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T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: July 10, 2008

PROFILE

Teachers & Technology: Eric Brewer

Connecting with students--and students' parents--is important to Eric Brewer. He's found that using course management systems to let students and their parents know what's going on in his classroom is of multiple benefits: It enhances communication, it gives quicker feedback, and it even motivates students to finish assignments quicker!

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Ed Tech News

Alabama Distance Learning Rolls Out Statewide for 2009-2010

Alabama is aiming for a first. All high schools in the state will have distance learning programs beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, including videoconferencing and Web-based learning tools, according to information released this week by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton.

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Lumens Debuts SXGA Document Camera

Lumens Integration this week debuted a new document camera and presentation system called the DC260 SXGA Digital Visual Presenter. The new gooseneck-style system is the first in Lumens' document camera lineup to support HD output via HDMI.

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Learning.com Offers Adaptive Curriculum, Launches Student Technology Literacy Beta Program

Online curriculum and assessment provider Learning.com has announced a partnership with Sebit. The agreement will allow Learning.com to provide Sebit's Adaptive Curriculum Activity Objects through the Learning.com Digital Learning Environment.

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TEA Adds Academy of Reading to Intensive Reading Instruction Grant

AutoSkill International announced last week that its Academy of Reading has been selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for inclusion in its Intensive Reading Instruction grant. The announcement will allow schools eligible for the grant to choose AutoSkill's reading intervention solution for use in their programs.

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AEC Updates e-Learning Science Courseware

K-12 curriculum courseware publisher American Education Corp. has released eight updated science courses for its A+nyWhere Learning System (A+LS). The courses are targeted toward grades 1 through 8.

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Millard PS Adopts Online Tutoring for AP Exams

Millard Public Schools in Nebraska has signed on with SmartThinking to provide students with online tutoring for Advanced Placement exams. The service will roll out in the district beginning in the fall.

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Virginia District Adopts Angel Learning Management System

Frederick County Public Schools in Virginia has adopted the Angel Learning Management Suite in an effort to provide electronic learning resources to students and meet it goal of providing 21st century tools to teachers and students for collaboration, assessment, and learning outcomes management.

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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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