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Promethean Introduces All-New ActivClassroom at Waverley College

Today at Waverley College, Sydney, Promethean launched the upgraded, updated and completely redesigned ActivClassroom. Promethean empowers educators with more tools than ever to ignite learning in classrooms worldwide. For the first time Learning Response Systems and Dual Pens were demonstrated with students
  • 20 August, 2009 14:40

<p>Promethean Introduces All-New ActivClassroom at Waverley College</p>
<p>Upgraded, updated and completely redesigned, the new ActivClassroom by Promethean empowers educators with more tools than ever to ignite learning in classrooms worldwide</p>
<p>Sydney ---- 20 August, 2009 - Promethean, a global leader in interactive education technology solutions, today at Waverley College, Sydney unveiled the long anticipated redesign of its award winning collaborative classroom learning solution: the ActivClassroom for Everyone.</p>
<p>In addition to transforming the ActivClassroom’s visual and experiential design, each major product line boasts significant upgrades and updates. Designed to cultivate immersive, collaborative learning environments by expanding its features, tools and resource integration capabilities, Promethean’s new series starts with the feature-rich ActivBoard 300 Pro, complete with integrated sound and dual input/user capability. When combined with Promethean’s new motorized height-adjustable stand and 3D-enabled DLP projector, the new ActivBoard+2 solutions represents a gateway to an unending universe of learning!</p>
<p>Breakthrough enhancements to ActivInspire, Promethean’s celebrated teaching and curriculum development software, combine with ActivExpression to empower students to learn at their own pace while giving teachers even more advanced, immediate assessment capabilities. The all-new ActiView camera, a visual presenter that facilitates the sharing of information and 3D objects, enables students to collectively engage in any lesson. Other new releases and updates include Promethean’s ActivSound, ActivArena, ActivPens, ActivSDK, ActivSlate and ActivWand.</p>
<p>“The ActivClassroom has always been much more than an Interactive Whiteboard or Learner Response solution, said Iwan Streichenberger, Chief Marketing Officer for Promethean. “The ActivClassroom speaks to proven research about what works in the classroom – integrating the most proven and effective solutions, with superior lesson design and delivery software, into one seamless system.”</p>
<p>Promethean’s new ActivClassroom, paired with the world’s fastest-growing interactive whiteboard community – Promethean Planet, as well as unparalleled professional development, empowers teachers around the world to better address the needs of modern day students.</p>
<p>ActivBoard: Promethean has tripled the number of ActivBoard options to ensure every teacher has a solution that meets their needs and budget. At the center of the new line is the ActivBoard 300 Pro, a feature-rich upgrade and direct replacement for the current ActivBoard -. With built-in speakers, an integrated amplifier, and two USB ports, Dual User input, and ActivInspire Professional Edition, the ActivBoard 300 Pro transforms the classroom into a 360-degree educational environment.</p>
<p>The ActivBoard 300 is the perfect upgradable platform. Featuring Promethean’s classroom-tough electromagnetic surface, two newly designed ActivPens with full mouse capability and ActivInspire Professional software, the 300 can easily be upgraded to include speakers and Dual User functionality via an ActivArena 50 upgrade pack.</p>
<p>The ActivBoard 100 Range provides a simple, cost-effective option for schools planning to invest in educational technology for the first time or wishing to expand their current range of interactive technology.</p>
<p>ActivBoard+2: Also new are the ActivBoard+2 systems, (integrated ActivBoard, projector and mounting solutions) with enhanced design, available fixed or adjustable to suit. Both variations offer a choice of short-throw projectors – the PRM 20A (LCD) or the all new 3D-ready PRM 25 (DLP), each coming complete with a industry-leading 3,000 hour/3 year lamp warranty, and providing bright, crisp and crystal-clear images. The ActivBoard+2 (height adjustable) comes with a new completely motorized stand with a convenient hand control for raising and lowering the ActivBoard bringing interactivity to the fingertips of learners, and teachers, of every age range.
ActivArena: Facilitating vibrant group collaboration in the ActivClassroom, ActivArena allows two users to interact with the ActivBoard at the same time, creating new levels of interaction and shared learning in the classroom. In addition to the two Teacher and Student pens provided, the ActivArena Upgrade Pack includes a host of templates and activities for immediate use.</p>
