SOURCE: Educational Options, Inc.

Educational Options, Inc.

August 02, 2011 09:22 ET

EdOptions Launches New Classroom Management System

Educator Control With Increased Efficiency and Ease of Use Are Central to the Functionality

FALLS CHURCH, VA--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2011) - Educational Options, Inc. (EdOptions™) announced today significant new features and functionality launching in its online curriculum product Stars Suite®. The new Classroom Management system offers educators a streamlined experience with more control when managing their online classes. From a real-time, big picture view of each class to customizing curriculum at the student and class level, users will find the new system simple and efficient.

"It is critical for any technology used in the classroom to be easy to use and intuitive. In developing Stars Suite® new Classroom Management system, we started by closely examining the way our clients use the product and made improvements that would enhance their experience. By simplifying educator-student communication, integrating reporting, and handing over increased customization to the teacher, we've done more than make the system more powerful. We've made the teacher more powerful in the classroom." Tom Fonseca, Chief Operating Officer

Clients will notice a difference immediately upon logging into Stars Suite® and selecting a class. A new dashboard view shows all recent activity in the class with real-time updates and hosts tests waiting to be graded. In one quick survey of the information, teachers know what work they and their students need to complete and what work has been completed. The interface was designed by keeping in mind users' familiarity with social media applications.

A major focus was on integrated reporting, which now allows educators to pull a variety of reports, including a class-wide audit, and export report cards into a gradebook-style grid.

Giving educators the opportunity to manage classes and customize lessons and exams at the student and class level puts them in the driver's seat. Features include locking the class from student access, editing curriculum to manage the highlighting of key information in lessons, and excluding certain content from midterm and final exams.

Other improvements include one-click email to the entire class or a single student and grading enhancements that provide the chance to clear answers when resetting graded items.

About Educational Options, Inc.
EdOptions™ is an award-winning education technology firm located in Falls Church, Virginia. Its premier product, Stars Suite®, has served more than one million students nationwide and features 50 middle school and high school standards-based courses as well as Web-based solutions for state test preparation, high school preparation, and GED® study. EdOptions Online Academy™, the virtual school division of EdOptions, is a fully accredited online high school designed to support both traditional and non-traditional educational institutions with rigorous curriculum, powerful Web-based technology, and certified-teacher support. Orchard Software™, the elementary division of EdOptions, provides targeted state standards-based instruction, assessment, and data management for grades pre-K-9 in Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Science. For more information, visit www.edoptions.com or email info@edoptions.com.

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