August 23, 2006

T.H.E. Newsletter: August 23, 2006
August 23, 2006
WEEKLY SECTIONS
  • Missouri School District Receives $250,000 Best Buy Teach Award

    The Kansas City, MO, School District (KCMSDß) was recently named the 2006 recipient of the $250,000 Best Buy Teach Award for demonstrating exceptional creative use of interactive technology to help make learning fun for its K-12 students. The district was selected for the top honor based on the strength of its ROOTS (Reaching Out with Opportunities in Technology for Students) program, a districtwide initiative to deliver more authentic learning experiences for students through use of consumer electronics. The $250,000 Teach Award will fund the initial implementation of ROOTS at three KCMSD schools.

    For the full story, click here.

  • Gow School, CDW-G Prepare Dyslexic Students for Success With 1-to-1 Laptop Initiative

    The internationally renowned Gow School in South Wales, N.Y., the world’s oldest boarding school for boys with dyslexia and language-based learning differences, has selected CDW-G as the school’s partner for Technology at Gow (TAG), a 1-to-1 laptop computing initiative. The technology will complement and enhance the school’s unique Reconstructive Language program and its newly developed Constructive Writing program, ensuring that the Gow School continues to provide a powerful 21st-century learning experience that prepares its students for college and beyond.

    For the full story, click here.

  • Franklin Road Academy Upgrades Campus With ADC’s CopperTen Cable

    Nashville, TN-based Franklin Road Academy, a preK-12 college preparatory school, recently announced that it is installing ADC’s CopperTen Cable as part of a massive construction and renovation that includes a new math and science building, a new library and technology center, and extensive campuswide technology upgrades. The renovations are expected to be complete when students return to school later this month. With the installation of CopperTen, the world’s first Augmented Category 6 cabling solution, Franklin Road Academy will be at the technological forefront of the country’s best academic institutions.

    For the full story, click here.

  • LearnKey Training Included in New Mexico Laptop Initiative

    LearnKey Inc., a global provider of online learning systems, has announced that its “IC3: Internet & Computing Core Certification 2005 Standard” course will be included in 1,544 HP laptop computers being provided to New Mexico seventh-graders and teachers. The IC3 course is imaged on all the laptop computers that are a part of this initiative. Students will be able to use this multimedia program to become more confident in their ability to use the latest technology associated with computers and essential software application features. It also prepares students to take the IC3 Certification from Certiport, a world-recognized standard for fundamental computer literacy. Students can access the program either online through the Internet or offline through a CD.

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  • N.C. School Administrator to lead Weatherly District as Superintendent

    Robert Freeman, who was director of staff development for Robeson County Schools, a district in south-central North Carolina, was just hired as Weatherly Area School District’s new superintendent. As superintendent, he will oversee an 800-student district that operates on a $10 million budget. Freeman will replace Superintendent Kathleen Makuch, who plans to retire next month. He will be the district’s fifth superintendent in about a decade.

    For the full story, click here.


AVerMedia Technologies Inc. has released its new AVerVision150 Portable Document Camera, which features a 3 mega-pixel resolution, image capture and PC/Mac Web cam applications, a detachable LED light module, and patented AVERZOOM technology. The AVerVision150 allows users to capture images and store them directly to the document camera or to their computer. Its built-in memory allows users to capture and store up to 32 JPEG images, enabling teachers to revisit past assignments, lectures, and presentations within seconds. The AVerVision150 displays 3D objects and documents on any projector or monitor at a high-speed of 24 frames per second through the VGA outputs. And with AVerMedia’s patented AVERZOOM technology, the AVerVision150 offers the quality of optical zoom while maintaining the ability to pan left, right, up, and down. Price:$599.99.


Planar Systems Inc. has introduced a new DLP projector line that offers educational institutions a variety of high-quality projection display solutions—from the combined value and performance of the Planar PR3010 and PR3020 conference room models, to the high-performance PR5020 and the ultra-portable PR6020 projectors. The PR3010 delivers 2,500 lumens and a 4,000-hour lamp life for less than $700. For mid- to large-sized meeting rooms and classrooms, the PR3020 offers advanced performance that’s high-bright, high-contrast, and low cost. It will also be one of the first XGA projectors in its class to deliver 2,500 lumens with a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and up to 4,000 hours of lamp life, allowing it to scale to nearly any size room or easily move from room to room as a shared resource among departments. Incorporating top-of-the line XGA performance, the PR5020 is prepared to change the price/performance ratio of high-bright XGA projectors by delivering 3,000 lumens of brightness, enhanced connectivity with DVI input, and up to 4,000 hours of lamp life, making it ideal for installation in mid- to large-sized rooms. Finally, the PR6020 is light weight, offers XGA resolution, and is the first mobile projector less than 3 pounds to deliver 2,000 lumens and 2,200:1 contrast ratio. Planar’s new PR line of projectors will be available in September. Contact company for pricing.



http://www.sony.com/education
Sony has launched is new GPA (Growth, Performance, and Advantage) program that gives schools the opportunity to help further their students’ growth in learning, improve their individual performance, and give them the advantage they need to succeed with the help of Sony technology in the classroom. The Sony GPA program is an easy way for schools to research eligible products and see which ones have a suggested education price for better budgeting. The site also allows administrators to find Sony resellers who can provide products and assist with local support.


http://teacherstore.discovery.com
Discovery Education has relaunched its popular online Teacher’s Store, where teachers can purchase videos and multimedia products to engage their students. The new store allows educators to search more than 6,000 titles by subject, grade level, or product type. Educators can also share the products they have found with colleagues or save them to their own wish list. Additionally, the Teacher’s Store provides educators with free access to content standards, teachers’ guides, customer ratings, and preview video clips.

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Share Your Success
Whether your district just appointed a new superintendent or your school finally hired that new tech coordinator, we want to know! Please share your staff and faculty successes with us by sending the person's name; title; school, district, and location information; any relevant educational and occupational background; and a high-resolution color image of the person to cwerner@101com.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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