Link-Systems International Unveils Revolutionary Web-based Whiteboard Designed for the Mobile Learning Environment

Link-Systems International redesigns the WorldWideWhiteboard® using HTML5 to make online collaboration for educators and students more engaging, accessible, and easy to use.

Tampa, Florida – May 29, 2012 – Today, Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI), a leading provider of integrated technology and services to educators, announced the unveiling of its newest version of the WorldWideWhiteboard for the mobile learning environment.

LSI has developed and licensed the WorldWideWhiteboard to the academic community for over 16 years. The WorldWideWhiteboard allows educators to provide online tutoring, teaching, or office hours in a virtual whiteboard suite that is completely web-based and requires no downloads. In order to provide students with 21st century technology skills and learning environments, a number of initiatives have been created. One to One and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are getting students actively engaged in their education and prepared for the increase of technology in curriculum. LSI recognizes the importance of mobile technology on the future of education and the WorldWideWhiteboard v5.0 delivers.

“A new wave of innovation is sweeping the world of telecommunications and transforming the approaches of educators. Students today need education software capable of using the full power of iPads, iPhones, and Android devices,” said Dave Kephart, Ph.D., Director of Academic Research at LSI. “With HTML5, a more powerful form of support for the classroom is available.” Dr. Kephart further explains, “Web-based learning enables educators to convey their expectations, conduct discussions, and facilitate students’ creative contributions whenever and wherever they may be. What has largely been missing is an effective implementation of HTML5 learning tools – and now that is supplied by the WorldWideWhiteboard v5.0.”

Market-leading mobile device support is the defining characteristic of the WorldWideWhiteboard version 5.0. HTML 5 allows for support of major mobile devices—including iPad, iPhone, and Android— and provides the flexibility necessary to more quickly support new versions or new devices.

Ease of use and an expanded toolset ensures that participants remain engaged while using the technology. Whether instructors utilize the drag-and-drop-website-to-whiteboard functionality to pull images onto the workspace and use them as the background for a lecture or they engage students with pertinent YouTube or other video content, the WorldWideWhiteboard facilitates and retains interaction better than ever before.

Complex subject matter collaboration is intuitive and easy with integrated discipline-specific buttons, on-the-fly rendering of MathML, LaTeX, and HTML, and integrated WYSIWYG equation editor along with expanded multimedia support and display provided by the HTML 5.0 architecture. Enhanced live and offline modes effectively promote community building and collaboration, whether that be in the Live Classroom synchronous one-to-many mode with streaming audio/video, in the Live Tutorial synchronous one-to-one queued mode, or in one of our unique asynchronous modes. Asynchronous modes include the Paper Center, Q&A Center, Worksheet Center, and Audio Note.

The new release retains the most popular features of the WorldWideWhiteboard: any student or faculty member with Internet connectivity can gain access. There are no custom installations or third-party downloads required and the WorldWideWhiteboard supports all HTML compliant browsers and mobile devices. Integration is made easy with a proven SSO architecture for learning management systems and flexible Basic LTI support for custom platforms along with stabile, scalable ASP hosting.

About Link-Systems International, Inc.

LSI is a privately-held company that has been dedicated to student success and student retention in K-12 education, higher education, and workforce development education since 1995. We specialize in technology development, online tutoring services, and content services.

LSI’s core technologies include a very flexible online tutoring/teaching platform, an online grade book, an online algorithm engine with metadata and workflow capabilities, and an online business intelligence/data mining technology designed to provide real-time alerts regarding student/school/teacher performance, attendance, and other metrics. LSI’s core services include content development, consulting, and online tutoring through our NetTutor® brand. LSI customers include K-12 publishers, higher education publishers, virtual high schools, higher education institutions, technology companies, and joint programs dedicated to providing online educational content to members of organized labor and their families.

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