Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Orion Firm Makes Media Software Free To Students

Orion Firm Makes Media Software Free To Students

Orion Township-based Scate Technologies Inc. said Tuesday that its Scate Ignite 4 Standard Edition software, normally priced at $199, will be provided free of charge to every student in the state of Michigan.

Scate Ignite makes it easy for learners of all levers to "stitch" together media content, such as screenshots, movies, PowerPoint slides, images, text and audio, together into a seamless presentation.

Ignite also publishes media creations in multiple formats that can be shared with others on a Web site, in an e-mail, on a learning management system, on a CD-ROM or in print.

Content created with Ignite can also be uploaded to free media sharing devices and social networking sites.

The “Ignite 4 MI Students” initiative is aimed at supporting the Michigan Department of Education Technology Standards for Students (METS-S) where students can conduct Web-based research to write a short essay and easily create a multimedia presentation from images, PowerPoint, audio, video and more.

“I found Ignite 4 to be an easy to learn, intuitive application that not only meets, but often exceeds the capabilities of similar, more expensive applications," said Ron Faulds of the office of educational technology and data coordination at the Michigan Department of Education. "Michigan students now have an opportunity to add this incredibly powerful software to their ‘technology toolbox’ at no cost."

Said Scate president and CEO Stephen Sadler: “We want to do everything we can to provide our students with easy to use software tools so they can share and showcase their talents, skills, and knowledge to a global market. It's time we all do our part to stimulate the Michigan economy, and the best place to start is by helping our children to secure their future."

School technology directors seeking more information on how to register their school, college or university should contact David Rafferty at (248) 371-0315, ext. 121 or e-mail

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