Inside SMART amp — Find Tutorials Here!
April 23, 2014 – 9:14 am | No Comment

SMART amp software is here – have you attended one of our April webinars yet?
The live webinars offer a great overviews from education consultants but where else can you find more information about SMART amp?
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Warren on Homework and its Role in Learning
November 7, 2013 – 6:43 am | No Comment

Warren Barkley is SMART’s Chief Technology Officer. Get better acquainted with the man leading our technology vision. He’ll be blogging regularly on SMART web space and I promise you he’s an interesting guy. Over to Warren!

When I joined SMART almost a year ago, my family moved to Calgary a short time later. It was interesting to note the differences in the school system for my younger kids. The first thing I noticed for our elementary-aged kids was the lack of homework.

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iTEC Conference – Designing the Future Classroom
November 5, 2013 – 12:22 pm | 5 Comments

Boris Berlijn is a SMART Exemplary Educator. He currently teaches geography at Ashram College in Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands.  Boris often undertakes student projects within the SEE community and we’re really proud of how he embodies the spirit of inspired collaboration in his classroom. Read about his collaboration with Gert Lemmens at a recent iTEC European Schoolnet event.

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5 Gettysburg Address Ideas for November 19
November 13, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment

November 19th marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We all know that it appears on several “top 10 greatest speeches” lists, but what opportunities are there to bring it to life in a digitally-enriched classroom?

Whatever your curricular focus, there are plenty of online resources and inspiring ideas to make Lincoln’s address vibrant for your learners. Read the full story »

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STEM Success in Action! PSI and PMI in the News
November 15, 2013 – 3:38 am | No Comment

SMART is a longtime admirer and sponsor of the  New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL), an organization that developed their Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) and Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI) courses in a way that blends direct instruction with student-centered active discussion methods. Read the full story »

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Your Voice Matters – Speak Up Survey Closes December 20!
November 18, 2013 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

There is so much talk about data in education and so many diverse opinions about the extent to which education should be about data that an initiative like the Speak Up survey could easily get lost in the shuffle.

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SMART Aligns with Google: What Does it Mean for Learning?
November 21, 2013 – 6:00 am | 4 Comments

Many educators are aware of SMART Notebook app for iPad, which often leads to the follow-up question, “when will you have an app for Android/Chromebooks/[insert device name here]?”

But why is the focus only on apps? SMART is elevating the conversation to enable deeper learning inside and outside of the classroom. And we’ve aligned with Google to help realize that flexible learning environment. Read the full story »

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What’s Standing in the Way of Change in Education? CEA Advocates Action
November 26, 2013 – 8:03 am | No Comment

Everywhere you turn, someone has something to say about how to fix the education system. Yet a redefined education system often lands in the same category of flying cars and an end to global poverty – highly desired but somehow unattainable. The empowered, supported learner in the classroom of the future can seem like the stuff of “Tomorrowland.”

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SMART amp Partners Propel Our Platform (Part 1) – Meet Learning Bird and Themeefy
December 17, 2013 – 6:18 am | No Comment

First, we announced SMART amp collaborative learning software – our revolutionary, cloud-based solution that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones to collaborate on shared digital workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless of location or device.

Next, we introduced the solution’s alignment with Google cloud services – a popular announcement that triggered a lot of curiosity in SMART’s vision for education software.

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Shireland Collegiate Academy – “You Have to Do Things Differently to Make Progress”
January 7, 2014 – 8:01 am | No Comment

Meeting the learning needs of a diverse cohort of learners is an opportunity to try out new ideas and leverage classroom technology differently. Shireland Collegiate Academy, located east of Birmingham in Smethwick, West Midlands, UK, is doing just that – exploring the potential of new learning strategies such as the flipped classroom and employing a strong teacher support model around the use of technology so that everything they do is effectively embedded into pedagogy and curriculum.

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Students and Coding (Part 1): CTO Warren Barkley’s Thoughts
January 10, 2014 – 7:02 am | 7 Comments

Warren Barkley is SMART’s Chief Technology Officer. Get better acquainted with the man leading our technology vision. This is part one of a series Warren is inspired to do on the topic of learning to code.

