February 2009 Editor's Note: HELP YOURSELF

One of the biggest obstacles to providing amodern and worthwhile experience for students these days isthat most of their teachers are out of touch. Take this soberingstatistic, for example The 2008 National Cybersafety,Cybersecurity, Cyberethics Baseline Study reports that less thanone
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One of the biggest obstacles to providing a
modern and worthwhile experience for students these days is
that most of their teachers are out of touch. Take this sobering
statistic, for example: The 2008 National Cybersafety,
Cybersecurity, Cyberethics Baseline Study reports that less than
one-third of educators in the U.S. are comfortable giving guidance
on how to be safe in an online environment, including about
social networking and cyber predators. How are our schools
going to provide a true 21st-century education if educators aren’t
Web literate themselves?

Here’s another problem: educators won’t “get it” with an afterschool
workshop or some PowerPoint presentation at the next
faculty meeting. They have to log on and live in the same space
their charges live in. And they need to do it on their own.
The solution? This issue offers some incentives for educators to
get and stay online beyond just doing it for the kids. Peggy
Sheehy’s feature on professional development in Second Life
(page 28) provides a fascinating glimpse into what is a certifiable
phenomenon—the burgeoning community of education professionals
who meet, network, collaborate, research, and even have
some fun in the virtual world of Second Life. Peggy is one of the
pioneers in this space and continues to perform amazing work in
building this movement. Be sure to follow her lead.

Of course, it isn’t all sunshine and roses out there in cyberspace,
which is why our bloggers Bob Sprankle and Cheryl Oakes share
their experiences and advice on our back page. One other reason
to get online more: check out our completely redesigned Web
site at techlearning.com, where you can dive into hundreds of
articles, scroll through our new and improved forums, and even
leave us some feedback.

Kevin Hogan
Editorial Director



February 2009 Table of Contents

A Second Life for Professional DevelopmentThe evolution of the virtual world Second Life hasbeen nothing short of remarkable. Yet, its value as aprofessional development meeting place for themainstream education community is just beginningto be appreciated. Follow this online pioneer for

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Editor’s Note: Best Guesses

In what has become an annual Tech&Learning tradition, theeditors asked our esteemed team of advisors to bring outthe crystal ball and try to divine what’s next in edtech.

What's New February 2009

ONLINE SOFTWAREDigital Photo Suite 2009Price $49.99Category web design toolshe Digital Photo Suite 2009 makes it simple to organize, enhance, and share photos. Combining the tagging and sorting features of Serif’s new AlbumPlus X3 with the image stitching of PanoramaPlus 3

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Editor’s Note: Showstopper

The thought came to me somewhere amid the throng in theGeorgia World Congress convention center in Atlantalast June, which I then promptly posted to Facebook (ofcourse): “Has edtech become cool?!”

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Editor’s Note: In a Perfect World

One of the best experiences at Tech&Learning’s mostrecent SchoolCIO Summit, which was held lastSeptember in Denver, CO, was when we forced, er,requested the 50 or so attending district executives toparticipate in some group management role play.