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K-12 Tech Trends :: July 5, 2007

Viewpoint

Can IT Turn Around Teacher Turnover?

Teacher turnover (also known as teachers quitting their jobs) is becoming a critical concern for school and district administrators. Not only can it have a negative impact on student learning, especially in troubled districts, but it's emerging as a fairly major financial drain on districts in all regions, according to a recent study released by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF). So is there anything school and district technology leaders can do about it? According to the NCTAF report, there is....

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News Briefs

ENA, Sylantro Launch Hosted VoIP for Education

Internet service provider Education Networks of America (ENA) has teamed up with Sylantro Systems to deliver hosted VoIP solutions for education using ENA Connect and back-end systems using Sylantro's Synergy platform....

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'Peer Connection' Targets Instructional Coaching

PBS TeacherLine this week rolled out (another) new service for educators at the 2007 NECC show in Atlanta. The latest one, dubbed PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection, is designed to help educators tasked with instructional coaching responsibilities....

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Promethean Launches Online Professional Development

Educational software and hardware provider Promethean has launched a new professional development program for educators. The online learning system, Promethean Learning, which debuted at the 2007 NECC show in Atlanta this week, is designed to help teachers improve their skills with interactive whiteboards....

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50 Schools and Districts Chalk Up CMS to Blackboard

At the 2007 NECC show happening this week in Atlanta, education technology developer Blackboard announced that more than 50 K-12 schools and districts have recently signed up to use or upgrade the company's course management system (CMS)....

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NetTrekker D.I. Adds Skills Channel to Online Tool

Thinkronize this week added a new "21st Century Skills Channel" to its netTrekker d.i. educational search engine. Thinkronize, a developer of K-12 education technologies, said the addition came as a response to the challenge that K-12 schools are perceived as failing to supply students with skills they need to be effective members of the United States workforce. The announcement was made at the 2007 NECC show in Atlanta....

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ESL Social Network/Portal Debuts

English as a second language (ESL) startup AppleESL.com (Hollywood, CA) has unveiled a new ESL Web portal of the same name, which provides teachers and students with online and downloadable tools, materials, activity templates, lesson plans, and audio and video files....

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