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More News From NECC: A New Version of SMART Technologies’ SMART Ideas

Posted Jul 6, 2005
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SMART Technologies Inc. announced at NECC SMART Ideas software 5.0 for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems and Tablet PCs. SMART Ideas software enables students, teachers, and administrators to create multilevel concept maps using unlimited levels, colorful symbols, connectors, clip art, and multimedia files to reinforce concepts visually, organize lessons, and plan projects, the announcement states.

Concept mapping is gaining popularity as a visual learning technique that appeals to all ages and grade levels across various curricula, according to the announcement. Recent research findings support that concept mapping is an effective cognitive tool applicable not only to classroom teaching, but also to other areas of education - including planning and assessment at the district level.

New features in this version of SMART Ideas include the following:

* Enhanced, three-dimensional Global view: Get a complete view of your map and how concepts relate to one another.
* Improved content management: Use Style Collections for quick access to symbols, basic and deluxe connectors, clip art, and interactive Cliplets. With menu bars and thumbnail screens more discreetly organized into tabs, more mapping space is now available.
* More intuitive Outline view: See the text-based outline of an entire map, including multiple levels. Help students make the connection between visual diagrams and written text by switching between Diagram and Outline views.
* Presentation view: Remove toolbars for a larger screen area during presentations.
* Stickies: Place sticky symbols and clip art inside other symbols to demonstrate relationships. For example, students can place relevant objects in shopping carts or baskets during matching exercises.
* Expanded language support: Switch between languages (English, French, and Spanish).
* Legend creation: Add legends to emphasize meaning in symbols and their relationship to information.
* New drawing and text-formatting tools: Copy symbols and colors, and apply styles quickly throughout maps using new Auto Color and Auto Size features.

SMART Ideas software 5.0 is available at a suggested list price of $199 for an individual license. Volume discounts are available. Not-for-profit educational institutions and teachers may purchase the software for $59 for an individual license, or $29 per copy for an order of 100 copies or more. A school license provides unlimited copies for individual K-12 schools and is available for $2,499.

A copy of SMART Ideas software is included with every SMART Board interactive whiteboard and Sympodium interactive lectern. Educators who already have SMART Board or Sympodium products may download a copy of the software free of charge from

SMART Ideas software 5.0 is available directly from the SMART Website or from authorized resellers of SMART products. For a free 30-day evaluation of SMART Ideas software, additional information, specifications or a list of authorized resellers, visit

Source: SMART Technologies Inc.,

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