by Parat Solutions
PARAT SOLUTIONS introduces Parasync, a charging and
synchronization dock that has been approved by Apple to work
with iPods or iPhones. Educators can simultaneously update
content on up to 20 devices by connecting the dock via
USB cable to a Mac with iTunes installed. They can then
drag and drop content from the iTunes library onto individual
devices, or set the application to sync the
devices with the same content automatically-- no additional
software needed. Since the Parasync is lightweight and
covers the same amount of surface area as a sheet of paper, it fits
easily on a classroom desk, shelf, or cart. Price: $980.
POLYVISION presents the Eno Mini slate, a mobile companion to the Eno
interactive whiteboard. The ergonomic, lightweight unit enables the creation and
delivery of lessons from anywhere in the classroom, and its multiuser
input feature allows up to three styluses to simultaneously be used
on the slate and/or whiteboard. The slate attaches magnetically to
any steel surface, including most marker boards and chalkboards,
and is equipped with a rugged-grip surface to withstand being passed
around the classroom. The Eno Mini comes in four model types, each packaged
with different features to meet diverse classroom needs. Price: $199 to $499, depending
on model type.
SERIF has released the latest version of its award-winning desktop publishing software, PagePlus X4. The software is ideal for schools that need to create printed materials for
curriculum or administrative purposes. PagePlus X4 continues to offer its signature features,
including thousands of professional templates and specialized logo and cutout studios.
Features new to this version include a learning zone with resources such as video tutorials
and Serif support, integrated photo-editing capabilities, and tools for creating high-impact
graphics. In addition, the updated software has increased industry-standard file compatibility
that allows users to import Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.org files. Price: $59.99.
This article originally appeared in the October 1, 2009 issue of THE Journal.