More than 450 New York state school districts to have easy access to
SMART software at a preferred rate
Software access includes newly released SMART amp™, SMART Notebook® 2014 and Notebook® Advantage
CALGARY, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ - SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of technology solutions
that enable inspired collaboration in schools and everywhere children
learn, joins Teq, a leading SMART channel partner to announce an
agreement with the New York State Instructional Technology Contract
Consortium through 24 of the Boards of Cooperative Educational
Services (BOCES) of New York State to purchase SMART software under
Cooperative Service 6360. The first State-wide agreement of its kind
for SMART and Teq, it enables more than 450 school districts,
encompassing over 4,000 schools in New York State to purchase the full
suite of SMART software from Teq at a preferred, pre-negotiated rate.
The districts will be eligible for BOCES aid to help finance their
BOCES provides shared educational programs and services to school
districts in New York State. This agreement with SMART and Teq allows
districts to acquire the latest SMART software. It provides access to
an unlimited subscription-based teaching, learning and collaboration
software package, which includes SMART Notebook 2014, the latest
version of the world's most popular collaborative learning software,
SMART amp, a new and revolutionary web-based software platform that can
be used on virtually any Internet-enabled device, and SMART Notebook
Advantage, an annual maintenance and upgrade package that allows
schools and districts to access a comprehensive suite of plug-ins,
widgets, learning content and subject-specific add-ons while using the
latest version of SMART Notebook software. The agreement will help New
York State teachers and students take full advantage of all educational
possibilities in their technology-enabled 21st century classrooms.
"We are delighted to reach this agreement with BOCES of New York State,"
says Greg Estell, President, Education, SMART Technologies.
"Spearheaded by the revolutionary SMART amp, we are confident that our
full software suite can play a vital role in today's classroom. We
anticipate other states will pursue similar purchasing models in order
to take full advantage of the rich package of software, content and
services SMART can deliver educators."
"We are proud and excited to introduce the first unlimited suite of
classroom collaboration software to the K-12 community," says Rob
Sugarman, Owner of Teq. "We believe this product offers our customers
tremendous value and the opportunity to expand their 21st century learning environments while increasing teacher effectiveness
and student achievement."
In 1948 the New York State legislature created Boards of Cooperative
Educational Services to provide shared educational programs and
services to school districts within the state. Today BOCES partners
with districts to provide a broad range of services that help meet the
evolving educational needs of students.
About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired
collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning
group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive
experience. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software
and services designed for superior performance and ease of use, and
remains a world leader in interactive displays.
Dedicated to championing the evolution of the modern classroom, Teq has
provided solutions to improve student learning since 1972. Its
professional development team of more than 23 education professionals
works closely to empower educators, leverage and improve technology
integration, and increase student achievement and success in the Common
Core curriculum. Teq provides clients with a unique blend of
experienced service, innovative products, and incomparable support
while fostering passion and creativity in the twenty-first century
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