New Products

New Products

The latest offerings in books, hardware, software and the Internet.

Apple

Apple Remote Desktop 3

Software, priced per administrator:$149 for up to 10 systems; $299 for unlimited systems (education prices)

Designed to make managing an entire network as easy as managing a single Mac, this version's new features allow users to take advantage of Tiger capabilities and search across the entire network. A new Dashboard Widget for easy access to remote units, 30 preprogrammed Automator actions for routine management tasks, and AutoInstall, which tracks upgrades to network units and automatically performs the install when a unit logs in, all combine to make a network manager's life easier. Schools might be particularly interested in a faster version of Power Copy, to push documents out to the network, Remote Drag and Drop, allowing items to easily be moved from one network computer to another, and Application Usage and User History Reports to track software compliance and monitor the use of unauthorized applications. The application works with the Panther operating system, the new Intel-based Macs, and supports VNC screen sharing.

www.apple.com/remotedesktop

Epson

PowerLite 6100i

Hardware, $3,199

The PowerLite 6100i from Epson is compatible with tuners and components that transmit closed caption content, eliminating the need for external components. An integrated 5-watt speaker, more efficient air filtration system, and 3,500 ANSI lumens make it a nice addition to large and small venues.

www.epson.com

LANCOR Technologies

KONYIN keyboard

Hardware, $37.99-$52.99

Schools can develop multilingual computer-based interactive curriculum. Students can complete their assignments, homework and tests in language studies with a computer and this keyboard that uses an extra set of shift keys to correct accents, tonal marks and extended Latin characters during regular typing.

Students can type in multiple Latin alphabet-based world languages at the same time with no layout switching between languages or making changes to the way they type. They can type in English, Spanish, French, Hawaiian, Italian, German or Gaelic, Polish, Portuguese and other languages.

www.konyin.com

LearningSoft

Indigo Learning System

Hardware, $3,500/24-unit classroom

This system uses a wireless network and handheld devices to deliver fluid assessment and student computing. The devices feature a thumb keyboard, 90MHz ARM processor, high-resolution gray screen, integrated wireless networking and stereo sound. Students can receive and complete individualized, standards-aligned assessments. Results are automatically sent to a teacher's computer to serve as immediate reviews of student progress or forecasts of student scores on state tests. The set includes 24 student devices with chargers, WiFi access point and cables, Classroom Manager with assessment wizard, performance reporting and more than 35,000 state standard aligned assessment items.

www.learningsoft.com

Pearson Education

Success Tracker

Online system, starts at $4.50/student

This system helps teachers monitor Adequate Yearly Progress and provide tools to help students improve. It provides validated assessment through diagnostic and benchmark tests correlated to state standards, easy-to-read reports for a test, class or student, automatic diagnosis of each student's strengths and areas for improvement and personalized remediation prescribed for each student based on individual needs. It also provides an analysis of student scores on individual tests, on average across all tests, or on individual mastery of a standard or skill. www.pearsonsuccessnet.com

Polycom

QSX

Hardware, Free download

Sharing a live view of a computer screen over the Internet during a conference call can happen instantly with the new version of QSX from Polycom. Users plug in a few cables and are ready to share content with up to 10 remote sites. Advanced encryption standards are in place for QSX to QSX call and secure logins are used for Web access to keep the calls private. QSX 2.0 is a free software download for current users and is standard with all new systems. www.polycom.com

Videx

CyberLock EntryPoint

Hardware, starts at $441

This electronic system offers lock cylinders that cannot be picked and keys that cannot be duplicated. The grand master key contains a unique family code used to program locks via infrared communication with the CyberKey. Users log on to the company's Web site to register their key, back up their system and request a new family code to prevent a lost key from opening locks. No programming software is required. The IR Encoder is an infrared port with a USB connection used for communication between the key and Web site.

www.videx.com

Renaissance Learning

Accelerated Reader Enterprise

Online program, $750 annually/classroom version plus $750

one-time school fee

This online program includes unlimited access to more than 100,000 quizzes, including those for books that students can find in either their school or public library. It provides reading practice, vocabulary, literacy skills and recorded voice quizzes. Other features include access to Renaissance University Online, which offers proven techniques for improving reading skills, and consolidated reports. Teachers can disaggregate data in the reports by student characteristics such as ethnicity, free lunch, ESL, grade level and other customized characteristics.

www.renlearn.com

Pearson Education

Success Tracker

Online system, starts at $4.50/student

This system helps teachers monitor Adequate Yearly Progress and provide tools to help students improve. It provides validated assessment through diagnostic and benchmark tests correlated to state standards, easy-to-read reports for a test, class or student, automatic diagnosis of each student's strengths and areas for improvement and personalized remediation prescribed for each student based on individual needs. It also provides an analysis of student scores on individual tests, on average across all tests, or on individual mastery of a standard or skill. www.pearsonsuccessnet.com

Apple

MacBook, Hardware, starts from $1,099

This notebook, which is up to four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook, features the Intel Core Duo processor and a 13-inch glossy widescreen display. It also comes loaded with a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, Front Row media experience with Apple Remote, DVI with dual display support, optical digital audio input and output, gigabit ethernet, scrolling trackpad, MagSafe power adapter and other advanced features. The three models include a 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz notebook in a white enclosure and a 2.0 GHz notebook in a black enclosure. www.apple.com

For more information on all of the new products mentioned in this issue, go to http://www.districtadministration.com/ProductInfo.


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