T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: August 23, 2007

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Lincoln PSD Decentralizes Web Content Management

Continually posting all Web content for your users is like continually giving them a fish instead of teaching them how to grab a pole and catch one for themselves, according to Kirk Langer. He's director of technology at Lincoln Public School District in Lincoln, NE, a highly rated school district with some 33,000 students. As an early technology adopter, the district began looking for content management solutions for its Internet sites more than 10 years ago. It has just recently found the right mix of tools to allow users themselves to make most changes to both internal and external sites within the district....

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Hamilton County Expands Carnegie Learning Math Curriculum

Hamilton County Schools in Tennessee has recently expanded its implementation of Carnegie Learning's math curriculum, which had originally been piloted in three schools back in 2001 until it grew to district-wide adoption by 2005. All eighth- and ninth-grade Algebra I classes in the district are currently using Carnegie's Cognitive Tutor Algebra I....

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Palm Beach County Deploys WAN Optimizer

The School District of Palm Beach County in Florida has deployed a WAN optimization technology called ProxySG from Blue Coat Systems. The device is an appliance designed to accelerate file transfers, educational content, and applications across the WAN. It was implemented at 160 sites, which Blue Coat reported was the largest WAN optimization deployment in history....

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Forecast: Future Looks Bright for Dim Projectors

According to a forecast released last week by display market research firm Pacific Media Associates, the market for pocket projectors and other miniature projection devices is set for a very bright future, though the devices themselves typically offer fewer than 500 lumens of brightness....

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Blackboard Debuts Anti-Plagiarism Technology for LMS

Blackboard this week debuted a new tool called SafeAssign, which is designed to eliminate plagiarism in student assignments. The service detects plagiarized works in student papers and delivers reports on such incidents through the Blackboard Learning System....

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Texas District Implements Plato Online Curriculum

El Paso Independent School District will implement an online intervention curriculum from Plato Learning, a developer of K-12 and adult education e-learning solutions. The new content will provide online credit recovery and state test remediation courses to 15 secondary schools in the district, with plans for additional implementation in the future....

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