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  • Library 2.0: Enter the Teacher Librarian Enthusiast

    This is an exciting time to be a K-12 school librarian. Five years have passed since the Library 2.0 concept was coined in a blog, but only in the last couple years have school libraries fully started to embrace social networking and other 2.0 tools. For the advocates--many of whom are connected by learning networks--the enthusiasm for incorporating new technologies is palpable.


Ed Tech News

  • NAEP: Reading Scores Flat at Grade 4, Up Slightly at Grade 8

    Despite nearly two decades of policy and investment focused on closing academic achievement gaps and improving overall student achievement, reading scores on the NAEP 2009 assessment among fourth- and eighth-grade students have barely budged since 1992. And between the two most recent assessments (2007 and 2009), fourth-grade scores were flat, while eighth-grade scores increased just one point, returning to 2002's level.

  • OLAT 6.3 Expands Learning Resources, Reporting

    OLAT, an open source learning management system (LMS), has been updated to version 6.3, expanding various media resources, adding new search capabilities, and enhancing notifications and reporting.

  • Blackboard To Take Learn Platform Mobile

    Blackboard is preparing to release Blackboard Mobile Learn, a new version of the company's flagship learning management system tailored for smart phones and other mobile devices. It will debut as a native application for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and "other Web-enabled devices" in the late spring.

  • Canon Intros 6 LCD Education Projectors

    Canon has introduced six LCD projectors designed for classroom use--two high-resolution models and several high-light-output models for use in larger facilities or classrooms with higher than usual ambient light.

  • International Nonprofit Brings XO Laptops to Afghan Middle School

    The Zarghona Ana Middle School of Kandahar, Afghanistan has joined the ed tech revolution, courtesy of OLPC. The nonprofit has delivered 774 XO laptop computers to the school, enough to give every teacher and student at the school his/her own conduit to the wider world of knowledge and technology.

  • i>clicker Intros Web-based Clicker

    i>clicker has created a new student response mechanism that runs through a Web browser.

  • Los Angeles Elementary School Receives Technology Makeover

    Dayton Heights Elementary School in Los Angeles has made substantial improvements to its education technology offerings, courtesy of technology marketing firm Everything Channel and local volunteer action center L.A. Works. The "makeover" impacts the school's computer lab, library and teacher workroom.

  • NEC Intros Network 3D Education Projector

    NEC has introduced a new 3D DLP projector, a portable model designed for use in K-12 classrooms.

  • Science Developers Ramp Up Inquiry Based Learning Tools

    Several scientific developers are rolling out new technology-based laboratory equipment, programs, and curriculum resources for K-12 science classrooms. At the NSTA conference last week, companies like Sally Ride Science and Carolina Biological Supply Co. debuted tools for use with PASCO's Spark educational platform ranging from climate change materials to bundles of sensors and other equipment for conducting hands-on experiments.

  • STEM Educators Take Tech Awards

    Seven educators from throughout the United States were recognized in the annual NSTA/Vernier Technology Awards last week for their use or planned use of data collection technology in enhancing their STEM teaching efforts.

  • ViewSonic Ships High-Resolution 3D Projector

    ViewSonic has rolled out a new WXGA DLP projector with stereoscopic 3D capabilities.

  • Virginia Extends Digital Book Reading Service

    The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has renewed its statewide license on the assistive software Read:OutLoud 6, which reads digital books aloud for students with print disabilities. Developed by Don Johnston Inc. and licensed through George Mason University's Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM-VA), the software helps approximately 170,000 students in 1,900 Virginia public schools.

  • Canon Debuts High-Brightness LCoS Projector

    Canon next month will ship a new multimedia LCoS projector for use in school environments with less than optimal lighting conditions.