T.H.E. News Update :: July 2, 2008

News & Issues

The Future of Instruction: Teacher as 'Co-Learner'

The expectations of students and the demands of the education community are changing radically in the 21st century. Necessarily, the role of the teacher is changing along with those. But what will that role be? The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is attempting to answer that question with the release this week of the long-anticipated update to its National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) framework.

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MIND Releases Game-based Algebra Intervention

MIND Research Institute launched a new algebra intervention program this week at the NECC 2008 conference in Texas. The new program, Algebra Readiness, is designed for middle and high school students and focuses on building foundational knowledge for Algebra I.

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Fourier Kicks Off Grant Program, Helps Provide Technology To Science Classrooms

Fourier Systems has announced it's launching the Computing Science Exploration Grant Program at NECC in San Antonio this week. Intended to help teachers acquire the technology necessary to provide successful, science-based classroom instruction, the program will provide a matching grant to a single recipient, and vouchers to three runners up.

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Teachscape XL Offers Modular, Customizable Professional Development Tools

Teachscape has announced the upcoming release of its Teachscape XL platform, delivering customizable professional development resources, online.

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Discovery Launches Multilingual Streaming Content

Discovery Education is expanding its streaming media service (Discovery Education streaming) to include content for English language learners, offering about 1,000 videos in 30 different languages. The company is showing off the service at this week's NECC 2008 conference.

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Spectrum K12 Debuts Response to Intervention Solution

At the NECC 2008 conference this week, Spectrum K12 School Solutions debuted a new software solution for managing individualized learning called Exceed/RTI ("response to intervention").

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CPSI Offers Zone Integration Server Free for Districts

CPSI Ltd. has announced that it will offer its fully certified, production-level Zone Integration Server (ZIS), SIF-Connect Server, free of charge to districts worldwide. Under the program, districts will have the opportunity to obtain licensing for SIF-Connect Server and pay only for support options.

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CoSN Details Changes to E-Mail Regulations, Calls for 'Comprehensive Solution'

What's the difference between Open Records and eDiscovery? With changes in Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, what does e-mail compliance mean these days, and how do schools achieve it? The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), an education technology advocacy group, is attempting to answer these questions with a new white paper called "School Districts, Data Retention and Federal eDiscovery Rules: The Case for a Full E-mail Archiving Solution Now."

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Nominate Now: 2008 Innovator Awards

You're doing great things with technology at school, and we want to know about them. We seek exemplary K-12 schools and districts, their visionary technology project leaders, and their innovative vendor partners who have deployed extraordinary technology solutions to school challenges. Could you be one of this year's recognized technology leaders? THE Journal's 2008 Innovators will be featured in the December issue.

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