Gauteng Ministry of Education installing 1,800 SMART Board® 6065 interactive flat panel displays and SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software to modernize classrooms and elevate
Installation is largest ever single deployment of interactive classroom
technology on African continent
CALGARY, July 22, 2015 /CNW/ - SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), an innovator and leading global provider of
collaboration solutions, announces that the Ministry of Education for
Gauteng province in South Africa has chosen SMART for an initial
installation of 1,800 SMART Board 6065 interactive displays and equivalent licenses for SMART Notebook® collaborative learning software. VastraTech, the authorized SMART distributor in South Africa, is
leading the implementation, which will initially see Grade 12
classrooms in 375 government schools across Gauteng province
transformed into collaborative learning environments that enhance
student understanding and boost student achievement.
In December 2014, the Gauteng Ministry of Education worked with
VastraTech and SMART on a pilot project in which 100 classrooms were
equipped with the SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel and SMART
Notebook software. The project was considered by the Ministry to be so
successful that it ultimately chose SMART as its main provider of
interactive classroom technology. The installation of the 1,800 SMART
Board interactive flat panels and Notebook software is the first phase
of an initiative to create 80,000 ICT-enabled, "paperless classrooms"
in Gauteng province over the next five years. That, in turn is part of
a US$5.7 billion effort to revamp government schools in Gauteng, which
encompasses the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
"We chose SMART because we feel they offer the latest leading-edge
technology in interactive displays and because Notebook software will
be effective in getting teachers and students more engaged in their
lessons," says Panyaza Lesufi, Member of the Executive Council for
Education in Gauteng province. "The technology will help us make our
schools centers of excellence, putting more emphasis on mathematics and
science, while providing our students with the tools they will need to
transform them into the next generation of entrepreneurs, ready to
compete with anyone, anywhere in the world."
As part of the implementation plan, SMART and VastraTech will provide
educators with professional development and training that aligns with
the Ministry of Education's objectives to enhance pedagogy in ways that
lead to increased learning outcomes. Educators will create, deliver and
manage interactive lessons using SMART Notebook, the world's most
popular collaborative learning software, which has been downloaded more
than 6.5 million times over the past three years and is used by nearly
70 million teachers and students around the world each school day.
"As Nelson Mandela once said, Education is the most powerful weapon to
use in order to change the world and we are very pleased to be a part
of Mr. Lesufi's vision to bring about that change," says Gary Bekker,
Chief Executive Officer, VastraTech.
"We applaud the bold initiative of the Gauteng Ministry of Education,"
says Neil Gaydon, president and CEO, SMART Technologies. "Our
Education solutions are intuitive and easy-to-use, enabling students to
learn in natural ways - making them a perfect fit for the goals of the
Ministry. SMART looks forward to a long-term relationship with
educators in Gauteng."
About SMART Solutions for Education
Nearly 70 million teachers and students around the world use SMART
solutions for education to make learning more interactive, engaging,
effective and fun. A consistent innovator and the inventor of the SMART
Board®, SMART offers education software that includes the revolutionary SMART amp™ and the world's most popular collaborative learning software, SMART Notebook®. With a full range of interactive displays, including flat panels,
projectors, whiteboards and the SMART kapp™ digital capture board,
SMART helps educators achieve better learning outcomes. To learn more,
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simple and intuitive solutions that enable more natural collaboration.
We are an innovator in interactive touch technologies and software that
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relationship between SMART and educators in Guateng province, and that
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