Renaissance, Pearson Partner for Classroom Response System


Education publisher Pearson Wednesday unveiled a new student response system for K-12 and higher ed at the FETC conference in Orlando, FL. The system, developed in partnership with technology provider Renaissance Learning, is designed to be integrated with Pearson's Prosper assessment system.

The Engage Response System combines handheld devices with software for creating interactive learning experiences for students. The RF-based handheld device contains a full numeric keypad (which can also function as a calculator), with memory to store notes and assignments. It also includes a six-line display. The receiver is a USB device. The Engage software provides a hovering toolbar that's visible on computer screens and projector images. For assessments, the system integrates with Prosper for test generation and reporting.

The Engage Response System starts at $2,199 for a single, full classroom set.

Pearson is exhibiting at the FETC conference this week in booth 802. Renaissance Learning is in booths 1055 and 1056. More information is available at the links below.

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