SparkFun has launched a new education website designed to help build
and support a community of educators, newbies, kids, and everyone in
between who are looking to get started in do-it-yourself electronics but
don't know where or how to begin.
Learn.Spark.Fun contains free curricula, tutorials, how-to guides, and information. Educators who use SparkFun’s
kits in their classroom will also receive a 20% discount on
all future orders.
MORE INFO: http://learn.sparkfun.com
Epson America has released the PowerLite X15, a projector that delivers bright
images and advanced connectivity to small- and medium-sized classrooms and conference rooms. The projector
offers 3,000 lumens of color and white light output, XGA
resolution, and HDMI digital connectivity. The projector also
has a USB slot for instantly projecting video and audio from
a PC or Mac computer. In addition, the projector offers easy
setup with Easy-Slide technology, a horizontal keystone adjustment slide control bar that allows teachers to place the
projector off-center from the screen and easily make image
adjustments with the touch of a finger.
MORE INFO: www.epson.com
Net Texts has launched
an iPad app that aims
to transform the way
teachers and students
connect inside and out-
side of the classroom.
MORE INFO: www.net-texts.com
Hitachi America has launched
TB- 1 Wireless USB Tablet,
which allows users to write
or draw over images from a
compatible Hitachi projector.
The TB- 1 features an 8-inch
by 5-inch touchscreen that lets users alter video or still images projected from connected sources, such as computers,
DVD players, and other devices. No special software is required. Whiteboard functionality allows educators to write on
the tablet and have the images appear on a screen. It offers
a wireless range of up to 50 feet and has a rechargeable
lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 16 hours per charge.
MORE INFO: www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia
Save Your School with a Digital Conversion
In 2007, Mooresville Graded School District in
North Carolina embarked on an extraordinary
journey. As part of the Digital Conversion
Initiative, the district employed technology to
improve learning and teaching. Mark Edwards,
Scott Smith, and Todd Wirt write about the
stunning results of this paradigm shift.
Bring Presence to Online Schools
How can you build connections in an online
learning community? Authors Amy Garrett
Dikkers, Somer Lewis, and Aimee Whiteside
explain how teachers at the North Carolina Virtual Public School did just that using the Social
Presence Model to motivate students to take
active roles in their online learning experiences.
Better Than Real
Augmented reality simulations allow students
to learn content while interacting with the
world using their mobile devices. Researchers
at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
explain how to develop your own AR curriculum based on their experience implementing
an AR math unit for middle schools.
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