T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: December 4, 2008

FETC 2009 SPOTLIGHT

Presenter Profile: Chris Dede, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Chris Dede knows a thing or two about emerging interactive media, immersive interfaces and the impact that both concepts are having on the educational field. Dede, who is presenting his views on both topics at the upcoming FETC 2009 conference in Florida, gives a preview of what attendees can expect from the sessions.

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Ed Tech News

Smart Debuts Updated Whiteboard Lineup

Smart Technologies last week unveiled updates to its Smart Board 600i interactive whiteboard system. The new lineup includes both a standard 4:3 and a widescreen 16:10 model, each featuring new boom-mounted, short-throw projectors.

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Florida Education Chancellor To Close FETC 2009 Conference

Frances Haithcock will lead the closing session at the FETC 2009 conference being held January in Orlando, FL. Haithcock is Florida's chancellor of K-12 education.

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Toshiba Brings DisplayLink to Docking Station

Toshiba has introduced a new USB docking station that incorporates DisplayLink--a technology that allows computers to connect to projectors and other types of displays through USB 2.0.

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Lexia Releases Updated PreK-12 Reading Software

Lexia Learning Systems recently released a new version of its Lexia Reading software. The updated version includes a range of improvements over the previous release, including performance gains, new teacher resources, and added functionality.

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AEC Expands A+nyWhere Learning System for Early Reading

American Education Corp. (AEC) has released two new titles for its A +nyWhere Learning System (A+LS), both focused on early reading.

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iKnow Social Learning Platform Expands Language Support

Cerego has released new content creation tools for its iKnow social learning platform, adding support for creating learning modules in any of 188 languages. The company has also expanded language support for the text-to-speech technology used in the iKnow platform.

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Mitsubishi Debuts WXGA Projectors for Education

Mitsubishi is expanding its 500-series of digital classroom projectors with two new wide-format models: the WD510U and the WD500U-ST. The WD500U-ST is a short-throw projector designed specifically for whiteboard applications and other environments where space may be limited.

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California District Implements Web-based File Storage

Ramona Unified School District (RUSD) in Southern California has recently selected School Web Lockers to provide Web-based file storage for the district's roughly 7,000 students. The implementation is aimed at accommodating RUSD's growing storage needs, while minimizing their infrastructure and human resource investment.

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