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Education tablets gaining popularity

Kineo, the seven-inch tablet and eBook Reader from Brainchild, has been shipped to ten states since being introduced at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in February.
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Kineo, the seven-inch tablet and eBook Reader from Brainchild, has been shipped to ten states since being introduced at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in February. The Kineos being deployed are all equipped with Brainchild’s standards-based curriculum, Achiever!, and GlobalSYNC™ technology.

“Kineo is an education-only tablet built for the ‘mission-critical’ environment in schools,” said Jeff Cameron, president of Brainchild. “A teacher cannot worry about bandwidth issues, screen freezes or free reign of the Internet. We have 16 years of experience in manufacturing handhelds and training teachers how to use standards-based curriculum. We’ve poured all of that experience into developing Kineo and GlobalSYNC.”

Experts agree that technology use in classrooms is most effective with good planning. President Obama’s National Education Technology Plan 2010 calls for using mobile devices with clear outcomes and driven by data, which are key elements of the Kineo/Achiever! combination. Kineo is specially suited to work with Achiever! test-prep and learning software for data-driven, individualized instruction.

Kineo is a low-cost, secure tablet and eBook reader created for schools; it includes special features for users with limited mobility like raised ABCD buttons and finger controls. GlobalSYNC synchronizes data from a school’s Kineos, on demand, to a convenient web-based interface. This gives schools flexibility in how they use Kineo because it stores data and only syncs when directed thus avoiding the network crashes that can happened with continuous data uploads.

Brainchild sold out of its initial production run of 5,000 Kineos, which were delivered in April to school districts in ten states, including North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. Many of these first implementations are for summer school programs focusing on remediation for struggling students. Production of new Kineos will increase each month to meet demand from throughout the country.


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