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EDCompass July 2008 - SMART Summer Update


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EDCompass July 2008 - SMART Summer Update

  1. 1. newsletter July 2008 NEWS AND RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS USING SMART PRODUCTS SMART summer update I N T H I S I SS U E C O N T E ST S SMART Teacher Content Challenge Contests ...................................................1 Research ...................................................1 Enter the SMART Teacher Content Challenge, and show off your lesson development skills! Send us an innovative lesson that incorporates digital content before July Product News .......................................... 2 31, and you could win a seven-day trip for two or a global learning technology package. Find details on the SMART Exchange and start sending us your lessons! Vote for your favorite lesson on the Exchange A N OT E f r O m T H E E d I TO r Over the summer, visit the SMART Exchange to view the lessons submitted for the Back- to-School Lesson Activity Contest, and vote for your favorites. The winning lesson activity will be announced in the August issue of the newsletter. Vote now! r E S E A rC H Interactive whiteboards have a positive impact in classrooms The University of New Brunswick, Canada, is currently studying the impact School’s out for summer! of interactive whiteboard use in K–12 environments. Findings from the “SMART Board Technology Integration in the Inclusive Classroom – Phase II Progress Report” are The school year is over, but we still detailed below: have lots we want to share with you. This two-page issue of EDCompass™ newsletter • 100% of teachers agreed that access to SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards has is packed with information that will keep increased their understanding of technology as an instructional tool you up to date on our products and offerings, • 88.2% of teachers strongly agreed that using a SMART Board interactive whiteboard in the and help you generate ideas for the coming classroom is beneficial school year. • 70.6% strongly agreed that SMART Board interactive whiteboards should be part of an overall framework for better practices in inclusive education As always, if you have any comments • Pattern analysis showed that students were more focused on their learning when teachers about the newsletter or any of the articles used a SMART Board interactive whiteboard featured in this issue, we’d love to hear from you. Please e-mail your feedback to For more information about this study, visit the news and research section on the education solutions website. July 2008 | PG 1
  2. 2. PrOdUCT NEWS Senteo software 2.0 available in new school year SMART training resources at your disposal Are you using our free online support, self-help and other training resources available to you on the Training section of SMART’s website? Numerous Quick Reference Guides and Hands- on Practice activities deliver the information you need to gain practical experience using your SMART Board interactive whiteboard – at any time and at any pace. Our Two-Minute Tutorials offer short, animated introductions on using various SMART products. We also have the Learning Path, which includes four self-paced training modules that teach you everything from the basics of your SMART Board interactive whiteboard to getting the most from SMART Notebook software. Additionally, the SMART Exchange and the Teachers’ Hub offer more opportunities for you to access high-quality support. Head back to the classroom with the newest version of Senteo assessment software. Version 2.0 will be released this summer with extensive improvements to the Up next tracking, reporting and analysis funtions. The interface now enables you to search, sort, organize and monitor your student grades. For more information on the product, visit the Product Spotlight section on Unifi™ 45 projector kit now compatible with more models We’re now shipping a Unifi 45 projector kit that is compatible with SMART Board 560, Watch for the back-to-school issue 580 and 660 interactive whiteboards. The kit combines the board with a projector and control panel. The short-throw, high-offset Unifi 45 projector reduces shadows cast onto in mid-August, and find more ways to win the interactive whiteboard and offers a bright image and high color quality. SMART products for your classroom. You can also read how a school in Arlington, From the control panel, you can start the projector and interactive whiteboard with a Virginia, is using SMART products to engage single button and switch between other connected devices, such as laptops, DVD players students and increase test scores, and in our and document cameras. Product Spotlight, we’ll be highlighting the SMART Document Camera. To learn more about how you can teach your class using an intergrated system that makes lessons more appealing and encourages active participation, visit the accessories Enjoy the rest of your summer. We look section of the SMART Board 600 series page on forward to seeing you in the 2008–2009 school year! July 2008 | PG 2 © 2008 SMART Technologies ULC. All rights reserved. EDCompass, SMART Board, Senteo, Unifi, smarttech, the SMART logo and all SMART taglines are trademarks or registered trademarks of SMART Technologies ULC in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other third-party product and company names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. 10798-08