I have been thinking about the whole everybody should code conversation in education. I can argue both points of view on this so in the next couple of blogs let’s talk about it.

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SMART amp Partners Propel Our Platform (Part 3) – Meet Shakespeare In Bits and zondle
January 9, 2014 – 7:03 am | No Comment

SMART has announced that 12 companies have signed letters of agreement related to developing content for SMART amp collaborative learning software – our cloud-based solution that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones to collaborate on shared digital workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless of location or device.

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SMART amp Partners Propel Our Platform (Part 4) – Green Light, Macmillan Iberia and Onboard Academics
January 16, 2014 – 8:08 am | No Comment

SMART has now announced that 19 companies have signed letters of agreement related to developing content for SMART amp collaborative learning software – our cloud-based solution that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones to collaborate on shared digital workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless of location or device.

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Crown Woods — Innovation for Post-Secondary Readiness
January 15, 2014 – 5:35 am | 2 Comments

Crown Woods College located in London, UK, has approached personalized learning from an innovative perspective that permeates through the curriculum, staffing and even the physical layout of where learning happens.

Learning on a “human scale”

With a mandate to deliver “human-scale” learning, the new college is made up of three distinct small schools (which would be referred to as campuses in North America) for 11 – 16: Ashdown, Delamere and Sherwood. The post-16 school is Arden. The schools are serviced by “bespoke centers for sport, inclusions, arts and technologies.”

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A Game-Changer: SMART at Bett 2014
February 6, 2014 – 12:44 pm | One Comment
Bett stand photo by CTO @WarrenBarkley

Bett (British Education Training and Technology) Show 2014 in London, UK, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and SMART has exhibited there for many of those years. Same old, same old, right?

Not this year.

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New Notebook Advantage Features – An Update
February 11, 2014 – 12:21 pm | 5 Comments

Right before the winter break, we initiated a conversation about Notebook Advantage on our blog and we’re back with an important update.

As we have already announced, SMART will introduce Notebook Advantage in April, an annual subscription that offers more interactive features and functionality as well as maintenance and support. Subscribing to Notebook Advantage is completely optional – SMART Notebook users can continue using Notebook exactly as they do today, at no additional cost.

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Warren on Students and Coding (Part 2): Do We All Need to Code?
February 12, 2014 – 3:57 pm | 7 Comments

Warren Barkley is SMART’s Chief Technology Officer. Get better acquainted with the man leading our technology vision. This is part two of a series Warren is inspired to do on the topic of learning to code.

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What’s New in SMART Training (Part One)
April 3, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

Brady Phillips is the program manager for education training services here at SMART. Brady has been hard at work reviewing our current training offerings and how we can expand our support to SMART Authorized Resellers in their delivery of services. Here is part one of a series on training from Brady. Over to him!

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Inside SMART amp — Find Tutorials Here!
April 23, 2014 – 9:14 am | No Comment

SMART amp software is here – have you attended one of our April webinars yet?

The live webinars offer a great overviews from education consultants but where else can you find more information about SMART amp?

SMART amp Program Manager Erica Arnoldin recorded a series of YouTube videos highlighting the features of SMART amp – check them out here from one of the people who helped bring this product to life!

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Warren on Homework and its Role in Learning
November 7, 2013 – 6:43 am | No Comment
Warren on Homework and its Role in Learning

Warren Barkley is SMART’s Chief Technology Officer. Get better acquainted with the man leading our technology vision. He’ll be blogging regularly on SMART web space and I promise you he’s an interesting guy. Over to …

iTEC Conference – Designing the Future Classroom
November 5, 2013 – 12:22 pm | 5 Comments
iTEC Conference – Designing the Future Classroom

Boris Berlijn is a SMART Exemplary Educator. He currently teaches geography at Ashram College in Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands.  Boris often undertakes student projects within the SEE community and we’re really proud of how …

5 Gettysburg Address Ideas for November 19
November 13, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment
5 Gettysburg Address Ideas for November 19

November 19th marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We all know that it appears on several “top 10 greatest speeches” lists, but what opportunities are there to bring it to life in …

STEM Success in Action! PSI and PMI in the News
November 15, 2013 – 3:38 am | No Comment
STEM Success in Action! PSI and PMI in the News

SMART is a longtime admirer and sponsor of the  New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL), an organization that developed their Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) and Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI) courses in a way …

Your Voice Matters – Speak Up Survey Closes December 20!
November 18, 2013 – 3:28 pm | No Comment
Your Voice Matters – Speak Up Survey Closes December 20!

