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MARCH 2009 Table of Contents - Tech Learning

March 2009

FEATURESThe “Blended” Classroom Revolution Virtual Technology Goes to SchoolWhile virtual schools, which currently serve only a tiny fraction ofthe nation’s 48 million K12 students, get all the buzz, a muchbigger, largely untold story of online learning is unfolding inAmerica’s brick
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The “Blended” Classroom Revolution:Virtual Technology Goes to School
While virtual schools, which currently serve only a tiny fraction of the nation’s 48 million K12 students, get all the buzz, a much bigger, largely untold story of online learning is unfolding in America’s brick-and-mortar classrooms. Contributing editor Marty Weil gets the details.

SPECIAL SECTION: SCHOOL CIO
By Matt Bolch

Assess and prosper
Since the onset of NLCB, everyone has talked a good game when it comes to the value of automated assessment. Read about how some schools can back up their talk with actual data to prove it.

An Ounce of Prevention
Network-access controls better protect both system resources and students.
Whether for an entire district, a single campus, or one classroom, allowing authorized access to a computer network can be fraught with challenges. School CIO talked with three IT administrators to learn how each is dealing with the issue of network-access control (NAC).

PRODUCTS

Put to the Test: T&L Editors take some new products for a test drive.
JayCut.com
Faronics Insight
TurnItIn WriteCycle
QuizStar

Mini Powerhouses: The latest laptops
Today, 38 percent of public schools use laptops for instruction, according to education-research firm Market Data Retrieval. T&L surveyed districts that have already answered the tough questions and made their decisions—and learned some lessons. By T&L Editors

What’s New: News from FETC, TCEA, and more
Activsoftware Inspire Edition • Discovery Education streaming • PBS Teachers Activity Packs • Review360 • DimensionM • Read&Write 9 GOLD for Windows • AVerVision VP-1 Portable Visual Presenter • The HP Mini 2140 Notebook PC • Turning Technologies • Lumens PS660 • AbleNet Impulse Bluetooth EMG switch

DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS

Editor’s Desk
Listen to your end users

News & Trends
Next Big thing: Pearson Tapestry
Refresh your Web site
New report reveals US lacking in teacher training
What do kids really think about STEM?
Sites we like

How it’s Done: Getting them to use IT
To combat technology resistance, Nebraska’s Lincoln Public School District technology integration specialist, Lou Anne Miller, says: Don’t fight ’em, join ’em.

They said it
When was the last time you asked your students what they wanted out of the classroom experience? Blogger Ryan Bretag did and got some pleasantly surprising answers.

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APRIL 2009 Table of Contents

FEATURESFacebook Faceoff It may be the most volatile question in education today—is there a place for social networking in schools? Check highlights from our ongoing online debate. This version of the story appeared in the print issue of the magazine.

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What's New in March 2009

The latest releases in online, software, hardware and AV, such as the The OKI Data MC860 A3 color multifunction printer (shown here).

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July 2009

FEATURES FOLLOW THE MONEY PART 3 Read the last in a three part series on what the stimulus package means for education technology in America’s classrooms. Go online to techlearning.com for the full series. Smart Money By Ellen Ullman From

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November 2009 Table of Contents

FEATURESBig Picture In his new book “The World Is Open,” author Curtis Bonk makes bold predictions about a more personalized age of learning. We present a few highlights School CIO The Data Is In Student Information Systems (SISs) are already

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AUGUST 2009

FEATURES Textbook Deathwatch The question it seems is no longer “if?” but “when?” Read why some sort of digital curricula is the next inevitable step for any school looking to do right by its students. By Judy Salpeter Eight Ways

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June 2009 Table of Contents

FEATURESFOLLOW THE MONEY PART 2 Read the second installment in a three part series on what the stimulus package means for education technology in America’s classrooms. This month, get inspired by projects already in the works. What To Do With