MARKHAM, ON, July 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Education software specialist
NetSupport is pleased to announce the immediate availability of
NetSupport School version 11 - the latest evolution of its
market-leading classroom management solution.
Version 11 adds to the product's unrivalled range of PC monitoring,
instant assessment and collaboration tools with over 200 new and
updated features - all wrapped in a totally refreshed interface that
ensures teachers have instant access to all key features.
New in version 11
Highlights in version 11 include a new and unique student and peer
assessment module, a wealth of new features for technicians, a new
tablet version for teachers, added platform support for Windows 8 and
Google Chrome OS and improved file transfer and video performance.
Built around current teaching practices for the continual assessment of
learning, the new Question and Answer module is an exciting addition to
NetSupport School's range of assessment and collaboration tools. With
existing features such as the custom Test Designer and instant Student
Surveys already giving teachers the ability to electronically assess
student attainment, the new module is further proof that NetSupport has
taken note of current classroom challenges.
The module allows teachers to verbally ask questions to the whole class,
gauge student answers and understanding, introduce new questioning
styles to the lesson (such as basketball questioning) and develop peer
assessment opportunities, as well as track rewards against both the
individual and, where appropriate, teams.
Supporting New Technologies
Schools are increasingly embracing new PC technologies and in recent
years NetSupport has introduced support for environments including
thin/zero client computing, terminal server, virtual desktops and
shared resource computing.
The Google Chromebook is the latest cost-effective, easy-to-manage
computing solution set to put technology into the hands of more
students and, from version 11, NetSupport School provides support for
the Chrome OS.
NetSupport also hasn't ignored the impact that hand-held technology is
currently having in the modern learning environment.
When paired with an existing NetSupport School Windows desktop Tutor,
NetSupport's new Tutor Assistant app (compatible with both Apple iOS
and Android tablets as well as, uniquely, iOS and Android smartphones
and available as a free download from the Apple iTunes store and Google
Play) increases a teacher's mobility around the classroom, enabling
them to retain key control and monitoring of all student workstations.
It also allows teaching assistants to better support the role of the
teacher in monitoring student progress.
Enhanced and Improved
School technicians and network managers can look forward to a major
refresh of NetSupport School's Tech Console - delivering a number of
additional system and policy management tools including the ability to
apply a new set of school-wide internet, application, printer and USB
restrictions that are operational 24 hours a day, a new security
monitoring feature highlighting any computers that have potential
vulnerabilities based on pre-defined criteria, as well as additional
technician tools such as remote registry editing, a remote command
prompt and extended inventory capabilities.
The already-unique Digital Student Journal option has been further
enhanced to aid in lesson recording and improve the provision of
content for students outside of the classroom. Teachers and students
can now continue adding content to an existing 'master' journal in
subsequent lessons. Teachers can add chapters to the journal, create
bookmarks and even synchronise missing content in their journal with a
student who has missed a lesson.
The Record and Replay feature is another area of existing functionality
to undergo a makeover. The feature provides the perfect tool for
building a library of recorded demonstrations, either captured in class
or pre-recorded for future lesson use. Version 11 introduces a Video
Editor; allowing Replay Files to be trimmed and edited before being
exported to common video formats.
The unique Student Toolbar in NetSupport School has also been enhanced,
providing instant access to lesson objectives and expected outcomes,
additional options for silently requesting assistance from a Teacher or
Assistant, quick access to USB resources as well as progress tracking
of any electronically delivered coursework.
And if you're looking for a solution that optimises the delivery of
files between machines, you'll definitely be pleased with the
performance improvements that have been introduced into version 11.
File and video transfer performance is now 10x faster and uses up to
50% less network bandwidth than any comparable solution available.
Commenting on the new version, NetSupport's Managing Director, Al
Kingsley, said: "The IT landscape of the modern school continues to
change and classroom management software vendors need to ensure their
solutions remain relevant. New computing platforms not only provide
inspiring learning environments for students but, more than ever,
teachers have the opportunity to enhance teaching practices through the
use of technology.
"NetSupport School 11 is an exciting step forward on the road to
ensuring our solution continues to meet current challenges. The product
has undergone a complete visual refresh, many existing features have
been enhanced and the new and unique added functionality is sure to
appeal to the education community.
"The Question and Answer module adds to our set of collaborative tools
and further aids a teacher's ability to instantly assess student
understanding. And with mobile technology high on the agenda, our Tutor
Assistant app for tablets and mobile phones is set to transform the way
teachers interact with students within the ICT suite.
"We've also been quick to acknowledge the impact Google Chrome is likely
to have across education along with the pending release of Windows 8
and this, combined with the product's extensive feature set, ensures
NetSupport School 11 is definitely fit for purpose in the 21st century classroom."
While NetSupport School continues to raise the bar for Windows-based
classroom management, NetSupport has also recognised the emergence of
the multi-platform classroom. NetSupport Assist, launched in Spring
2011 and recently named Network Computing Magazine's 2012 New Product
of the Year, delivers a focused set of classroom management tools for
Mac® and Linux environments. The addition of Assist to the company's
education portfolio saw NetSupport become the first classroom
management software vendor to offer compatible solutions across
Windows, Mac® and Linux environments, providing complete flexibility for mixed
Visit www.netsupportschool.com for an in-depth overview of the new features and to download a free
40-PC trial copy.
Headquartered in the UK, NetSupport has been delivering market-leading
remote control and desktop management software solutions to corporate
and education customers since 1989. In late 2011, the company reached
the milestone of its 10 millionth licence sale.
Its flagship products are the highly successful NetSupport Manager
remote control and PC management application and NetSupport School, the
market-leading classroom management and training software solution for
NetSupport's evolving product range also includes: NetSupport DNA,
delivering advanced enterprise asset management; web-based
ITIL-compliant incident management solution NetSupport ServiceDesk;
NetSupport Notify, its mass notification and desktop alerting tool and
NetSupport Protect, a security tool designed to protect the content and
configuration of desktop PCs. The latest addition to the range is
NetSupport Assist, a classroom monitoring solution for Mac® and Linux environments.
NetSupport solutions and their derivatives are sold worldwide and enjoy
market-leading status in many countries. NetSupport is recognised as
one of the fastest- growing technology companies in the EU and was
recently awarded Education ICT Exporter of the Year at the BETT Awards,
became winners at the Network Computing awards in 2012 for the fourth
consecutive year, and was a finalist at the 2012 Education Resources
Awards. NetSupport is a member of BESA.
SOURCE: NetSupport Canada Inc.
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