For the second consecutive year, East Austin College Prep Academy (EACPA) is the beneficiary of grants from the AMD Foundation to grow the school and improve its technology. The two grants, totaling $243,000, will help fund the addition of a new grade to the school, the doubling of student participation in an innovative game development program, and a new computer laboratory.
- By Scott Aronowitz
The Virtual High School Global Consortium is migrating its learning management system to the Desire2Learn Learning Environment, affecting about 600 member schools.
What are 21st century skills? Most of us can rattle off a handful of them: creativity, innovation, media literacy, critical thinking, problem solving. Can we teach these skills? Can we even define all of them? If we can teach them, how do we do it? ANd where can we turn for guidance?
- By Scott Aronowitz
With so much technology being thrown at it, the K-12 set has some choices to make this year. Budgets are tight; IT is evolving quickly; and administrators, teachers, and students alike are embracing new tools and software like never before. Balancing these three factors can be a challenge for the most tech-savvy school districts, all of which are being pulled into the technology age at an unprecedented rate.
- By Bridget McCrea
Moodlerooms has released an update to joule, its learning management system based on the open source Moodle platform. The latest release, version 1.1, expands support for chat and adds new forum features and enhanced administration.
Moodle has released an update to its open source learning management system for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
Microsoft has released a new plugin that lets Office users connect directly with the open source learning management system Moodle.
Elementary and middle school students in Indiana will have an online alternative beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.
Blackboard has released Mobile Learn for Apple's new iPad. Mobile Learn, which was announced last month, is a new version of the company's flagship learning management system ported for mobile devices, such as Android-based phones, iPhone, iPod, and BlackBerry.
DyKnow has released an update to its DyKnow Software Suite. The new 5.3 release, which debuted this month, adds new Web 2.0 capabilities and new tools for classroom interaction.