The latest releases, services, and new product versions
iR Media Connector
by Lightspeed Technologies
LIGHTSPEED TECHNOLOGIES introduces
its iR Media Connector to help schools eliminate
costly installation fees and copious wiring
associated with classroom audio. The wireless
transmitter combines with any Lightspeed
infrared classroom audio system to allow teachers
to integrate sound from iPods, computers, or other audio devices without
having to run cables to amplifiers. Up to three devices can be plugged into
the iR Media Connector, which transmits signals to an infrared audio
system to amplify and evenly distribute sound throughout a classroom. And
at 4.25 inches long, 3.38 inches wide, and 4 inches tall, the unit is small enough to
easily fit within convenient reach on a desk or cart. Price: $200.
Classworks Web Edition
by Curriculum Advantage
CURRICULUM ADVANTAGE has released Classworks Web Edition, the latest version of its Classworks K-12 instructional
software. The new, web-based edition has expanded content and functionality to help teachers provide individualized
instruction and improve student achievement. New features include a redesigned management system to better help teachers
and administrators plan and assign instruction; a new search engine for finding activities by publisher, strand, skill, state
standard, learning style, or grade level; and new assessments and advanced reporting capabilities, including response to
intervention reporting. In addition,
Classworks Web Edition offers
3,500 new activities in math, reading,
language arts, and elementary
science. Price: Varies; call (888)
841-4790 for more information.
LUIDIA introduces the eBeam Edge, the next-generation version of its eBeam
interactive whiteboard system. The lightweight, portable system transforms existing
classroom writing surfaces into interactive whiteboards and makes it easier
for educators to present, capture, and interact with projected content. Improvements
include a smaller receiver that weighs less than 4 ounces and offers
increased accuracy, higher resolution, and faster response, and a thinner, more
ergonomic stylus with more precise notation capabilities and virtually no lag time.
The system, which comes with new eBeam Interact software, is also more resistant to interference and accommodates a
larger data-capture area. Price: $899.
This article originally appeared in the 8/1/2009 issue of THE Journal.