Promethean Introduces ActivEngage To Its Range Of Learner Response Systems
Released on: October 05, 2010, 6:51 am
Promethean, a global leader in interactive learning
technology, has launched ActivEngage, a new software version of its
market leading Learner Response System*. This new application enables
laptops or desktop computers to act as personal response devices,
meaning schools can provide voting capability in classrooms via
individual student computers instead of specific handsets.
Computer-per-pupil initiatives are increasingly being promoted by governments as a
means of underpinning schools' ICT strategies. That, along with schools focus on
developing problem-solving and technology skills makes these a valuable classroom
resource. The introduction of this software only version of Promethean's Learner
Response System has been designed to complement these initiatives and widen access
to their assessment and engagement capabilities.
Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland has welcomed the development of the new software
application, becoming the first local authority in the UK to adopt ActivEngage. It
plans to introduce the software to primary and secondary schools across the region,
following an initiative to ensure all pupils in its 122 schools have access to their
own laptop, netbook or PC.
John Tait, Education Officer for Dumfries and Galloway local authority, explained: "It is vital that ICT is embedded into the teaching and learning process. Having
enjoyed previous success with Promethean's handheld voting systems, we wanted to
maximise our ICT investment by providing all schools in Dumfries and Galloway with
access to this assessment and opinion-gathering capability, without having to
purchase additional hardware devices. ActivEngage was the perfect solution."
Schools using ActivEngage can use the technology in a single classroom or across an
entire campus. The voting interface floats over other software applications,
enabling it to be deployed at any point in a lesson.
Promethean's Head of European Education Strategy, Margaret Allen, commented: "Learner Response Systems have proved invaluable for providing teachers with
flexible and exciting opportunities to engage, motivate and assess learners.
Teachers gain instant insight into students' understanding and can use the
self-paced learning mode, whereby students work through different levels of question
sets, to personalise learning to the capabilities of different individuals."
Students are able to respond to a wide range of questioning formats using numbers,
free text, symbols, or likert scales. Responses can be instantly displayed on an Interactive Whiteboard
laptop or desktop computer and saved by the teacher for later analysis.
Promethean is also offering schools the chance to 'try before you buy', by
enabling trial copies of ActivEngage to be downloaded and used free of charge from
www.PrometheanPlanet.com, the world's largest online interactive whiteboard
community. This will give schools the opportunity to explore the benefits of
ActivEngage and Learner Response Systems before purchasing the programme.
Notes to Editors:
* FutureSource Consulting, Q2 2010, based on global education sales.
Promethean - Lighting the flame of learning
Promethean's aim is to unlock the potential of human achievement in education and
training at all ages around the world. It does so by creating, developing,
supplying and supporting leading edge, interactive learning technology and by encouraging the
growth of the world's largest online teacher community in this field. In these
ways, Promethean is helping bring to life the promise of 21st century learning,
improving engagement and results for learners and teachers alike.
Beyond the classroom, Promethean provides comprehensive training and support and,
with over 650,000 members, the rapidly growing Promethean Planet is the world's
largest online teacher community for users of
interactive display system technology, providing user-generated and premium content,
and is a forum for teachers to exchange ideas and experience.
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