T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: June 7, 2007


Podcasts: Where's the Learning?

Podcasts are becoming popular for educational purposes. Increasingly students in K-12 and in higher education are creating podcasts to demonstrate what they are learning. The technology is becoming so important that online course management systems, such as Angel Learning, are now incorporating features enabling content providers to include podcasting. However, many of those I've heard appear to be created by individuals experimenting with the technology and suffer from poor quality in the audio, content, and speaker presentation....

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Ed Tech News

Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro Notebooks

Apple has released three upgraded models in its MacBook Pro line of notebook computers. The new models get processor speed boosts across the entire base line. The three new models are available with either 15- or 17-inch screens and now come stock with 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4 GB....

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DyKnow Releases Vision and Monitor 5

Education technology developer DyKnow has released DyKnow Vision and Monitor 5.0. Both tools, designed for classroom environments, add enhancements in the areas of compatibility, user interface, and various productivity features....

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San Diego School District Receives $250,000 Award

San Diego Unified School District has been awarded the Best Buy Teach Award worth $250,000 for creative use of interactive technology in grades K-12. The winning program, Unsung Heroes, had students interview and digitally document community heroes using consumer electronics, according to Best Buy....

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Missouri Virtual High School Partners with Kaplan, eCollege

Missouri Virtual Education program, in its plans to develop a virtual high school for fall 2007, has selected Kaplan to provide its online high school curriculum. Kaplan will partner with eCollege to provide a platform and software developer BocaVox to "provide course content, curriculum development, online instruction and administration tools," according to Kaplan. Northwest Missouri State University Center of Information Technology will serve as project manager....

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Kentucky Students to Participate in $6 Million Cognitive Tutor Study

Carnegie Learning, a developer of math curriculum textbooks and software, recently announced the participation of 33 Kentucky schools in a five-year study, conducted by RAND, to evaluate its Cognitive Tutor program. The Algebra I curriculum program will be tested on middle and high school students in a $6 million dollar study funded by the United States Department of Education....

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