World’s largest education content repository searchable by state standards
CALGARY, Alberta --- July 1, 2008 --- SMART Technologies announces the correlation of SMART Learning Marketplace content to Texas curriculum standards. The correlation will be ready in time for the start of the August 2008 school year. Texas teachers will be able to search more than one million pieces of digital content currently available on the site and quickly find resources correlated to state standards. The Texas curriculum correlation is the first of many planned correlations, with California, Florida and Arizona to follow. The SMART Learning Marketplace is a Web-based subscription service that provides access to the world’s largest online repository of copyright-cleared education content.
The SMART Learning Marketplace, powered by the Global Grid for Learning, is the result of an alliance between SMART and Cambridge University Press, the oldest printer and publisher in the world. The Marketplace is made up of more than one million professionally developed, copyright-cleared learning resources, including video clips, audio files, images and manipulatives that teachers can easily download and incorporate into lessons. The content comes from the world’s top education publishers, technology and software educators, and museums, including the Bridgeman Art Library, Scran, Encyclopedia Britannica, Reuters and Cambridge University Press. Since the service was launched eight months ago, more than 8,000 teachers around the world have subscribed.
“I regularly use the SMART Learning Marketplace to search for pictures and video clips to add to my lesson activities and make them more engaging,” says Jeri Kitner, a teacher technologist at Walnut Hill Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. “I like that we can search directly from SMART Notebook software. It makes integrating content into lesson plans very easy.”
“Texas teachers have identified the need for high-quality digital content that is correlated to curriculum standards, and SMART is one of the first companies in the world to respond to their requests,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “Now Texas teachers are able to browse the SMART Learning Marketplace with confidence, knowing the material they find meets state standards.”
Availability and pricing
One- and two-year subscriptions to the SMART Learning Marketplace are now available in North America. Subscribers can choose from three different download limits. A one-year individual subscription starts at US$239, and a one-year school subscription starts at US$1,599. To take a tour of the SMART Learning Marketplace or to subscribe, visit www.learningmarketplace.smarttech.com.
SMART Technologies is an industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in user-friendly ICT products and group collaboration tools. The award-winning line of SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards is the most widely installed in the world because of its unsurpassed product quality, versatility and ease of use. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach over 18 million students in more than 600,000 classrooms in more than 100 countries around the world.
SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 1,100 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ottawa, Ontario, and offices in Bonn, Paris, 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 Intel’s equity ownership in the company. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. To learn more about SMART, visit www.smarttech.com.