SMART Technologies Points Thousands of End Users to CoursePark.com for Solutions Training and Certification

  SMART Technologies Points Thousands of End Users to CoursePark.com for
  Solutions Training and Certification

Business Wire

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland -- April 15, 2013

Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL), today announced a 2-year agreement
with SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of
collaboration solutions. The learning management system agreement offers a
new, state-of-the-art training solution, powered by CoursePark.com that
enables educators using SMART products and SMART resellers to access, track
and manage online courses and instructor-led training in CoursePark’s
collaborative learning environment.

More than 2.5 million SMART Board interactive whiteboards are used globally in
education, business and government, with over 2 million installed in K–12
classrooms, offering more than 40 million students and their teachers
inspiring learning opportunities. Bluedrop is using its CoursePark.com
cloud-based learning platform to provide this global user base with a seamless
solution that integrates with the popular SMART Learning Space and SMART
Exchange website. The same solution provides resellers and end users with
resources, training courses, certifications, e-commerce capability and
collaborative engagement with peers.

“We needed a flexible training solution built around communities of learners
who want to share and collaborate,” said Sandi Boga, Program Manager,
Education Software Product Management, SMART Technologies. “We are extremely
pleased with CoursePark and how it allows us to address different user groups’
specific training needs. Effective use of our products is key, and the way a
teacher uses their SMART solution is different from how a reseller or training
provider uses it. CoursePark.com gives us the flexibility we need to create
engaging training experiences that help our customers get the most out of our
products and realize a return on their investment. CoursePark offers one of
the most effective training solutions available today and I think people will
love how easy it is to use,” added Boga. To see the new SMART Learning Space,
visit: learningspace.smarttech.com.

“Large organizations that want to train clients, partners, resellers and end
users are becoming dissatisfied with the complex, inward-looking solutions
available from the Learning Management System (LMS) industry. That was one of
the drivers that inspired us to create CoursePark.com. We are pleased to help
SMART pursue even greater client satisfaction and loyalty from their customers
and reseller channel. Our underlying CoursePark.com technology can provide the
world’s leading product and services organizations with a flexible, modern
solution that elegantly addresses all their trainings needs,” said Emad
Rizkalla, founder and CEO of Bluedrop Performance Learning.

SMART moved their customers, resellers and training providers onto the new
training system on April 1, 2013. For more information, go to
learningspace.smarttech.com. The move to the new, social learning platform
replaced the previous learning management system.

About Bluedrop

Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL) is an innovator in workplace
training for individuals, corporations, military personnel and the public
sector. Launched in 2004, with more than 100 employees in six offices across
Canada, Bluedrop is transforming the workplace by designing, developing and
delivering affordable training content that improves individual and overall
performance of organizations.

CoursePark.com is Bluedrop’s cloud-based training delivery platform and
contains more than 5,000 third-party online courses from the world’s leading
publishers and subject matter experts. Launched in 2011, the CoursePark
platform is growing quickly, with registered users in more than 100 countries.
For more information, visit www.bluedrop.com

About SMART Technologies

SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that
enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by
turning group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive
experience. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software and
services, designed for superior performance and ease of use, and remains a
world leader in interactive displays.

Media contact:

Libby Carew
Bluedrop Performance Learning
libbycarew@bluedrop.com
709.725.7627

Contact:

Bluedrop Performance Learning
Libby Carew, 709-725-7627
libbycarew@bluedrop.com
 
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