University students develop barcode-scanning iPhone app

A group of university students has developed an iPhone application that could be useful during the holiday shopping season, MyStateline.com reports. The Missouri University of Science & Technology students have come up with a program that turns the phone into a barcode scanner — and a whole lot more. The students say they looked at other products designed to read the Universal Product Code attached to virtually every product and discovered most couldn’t read all available code types. The students’ 99-cent application, called Barcodescan, not only reads all types of UPC codes, but also scours the internet for prices, product reviews, and other information about the product, allowing users to hunt for bargains right from the store…

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Students spread the Google gospel

Boise State University senior and self-described Google fanatic Taylor Bell landed his dream job this semester when the internet mega-site hired him as an ambassador, charged with evangelizing Google’s array of applications to tech-hungry college students.

Google has 121 ambassadors on 69 campuses nationwide after sifting through thousands of applications and awarding the company’s first ambassadorships to students last year. The Google student representatives are not paid, but they are rewarded with free water bottles and T-shirts, said Miriam Schneider, a product marketing manager for Google.

Google delivers online tutorials to its ambassadors, showing what features they should pitch to students in on-campus meetings.

Bell said a recent lesson he gave to a group of Boise State football players showed how they can collaborate in groups of up to 10 people using Google Docs, an application that lets students create a study sheet in real time in remote locations, for example.

"It kind of blows their minds a little bit," said Bell, 25, a communications major. "A lot of people didn’t have any idea you could do some of these things. … I don’t think they realize how powerful some of these tools really are."

Schneider said spreading the word during major product rollouts like Google Wave–an application that allows for real-time communication using videos, maps, photos, and text–helps the company create tools that better cater to students, a demographic that often uses Google products before the general public.

"We want [ambassadors] to really be foot soldiers on campus … who are the early adopters," Schneider said. "It’s important for us to know exactly how students are using our products … and to build a bridge between Google and the people who are actually using the products. For us, it really shapes the way the products are developed."

Google’s student outreach isn’t limited to the college campuses staffed with ambassadors. The company has launched a Twitter page, a blog, a Facebook page, and a YouTube channel all dedicated to communicating with students.

The company uses the blog to push applications that can be useful in the lecture hall and during late-night library study sessions.

On Nov. 17, a Google blog post trumpeted the launch of Google Sites templates, described as "pre-packaged sites that anyone can use to make creating your own web site even easier."

"This is especially valuable for students so that when you’re making your site you can now skip a few steps, and instead of making a site from scratch, start with a template," the blog says. "You can use site templates to organize, publish, and share information about your school, class, projects, fraternity or sorority, school club, intramural teams, or any other organization or event."

Google invited a handful of students, including Bell and Daniel Miller, a Google ambassador at the University of Washington, to the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Denver Nov. 3-6. Students manned the mammoth Google both on the conference’s exhibit floor and helped answer questions from passersby.

Miller said he has helped Washington students create an exam study guide in Google Docs, a program they were only somewhat familiar with.

"I sort of walked them through it at first," Miller said, "and they took to it and really figured it out."

To qualify for a Google ambassadorship–which lasts one academic year–applicants must be enrolled in a North American college or university, demonstrate passion for technology, and commit to about five hours a month for planning Google events on campus. Each ambassador is expected to host three to four events during the school year.

Bell said his ambassadorship proves that Google doesn’t judge applications solely by grade point average. With a GPA under 3.0, Bell thought his chances were slim, but he wrote about his decade-long study of Google’s rise to prominence in his online application–a strategy he believes clinched his ambassadorship.

"I wasn’t trying to just write anything they wanted to hear," Bell said.

Bell’s loyalty to the search giant was evident in 2004, when Google unveiled its eMail program, called Gmail. Gmail subscriptions were only available through online invites on a limited basis, so Bell paid someone $5 through PayPal to eMail him an invitation.

"I knew that Gmail was going to be huge, and I’m the type of person who has to get in on the ground floor," he said. "It’s fast and it’s simple, and I haven’t looked back since."

Being Boise State’s Google go-to, Bell said, hopefully will evolve into a full-time, post-college job with the company.

"My passion for technology mixed with my love of continued education really connects with [Google’s] message," he said. "I can’t help but have a huge grin on my face whenever I talk about it."

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Google’s student blog

Google’s student YouTube page

Google’s student Twitter account

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Broadway Infotech proudly announces the launch of its innovative and enhanced website

In a sequence of new imagination to enhance client’s experience, Broadway Infotech Pty Ltd. Proudly announces the launch of its innovative and enhanced website.

 
The improved website is the result of several months of analysis, design and programming to line up the website with the company’s brand image and tactical goals. It has been designed to allow for easy navigation and a superior user experience. It has a much cleaner glance and is well structured. Overall, it is a better representation of what Broadway Infotech is all about and creates the best user experience.
 
In addition to the website’s many new technological features, the design and interface present a striking improvement. The site’s navigation is sleek, making it more instinctive and user-friendly. In the coming weeks, Broadway Infotech will be introducing new website features including a Support Center, Client Login Area and special offers.
 
"We’re very excited about the new Website. The Website enables visitors across Australia to know more about us and the services we provide, “says CEO Ashwani Kumar.
 

For more information on Broadway Infotech and our products and services, please visit our new web site at http://www.broadwayinfotech.com.au

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Pearson’s Project Tapestry Delivers on Potential of Personalized Learning by Integrating Content with Data and Analytics to Impact Student Achievement

New York, NY – November 11, 2009 – Pearson, a global leader in education, technology and services, today unveiled the early successes of Project Tapestry – the first connected learning environment of its kind, built specifically for K-12 education. The successes of two districts in particular – Plainedge School District in Massapequa, NY and Independence School District in Independence, MO – are chronicled in a video news release available at: http://www.pearsontapestry.com/news/videos/vnr/

 

Introduced earlier this year, Project Tapestry is the product of Pearson’s close collaboration with more than 500 key education partners to align a new learning platform with specific K-12 education needs. The result is a fully integrated, open, web-based system that allows educators to “connect the dots” between data, analytics, content and curriculum. With Project Tapestry, educators can view student-level data and make real-time adjustments within the classroom to positively impact achievement on a daily basis.

 

“Project Tapestry is a tremendous step forward for personalized learning,” said Ron Rheinheimer, Vice President at Pearson. “We began gathering customer feedback and looking at possible technology solutions over two years ago. Today, thanks to those efforts, Project Tapestry exists as an ongoing success story in several districts, including the Plainedge and Independence School Districts featured in our new customer video. Through the use of Project Tapestry, school districts nationwide are experiencing an immediate, positive impact, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

 

Project Tapestry meets the current and future needs of K-12 schools and districts moving towards individualized curriculum plans and one-to-one education. “I use Project Tapestry as an adjunct to the classroom. One of the nightmares that we have in public education is that you often have 29 students and 29 minutes. How do you differentiate instruction? It’s difficult to do in a regular classroom period,” said David Schutz, Honors Biology/Engineering Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at Plainedge School District. “By making all kinds of different content and materials available on Project Tapestry to the different groups of students I have in a class, I can provide personalized instruction outside the classroom to supplement what we’re doing inside the classroom.”

 

Key to Project Tapestry’s success is its open platform that seamlessly integrates with a district’s student information systems and provides all information through a single point of access, making it easier for educators to evaluate and address student performance.

 

Additionally, Project Tapestry is based on existing industry standards to ensure seamless integration with a school or district’s existing investments in technology and content. Project Tapestry maximizes these investments and makes it even easier for stakeholders to take advantage of these resources.

 

“We started using Project Tapestry as a way to take the temperature of our assessments and identifying where our students are on a short-term basis. We have a lot of data in our district. We’ve enjoyed using this data, but before Project Tapestry we didn’t have a way to take small, incremental snapshots of where are students were performing and where they weren’t performing,” said Beth Savidge, Assistant Superintendent, Independence School District. “Project Tapestry will expand our technology use, as well as our assessment use in a variety of ways. Not only will we use Project Tapestry as a way to track data, students and assessment information, but also to connect with and assess students who may have been previously overwhelmed by traditional paper and pencil assessments.”

 

Furthermore, Project Tapestry embraces everyone involved in the education process:

·       Superintendents can identify and measure student performance across classrooms, across the district, and across the state, enabling quick action to improve outcomes and report progress.

·       Principals benefit from immediate visibility into student performance data, enabling school leaders to continually improve outcomes.

·       Administrators realize increased efficiencies and an easy-to-use interface that requires little internal resources, creating more time to focus on district and school performance while maximizing their existing technology investments.

