Adobe is gearing up to release an update to Creative Suite, its flagship development environment and digital media production package. The upcoming version 5.5 release, due out within a month, incorporates new features for creating HTML5 applications and apps developed specifically for tablets.
Tool Factory has released Creaza Eduucation, a suite of online tools for planning, creating, publishing, and sharing digital stories.
Crestron has debuted an AV receiver and room controller that scales video, amplifies audio, and offers room control capabilities as part of its Digital Media line of AV networking devices.
Echo360 has debuted a major update to its flagship lecture capture platform, EchoSystem. The latest version, 4.0, will include new mobile capabilities, HD and dual display support, and social features designed to boost student engagement.
Schools are using digital video production in their efforts to foster 21st century skills in their students. Administrators are finding that these programs can also reach out to disconnected students and strengthen school community, with kids as young as 5 years old contributing.
A school district in Pennsylvania has begun implementing lecture capture in all of its classrooms. At first the technology was used just to deliver staff development materials, but teachers have picked up on it and have started using it in "hybrid" classrooms, capturing student activities and posting classes online.
- By Bridget McCrea
BitTorrent and the Khan Academy have partnered to make more than 2,000 educational videos available for free through a video catalog app.
The mobile technology market is blooming with powerful applications that have the ability to transform education with the ease of a download to any number of handheld devices. To learn what apps educators are finding most valuable to teaching and learning, we asked presenters from this month's Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC) to share some of their favorites.
- By Susan McLester
How does a fledgling sound engineer get the exposure he or she needs to jumpstart a career in that direction? That's one goal of a summer camp for high school students hosted on the campus of the University of Southern California at its Thornton School of Music.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Few people will be surprised to learn of research that shows K-12 institutions throughout the United States have become heavily dependent on technology, and that this dependency continues to increase with each passing year. What may surprise even the most jaded among us, however, is that, given that many view this a "good" dependency with a wealth of immediate and long-term benefits for teachers, students, and staff, we're doing an inadequate job of feeding the habit.
- By Scott Aronowitz