SMART is largest interactive whiteboard provider for Mexican project
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Smart Technologies Inc.
1177 11th Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB, T3C 0M5
Press release date: January 9, 2006
41,116 SMART Board interactive whiteboards being supplied to Enciclomedia project to deliver quality education
CALGARY, Alberta --- January 9, 2006 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it will provide 41,116 SMART Board(TM) interactive whiteboards for the second tender in Mexico's Enciclomedia project, making SMART the single largest provider of interactive whiteboards to the project. Of 120,761 interactive whiteboards purchased by the Mexican government over two tenders, 43,028 are SMART's. Product reliability was one of the key factors that led to the preference for SMART Board interactive whiteboards. VideoNet, SMART's distributor in Mexico, will provide the necessary support and training required for this widespread installation.
Enciclomedia is a project administered by the Mexican government's Secretariat of Public Education. Its aim is to enrich students' classroom experience through the use of technology products and digital content, and to boost student engagement, participation and learning outcomes. Enciclomedia will equip more than 145,000 fifth and sixth grade Mexican classrooms with technology products worth US$1.8 billion. Interactive whiteboards will be used to deliver digital curriculum materials also being developed as part of this initiative. Other products in the classroom technology suite include projectors, computers, computer speakers, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), computer desks and printers. All classrooms will be fully equipped by May 2006. The digital content delivered through all of these products is offered on CD-ROMs to teachers. The content includes digitalised textbooks for grades five and six with connections to Microsoft® Encarta® multimedia encyclopedia and other digital lesson materials.
This interactive whiteboard purchase makes Enciclomedia the largest education technology and digital content project anywhere in the world. Other countries where interactive whiteboards are widely used in education include the US and the UK. Most of the top 500 US school districts use SMART products and almost 60 per cent of interactive whiteboards installed in UK schools are from SMART.
"SMART is the global market segment leader in interactive whiteboards," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's president and co-CEO. "SMART's selection as the largest provider of interactive whiteboards for the ground-breaking Enciclomedia project has reaffirmed the advantages of SMART products in the classroom and made us the clear preference in yet another country."
About SMART Board interactive whiteboards
The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is a large, touch-sensitive display. Connected to a computer and projector, the interactive whiteboard is like a giant computer screen that students and teachers simply touch to operate. Using their finger or a pen as a mouse, teachers and students can access and control any computer application, file or multimedia platform, including the Internet, CD-ROMs and DVDs. They can also write over applications in digital ink, then save their work for future study and review. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard engages students with diverse learning styles by providing both immediate access to a wide range of digital materials and a common focus for the entire class - not something easily achieved with other classroom technology products. It is the number one choice among primary and secondary school educators in more than 75 countries worldwide because it captures the imagination of students of all backgrounds and abilities in order to help them learn together, understand better and achieve more. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com/smartboard.
SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global market segment leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. The award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the most widely installed product of its kind in the world. Many school jurisdictions have standardised on the product, which is used to provide interactive learning opportunities and enhance student achievement in more than 250,000 classrooms spanning every US state, every Local Authority in the UK and more than 75 countries. SMART products also include interactive pen displays, interactive digital signage, wireless slates and software. Using SMART products, groups can access and share the information they need to meet, teach, train and present. SMART's education customers include New York City Board of Education (US), Oxford University (UK), Tokyo Nampei Senior High School (Japan), Barnier Public School (Australia), University of Ottawa (Canada), United World College (Singapore), Stephen-Hawking-Schule Neckargemuend (Germany), Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (US) and Harvard University (US).
SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 700 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ottawa and Calgary, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, New York City and Washington DC. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous other US, Canadian and foreign patents pending. In 1992, SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel® Corporation that resulted in joint product development and marketing efforts, and Intel's equity ownership in SMART. SMART products are sold through resellers across North America and distributors worldwide. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com.
For more information, contact: Anju Visen-Singh SMART Technologies Inc. 1207 - 11 Avenue SW, Suite 300 Calgary, AB T3C 0M5 CANADA Phone +1.403.802.2552 Fax +1.403.228.2500 AnjuVisenSingh@smarttech.com