Swedish developer Xcerion is expanding its iCloud collaborative computing service with the addition of file sharing and new community features.
Students at Eastmont Middle School in Sandy, UT, will soon have a new technology tool to use when learning to read. Known as ReadingPens, the optical scanners translate the written word into spoken sentences, thus improving the chance that disabled students will learn the material being presented.
- By Bridget McCrea
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Discovery, and the Siemens Foundation have announced the state finalists in the "Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge." The initiative called on K-12 students to develop green solutions for their schools, homes, and communities.
Two new virtual academies are launching in California, both providing tuition-free online education for middle school and high school students.
For the first time in two years, EETT isn't on the chopping block in a Presidential budget proposal. But it is on the proverbial shawarma spit, as the budget proposed for 2010 by the Obama administration seeks to shave off $169 million from the 2009 figure, bringing it down to $100 million.
An online Christian school, which its founders say is the first of its kind in the United States, will be opening next fall. St. Mark's Academy expects to provide 24/7 on-demand access to e-instructors with a digital curriculum directed at middle and high school students.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Blackboard is buying out Angel Learning, the maker of a major competing learning management system, Angel LMS.
How can teachers really create assignments that demonstrate what students know both in content and in technology skill development? And how can these assignments be rigorous, accessible, and holistic--yet also specific--and all the while remain student-centered and integrate technology freely?
We all know appearances can be deceiving. But Lakota Public Schools of Lakota, ND, has resolved to demonstrate the upside of that concept by deploying a district Web site with visuals, interactivity, and ease of access that deliberately belie the size of the district.
- By Scott Aronowitz
SmartWired has launched Dweeber, a social networking site for student homework collaboration. The site, which is being beta tested, allows students to solve problems together, participate in virtual study sessions, and communicate with friends.
- By Dian Schaffhauser