Company offering complimentary webinars on successful adoption of classroom technology
CALGARY, Alberta --- April 13, 2009 --- SMART Technologies announces its support of recent initiatives from the U.S. Department of Education to improve teacher effectiveness, assessment standards and student learning. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that US$44 billion is now available for states and schools under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The funds are to be used, in part, to create 21st-century digital learning environments, which include network and Internet access, computers and computing devices, instructional software, interactive whiteboards, and other interactive technologies. Funds are also available for technology training and professional development for teachers. This month, SMART begins offering a series of complimentary webinars for educators designed to help them maximize return on investment (ROI) when acquiring technology for classroom use. The one-hour sessions feature advice from administrators who have successfully implemented technology solutions on a large scale.
Independent research conducted around the world over the past decade shows that the use of interactive whiteboards improves student engagement, achievement, motivation, and attendance as well as teacher productivity. SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards are noted to meet universal design for learning standards and support an inclusive approach to teaching students with different learning styles and abilities, including those with special needs. In a 2007 report entitled Evaluation of the Primary Schools Whiteboard Expansion Project Report to the Department for Children, Schools and Families, researchers from the British Education and Communications Technology Agency (Becta) noted that “pupils are universally enthusiastic about interactive whiteboards, because of their clear visibility (‘We can see!’), the easy access they give to ICT through touch, and the added variety they bring to lessons.”
“Qualified, motivated teachers equipped with the latest tools and resources are the foundation of an effective 21st-century education,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “We applaud the Department of Education for investing in initiatives to improve teaching and learning.”
SMART in the United States
In 2008, some 267,000 interactive whiteboards were sold in the United States and SMART was the leading provider, with almost 60 percent of the product category share. The data comes from Futuresource Consulting, an independent research firm that has tracked industry sales globally and by country for over eight years. In addition to the most widely used interactive whiteboard, SMART also sells a variety of other interactive technologies that create education and business solutions for customers. SMART employs education consultants, trainers and sales staff across the United States and in offices in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.
SMART products are available through a network of resellers who employ more than 1,600 people related to the sale of SMART products. With UPS, SMART operates a logistics center in Louisville, Kentucky.