Brainchild Kineo launches Android learning tablet for classrooms

• 17/05/2011

kineo android education tablet

Brainchild software for educational use has been around the classroom for a few years, helping kids learn with software in fun ways. Now, they are recognizing the potential of tablets in education, and putting its software onto a 7 inch Android 2.1 Tablet called the Kineo. It runs 800MHz processor, and features security allowing only authorized websites and apps to show on the screen and be accessed, thus preventing the Tablet to be a gaming device of distraction.

No facebooking, no email, no Twitter, no camera, this Tablet is designed to keep learning the main function, and it makes the kids feel like they’re doing something fun, instead of always asking for their parents iPad. My only concern here is that with the software and tablets, this may be a learning curve for the teachers more than the kids on how to lock the apps down and run academic reports, also, it’s essentially doing the teachers job. Have a look at the video for a deeper look at Kineo.


Brainchild Kineo Tablet With GlobalSYNC™, Just for Schools, Adopted in Ten States

Production Increased to Meet Demand

NAPLES, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kineo, the seven-inch Tablet and eBook Reader from Brainchild (Brainchild.com), has been shipped to ten states since being introduced at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in February. The Kineos being deployed are all equipped with Brainchild’s standards-based curriculum, Achiever!, and GlobalSYNC™ technology.

“The mobile technology we sold fifteen years ago is still in use today. Our tablets are rugged and built for the long term so schools can be confident in their investment.”

“Kineo is an education-only Tablet built for the ‘mission-critical’ environment in schools,” said Jeff Cameron, president of Brainchild. “A teacher cannot worry about bandwidth issues, screen freezes or free reign of the Internet. We have 16 years of experience in manufacturing handhelds and training teachers how to use standards-based curriculum. We’ve poured all of that experience into developing Kineo and GlobalSYNC.”

Experts agree that technology use in classrooms is most effective with good planning. President Obama’s National Education Technology Plan 2010 calls for using mobile devices with clear outcomes and driven by data, which are key elements of the Kineo/Achiever! combination. Kineo (see video at Brainchild.com or http://youtu.be/OvRi76FOpmo) is specially suited to work with Achiever! test-prep and learning software for data-driven, individualized instruction.

GlobalSYNC quickly synchronizes data from a school’s Kineos, on demand, to a convenient web-based interface. This gives schools flexibility in how they use Kineo because it stores data and only syncs when directed thus avoiding the network crashes that can happened with continuous data uploads.

Brainchild sold out of its initial production run of 5,000 Kineos, which were delivered in April to school districts in ten states, including North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. Many of these first implementations are for summer school programs focusing on remediation for struggling students. Production of new Kineos will increase each month to meet demand from throughout the country.

Brainchild introduced the concept of mobile learning in 1995 with its PLS-1000 handhelds, many of which are still in operation today. “With all of our products, sustainability and value is important,” said Cameron. “The mobile technology we sold fifteen years ago is still in use today. Our tablets are rugged and built for the long term so schools can be confident in their investment.”

[Via – Engadget | Brainchild]

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