Canadian company opens Malaysian SMART centre

In order to offer hands-on training to Asia, Canadian educational firm SMART Technologies has opened a regional training centre in Malaysia.

The Malaysian distributor for SMART, EP-TEC Solutions managing director K.N. Loh said that the SMART Regional Training Centre, located in Selangor, offered the latest educational technologies, including the interactive whiteboard (IWB).

“SMART pioneered the IWB in 1991, and this year, 1 million SMART IWBs have been shipped,” said Loh. “The benefits of interactive technologies in classrooms have been lauded by number of studies and educational institutions, Asia still lags in adoption.”

Founded in 1987, SMART Technologies, which is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, maintains a broad portfolio of education-related patents, as well as providing interactive SMART whiteboards to more than 100 countries.

“This training facility will help us clearly demonstrate to educational institutions how SMART interactive solutions can make learning easier, more productive and fun,” said Loh.

In addition, he said that SMART had created interactive solutions such as touching an icon to open a file, or picking up a pen to write notes over any application. “The SMART training centre would help educationalists discover features that would simplify the way they teach and work, such as visual and audio enhancements.”

These solutions included

– SMART Document Camera – displays real-time images of any physical object onto a display device for the entire class to see.

– SMART Audio – SMART Audio ensures that students hear every word of a lesson.

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