RM Education Launches Classroom Handheld Tablet
Education technology provider RM Education has announced the release of three new products for in-class use. The ePad and eCart are aimed at improving portability in technology-driven classrooms, while Dance to Advance uses kinetic movement to stimulate learning in mainstream subjects.
The ePad is handheld tablet that allows a teacher to conduct interactive lessons and exercises from anywhere in the classroom, giving whiteboard functionality a new mobile dimension. The device includes the following:
- Built-in keyboard;
- Wireless RF technology with a 60-foot range;
- LCD panel;
- Pen battery for more than 40 hours of use on one charge; and
- Hand straps for portability.
The ePad comes bundled with RM Easiteach software for delivery of interactive lessons.
The eCart is a multi-component AV cart with built-in sound system that's designed to provide easy portability between classrooms. Components built into the eCart include: Viewsonic PJD6240 projector; Toshiba SD-V296 DVD/VCR combo player; and Hercules XPS 2.1 50 Speaker System.
Dance to Advance is a software application that integrates dancemats with both pre-programmed and educator-customized activities for a variety of subjects, including math, natural science, language, and social studies. An update of the Easiteach Dancemat Content Pack, Dance to Advance comes with a dancemat and requires no additional software.
Similar to a popular arcade game, the dancemat contains sensors that send signals to the software in response to the rules of each academic exercise. Using the pictures, sound, and text of the exercises, as well as additional exercises they can create with the software based on curriculum criteria, educators give students a way to master terms and concepts using a combination of their mental acuity and physical energy. Students can even select their own characters, music, and background to create a mildly aerobic and fun approach to the development of curriculum-related intuitive thinking.
The ePad, eCart, and Dance to Advance program are available now. Further information can be found here.
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