SOLE Searchers: Christopher Allen and His Students Explore Self-Organized Learning
December 11, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

In the months since Sugata Mitra won the TED Prize for his School In The Cloud project, the idea of the SOLE, or Self Organised Learning Environment, has intrigued and inspired a growing number of …

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Rafranz Davis: My Road to the White House
November 18, 2014 – 11:04 am | 35 Comments
Rafranz Davis goes to the White House in Washington, DC

Last week, we were thrilled to hear the news that Rafranz Davis has been invited to speak at the White House to present at the Office of Educational Technology’s #FutureReady conference. Rafranz is an active SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE), co-founder of the weekly SMARTee Twitter chats, and a passionate education blogger. In this guest post, Rafranz shares her thoughts as she travels to Washington D.C. to speak about supporting future-ready teaching and learning:

On Wednesday, President Obama is hosting 150 of the nation’s top superintendents at the White House to kick off his ConnectEd initiative, called #FutureReady, which is a detailed plan to get all schools connected with high speed internet access and devices for student learning. This is an important plan, as connected learning has given students across the country the ability to engage in meaningful learning experiences previously unimaginable. The fact of the matter is that while many schools benefit from such access, there are far too many more that do not.

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Memories of 2014 and Wishes for the Year to Come
December 18, 2014 – 8:13 am | No Comment
A holiday card from SMART

It’s been quite a year for the students, educators, parents and communities we serve. For some, it was a year of global connections and inspiring collaborations. For others, 2014 meant powerful professional development and success in the face of new and difficult challenges. This year, we were proud to see SMART Exemplary Educators travel to education events, to Calgary for our Global SEE Summit, and even to the White House!

From our side, we had a really exciting year, too. We launched SMART amp software and within a few short months, we began hearing amazing stories about how students and teachers were using it to take collaborative learning to a whole new level. We also introduced SMART kapp and were overwhelmed by the positive response it has received so far. We met so many inspiring students, educators, and school and district leaders, and we are thankful for each and every one.

As with any productive reflection, we look back at 2014 not only to remember but to find avenues for improving the year to come. Here are our four greatest wishes for learners young and old in 2015:

  1. More breakthrough moments: Anyone who devotes their career to education knows the power of moments in which a student absorbs an idea, makes a connection, or has a breakthrough. These are the moments that educators, parents, and those of us in education technology live for. As teachers, administrators and leaders continue to make more of these breakthroughs happen through pedagogy, effective technology use, skill and dedication, we look forward to seeing more of these magic moments than ever before.
  2. More connected educators: For teachers who seek and enable these breakthrough moments for their students, there is so much to be gained from the coalition, support and shared wisdom of colleagues. For those deeply connected to a wide network of fellow educators as well as those just beginning to reach out, we hope that these connections bring you deeper insights, exciting ideas, and a greater sense of community in 2015.
  3. More power in students’ hands: Over the past year, one of the things we’ve heard educators get most excited about are the learning opportunities that come from relinquishing control. Some spoke about the incredible engagement that happens when students are given not only a question to answer but the freedom to explore, research and address it in their own way. Others were amazed by students’ level of discourse while working in a self-organized learning environment where they had the freedom to form groups and engage dynamically with their classroom space.
  4. A safer world for children to learn: For all its inspiring tales of student successes, 2014 also showed us how far we have yet to go in making our world a safe place for all learners around the world. Let’s make 2015 a year in which we come together to protect every child’s right to learn. Let this be the year we listen more, help more and champion a future in which children can walk the hallways of their schools and the streets of their neighborhoods secure in the knowledge that they are loved and protected.

What do you wish most for you and your students in 2015? Let us know in the comments.

To all our friends and fellow learners, we wish you the best of the season and joy in the year to come.

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Rafranz Davis: My Road to the White House
November 18, 2014 – 11:04 am | 35 Comments
Rafranz Davis: My Road to the White House

Last week, we were thrilled to hear the news that Rafranz Davis has been invited to speak at the White House to present at the Office of Educational Technology’s #FutureReady conference. Rafranz is an active …

What’s New in SMART Training (Part One)
April 3, 2014 – 2:30 pm | One 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 …

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 …

Product announcement: SMART Response VE interactive response system
June 27, 2011 – 2:14 pm | No Comment
Product announcement: SMART Response VE interactive response system

Browser-based assessment tool for Internet-enabled devices
Incorporating Internet-enabled devices into daily classroom activities is easier with the new SMART Response VE interactive response system.
Announced at ISTE 2011, this software enables you to deliver interactive assessments right …

Find the right projector for your classroom
May 26, 2011 – 11:46 am | No Comment
Find the right projector for your classroom

Meet the UF75 – the newest member of SMART’s projector family
The introduction of our new interactive whiteboard system means that you have one more choice when it comes to selecting the SMART projector that’s right …