T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: November 13, 2008

SPOTLIGHT

Designing a Working Space for Chat

In the first installment this two-part series, we looked at chat as an instructional tool in general terms. Now we take a look at some of the major concepts in using chat effectively in the process of moving the thinking process forward: building ideas, constructing media, and establishing which elements are critical to making the environment dynamic and relevant to the student.

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Ed Tech News

iEARN Looks To Expand Online Cross-Cultural Collaboration

The International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) is expanding its "Building Respect through Internet Dialogue and Global Education" (BRIDGE) program and is looking to increase the numbers of teachers, schools, and programs involved with the online academic and cultural initiative. Through a new grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the program will support new professional scholarships for educators, among other expanded offerings.

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Dimdim Launches Hosted Virtual Classroom

Videoconferencing software developer Dimdim recently announced that it's releasing a Web-based conferencing solution specifically for education. The company's new Dimdim Virtual Classroom Pack, which debuted late last month, allows 10 teachers to host up to 40 students at a time in an online environment.

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ProfCast Lecture Capture Software Enhances Export, Adds Presentation Software Detection

Humble Daisy has released an update to ProfCast, a software application designed for capturing and distributing classroom lectures as enhanced podcasts. ProfCast 2.2.1b2, a public beta of the presentation capture software, includes fixes and enhancements to previous releases and is available now for Mac OS X.

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Panopto Launches Hosted Lecture Capture System

Panopto this week announced a new software as a service (SaaS) version of its lecture capture system, CourseCast. Dubbed CourseCast Hosted, the new edition is designed for educational institutions to capture classroom presentations without the need to invest in the kind of infrastructure generally associated with lecture capture systems.

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Sanyo Ships 2,000-Lumen Classroom Projector

Sanyo this week debuted a new projector designed for classroom presentations. The new model is designed to provide high light output in an compact form factor.

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Parallels Desktop 4.0 Get Performance Boost, DirectX 9.0 Support

Parallels has released Parallels Desktop 4.0, an update to the company's desktop virtualization solution for Mac OS X. The new version adds more than 50 new features, including support for DirectX 9.0 and significant performance improvements.

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MathMagic 5.85 Equation Editor Released

InfoLogic has released updates to its MathMagic and MathMagic Pro equation editors for working with mathematical expressions and symbols. The new 5.85 releases include a number of fixes and feature enhancements and are available now for Mac OS X.

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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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