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T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: October 4, 2007

Focus

Quakertown Animates Students with 3D

The 10th through 12th grade students who take Don Mease's 3D Animation classes at Quakertown High School in Quakertown, PA don't necessarily expect to get jobs on the next Shrek, but, said Mease, they "see a definite correlation between what they're doing and what's out there."...

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Ed Tech News

Florida Virtual School To Study Best Practices for Online Learning

Florida Virtual School has received a $314,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation for a two-year project in which the online institution will "gather best practices and methodologies for developing and delivering high-quality online learning for K-12 students," according to AT&T....

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Blackboard, Wimba Partner for K-12 Collaboration Tools

CMS/LMS developer Blackboard has teamed up with Wimba, a provider of collaboration tools for electronic learning, to bring the Wimba Collaboration Suite Express to K-12 schools and districts using the Blackboard Learning System. The collaboration tools will be delivered to current and new Backboard Learning System (including Basic Edition) clients in the United States, Canada, and Mexico....

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Idaho State Ed Board Deploys Reading Intervention

The Idaho State Board of Education will use Reading Prep and Fast ForWord to Reading 1-5 from Scientific Learning's Fast ForWord to Learning Series, a software package designed for reading intervention. The state had already given the software a road test. In a study conducted during the 2005-2006 school year, 282 students from Idaho's Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 used Fast ForWord software....

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Achieve3000 Adds Parent Edition to Online Literacy Tools

Internet-based instruction provider Achieve3000 has added a revised Parent Edition to its KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000 online literacy programs. Both programs are designed to improve writing skills, reading comprehension, and vocabulary for students in grades 2 through 12....

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ISI Releases Universal MediaWorks 6.2

Interactive Solutions has released an update to to MediaWorks, a video and multimedia authoring suite targeted toward education. The 6.2 update adds Universal Binary support for native compatibility with Intel-based Mac systems and also includes support for Windows Vista....

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