updated 11/17/2010 7:19:11 PM ET 2010-11-18T00:19:11

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 17, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA) announces that the Autonomous Province of Trento in Italy has continued its deployment of SMART Board interactive whiteboards throughout its schools. Earlier this year, SMART – through its local dealer, EduTech, and its Italian distributor, InterVideo – was awarded a tender by the province to install 1,500 SMART Board interactive whiteboards in 400 primary and secondary schools throughout the region. The aim of the tender was to create engaging, interactive classrooms for improved student outcomes across all grades.

Most of the 1,500 interactive whiteboards have now been installed and follow several other installations made between 2005 and 2008 on tenders that were also won by SMART. During those years, SMART installed approximately 700 SMART Board interactive whiteboards as part of a regional government program created to support the introduction of interactive whiteboards for didactics. To date, the province has installed SMART Board interactive whiteboards in over 60 percent of its classrooms. With some 2,000 units, this is the largest installation of interactive whiteboards in an Italian province.

"We are pleased that Trento administrators are continuing the deployment of SMART Board interactive whiteboards throughout their schools," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's CEO. "Through a strong focus on teacher professional development, the province is undertaking the deployment in a way that is designed to make the most of the teaching and learning value that our products deliver."

About Trento

The Province of Trento is an autonomous province of Italy and often referred to simply as Trentino. The province is divided into 223 municipalities, with the capital being the town of Trento. There are over 100 primary and secondary schools catering to more than 63,800 students. The University of Trento houses several faculties, including engineering; arts; humanities; mathematical, physical and natural sciences; and international studies. The province has an area of 2,397 sq. mi. (6,207 km2) and a total population of over 507,000.

About SMART

SMART Technologies is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that transform the way the world works and learns. We believe that collaboration and interaction should be easy. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, we bring more than two decades of collaboration research and development to a broad range of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, so collaborating and learning with digital resources are more natural.

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