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ACTIVINSPIRE

ActivInspire is Promethean’s next generation of teaching and learning software. It combines cross-platform functionality that works on Windows, Mac and Linux with two interface options, ActivPrimary and ActivStudio, to create a complete educational-software solution.Price: $99 for purchases made on or before June 30, 2009Category: curriculum software
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Qwizdom Q7 Tablet

The Qwizdom Q7 Tablet combines RF technology, presenter controls, and response-system interactivity. Teachers can use this as they would any other interactive tablet, but if they are using the Qwizdom studentresponse system, they can enter a question into the Q7 tablet on the fly and see the statistics on that question on the tablet’s built-in LCD screen.PROS: The tablet uses RF to communicate with a computer, and the RF session is specific to each tablet, so no cross communication can take place between tablets. The tablet has a nice ergonomic design. The keyboard template is built right into the top of the tablet. The buttons are organized into logical function groups (all drawing buttons are together, all Qwizdom buttons are together, etc). The tablet is customizable for use with any software application and has a large backlit LCD that can show speaker notes and studentresponse data.CONS: The software will not work with tablets from competitors. The premium subscription is the only way to get all the state-standard curriculum material. As of this issue’s publication date, material recorded with the Q7 could not be placed on a Web page and played back later, but the company says this feature will be available in the fall of 2009; it applies only to Live Editor files.OVERALL EVALUATION: If a school uses the Qwizdom studentresponse system, this is an excellent product for it to purchase.www.qwizdom.com Retail price: $429, or $300 if purchased with a Qwizdom student-response system

The Torch

The Torch (www.ignitelearning.com) delivers digital content and assessments configured entirely by grade level, subject, and state. The device, as small as a Wii controller, allows administrators to select customized curriculum for purchase and immediate use. Ignite!’s plug-and-play platform is fully functional on both Mac and PC, requires no installation, and is ideal for interactive-whiteboard-equipped schools, though it also works with a simple projector-computer setup in any classroom. Teachers build and save state-standards-based lessons while administrators, through usage-tracking features, can assess how investments in digital content are being leveraged for academic progress.

TESTWIZ

TestWiz software makes it possible to track and diagnose all the types of assessments given in the K-12 environment. National, state, and local tests are all supported with the same user interface. TestWiz allows teachers and administrators to view, customize, and generate more than 40 types of reports. It also enables them to associate several data elements with each student, such as teacher assignments, numerous demographics, and intervention details. TestWiz templates range from student and item details to graphical summaries. Educators can disaggregate test results by sub-tests, strands, cut scores, demographics, and more.Price: Starts at $3 per student per year; minimum district purchase, $1,500Category: assessment

The new Schedulon audio system from Technomad

(www.technomad.com) provides instant manual playback of up to 99 knobassigned, user-loaded audio files from a frontpanel screen, and allows automatic playback on a user-defined schedule. The audio system adds an internal power-backup option in case power is lost. This option provides a battery for up to 20 minutes of audio and keeps any scheduled playback events on target for approximately 75 minutes.

READING ASSISTANT

The Reading Assistant readingintervention software combines advanced speech-recognition technology with scientifically based interventions to help elementaryand secondary-school students strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.Price: $11,300 per siteCategory: reading

Customize Your ActivInspire

ActiveInspire combines Activstudio and Activprimary. Learn how to customize your tools and screen layout by watching the video below. Or watch on YouTube here.