Accelerate Learning

Consisting of SMART Notebook, SMART Notebook SE (Student Edition), SMART Sync, and SMART Response CE software, the SMART Classroom Suite offers an easy-to-use, 21st-century solution:

  • Teachers can create, deliver, and manage interactive lessons.
  • Teachers can monitor, control, and interact with all student computers in the classroom.
  • Students are empowered to create, organize, and manage all of their electronic documents from a single application.
  • Teachers can administer media-rich, interactive assessments with full gradebook and reporting capabilities.

SMART did its homework!

Today’s students—the “digital natives”—are more tech-savvy than ever. They operate video games with ease and determination. They bond to devices that pump music into their ears. They exchange text messages with friends and navigate through multiple physical and mental activities at once. It’s no wonder many teachers question how they can effectively compete for students’ attention in such an energized environment. SMART Technologies had the same thought, and so the company best known as the global leader of interactive whiteboard technology put its development engineers to work.

Through each of the four stages of learning, SMART’s Classroom Suite is well prepared for the test:

In the CREATE stage, teachers and students use SMART Notebook and SMART Notebook SE to create multimedia lesson plans, activities, and projects.

In the TEACH stage, educators use SMART Sync and SMART Notebook to deliver engaging, curriculum-based content.

In the LEARN stage, students use SMART Notebook SE and SMART Sync to support learning and seamlessly transition among individual, small-group, and whole-class activities.

In the ASSESS stage, teachers and students use SMART Response CE and SMART Notebook SE to assess student progress and understanding.

Sync up for success

At the heart of the SMART Classroom Suite is the SMART Sync application, a revolutionary classroom management program that helps teachers guide students while allowing them to engage in the learning process.

As a testament to the program’s success, SMART research shows that 81 percent of existing customers rate their likelihood to recommend SMART Sync as nine or 10 out of 10. In a recent customer survey, SMART Sync users reported significant productivity gains. With 348 schools across North America participating, the survey reveals that on average teachers save 14 minutes of class time per typical 50-minute class by using SMART Sync. That adds up to seven hours of extra teaching time per class, per term. [Source: ED Compass newsletter, January 2009, SMART Technologies]

SMART customers say the logistics of running their class are so much easier—they feel like they’re actually teaching, not just supervising. And students are more engaged, resulting in higher-quality outcomes. What’s more, SMART says 65 percent of SMART Sync customers rated their No. 1 reason for using the software as its ease of use.

Ever thought you’d like to see and control what’s on students’ computer screens without having to walk around the classroom or lab?

Now you can. With SMART Sync, you can observe all student screens as full-sized or thumbnail images. And they can be sorted to match your classroom layout. Even better, you can view the programs that students are using!

Carol Horner, director of technology at Wesleyan School in Norcross, Ga., says, “SMART Sync makes managing a class much easier. Before SMART Sync, students wasted a lot of time surfing the internet and getting eMail. Now they focus on their schoolwork.”

Worried students might wander into dangerous or non-productive areas of the internet? Wish you had a way to keep them focused?

Now you can. With SMART Sync, you can lock down one or more computers, screen internet access by site, and block applications not contributing to the learning process, such as video games or texting.

Mohamed Mohamed, network manager for Concordia University in Montreal, says, “It’s a reliable, powerful tool. I can broadcast and control computers to make sure students are learning the right material and not just browsing online and chatting.”

Wish you could work one-on-one with a student who needs extra help … and do so without embarrassing a student who ordinarily might not ask for help for fear of being teased?

Now you can. With SMART Sync, you can “chat” with individual students and answer their questions directly. Better yet, you can take control of their computer temporarily to demonstrate a point.

Debbie Forrest, IBCA/BCA teacher at Bossier Parish Schools in Bossier City, La., says, “I can keep students focused on their work and help one student on one level and another on a different task.”

Need to transition from individualized instruction to whole-class work from time to time?

Now you can. With SMART Sync, you can “broadcast” your desktop view to all students to demonstrate a concept, view a web page, or play a video that supports the day’s instruction.

Jeanne Dally-Steele, a middle school computer technology teacher at Hamilton School in Madison, Wis., says, “[The] ability to lock computers for attention (‘All Eyes Forward’ feature) is wonderful. Love, love, love it.”

Do you recognize the need for collaboration among students, taking basic skills learned and applying them in a real-world problem-solving exercise, and do you wish you could make grades improve with such collaboration?

Now you can.  SMART Sync automatically assigns students to groups so they can engage in collaboration activities using the think-write-pair-share model of small group collaboration. Students can see each others’ screens and chat without leaving their computers. There’s even a sign-off feature that requires group consensus before students can send the group answer to the teacher. Teachers using the SMART Sync collaboration feature have reported that it helps students develop teamwork and consensus-building skills, as well as improve their grades.

One of the benefits that Josh Banks, an English teacher at Ste. Genevieve High School in Missouri, saw from SMART Sync is that “students learned to engage in peer-to-peer … collaboration, and many students became instructors to others who needed help.”

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