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When Alamo Heights (Texas) Independent School District opened in 1909 as a rural, two-room wooden-frame school, who would have thought that 96 years later its students would become teachers to their own parents?

 

CORWIN PRESS

Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching, 2nd ed.

www.corwinpress.com, $35.95

What constitutes a 21st-century education? The answers vary (Walser, 2008), but 10 states have already adopted the framework used by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (www.21stcenturyskills.org), and more states are preparing to do so. The Partnership’s Framework for 21st Century Learning specifies student outcomes in four areas:

 

CALIFONE

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Student Response System, Hardware, $1,350/set of 24, $1,785/set of 40

When the first analog document cameras were invented in the late 1970,s, they provided an easier way to display documents to a class by using a television screen or video projector instead of overhead projectors and transparency sheets. Today’s digital document cameras are so versatile they are often referred to more accurately as “visual presenters,” because their high-resolution, high-magnification zoom digital cameras, internal memory, full-motion video capture, network connectivity and other features enable much more than documents to be part of a presentation.

For many educators, the latest in-class technologies, such as laptops and whiteboards, would make any classroom dreamy. For others, connecting outside the classroom is the high-tech way to go. We asked a few K12 adminstrators across the nation—in small and large districts, rural and urban—to reveal their greatest classroom desires in celebration of DA’s annual Top 100 New Products issue. Here’s what they told us.

Presentation Devices were among the most commonly nominated products.

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