T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: November 20, 2008


At-Risk Students ACE Technical Training in Colorado

Educator Kristy Baumgartner discusses an innovative program she introduced for at-risk students at Chaparral High School in Colorado. The program involves the students in digital print production, providing both technical training and immersion into an environment in which they're able to practice life skills.

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Ed Tech News

Should Schools Shift Print Dollars Toward Digital Resources?

According to a new report released Wednesday, more than 85 percent of teachers and principals want access to Web resources that will help them provide differentiated instruction to students. Does this mean that funds spent on instructional print materials should be shifted over to support digital media? According to ed tech firm Thinkronize, which commissioned the research, it does.

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IBM Launches 'Pass It Along' Social Networking, Knowledge Sharing Tool

IBM has launched a new social networking tool aimed at facilitating collaborative knowledge sharing within organizations.

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Mitsubishi Debuts XD95U 'Pico' Projector

Mitsubishi has introduced its new XD95U, a "pico" projector that weighs in at 3.3 pounds and measures 7.5"(W) x 3.1" (H) x 8.1" (D).

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InFocus Launches DisplayLink Projector for Education

InFocus has debuted a new model in its IN3100 series of projectors, the IN3104EP. The new model, like others in the IN3100 series, includes DIsplayLink technology, which allows content to be displayed over USB.

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State-wide New Mexico E-learning Program Adopts Wimba for Collaboration

New Mexico's Innovative Digital Education and Learning program (IDEAL- NM) has selected the Wimba Collaboration Suite to pilot as its statewide collaborative learning platform. IDEAL-NM will deploy Wimba's in its statewide network of K-12 and higher education institutions, which includes 89 districts and 22 college campuses, to enhance student engagement and collaboration and increase learning outcomes.

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SaaS Asset Management System Adds Simple Audit, IP Device Discovery

SchoolDude.com has announced updates to its ITAMDirect asset management solution aimed at helping schools accurately inventory their technology assets.

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Moodle Gets SCORM Improvements, Security Fixes

New versions of Moodle have been released, bringing the most recent stable build to 1.9.3. The latest round of updates includes a number of bug fixes and security enhancements, as well as improvements to the SCORM module.

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