Calgary, AB — November 24, 2009 — SMART Technologies announces that SMART Notebook Math Tools beta software has been downloaded by more than 20,000 educators worldwide, making it SMART’s most popular beta software to date. SMART Notebook Math Tools provides the digital tools necessary to create mathematical content and graph equations in the context of a SMART Notebook lesson activity. SMART Notebook Math Tools is currently available in English and will be available in December. Additional language versions, including Arabic, French, German and Russian, will be available in the coming months. SMART Notebook Math Tools beta software will continue to be available for download until December.
SMART Notebook Math Tools, which integrates seamlessly with SMART Notebook software, provides math-focused content and tools for middle, secondary and post-secondary school educators that enable them to demonstrate math concepts visually by creating, editing or graphing mathematical equations. The software features an equation editor tool that enables educators to copy, paste and edit equations in a SMART Notebook file and handwriting recognition feature that identifies handwritten mathematical symbols and equations. The application also integrates with Texas Instruments™ (TI) calculator emulator and computer software, which enables users’ TI calculator software to be launched through SMART Notebook Math Tools. About one third of SMART Notebook lesson activities have been designed for mathematics and many can be downloaded at no cost via the SMART Exchange™ online community. Other math-specific content includes SMART Ideas™ software activities and SMART Response™ question sets.
“SMART Notebook Math Tools is unbelievable – I absolutely love it,” says Dawn Lunt, lead teacher and math specialist at Edison’s School of Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship in Rochester, NY. “The equation editor is what I’ve been wanting for the past three years and I can’t wait to start using it.”
“Math students benefit from visual reinforcement of concepts,“ says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “The more than 20,000 educators who have downloaded the beta version of SMART Notebook Math Tools highlight the need for software that illustrates math concepts in a visually engaging manner that speaks to today’s learners.”
Equation editor – Allows users to copy, paste and edit equations in SMART Notebook software
Handwriting recognition – Recognizes handwritten mathematical symbols and equations and converts to computerized typeface
Texas Instruments calculator integration – When TI calculator software is installed, it can be launched through SMART Notebook Math Tools, giving users immediate access to TI applications
Dynamic graphing – Links equations, tables and graphs,enabling educators and students to explore how changes in an equation affect its visual representation in a graph
Custom graph builder – Makes creating custom number lines and graphs easy by setting the x, y axes, start and finish, and the scale
SMART product integration – Integrates with SMART Notebook software
Pricing and Availability
SMART Notebook Math Tools will be available in North America for purchase in December 2009 for US$129. Volume pricing for schools and school districts will also available. The suggested price in all other regions will depend on applicable taxes and duties. Those interested in purchasing SMART Notebook Math Tools should contact their local authorized SMART reseller.For more information, specifications and a list of SMART authorized resellers, visit www.smarttech.com.
SMART Technologies introduced the world’s first interactive whiteboard in 1991 and today is the global interactive whiteboard category leader, providing easy-to-use, integrated hardware, software and services that improve the way the world collaborates and learns. For more than 20 years, innovation and commitment to excellence have been at the core of its business. SMART revolutionized the education market with products that empower educators to improve student outcomes by effectively implementing technology products that support all learning styles and environments. The company helps business people achieve better results with products that enable more productive meetings and collaborative work. Its success is driven by a deep commitment to and engagement with both the education and business communities. SMART offers products, resources and services that positively transform the way people learn and work.
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