T.H.E. News Update :: November 12, 2008

News & Issues

Can Technology Drive Change in Professional Development?

Teacher training needs to shift away from one-shot workshops and move toward a model of ongoing, sustainable professional development, according to a new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released Friday.

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Adobe Foundation To Launch Technology Programs for Students, Teachers

The Adobe Foundation is expanding its Adobe Youth Voices program into new areas in 2009. These include new initiatives to train teachers and students on the use of technologies, as well as a partnership with the Ad Council to collaborate on a dropout prevention campaign called "Boost."

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Plagiarism Detection System Adds URL Filtering, Reporting Groups

iParadigms has released a new version of its iThenticate plagiarism detection platform.

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Devon IT Launches Green School Initiative

Devon IT has announced the launch of its Green School Initiative (GSI), a new program aimed at bringing thin client technology into the classroom.

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Oklahoma District Takes to Web-based Data Collection

Jenks Public Schools in Oklahoma is implementing a Web-based data gathering system throughout the district to help with reporting on student performance on state tests, as well as district pre- and post- tests. The system will be used to help monitor student performance and report the information to teacher to help them focus on students' weak spots.

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NewTek Launches TriCaster Duo for School Video Production

3D and motion graphics software developer NewTek has debuted a new video production system designed specifically for elementary and middle school students.

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Blue Coat Integrates Network Appliances

Blue Coat Systems has released a new software plugin that will integrate two of its network appliances--ProxySG and PacketShaper--to allow them to share information to improve efficiency and security.

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2008 Speak Up Survey Focuses on 21st Century Learning

Project Tomorrow recently kicked off Speak Up 2008, the latest annual survey focused on the national discussion about 21st century education. Since opening last week, the survey has received more than 12,000 responses, an increase of about 37 percent over the same time period in last year's survey.

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