RingCentral has launched two new education-focused products designed to meet the needs of hybrid and virtual classrooms.
Education Essentials and Education Standard are built on the vendor’s Message Video Phone (MVP) platform and are set to be available at the end of the month.
The basic package will cost $12.99 per user per month and includes messaging and voice capabilities, while Education Standard adds video into the mix and costs $19.99. Both prices are billed annually, with each product costing $3 per user per month more when billed monthly.
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Naveed Husain, Vice President of Worldwide Industry Programs at RingCentral, said: “Education across the globe is evolving. New models of hybrid learning are here to stay, and educators and learners need the flexibility to communicate and adapt real-time to keep learning inclusive, accessible, and always on.
“With the launch of our new education products, we are streamlining communications in a single platform, enabling teachers, students, and the community to easily collaborate with each other to meet the growing needs of today and be flexible enough for the changes of tomorrow”
RingCentral said that Education Essentials is designed for educational institutions of all sizes, ranging up to universities. It lets teachers send one-to-one or group messages to students from their school phone numbers.
Education Standard brings video into the equation for what RingCentral calls an “always-on” hybrid working environment. This includes large scale meetings and breakout rooms.
It can also be integrated with third-party education technology platforms such as Canvas, Blackboard and D2L.
A comparison of the features available with each product can be found here.
RingCentral said that both products offer “seven layers of security” to protect data while coming with an SLA of 99.999 percent, which it said equates to 5.26 minutes per year.