Largest school district in Alabama chooses SMART


CALGARY, Alberta — November 30, 2009 — SMART Technologies announces that Mobile County Public Schools (MCPS) in Mobile, Alabama, has standardized on SMART Board interactive whiteboards. In the 2008–09 school year, MCPS began a district-wide campaign to install a SMART Board interactive whiteboard in every classroom. To date, the district has installed more than 1,500 SMART Board interactive whiteboards and continues to add other SMART products to its classrooms. In addition to a SMART Board interactive whiteboard, at least six schools in the district will add a SMART Document Camera, SMART Slate wireless slate and SMART Response interactive response system to each classroom.

With more than 63,000 students enrolled at more than 100 schools, MCPS is the largest district in Alabama and the 50th largest district in the United States. MCPS first introduced SMART Board interactive whiteboards to their classrooms in 1996 and, in the 2007–08 school year, MCPS decided to add an interactive whiteboard to every classroom in the district. One senior official in the district explained that since SMART products were introduced, the district has seen an increase in student attentiveness and a significant decrease in discipline problems. Today, MCPS has more than 1,500 SMART Board interactive whiteboards, 500 SMART Document Cameras, 200 AirLiner wireless slates (now called the SMART Slate wireless slate) and 300 SMART Response interactive response systems, and is committed to adding even more SMART products to its classrooms.
“Having SMART products in the classrooms has really changed the face of how we do things,” says
David K. Akridge, executive manager of IT services at MCPS. “Teachers are elated to be receiving their own SMART Board, and students are collaborating and using the technology to enhance day-to-day activities.”
“Administrators and teachers at Mobile County Public Schools recognize the importance of using interactive technology products in the classroom to engage and support today’s learners,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “With a SMART Board interactive whiteboard in every classroom in the district, students across all grades and subjects will benefit from having the tools and resources needed to support their success now and in the future.”
About Mobile County Public Schools
Mobile County Public Schools (MCPS) is located in southwest Alabama and incorporates 10 cities. The mission of the MCPS school system is to graduate citizens who are literate, responsible and committed to learning over a lifetime. The district strives to provide a variety of learning pathways to ensure academic and career success for their students, including fostering a collaborative school culture to benefit both educators and students. More information on Mobile County Public Schools can be found at
About SMART  
SMART Technologies introduced the world’s first interactive whiteboard in 1991 and 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.
For more information, please contact:
Christine Roulston
Public Relations Specialist
SMART Technologies
Phone 403.407.5084
Fax 403.228.2500
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