T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: June 14, 2007

Focus

Podcasts: Improving Quality and Accessibility

Podcasts are increasingly being used in K-12 and in higher education. In part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed their nature, demonstrated their potential for learning, and pointed out that in developing podcasts, students become involved with the project method, which is a real-world experience. I also voiced my concern that many podcasts I've heard suffer from poor quality of the audio, content, and speaker presentation. Accessibility is also a major issue that is being overlooked in their development. Let's now look at what you might do to improve the quality and accessibility of your podcasts, so that all learners can benefit, including those with disabilities....

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Ed Tech News

LAUSD Leverages Web To Personalize Learning

The Los Angeles Unified School District has implemented Web-based system in 185 schools that lets teachers personalize education based on students' strengths, abilities and interests....

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Online Phonics Courses Slated for September Launch

Synthetic Phonics (UK), led by educator and synthetic phonics proponent Debbie Hepplewhite, will launch an International Synthetic Phonics Teaching Program in September for use by teachers, schools, tutors and parents....

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Securexam 'Cheat-Proofs' Remote Test Taking

Software Secure (Cambridge, MA) has released its Securexam Remote Proctor system, which provides exam security for distance learning environments. Working with Troy University's (Troy, AL) distance learning program--which maintains an advanced distance learning program -- the system eliminates the need for remote students to take exams on-site or in the presence of a proctor....

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St. Bernard Powers OpenDNS Site Blocking

DNS provider OpenDNS is expanding its list of safety features for kids by implementing new site blocking capabilities. The goal is to provide a means for school, library's, parents, and others responsible for kids' access to the Internet to be able to block sites deemed inappropriate for minors, including adult sites and social networking sites. OpenDNS is expanding its security toolchest with the help of St. Bernard Software, which is providing the technology behind the service's site-blocking capabilities....

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New Mexico Partners with MS for K-12 Education

The state of New Mexico is entering into a partnership with Microsoft Corp. through the company's "U.S. Partners in Learning" program. The idea is to bolster STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education programs by providing funding for classroom technologies and integrating curricula with opportunities to enhance the economic situation in the rural communities that will participate in the programs....

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