October 19, 2005

T.H.E. Newsletter: October 19, 2005
October 19, 2005
  • T.H.E. Institute, [email protected] Launch New Online Course on 'Net Literacy

    T.H.E. Institute and [email protected] have announced the release of “Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web,” an online course for educators interested in using the Web in teaching and learning. This six-hour tutorial for elementary and secondary school teachers provides tools for educators to integrate technology into their curricula in order to improve student achievement and meet requirements of NCLB legislation. In addition, [email protected] and T.H.E. Institute are underwriting 300 scholarships for New Leaders for New Schools (http://www.nlns.org), a national nonprofit organization that trains educators to become urban school district principals. For more information on “Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web,” as well as other T.H.E. Institute online education courses, visit http://www.thejournal.com/institute. For information about America Online's school program, visit http://www.aolatschool.com.

    For the full story, visit http://www.101com.com/display.aspx?id=11948

  • AAP Sues Google Over Plans to Digitize Books

    The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has filed a lawsuit against Google over its plans to digitally copy and distribute copyrighted works without permission of the copyright owners. The lawsuit was filed only after lengthy discussions broke down between AAP and Google's top management regarding the copyright infringement implications of the Google Print Library Project (http://print.google.com/googleprint/library.html). The suit, which seeks a declaration by the court that Google commits infringement when it scans entire books covered by copyright and a court order preventing it from doing so without permission of the copyright owner, was filed on behalf of five major publisher members of AAP: The McGraw-Hill Cos., Pearson Education, Penguin Group (USA), Simon & Schuster, and John Wiley & Sons.

    For the full story, visit http://www.publishers.org/press/releases.cfm?PressReleaseArticleID=291

  • California Ed Tech Consortium Selects PowerMediaPlus.com as Its Media-on-Demand Vehicle

    The Central California Educational Technology Consortium (CCETC) has chosen PowerMediaPlus.com (http://www.PowerMediaPlus.com) as the media-on-demand interface and video delivery platform for its 13-county service area, which currently reaches from Los Angeles County in the south through Tuolumne County in the north. After a thorough review process, CCETC chose the streaming media system from CLEARVUE & SVE as the solution that could best meet the needs of the consortium and support statewide expansion into the future. To assist in meeting CCETC's goal of developing its own content collection, CLEARVUE & SVE will begin by establishing a practical yet scalable hardware configuration in California. The PowerMediaPlus.com interface will then be customized and preloaded with content already owned or licensed and digitized by CCETC. Additional content will be sourced through CCETC, counties, and districts to create specific media packages that best serve the needs of individual schools and districts.

    For the full story, visit http://www.powermediaplus.com/pressRelease.asp?objectID=20

  • Connections Academy Selects Hooked on Phonics as Content Partner

    Connections Academy (CA; http://www.connectionsacademy.com), a national operator of K-9 virtual public schools, has announced the addition of the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read learning system to its curriculum. The introduction of Hooked on Phonics for grades K-2 provides additional reading practice and ensures that all CA students are reading by the third grade. Connections Academy is the only virtual public school program that provides students with the Hooked on Phonics learning system. Beginning with the 2005-06 school year, CA students in grades K-2 will receive Hooked on Phonics materials as part of the overall CA curriculum offering, which includes a nationally certified print-rich curriculum that combines high-quality textbooks, technology-based resources, and hands-on materials. The Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read system includes materials that provide a compelling resource for students to develop a strong foundation in phonics and become confident readers.

  • Blackboard, WebCT Announce Agreement to Merge

    Blackboard Inc. and WebCT Inc. have recently announced a definitive agreement to merge. Under terms of the agreement, Blackboard will acquire WebCT in a cash transaction for $180 million, which values the offer at approximately $154 million, net of WebCT's Aug. 31, 2005 cash balance of $26 million. The ultimate value of the offer will vary depending on WebCT's cash balance at closing. The transaction will combine two pioneering academic eLearning organizations into a single company with the client base, resources, and expertise to uniquely meet the rapidly evolving needs of educators worldwide. The merger of Blackboard and WebCT marks a major milestone in the build out of networked learning environments by colleges, universities, schools, and other education providers. It creates a large, collaborative community of academic institutions supported by unsurpassed resources for innovation and support. Currently, more than 3,700 higher education, K-12, corporate, government, and commercial academic institutions enhance their learning environments with solutions offered by the two organizations. Bringing Blackboard and WebCT together provides a powerful platform for innovating and supporting what at many institutions is the least developed, yet one of the most strategic segments of their technology infrastructure. Further, it will break down barriers and enable collaboration across institutions by developers and end-users at a critical time in the evolution of eLearning technologies.

