ANGEL Learning previewed version 7.3 of the ANGEL Learning Management Suite (LMS) and version 2.1 of the ANGEL ePortfolio, which allows students to collect all their work–from documents and spreadsheets to sound recordings, photographs, and video clips–into an electronic portfolio for easy assessment. Version 7.3 of the ANGEL LMS features new discussion forums and algorithmic questions in the software’s assessments, designed to help drive student achievement. The release also features a new theme editor and additional K-12 themes.
ClassLink showcased its LaunchPad, CLiC, and OnTrack products. LaunchPad delivers 24-7 access to a school’s full array of instructional software resources from any computer in the school, community, or home; CLiC (the ClassLink information Console) is a server management tool for K-12 system administrators; and OnTrack is a curriculum planning and management tool designed to help boost student achievement.
eChalk and Thinkronize announced that they will partner to offer schools nationwide a complete, safe, and secure online learning environment with standards-based digital content. The partnership grows out of the Technology Immersion Project in Texas, where eChalk and Thinkronize have successfully collaborated since 2004 to offer a user-friendly package of products and services that reportedly have delivered solid academic results in K-12 schools. With complete safety and security, all registered school and district users will be able to access eChalk’s communications platform and–through a single, convenient sign-on–Thinkronize’s netTrekker d.i. educational search engine, the companies said. This product integration comes as educators recognize that classrooms immersed in technology can help students learn faster and in greater depth, enabling instructors to cover curriculum more quickly, build innovation and standards into their daily teaching, and advance cooperative problem-solving.
EducationCity showcased its online teaching and learning platform by the same name and offered a free trial for K-6 educators. The web site supports lesson preparation, lesson delivery, and class assessment in math, science, and language arts.
EduPlatform, an online teaching platform that allows educators to develop and distribute computer-based educational content to students, announced the upcoming launch of EduPlatform v.4. The new version will be compatible with Windows Vista and will include a voting/polling function with immediate graphed results, as well as a workspace to send and receive files and assignments. It also will allow teachers to embed one lesson into another to create academic units, as well as create and manage groups of students.
FirstClass showcased its Collaboration Suite, which facilitates the creation and use of online learning communities, student eMail, safe social networking, professional learning communities, and eLearning. The product connects key stakeholders, such as students, faculty, parents, administrators, and alumni, within a secure online environment.
NetOp displayed NetOp School, a software solution for networked classrooms that lets educators prepare and assign lesson plans, tests, and homework assignments remotely without installing additional software on personal PCs. Educators can share assignments with the class, follow students as they work, and discretely answer questions as they arise. The software also prohibits students from accessing web sites or using specific applications.
RM Educational Software announced the release of RM Easiteach v3.4 for PCs. RM Easiteach is computer-based teaching software designed for use with all interactive technologies, including whiteboards, projectors, tablets, and pointing devices. The new version adds features that include widescreen support, Vista support, support for radio-frequency handsets for voting and polling in the classroom, and more.
UniServity demonstrated its cLc Learning Platform, a secure, web-based learning environment that gives students tools (such as blogs, forums, wikis, and podcasts) to collaborate, communicate, co-construct, and create “connected learning communities” online. One of the company’s collaborative projects asks learners to add content to their own real-time capsule to be opened in 50 years. Students hypothesize about their world and their lives in the future by considering the accuracy of people’s predictions from the past about the present day.