There's a significant disconnect between students and educators when it comes to perceptions of technology in K-12 education, according to Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. Evans discussed results of the latest Speak Up Survey Thursday afternoon at the FETC Virtual Conference & Expo. Among the findings: There's a trend toward students using technology to take hold of their own educational destinies and act as "free agent learners."
Meru Networks has introduced a wireless local area network product optimized for delivering high-quality video over 802.11n networks running its System Director software.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The Bluetooth SIG has formally adopted the Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 High Speed, also known as Bluetooth 3.0.
In an effort to provide support for a wide range of technology initiatives, Norwood School in Maryland has deployed an 802.11n WiFi network across its 40-acre campus.
The Catherine Cook School in Illinois has deployed WiFi campus-wide in an effort to support its 1:1 laptop initiative. For the deployment, the school replaced its previous hardware with Xirrus arrays.
The issue of mobile devices two pronged: that of administrators charged with overall school safety of our children and that of the educators who desire some degree of academic freedom to wisely select whatever it takes to prepare every student in their charge with 21st century skills within a safe environment. Which side do we take? Can we make both sides happy? What are potential challenges and opportunities for learning via mobile devices? It's time to explore.
- By Patricia Deubel
Gorham School Department in Maine is deploying an 802.11n wireless network district-wide.
Allegany County Public Schools has built a new data network using equipment from Extreme Networks to support voice, video, and data communication across its 22-school district.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Apple has revamped its iMac and Mac mini consumer desktop lines. The new Mac mini gets improved graphics capabilities, moving to Nvidia integrated graphics, while the iMac gets expanded memory and storage--up to 1 TB in a base configuration--and new pricing.
Creighton School District in Phoenix, AZ is deploying 802.11n WiFi district-wide in an effort to support 1:1 computing and other technology-centric initiatives. The district currently supports a mixed computing environment consisting of Apple MacBook systems, Windows-based PC notebooks, and BlackBerry devices.