    For the full story, visit http://www.blackboard.com/company/press/release.aspx?id=767025

Leading Step Inc. (http://www.leadingstep.com) has just released Size It Up, a series of three games that are played on Palm OS handheld computers to help students identify and compare numbers and math operations. Working together as a complete learning system, Size It Up 's three games (Arrows , Bricks, and Numbers) are designed to help upper-elementary and middle school students learn whole numbers, decimals, fractions, mixed numbers, negative numbers, as well as operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The software series has the ability to allow teachers to customize the programs for different grade levels or for individual student levels. In addition, teachers and parents can monitor each player's progress through the Size It Up game system by storing the scores for up to eight players on each PDA. Price: $14.95.

Helping schools prepare for the upcoming flu season and a possible flu pandemic, Unotron (http://www.unotron.com/US/index.html) has released its new SpillSeal washable computer keyboards to mitigate the spread of infection. SpillSeal keyboards are manufactured and assembled so that the dome under each key is welded into the key assembly, allowing the keyboard to be cleaned and disinfected using commercial cleansers and sealing it against liquids entering the keyboard. With standard keyboards, even though they incorporate upturned domes underneath each key, their keys are either set in a rubber mat or single and loose, so when liquid cleansers are applied, the fluids can easily pass through the key, damaging the equipment and rendering it inoperable. Another benefit of the SpillSeal keyboards is that they are not sealed in a single casing like most other sealed keyboards, so they are easier for students to use. For pricing information, visit the company's Web site or call 800-381-5817.


This site from NASA Education provides an online educational activity that lets students in grades 5-8 investigate the causes of hurricanes, learn how they are named and categorized, and practice tracking one across the Atlantic Ocean.

Ben & Jerry's comprehensive Halloween site features kid-friendly online games, eCards, craft ideas, downloadable coloring pages and games, and much more to help prepare your class for the upcoming holiday.

For a complete listing of up-to-date conference information, visit T.H.E. Conference Calendar, T.H.E. Journal 's comprehensive conference database, at: http://www.theconferencecalendar.com

Call for Papers!!!
Please take a second to look at some of the topics we'll be covering in our fall issues:

  • School Perspectives —discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.

  • Kids on Technology —any tech-savvy student who can write about how technology is being used in your school.

  • Wishlist/Shortlist —a simple list of the technology (e.g., wireless, laptops, etc.) you're looking at to solve a challenge in your school/district, and an accompanying “shortlist” of vendors you're looking at to solve those challenges.

If you have a good story that is related to any of the above topics, please e-mail an abstract to mailto:[email protected]

T.H.E. Offers Educators Individual netTrekker Subscriptions
T.H.E. Journal has announced an exclusive partnership with Thinkronize, developers of netTrekker, the trusted search engine for schools, which allows educators worldwide to purchase individual (single-user) subscriptions to netTrekker, which previously was available only on a site license basis to schools and districts. With this initiative, T.H.E. and Thinkronize have combined to better serve their customer's needs by personalizing the way educators use the Internet. Educators can purchase individual subscriptions for netTrekker through the T.H.E. Journal's Web site at http://www.thejournal.com/netTrekker. The suggested list price for a one-year subscription is $49.95.

Four New Integrating Technology Courses From T.H.E. Institute
T.H.E. Institute is offering four new online professional development courses to help educators comply with NCLB requirements and use technology more successfully in the classroom. The cost is $209 per course, which includes a $10 per person per course administration fee for documentation of clock hours and a certificate of completion. Course moderation and graduate credit are additional options; volume discounts are available. Anyone who enrolls in a course will receive individual access to the netTrekker site, as well as free individual access to United Learning's unitedstreaming site. For extra value, with registration for one of the above courses, participants will have access to an additional five courses - all five for only $100 - plus a $10 per person per course administration fee. In addition, special pricing is available for educators in district that have purchased Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's TechCONNECT.

Integrating Technology in the Classroom Courses: Social Studies - Available Now; Science - Available Now; English/Language Arts- Available Now; Mathematics - Available Now

For more information, log on to http://www.thejournal.com/institute/IntegratingTech.cfm

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