iLinc released a new version of its Web conferencing tool, iLinc 10, which bolsters session management and adds a "green meter." The green meter shows cost savings, carbon emissions, and total distance not traveled by using Web conferencing versus in-person meetings. Administrators can also customize several variables in the meter to match their organization's specific policies.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A roundup of some of the latest K-12 conservation efforts, and the opportunities for you to get on board.
Wattmeters in hand, students in one Maryland district are shedding light on how to cut down on energy usage.
Districts are facing environmentally friendly technologies to be as kind to the budget as they are to the environment.
Aramark Education, a provider of professional services to more than 500 K-12 school districts in the United States, recently helped the Council Rock School District in Newtown, PA, implement a comprehensive energy reduction program that was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- By Bridget McCrea
Ensuring that schools in low-income communities have access to the same technologies as wealthier schools isn't enough for James Burgett, executive director of the Alameda County Computer Resource Center in Northern California. He wants them to have better technology, and he wants them to have it for free. Burgett--along with several partners, contributors, volunteers, and staff--has been for years refurbishing computers, loading them up with open-source software, and deploying them in classrooms (and giving them to individuals) in the San Francisco Bay area. He's recently expanded that effort and is now looking to take it national.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched a new site for schools going green and for those looking to promote green initiatives on their campuses. The new site, Build Green Schools, is designed for a wide range of users, providing resources for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators alike.
Learning management provider Blackboard is expanding its "Greenhouse" initiative into the area of immersive virtual learning. Through a new program, called the Greenhouse Grant for Virtual Worlds, a single recipient will receive a $25,000 for the integration of virtual worlds into teaching and learning.