat a steady rate. Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD), Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) and Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) are among the Bay Area districts that have started the systematic adoption of SMART products. SUHSD began installing SMART Board interactive whiteboards last September and, by this fall, will have installed more than 100. FSUSD had already installed more than 226 SMART Board interactive whiteboards and added another 24 over the summer. PAUSD, a district with only 3 SMART Board interactive whiteboards last year, installed 27 this summer. Technology coordinators from the three districts cited improved student engagement as the main reason behind the addition of SMART products to their classrooms.
The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is a large touch-sensitive screen connected to a computer and a digital projector, allowing teachers to display their computer desktop on the interactive whiteboard. Teachers can control any computer application or multimedia platform, write over applications in digital ink and then save, print or post their notes to a website for future reference. The SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system, which includes a SMART Board interactive whiteboard, a built-in projector and an audio system, is the most popular addition to the Bay Area classrooms. Many of these districts have also started to integrate other SMART products, including the Senteo™ interactive response system, the AirLiner™ wireless slate and the Sympodium™ interactive pen display.
“We chose SMART for its history, its leadership in classroom technology, and its easy-to-use products,” says Bob Fishtrom, former technology resource teacher for SUHSD and current vice-principal at Carlmont High School. “SMART Board interactive whiteboards have our teachers excited about teaching and our students more highly engaged in learning.”
“We knew we had an effective piece of technology when kids would come during lunch and on their break period to see what was going on in the classes with the SMART Board interactive whiteboards,” says Rick Stevens, coordinator, educational technology and independent study at FSUSD. “It caught on like wildfire – soon the English, math and ESL classes all wanted SMART Board interactive whiteboards.”
“SMART products enhance the opportunity for teachers to use technology in powerful ways,” says Marie Scigliano, director of technology at PAUSD. “It’s the ability to combine teaching, the Web and other resources, plus having the ability to archive the whole lesson for student review after class or from home if the student is absent.”
“These districts recognize the tremendous benefits of integrating the latest technology into their classrooms,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “The adoption of SMART Board interactive whiteboards and other SMART products highlights their commitment to teaching excellence and to giving their students the skills to prepare them for life in the 21st century.”
About Sequoia Union High District
Sequoia Union High School District is located between San Francisco and San Jose. It consists of 5 high schools, an adult school and a summer school.
About Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District caters to the cities of Fairfield and Suisan, which are located between San Francisco and Sacramento. It consists of 5 high schools, 5 middle schools, 17 elementary schools and an adult school.
About Palo Alto Unified School District
Palo Alto Unified School District is located north of San Jose and 30 miles south of San Francisco. It consists of 12 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 high schools an adult school, a preschool and a hospital school (a collaboration with Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital).
SMART Technologies ULC is both the industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in user-friendly interactive whiteboards and group collaboration tools. The award-winning line of SMART Board interactive whiteboards is the most widely installed in the world because of its unsurpassed product quality, versatility and ease of use. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach over 15 million students in more than 500,000 classrooms in more than 100 countries around the world.
SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 1,000 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Kanata, Ontario, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous U.S., Canadian and other patents pending. In 1992 SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel® Corporation that resulted in Intel’s equity ownership in the company. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. To learn more about SMART visit www.smarttech.com.