K-12 Tech Trends :: January 24, 2007


The Case for Michigan's Online Learning Mandate

In a recent editorial in K-12 Tech Trends by Patricia Deubel, Ph.D, " Should States Mandate Online Learning," the author questions Michigan's new high school graduation requirement, which mandates students take an non-credit online course or learning experience.

It should be noted that, in addition to this experience, Michigan has adopted 16 credits state graduation requirements, including four credits in mathematics and three in science—yes, Algebra, Algebra II, Biology, and Chemistry which will go into effect for the Class of 2011.

Truly, we live in exponential times, where adults have become Digital Immigrants and students Digital Natives, where each day students spend 6.2 hours using electronic media. It is estimated by a student's 21 st birthday, he or she will have personally sent more than 250,000 messages. Currently, the amount of new technology is doubling every two years. It is predicted to double every 72 hours by 2010.

Why should students have an online learning experience? To quote Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm: "Our online learning requirement makes Michigan a leader among all the states in using the power of the Internet to create learning opportunities in the classroom, the home, and the workplace. In a world that demands life long learning, we are giving our students and our state a competitive advantage when it comes to landing the good-paying jobs of the 21st Century economy."...

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News Briefs

TeachR.org Launches Beta Site

The Legacy Foundation has launched a new site for teachers called TeachR.org. The site, presently in beta, provides tools for teachers, including lesson materials and activities....

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Science Talent Search Semifinalists Named

Intel has named 300 semifinalists in its annual Intel Science Talent Search (STS) competition. For the 2007 competition, each of the semifinalists--all high school seniors--receive $1,000 and a chance to be named finalists....

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T.H.E. Journal Webinar: 'Maximize Tight Budgets with TCO Analysis'

T.H.E. Journal will host another Webinar in its series of discussions on technology issues in K-12 education. This latest discussion will cover "total cost of ownership" (TCO) issues, looking specifically at an A/V equipment TCO analysis at Madison County Schools. The live event will be held Feb. 1, 2007 at 11 a.m. PST....

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Warren Township District Adopts EtherneTV Video System

The Metropolitan School District of Warren Township (MSDWT) in Indiana has deployed EtherneTV from VBrick Systems. EtherneTV is a video system deigned for teaching and training applications. It's being deployed in 19 of the district's buildings....

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By the Numbers

Dell, HP Top U.S. PC Shipments in Fourth Quarter

Dell and HP topped the list of vendors in shipments of personal computers in the United States in the fourth quarter, according to a preliminary report by technology research firm Gartner Inc....

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Show Me the Money

2007 Sylvia Charp Awards

T.H.E. Journal and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) are pleased to announce the 4th annual award program in honor of Dr. Sylvia Charp and her groundbreaking contributions and extended service to the education technology community....

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Products & Services

ReadyGo Releases Web Course Builder 6.0

ReadyGo, a developer of elearning software, has released ReadyGo Web Course Builder 6.0 (WCB). The latest version of this authoring tool includes a number of new testing and assessment features. It's available now for Windows-based systems....

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Softease Debuts Podium Podcasting Software

Softease, a unit of RM Educational Software, is debuting its new Podium software this week at the FETC conference in Orlando, FL. Podium is a podcasting tool designed for educational institutions....

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Coming Up

  • JAN 24-26, 2007
    FETC 2007
    Florida Educational Technology Conference
    Orlando, FL
  • FEB 5-9, 2007
    TCEA 2007
    Texas Computer Education Association
    Austin, Texas

  • JUNE 24-27, 2007
    NECC 2007
    28th-Annual National Educational Computing Conference
    Atlanta, GA

THE Journal Opportunities

Share Your Best Practices

T.H.E. Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles for future issues and for our eNewsletter, T.H.E. SmartClassroom:

  • School Perspectives - discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.
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If you have a potential article, or questions about the above topics, please e-mail editorial@thejournal.com

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