Educators around the world invited to create videos demonstrating classroom best practices
CALGARY, ALBERTA --- March 15, 2007 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces that it is now accepting entries for SMART’s second annual World Teachers’ Day (WTD) video contest. Once again teachers across the globe are invited to submit videos that demonstrate how SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards are improving student learning outcomes. Seventy-five winners, selected from five global regions, will win iPod shuffles. The top regional winners will each receive a SMART Board interactive whiteboard, and the overall winner will receive the grand prize, an all-inclusive trip to London, England, for BETT 2008, a leading education technology tradeshow.
WTD aims to raise awareness of, and appreciation for, the vital contributions that teachers make to education. Started by UNESCO to recognize teacher contributions around the globe, WTD is celebrated on October 5 in over 100 countries. The goal of SMART’s World Teachers’ Day Video Contest is to showcase teachers’ efforts to improve student learning outcomes and engagement. As a global market segment leader in interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools, SMART continues to support initiatives that inspire teaching excellence and have a positive impact on every child in the classroom. The winner of last year’s WTD video contest was Harry Hildebrand from Markham College in Lima, Peru. Hildebrand’s video was chosen because it creatively demonstrated a variety of ways to use the SMART Board interactive whiteboard to create a better classroom experience for both students and teachers. View his winning video.
“World Teachers’ Day focuses our attention on teachers everywhere who devote themselves to developing the minds of the next generation,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “The entries we received in our first video contest last year demonstrated the desire teachers have to share their experiences of teaching with SMART Board interactive whiteboards and showcased the improvement SMART products are making in teaching and learning in classrooms around the world.”
The contest is open to K–12, and primary and secondary teachers worldwide, in both public and private education. SMART’s World Teachers’ Day Video Contest 2007 closes on June 21, 2007. Winners will be announced on WTD, October 5. Prizes will be distributed to winners from five global regions consisting of Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, and North America. The total value of all prize packages for the video contest is more than US$20,000. Seventy-five finalists (fifteen per region) will receive an iPod shuffle. Of the seventy-five finalists, five regional winners will receive a SMART Board interactive whiteboard (one winner per region). Of the five regional winners, one global winner will be selected and will receive an all-inclusive trip to attend the BETT 2008 education trade show in London, England. Full contest rules and details are available at www.smarttech.com/wtd. Some restrictions may apply.
SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. The award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the most widely installed interactive whiteboard in the world. Many school jurisdictions have standardized on the product, which is used to provide interactive learning opportunities and enhance student achievement. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach over 15 million students in more than 450,000 classrooms spanning every U.S. state, every Canadian province, every Local Authority in the UK and in more than 100 countries worldwide. SMART products also include interactive pen displays, interactive digital signage, wireless slates and software. Using SMART products, teachers can access and share the information they need to improve student learning outcomes and streamline lesson planning. SMART’s education customers include New York City Board of Education (U.S.), Oxford University (UK), Kobe City Board of Education (Japan), Barnier Public School (Australia), University of Ottawa (Canada), United World College (Singapore), Stephen-Hawking-Schule Neckargemuend (Germany), Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (U.S.) and Harvard University (U.S.).
SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 800 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ontario, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York City, Chicago and Washington DC. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous U.S., Canadian and other patents pending. In 1992, SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel® Corporation that resulted in joint product development and marketing efforts, and Intel’s equity ownership in the company. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. To learn more about SMART as a company as well as SMART products and programs visit www.smarttech.com and www.education.smarttech.com.