Technology

2/9/2012

2/9/2012

PBS LearningMedia announced findings from a national survey of teachers grades preK-12: 91 percent of teachers surveyed reported having access to computers in their classrooms, but only 22 percent said they have the right level of technology.

2/8/2012

2/8/2012

Lenovo and the National Academy Foundation launched an innovative program to teach mobile app development to high school students across the United States.

2/8/2012

OKI Data Americas announced its participation in the upcoming TCEA 2012 Convention and Exposition, February 6-10, 2012 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

2/7/2012

2/7/2012

The release of Apple’s computer-based textbooks last month had the usual technology triumphalists buzzing. "Apple And The Coming Education Revolution," blared the headline at Fast Company magazine. "Apple puts iPad at head of the class," screamed MacWorld. And Time magazine declared the announcement the "debut (of) the holy grail of textbooks." It sounds exciting -- a rise of the machines that promises educational utopia rather than "Terminator"-style cataclysm. Or does it?

2/6/2012

2/6/2012

In October, Norman Public Schools introduced an innovative communications tool with School Connect, a mobile app for Android and Apple phones, which enabled users to access virtually any school-related information with a tap on their touch screen.

2/6/2012

Speaking at the 2011 Techonomy conference, Sean Parker of Founders Fund made a strong case for the need to technologize education, commenting, “Literally anything you want to know from any perspective is available on the Internet, and I think the way to take advantage of that is to teach kids how to learn differently. Kids aren’t being taught how to learn in an environment where information is provided in a nonlinear fashion and it’s not condensed into a textbook.”

2/6/2012

Epson announced the PowerLite 93+, a powerful yet budget-friendly projector designed for K12 classrooms.

2/6/2012

SMARTdesks launched iGroup Collaborative Learning Furniture at the School and College Building Expo 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

2/3/2012

2/3/2012

Vernier Software & Technology has developed new lab equipment and sensor technology for use in the science classroom, including the Projectile Launcher and Polarizer/Analyzer Set, which help students investigate physics concepts.

2/2/2012

2/2/2012

iParadigms, creators of Turnitin and the leader in originality checking and online grading, has been named the winner of the eSchool Media 2012 Readers’ Choice Award and the 2011 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award.

2/2/2012

With iPads making their way into kindergarten classrooms from Maine to Tennessee, it may seem like a given that American education is embracing technology for the rising generation.

2/2/2012

The finalists for Online Teacher of the Year are Leslie Fetzer from North Carolina Virtual Public School, Tracy Seiler from the South Carolina Virtual School Program, and Asherrie Yisrael from Georgia Virtual School. Winners will be announced March 1.

2/2/2012

Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson and Rep. Bruce Braley recently introduced the Shawn Johnson Fitness for Life Act in Iowa. The bill aims to improve PE programs and get students excited about exercise by using technology such as heart monitors and computerized fitness programs.

2/2/2012

The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said he wants all students to have digital textbooks within five years and challenged industry and state leaders to spur the market.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president
2/2/2012

Jill Duffy of PCMag.com may have said it best: "Apple brings a spotlight with it everywhere it goes, and people pay attention to anything caught in its glow."

Rumors of the new and improved iBooks application began swirling weeks before Apple's anticipated announcement on Jan. 19, but perhaps no one was expecting the tidal wave of media coverage that proclaimed the company's venture into the textbook industry to be the Holy Grail of K12 learning. After all, iPads are hardly new, nor are their netbook predecessors or online learning material, for that matter.

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