Capabilities of SMART Notebook as a teaching and learning platform continue to expand
CALGARY, Alberta --- May 25, 2012 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces several improvements to the platform for SMART Notebook 11 collaborative learning software. SMART Notebook software is an ideal tool for educational content development and delivery, enabling increased collaboration. The new developments make the company’s award-winning interactive whiteboard software even more accessible and easy to use.
SMART Notebook Interactive Viewer software will allow users to download, at no charge, a basic version of SMART Notebook to view and interact with content offline. Users can view SMART Notebook software pages, make annotations with digital ink, play Flash® content and page recordings and interact with widgets, animations and activities.
The Linux® version of SMART Notebook 11 software will offer Linux users key features of SMART Notebook 11 available on Microsoft® Windows® and Mac operating systems. It supports the embedded Internet browser, multitouch and gesture recognition and widgets developed through the SMART Notebook 11 software development kit (SDK). It also offers an improved toolbar.
SMART Notebook 11 software has achieved official IMS interactive whiteboard/common file format (IWB/CFF) v1.0 conformance, making SMART the first company to attain this status. The IMS IWB/CFF specifications encourage the supply of compatible products and facilitate their adoption by a worldwide community of education and training organizations. For more information, visit http://www.imsglobal.org/cc/statuschart.cfm
SMART is committed to improving the installation and support experience for SMART Notebook. Future versions of the software will support locally relevant languages in the region or country in which it is being downloaded, for more streamlined installation.
Over six million teachers have activated SMART Notebook software to create and deliver engaging lessons for more than 40 million students in 175 countries around the world. SMART Notebook 11 software is part of a complete solution featuring a variety of products designed to increase creativity, interactivity and collaboration in multiple teaching and learning scenarios. These additional developments are designed to provide broad access to educational files, content and functionality. They include
The SMART Notebook app for iPad allows students and teachers to use SMART Notebook on the iPad, enabling a seamless transition between whole-class, small-group and personalized learning
The SMART Notebook 11 software development kit enables educators and third-party developers to create an unlimited number of custom add-ons and widgets
3D Tools for SMART Notebook is a plug-in that provides tools to import, view and manipulate 3D content in SMART Notebook with no need for additional hardware
SMART Notebook Math Tools is a plug-in that provides the digital tools necessary to create mathematical content and graph equations in the context of a SMART Notebook lesson activity
The SMART Notebook Express™ web application is a lightweight web-based version of SMART Notebook software available at no charge that lets users open, edit and share lessons
“SMART Notebook software is an ideal product that enables creativity and interaction in the classroom, encouraging student and teacher collaboration,” says Linda Thomas, Vice President, Products, SMART Technologies. “These new developments extend the accessibility and ease-of-use of the award-winning SMART Notebook software and continue to position SMART as the leading provider of interactive whiteboard software around the world.”
Both SMART Notebook Interactive Viewer software and the Linux version of SMART Notebook 11 are expected to be available for download in Q3 2012. For more information, visit smarttech.com.
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that change the way the world works and learns. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, our focus is on developing a variety of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, making collaboration and learning with digital resources more natural. Our products have transformed teaching and learning in more than 1.9 million classrooms worldwide, reaching over 40 million students and their teachers. In business, our Freestorm™ visual collaboration solutions improve the way that people work and collaborate, enabling them to be more productive and reduce costs.
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