T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: May 17, 2007

Viewpoint

Hybrid Learning: Challenges for Teachers

With the move to hybrid or "blended" course delivery that is taking place in many institutions, there is a challenge for teachers to think through the pedagogical implications of both methods and develop new designs for instruction and course delivery that maximizes both environments. The goal in the design of the instruction is to make the experience as "seamless" as possible for students, providing intentionality for each environment and the technology used. This intentionality must emerge from the learning outcomes of the course, as well as the engagement of the student throughout and the effective use of technology to heighten interaction and to support the production of learning....

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Ed Tech News

Apple Rolls Out Upgraded MacBooks

Apple's entry-level series of notebook computers--the MacBook—this week received performance improvements across the board, including processor speed, memory, hard drive capacity, and networking. The new models are shipping now, with education pricing set below $1,000 on the low end....

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LanSchool Updates Student Monitoring Tool

LanSchool Technologies, a developer of classroom management software, has released an upgrade to its educational software LanSchool. The release is designed to monitor student activities and progress while working on classroom computers....

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NC State-IBM Virtual Computing Project Bearing Fruit

North Carolina State University said a partnership it formed seven months ago with IBM Corp. to offer unused computer cycles via the Internet to higher ed and K-12 institutions for learning and research projects is starting to bear fruit....

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ExploraVision Winners Announced

Winners for the ExploraVision awards program, a science and technology competition for K-12 students, have been announced by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba. Students in the competition were challenged to imagine technology that could exist in 20 years using research on existing technologies and scientific principals....

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Science COWs Donated to Oklahoma Schools

Five science COWs (Curriculum On Wheels) have been donated to Oklahoma middle schools by the Apache Corp. through Ignite Learning, a classroom curriculum developer. The donations were made as a part of the Adopt-a-COW program, designed for corporations to donate curricula either to specific schools or to schools and teachers chosen by Ignite....

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Web Notes

Digital Publishing: Out of Print

Traditional textbook publishers are having to adjust to a changing market, as K-12 educators show a growing interest in digital content....

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