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T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: October 16, 2008

SPOTLIGHT

Tech Educator Profile: Jana Craig Hare

For the last 13 years Jana Craig Hare has served as a technology facilitator for the nation's schools. She's been able to expand that role at the ALTEC (Advanced Learning Technologies in Education Consortia) Center for Research and Learning at the University of Kansas, where she serves as associate director, helping the organization live up to its mission of helping K-12 schools successfully integrate technology.

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Ed Tech News

Apple Refreshes Entire Notebook Line

Apple has refreshed its entire notebook lineup--including the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air--adding in expanded graphics capabilities, greater storage capacities, and, in some cases, faster CPUs. Al of the new models are available now, except for the MacBook Air, which will ship in November.

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Adobe Ships Creative Suite 4, Flash Player 10

Adobe has begun shipping Creative Suite 4, with new versions of its development, design, publishing, and video/motion graphics applications, along with new and modified pricing and licensing schemes for both K-12 and post-secondary education. The company also released Flash Player 10 Wednesday.

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Schoolwires Service Enhanced with Homework Management

Schoolwires has released an upgrade of Schoolwires Centricity, which adds homework management functionality to its Web-based community communications platform for schools and districts. Schoolwires Centricity provides tools to more easily deploy and manage multiple custom, interactive Web sites and implement advanced Web 2.0/ multimedia capabilities, such as blogs, podcasts, and photo galleries.

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Online Resource Targets FCAT Writing Improvement

Educational technology developer LearningExpress is launching a new program tailored specifically for the writing portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The FCAT eFolio program is an online tool designed to help improve student writing and prepare for the FCAT Writing+ exam.

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Silverlight 2 Now Available

Silverlight 2, the latest version of Microsoft's cross-platform browser plug-in for multimedia applications, is now available.

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Events Calendar

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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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