December 14, 2005

T.H.E. Newsletter: December 14, 2005
December 14, 2005

  • GroupSmarts Announces MemoryMiner 1.0 School Pilot Program

    GroupSmarts, a company dedicated to changing the way people explore history, announced today the launch of their new school pilot program. Marin School of Arts and Technology (MSAT), a public Charter High School that uses project-based learning in arts and technology to engage high school students, is the first of several test schools. MemoryMiner, a desktop application for Mac OS X (version 10.3 and higher), enables students to link together pictures, audio, video and other mementos to create meaningful and coherent digital stories spanning across generations, location and time. The new pilot program provides students and teachers with an enriching tool by making learning interactive and innovative. Pilot schools will be instrumental in the development of this new multimedia platform as an educational resource.

    For the full story, visit

  • Dell, Schaumburg CSD to Integrate 21st Century Skills Into Junior High Curriculum

    The Schaumburg Consolidated School District in Illinois has awarded Dell a $1.26 million contract to provide 800 notebooks to junior high students and another 155 for their teachers and administrators.

    The one-year contract involves the Dell Latitude D510, a notebook featuring Intel's latest mobile technology, shock-absorbing designs to help prevent data loss and a low total cost of ownership. The district will use a specially designed cart to transport student systems from room to room, giving educators the capability to transform any classroom into a computer lab. The teachers and administrators will use the new notebooks as teaching tools and for other daily activities.

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  • InfoSource Awards Technology Grants to School Districts Across the U.S.

    InfoSource recently named six school districts, representing more that 50 elementary, middle, and high schools, that will receive the Integrating Technology in the Classroom Grant, designed to accelerate learning through the innovative use of technology. InfoSource has extended the grant program and plans to award approximately 50 more grants (up to $2.5 million in product value) in 2006.

    The InfoSource Integrating Technology in the Classroom Grant Program aims at supporting “in need” school districts by providing the tools and technology needed to improve digital literacy skills for both teachers and students, simplify and enhance the learning process, and make computers and the Internet an integral part of the classroom. The purpose is to provide qualified districts with the How to Master Learn It! Build It! Share It! suite of online tools and technology training. With dial-up or broadband Internet access and the Learn It! Build It! Share It! suite faculty, staff, and students can access online computer and Internet skills training, testing, assignments, grade books, reporting, chat rooms, discussion boards, file sharing, a lesson plan builder, and a lesson plan library. The suite also contains a simple-to-use content authoring tool and test builder so teachers can easily create their own online training and tests. Additionally, parental involvement programs can easily be developed allowing them to view their children's progress, grades, and activities.

    For the full story, visit

  • Texas School District Extends Procera Networks Deployment to Reduce Spiraling Cost of Operations

    Procera® Networks, Inc. (OTCBB: PRNW), a pioneering developer of optimized network security and compliance systems, announced today that the Cleveland Independent School District (CISD), located outside of Houston, Texas, is deploying an additional group of Procera Networks' OptimIP™ intelligent network appliance systems.

    CISD will use its new OptimIP™ systems to lockdown Internet access during off-school hours at a new 1,000-student high school. CISD is locking down off-hours Internet access when it is not critical for educational activities to help significantly reduce building maintenance and spiraling utility costs which are severely impacting the district's budget. This additional network control is achieved by implementing a simple-to-deploy, time-based network policy which automatically turns on and off Port 80 Internet traffic as specified by the network administrator. Once the policy is initiated, no further administration interaction is required.

    For the full story, visit

  • School districts go hi-tech to teach

    As school districts scout ways to engage students already accustomed to instant messaging and interactive video games, they're buying up the kind of tech tools once reserved for jet-setting corporate executives.

    Educational sales of personal digital assistants, laptop computers and handheld remote controls called "clickers" are ballooning nationwide. Last year, a survey by Quality Education Data Inc. found that 28 percent of U.S. school districts offered handhelds for student and teacher use. One of every four computers purchased by schools was a laptop.

    For the full story, visit
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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.

  • 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

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 The suggested list price for a one-year subscription is $49.95.

THE Institute and AOL @ SCHOOL Offer New Online Course for Educators  
“Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web,” is a new online course for educators interested in using the World Wide Web in teaching and learning. Designed for elementary and secondary school teachers, the course provides tools for educators to integrate technology into their curricula to improve student achievement and meet NCLB requirements. The cost is $79 per person; course moderation and graduate credit are additional options. “Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web," is designed to be useful both for educators new to using technology in teaching and learning and for tech-savvy veterans.
For complete course details and to register, go to

Four Integrating Technology Courses from T.H.E. Institute
T.H.E. Institute is offering four online professional development courses to help educators comply with NCLB requirements and use technology more successfully in the classroom. The cost is $149 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. In addition, special pricing is available for educators in districts 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

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