Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Connected Classrooms

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Connected Classrooms

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A couple of new network-based classroom tools that connect teachers' computers with students' computers have recently come to our attention. DDES Corp.'s Classrooms -- Network Teaching Tools is designed for use in all levels of educational institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges and training centers. It lets educators: transmit their screen to students' screens; view any student screen without their knowledge; remotely control student computers; monitor Internet connections; develop and administer online exams; broadcast a particular student's screen to other students; lock student workstations; conduct discussion forums; utilize messaging and file transferring tools; remotely edit: student control panel settings, shutdown, log-off or reboot any student computer; and remotely launch a program on a student computer.

Classrooms -- Network Teaching Tools also includes a collaborative paint program and virtual chalkboard, and requires a Pentium-based PC, TCP/IP compatible network, 14.4K network speed, SVGA graphics card and Windows 95 or NT 3.51.

Another product designed for all levels of institutions is Discourse GroupWare Classroom, from Discourse Technologies. Two versions exist: the Intranet Browser Version, for schools with networked classrooms; and the Wireless Studycom Version, where students use low-profile desktop terminals. In both configurations, instructors use a desktop computer to monitor student responses and can provide private feedback to students or post selected answers on a TV monitor -- with or without students' names -- for class discussion purposes. …

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