ATLANTA, Georgia–June 25, 2007–SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it has reached an agreement in principle with respect to a North American alliance with Cambridge University Press, the world´s oldest publisher and a global player in the provision of online education content. SMART, a global education leader in classroom technology solutions, becomes the exclusive North American distributor of the Global Grid for Learning, a searchable, standards-correlated learning-resources repository. A subsidiary of Cambridge University Press, the Global Grid for Learning offers more than one million online learning resources for all subjects in a variety of formats, including images, video, audio, text documents and learning objects. SMART and Cambridge are working together to be the premier provider of digital content for educators across North America.
The Global Grid for Learning content is easy to use. It can be seamlessly integrated with the leading software platforms and a wide variety of hardware devices to provide a library of diverse and rich digital resources that teachers can use to enrich learning experiences for their students. Many of the world´s top content providers contribute to the digital library. They include the Bridgeman Art Library, Scran, The Learning Federation, Intel® Skoool™ and Cambridge University Press.
"Cambridge University Press is committed to advancing learning and knowledge," says John Tuttle, Executive Director, Education. "By bringing together a range of high-profile content providers in the Global Grid for Learning, we are facilitating access to high-quality online content for teachers and learners worldwide. It´s clear to us that SMART shares this vision, and with hundreds of thousands of education customers, SMART is an ideal choice to deliver the premium content on the Global Grid for Learning to the North American market."
"As interactive whiteboards become standard equipment in many 21st-century classrooms, educators are searching for high-quality content for this medium," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART´s CEO. "This agreement with Cambridge University Press, an esteemed and historic company, brings together SMART´s award-winning technology with Global Grid for Learning´s extensive library of digital resources to make lesson creation easier and more effective for teachers."
About Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press was founded by a royal charter granted to the University of Cambridge by King Henry VIII in 1534. It is the oldest printer and publisher in the world, having been operating continuously since 1584, and is one of the largest academic publishers globally. Its purpose is to further the University´s objective of advancing learning, knowledge and research. The Press currently publishes over 2,500 titles and 150 journals a year, which are sold to some 200 countries across the globe.
SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. The award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the most widely installed interactive whiteboard in the world. Many school jurisdictions have standardized on the product, which is used to provide interactive learning opportunities and enhance student performance. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach over 15 million students in more than 500,000 classrooms spanning every U.S. state, every Canadian province, every Local Authority in the UK and more than 100 countries worldwide. SMART products include the line of award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboards, and the Senteo™ interactive response system, AirLiner™ wireless slate, Sympodium™ interactive pen display, Actalyst™ interactive overlay, Bridgit™ conferencing software and other software. Using SMART products, teachers can access and share the information they need to improve student learning outcomes and streamline lesson planning. SMART´s education customers include New York City Board of Education (U.S.), Oxford University (UK), Kobe City Board of Education (Japan), Barnier Public School (Australia), University of Ottawa (Canada), United World College (Singapore), Stephen-Hawking-Schule Neckargemuend (Germany), Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (U.S.) and Harvard University (U.S.).
SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 1,000 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in 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 as well as SMART products and programs visit www.smarttech.com and www.education.smarttech.com.