Projector manufacturer Epson has announced that it is teaming up with SMART Technologies to improve interactive learning in school classrooms.

The two companies will extend their ongoing working relationship to combine Epson's interactive projectors with SMART Notebook software.

Graeme Davidson, head of product management for Epson Europe, stated that the move will give educators "further flexibility to create impactful lessons that bring learning to life".

He added: "This will enable students to benefit from more effective and collaborative learning."

The agreement between the two firms means that industry-leading SMART Notebook software will be sold to customers who are purchasing an Epson interactive projector.

David Lapides, director of software strategy and channels at SMART Technologies, explained that the company is aiming to "make the world's most popular collaborative learning software available to more schools, teachers and students around the world".

He added: "We are excited to be working with Epson, and its leading line of projectors, as a step towards realising this goal."

It is the first time that SMART Technologies has granted distribution rights for its proprietary collaborative learning software to a third-party hardware manufacturer in the UK. The previous deal between the two companies covered North, Central and South America.