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T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: August 16, 2007

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Research: Students Actually Use the Internet for Education

New research released by the National School Boards Association reveals data showing we all might need to reevaluate our assumptions: It turns out kids are actually using the Internet for educational purposes. In fact, according to the study, "Creating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social--and Educational--Networking," the percentage of children specifically discussing schoolwork online outpaces the percentage that spend time downloading music....

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Ed Tech News

McGraw-Hill Rolls Out K-6 ELL Program

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, a unit of the McGraw-Hill School Solutions Group, has released a new program for English language learners in grades K through 6: Treasure Chest, a research-based language and literacy curriculum that combines interactive activities with traditional teaching tools....

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AbleNet Launches 3 Special Ed Curricula

Curriculum developer AbleNet has launched a new service called AbleNet Student Achievement Program, a suite that includes curricula, assistive technologies, and professional development for special education....

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Tucson USD Gives SmartMusic Subscriptions to Students

Tucson Unified School District in Arizona has signed on with MakeMusic to deliver the company's SmartMusic solution to 3,000 of its students. The move is part of the Opening Minds Through the Arts project, initiated in Tucson USD in 2001....

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Paradise Valley Expands eLearning with Wireless System

Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona is deploying a high-capacity wireless system to enable IPTV and VoIP applications and expand the district's electronic learning capabilities. The system is being supplied by Ceragon Networks and implemented by Network Infrastructure Corp....

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Achieve3000 Nabs $9MM Investment

Internet-based instruction provider Achieve3000 has received a $9 million investment from venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners in New York. This is the largest investment to date in Achieve3000, which serves more than 500,000 students in more than 35 states, according to information released by the company....

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Web Notes

EduHound and TIME For Kids Have Partnered!

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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