·       Teachers gain immediate access student performance results and the ability to make necessary adjustments to provide relevant, personalized learning experiences to enhance the success of every student.

·       Students are able to track their own progress through online access to coursework, exams and results.

·       Parents benefit from immediate and ongoing insight into student performance and enhanced communication and collaboration with teachers.

 

For more information on Project Tapestry please visit www.pearsontapestry.com, email us at pss_sales@pearson.com or call 1-877-873-1550.

 

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company’s investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company’s respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, and many others. Pearson’s comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson’s commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com

 

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Edustructures Releases National Transcript Center (NTC) Version 3.0 to Help Students and Parents Quickly Obtain School Transcripts Online Anytime

Salt Lake City, UT, November 11, 2009 — Edustructures, part of the Pearson Assessment & Information group, today announced the availability of National Transcript Center (NTC) v3.0, an enhanced offering of the industry’s most comprehensive solution for securely obtaining or exchanging electronic student records and transcripts online.

New to this offering of NTC is www.orderatranscript.com, a web-based transcript-ordering interface that allows parents and students to order official transcripts at their convenience, 24/7, even when schools are closed. Use of www.orderatranscript.com also streamlines the transcript fulfillment process for school guidance counselors and registrars. The technology automates the student/parent request verification, while providing an audit trail for the school and transcript order confirmation to the requesting student or parent. Because all transcript ordering steps are completed online, the cost and time involved in processing requests is eliminated, providing critical demand support and resource savings during the high volume October-through-January transcript-ordering season.

“NTC v3.0 allows school counselors and registrars to offer the utmost in ‘customer service’ to parents and students while reducing administrative burden,” said Steve Curtis, president of Edustructures. ” In an era of shrinking budgets and growing demands, the NTC Orderatranscript.com functionality allows schools to fulfill an important service in the most efficient and economical manner possible.”

“Orderatranscript.com offers an opportunity to reduce an unthinkable amount of paper waste while meeting the needs of our constituents, all with a system that is more secure, more efficient, and saves money for school districts,” said L. Russ Brawn, chief operations officer, California School Information Services (FCMAT/CSIS). “We are pleased to see this functionality added to the CSIS Transcript Center which will have a positive impact for California public schools, parents and students, and the environment.”

In addition to the Orderatranscript.com functionality, NTC v3.0 provides enhanced support for SIF interoperability, providing translation between SIF and other transcript standards including the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) High School Transcript XML standard.

Currently, the NTC solution serves more than 15 million students under statewide contracts in California, Colorado, Iowa, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming, representing more than 25,000 education institutions.

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company’s investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company’s respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, and many others. Pearson’s comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson’s commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com.

About Edustructures

Edustructures, a Pearson company (NYSE: PSO), is the recognized leader in enterprise interoperability solutions for the PK-20 education market. Through its SIFWorks® integration platform, National Transcript Center solution, comprehensive professional services, and relationships with business partners and educators, Edustructures connects the systems that power education. For more information about Edustructures, please visit www.edustructures.com.

 

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Pearson’s “MyWorld Geography” Curriculum Offers Virtual Passports to Connect Middle School Students Around the World

Boston (PRWEB) — Xiao lives with his father, mother, grandmother, and older brother in a tiny village near Wuxi (woo shee), an ancient city in the east of China. After learning of his father’s diabetes diagnosis, the 17-year-old Xiao found a full-time job to help support his family.

Xiao’s story is one of 22 real-life personal stories that are part of the revolutionary new middle grades curriculum program, myWorld Geography (http://www.myworldpearson.com/index.html), launched today from the education, services, and technology company Pearson. Pearson’s social studies authors along with journalists from the Financial Times newspaper scoured the globe to find real teenagers to serve as ambassadors for each region represented in the digital and print chapters of the standards-based geography program. These "myStory (http://www.myworldpearson.com/mystory.php)" features include illustrated stories and videos to provide American students with the opportunity to make real-life and enduring connections to all aspects of the curriculum.

myWorld Geography (http://vidego.multicastmedia.com/player.php?p=vefqyq89) helps today’s adolescents learn by "doing" and stay motivated to learn through interactive, digital communications. The program enables students and teachers to explore the world’s geography and history through the myStory ambassadors, a virtual travel digital game, a student journal, and hands-on activities. myWorld Geography also expands students’ social studies skills beyond mapping and graphing by integrating 21st century learning, like innovation, collaboration, information, and media and technology skills, into the print and digital components.

