Is failure the new success? Make your classroom great place to fail (and succeed) with SMART amp
September 19, 2014 – 11:09 am | No Comment

In a recent interview with the BBC, education researcher John Hattie said that one of the key skills students need to learn is how to take risks without fear of failure. “It’s exploring your ideas; …

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SMART amp Coverage on Google Cloud Platform Blog
July 16, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

SMART amp collaborative learning software is our solution for learning anyway, anywhere, anytime regardless of operating system to enable true student collaboration between students and their devices. It’s also an open forum for content – a platform where students can gather, create and consume content both at home and at school.

SMART amp is built for student collaboration and our vision for it is to work collaboratively with our partners too. Over twenty content partners have signed on to make their content available within SMART amp including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Discovery Education.

SMART amp also leverages Google Cloud Platform.

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SMART’s Ed Strategist (Part One): Meet Giancarlo
August 1, 2014 – 10:10 am | No Comment

Sam at SMART – Editor’s Note: Giancarlo Brotto, our Education Strategist, will be blogging frequently and taking over our new Edtech Insights area of the blog. Meet Giancarlo and welcome him to our blog!

Giancarlo-Brotto-education-strategist-SMARTWhere my passion for education comes from

My passion for education comes from my struggles with it.  From as early as grade one I can recall the pain and suffering I endured all the way to the end of high school.  You see, learning didn’t come easy for me and I constantly required extra support just to get by…it didn’t help that my sister — a year older – was a top-performing student, without those same supports.

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Warren on Back to School: Better Needs Evaluation, The Role of Struggle
August 22, 2014 – 7:46 am | 11 Comments

Warren Barkley may have contributed to making WiFi a global standard and is leading our technology vision as SMART’s CTO, but his K-12 experience may surprise you. Thanks for sharing this personal reflection, Warren! I challenge our blog readers to share their own personal K-12 school reflections — how does your personal experience with school  inform your role as an educator? We welcome you to share with us on Twitter or in the comments below. You can find @warrenbarkley on Twitter too.

If you asked my parents, they would have told you that the K-12 education system failed me. My Dad was a huge fan of public education, he was president of the local PTA and started his career as a high school teacher in Canada. As active as my family was with the education system of that time, one of my learning needs still somehow slipped through the cracks. During my first year of my first university degree, I got 3 Fs in the opening term. It turns out I could not write and after some testing, we figured out that I was dyslexic.

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Is failure the new success? Make your classroom great place to fail (and succeed) with SMART amp
September 19, 2014 – 11:09 am | No Comment

In a recent interview with the BBC, education researcher John Hattie said that one of the key skills students need to learn is how to take risks without fear of failure. “It’s exploring your ideas; it’s exploring what you don’t know; it’s the notion that errors and mistakes are an absolutely critical part of learning.”

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SMART amp Coverage on Google Cloud Platform Blog
July 16, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
SMART amp Coverage on Google Cloud Platform Blog

SMART amp collaborative learning software is our solution for learning anyway, anywhere, anytime regardless of operating system to enable true student collaboration between students and their devices. It’s also an open forum for content – a platform …

SMART’s Ed Strategist (Part One): Meet Giancarlo
August 1, 2014 – 10:10 am | No Comment
SMART’s Ed Strategist (Part One): Meet Giancarlo

Sam at SMART – Editor’s Note: Giancarlo Brotto, our Education Strategist, will be blogging frequently and taking over our new Edtech Insights area of the blog. Meet Giancarlo and welcome him to our blog!
Where my …

Warren on Back to School: Better Needs Evaluation, The Role of Struggle
August 22, 2014 – 7:46 am | 11 Comments
Warren on Back to School: Better Needs Evaluation, The Role of Struggle

Warren Barkley may have contributed to making WiFi a global standard and is leading our technology vision as SMART’s CTO, but his K-12 experience may surprise you. Thanks for sharing this personal reflection, Warren! I challenge our blog readers …

The return of my SMART Board interactive whiteboard
August 16, 2012 – 7:46 am | No Comment
The return of my SMART Board interactive whiteboard

