The Lightspeed High-Capacity Network Solutions enhance user safety and productivity and strengthen network security. The integrated hardware- software packages feature two new network appliances: Lightspeed Rocket, Web Access Manager; and Lightspeed Rocket, Email Manager. Using Lightspeed Rocket, Web Access Manager’s monitoring and reporting tools, district administrators can review all user activity to enforce acceptable use policies, troubleshoot problems, and make adjustments as needed. Lightspeed Rocket, Email Manager provides districts with efficient and effective spam blocking and email archiving for high-capacity networks.Price: Contact company for pricing.Category: internet security
Calypso Systems’ ezRoom-5000 (www.calypsosystems.com) delivers integrated device control, hardware and software user interfaces, remote monitoring, audio amplification, CAT5 wall plates, projector mounting, and every wire, cable, and connector needed to build out classrooms. The addition of Calypso Systems’ Smart Block adds up to four relays and power-management capabilities to the ezRoom- 5000. Developed on an open-architecture platform, the ezRoom-5000 is compatible with all projectors and standard A/V gear.
The AutoRoster application allows districts to easily link educators to student information within their TestWiz system. The software satisfies the specific need for moving correct student roster information from a student information system into TestWiz. Once set up, the process runs automatically on a prearranged schedule to ensure that data are as accurate as possible. AutoRoster can work with other software programs as well. TestWiz processes, scans, scores, and reports on all student assessment data in one system. The system allows users all the way down to the classroom level to view, sort, and filter results from national, state, local, and standardized assessments.Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: assessment
This classroom-management software now includes class lists and settings profiles, laptop-battery monitoring, and the ability to co-browse the Internet. Teachers can now randomly select a student, and students can ask the teacher questions electronically without raising their hands. Up to 3,000 students can be monitored from a single console. LanSchool v7.3 now supports Windows Vista 64 and Windows Server 2008. Price: $599 per classroomCategory: classroom-management software
This image-recognition software, paired with an inexpensive Web or document camera, delivers a low-cost software alternative to expensive OMR scanning machines. GradeCam instantly grades multiple-choice tests and automatically records the scores in a teacher’s existing electronic grade book. GradeCam allows teachers to enter scores for all student work—graded tests, quizzes, and credit/no credit assignments, for example—by swiping papers under a camera instead of entering the data by hand. GradeCam forms can be printed from the software and reproduced, and may be filled in with any pen or pencil. Price: $3/student for school license; $2/student for district license Category: assessment
Fluency Tutor is an online software solution for students developing, and teachers assessing, oral reading fluency. The product incorporates passages that align to MetaMetrics Lexile Framework for Reading and includes tools for practicing, assessing, and measuring fluency. Students listen to passages being read aloud with textto- speech voices and practice their own reading. When ready, they record assessments for teachers to listen to and mark. Several graphical reports are available to show students’ progress. PROS: The software allows teachers to select exercises of the right difficulty for each pupil and to record his or her progress. Teachers can evaluate the fluency errors made, words correct per minute, and level of prosody (expression of reading) for every student. The system is also available to teachers and students at home. CONS: To be truly effective, the product requires complete buy-in from all reading teachers. A school must also have enough computers available for students to practice and take assessments. OVERALL EVALUATION: Every school should have a program like this Fluency Tutor to help students learn to read. This one is as good as, or better than, most I have seen.www.texthelp.comRetail price: Starting at $2,245 per school, first year; $745, each year after. Discounts available for multi-year purchase.—Joe Huber
The compact AVerVision CP300 digital document camera has a 3.2 megapixel sensor, 8X digital zoom + 2X AVERZOOM (total 16X zoom), fast-response auto focus, laser positioning guide, split screen, and picture-in-picture. The camera can store up to 80 images and will support 1280x720 resolution. There is also a selection of online lesson plans, software tutorial and training video to help teachers get started. The software for this camera allows for the complete control of the camera from a computer. Presenters can annotate an image on the camera. They also have both remote viewing and remote control of the camera over a LAN. Pros: Unlike some other document cameras, the CP300 is very easy to move from one classroom to another. The software is very easy to use and learn. Since the camera allows users to record and annotate any process, a teacher in any subject can record something she wishes to teach or remediate and annotate the process. This is recorded as an avi file, which means the teacher can then post in on her Web page for students to view. This is in addition to all the standard functions of a document camera. The split screen and picture-in-picture screen allows the teacher to display both a “live” sample and a reference sample (from one of the 80 stored images), or from the Web on the screen at the same time. There is also a microscope adaptor available. Cons: The advanced features might take longer to learn than on some document cameras. But the online software tutorial and training videos are helpful and the basic set-up and operation is as simple as most. Overall Impression: At $700, this is an affordable and worthwhile addition to any classroom. Retail Price: $699-- Joe Huber