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Smith System

Flavors Seating

Classroom furniture

Facilities, $82-$372

This new classroom furniture line from Smith Systems is intended to provide flexible seating positions while maintaining strength, durability and affordable pricing. The chair design features a shallow seat and a highly flexible back, which provide support and comfort as students change their sitting position when taking part in classroom activities or following a teacher, allowing them to comfortably face forward, backward or to either side. Each model is available in 14 colors and is made from high-density polypropylene and high-strength steel for years of heavy use.


Weekly Reader

Weekly Reader Connect

Supplemental reading program

Internet, Pricing varies based on number of students

Ubiquitous K12 publisher Weekly Reader has just released a Web-based multimedia version of its supplemental reading comprehension materials. Weekly Reader Connect combines the nonfiction content matched to reading levels from kindergarten through sixth grade found in the print magazine with video clips, narrated slide shows, animated shorts, text-to-speech read-aloud content, pop-up dictionaries and more. A Web-based program, it requires no downloads or support and can be used in the classroom or accessed by students at home, in a library or anywhere with Internet access, and the software-as-a-service model allows for easy and immediate large-scale implementations.




Student response system

Hardware, $75 each, Packages of 24 start at $2,045

The latest edition of Qwizdom’s student response system, the Q6, offers similar capabilities to its predecessors but with several enhanced features. The new keypad has been designed to be more like that of a cell phone, and students can enter text and view responses on a larger 1.8-inch by 1.5-inch LCD screen that allows for up to 116 characters per response. Teachers can ask a variety of types of questions, including numeric, sequencing, rating scale, yes/no, fractional/ decimal, multiple choice, true/false or short answer questions. Estimated battery life is one year per device, and the Q6 user software is compatible with either PC or Mac computers.



Pano System v2.8

Zero client platform

Hardware, Starting at $319 for black, $329 for chrome

Furthering the continuum of thin-client computing, Pano Logic aims to reduce costs, maintenance and energy use with its line of zero clients. Pano System devices act as interfaces between the user’s keyboard, monitor, mouse and a local server, but they have no internal CPU, memory, operating system or moving parts of any kind. This practically eliminates maintenance at the individual PC level, instead centralizing all virtual desktops to a server or servers, while the user’s experience is indistinguishable from using a typical computer. These devices also only consume 3 to 5 watts of electricity, up to 97 percent less than a PC and even significantly less than thin clients.



Veriton X480G-ED7600C


Hardware, $599

Acer’s new Veriton desktop computer is a compact, powerful and affordable model intended for education. It includes an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 3GB of DDR3 SDRAM with slots allowing upgrades of up to 8GB, and a 320GB hard drive, all in an extremely compact chassis that is just 4 inches wide, 12.4 inches deep and 10.5 inches high. Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2007 are standard, and additional features include a SuperMulti disk drive, three audio ports, ten USB 2.0 ports and a three-year limited warranty.




Audiovisual controller

Hardware, $311 with K12 discounts available Designed to be an inexpensive solution for audiovisual control in K12 classrooms, the CB-2000 from Calypso Systems is a Web-connected wall-mounted device that connects to devices such as document cameras, DVD players, projectors and audio amplifiers. Educators can use it to switch easily between sources without having to unplug or move components or use separate remotes for each, and administrators can access the device remotely over the Web to troubleshoot or schedule power on/off times or routine maintenance.