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Easiteach NG 1.3 Gains Screen Capture, Integrated Resource Downloads

RM Education has released an update to Easiteach Next Generation (Easiteach NG) for interactive classrooms. The new release, version 1.3, incorporates a range of additional features, including screen capture and a batch of additional widgets.

RM Easiteach NG is a classroom software suite that's designed to serve as a single platform integrating functionality between whiteboards, classroom clickers (interactive polling devices), and other technologies. It's designed for a variety of grade levels and can be used to create multimedia-based lessons and activities, and it includes pre-designed content packs covering math, English/language arts, science, and geography. It also allows for existing lessons to be adapted from Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, as well as video files. The software supports Windows and, as of earlier this year, Mac OS X.

The latest release, version 1.3 for Windows, incorporates a number of enhancements, including a "record my screen" feature for capturing screen activities. It also adds integration with easilearn.com, providing the ability to search and download classroom resources, like activities and lessons. It also adds five new widgets, including a graphing calculator, unit converter, a word game called Shark Bait, a clock for teaching young learners to tell the time, and an app called X-Ray Vision.

Other new features include:

  • Streaming video tutorials;
  • The ability to import files from Smart Notebook and PowerPoint; and
  • A tool for animating objects on the screen.

Easiteach NG 1.3 is available now for Windows-based systems. (The version for Mac OS X is at 1.0.3.) It starts at $347 for a single computer, with site and district pricing starting at $4,997. The upgrade to version 1.3 itself is free for current users. Free trial and player-only versions are also available. Upgrade instructions and links to the downloads can be found on RM Education's support site.

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