February 2011 Table of Contents
SCHOOL CIO: The New One-to-One
As administrators scramble to offer ubiquitous technology in their districts, the goal has moved away from one laptop for each lap to a plethora of alternatives.
By Ellen Ullman
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT Race to the Top Update
Tech & Learning presents an update on the Race to the Top fund, including interviews with winning states, a fund primer, news, and opinions on whether or not the billions of dollars will have an impact on education reform.
RTT has unique role to play in reforming schools
Seven Reasons I Really Dislike Public Education Reform
Put to the Test: T&L editors take some new products for a test drive.
Luidia eBeam Engage
Anthro 20 Computer Charging Cart
Adobe Acrobat X Professional
Whichever tools your district chooses for its one-to-one laptop initiatives, there are a few essential issues to consider.
By Ellen Ullman
The Long Review
T&L editors follow the stakeholders at Village Charter School in Trenton, NJ, as they implement Pearson’s SuccessMaker software on a 40-seat Dell PC desktop network.
February 2011 What’s New
Bretford NETBOOK36 Cart • Follett Destiny 9.9 • NBC Learn’s Chemistry Now • Serif PagePlus X5 • Pearson CloudConnect • Excent MyGraduationPlan • Varitronics VariQuest Visual Learning Tools • PB S TeacherLine Inspire Elementary • and more
DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS
New and improved
News & Trends
• Next Big Thing: Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series
• Which device do you think is best for one-to-one?
• Can online learning work?
• How are CEOs coping with 21st-century changes?
• E-book resources
• 10 reasons students say they prefer learning online
• K-12 educators’ views on e-books
• Contests & Grants
• Back Office Business
How It’s Done: Teachers Teaching Teachers
By Sascha Zuger
The Lee County SD in Fort Myers, FL, developed a creative approach to funding teacher certification.
They Said It: How to grow a “textbook”
By Joyce Kasman Valenza
Regardless of how you feel about textbooks, this may be the best time ever to be without them.
• Active Participation Is Key to Student Learning
• Liberating The Computer Lab With Centralized Classroom Management Software