JTM Concepts revealed Classroom Cubed, a program that promotes the use of 3-D applications to enhance the learning experience by giving students a clear and complete visualization of difficult concepts and subject matter.
Lightspeed Systems previewed a new service called My Big Campus, which will be available at no extra charge to users of the company’s content-management technology. My Big Campus aims to help educators find a balance between safety and learning, the company says, by enabling them to offer safe social networking, post and tag YouTube videos that will pass through Lightspeed’s content filter, and otherwise take advantage of Web 2.0 tools safely.
Livescribe showcased the Pulse Smartpen, a pen equipped with a computer that digitally captures and syncs handwriting and audio. The pen can be used after class as students study and review material, or to clarify messy handwriting or a missed phrase. A blog on the company’s web site offers tips and lesson plans submitted from teachers across the globe using Smartpens.
MHT Partners, a national growth-focused investment banking firm, has experienced great success serving clients in the education industry. Over the past 12 months, MHT has completed multiple education-related transactions, having successfully connected ed-tech companies with the financial and strategic resources they need to be successful. MHT focuses on partnering with education companies in the following areas: content and curriculum, delivery platforms, enterprise management software and teacher tools, hardware systems, for-profit education, professional development, and HR software and services.
mimio discussed its mimioConnect, an online community for teachers to share ideas and lesson plans for using the company’s interactive teaching technologies. These include an attachment that turns any standard whiteboard into an interactive surface; an Ink Capture System that lets teachers digitally capture notes written with a dry-erase marker, so students don’t have to worry about scribbling down notes—they can receive the notes in an eMail after class; and the mimio Pad, a thin, lightweight tablet designed for anyone to use, even kindergarteners. Available in 12 languages, with native-language moderators who can answer users’ questions about integrating mimio technology into their instruction, mimioConnect has attracted more than 16,000 active members in just over a year, said Senior Marketing Manager Robert Gierschick. He referred to the free service as a “live concierge service” for teachers, adding: “Teachers’ days are already jammed. Our obligation is to offer services that allow teachers to simply teach.”
NetOp displayed MyVision Basic, classroom-management software that works on Macs and PCs and lets teachers supervise student computer work, share on-screen demonstrations, and control student internet access. The software comes with a free download that offers a scaled-down version of the full product.
NetSupport promoted NetSupport School v10.5, which provides a link between visual and audible student monitoring. The product’s new audio monitoring component is useful in many aspects of education, NetSupport says—such as in foreign language classes where multimedia is playing an ever-increasing part.
PBS TeacherLine, the professional development arm of PBS, announced a partnership with the Texas Virtual School Network, in which PBS TeacherLine will provide its online facilitator training to the state’s virtual-school teachers. The instruction will help these teachers make the leap from face-to-face to online teaching successfully, while maintaining the quality of their pedagogy, PBS TeacherLine said.
Peoples Education showcased its ePath Knowledge suite, which gives educators state-specific content, pre-configured practice assessments, reporting tools, the ability to create and deliver ongoing formative assessments, and remediation resources.
Polyvision highlighted several customer success stories from across the nation. Pittsburg Primary School in Pittsburgh, Texas, is using Polyvision’s ēno interactive whiteboards in each kindergarten and first grade classroom on its campus. The ēno lets users project their computer screen onto a whiteboard, and they can use a regular dry-erase marker or a stylus to mark up the screen.
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