CrossTec announced the release of SchoolVue v9, a classroom management product that puts teachers in networked or web-based virtual classrooms. The new version includes Windows Vista support and allows teachers to disable and pause printing, as well as to limit the number of pages that students can print. Teachers can use SchoolVue to broadcast their computer screens, multimedia files, or individual students’ screens to other participants. The system also enables teachers to record and play back screen sessions, monitor students as they work, and carry on two-way audio and text conversations. In addition, teachers can control a student’s PC to facilitate one-on-one instruction.
DyKnow announced version 5.0 of its Vision and Monitor classroom management and collaboration software. DyKnow Vision enables interactive note taking for students and lets teachers instantly annotate presentations. The product works with desktops, laptops, tablet PCs, and interactive whiteboards in fixed, mobile, and distance-education environments, DyKnow says. DyKnow Monitor reduces electronic distractions and helps keep students on task by displaying thumbnail images of students’ computer screens, blocking applications, and blanking screens. The latest versions of these products add support for Windows Vista, the ability to block specific URLs or create student workgroups, and integration with the Blackboard platform, among other features. DyKnow also announced that it has acquired a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for DyKnow Vision, and the company recently partnered with Hewlett-Packard Co. to distribute its software.
eChalk announced enhancements to its Online Learning Environment. Version 8.0 includes new lesson-planning capabilities that allow curriculum directors, principals, department heads, and teachers to collaboratively develop and share exemplary lesson plans. Other enhancements include the ability to integrate eChalk’s environment with a district’s student information system, new eMail archiving capabilities that are intended to help school leaders comply with state and federal eMail retention laws, and updated calendaring tools and user interfaces.
GenevaLogic announced new enhancements to Vision, its classroom management and monitoring software. Teachers can use Vision to supervise students’ progress, monitor or prevent their web browsing, share computer screens, and remotely control student computers. Vision’s new advanced supervision mode offers teachers enlarged views of all student computers, and the software is now Vista-compatible. The company also says its newly released Teach-Pad software will help teachers perform Vision-based operations quickly and effectively. With five mousepad-like buttons, Teach-Pad lets instructors monitor thumbnail views of students’ computer screens, lock down computers, show selected presentations, stop all activity, or lock all internet surfing. In addition, GenevaLogic unveiled a new software program, called On-Sight, that monitors and records student online activity and computer use, helping teachers and administrators ensure students’ online behavior conforms to district acceptable-use policies. Custom reports and automatic screen shots provide educators with the information they need to guide responsible student computer use, GenevaLogic says.
NetOp Tech, a subsidiary of Danware A/S, demonstrated NetOp School—its “teaching and management software for the networked classroom.” The program allows teachers to broadcast their own computer screens, or any student’s screen, to all PCs in a classroom at the same time. From their own desks, teachers also can monitor students individually or collectively, as well as take over a student’s computer to provide direct assistance. In addition, NetOp School gives teachers the ability to lock students’ keyboards and mice as a way of helping them concentrate on the task at hand, the company said.
OnCourse Systems, a provider of web-based tools that automate and streamline educational processes, presented its OnCourse Lesson Planner, a web-based alternative to traditional methods than may be inadequate for addressing government education standards. OnCourse’s planner lets teachers tie their lessons to the standards with a few mouse clicks, the company says, while administrators can generate reports about what is being taught, when, and by whom. The planner is powered by an Oracle database and can be integrated with the OnCourse Student Information System.
RM Educational Software announced RM Ranger, a classroom and administration management program created for the K-12 market. RM Ranger simplifies repetitive tasks for time management, provides central management of PC configuration for safety, displays real-time views of happenings across the network, and lets users customize interfaces, RM said. RM Ranger can be installed on one or more servers in a single- or multi-domain network, according to the company.
SANAKO demonstrated its classroom management system, which consists of SANAKO Study 500 and SANAKO Study Examination Module software. The system’s features include instant exam collection, student feedback through colored smiley faces, graphical representations of students’ understanding during teacher presentations, text chat, thumbnail views of individual students’ computer screens, and screen locks.
TeacherWeb showcased its online system that allows educators to create classroom web sites that give students and parents information on assignments, field trips, summer work requirements, and other links. The web sites are customizable for every grade level and can be accessed from home, the company said. TeacherWeb also features access to thousands of educator-created WebQuests for inquiry-based approaches to instruction.