At the 2009 National Educational Computer Conference (NECC) in Washington, DC, 28 schools received awards and prizes in Sony Creative Software's second student digital video contest. Their schools will receive $400,000 in software and equipment.
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 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.
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.
- By Denise Harrison
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.
Education technology developer School Loop is rolling out open APIs called OpenLoop to help districts exchange data between School Loop subsystems.
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.
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.
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.
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.