New software makes interactive learning easier


15 Oct 2010

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Interactive learning technology company Promethean has launched ActivEngage – a new software version of the Learner Response System.

The technology was launched at the Irish Teaching and Learning Festival and it enables laptops, or desktop computers, to act as personal response devices – enabling schools to provide voting capability in classrooms via individual student computers instead of specific handsets.

ActivEngage is the latest addition to Promethean’s learning technology that equips teachers with the ability to deliver dynamic lessons tailored to the immediate assessment of student performance.

Importance of ICT

Computer-per-pupil initiatives are increasingly being promoted as a means of underpinning schools’ information and communications technology (ICT) strategies, which is apparent from the Government’s recent announcement that it is to give 698 schools €20m for ICT equipment.

Promethean says this "software only" version the Learner Response System has been designed to complement these initiatives and widen access to its assessment and engagement capabilities.

Promethean’s head of Ireland and Scotland, Graham Byrne, comments:

“Learner Response Systems have proved invaluable for providing teachers with flexible and exciting opportunities to engage, motivate and assess learners. Teachers gain instant insight into students’ understanding and can use the self-paced learning mode, whereby students work through different levels of question sets, to personalise learning to the capabilities of different individuals.”