Software, starts at $499/license (with 50% academic discount)
This edition enables users to explore, investigate and analyze data using a visual interface. Users can find data relationships, trends, patterns and anomalies by dragging and dropping those data onto a visual worksheet. The software automatically performs all the queries and calculations, then displays the data in vivid, dynamic graphs. Upgrades include increased statistical functionality and data mining, easier and faster database connectivity and enhanced Microsoft Office integration.
Leap Track Reading Pro program
www.leapfrogschoolhouse.com/readingpro, Interactive Books/Software, $1,865
This program provides intensive, individualized instruction in reading, writing and various content areas with interactive Quantum LeapPad personal learning tools serving as personal, strategic tutors both in school and outside the classroom. It includes an initial placement test to set students on a personalized learning path, system-generated alerts to signal required intervention at appropriate levels and ongoing formative assessment that provides important information about student progress. Additional progress reports and achievement alerts allow educators to strategically adjust or supplement instruction as needed.
MacBook Pro, www.apple.com, Hardware, $2,599 (education discount)
Apple's new notebook computer features the Intel Core Duo processor and a system architecture that delivers up to five times the performance of the PowerBook G4. Weighing 6.8 pounds, it also includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, iLife for recording a video Podcast or iMovie, and Front Row media experience, which enables users to share iTunes playlists, iPhoto libraries and video via Bonjour, a zero-configuration wireless networking technology built into Mac OS X. Its MagSafe Power Adapter also charges the battery by magnetically coupling the power cord to the computer.
Califone International Inc.
35IR-USB Master Wireless Headphone
www.califone.com, Hardware, $63
These wireless USB headphones with an Infrared USB transmitter were designed to help teachers facilitate group learning around a computer or laptop-up to five feet line of sight-range without disturbing other students. The stereo quality is useful for multimedia programs and language learning applications. Its ambient noise-reducing earcups, ABS plastic construction, recessed wiring and CE/C-UL certification help ensure durability and student safety. The headphones also offer an option for mobile computing carts or 1:1 computing initiatives, providing tangle-free storage.
Teacher Created Materials
Tech Tools-Resource Kit for Graphing Calculators
www.tcmpub.com, Kit, $299
Aimed at students in grades 5-12, this kit was designed to be used with Texas Instrument graphing calculators, which are not included. Its 60 open-ended projects give students opportunities for critical thinking. As they complete their projects, students learn about the curriculum-based subject matter and different ways to use technology in presenting their findings to others. The subject areas for the lesson plans are math and science. How-to cards feature instructions for T173 Explorer on one side and T183/84 Plus Family on the other.
High-Speed Color Domes
www.elmousa.com, Cameras, $1,625-$2,250
The four versions of the ESD line of high-speed, compact color cameras were designed to deliver high resolution-470TVL-images with excellent color accuracy. They are compatible with a wide variety of protocols, such as Pelco P&D, VCL, Phillips, JVC and American Dynamic Manchester and 422. Common features include auto/manual focus, auto iris, auto/manual white balance, backlight compensation and on-screen display for easy setup. Eight alarm inputs programmable for either normally open or closed operation are available. The digital flip always displays subjects in upright position as they pass under the camera or change direction, without tracking delays.
Software, starts under $1,000
With more than 9.5 million unique domains categorized in its destinations database, the new version of this content filtering solution monitors and blocks access to sites with adult-oriented, racially sensitive, or harmful materials, from a central console in real time. Its modular design lets administrators deploy monitors throughout the network. Flexible reporting shows traffic flows in and out of the network, what information has been accessed and how network bandwidth is being used. Other features include page-level blocking, e-mail alert notifications and automated task schedulers to eliminate day-to-day administration.
NEC Solutions Inc.
This new line of digital installation projectors offer both vertical and horizontal lens shift to accommodate near limitless projector placement and integrated high speed wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g via an optional wireless card. They're also equipped with presentation, broadcast, data conferencing, and training mode, giving users the flexibility for virtually any wireless application, and an integrated RJ45 connection for quick connection to the wired network LAN-10/100 base-T capability. The remote diagnostics feature helps users check the status of their projector and make adjustments via the network from a remote location.
BrainPOP en Espanol
Web site, annual subscription starts at $100
This Web site offers award-winning content in science, math, social studies, language arts, health and technology in Spanish. It was designed to assist teachers meet the needs of a dual-language classroom and to help students keep up with class material even while still learning the English language. Plans are underway to localize the site's content worldwide.