To simplify global statistics, which teachers report can be abstract and difficult to understand for some students, the myWorld authorship team incorporated a "myWorld in Numbers" element into every chapter, helping middle graders make connections to data and develop the skills associated with using data to make decisions.

"Critical for today’s digital natives are communication, civic literacy, and critical thinking skills that will be essential for tomorrow’s workplace. myWorld Geography supports the reinforcement of these skills while conveying the core concepts of social studies by helping students connect, experience, and understand the content," said Michael Gee, Pearson Vice President for Social Studies.

With myWorld Geography’s Online Travel Assignment (http://www.myworldpearson.com/travel_assignment.php), for example, students travel through regions or time periods and complete a game-like assignment based on an "essential question." Students gather information to complete the assignment by watching video interviews and stories, working through simulations, completing animated activities, and analyzing and examining maps, data, artifacts, and primary sources. They capture their thoughts and record their observations in a PDA "tracker" and send their "assignment" directly to their teachers.

"In some cases, we’re seeing a reduction in social studies instructional time at the elementary level, which can result in middle grade students needing personalized, engaging materials that match their state standards. myWorld’s extensive content base and integrated digital assets match curriculum needs nationwide, assisting students on their path to academic success," said Gee.

Available for purchase in January 2010, myWorld Geography instruction aligns to Dr. Grant Wiggins’ Understanding by Design model and personalizes learning by integrating online assessment, reinforcing concepts in a student journal, and offering online assignments and presentations to ensure students understand the content as they move through the curriculum. In addition to Wiggins, the myWorld Geography’s authorship team includes renowned experts in geography, history, and social studies education: Dr. Gregory H. Chu of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Susan Hardwick of the University of Oregon, and Dr. Don Holtgrieve of the University of Oregon.

Pearson has committed to donate a portion of the sale proceeds of the myWorld program to organizations that help people who live and work in regions of the myWorld ambassadors. Through the myWorld Gives Back program, Pearson also will sponsor myWorld 5K run/walks at conferences throughout the United States; funds collected from these events will be donated to local and international charitable organizations.

Gee said, "Pearson’s myWorld Geography is taking learning one step further by giving back to the global community and setting an example for students about being responsible global citizens."

For more information about the myWorld curriculum, visit www.myworldpearson.com or watch the video seen here: http://vidego.multicastmedia.com/player.php?p=vefqyq89. Students and teachers can visit Flickr and the myWorld Geography Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/myWorld-Geography/130735332954) page to see still images of the regions, cultures and people showcased in the curriculum. Video clips from the myStory features can be seen at this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioyhgz5q_q8.

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company’s investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company’s respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson’s comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson’s commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com.

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Pearson’s New Web Site Demystifies “Response to Intervention”

Boston – November 17, 2009 — Educators now have at their fingertips all of the vital information they need to implement a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework for their school or district: just log on to www.pearsonschool.com/rtisolutions, the new Web resource announced today by the education, technology, and services company Pearson. The Web site integrates RTI informational resources, professional development opportunities, and Pearson’s assessment and curriculum intervention solutions that effectively fit the multi-tiered RTI approach to promote high-quality, standards-based instruction and intervention. These intervention programs align with federal Title I, Title III, and IDEA funding and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) requirements.

Recent federal laws, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), pushed schools to focus more directly on helping all children learn by identifying and addressing problems early. In response, most educators have turned to RTI, defined by the National Center on Response to Intervention as a multi-tiered prevention system that identifies students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitors student progress, provides evidence-based interventions, and adjusts the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness. Pearson’s Web site untangles the complexities of RTI and offers educators: a clear understanding of what RTI is; a chance to learn more about successful RTI program methods — from adapting instruction to using data to identify student progress; webinars on how specific funding sources fit with intervention programs; and links to RTI policy documents, briefings, and tools.

As part of its commitment to ensuring that schools have the tools to help all students succeed, Pearson continues to build an increasingly robust continuum of programs, supported by professional development for educators, to fit within the RTI framework. These educational materials employ assessment to tier students according to need, match instruction to those needs, and closely monitor students’ response to instruction to make necessary and timely adjustments. 

