CALGARY, Alberta — March 21, 2007 — SMART Technologies Inc. announces that The Geometer´s Sketchpad®, TinkerPlots Dynamic Data Exploration and Fathom Dynamic Data software from Key Curriculum Press have been accredited at the Ready level in the SMART Software Accreditation Program. The program recognizes multimedia content and software applications based on their level of compatibility with SMART Board? interactive whiteboards and Notebook collaborative learning software. At the Ready level, SMART has reviewed and approved the use of Key Curriculum Press material with SMART products. Accreditation of these Key Curriculum Press titles will promote teacher and student use of Key´s K?12 learning products with SMART products in math instruction.
For more than 30 years, Key Curriculum Press has been dedicated to empowering students by helping them understand concepts, master skills and find enjoyment in learning. The company´s goal is to develop effective, high-quality math and science educational materials that engage students and ignite their interest in learning. Key Curriculum Press and SMART are committed to creating an interactive learning experience that opens students´ minds to math and science. Key Curriculum Press´s three math software programs add to the growing list of accredited titles approved for use with SMART products for math instruction. SMART´s mathematics titles also include multimedia content and software from 2Simple, Cabrilog, HeyMath!, The Learning Team, MathResources Inc., Plato Learning, Inc., Texas Instruments and Tom Snyder Productions, Inc.
"We strive to qualitatively change the dynamics in mathematics classrooms by supporting teachers with high-quality materials that enhance the conceptual development of their students," says Steve Rasmussen, Key Curriculum Press´s president. "Our new relationship with SMART helps us do just that."
"Interactive content continues to gain widespread usage through the increasing number of digital classrooms," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART´s CEO. "Key Curriculum Press is an established content provider and SMART´s software accreditation will direct more teachers to the company´s growing list of engaging digital resources."
About the SMART Software Accreditation Program
The SMART Software Accreditation Program offers educators a wealth of multimedia content and software resources to enhance instruction in the classroom. SMART has accredited 23 companies representing 50 titles in subject areas including art and design, English, health, language arts, foreign languages, music, mathematics, science, social studies, history, technology and cross-curricular.
The SMART Software Accreditation Program has three levels designated as Ready, Enabled and Select. The accreditation designation indicates the level to which the content or software has been enhanced or customized for use on SMART Board interactive whiteboards and Notebook collaborative learning software. The Ready level is the basic accreditation level for an application or content product, indicating that SMART Technologies Inc. has approved the software title for use with SMART products. At the Enabled level, products meet the requirements of the Ready level and are integrated with SMART Board Tools. The integration provides more interactivity because it takes advantage of a digital ink feature called Ink Aware. At the Select level, products meet the requirements of the Enabled level and are specifically designed for use in Notebook software. More information on the SMART Software Accreditation Program is available at www.education.smarttech.com/ste/en-US/Ed+Resource/SAP.
About Key Curriculum Press
Founded in 1971 by mathematics educators, Key Curriculum Press is the leading publisher of student-centered, inquiry-based textbooks, supplementary materials and dynamic mathematics software for middle school and high school students. Key materials incorporate effective use of technology with an inquiry-based approach. Key´s award-winning educational software line includes The Geometer´s Sketchpad, the leading mathematics software in grades 6?12, and two data analysis programs, Fathom Dynamic Data software for students from grade 8 to college and TinkerPlots Dynamic Data Exploration software for students in grades 4?8.
In 1996, Key Curriculum Press became affiliated with Springer, one of the world´s largest and most prestigious scientific publishers, strengthening the breadth and depth of its publishing resources. KCP Technologies, created by Key in 1998, conducts educational technology research and is the developer of Sketchpad and Fathom software. With Springer, Key founded Key College Publishing in 1999 to provide innovative undergraduate higher education texts, courseware and educations in mathematics and statistics.
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 Institutes, and San Diego City Schools. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach over 15 million students in more than 450,000 classrooms in more than 100 countries around the world.
SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 900 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Kanata, Ontario 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 and its products and programs, visit www.smarttech.com and www.education.smarttech.com.