February 8, 2006

February 8, 2006
  • AOL Donates Computer Lab to Detroit School

    AOL is creating the Detroit Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Technology AOL Computer Lab at Hutchins Middle School. The lab will feature 30 computers and an ergonomic, innovatively designed classroom that will be housed in the middle school. The classroom is being designed through a collaborative effort that includes input from teachers and students. The official announcement was made last Thursday at the school by actor Tom Arnold who was in Detroit for the Super Bowl.

    For the full story, visit http://media.aoltimewarner.com/media/cb_press_view.cfm?release_num=55254519

  • SMARTer Kids Foundation Seeking North American Teachers for 2006-2007 Connections Program

    The SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada is now accepting applications for its 2006-2007 Connections program, a fully funded collaborative learning program for sixth-grade classes from across North America. Eight selected teachers will have their classrooms outfitted with leading-edge education technology, and will be trained to use the technology so they can undertake collaborative projects with other participating teachers and classes. Applications must be received by March 31, 2006.

    For full details on the program, visit http://www.smarterkids.org/aboutus/press/press61.asp

  • GenYES Offers Low-Cost Training Through Education Service Center in San Antonio

    Generation YES Corp. and Education Service Center, Region 20, in San Antonio, TX, has announced a partnership to offer low-cost local training and support for the GenYES model of professional development in Region 20 schools and districts. GenYES offers technology training for students who work with teachers in their own schools to integrate technology into classroom lessons. In this new partnership, schools in Region 20 will receive training and support for their GenYES programs directly from Service Center staff, thereby lowering costs and improving sustainability.

    For the full story, visit http://genyes.com/news/pressreleases/0206

  • PowerMediaPlus.com Helps PBS Station Strengthen Its K-12 Media Resources in Kansas, Missouri Districts

    CLEARVUE & SVE has joined forces with PBS station KCPT-Kansas City to offer the vast media resources of PowerMediaPlus.com to school districts across Missouri and Kansas. Schools will now have the option to stream directly from KCPT's ChalkWaves Web site, download media to local servers, or download directly to individuals' desktops. The comprehensive digital media package contains more than 2,600 video programs segmented into 18,000 core-concept clips and correlated to state and national standards and tests, more than 4,000 curriculum-based audio files, 25,000 images, and 5,000 print resources. Integrating content into daily lessons is simple using PowerMediaPlus.com's new classroom integration tools. Called "Curriculum at Your Command," these new features include a lesson plan tool, an assignment builder, a quiz question databank and test creator, and much more.

    For the full story, visit http://www.clearvue.com/pressRelease.asp

  • Edmonton Public Schools Automate Document Delivery

    Captaris Inc., a leading provider of business information delivery solutions, has announced that Edmonton Public Schools has integrated Captaris RightFax with its Oracle Purchasing system to enable electronic document delivery of purchase orders, requests for proposals (RFPs) and other financial documents. The RightFax implementation allowed the school district to immediately reduce time spent sending documents by 75 percent, as well as cut maintenance and telephony expenses.

    For the full story, visit http://www.captaris.com/news_and_events/press_releases/index.html

Arithmetic City (http://www.ArithmeticCity.com) has released a line of arithmetic worksheets designed to help districts and schools increase student mathematic computational skills while appealing to budget-conscience administrators. The company provides a systematic approach for assessing student arithmetic knowledge with worksheets that combine arithmetic problem sets, a student-friendly format, and PDF production to form a unique systems-compatible solution for educational organizations of any size. District and school purchasers receive a total of 2,400 student worksheets with accompanying answer sheets targeting beginning, intermediate, and advanced arithmetic skills. Progress charts are also included that help teachers monitor worksheet completion. Most importantly, no paper is involved in the creation or distribution of the worksheets until printed by teachers since they are PDFs. Pricing varies.

Sharp's (http://www.SharpUSA.com) new Conference/Classroom Series XG-MB65X and XG-MB55X projectors are ideal for corporate and educational customers. The portable projectors feature Texas Instruments' DDR DLP technology for high image quality (2,000:1 contrast ratio), as well as XGA native resolution that is ideal for any educational or meeting-room setting. The series also has built-in RS-232C connectivity so IT support departments can remotely check projector lamp life or provide operational support. The new DLP projectors feature high brightness up to 3,000 lumens for a clear picture in any lighting condition. And weighing less than nine pounds, they can be moved easily from classroom to lecture hall or boardroom to home office. Pricing: the XG-MB65X is $3,395; the XG-MB55X is $2,495.


Newton's Castle is an inquiry-based resource created by students from John F. Kennedy High School in New York. The site, which is designated as an NSTA Resource and listed in the ISTE and edNA Year of Physics 2005 directories, provides a stimulating journey into Sir Isaac Newton's discoveries and secret life. Students will learn about color, optical illusions, observations from nature, and other fascinating facts. There are also several lessons regarding copyright and censorship issues, as well as a Newton Timeline.

This free, informative online directory of accredited adult continuing education programs provides a safe, easy way for people to find their ideal college program and receive helpful college advice. The site was created by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) and Educational Directories Unlimited Inc. (EDU) to provide students with access to an array of on-campus and online associate, baccalaureate, graduate and certificate programs.

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!!!

THE Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles as we prepare for our 2006 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 potential article, or questions about the above topics, please e-mail [email protected]

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 http://www.thejournal.com/institute/course510.cfm.

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 http://www.thejournal.com/institute/IntegratingTech.cfm.

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