There is so much talk about data in education and so many diverse opinions about the extent to which education should be about data that an initiative like the Speak Up survey could easily get …

SMART Aligns with Google: What Does it Mean for Learning?
November 21, 2013 – 6:00 am | 4 Comments
SMART Aligns with Google: What Does it Mean for Learning?

Many educators are aware of SMART Notebook app for iPad, which often leads to the follow-up question, “when will you have an app for Android/Chromebooks/[insert device name here]?”
But why is the focus only on apps? …

What’s Standing in the Way of Change in Education? CEA Advocates Action
November 26, 2013 – 8:03 am | No Comment
What’s Standing in the Way of Change in Education? CEA Advocates Action

Everywhere you turn, someone has something to say about how to fix the education system. Yet a redefined education system often lands in the same category of flying cars and an end to global poverty …

SMART amp Partners Propel Our Platform (Part 1) – Meet Learning Bird and Themeefy
December 17, 2013 – 6:18 am | No Comment
SMART amp Partners Propel Our Platform (Part 1) – Meet Learning Bird and Themeefy

First, we announced SMART amp collaborative learning software – our revolutionary, cloud-based solution that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones to collaborate on shared digital workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless …

Shireland Collegiate Academy – “You Have to Do Things Differently to Make Progress”
January 7, 2014 – 8:01 am | No Comment
Shireland Collegiate Academy – “You Have to Do Things Differently to Make Progress”

Meeting the learning needs of a diverse cohort of learners is an opportunity to try out new ideas and leverage classroom technology differently. Shireland Collegiate Academy, located east of Birmingham in Smethwick, West Midlands, UK, …

Students and Coding (Part 1): CTO Warren Barkley’s Thoughts
January 10, 2014 – 7:02 am | 7 Comments
Students and Coding (Part 1): CTO Warren Barkley’s Thoughts

Warren Barkley is SMART’s Chief Technology Officer. Get better acquainted with the man leading our technology vision. This is part one of a series Warren is inspired to do on the topic of learning to …

SMART amp Partners Propel Our Platform (Part 3) – Meet Shakespeare In Bits and zondle
January 9, 2014 – 7:03 am | No Comment
SMART amp Partners Propel Our Platform (Part 3) – Meet Shakespeare In Bits and zondle

SMART has announced that 12 companies have signed letters of agreement related to developing content for SMART amp collaborative learning software – our cloud-based solution that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones to …

SMART amp Partners Propel Our Platform (Part 4) – Green Light, Macmillan Iberia and Onboard Academics
January 16, 2014 – 8:08 am | No Comment
SMART amp Partners Propel Our Platform (Part 4) – Green Light, Macmillan Iberia and Onboard Academics

SMART has now announced that 19 companies have signed letters of agreement related to developing content for SMART amp collaborative learning software – our cloud-based solution that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones …

Crown Woods — Innovation for Post-Secondary Readiness
January 15, 2014 – 5:35 am | 2 Comments
Crown Woods — Innovation for Post-Secondary Readiness

Crown Woods College located in London, UK, has approached personalized learning from an innovative perspective that permeates through the curriculum, staffing and even the physical layout of where learning happens.
Learning on a “human scale”
With a …

A Game-Changer: SMART at Bett 2014
February 6, 2014 – 12:44 pm | One Comment
A Game-Changer: SMART at Bett 2014

Bett stand photo by CTO @WarrenBarkley

Bett (British Education Training and Technology) Show 2014 in London, UK, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and SMART has exhibited there for many of those years. Same old, same …

New Notebook Advantage Features – An Update
February 11, 2014 – 12:21 pm | 5 Comments
New Notebook Advantage Features – An Update

Right before the winter break, we initiated a conversation about Notebook Advantage on our blog and we’re back with an important update.
As we have already announced, SMART will introduce Notebook Advantage in April, an annual …

Warren on Students and Coding (Part 2): Do We All Need to Code?
February 12, 2014 – 3:57 pm | 7 Comments
Warren on Students and Coding (Part 2): Do We All Need to Code?

