Digital Media


Meta-Analysis: Is Blended Learning Most Effective?

The United States Department of Education reported recently that it's found some evidence to support the notion that blended learning is more effective than either face to face or online learning by themselves. Further, between online and face to face instruction, online is at least as good and may even have the advantage in terms of improving student achievement and potentially expanding the amount of time (and quality time) students spend learning.

Safari Montage 4.0 Expands Support for File Formats, Whiteboards

Safari Montage has introduced version 4.0 of its video on demand and digital content system for schools, expanding integration with whiteboards and adding support for a wide range of file types.

Videoconferencing: Broadening Horizons for KSD Deaf Students

Teaching deaf students involves more than scholastics, especially in areas where the deaf population is much smaller than the national average. In Kentucky, for example, only 3 percent are deaf, compared with 10 percent nationwide, which makes it difficult for students to interact with deaf people outside of the perimeter of the school.

Mitsubishi Intros 3D-Ready DLP Projector

At the InfoComm 2009 show in Orlando, FL, Mitsubishi this week introduced its first 3D-ready DLP projector, taking advantage of Texas Instruments' new DLP Link technology. Further information can be found here.

School Loop Launches Open APIs for Web System

Education technology developer School Loop is rolling out open APIs called OpenLoop to help districts exchange data between School Loop subsystems.

Indiana District Funds Classroom Makeovers with Open Source Savings

Indiana's Michigan City Area Schools is in the midst of renovating hundreds of classrooms at fourteen school sites. Through a new technology initiative, called HiTEC ("High Technology Educational Classroom"), the district is outfitting its classrooms with a wide range of interactive A/V technologies and control systems and funding the whole thing through savings realized through an open source initiative.

Utah Education Network Connects Rural and Urban Schools

The Utah Education Network, a non-profit school consortium, has teamed up with Qwest Communications to deliver high-speed network services to Utah schools. The "multi-year, multimillion-dollar agreement" will connect 21 of Utah's 40 school districts to Qwest's GeoMax fiber-optic network.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Adds 3 States to Membership

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has added three more states to its membership. The group announced Tuesday that Illinois, Louisiana, and Nevada have joined the organization, bringing the total state membership to 13.

Microsoft Sets Stage for Netbook v. Smartbook World

At the Computex event in Taiwan last week, Microsoft presented its vision of a mobile computing world that will include "consumer Internet devices" (CIDs) alongside netbooks.

Virtual Academy Speeds Identification of Students at Risk

The Idaho Digital Learning Academy, a virtual K-12 school established by the Idaho legislature in 2002, is looking to accelerate the identification of students who need special help to succeed academically.

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