By Alex Dunn
On a recent visit to SMART’s executive briefing center, I had the opportunity to see the latest SMART products.
I was immediately drawn to the SMART Board 8055ix interactive whiteboard, part of the new …

SMART Lesson Development Workshop for UK teachers
June 7, 2012 – 6:00 am | No Comment
SMART Lesson Development Workshop for UK teachers

Would you like to learn how to create engaging and effective lesson content with SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software? Well, if you’re a teacher using SMART products in the UK, you can.
Later this month, SMART …

Best practices for professional development in technology-enabled classrooms
June 3, 2012 – 7:00 am | One Comment
Best practices for professional development in technology-enabled classrooms

By Lisa deRoy
Education Advocate, SMART Technologies
The National Staff Development Council’s (NSDC) current definition of professional development sets the stage for progressively repositioning professional development in a new light. It focuses on continuous, professional learning …

Professional development for digital learning is a TALL order
February 17, 2012 – 9:13 am | No Comment
Professional development for digital learning is a TALL order

By Byron Ernest
In my previous EDCompass blog posts, I described our journey at Lebanon High School researching technology implementation and development of the SMART Worldwide Effective Learning Lab (SWELL). For this post I am excited …

Could Teacher Evaluation Initiatives Power Down Technology-driven Innovation?
February 9, 2012 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Could Teacher Evaluation Initiatives Power Down Technology-driven Innovation?

By Eric Jansson
Teacher quality is arguably the largest policy shift in education today in the United States and will have a long impact on our public education system. Legislatures across the country are hammering out …

Connect, Learn and Share – SMART Board Revolution Virtual User Group
September 21, 2011 – 7:55 am | No Comment
Connect, Learn and Share – SMART Board Revolution Virtual User Group

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that the SMART Board Revolution Ning now has a monthly Global Virtual User Group meeting.
By joining this online group, you’ll have the opportunity to find new ideas and …

Upcoming SMART Learner Conferences in Alberta and Delaware
September 17, 2011 – 7:00 am | No Comment
Upcoming SMART Learner Conferences in Alberta and Delaware

Join us in October for two new SMART Learner Conferences, in Alberta Canada and Delaware USA. These hands-on conferences offer educators professional development opportunities through training sessions, guest speakers, product demos, live events and workshops.
Register …

SMART Board Revolution Ning Hosts Global Virtual User Group Meetings
September 12, 2011 – 8:10 am | No Comment
SMART Board Revolution Ning Hosts Global Virtual User Group Meetings

Matt Granger, the creator of the popular SMART Board Revolution Ning has developed a new feature on this customized social network – a monthly Global Virtual User Group meeting.
This online meeting is an opportunity for …

Using Response VE and personal devices in the classroom
August 31, 2011 – 6:02 am | No Comment
Using Response VE and personal devices in the classroom

EDCompass blog gathered some ideas on how you and your students can use SMART Response VE interactive response system and personal mobile devices to enhance lessons.
How it works
The browser-based product integrates with SMART Notebook …

Kick off back to school with a SMART Table webinar
August 22, 2011 – 12:34 pm | No Comment
Kick off back to school with a SMART Table webinar

Are you interested in learning more about your SMART Table interactive learning center and SMART Table Toolkit?
The SMART Table Virtual User Group is holding a webinar called “Back-To-School-Kick-Off!” this Thursday, August 25 from 3 to …

Take advantage of SMART’s online distance education courses
July 25, 2011 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Take advantage of SMART’s online distance education courses

Attend our upcoming SMART distance education courses online and discover new ways to engage your students. Distance education at SMART offers a wide range of learning opportunities, including training events, professional development sessions and hands-on …

New SMART Learner Conferences
July 6, 2011 – 1:00 am | No Comment
New SMART Learner Conferences

Two new SMART Learner Conferences are taking place in Alberta and Delaware. Both sessions provide an opportunity to collaborate with other teachers who want to learn new ways to use SMART products more effectively.Â
If you’re …