Warren Barkley is SMART’s Chief Technology Officer. Get better acquainted with the man leading our technology vision. This is part two of a series Warren is inspired to do on the topic of learning to code.
Did …

What’s New in SMART Training (Part One)
April 3, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment
What’s New in SMART Training (Part One)

Brady Phillips is the program manager for education training services here at SMART. Brady has been hard at work reviewing our current training offerings and how we can expand our support to SMART Authorized Resellers …

Webinar for New Technologies: Emerging Research on Classroom Practices and Outcomes for Early Learners
December 3, 2012 – 1:42 pm | No Comment
Webinar for New Technologies: Emerging Research on Classroom Practices and Outcomes for Early Learners

By Marcy Daniel, Director of Marketing, Hatch Early Learning
This article originally appeared on the Hatch Early Learning blog on November 26. We invite you to register for Hatch’s  webinar on December 6.  Hatch is an …

Reflections from the NAEYC 2012 Annual Conference
November 20, 2012 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
Reflections from the NAEYC 2012 Annual Conference

By Dr. Dale McManis, Research Director, Hatch Early Learning
This article originally appeared on the Hatch Early Learning blog on November 16. Hatch is an Elite Accredited member of the SMART Ecosystem Network and co-creator of …

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 …

Achieving equality through education technology in South Africa
June 29, 2012 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Achieving equality through education technology in South Africa

The Western Cape Education Department is enhancing teaching and learning in one of South Africa’s most diverse provinces, through an award-winning technology initiative. The Khanya Technology in Education Project started in 2001 with a plan …

Using SMART products and professional development to enhance teaching and learning in Denmark
June 22, 2012 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Using SMART products and professional development to enhance teaching and learning in Denmark

A technology implementation plan in the municipality of Helsingor, Denmark is helping public school students experience the benefits of interactive and collaborative learning.
The three-year, approximate US$8 million plan started in 2009. The goal was to …

The Power and Potential of Professional Development
June 18, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment
The Power and Potential of Professional Development

By Lisa deRoy
Education Advocate, SMART Technologies
In my most recent post, Best practices for professional development in technology-enabled classrooms, I introduced the SMART Practitioner’s Continuum outlining five phases that an educator commonly moves through – from …

SMART products help prepare students for future in São Paulo, Brazil
June 17, 2012 – 6:01 am | No Comment
SMART products help prepare students for future in São Paulo, Brazil

A decade-long technology implementation program at Dante Alighieri School in São Paulo,  Brazil is helping teachers increase student interest, participation and performance.  Located in the center of Brazil’s largest city, this K-12 school is committed …

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 …

SMART Notebook enhancements increase accessibility and ease-of-Use
May 25, 2012 – 8:52 am | No Comment
SMART Notebook enhancements increase accessibility and ease-of-Use

The capabilities of SMART Notebook collaborative learning software continue to expand with several improvements that make this award-winning interactive whiteboard software even more accessible and easy to use.
Over six million teachers have activated SMART Notebook …

Florida district equips 1,500 classrooms with SMART products
May 18, 2012 – 6:04 am | No Comment
Florida district equips 1,500 classrooms with SMART products

Bay District Schools, based in Panama City, Florida, is currently equipping 1,500 core-subject classrooms with SMART Board 880 interactive whiteboards, SMART Response PE interactive response systems, SMART Document Cameras and SMART Slate wireless slates. The …

Amplify Learning Series: Using SMART Notebook with SMART Audio (part 3)
May 14, 2012 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Amplify Learning Series: Using SMART Notebook with SMART Audio (part 3)

So far in the Amplify Learning series, we’ve discussed how SMART Audio can benefit you, and what the system is and how it works.
One of the main reasons that SMART Audio is a valuable addition …