The achievement of the two millionth install adds to a year of product and company milestones for SMART. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the sale of the world’s first interactive whiteboard, and SMART recently recorded the five millionth registered user of version 10 of its SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. It took 17 years for the company to reach the one-million unit milestone and then less than three more years to reach two million units.
In the 20 years since SMART introduced the world’s first interactive whiteboard, the product has become the focal point of many technology-enabled learning environments around the world, helping teachers bring greater interactivity to lessons to increase student engagement and support all types of learners, including those with special needs.
According to Futuresource Consulting, an independent global research company that has tracked interactive whiteboard shipments for more than nine years, approximately 8 percent of the world’s classrooms have an interactive whiteboard, with adoption rates in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada at approximately 73, 36 and 26 percent, respectively.
“This day marks a significant milestone for the company, and we look forward to many more achievements and milestones as we remain committed to transforming the way the world works and learns,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO.