May 3, 2006

T.H.E. Newsletter: May 3, 2006
May 3, 2006
WEEKLY SECTIONS
  • PowerMediaPlus.com Chosen as Media-on-Demand Solution for Nebraska Schools

    CLEARVUE & SVE and the Cooperative Organization of Nebraska Educational Service Units (CONESU) have reached an agreement to provide the PowerMediaPlus.com media-on-demand solution to 300 school districts and 1,300 campuses in Nebraska. Covering the entire state, the partnership opens access to the rich media and curriculum integration tools of the site to 325,000 students and 25,000 educators in preK-12 public, charter, and private schools. The state's educators and students now have access to the system's extensive content across all media types, videos, core concept clips, audio files, images, and print resources. The custom delivery configuration combines both Internet-delivered media and locally hosted content to best accommodate users' varied technology and bandwidth availability. Nebraska-owned media will be uploaded to the system for seamless integration within the site, enabling statewide search and delivery to the classroom. Users will also have access to the system at both school and home.

    For the full story, visit http://www.powermediaplus.com/pressRelease.asp?objectID=32

  • AMD Creates Cost-Effective DNS Bundle for Educators

    Advanced Media Design (AMD), developer of the award-winning AV-over-IP collaboration technology MediaPOINTE, has announced a special bundle of its acclaimed MPEG-2 Digital Network Streamer (DNS) products targeted specifically for educational institutions. This bundle simplifies the purchase process for educators and provides a starter kit in a cost-effective package, offers institutions a 20 percent savings over the purchase of the separate components. The DNS series of products allows educators to stream full-motion video up to DVD quality with audio over IP networks from one location to many, thereby extending the digital classroom. The Education Bundle is comprised of six DNS150 series composite/S-video decoder cards and six DNS100 blade-based series encoders. Customers can also scale the base bundle to fit specific applications, and include other MediaPOINTE products such as software players and its award-winning Digital Media Recorders. This offers unlimited flexibility to an educator's capacity to provide quality content to their students.

    For the full story, visit http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/060428/0125753.html

  • Newton County Launches Pearson Centerpoint Student Information System

    Newton County School System, a racially diverse district located 33 miles southeast of Atlanta, has selected Pearson Centerpoint as its real-time, Web-based student information and performance management system to serve its more than 17,000 students. Combining all aspects of a student information system, including attendance, grading, and scheduling, with key functions such as skills reporting, standards tracking, and an assessment engine, Centerpoint optimizes school and student management in the district's 19 schools. It allows administrators, teachers, parents, and students to work together toward maximum student performance.

    For the full story, visit
    http://www.pearsonschoolsystems.com/docs/press/newton_county_centerpoint.pdf

  • Qwest Increases Internet Capacity to Ohio Schools

    Qwest Communications International Inc. has signed a contract with the Management Council of the Ohio Education Computing Network (MCOECN) making Quest the designated statewide Internet provider to the Ohio K-12 network using Qwest iQ Networking. MCOECN represents the collective interest of the 23 IT centers serving 725 of Ohio's school districts. Qwest iQ Networking, a unique and high-value approach to delivering wide area network (WAN) services that help customers simplify their networks, will provide Ohio schools with increased bandwidth, allowing the schools to use the same technology to communicate and share data. All 23 of Ohio's IT centers and seven large urban districts will soon be connected by a fiber network that will greatly increase the speed of their voice, data, and video transmissions.

    For the full story, visit
    http://www.qwest.com/about/media/pressroom/1,1281,1838_archive,00.html

  • Vernier Giving Away Free Go! Temp Probes to U.S. Schools

    Vernier Software & Technology has launched a campaign to place a free Go! Temp USB temperature probe and accompanying Logger Lite data-collection software in elementary, middle, and high schools across the United States. Together, these tools allow students doing elementary or secondary coursework in physical science, life sciences, chemistry, biology, and physics to conduct a variety of temperature experiments.

    Until Aug. 31, 2006, every public or private school with 50 students or more is able to register online at http://www.vernier.com/giveaway to receive the probe and software.


Gateway's new E-100M UltraPortable Notebook PC comes loaded with Intel Centrino Mobile Technology and Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage processors. The E-100M weighs about three pounds and is less than one inch thin, making it easy to take between classrooms. The notebook boasts a 12.1-inch widescreen display, a large keyboard, and a six-in-one media card reader. It also includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies that provide connections to wireless networks and peripheral devices. Pricing starts at $1,399.


Educational gaming company Tabula Digita has launched Dimenxian, a breakthrough video game product with educational content that creates a virtual world in which students immerse themselves in a mission using algebra concepts and tools to progress through the world. Pricing: The First Mission Pack can be preordered now for $21.95.



http://www.payrollonabudget.com/payroll_Check_demo.htm
PayrollonaBudget.com in conjunction with educators from Lake Dallas High School (Texas) have designed a free tutorial to help high school students learn what goes on with a paycheck. The online tutorial takes students through all the steps of income, deductions, and taxes that go into a paycheck.


http://www.plt.org
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program from the American Forest Foundation that covers everything from forests and wildlife, to waste management and energy. The program is geared for educators and students in preK-12, and meets state and national education standards.

For a complete listing of up-to-date conference information, visit T.H.E. Conference Calendar, T.H.E. Journal 's comprehensive conference database, at: http://www.theconferencecalendar.com

Call for Papers!!!

THE Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles as we prepare for our 2006 issues:

  • School Perspectives —discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.

  • Wishlist/Shortlist —a simple list of the technology (e.g., wireless, laptops, etc.) you're looking at to solve a challenge in your school/district, and an accompanying “shortlist” of vendors you're looking at to solve those challenges.

If you have a potential article, or questions about the above topics, please e-mail editorial@thejournal.com

THE Institute and AOL @ SCHOOL Offer New Online Course for Educators
“Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web,” is a new online course for educators interested in using the World Wide Web in teaching and learning. Designed for elementary and secondary school teachers, the course provides tools for educators to integrate technology into their curricula to improve student achievement and meet NCLB requirements. The cost is $79 per person; course moderation and graduate credit are additional options. “Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web," is designed to be useful both for educators new to using technology in teaching and learning and for tech-savvy veterans.
For complete course details and to register, go to http://www.thejournal.com/institute/course510.cfm.

Four Integrating Technology Courses from T.H.E. Institute
T.H.E. Institute is offering four online professional development courses to help educators comply with NCLB requirements and use technology more successfully in the classroom. The cost is $149 per course, which includes a $10 per person per course administration fee for documentation of clock hours and a certificate of completion. Course moderation and graduate credit are additional options; volume discounts are available. Anyone who enrolls in a course will receive individual access to the netTrekker site, as well as free individual access to United Learning's unitedstreaming site. In addition, special pricing is available for educators in districts that have purchased Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's TechCONNECT.

Integrating Technology in the Classroom Courses: Social Studies — Available Now; Science — Available Now; English/Language Arts— Available Now; Mathematics — Available Now

For more information, log on to http://www.thejournal.com/institute/IntegratingTech.cfm.

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