NetSupport demonstrated version 10.5 of its NetSupport School software, which gives teachers the ability to instruct, monitor, and interact with individual students, pre-defined groups, or the entire class in a networked computing environment. The latest version includes classroom PC monitoring, real-time presentation and annotation tools, a customized testing suite, internet and application control, automated lesson plans, print management capabilities, instant messenger control, content monitoring, desktop security, and a new audio monitoring feature (which is useful for language classes in particular).

Nystrom, a social studies curriculum provider, introduced StrataLogica, a web-based product that delivers age-appropriate, curriculum-based social studies content. All Nystrom wall maps, globes, atlases, charts, and outline maps are available digitally. Powered by the Google Earth application programming interface (API), Nystrom content is presented in an interactive format. Teachers can focus on specific content to guide students, and multiple resources are available for students to use for homework and projects. StrataLogica can be used on a computer, for projecting in class, or with an interactive whiteboard (accredited by SMART and Promethean).

Interactive technology provider Promethean has teamed up with SAFARI Montage, which sells video-on-demand and digital media management products for schools, to announce a new educational repository that helps teachers create and store their digital lesson plans, align them with state standards, and share them with other teachers in their district. Teachers who use Promethean’s ActivClassroom system now can integrate SAFARI Montage resources into their lesson plans and classroom activities.

Qwizdom “tweeted away” more than $30,000 in interactive learning systems during the conference. “Tweetaway” prizes included a set of 24 Q2 Student Response Remotes with a Q7 Tablet, Connect software, and WizTeach tools, which allow users to annotate, draw, and explain a concept while working within a web browser or other application.

School Specialty Intervention discussed its individualized, responsive intervention solutions to help close the achievement gap in K-12 reading and math. The company’s products include the Academy of READING, a software program intended to help struggling students; Response to Intervention: The RtI Package for the Academy of READING, a solution that gives schools and districts a single, web-based tool for implementing the RtI framework; Wordly Wise 3000, which provides systemic vocabulary instruction and helps students at all grade levels develop the link between vocabulary and reading comprehension; and Explode the Code, which helps young learners learn to read with direct phonics instruction.

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.