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T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: December 6, 2007

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PISA Study: U.S. Students Below Average in Science and Math

Validating the long-standing theme in science ad math education, the results of the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released Dec. 4 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), showing that in math and science students in the United States are lagging behind most of their counterparts in other countries. The results of this latest research place the United States 25th out of 30 OECD countries in math achievement among 15-year-olds and 21st in science achievement....

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Abbotsford Rolls Out WiFi To Support Classroom Technologies

Abbotsford School District 34 in British Columbia (Canada) this semester began rolling out a new wireless network, one that, at present, covers about a quarter of the district's 51 sites. The move is part of an effort to improve access for teachers, who are increasingly using wireless technologies in their classrooms, according to information released by the district....

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Mississippi Schools Tap Streaming Media

The Mississippi Department of Education has expanded its MATRIX Learning program, a collaborative K-12 education initiative in partnership with Mississippi Public Broadcasting. As part of the expansion, the program will now include digital media content from a special edition of Discovery Education streaming called MPB Express-Discovery Education streaming....

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Students Cross Cultures Through Videoconferencing

Students in 30 K-12 schools around the United States will engage in a cross-cultural exchange beginning in December through a new International PULSE videoconferencing program dubbed "Arab World and the U.S." Sponsored by Global Nomads Group, the videoconferencing program will connect U.S. students to schools in Cairo, Egypt to engage in collaborative activities and exchange cultural perspectives....

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Georgia District Adopts Gaming Suite for PreK

The Henry County School District in Georgia has brought educational gaming its its preK and special education students. This semester, the district purchased 21 copies of AT KidSystems' Cosmo's Learning Systems--a combination of hardware and software targeted toward 2- to 8-year-olds....

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PreK-12 Leads Electronic Learning Growth

In the United States, the demand for self-paced electronic learning products will hit $13.6 billion by the end of 2007 and will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.01 percent over the next five years. This according to a new forecast from Ambient Insight detailed in report released this week entitled, "The U.S. Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2007-2012 Forecast and Analysis."...

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