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i>clicker2 Adds LCD Screen, Alphanumeric Input

The i>clicker2 is expected to be released in fall 2011.

Macmillan has debuted an updated version of its student response system, the i>clicker2. According to the company, the current version is in use at 900 academic institutions in North America. The new version is currently in beta and is expected to roll out in the fall.

The updated version of the classroom clicker, developed and sold by a the i>clicker unit of Macmillan New Ventures, will incorporate an LCD screen that can confirm for students when their responses have been received. It will also add "full" alphanumeric support, improved battery compartment design, and a battery status indicator. (The instructor will have the ability to control access to alphanumeric features of the remote to avoid inadvertent responses, according to the company.)

There will also be an instructor version of the clicker, which will include an integrated laser pointer.

Macmillan said the i>clicker2, developed with input from faculty members, is currently beta testing "in lectures across the country." The final version of the product is expected to ship in fall 2011.

In addition, a Macmillan spokesperson said the company will be releasing a software update for its student response systems. Details will be forthcoming. The update is expected in February.

Further information can be found here.

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