Calgary, Alberta–September 27, 2006–SMART Technologies Inc. announces its worldwide support of teacher award programs. SMART celebrates excellence in instruction and will be awarding SMART products to outstanding educators in nine countries – Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, the United States, Greece, the UK, Australia and Japan. SMART will donate classroom technology solutions through local award programs in each country. The donations recognize the important contributions teachers make every day to the education of today’s youth.
The following awards are supported:
Brazil –Educator Nota 10
Russia — Teacher of the Year, Leader in Education, The Best School in Russia
Czech Republic–Zlatý Ámos (Gold Amos) Most Popular Teacher
The United States — National and State Teacher of the Year
Greece –Best Public School
Australia — National Teacher of the Year
UK –History Teacher of the Year
Japan — Teachers’ Organization for Skill Sharing, Internet Application Educational Activities,Excellent Ideas for Educational Activities
In each case, winners of the awards will receive SMART products, which may include SMART Board” interactive whiteboards, Sympodium interactive pen displays or SMART Ideas concept-mapping software. Some winners will also receive other technology products, such as software, projectors and computers.
“Educators prepare our students for the global marketplace and a knowledge-based economy,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s president and co-CEO. “We celebrate outstanding teachers in a number of countries because they take on the enormous responsibility of shaping the academic and personal development of each and every student.”
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 over 11 million students in 330,000 classrooms in more than 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