T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: August 9, 2007

Focus

The Teen Grid: Bringing Your School into Second Life

Second Life, which offers a virtual world complete with avatars to represent human visitors, has intrigued some educators. The popular graphical online world, with land, commerce, buildings, and social networking, seems to offer educational potential, but how to get started?

Teachers, media specialists, and others who want to explore the learning potential of Second Life in the classroom might benefit from a conversation with Peggy Sheehy, library media specialist at Suffern Middle School, a high-performing school in Suffern, NY, about 30 miles northwest of New York City....

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Ed Tech News

Coalition Updates 21st Century Learning Framework

A coalition of business and education groups called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has updated its Framework for 21st Century Learning, a roadmap for education centered around technology and skills-focused learning....

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PLTW To Debut Biomedical Courses for High School

Curriculum developer Project Lead the Way will launch new biomedical sciences curricula with the help of National Instruments, a software developer focused on science and engineering. The curricula, targeted toward high school students, will incorporate NI's LabView design software....

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DyKnow To Be Bundled with HP Education Systems

DyKnow announced a partnership this week with HP to distribute the company's DyKnow Vision and Monitor software on HP hardware. The software will be bundled as part of HP's education packages, including HP's tablet PCs....

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HP Awards $1.2 Million to K-12 Schools

HP has announced the recipients of its 2007 Technology for Teaching Leadership awards. Fifteen K-12 schools received awards totaling $1.2 million in equipment and professional development....

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Pennsylvania DOE Nabs $6.4MM Grant for Special Ed

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has received a five-year grant totaling about $6.4 million to help fund training and retention efforts for teachers and staff supporting special education....

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Web Notes

The 'Summer School Content Contest' at the Online Educators Resource Center

Hitachi has kicked off a new contest--the StarBoard Summer School Contest--designed to get educators sharing their interactive content and lesson plans. The company will offer 10 prizes to educators ranging from HDTVs to wireless tablets....

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T.H.E. Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles for future issues and for our eNewsletter, T.H.E. SmartClassroom:

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