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MultiPoint platform solutions unveiled to make most from shared classroom PCs

At BETT 2010 educational conference in London, Microsoft unveiled two new solutions based on its MultiPoint platform, aimed at helping schools get the most from shared computer resources, says Ira Snyder’s. “Windows MultiPoint Mouse SDK 1.5 will enable software developers to create interactive applications that allow up to 25 students, each with his or her own mouse, to use a single PC at same time. And Microsoft Mouse Mischief, a MultiPoint-enabled tool that teachers can use to create interactive PowerPoint classroom presentations. Several Microsoft partners have already build educational programs, including Scholastic’s “Story Stage,” – an interactive and creative virtual puppet-based literacy application, says Tim Meek, a senior commissioning editor for e-learning at Scholastic. Story Stage provides theatrical objects such as puppets, props, backgrounds, and visual and sound effects – all of which can be controlled by students working together to devise and perform their own retellings of traditional stories, or new stories of their own creation. Using the MultiPoint SDK, Scholastic built the program to enable up to four students to work on Story Stage at once.”

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