T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: June 12, 2008


Are Underprivileged Students Better Off Without Computers?

We take it for granted that computers have tremendous potential to transform education. But this potential isn't always going to be realized, especially where support for improving outcomes through technology is lacking. But can access to computers actually hinder education? According to new research that focused on computer adoption among the poor in one Eastern European country, computers at home can actually help to lower the grade point averages of students, distract students from homework, and potentially contribute to behavioral issues....

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Ed Tech News

Free Classroom Capture Platform Adds Blackboard integration, Podcasting Features

Ed tech developer Panopto told us this week that it's releasing CourseCast v2, an update to the company's classroom capture system, and making it available to educators free through its Socrates Project beta program....

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Smart Wireless Classroom Audio System Set for August Release

Smart Technologies this week introduced a new classroom audio system. Dubbed "Smart Audio," the system provides wireless audio (using both microphones and third-party audio devices, such as MP3/4 players), along with integration with Smart interactive whiteboard systems....

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Elluminate Launches Learning Suite, Planning Software for Online Learning

Ed tech developer Elluminate Monday announced new collaborative learning bundles--the Elluminate Learning Suite and the Elluminate Next bundle--and launched a new tool for planning online learning sessions called Elluminate Plan! The company also told us it's revamping its education licensing structure, moving away from a concurrent user model to a structure based on the full-time enrollment of educational institutions....

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Canon To Ship WUXGA LCoS Projector

Canon this week introduced the first LCoS-based WUXGA projector, providing a 16:10 aspect ratio with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 for displaying high-def images slightly beyond 1080p. The company also introduced a new LCoS-based SXGA+ multimedia projector, which is shipping this month....

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SAS Brings Online High School Curriculum Tool to Homeschoolers

Ed tech provider SAS inSchool, a unit of SAS, is bringing its online curriculum tool, Curriculum Pathways, to homeschoolers. The company this week announced that it would make the technology available for home users for a $99 annual licensing fee....

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HotChalk Partnerships Expand Digital Resources For Teachers, Students

HotChalk, an online education resource for teachers, parents, and students, announced partnerships with McGraw-Hill, National Geographic, and PBS. The partnerships will provide HotChalk with curriculum content and video resources from the companies, augmenting the collaborative learning environment currently used by more than 395,000 teachers worldwide....

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iLinc Web Conferencing Tool Updated, Adds 'Green Meter'

iLinc released a new version of its Web conferencing tool, iLinc 10, which bolsters session management and adds a "green meter." The green meter shows cost savings, carbon emissions, and total distance not traveled by using Web conferencing versus in-person meetings. Administrators can also customize several variables in the meter to match their organization's specific policies....

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