T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: September 25, 2008


First Look: Adobe Creative Suite 4

Adobe debuted Creative Suite 4 Tuesday, with all-new versions of its major development, design, publishing, and video/motion graphics applications, along with new and modified pricing and licensing schemes for both K-12 and post-secondary education. We have a inside look at the new features in the core design and Web applications, along with preliminary findings based on a pre-release of the Creative Suite 4 Master Collection.

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Ed Tech News

NASA Launches 'eClips' for Online Science Education

NASA has launched a new online digital media service to foster science education in the 2008-2009 school year. Dubbed "eClips," the new service offers short, on demand video clips focused on space science and engineering, along with environmental sciences. eClips is a partnership between NASA and YouTube, Internet Archive, CaptionMax, and the National Institute of Aerospace.

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Turnitin Integrates Plagiarism Tool into New Online Writing Service

iParadigms, creator of the Turnitin plagiarism detection service, has released a set of tools designed to help students improve their writing skills through enhanced teacher-student communication and peer collaboration. The Web-based WriteCycle suite of services combines the company's Turnitin service with its new GradeMark Digital Grading service and a peer review collaboration and feedback tool.

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Edutopia Offers Free Video Content on iTunes U

Edutopia has announced the availability of its Core Concept documentary videos through the iTunes U Beyond Campus portal, providing free, 24/7-access to material showcasing public school innovations. The videos cover a range of topics, including project learning, technology integration, teacher development, and social and emotional learning, among others.

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TutorVista Unveils Live Access to Online Tutoring via Talk2aTutor

TutorVista has announced the release of TutorVista Connect Now, allowing students to connect live with their tutors through the company's Talk2aTutor service.

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Angel Launches Webinars Focused on LMS Adoption in K-12

Angel Learning has announced a series of free Webinars designed specifically for educators. The online series highlights the benefits of learning management systems for K-12 schools and districts.

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Smart Meeting Pro Expands Language Support

Smart Technologies has recently added seven new languages to its Smart Meeting Pro collaboration software, intended to address the needs of a growing global customer base.

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Alaska District Adopts Online Language Arts Program

Anchorage School District in Alaska has brought the MY Access! language arts program from Vantage Learning into its curriculum for the 2008-2009 school year. The district has deployed the online solution for use with about 6,500 students and supplied training for teachers who are using the system.

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