Brainchild offers a solution to the costs and risks of using tablets and handheld devices in the classroom with Kineo, launched today at the Florida Educational Technology Conference. It's the first Android™ tablet eBook reader created exclusively for education, with built-in features to keep schools and students safe.
“Learning devices need to enhance instruction, not be a distraction. With over 15 years of experience in developing handhelds and software for schools, we know how to make a tablet device suited to a teacher’s needs for individualized instruction,” said Jeff Cameron, president of Brainchild. “Teachers can be confident that Kineo is a secure and safe handheld instructional device because Kineo removes the temptation for students to text or surf.”
Kineo was designed in close cooperation with teachers and administrators who stressed that security features were critical. Unlike other tablets that can surf the Internet at will, Kineo can only access websites that are pre-programmed by the administrator or teacher. In addition, messaging capabilities have been disabled to make sure that students use it for learning, not texting.
Kineo is durable enough for the demands of daily classroom use. It includes Wi-Fi®, a 4500 mAh battery that runs for 10-12 hours, a heavy-duty touch screen rated to handle 500,000 impressions and plays multimedia and video files.
Kineo is well suited to capitalize on Brainchild’s Achiever! web-based assessment and standards-based instruction program. Achiever! evaluates performance and then delivers tutorials and retests students to determine progress on state standards in mathematics, language arts and science. GlobalSYNC then synchronizes Achiever! data from every Kineo and computer and makes it easy for teachers to manage from a convenient web-based interface.