Full QWERTY keyboard ideal for math and science assessments
AUSTIN, Texas --- February 10, 2010 --- SMART Technologies announces SMART Response XE interactive response system, a new addition to the growing SMART Response product line. SMART Response XE includes keyboard-style handheld wireless remotes (or clickers), a receiver and powerful assessment software that enables teachers to easily conduct assessments and gauge understanding quickly and efficiently. Results can be instantly displayed, providing students and teachers with immediate feedback. The new SMART Response XE is ideal for secondary education classrooms and allows teachers to ask as many as 100 questions in a single lesson file. The full QWERTY keyboard gives teachers the flexibility to ask more question types and enables students to submit advanced math and science equations as well as text answers. As many as 100 remotes can be supported by a single receiver. SMART Response XE will begin shipping in the summer of 2010.
As with all SMART Response interactive response systems, SMART Response XE enables teachers to create quizzes and tests for formative and summative assessment, or to ask spontaneous questions to gain ongoing insight into student comprehension. They can, as a result, adjust instruction to better meet students’ learning needs. SMART Response XE integrates seamlessly with SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software, so teachers do not have to launch another application to use SMART Response. They also have access to thousands of questions correlated to national and learning authority standards via the SMART Exchange™ online community, which can be found at exchange.smarttech.com. More information on SMART Response XE and the SMART Response product line can be found at smarttech.com/response.
“Teachers and students in secondary education classrooms require interactive tools that are designed for their specific learning needs,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “The new SMART Response XE provides a sophisticated interactive response system ideally suited for teaching and assessment at the secondary level.”
Full QWERTY keyboard – The keyboard supports math and science equations and text answers
SMART Notebook software integration – Teachers can quickly deliver questions without leaving a lesson or opening another software application
Multiple assessment options – Teachers can prepare quizzes or exams in advance to deliver standardized assessments or, at any point during a lesson, ask spontaneous questions to gauge student understanding
Support for multiple question types – SMART Response XE supports a variety of question types, including advanced math, multiple choice, true or false, alphanumeric response up to 140 characters, multiple answer and short answer
Instant results – Graphing feature provides immediate visual representation of student responses
Teacher Tools – Teachers can access, view and manage all assessment data in one location and organize it by student and class. A built-in gradebook tracks performance and records test results, which are automatically collected and saved into one easily accessed file. The gradebook also enables teachers to generate PDF reports or export to Excel®.
Radio frequency technology – Receiver connects easily via USB connection and can support as many as 100 handheld remotes within a single classroom
Easy-to-replace batteries – Four easy-to-replace AAA batteries power each student device
Pricing and availability
SMART Response XE will be available in packs of 32 remotes. The suggested education list price in the United States will be approximately US$2,800. The suggested list price in all other countries incorporates applicable taxes, duties and import costs. Information on suggested list price or special pricing for educators, where applicable, is available from local authorized SMART resellers. SMART Response XE is expected to begin shipping in summer 2010. For purchasing information, specifications and a list of authorized SMART resellers, visit www.smarttech.com.
The SMART Response interactive response system product line
•The SMART Response LE interactive response system is designed for learners in early education and students with special needs. SMART Response LE features simple and colorful remotes that allow students to respond to a variety of question types using easy-to-understand symbols.
•The SMART Response PE interactive response system is designed for most K–12 classrooms and includes remotes with multitap text entry, allowing students to submit text answers up to 20 characters
•The SMART Response XE interactive response system is designed to meet the specific needs of secondary students and features full QWERTY keyboard remotes that support advanced math and science functions
•SMART Response CE interactive response software is designed for computer-enabled learning environments and enables students to respond directly from their own computers