October 2010 Table of Contents

October 2010 Table of Contents



A Rural Revival
An interview with Karen Cator, director of education technology, and John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach for the U.S. Department of Education.


Put to the Test: T&L editors take some new products for a test drive.
Livescribe Echo smartpen
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z
Cisco Movi PC VideoConferencing and PrecisionHD USB camera
Kurzweil 3000 Version 12 for Windows
Vernier LabQuest Mini

The Long Review
Too often, reviews of edtech fall short of reality. Sure, speeds and feeds are important to consider, but how does this stuff work in the real world? T&L will try to answer that question this school year when our editors follow the stakeholders at Village Charter School (VCS) in Trenton, NJ as they implement Pearson’s SuccessMaker software on a 40-seat Dell PC desktop network. This month— Meet the teachers: Professional development for faculty.

More Bang for Your Bucks
Desktop-based virtualization lets schools manage many enduser machines from one desktop. The technology’s use in school is nascent, but these schools have already taken the first steps. Read what they have to say.
By Ellen Ullman

What’s New
ABC On The Go 1.0 • Adapster • Aspen 3.0 • Atdec’s • Blackboard Mobile Learn • Atomic Blending Learning Courses • Califone’s USB Digital Microscope • Canon LV-7590 Multimedia Projector • Crestron iPad • DataMetrics Collaboration with ET S • Doodle • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11 • Epson DC-11 document camera • HP Mini 210 • Infocus IN3914 and IN3916 series projectors • journ(i)emobile • Kensington Laptop Locking Station • Lucky Star • Microsoft add-ins to Office • NEStest.com Enhancements • Olympus DP-10 • Premier Mounts • and more

Departments & Columns

Editor’s Desk
Learning To Learn

News & Trends
• Next Big thing: Aver’s HD Video Conference System
• Contests and Grants
• Back office business
• Are those earbuds really causing damage?
• NewTek To Give Away $25,000 In HD Production Equipment
• New research on school principals and social networking
• Robotics team to visit 20 schools
• Top 10 search engines
• The 6-step plan for using your Web 2.0 voice
• School library information literacy initiatives
• 2010 Intel Schools Of Distinction Awards
• NSBA Honors Districts For Use Of Technology

How It’s Done: Permanent Records
When the Lincoln (NE) Public School District implemented electronic portfolios two years ago, the lightbulb was turned on for educators everywhere.

They said it: The Tech Coach To-Do List
T&L Blogger Kim Cofino shares her priorities for starting the year off right.