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SMART interactive whiteboards bring high-tech to classrooms

With the EU’s efforts to improve Math and Science education and the recently announced „Lisbon Strategy”, the launch of the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system and the Senteo interactive response system come at a perfect time.

LSK Hungária Kft, a Hungarian owned company, is bringing world class technology to local classrooms. With the EU’s efforts to improve Math and Science education and the recently announced „Lisbon Strategy”, the launch of the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system and the Senteo interactive response system come at a perfect time.

LSK has studied the impact of collaborative technology, mainly interactive whiteboards, on efficiency of science education in elementary and secondary schools in Hungary. The results coming from reference schools show that the teachers and pupils enjoy many benefits to using technology in their classrooms, especially SMART Board interactive whiteboards.

Simply by touching the large display, pupils can access and control any computer application or multimedia platform, including the Internet, CDs and DVDs. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard serves as a central display area similar to a traditional chalkboard. Teachers use SMART Board interactive whiteboards to display computer-based visuals, presentations, video clips and the Internet. These boards enable children and teachers to manipulate text and objects, and make calculations on the screen.

Starting in June 2007, SMART’s Senteo interactive response system will also be available. The Senteo system provides a direct connection between teachers and students. It includes a remote for each student in your class, and a central receiver that allows teachers to quiz and survey students, and receive instant feedback.

„Having recognized the significance of knowledge-based economy, North America and in the countries of the EU make joint efforts to improve the efficiency of mathematics and science education. Science education is also a key issue for Hungary, as more efficient science education will enhance the competitiveness of Hungary within the EU,” said Róbert Őri, general manager of LSK Hungária.

LSK will explore and disseminate the innovative best practices of science education with the help of SMART Board interactive whiteboards and Senteo interactive response systems. LSK will make them accessible for a wider audience on its Web site, providing connection to professional forums and publications, facilitating information exchange, encouraging professional communication, and sharing best practices. Those best practices will include activities like preparing the content and methodological innovations, preparing students for competitions, Olympiads in various subjects or for higher education entrance exams.

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 US state, every Canadian province, every Local Authority in the UK and more than 100 countries worldwide. SMART products also include interactive response systems, 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 (US), 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 (US) and Harvard University (US).