Bonn, Germany–July 4, 2006–SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it has won the Comenius EduMedia Signet 2006 for Notebook collaborative learning software. The prestigious signet award for exemplary education media was presented at a ceremony hosted by the Society for Pedagogy and Information on June 22 in Vienna, Austria. The presentation of the signet marks the first time that a software product for interactive whiteboards has been recognized by the society. The Society for Pedagogy and Information is a scientific specialist society for multimedia, media didactics and education technology.
Functionality, features and ease of use for educators were the key factors that impressed the panel of ten judges from universities and other educational institutions across Europe. This is the second award that SMART has received from the Society for Pedagogy and Information for their innovative products. In 2003, SMART received the Comenius Medal for the SMART Board” interactive whiteboard.
“SMART creates easy-to-use interactive products that bring lesson plans to life and engage and motivate students,” says Nancy Knowlton, president and co-CEO of SMART. “This award confirms that Notebook software–the content creation and management platform for our interactive whiteboards and interactive pen displays–continues to delight the global education community.”
About Notebook collaborative learning software
SMART Board software for Microsoft® Windows® and Mac OS X operating systems is included with all interactive whiteboard products. SMART’s latest 9.5 version offers new features and resources that help users create, manage, teach with and present digital content on SMART Board interactive whiteboards and other SMART products. Users can write and edit notes in digital ink, import or export PowerPoint® presentations, record data and audio, and create dynamic multimedia presentations without having to open multiple applications. SMART Board software is regularly upgraded and is available for download without charge to all SMART customers.
About the Comenius Signet
The Comenius Signet is named after Jan Amos Comenius (15921670), the father of modern education. Comenius believed in what might today be called a holistic concept of education. He pioneered many modern education methods, including the use of illustrated textbooks. A contemporary of Galileo, Descartes, Rembrandt and Milton, Comenius contributed greatly to the Enlightenment era.