Promethean unveiled a redesign of its collaborative classroom learning solution, the ActivClassroom for Everyone. As part of the redesign, Promethean has tripled its number of interactive whiteboard options to make sure every teacher has a solution that meets his or her needs. The ActivBoard 300 Pro, a direct replacement for the current ActivBoard, includes built-in speakers, an integrated amplifier, two USB ports, Dual User input, and ActivInspire Professional Edition, the company’s teaching and curriculum development software–which now includes a self-paced learning option. The ActivBoard 300 is an upgradeable board that doesn’t come with speakers or Dual User input, but these can be added later. And the ActivBoard 100 Range provides a simple, cost-effective choice for schools on a more limited budget. Promethean also has added a brand-new ActiView camera to its ActivClassroom solution; it’s a visual presenter that allows the sharing of information and three-dimensional objects.
ProQuest showcased its eLibrary service, a full-text multimedia database and search engine that gives students access to more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts–as well as thousands of maps, pictures, educator-approved web sites, and audio/video files. Users can sort their search results by relevance, date, file size, Lexile or reading level, publication, and source, while librarians and educators can find content that is directly linked to state and national teaching standards. A BookCart functionality allows librarians and educators to build links to pre-selected content, creating reading lists, subject and topic pages, standards-linked lessons and activities, community interest pages, and even pre- or post-assessments, ProQuest says.
Quantum Learning Network promoted its line of books and DVDs designed to aid students in studying math and writing, while bolstering their critical thinking and leadership skills. The company also helps parents and educators understand new technologies popular with children, such as social networking, and it offers a guide to understanding different learning styles.
Qwizdom announced the release of WizTeach, a new software application designed for use alongside existing classroom technologies. WizTeach gives educators on-screen teaching tools that complement the interactive whiteboards, projectors, tablets, student response systems, and document cameras they already use. It also integrates seamlessly with any application, such as Microsoft Office software, web browsers, and curriculum software, Qwizdom says. Using WizTeach tools, educators can annotate, draw, and explain a concept while directly working inside their web browser or another software application. Qwizdom also announced the Qwizdom Q-VR, a web-based “virtual remote” that allows students and educators to connect and communicate through any web-enabled device. Students log in through a dedicated web site, join a class session, and can view lecture slides live on their computer or through a web-enabled cell phone or other PDA device. They also can respond with their answers to multiple choice, true/false, yes/no, rating scale, numeric, fill-in-the-blank, and open text response questions. In addition, a self-paced mode allows students to log in and take exams or make up homework assignments at their own pace, the company says.
SAFARI Montage announced the launch of the SAFARI Montage HD Network, an online community where users can share best practices that are both technical and instructional. The network aims to provide a place for customers to share ideas, exchange video playlists, and become more proficient users of the SAFARI Montage video-on-demand and digital media management system. The company also announced that its system now integrates with SMART Board interactive whiteboards, and it demonstrated Version 4.0 of SAFARI Montage, which features support for new file types (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as a new folder system that organizes playlists by district and user.
Schoolwires introduced a specially priced suite of products that includes the Schoolwires platform, which empowers teachers with online classroom collaboration tools and informs community members through dynamic web content. Integrated within the platform is a digital file-sharing solution designed to increase collaboration within and beyond the classroom. The 2009 Value Bundle also includes a flexible package of professional services credits to help districts meet their professional development needs.
Sebit, maker of the Adaptive Curriculum series of online instructional materials, introduced Adaptive Curriculum High School Math and Adaptive Curriculum High School Science. Developed in partnership with Arizona State University, the new products use realistic images and dynamic interactions to motivate and engage students in learning math and science. Adaptive Curriculum is an interactive online environment containing lessons called Activity Objects. These lessons teach students with a variety of learning styles, using guided discovery, problem-solving scenarios, and interactive exercises. Adaptive Curriculum High School Math features Activity Objects for courses such as Algebra I, Algebra II, and Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability. Adaptive Curriculum High School Science includes Activity Objects in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.