T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: January 31, 2008


Designing Students' Futures on the Web

Virginia teacher empowers students to explore the technological realm

With a classroom of eager-but-apprehensive students sitting in front of her, Debby Martin threw out some ideas that the advanced Web page design students could tackle as a team. Soon the class discussion turned to the fact that teenagers often get a bad rap from their communities, which don't always "get" what they're doing or why they're doing it. "Some of them even mess up and negatively affect the entire community," said Martin, a business teacher at Hampton City Schools in Hampton, VA, which encompasses four high schools....

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Ed Tech News

Cash for Classrooms: AVerMedia Kicks Off Lesson Plan Contest

AV technology developer AVerMedia this week launched a new contest for K-12 and higher education: to develop a lesson plan centered around the use of a document camera. An AVerVision document camera and $1,000 (to be used for classroom technology purchases) will be awarded to the winning lesson plan in each of six subject areas....

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Panopto Beefs Up Free Lecture Capture Suite

Education technology provider Panopto has released an update to its lecture capture and streaming tool, CourseCast. The latest version, CourseCast 1.5, adds several enhancements in the areas of lecture distribution, editing, and workflow. It remains free for educators through the Socrates Project, which provides access in exchange for participation in the software's ongoing development efforts....

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Newfoundland Adopts Sweeping LMS Change in All Public Education

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada has announced a new initiative that will impact all public education within its borders, from kindergarten to higher ed. It's adopted a single LMS solution for al of its schools, colleges, and universities--the Desire2Learn Learning Environment--in an effort to unify and enhance collaborative learning....

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Learn360 Brings Streaming Media to K-12 Education

School Specialty Media has launched a new streaming media service targeted specifically toward K-12 education. Dubbed Learn360, the service provides streaming video and audio, as well as still images, including premium content from National Geographic. The service was tested in New Jersey over the fall semester and is now available nationally....

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FETC 2008 Roundup

Education technology took center stage in Florida last week as teachers, administrators and district technology experts gathered at FETC 2008 in Orlando. Podcasting, digital collaboration and Web 2.0 dominated much of the discussion, but security, new and emerging technologies, and environmental education were also major themes. Don't miss our complete coverage of the show, from new technologies to issues facing K-12 education in the coming year....

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