Modern education

Education is more than just an exercise on paper, one UK company claims.

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By  Joanne Bladd Published  September 11, 2007

Education is more than just an exercise on paper, one UK company claims.

Promethean, an online education firm, is hoping its modern approach to learning will take off this GITEX Technology Week.

Business development manager Emma Leacy-Jones explains; "We provide interactive whiteboards for schools and collaborative classroom solutions.

"The main tool for the children, or anyone who is watching a presentation using this technology, is our learner response systems, essentially a voting system."

The company's tools are starting to be introduced across the UK primary schools and in the US, and Leacy-Jones says that the learner response system is key to Promethean's success.

"This wireless device allows the user to respond positively or negatively to a number of options. It can be used as a means of assessment, but it is also useful as a mean of stimulating discussion in a classroom. The system also allows teachers to identify children not picking things up as well as the others and can pay them particular attention. The kids like the system as they don't have to wait for their marks - there's instant feedback."

Promethean attended the GITEX show in 2006 and this is Leacy-Jones' third time in Dubai this year, an indicator, she says of how seriously the company views the Middle East market.

"We have just changed the frequency that we use for the learner response systems so we can now pursue business in the Middle East - also advances in the technology means that we can now use 500 of the units at a time, when previously we could only use 64," she says.

The increase in potential users has also meant that their products are beginning to receive attention from outside the educational sector, says Leacy-Jones.

"We are actually getting a lot of interest from people involved with corporate events. This is somewhere our firm could really grow.

"We do supply our own presentation software but Microsoft Power Point is the giant in the market so we have made a version of our software compatible with that," she adds.

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