June 28, 2006

T.H.E. Newsletter: June 28, 2006
June 28, 2006
  • Adobe Launches Global Philanthropic Program for Teens

    Adobe Systems Inc. has launched Adobe Youth Voices, its new global philanthropic program that is designed to help middle- and high-school aged youth develop critical skills necessary to become active and engaged members of their communities. Working in collaboration with five leading youth media organizations, Adobe will introduce the program at 36 sites worldwide by year-end, including locations in San Francisco; New York; Seattle; London; and Bangalore, India. Adobe is committing $10 million in funding over five years, as well as donating Adobe software and supporting employee volunteerism. Adobe Youth Voices will provide young people with access to multimedia tools and training, enabling them to explore and comment on their world through video, audio, multimedia, digital art, animation, and Web design. Additionally, Adobe will support exhibition of Adobe Youth Voices projects at community festivals, film screenings, and conferences. Online showcases of youth works will be available on the Web at http://www.ymdi.org, the site of the Youth Media Distribution Initiative, and at http://www.adobe.com.

    For the full story, visit http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200606/062106AdobeYouthVoices.html

  • Rhode Island District Launches High-Tech Recruiting System

    Recruiting teachers is now more efficient and cost-effective for the Middletown Public Schools, one of the first districts in Rhode Island to adopt a new online technology called SchoolSpring that centralizes the management of its hiring process. The Web-based recruiting system will allow the district to reach a broader range of teachers with more diverse backgrounds. SchoolSpring not only allows teacher candidates to apply more easily to school district jobs, it also lets the district more effectively communicate with candidates. Middletown Public Schools should see substantial savings in advertising costs from previous years. Additionally, SchoolSpring is planning to launch a cooperative advertising program in Rhode Island that will allow schools to advertise their open positions together in one newspaper advertisement.

    For the full story, visit http://www.schoolspring.com/press/releaseView.cfm?id=20060620&

  • Poll Shows Arizonans’ Support for Technology
    The Business Journal of Phoenix

    Arizonans—regardless of location, income, education, or gender—are convinced that science and technology will deliver on high-paying jobs, personal benefits, and solutions to environmental and health problems. That is among key findings in Arizonans’ Attitudes toward Science, Technology, and their Effects on the Economy, a report from Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. The survey also found Arizona residents in agreement that science and technology play an important part in the state’s economic development. In addition, Arizonans want their state to be a leader in science and technology research. Responses by Arizonans also acknowledge that leadership would require investment and a commitment to science education. Specific findings in the study included the following:

    • More than 70 percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to pay higher taxes to support science and technology research that would create new jobs and improve health care.
    • Eight out of 10 said science education is at least as important as teaching math, reading, and writing.

    For the full story, visit http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2006/06/19/daily17.html?jst=b_ln_hl

  • Ohio District Selects VBrick Systems to Stream Cable TV to the Classroom

    The Geneva Area City Schools in northeast Ohio has selected VBrick Systems to stream cable television to its classrooms economically and reliably—eliminating $200,000 in traditional IT infrastructure costs. VBrick also enables Geneva to select and restrict access to specific cable stations, thereby ensuring age-appropriate content throughout the district. Geneva’s cable television streaming initiative is a component of the district’s modernization plan to build five new schools for its 3,011 students. In addition to the new high school that opened in January, Geneva’s strategic plan includes four additional schools by 2010. Ohio funding for new school development is contingent on Geneva’s compliance with state guidelines that require all classrooms to include network connections, PCs, and cable television access.

    For the full story, visit http://www.vbrick.com/news/index.asp?ItemID=243&rcid=71&pcid=70&cid=71

  • Asset Loss, Damage Costs Drain Millions of Dollars from Districts Annually

    Asset loss and damage costs the average district nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year. Larger districts lose even more, some topping $1.4 million in loss and damage annually. These are among the results of a recent study of district asset management, conducted in conjunction with Quality Education Data (QED). The study, which was co-sponsored by Follett Software Co., provides a picture of how districts manage their assets and the growing challenges they face. Its findings illustrate the importance of the emerging category of Educational Resource Management (ERM) solutions—products that centralize the management of district resources. The study surveyed 479 district business managers, administrators and technology chiefs in all 48 contiguous states. Respondents were asked about the problems they faced in managing assets, and about the systems they used to keep track of everything from laptops to band uniforms. They were also asked to estimate the cost of loss, damage, and redundant purchases of these assets. Other major findings of the study included:

    • Investments in educational technology (primarily computer and AV equipment) are among the assets most at risk, averaging more than $80,000 in loss annually per district.
    • Districts that used manual tracking for computers reported a 41% greater annual cost of loss/damage than those that used a commercial asset tracking program, and 32% greater loss than those that used a spreadsheet/database program.

    For the full story, visit http://www.fsc.follett.com/newsnevents/pressreleases/release.cfm?pressID=22

  • Share Your Success
    Whether your district just appointed a new superintendent or your school finally hired that new tech coordinator, we want to know! Please share your staff and faculty successes with us by sending the person's name; title; school, district, and location information; any relevant educational and occupational background; and a high-resolution color image of the person to cwerner@101com.com

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America’s Presentation Products Division revealed its second-generation LED-based PK-20 PocketProjector earlier this month at InfoComm. The new PK-20 expands its portability by offering an SD card reader for on-the-fly photo sharing or presentations. The projector uses Texas Instruments’ DLP technology combined with LED technology for a brightness increase of more than 100 percent compared to its predecessor. Its contrast ratio is also raised to 500:1 for greater detail and increased clarity. The PK-20 offers instant on/off control, virtually noiseless operation, and no replacement bulb is necessary. Also, virtually any device with a video-out can be connected, such as a laptop, cell phone, digital camera, gaming gadget, or DVD player. Due to its ultrawide lens, the PK-20 has one of the shortest image-throw distances of mobile projectors on the market today; users can easily create a 20-inch diagonal screen with just over a foot of projection distance. The PK-20 will be available in the fall. Price: $899.

SolidWorks Corp. has released SolidWorks Education Edition 2006-2007 software, the latest version of its 3-D CAD product for students in middle school through graduate school. The new program includes nearly double the eLearning content of the previous edition with self-paced instruction covering everything from making a simple part to validating the design using finite element analysis methods. SolidWorks includes a DVD with detailed curricula for two new student projects as well as videos, tutorials, sketches, editable PowerPoint presentations, a hands-on “test drive,” and student and instructor guides for its integrated COSMOSMotion analysis software. The Education Edition includes all the elements of the commercial version of SolidWorks Office Premium 2006, including SolidWorks Routing, COSMOSWorks Designer, and COSMOSMotion. It also includes COSMOSFloWorks for fluid flow and thermal analysis. Pricing varies.

The Incredible Art Department is a comprehensive Web site that features lessons, links, news, and a variety of other resources for visual arts teachers.

This site from the Education & Computer Connection offers a collection of links to virtual field trips, tours, webquests, and scavenger hunts.

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 editorial@thejournal.com

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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