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Classroom surfing control from mobile device

NetOp Solutions : 16 October, 2008  (Application Story)
Vision@hand from GenevaLogic enables teachers to control IT use including internet activity from a PDA or smart phone
GenevaLogic has launched version 6.8 of its Vision classroom management software. The latest release now includes Vision@Hand, a cutting edge application that allows teachers to control classroom computers from a PDA, smartphone or other wireless mobile device.

Now the world's largest provider of classroom management software, the company has developed the remote capability of Vision@Hand based on feedback from its tech-savvy customers within the Education space. A survey of teachers conducted in late 2007 showed that 92 percent thought that using Vision from a mobile device would improve the way they could teach.

"We have always been committed to responding to educators' feedback, and keeping Vision on the cutting edge of technology," said Kirk Greiner, executive vice president, Netop Solutions A/S, and former CEO of GenevaLogic. "Vision@Hand takes technology that teachers already have at their fingertips, and combines it with Vision to put classroom computer management in their hands. This in turn unleashes them from the restraints of their desks or computer workstations."

Using an iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm or any wireless mobile device with a Web browser, teachers wanting to share the way that an individual student has solved a problem with the entire class can use Vision@Hand to do that on the spot, without having to leave the students' side. Teachers can also keep the entire class's attention during important discussions by using a mobile to lock student computer screens, keyboards or their mouse.

Teachers with SurfLock, Vision's popular plug-in for managing student Web browsing, can also use Vision@Hand to control student Internet access during class time. They can instantly block access to the Internet or allow students to surf a selection of sites with the touch of a button.

"As the world leader in classroom management software, Netop offers schools the premier solutions for maximising the use of technology to support teaching and learning," said Mike Kibblewhite, Managing Director and Country Manager for Netop UK. "Following our June 2008 acquisition of GenevaLogic, even more expertise and resources are available for us to invest in creating the next generation of tools for teaching with technology."

Vision@Hand is a free extension available now to all Vision6 customers in beta form. Customers must have version 6.7 or newer of Vision installed and have access to a wireless network in their classroom from their mobile device to use Vision@Hand. Version 6.8 of Vision is now available as a free upgrade to existing Vision customers using version 6.5 or higher.

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