T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: July 17, 2008

SPOTLIGHT

New Mexico Launches Statewide eLearning Initiative

As part of its Innovative Digital Education and Learning (IDEAL-NM) initiative, New Mexico is launching a statewide program to standardize on a single electronic learning platform--Blackboard--spanning K-12, higher education, adult education, and government. The initiative will also support a new statewide virtual high school.

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Ed Tech News

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Debuts '21st Century Skills and Social Studies Map'

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has joined up with the National Council for the Social Studies to produce the first-ever "21st Century Skills and Social Studies Map"--a sort of fleshed-out framework for that includes resources for integrating 21st century skills into social studies curricula.

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Blackboard-Sakai Integration on the Way; Moodle on Deck

Syracuse University and Blackboard have partnered to develop technologies that will allow Blackboard's learning management systems to integrate with the Sakai Foundation's open-source learning management platform.

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Curriki Revamps K-12 Resource, Adds Sesame Workshop Content

Curriki, an online K-12 community focused on sharing open source curricula and learning materials, is expanding its functionality and this week completed the first phase of an overhaul of its site. It's also added content from Sesame Workshop.

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Learn.net Expands into Blended Learning

Training services provider Learn.net this week announced the acquisition of distance learning and collaboration software from Savant Technology Group. The acquisition is part of Learn.net's move into blended learning to provide training services for public and private sectors.

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Ignite Debuts Network-delivered Curriculum Materials

Education developer Ignite! Learning this week launched a new delivery system for its science, social studies, and math curricula called "The ION" (Ignite! over Network).

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Minnesota District Expands Virtual School Statewide

The Minnesota Center of Online Learning (MCoOL) announced this week that it's expanding its online virtual school to accept more students from around the state. The online school operates out of Houston (MN) Public Schools.

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