“We know RTI programs help bring along at-risk learners and challenge high-achieving students because of the personalization that the framework offers.  In accord with our teacher’s efforts to tie assessment to instruction, www.pearsonschool.com/rtisolutions points to resources that make these data-based decisions even easier,” said Peter Cohen, Chief Executive Officer of Curriculum for Pearson K-12.  Cohen added, “With Pearson’s new Web site, we want to help educators apply the right RTI action at the right time for each child.”

More information about each of Pearson’s RTI programs, including research that validates the effectiveness of the programs, can be seen at www.pearsonschool.com/rtisolutions.

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About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education, services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com

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Extron MediaLink Controller with Contemporary New Design Now Shipping

Anaheim, California (November 24, 2009) – Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MLC 62 RS D MediaLink® Controller, an easy-to-use keypad controller for controlling A/V equipment in classrooms and meeting facilities. The MLC 62 RS D features eight customizable backlit soft touch buttons providing control capabilities for common A/V functions including display power, input switching, and volume control. The new controller serves as a replacement for a display’s handheld IR remote, providing user-friendly control for a projector or flat panel display, and eliminating problems related to misplaced IR remotes, confusing menus, and dead batteries.

"The new MLC 62 RS D provides A/V control in a new contemporary design for an elegant look in any environment," says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. "Standardizing the control interface for all A/V systems in a facility makes them easy to install, operate, and maintain."

The MLC 62 RS D offers IR and unidirectional RS-232 for universal display control, two relays for controlling screens and lights, and a digital input for interfacing with switches and sensors. The controller includes black and white Decora faceplates.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com/mlc62rsdpr for more information.

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Studica Skills and ENGINEERING.com Partner for Student Competitions

Studica Skills, the online center for student competition, and ENGINEERING.com, the global community for engineers, announced today a joint partnership to deliver superior worldwide student competitions. In the five years the first Studica Skills competitions, thousands of entries have been submitted by students in areas ranging from architecture, engineering, graphic design, and more. Students compete in these competitions to win prizes and earn recognition.

Now powered by ENGINEERING.com Inc., Studica Skills has improved its interface to function for both the students who compete in competitions and the teachers who use the website in their classrooms. In addition to the Studica Skills competitions posted that are open to all students, teachers can now set up private competitions for their classrooms. These competitions will be hosted and maintained on www.StudicaSkills.com with entries showcased to all visitors. Students and teachers are able to set up accounts complete with profiles, forums, and private chats to promote better collaboration for the Studica Skills competitions. The improved Studica Skills site, hosted by ENGINEERING.com, remains at www.StudicaSkills.com.

“Studica Skills allows us to maintain an important connection with our base of Autodesk and other technical software users in the engineering and CAD fields for the education market,” said Frank Nanfara, President of Studica. “The new Studica Skills site, built and hosted by ENGINEERING.com, allows teachers to collaborate with groups of students to submit entries and even to start competitions of their own.”

“Studica Skills has a strong presence among technical teachers and students,” said John Hayes, President of ENGINEERING.com. “We are delighted to welcome this group of technical users to the ENGINEERING.com member community.”

About ENGINEERING.com Incorporated

ENGINEERING.com Incorporated [TSXV: EGN] is the leading network for the Engineering Community, offering free and fee-based services and software to engineering professionals and academia around the world. The ENGINEERING.com Incorporated head office is located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and can be reached toll-free at 877.997.9917 or through www.ENGINEERING.com.

About Studica Skills:

Studica, Inc. invests in the Education Community through a free, education-community-building program that is Studica Skills, the free online competition website exclusively for students. At StudicaSkills.com, students compete in areas from Animation to Engineering; from Music Creation and Performance, to Desktop Publishing

 

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SMART Notebook Math Tools most popular beta in SMART history

 

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 Exchangeonline 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.” 
Features
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.
About SMART
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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For more information, please contact:
Kelly Stewart
Public Relations Specialist
SMART Technologies
Phone 403.407.5087
Fax 403.228.2500
E-mail KellyStewart@smarttech.com
 
© 2009 SMART Technologies ULC. SMART Board, SMART Notebook, SMART Exchange, SMART Ideas, SMART Response, smarttech and the SMART logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of SMART Technologies ULC in the U.S. and/or other countries. All third-party product and company names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 
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