T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: October 2, 2008


Middle School Supports eLearning with Cutting-edge WiFi

The latest in wireless is 802.11n, a fast, multi-faceted proposed standard that is so new it hasn't garnered final approval as a standard. But for Borel Middle School in San Mateo, CA, a 1,000- student public school in the San Francisco Bay area , a cutting-edge 802.11n network is providing fast, pervasive wireless across the campus for teachers and students. Best of all, it's all surprisingly affordable.

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NSF Awards $7 Million Grant for K-12 'College Ready in Math and Physics Partnership' Initiative

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have received a five-year, $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support an initiative aimed at improving preparation for K-12 teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The initiative, dubbed the "College Ready in Math and Physics Partnership," will pair faculty in the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith College of Education with teachers from 33 school districts in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Lauderdale County Deploys Xirrus WiFi Arrays For 1:1 Computing

Tennessee's Lauderdale County Department of Education has signed a deal with Xirrus that will place Xirrus WiFi Arrays throughout the district.

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Kentucky Schools Tap Streaming Educational Television

The Kentucky Department of Education has signed a multi-year renewal agreement with Kentucky Educational Television (KET) to provide public schools in the state with streaming educational programming via the KET EncycloMedia service. EncycloMedia is delivered through Discovery Education streaming.

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Online University Aims To Boost Rural Math and Science Teachers

In an effort to increase the number of graduates pursuing science and math teaching careers in rural areas, Western Governors University, an online university, is awarding 150 new scholarships through its new WGU Scholarships for Rural Mathematics and Science Educators program. A portion of a recent $3 million grant from the United States Department of Labor is funding the scholarships.

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Mitsubishi Debuts HD Education Projector

Mitsubishi this week introduced a new high-end 1080p projector for the education market. The new 3LCD model, at just a hair under $10,000, is targeted toward larger school venues, such as auditoriums and lecture halls.

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Califone Promotes Class Participation with New Student Response System

Califone International unveiled its Got It! student response system last week. Designed for the K-12 market, the new platform provides a way for students to participate in classroom discussions anonymously, using infrared technology.

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