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Press Release: SMART Partners with Discovery Education to Deliver Best-in-Class Content to SMART amp users
• Agreement means easy access to Discovery Education Streaming through SMART amp
• Discovery Education Streaming library offers more than 151,000 digital resources
CALGARY, Alberta — June 25, 2014 — SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired collaboration in schools and everywhere children learn, announces an agreement with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, that will give SMART amp users in the United States and Canada easy access to Discovery Education Streaming, an extensive library of digital resources that inspire students to explore their world. Discovery Education Streaming is a comprehensive digital library of over 100,000 learning objects that enhance curriculum and support all subject areas and learning styles. SMART amp software, released in April 2014, is a revolutionary, cloud-based solution that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops and tablets while enabling teachers and students to collaborate in real time and connect to shared digital workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless of location or device.
The agreement between SMART and Discovery Education means SMART amp users who have a subscription to Discovery Education can, through a simple, single sign-on pull K-12 digital content into a SMART amp workspace for effective learning and lesson creation. The content, from Discovery Education Streaming supports Common Core State Standards and engages today’s students through instructional videos, skill builders, games, audio files, images, writing prompts and encyclopedia articles. The integration of Discovery Education Streaming and SMART amp will be showcased at ISTE, North America’s largest education technology trade show in Atlanta, Ga. June 29 – July 1.
“SMART is thrilled to partner with Discovery Education because they share our deep passion for enhancing teaching and learning,” says Greg Estell, President, Education, SMART Technologies. “We are confident that the significant addition of the digital resources in Discovery Education Streaming to SMART amp will propel it to be the preferred education platform in North America.”
“Discovery Education’s high quality digital content and resources are helping create dynamic digital learning environments in classrooms across the country,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “We look forward to working with SMART on our shared goal of preparing all students for college, careers and citizenship.”
SMART amp users in the United States and Canada who have a Discovery Education subscription will have access to Discovery Education Streaming in the fall of 2014. SMART and Discovery Education are working to make the content available to users in other countries. For information on SMART amp, visit www.smarttech.com/amp
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that are redefining the way the world works and learns. SMART products enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces by turning group work into highly interactive, engaging and productive experiences. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance and ease of use.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
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