SMART Named Finalist in 2016 EdTech Digest Awards

SMART amp and SMART kapp iQ recognized as innovations in education technology

SMART amp and SMART kapp iQ recognized as innovations in education technology

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada—April 20, 2016 – SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announced today that SMART amp collaborative learning software and SMART kapp iQ were named finalists in the 2016 EdTech Digest Awards. SMART amp was named a finalist in the Trendsetter category and SMART kapp iQ was honored as a finalist for Hardware Solutions. The EdTech Digest Awards Program recognizes organizations and solutions in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

"This year's program had some very stiff competition, hard decisions were made in selecting winners. The honorees here are among the best and brightest in the ed tech space. Finalists and winners both represent an achievement. We're proud to honor these cool tools, leaders and trendsetters in education technology," says Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest.

Launched in 2014, SMART amp is a cloud-based software that lets students co-create content on a digital canvas to enable anywhere, anytime contribution and collaboration on student devices. It provides teachers with real-time insight into student learning and contribution and gives them a consistent platform for integrating technology in the classroom with any student device or interactive display. Discovery, self-guidance and intuitive learning are enabled via the software, which allows students to share ideas in real time on one large interactive canvas. As a web-based platform designed specifically for education, SMART amp requires no installation or updating of apps, and is accessible from most internet-enabled devices.  SMART amp also received a prestigious BETT Award in 2015.

SMART kapp iQ is a sleek, ultra-high-definition display that enables game-changing collaboration for meeting rooms, breakout spaces, offices and classrooms. When powered by SMART Learning Suite, SMART kapp iQ gives educators one-touch access to their favorite education applications and makes group work and teacher-led instruction more dynamic by linking back-and-forth between the display and mobile devices in the classroom.

The EdTech Digest recognition is the latest in a series of awards for SMART kapp iQ which also received praise for its use in the workplace. Previously it was cited for three separate Best-of-Show Awards at Infocomm 2015 and the recipient of a Gold Stevie Award for the Best New Product of the Year – Business-to-Business category.

“The continued recognition for both SMART amp, which is now a part of SMART’s Learning Suite software, and SMART kapp iQ reinforces our confidence in the effectiveness of the solutions we are providing to educators around the world,” says Neil Gaydon, president and CEO, SMART Technologies. “We are proud to have created education software and hardware that helps teachers better facilitate lessons and students learn and collaborate, inside and outside the classroom.”

About SMART Technologies Inc.

SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA) is a world leader in simple and intuitive solutions that enable more natural collaboration. We are an innovator in interactive touch technologies and software that inspire collaboration in both education and businesses around the globe. To learn more, visit smarttech.com.

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Spark PR for SMART Technologies
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Jeff Lowe
VP of Marketing
SMART Technologies Inc.
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Posted: April 20, 2016
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