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SMART supports schools around the world with sustainable, connected, active learning. It is a market leader in the UK, and regularly brings new features and exciting updates to products.

Success through invention
SMART revolutionised what interactive learning means, pioneering the earliest touch screens in any industry. It has continued to learn and innovate, with industry-leading features to help teachers and businesses use their technology more easily, more effectively and more often. SMART’s newest innovations focus on enabling student device integration and collaboration in and out of the classroom, and include a powerful integrated microphone array. In another market first, SMART displays now offer up to 40 points of touch, meaning unrivalled levels of interaction.

SMART has also introduced user profiles with an NFC log-in function, providing easy personalisation and user administration through the security of trusted service providers. Users then benefit from one-click access to their files, cloud storage, tools and apps, without the hassle or security risk of working around others’ files and settings.

SMART’s unmatched upgradability means its screens can be upgraded over-the-air to Android 11. With this option, investments made today will not require additional spend from schools to maintain top-of-the-line functionality in the future, providing a long-term, sustainable investment.

Navigating industry turbulence
Although SMART is the UK market leader, the past two years haven’t been easy. With unprecedented upheaval in the UK edtech sector and ongoing component shortages, like all tech providers, SMART has needed to innovate and adapt to maintain its competitive advantage. Having solutions that are designed in house and purpose-built for education has helped the team to navigate some of this. When challenges arise with specific components or parts, the team can easily pivot to develop new solutions that means products get to the end-users quickly.

Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Svensson says: “Amid an uncertain and challenging economic climate for all industries, remaining agile, thinking ahead and maintaining company integrity is key to not only survival, but sustainable success.

At SMART, we are proud to say that our strong company culture and values have led us through these turbulent times. The pandemic caused severe disruption to not only education itself but to supply chains across all areas of business. By upholding early, direct and open communication between employees, partners and stakeholders, SMART found ways to mitigate risks caused by these global supply-chain challenges. Our policies and practice of integrity, honesty and transparency were key to our survival, allowing us to manage our supply chains and reseller networks during the UK’s stock shortages.

Our forward-thinking approach and ability to remain agile triggered a new wave of innovation and diversification for our business. We were able to identify new opportunities for growth and areas for support in the education sector. For example, this inspired us to focus on our cloud-based learning tool, Lumio which supported students and teachers amid the disruptions to learning”

Another reason for SMART’s market-leading status is its tenacious focus on further understanding the connections that matter to educators. Nicholas says: “Whether it’s the relationship between educators and technology, teachers and students or schools and their communities, by taking the time to truly understand these meaningful connections, SMART is uniquely positioned to offer tailored solutions that truly focus on the key outcomes for schools.”

Focusing on the connections that matter
As part of its global brand promise, SMART continues to champion poignant UK education stories focused on connections that matter.

These stories include the likes of Benhurst Primary School in Hornchurch, whose pupils embody the school’s core values by taking turns to teach their peers – using SMART’s classroom technology. In Wakefield, Pinders Primary School was highlighted by SMART for its innovative creation of a tech-focused sensory room, to help teaching staff further connect with pupils with special needs. And in Smethwick, West Midlands, Shireland Technology Primary has taken part in the ‘Connections That Matter’ series by highlighting its clever use of hybrid software such as Lumio, to bolster school-parent connections.

Lady Kirsty Grundy, Principal at Shireland Technology Primary says, “Technology is a great leveler. It doesn’t judge and doesn’t prejudge, it just allows people to have access and to be able to see things from a different perspective”.

Pandemic-ready hybrid solutions
At the outset of the pandemic, SMART was uniquely placed to support educators with the daunting shift from the classroom to home learning. The business’ software integrations meant teachers could share and manipulate lesson content with ease – regardless of where a student was or what type of device they had access to. SMART’s software solution includes real-time two-way annotation, collaborative activities, easy to implement assessments, and a bank of ready-made lesson content. These features and more have played a significant role in keeping students engaged even during remote and hybrid learning.

As a lasting result of the pandemic, UK educators now demand hybrid EdTech solutions that seamlessly facilitate learning both in and out of the classroom – an important consideration for all ICT purchasers.

Supporting educators on the road to ‘Net Zero’
Looking to the future, SMART Technologies has committed to working with organisations focused on reducing their carbon footprint. SMART displays are designed to last longer with fewer product replacements leading to less e-waste. Future-proof upgradable infrastructure – including support for upgrade to Android 11 – means less replacements and better RoI.

In the UK, SMART is working to support all aspects of the Department for Education’s sustainability plans. With the government’s final policy to be outlined in April, SMART is staying ahead of the game. From scrutinising its products’ energy output, to producing ultra-slimline packaging (reducing the burden on freight) SMART continues to be the responsible choice for schools, multi-academy trusts, and further education providers nationwide.

Interested to learn more?
SMART will showcase its full product family and an array of exciting new features at Bett 2022. The business is the lead sponsor of Learnit as well as Bett’s Teaching and Learning with Tech Zone. SMART invites you to take part in interactive product demonstrations, personalised consultations, giveaways and more. Discover stories of schools using SMART to enable active, connected learning environments every day.

As well as presenting its state-of-the-art educational technology, SMART will also lead the conversation at several live thought leadership sessions. They will unveil new research showcasing key capabilities that are leading to successful EdTech implementations globally, as well as driving discussions around the growing role of technology in supporting social emotional learning and wellbeing in schools. SMART will also host sessions supporting strategic leaders on how multi-academy trusts can better execute digital transformation across school networks of all sizes.

Bett and Learnit 2022 will take place across 23rd to 25th March at London’s ExCel centre. You can find SMART at stand NF21 and in the Learnit Connections that Matter lounge.

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