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Einstruction

eInstruction is an American educational technology company. It has offices in Denton, Texas; Scottsdale, Arizona; Fort Wright, Kentucky; and Paris, France.

History

eInstruction was founded in 1981 by computer science professor Darrell Ward. In 2000, Ward and his team pioneered the use of student response systems in education, with the creation of a hand-held "clicker" system called CPS (Classroom Performance System). In addition to CPS and other interactive classroom technologies, eInstruction works with educators providing professional development and training. eInstruction was purchased] by [https://www.turningtechnologies.com/ Turning Technologies] in 2013.

Products



eInstruction introduced the first wireless student response system designed to help educators engage and involve students using real-time feedback.

In the 1990s, eInstruction sold a radio frequency (RF) response system manufactured by Fleetwood. During the late 1990s, eInstruction began to develop its own student response units (known as "Group Link") that were infrared (IR) instead of RF. At that point, only six student response units could be used concurrently. In 1999–2000, eInstruction modified the IR signal allowing the system to receive up to 32 responses.

eInstruction released The CPS Chalkboard tablet in 2003. In 2003, eInstruction partnered with Fleetwood to build an RF version of the IR student response system for the K–12 marketplace. In 2004, Fleetwood built an RF response system for eInstruction designed specifically for the higher education market.The company was awarded a U.S. patent for its mobile interactive whiteboard in 2005.

In 2006, eInstruction acquired FS Creations, which developed the Examview test bank.

eInstruction acquired Interwrite Learning in 2008, which included GTCO CalComp. GTCO produced tablets with wireless and bluetooth connectivity.

In 2009, eInstruction released:
  • MOBI, a mobile interactive whiteboard tablet originally called the CPS Chalkboard
  • DualBoard, which allowed multiple students to use the same board simultaneously
  • vClicker mobile add-on, which let any smart device be used in interactive activities and assessments.

    eInstruction also created the online resource community eI Community, the enterprise-based administrator tool eI Cornerstone Education Suite, and the Insight 360 Formative Instruction System.

    Awards

    CPS

  • 2005 winner of the Award of Excellence by Technology & Learning.
  • 2005 Media & Methods portfolio winner
  • 2006 Technology Leadership Award winner by AOL@School
  • 2007 winner of the Award of Excellence by Technology & Learning
  • 2008 Teacher's Choice Award winner by Learning Magazine
  • 2009 winner of the Award of Excellence by Technology & Learning
  • 2009 winner of the Best in Technology by Scholastic Administrator
  • 2009 Teacher's Choice Award winner by Learning Magazine.

    Other

  • MOBI and INTERWRITEWORKSPACE software both earned a 2010 Teachers' Choice Award from Learning magazine.
  • MOBI won a 2009 Award of Excellence as Best New Product from Tech & Learning magazine.
  • INTERWRITEWORKSPACE was selected for a 2009 Best in Tech Award from Scholastic Administrator magazine