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T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: June 26, 2008

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Students with Disabilities: Software and Learning Support for Math (Part 2)

Students who have physical, cognitive, sensory, and learning disabilities might find learning mathematics particularly challenging. Appropriate accommodations and technology can help them learn and demonstrate their mastery of mathematics just like anyone else. Unfortunately, software might lack features and learning supports that make it fully accessible to all learners.

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Ed Tech News

Groups Call on Candidates To Invest in Ed Tech

How can we make education technology and 21st century learning a national priority? Four education advocacy groups think they have part of the answer. The groups came together Tuesday to launch "One Giant Leap for Kids," a new campaign designed to bring ed tech to the forefront of the minds of the presidential candidates.

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NEA: Test Scores Improving in Spite of NCLB

Have reading and math scores improved since the enactment of NCLB? In some cases yes, according to a study released this week by the Center on Education Policy (CEP). But according to the report's authors, the results do not indicate cause and effect. And, according to the National Education Association (NEA), any improvements in student test scores may have come in spite of NCLB rather than because of it.

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Kerry Intros Education Portal Legislation

United States Senator John Kerry Tuesday introduced new legislation aimed at funding state education portals. The legislation, dubbed the "Empowering Teaching and Learning through Education Portals Act," is designed to support teacher professional development, improve teacher retention, and offer online support for teachers and administrators.

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Oklahoma District Brings Video on Demand to Classrooms

Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma is adopting video on demand across all of its sites. The district signed on last week with Library Video Co. for its Safari Montage service, bringing state-aligned content to classrooms in 88 locations.

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Samsung Launches Pint-Sized Projector

Samsung Electronics America announced Wednesday the P400 Pocket Imager, a compact projector designed for presenters on the go.

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NEC Launches Network-Compatible Projectors, 26-Inch Desktop Display

NEC Display Solutions of America this week announced the addition of two network projectors to its product line. The NP905 and the NP901 W installation projectors are designed for classrooms and corporate conference rooms.

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Mitsubishi Launches Wireless, Short-Throw Projectors

The Presentation Products Division for Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America announced at InfoComm Wednesday a series of new products to be added to their line of digital projectors, including the XD500U-ST and the XD530U short-throw models.

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Wilkes U and Discovery Education Collaborate on Online Master's in Instructional Media

This fall Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA and Discovery Education, which produces digital media-based learning, are launching a new online master's degree program in instructional media. The 30-credit instructional media program will prepare teachers to engage today's students in learning through digital media. Courses will focus on topics such as digital storytelling, using digital media in the classroom, using technology to support creativity and applying brain-based theories of how students process information to technology integration.

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THE Journal Opportunities

Share Your Best Practices

T.H.E. Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles for future issues and for our eNewsletter, T.H.E. SmartClassroom:

  • School Perspectives -- discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.
  • Case Studies -- have you implemented technology and learned a lot from the experience? If so, share your efforts about what worked -- and what didn't.

If you have a potential article, or questions about the above topics, please e-mail editorial@thejournal.com

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