K-12 Tech Trends :: May 16, 2007



Does Technology Matter in Schools? ED Wants Your Opinion

As part of an ongoing effort to assess the role of technology in education, the United States Department of Education (ED) has started seeking comments from those who work closely with it. Last week ED sent out a request for opinions from the public, looking to "hear your ideas on the integration of technology in education." We at THE Journal see this as a fantastic opportunity for educators and administrators to bolster federal support for ed tech and encourage all of our readers to participate....

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News Briefs

NC State-IBM Virtual Computing Project Bearing Fruit

North Carolina State University said a partnership it formed seven months ago with IBM Corp. to offer unused computer cycles via the Internet to higher ed and K-12 institutions for learning and research projects is starting to bear fruit....

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ExploraVision Winners Announced

Winners for the ExploraVision awards program, a science and technology competition for K-12 students, have been announced by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba. Students in the competition were challenged to imagine technology that could exist in 20 years using research on existing technologies and scientific principals....

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Science COWs Donated to Oklahoma Schools

Five science COWs (Curriculum On Wheels) have been donated to Oklahoma middle schools by the Apache Corp. through Ignite Learning, a classroom curriculum developer. The donations were made as a part of the Adopt-a-COW program, designed for corporations to donate curricula either to specific schools or to schools and teachers chosen by Ignite....

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School IT Departments Evaluate Vista

At colleges, universities, and K-12 institutions, IT decision makers are increasingly showing concern over performance, patching, and hardware requirements of Microsoft Windows Vista. At the same time, the number of organizations using or evaluating Vista has increased to 29 percent, up 8 percent since October 2006. This according to a new survey conducted by Walker Information and released this week by CDW Corp....

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Iowa Schools Receive $50,000 in Technology Grants

The Iowa School Board, in conjunction with the Qwest Foundation, announced that four Iowa schools have been awarded a combined $50,000 from the 2007 Qwest Teachers and Technology grant. The grant program is designed to award public school teachers who improve their students' learning experience with inventive uses of technology....

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ICSAC Reinforces Bridges

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (ICSAC) is expanding its relationship with developer Bridges Transitions to implement an online, statewide "career exploration" resource for middle schools, high schools, and post-secondary institutions....

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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.
  • Case Studies - have you implemented technology and learned a lot from the experience? If so, share your efforts about what worked -- and what didn't.

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