A Chinese delegation led by China's deputy education minister Chen Xiaoya last week visited a school in Rungsted, north of Copenhagen, to see a live demonstration of NetOp School - a computerised teaching programme developed by the Danish software firm Danware A/S. China is interested in strengthening IT-based learning in Chinese classrooms, and the school visit was organised through the Danish Ministry of Education as part of a Sino-Danish collaboration initiative on Danish IT competences in this area.
Danware's regional manager for the Asia Pacific region, Claus Andreasen, says that its pioneering NetOp School software - which is available in many different languages - has become a very popular choice for schools in Malaysia and Japan, and that further opportunities are now opening up for the product to enter classrooms in China.
The demonstration of computerised teaching at Rungsted School impressed the Chinese deputy education minister Chen Xiaoya, who commented: "There are many similarities between the Chinese and Danish educational systems. In China - as in Denmark - there is considerable focus on the use of IT in schools, and the students at Rungsted School clearly demonstrate the success of IT-based learning."
During the school visit, Chen Xiaoya extended an invitation to Danware to visit the state-owned National Office for ICT Education in China, so that Danware can demonstrate NetOp School and discuss how China can make best use of the software. The invitation is timed to coincide with a visit to China later this month by the Danish Minister for Education Bertel Haarder, who will be there to discuss increased collaboration on Danish computerised teaching systems.
NetOp School offers a complete computerised teaching solution for the networked classroom. Teachers can share any screen with the class, follow students as they work, give individual help, distribute and collect documents from students and perform class tests.
Danware sells its software products in more than 80 countries, and achieved sales in 2006 of DKK 97.9 m (USD 18.2 m). Danware is bourse listed in Copenhagen on the SmallCap+ index. The news was reported on Danware's website.