(Calgary, Alberta–July 5)–SMART Technologies Inc. announces a 20 percent price reduction on the Rear Projection SMART Board" 2000i-DVX interactive whiteboard and a nearly 30 percent price reduction on the AirLiner" WS100 wireless slate. Not-for-profit educational institutions may also qualify for a grant through the SMARTer Kids" Foundation of Canada equivalent to 25 percent of the suggested list price of the 2000i-DVX and 20 percent of the WS100. The WS100 is now also available for purchase in combination with SMART Board 660 and 680 interactive whiteboards at special volume pricing  available only in North America.

The 2000i-DVX combines the SMART Board interactive whiteboard´s easy-to-use features with a height-adjustable 66" (167.6 cm) shadow-free display and high-quality XGA resolution, providing educators more flexibility, the ability to display images with greater detail and reproduce most computer images at native resolution. The AirLiner WS100 wireless slate gives students and teachers the freedom to control their SMART Board interactive whiteboard and computer from anywhere in the classroom using a Bluetooth® connection. Multiple AirLiner slate users can write or draw in digital ink at the same time, improving collaboration between teachers and students. The 2000i-DVX and the WS100 both ship with the latest version of SMART Board software.

"Balancing school and district budgets is always a challenge, and it is SMART´s aim to help educators purchase the technology tools that help make classroom lessons more engaging and effective," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART´s president and co-CEO. "This price reduction makes it that much easier for districts and schools to attain the SMART collaboration solutions they need."

Pricing and availability

The Rear Projection SMART Board 2000i-DVX interactive whiteboard is now shipping at a suggested list price of US$10,699. Not-for-profit educational institutions may qualify for a grant from the SMARTer Kids equivalent to 25 percent of the suggested list price.

The AirLiner wireless slate is now listed at a suggested price of US$499. Not-for-profit educational institutions may qualify for a grant from the SMARTer Kids Foundation equivalent to 20 percent of the suggested list price. Volume discounts are available for AirLiner WS100 wireless slates. The AirLiner slate is also available for purchase in combination with SMART Board 660 and 680 interactive whiteboard models for a combined price of US$2,099 and US$2,499 respectively. Not-for-profit educational institutions may qualify for a grant from the SMARTer Kids Foundation equivalent to 30 percent of the suggested list price. Volume discounts are available for SMART Board 600 series interactive whiteboards and for the SMART Board 660 and 680 interactive whiteboard/AirLiner WS100 wireless slate combinations.

For more information, specifications or authorized resellers, visit www.smarttech.com or call 1.888.42.SMART. For grant inquiries, visit the SMARTer Kids Foundation at http://www.smarterkids.org/ or call 1.403.228.8565.

About SMART Board interactive whiteboards

The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the world´s leading interactive whiteboard. Simply by touching the large display, users can access and control any computer application or multimedia platform, including the Internet, CD-ROMs and DVDs. With SMART Board software, users can write over applications in digital ink and then edit, save, print or post their notes to a website for future reference. SMART Board interactive whiteboards are used in classrooms, briefing rooms and boardrooms around the world, helping people to collaborate effectively whether they are in the same room or in another location. The Rear Projection SMART Board 2000i interactive whiteboard offers interactive functionality with the shadow-free benefits of a rear-projection display and integrated XGA projector. It rests on four locking casters and can be moved to different rooms quickly and easily. Feature-rich software and intuitive functionality make the SMART Board interactive whiteboard the number one choice of educators, presenters and trainers in upwards of 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com/smartboard.

About AirLiner wireless slates

Designed for use with SMART Board interactive whiteboards and Sympodium® interactive pen displays, the AirLiner WS100 wireless slate uses a Bluetooth connection to provide students and teachers the freedom to control applications and write or draw in digital ink from anywhere in the classroom while others follow along by watching the SMART Board interactive whiteboard or projected image. Every point on the AirLiner wireless slate´s 6" (15.2 cm) x 8" (20.3 cm) active area has a matching point on the corresponding interactive whiteboard, so when users move the pen over the wireless slate, the movement is mirrored on the interactive whiteboard. The WS100 comes with a battery-free tethered pen, a battery-free wireless mouse, a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, a power cord for recharging, a USB Bluetooth adapter for Microsoft® Windows® and Mac OS X operating systems, and the latest version of SMART Board software. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com/airliner.

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