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T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: November 29, 2007

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Biology Teacher Engages Students with Classroom Capture, Multimedia

Can a high school biology teacher record his lectures, post them online, and get thousands of hits to his site in a year? Apparently so, if Okemos High School's Kelly Carrier is an example. The Michigan public school science teacher uses TechSmith's Camtasia Studio to capture portions of his biology and physical science classes, then posts them online so that students can review them later. At five sections a day, with 30 students per section, he teaches 150 students a day--and then reaches them again and again via the online content, if the Web numbers are any indication....

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Ed Tech News

MIT Extends OpenCourseWare to High Schools

Five years after the initial pilot of MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative, it's now making its way into secondary education with the launch today of "Highlights for High School," which aims to bolster high school STEM education through free and open course materials, from complete curricula and syllabi to videos, lecture notes, and animations....

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2007 Speak Up Survey Deadline Extended

Project Tomorrow has extended the deadline for its 2007 Speak Up survey, a poll conducted annually to assess views on current issues in education, with results shared with state and federal policy leaders. The new deadline has been extended by a week and set to Dec. 21....

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Blackboard Backpack Adds SCORM Support

Agilix Labs this week released Blackboard Backpack 3.1, an update to the company's mobility solution for the Blackboard Learning System. The new update adds support for the 2004 Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), including support for viewing SCORM content offline....

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eInstruction To Acquire Interwrite

Denton, TX-based eInstruction today signed a definitive agreement to acquire Interwrite Learning. Both companies develop classroom technologies for K-12 and higher education environments, including whiteboards and student response systems and software. The combined company will go by the name of eInstruction....

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Online Learning Growing, Needs More Oversight

Most online learning programs are growing by 25 percent each year, with 42 states running either significant supplemental or full-time or combined supplemental and full-time online earning programs, according to Keeping Pace, a new report on K-12 online learning researched and written by Evergreen Consulting Associates....

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