The U.S. National
Coalition for Technology in Education and
Training has released
“Profiles in Innovation: How the
Enhancing Education through Technology Program
is Improving Teaching and Learning in America’s
Schools.” The report highlights excellent uses of U.S.
educational technology money by districts and states. The
success stories come from 10 states, including Alabama,
California, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, Ohio, and Washington.
MORE INFO: www.nctet.org
The Civil War Reporter, a new feature on the U.S. National
Park Service’s website, offers daily dispatches from reporter
Beglan O’Brien, a fictional Civil War correspondent. The website commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
O’Brien reports on the people and events of the times. He
follows the story wherever it takes him, from assignments
embedded with Union and Confederate soldiers to covering
President Lincoln at Gettysburg. He posts updates on Twitter
MORE INFO: www.nps.gov/civilwar150
Califone International Inc. has
launched the Wireless Tablet
Interface, designed with educators in mind. Once installed
and calibrated with a Windows operating
system, the lightweight tablet enables users to
control computer desktop and presentation functions remotely. In addition, the wireless functionality
allows use up to 50 feet from the computer when connected
to a USB receiver. When used with a computer and connected
to a projector or whiteboard, the tablet allows increased
classroom interactivity and online learning. Users can erase
sketches, magnify images and details, and capture snapshots
of the on-screen display to point out or add specific information to any existing presentation. With 18 available frequency
channels, additional tablets can be assigned a unique identity,
preventing interference within a 100-foot radius. By using the
tablets in groups, students are able to engage in shared discussion and learning.
MORE INFO: www.califone.com
For the first time, ISTE
download-able NETS•S posters. Each of the six miniposters showcases a different
standard. They print out on 8. 5" × 11" paper and cost
$6.95 for nonmembers and $4.87 for members.
MORE INFO: iste.org/store
Celebrating Excellent Educators
Ever wonder what makes excellent educators, well, excellent? L&L senior editor Diana
Fingal takes a closer look at several of the
teachers, media specialists, and administrators who won 2011 ISTE awards. She’ll
highlight some of their projects and share
how they motivate, inspire, and engage their
digital age students.
Rigor, Relevance, and Technology
How can you be sure teachers are equipped
to use technology effectively as they confront
today’s paradigm shift away from traditional
practice? Authors Andrew Halter and Jeff Finch
explain how a focus on assessment combined
with professional development in the form of
instructional coaching has helped teachers
target higher-order thinking.
What’s in Your Backpack?
Researchers James D. Basham and Helen
Meyer of the University of Cincinnati team
up with Ernest Perry of the National Freedom Railroad Center to introduce the digital
backpack—a handy sack of tools, resources,
and instructional materials handpicked for
their ability to engage students in project-and problem-based learning.
Is the Digital Native a Myth?
Debate this and other controversial issues