More than 450 companies were at this year’s NECC displaying their technology solutions for educators. Here are some of the highlights of companies’ products related to communications solutions and audio systems:

ConnectED highlighted its online portal and Content Management System (CMS) designed exclusively for educational institutions. The company’s objective is to provide a central communications center for school administrators, teachers, students, and parents. ConnectED said it can make a school’s campus digital, offering robust functionality balanced with a simple, user-friendly interface.
http://www.connectedcms.com

Edline demonstrated its complete web-hosting solution that can serve as a school’s entire web site or merely a companion site. Edline is easy to implement, saves teachers time, and enhances parent-teacher communication, the company said. In conjunction with a school’s own software, student information system, gradebook, and office applications, Edline can transform school web sites into an digital extension of the school, where each visitor sees the exact targeted information educators want available to that individual.
http://www.edline.com

Nextel Communications came to NECC to display its line of fully integrated, wireless communications services. Nextel, which has built one of the largest guaranteed, all-digital wireless networks in the United States, provides K-12 and higher-education fields with services and support to meet their education-specific wireless needs. Among other applications, Nextel products enable educators to track students, personnel, and school assets in real time via a Nextel phone with a bar-code scanner attachment. The company also offers GPS service to locate and track school buses and maintenance vehicles.
http://www.Nextel.com

News from the exhibit hall

  • NECC roundup: CEOs get behind ed-tech
  • Assessment and instructional management
  • Curriculum and software
  • Digital imaging and creativity
  • Hardware and peripherals
  • Library systems and technologies
  • Online learning and research
  • Presentation solutions
  • Professional development
  • School administrative solutions
  • Security and network management
  • Sprint Corp. made six announcements in conjunction with the show, two of which involved the company’s Empowered Education Desktop for Schools program (see NECC roundup). Other announcements included new working relationships with Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five in South Carolina, Hickman Mills C-1 District in Kansas City, Mo., and Wilkes County Schools in North Carolina.
    http://www.sprint.com/education

    Audio systems

    Califone Inc., a long-time provider of classroom audio presentation solutions, showcased two wireless headset solutions ideal for language-arts centers in elementary classrooms. One set of headphones uses infrared technology to receive audio in a 15-foot range, while another uses UHF (ultra-high frequency) wireless technology to receive sound up to 150 feet. The latter set has four frequencies available, which allows teachers to operate up to four systems at the same time without interference. Califone also sells a headset with a microphone and USB connector educators can use for computer-based reading programs that record students’ voices, the company said.
    http://www.califone.com

    Telex Communications was represented at NECC by its Education Market Group. The company offers a full line of educational headphones, headsets, and listening centers for the K-20 field. Telex, which has been selling audio performance products for more than 75 years, has made a point of providing sound solutions for education, including amplification products such as ClassMate and Sound-Buddy. Telex also provides solutions for special education, including an extensive accessible-text program developed for the Library of Congress.
    http://www.telex.com

    This eSchool News Online report on the 2004 NECC is made possible with financial support of Dell.