SMART and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Advance Education With Superior Content and Innovative Technologies
(Thomson Reuters ONE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
* Comprehensive technology alliance set to enhance learning through software,
content and professional development
* Integrated experience through HMH's market-leading digital curriculum and
* SMART amp((TM)) software enables students and teachers to work seamlessly
with HMH content on interactive displays, smartphones, laptops and tablets
LONDON, Jan. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT)
(TSX:SMA) and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (Nasdaq:HMHC) have entered into a
comprehensive working relationship to advance education through software,
content and professional development offerings. The partnership will bring
together HMH's research-based, globally recognized digital curriculum and SMART
software through a standards-based approach, to provide teachers and students
with the ability to seamlessly collaborate and learn in new and innovative ways.
Today's joint announcement is a lead up to the British Education Training and
Technology (BETT) show, the world's largest gathering of education suppliers and
decision makers, to be held in London from January 22 to 26, 2014.
The initial phase of integration will combine HMH's trusted digital content with
SMART amp((TM)) collaborative learning software - the revolutionary, cloud-based
solution that offers a single, device-agnostic learning platform on any device
that has a browser. It is the 'glue' that connects interactive displays, PCs,
laptops, tablets and smartphones while enabling teachers and students to
collaborate in real time, perform in-class assessment, connect to shared digital
workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless of location
HMH's market-leading ScienceFusion will become one of the first products to be
integrated with SMART amp software. ScienceFusion is a state-of-the-art science
program designed to develop important critical thinking and inquiry skills
through real world challenges and hands-on activities. The integration with
SMART amp software enables students and teachers to access and collaborate with
ScienceFusion content anytime, anywhere, using any device. Additional curriculum
offerings from HMH will continue to become available through SMART amp software
in the coming months.
The collaboration between HMH and SMART will also allow for digital content
integration into the award-winning SMART Notebook((TM)) collaborative learning
software and professional development offerings to help educators optimize their
use of the integrated solutions for improved learning outcomes. SMART has over
25 years of history in creating solutions that support collaborative teaching
and learning. Today more than 2.6 million SMART Board(®) interactive displays
are used by over 50 million students and their teachers, and SMART software is
used in more than 175 countries around the world.
"SMART amp software will simplify the way teachers and students experience
digital content - beyond one single classroom display to multiple devices and
mediums," says Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer for Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt. "The integration of our trusted, pedagogically-sound curriculum
content with SMART's software will give students and teachers greater
flexibility to access and collaborate with world-class learning resources
anytime, anywhere, to ensure a better learning experience and long-term
"Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's world-class learning resources will enrich SMART
software by offering premium content across all core subject areas that is
optimized for interactive, collaborative learning," says Greg Estell, President,
Education for SMART Technologies. "The integration of HMH's cutting-edge content
with SMART software enables educators to effortlessly transform teaching and
learning with visual, interactive and engaging lessons that inspire
collaboration and enhance student understanding."
SMART amp collaborative learning software will be available for commercial
release in April 2014 and is now in early stage trials in a number of schools.
For more information, visit smarttech.com/cloud.
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Nasdaq:HMHC) is a global learning company with the
mission of changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners.
Among the world's largest providers of pre-K-12 education solutions and one of
its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research,
editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and
learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH's
interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 50 million
students in over 150 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-
fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout
the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that are
redefining the way the world works and learns. SMART products enable inspired
collaboration in schools and workplaces by turning group work into highly
interactive, engaging and productive experiences. SMART delivers integrated
solutions of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance
and ease of use.
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CONTACT: Marina Geronazzo
Senior Public Relations Manager
SMART Technologies Inc.
Director, Corporate Communications
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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