CALAGARY, ALBERTA--SMART Technologies announced a 10 percent price reduction for North American educators on its 94 inch SMART Board 690 interactive whiteboard. The lower price will help more educators integrate wide-format boards into their total classroom solution. The 690 was launched in June 2006 and offers a 16:9 aspect ratio and 33 percent more active working surface than SMART's most popular 680 model. As SMART's largest board, the 690 can be seen more easily in large classrooms and auditoriums, and can accommodate complex equations and concepts easily.
The 690 is part of SMART's growing family of interactive whiteboards, which currently comprises two wide-format boards that offer a 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratio. Like all SMART Board interactive whiteboards, the 690 comes with feature-rich Notebook collaborative learning software, the core application for the creation and delivery of interactive lessons. Both wide-format models offer the same functionality and aesthetics as all models in the award-winning 600 series.
"The SMART Board 690 has enabled me to teach concepts with so much more clarity," says Brian Stiles, seventh- grade math teacher at Glen Crest Middle School, a SMART Showcase School in Glen Ellyn, IL. "I can have one equation on the interactive whiteboard showing how to solve a problem with whole numbers, and right next to it, I can have the exact same equation showing the solution with fractions. The students can see that you solve the problem in the exact same way, and they understand much more quickly."
"Educators have expressed their need for wide-format boards, and we have responded to that need with two options," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's CEO. "The education price reduction of this wide-format board will ensure schools and school districts can choose the interactive whiteboard they need, even when their budgets have to stretch further."