Magazine article Teach

2009 Technology Supplement

Magazine article Teach

2009 Technology Supplement

Article excerpt

TEACH Magazine is proud to present this year's 16th Annual Technology Supplement. We introduce you to new products and services that will be valuable tools for the classroom. The descriptions serve as only product overviews; they are not our reviews or endorsements. We hope you find the list useful and remember to ask about educational discounts and pricing when contacting the product companies.

HARDWARE

AVerPenx2122

http://www.avermedia-usa.com/ presentation/product_averpen.asp

AVerPenx2122 is an inter- active classroom solution that combines collab- orative learning with mobility, simultaneous teacher-student engage- ment, and immediate feedback all from virtually any surface in the room. AVerPenx2122 has been developed to further group interactivity between teachers and students while providing innovative new tools combined in an easy to use and highly mobile product. Popular features found in interactive whiteboards, wireless slates, and student response systems are also integrated. Starter sets include one teacher pen with four student pens that can work simultaneously. Teacher pens are able to control all AVer+ Software features as well as activate, limit, or expand student pen functions and it fully integrates with AVerVision Document Cameras. Since the pens function on virtually any surface, mobility is greatly increased by eliminating the need to use a static board or carry a bulky slate. For more information, call 1-877-528-7824.

grid Mathematica 7

http://www.wolfram.com/products/ gridmathematica/

gridMathematica 7 allows users to run more tasks in parallel, over more CPUs, for faster execution without changing a line of code. Whether computations are distributed over local or remote CPUs, process coordination and management is completely automated, grid Mathematica 7 extends the built-in parallel ization features of Mathematica. The Mathematica server provides a networkmanaged pool of computation kernels that can be shared by a group of users locally or run on remote hardware to combine the power of multiple computers. Using gridMathematica 7, users can automatically scale up their tasks to grids of any size - allowing them to deliver accurate solutions even faster. gridMathematica 7 requires Mathematica and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

SOFTWARE

Toon Boom Studio 5

http://www.toonboom.com/products/toonBoom Studio

Toon Boom Studio 5 is a computer software that brings a wide array of animation capabilities. Studio 5 enables users to become familiar with stop-motion, traditional, digital, cutout and rotoscoping animation methods and to combine them for greater creativity. Its enhanced user interface is ideal for hobbyists, educators, and students. With Studio 5 you can do things like create stop-motion animation using your favourite characters, speed things up with Time-lapse Imagery, and change your backgrounds using Chroma Key Screens. Live View/Image Capture allows you to see images exactly as they will appear in your movie with optimized image playback. You can also position and align elements perfectly using Onion Skinning and annotation layers allows for feedback. With Studio 5 you can import Flip Boom Classic and Animation projects and bring them to the next level. Studio 5 allows you to easily export your animation directly to YouTube or Facebook.

WEB

ABRACADABRA

http://abralite.concordia.ca

ABRACADABRA (ABRA) is a free interactive web-based literacy program designed for early elementary school students, teachers, and parents. There are two main entry points to ABRA: stories and skills. The stories expose children to different story genres, text types, and multiple perspectives, which help shape their world view. Children can read ABRA or student created stories. Skills support include, phonological awareness, reading fluency development, comprehension development, and writing development. …

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