LONDON, Jan. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions and the company that pioneered interactive learning tables, introduces their newest innovation – the SMART Table® 442i collaborative learning center. Publicly unveiled at the British Education Technology Conference in London today, the SMART Table features an engaging 360 degree, multitouch surface with a brilliant 106.68 cm (42") high-definition 1080p LCD display. The SMART Table enables up to eight students to interact simultaneously and actively collaborate to achieve shared learning goals.
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Educators can access over 1,500 ready-made activity packs from the award-winning SMART Exchange™ website, or create their own engaging lesson content using the included SMART Table Toolkit. Teachers can also import ready-made lessons and 3D multimedia content, with award winning SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software (included with the SMART Table).
The SMART Table is designed for durability in active classrooms, and is supported by a virtually untippable pedestal base that makes it easy for all students, including students in wheelchairs, to engage in active discussions and small group collaboration activities.
Multiple USB ports allow educators to easily integrate the SMART Table with other classroom technology, such as the SMART Document Camera™ to capture and display live images, video and 3D content. SMART Sync™ classroom management software (included) enables educators to easily transition from small-group to whole-class learning by sharing SMART Table content on a SMART Board® interactive display. To learn more about the SMART Table 442i collaborative learning center, visit smarttech.com/table.
"The SMART Table collaborative learning center transforms classrooms by providing a platform which allows educators to create an inspirational learning environment," says Warren Barkley, Chief Technology Officer, SMART Technologies. "We continue to be committed to developing innovative products that encourage student centered collaboration and increase educational outcomes."
Simultaneous multitouch capability – Enables eight students to collaborate on lessons at the same time. It also supports touch gestures such as rotate, toss and zoom.
Extensive content and resources – Over 1,500 ready-made activity packs are free to download from the SMART Exchange website. Educators can create new activities using the SMART Table Toolkit and import content into SMART Notebook files.
High-definition display – 106.68 cm (42"), LCD, 1080p display with no shadows and virtually no glare.
Rugged design – Sturdy pedestal that is virtually untippable and can support 200lbs on its scratch- and spill-proof surface.
SMART product integration –SMART Sync software is included and enables educators to share SMART Table content on a SMART Board interactive display. Educators also have the ability to connect a SMART Document Camera to capture and display images and video.
Built-in sound – Includes four headphone jacks and table speakers with individual volume control.
Easy setup – Can go from the box to being in use in 30 minutes.
Mobile design – Designed to fit through standard doorways. Optional casters are available.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) friendly – Can accommodate students with special needs and provide multiple ways for learners to interact with lesson content and express understanding.
Built-in Wi-Fi – Enables educators to connect directly to SMART Exchange or their learning authority's (district's) network.
Pricing and availability – Education
The suggested education list price for the SMART Table 442i collaborative learning center is GPB£4,875 in the United Kingdom, and US$7,749 in the United States – this includes one year of software maintenance (updates, upgrades, live support). Prices vary by country and may include applicable taxes, duties and import costs. Information on suggested education list price is available from local authorized SMART resellers. The SMART Table is expected to begin shipping globally in Q2 2013. For purchasing information, specifications and a list of authorized SMART resellers, visit smarttech.com.
About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive experience. SMART delivers an integrated solution of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance and ease of use, and remains a world leader in interactive displays.
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