<p>ActiView: The ActiView is a visual presenter that transforms the way real objects can be studied and discussed. The ActiView can be used to take still and moving images of documents or 3D items, making collective viewing easy. Automatic settings and user-friendly software make the ActiView 322 a simple yet powerful addition to the ActivClassroom.</p>
<p>ActivInspire: ActivInspire, the heart of the ActivClassroom, also unveils exciting new features. The software, launched earlier this year has already received glowing reviews thanks to its cross-platform functionality and choice of award-winning ActivPrimary and ActivStudio interfaces. Available in 22 languages, ActivInspire 1.2 Professional Edition introduces Self-Paced Learning, providing a huge leap in enhancement to ActivExpression, Promethean’s popular Learner Response System.</p>
<p>Self-Paced Learning gives real-time, immediate response details for each and every student, question by question, enabling teachers to identify individual needs and address them as required. Combining progression of questions with an increase in difficulty; differentiation is achieved on a per pupil basis allowing students to work at their own pace and level. Questions are relayed to individual devices while a clever, colour-coded teacher screen displaying results in an easy, comprehensive manner.</p>
<p>“The new ActivClassroom represents Promethean’s commitment to developing solutions that meet the specific, dynamic needs of the 21st Century learning environment,” said Jean-Yves Charlier, CEO of Promethean. “Over the last 6 months, we have announced more ground-breaking products than ever as a result of the doubling of our investments in research and development. We are creating with the new ActivClassroom more solutions than ever that make a difference in the classroom whilst providing schools with more options for every budget and every learning style, bringing us closer to our goal of providing an interactive classroom solution to as many students and teachers across the world as possible.”</p>
<p>For more information, visit http://www.prometheanworld.com.
- ENDS –</p>
<p>Notes to Editors:
• Product availability per region may differ.
• ActivSDK is Promethean’s latest Software Development Kit supporting the development of applications for use with ActivExpression and ActiVote. Self-Paced functionality allows it to build on the earlier version.
• ActivSlate 50 and ActivWand 50 are compatible with the new ActivBoard Range. ActivSlate 50 includes the newly designed ActivPen.
• The PRM-20A is available in 2 colours – orange and silver, the PRM-25 is available in grey, both projectors support all sizes of IWB.
• Promethean Planet now boasts nearly 350,000 members and offers: access to more than 12,000 free teacher generated lesson plans and resources, tips and tricks, professional development and a range of advice and inspiration from both members of the teaching industry and global education thought-leaders.
• In addition, Promethean Planet offers high quality, low cost premium resources available for purchase from a range of Publishing Partners such as Dorling Kindersley and Scholastic, and now hosts ActivInspire, Promethean’s latest, and hugely popular, cross-platform software.
About Promethean:
Promethean is a global leader in interactive classroom solutions that empowers teachers to engage, educate, assess and motivate learners. Developed by and for educators, its award-winning ActivClassroom is an innovative and integrated suite of solutions providing time-saving technology for teachers and engaging, informative content for the modern-day classroom that has been proven to significantly raise achievement levels.</p>
<p>Beyond the classroom, Promethean’s integrated learning system also provides comprehensive training and support. Promethean Planet (www.PrometheanPlanet.com) is the largest online teacher forum for premium and interactive whiteboard content. Nearly 350,000 educators from around the world currently access and adapt downloadable flipcharts, participate in conversations on the forum and blog and share best practice to create fun, engaging lessons that capture both the imagination and attention of their students.</p>
<p>For more information, please visit www.PrometheanWorld.com.</p>
<p>Press enquiries:
Evonne Geluk
e.g. PR &amp; Media
Mobile: 04040 53040 or Email: egpr@bigpond.net.au</p>
<p>Tracey McLaine
Head of PR, Promethean
Tel: +44(0)1254 290 752
Email: Tracey.Mclaine@PrometheanWorld.com</p>

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