T.H.E. News Update :: November 7, 2007

News & Issues

21st Century Learning: 'We're Not Even Close'

Without incorporating technology into every aspect of its activities, no organization can expect to achieve results in this increasingly digital world. Yet education is dead last in technology use compared with all major industrial sectors, and that has to change in order for schools to meet the challenges of 21st century learning--this according to a paper released Monday by the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills at the SETDA Leadership Summit and Education Forum in Washington, DC....

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Beaufort County SD Revamps Network for E-Learning

Beaufort County School District is South Carolina is overhauling its network infrastructure to facilitate e-learning applications and to help provide advanced online professional development through the use of streaming video. The district is working with technology provider Extreme Networks and systems integrator Converged Networks on the overhaul....

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Fremont Bolsters Web Security with Blue Coat Appliance

As part of its 2007-2008 technology goals, Fremont School District in California had deployed appliances from Blue Coat Systems to improve Web security and reduce bandwidth consumption. The district is also using the Blue Coat ProxySG appliances to provide Web security and policy control across its Internet gateway....

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MPISD Deploys Data, Portal Systems

Mount Pleasant Independent School District in Texas is integrating student data and adding new tools to meet state reporting requirements with the help of Mizuni, which is providing the district with its Motiv suite. The district is also using Motiv to set up a portal to make student information available to parents and administrators and to help "inform instruction" with the use of Motiv assessment tools....

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Blended Program Supports Preschool Literacy

Teachscape has launched three new professional development series for pre-kindergarten educators and mentors, combining face to face and online learning programs that incorporate access to training content, reporting, and work management applications using Teachscape's Online Program Manager. The programs focus on developing skills for educators teaching literacy skills to preschoolers and fostering environments that promote language learning for principals, mentors, and other education supporters....

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Institute Focuses on K-12 Laptop/Tablet Adoption

The Lausanne Collegiate School has teamed up with the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation to produce next year's Laptop Institute, an academic conference focusing on the adoption of laptop and tablet-based computers in K-12 education. It's designed as a sort of "think tank" for schools looking to adopt laptops and tablets as learning tools....

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