It is a rare occurrence in K-12 education when a technology moves from being a useful classroom tool and becomes an education platform upon which an entire teaching philosophy is built. But that is precisely what has happened over the course of the last two decades, as interactive whiteboards from SMART Technologies (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) have become the focal point of the technology-driven, 21st- century classroom. Technology companies like SMART that have created a fundamental shift in education all have one thing in common: they provide an overall solution that is greater than the sum of their product's component parts.
SMART Technologies' overarching philosophy to provide a complete solution is a key reason that the company has been able to effect a monumental change in K-12 education. At the core of this philosophy, according to David Lapides, Director, Education Market Development at SMART Technologies, is the company's ability to design and develop products that enable teachers to successfully complete the same educational task in multiple ways. 'Today,' says Lapides, 'SMART offers a robust set of resources and a full ecosystem of support