T.H.E. SmartClassroom :: March 26, 2009


  • High-Tech with a Green Touch

    One California school district is upgrading the technology in its classrooms and adding a few "green" elements in the process. More

Ed Tech News

  • Blackboard Brings LMS App to iPhone

    Ed tech developer Blackboard has released a new LMS tool for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. The free app, Blackboard Learn, allows users to access information in their Blackboard accounts and to receive notices through their iPhones. More
  • 'Wisconsin Connects' Initiative To Drive Online Collaboration

    The state of Wisconsin has launched a new online initiative called Wisconsin Connects. The initiative aims to provide a safe learning environment for K-12 students and to enable students in Wisconsin to connect and collaborate with other students from around the world. More
  • Sony Launches High-Light-Output Network Projector for Education

    Sony has introduced a new model in its lineup of LCD-based network projectors for education, the VPL-FW41, a high-light-output model designed for fixed installations. More
  • Foundation Offers $300,000 in K-12 STEM Grants

    Energy producer Dominion and its philanthropic organization, the Dominion Foundation, have opened up applications for their $300,000 K-12 science and math grant program for 2009-2010. More
  • Illinois School Supports 1:1 Program with WiFi Rollout

    The Catherine Cook School in Illinois has deployed WiFi campus-wide in an effort to support its 1:1 laptop initiative. For the deployment, the school replaced its previous hardware with Xirrus arrays. More
  • Microsoft To Make NASA Content Available Through 'WorldWide Telescope'

    Microsoft announced this week that it's partnering with NASA to develop and deploy technology to deliver planetary images and data over the Internet. According to Microsoft, the partnership will allow space information to be housed on the company's WorldWide Telescope, an online virtual telescope that incorporates Web 2.0 technologies. More
  • Director 11.5 Adds 5.1-Channel Audio, Real-Time Mixing

    Adobe has released Director 11.5, a major update to the multimedia authoring suite used widely in education. The new version adds significant new audio capabilities, including support for 5.1-channel surround sound, as well as new video format support, new plugins, and multi-version output. More
  • Wacom Ships Intuos4 Tablets

    Wacom has rolled out a completely revamped line of high-end graphics tablets. The new Intuos4 lineup, introduced Wednesday, includes four models that sport increased sensitivity, new pen performance features, and new workflow/productivity features, including OLED displays for tablet settings. More
  • Rosetta Stone Classroom Edition Expands to Levels 4 and 5

    Rosetta Stone is expanding its language learning software for schools, Rosetta Stone Classroom edition, with the addition of Levels 4 and 5. More
  • Book Discusses Value of Digital Simulations in Developing Teaching Ethics

    An article in the newly published book Digital Simulations for Improving Education: Learning Through Artificial Teaching Environments (IGI Global, 2009) discusses at length the potential for imparting and exploring ethics in the classroom using digital games. More