Calgary, Alberta–September 26, 2006–SMART Technologies Inc. announces that all of its free, online training sessions are now available to Mac users. The sessions are available to all SMART customers in North America. Each week 1622 sessions (approximately 75 each month) are offered on 10 topics, including introduction to the SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard, Sympodium® interactive pen display and AirLiner™ wireless slate. Also included are sessions for teachers on creating engaging interactive lesson activities with Notebook™ software. SMART is the only interactive whiteboard manufacturer in the world to offer such a large number and variety of online sessions. Conducted with SMART’s own Bridgit® conferencing software, the training can be accessed at http://www.smarttech.com/trainingcenter/online/index.asp. Session descriptions and connection instructions are also provided. “I have never seen online training sessions for any of the other software that I use in my library. SMART is really ahead of its time,” says Lynne E. Borgerson, librarian at Meramec Heights Elementary School in Arnold, Montana. “SMART is the only company I know of that doesn’t charge for technical support and still provides free upgrades.” “SMART’s name is synonymous with innovation, quality, value and commitment, and we know the importance of providing our customers with up-to-date training,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s president and co-CEO. “Our online training sessions provide a convenient resource that benefits both new and existing users.” SMART’s online training sessions include SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Mac, Notebook Software Mac, Creating Lesson Activities (K6), Creating Lesson Activities (712), SynchronEyes® Classroom Management Software, AirLiner Slate, Bridgit Software, Sympodium Interactive Pen Display, SMART Ideas® Software and SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Setup and Support.
SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in user-friendly interactive whiteboards and group collaboration tools. The award-winning family of SMART Board interactive whiteboards is the most widely installed interactive whiteboard in the world because of its unsurpassed product quality, versatility and ease of use. School districts across the United States have standardized on SMART products, including New York City Board of Education, Atlanta Department of Education, Vermont Institute for Science, Math & Technology, and San Diego City Schools. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach 11 million students in 330,000 classrooms in over 100 countries around the world. SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 800 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ottawa, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York City, Chicago and Washington DC. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous U.S., Canadian and other 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 the company. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. To learn more about SMART as a company as well as SMART products and programs visit www.smarttech.com and www.education.smarttech.com