Quark has released QuarkXPress 8.5, an update to the company's professional page layout and design tool.
PBS Newshour is expanding a mentoring program it began last year to connect students with news professionals in public broadcasting, a program that's tied in with the students' schools through a curriculum focusing on media literacy and digital media production.
Telestream has released Wirecast 4.0, an update to the company's cross-platform, live Webcasting production suite. In its latest incarnation, Wirecast adds a Pro version to the lineup, offering enhanced graphics capabilities and expanded camera support.
Adobe has launched a new multimedia authoring tool for education. Dubbed Project Rome, the hosted service (also available as a desktop AIR app) went into public preview Sunday morning. Adobe said it's looking for schools to participate in pilot programs using the software, especially those schools that have adopted Google's Apps for Education or the open source learning management system Moodle.
Adobe has introduced a new version of its Digital School Collection, a suite of creative and productivity tools geared specifically for K-12 education.
Autodesk has brought AutoCAD 2011 for Mac OS X to its Education Community, offering teachers and students about 90 percent off the full commercial version. The standard education edition of AutoCAD 2011 for Mac, which also began shipping this month, will continue to be free for education users.
A company that specializes in technology for doing video search has taken its product to the cloud. ReelSurfer has begun showing its Cloud Video Search Platform, which consists of multiple tools that enable users to search for targeted dialog segments within a larger video and to create clips for easy distribution online.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Teachers have free access to virtual field trips and other digital educational resources through Meet Me at the Corner, a repository of educational videos that's moderated to ensure relevance and educational value. It also helps train kids to produce their own video podcasts and create documentaries they can share with their peers around the world.
- By Denise Harrison
After years of failing to engage the majority of students, music instructors may finally have a solution: digital technologies that focus on creating music rather than performing it.
- By Jennifer Demski
Four projects highlighting the convergence of technology and instruction demonstrate the power of an educator with a vision—and the nerve to carry it out.
- By John K. Waters