Software helps students create, share and manage digital files
CALGARY, Alberta --- August 26, 2009 --- SMART Technologies announces the release of the Mac version of SMART Notebook SE (Student Edition) software. SMART Notebook SE Mac was created specifically to meet the needs of tech-savvy students by providing them with a learning tool that complements the way they think and organize. The student edition is compatible with the Mac version of SMART Notebook software, which many K–12 teachers use as their primary lesson creation and delivery application. The Windows software was released in October 2008 and made available on a convenient 2 GB USB silicon bracelet in December 2008. The SMART Notebook SE bracelet makes it easy for students to access any computer, complete assignments and save work to a single, portable USB key. A Mac version of the SMART Notebook SE bracelet will be available in fall 2009.
SMART Notebook remains one of the most popular collaborative learning software applications in the world, with more than 25 million classroom users in more than 175 countries worldwide. Of these, approximately 15 percent operate on the Mac platform. SMART Notebook SE Mac helps students in classrooms with Mac computers keep track of assignments, complete homework, review notes and transfer files. As more school districts introduce Mac products into their classrooms, the Mac version of SMART Notebook software and SMART Notebook SE Mac will together facilitate greater interaction between teachers and students and between students and their peers. The software is available in English, French, German and Spanish. The SMART Notebook SE Mac bracelet adds an additional level of usability and portability to the student software by enabling students to access homework, digital texts, multimedia and other important information from any school, library or home computer. The software also runs automatically from the bracelet, so there is no need to download or install it. As such, it is ideal for students who use several computers each day to complete school work, or who do not have a dedicated computer.
“Today’s digital natives learn very differently than the generations of students before them and require software that address their educational needs and which function on both Mac and Windows operating systems,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “Creating a Mac version of SMART Notebook SE enables students to create and organize digital material in a flexible way that encourages learning and is based on their unique needs.”