5 Companies Creating High-Tech Classrooms

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The Market Leader

Schools nationwide have been replacing their blackboards with digital whiteboards. On these PC-powered systems, teachers and students can manipulate images, write out math problems, and even watch YouTube videos. The market leader is Smart Technologies, based in Calgary, Alberta, which sold more than 130,000 units in 2008 and controls about half of the market. Better yet for the company, the brand name "Smart Board" is as close to a Kleenex or Xerox as the young industry has.