New software platform enables students and teachers to work seamlessly on displays, smartphones, laptops and tablets

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Calgary, Alberta --- December 17, 2013 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), announces 12 education content partners have signed agreements to develop content for SMART amp collaborative learning software. Digital content from these partners covers all core school subjects including mathematics, sciences, technology, engineering, geography, history, social studies, life skills and much more. The breadth and depth of content ensures learning materials for all grades, from pre-K to 12. Strong responses from so many content developers is a clear indication of the anticipated adoption of SMART amp software in schools around the world. The new software is a revolutionary, cloud-based solution hosted on the Google cloud – available on any device that has a browser. It is the ‘glue’ that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones while enabling teachers and students to collaborate in real time, do in-class assessment, connect to shared digital workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless of location or device.

“The incredible response we have received from the digital content community is a clear indication that SMART amp software is set to become the preferred platform for education,” says Greg Estell, President, Education for SMART Technologies. “We are delighted to be working with so many great partners early in the development stages of this revolutionary product and look forward to many others signing up in the coming months.” 

SMART amp collaborative learning software will be available in commercial release in April 2014 and is now in early stage trials in a number of schools. For more information, visit smarttech.com/cloud.

Partners and content include

Adaptive Curriculum - deepens Middle and High School math and science curriculum with interactive, 100 percent online instruction that answers the question for students: "Why do I need to know this?”

Classroom Complete Press - Providing premium and affordable supplementary resource materials for students from junior kindergarten to grade 12.

Conceptua® Math - an elementary and middle school digital Common Core curriculum that transforms the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Edicones Lola Pirindola – personalized stories and resources for all learners, including special needs – covers all subjects with resources in over 20 languages.

Green Light Learning Tools - an experienced provider of education products with a mission to merge learning and curriculum with technology to create better instruction using ebooks, interactive whiteboards and apps, as well as professional development for schools.

Learning Bird – a crowd-sourced individualized learning system that amplifies school success and rewards teachers.

OnBoard Academics - interactive, common core aligned lessons for K-8 in Math, ELA and Science. OnBoard helps educators utilize technology to enhance the learning experience.

Saddleback Publishing – the leading provider of curriculum solutions and quality fiction for struggling and at-risk learners in grades 5 to 12, with a goal of helping them achieve successful reading levels.

Shakespeare in Bits - a novel, animated resource offering an easier way to learn and teach Shakespeare’s plays using rich, contemporary multimedia designed to create empowering, relevant and personalized learning experiences, which students can more easily interpret and understand.

STEM Builder – a rich library of visual demonstrations supporting all K-12 STEM standards where educators can master or refresh their understanding of any learning objective, then use the same tool in the classroom on whiteboards, iPads, tablets, laptops, or desktop computers. 

Themeefy – makes student and teacher generated content a key part of learning by letting them create lessons and projects from open web content and share them.

zondle - A fun, interactive approach to teaching and learning where teachers create and share questions (any subject, any level, any language) for students to play and practice in their choice of game.

About SMART
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that are redefining the way the world works and learns. SMART products enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces by turning group work into highly interactive, engaging and productive experiences. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance and ease of use.

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For more information, please contact:

Marina Geronazzo

Senior Public Relations Manager

SMART Technologies Inc.

+1.403.407.5088
MarinaGeronazzo@smarttech.com
smarttech.com

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