January 2009: FROM RHETORIC TO REALITY - Tech Learning


Even the most cynical, hard bitten, heard itall before edtech integrator (or edtech editor for that matter)had to grin a bit when they heard President elect Obama onYouTube call for “the most sweeping effort to modernize andupgrade school buildings this
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Even the most cynical, hard-bitten, heard-itall-
before edtech integrator (or edtech editor for that matter)
had to grin a bit when they heard President-elect Obama on
YouTube call for “the most sweeping effort to modernize and
upgrade school buildings this country has ever seen...”

The responses to his call to action have also have been eloquent.
“Educators have been sounding the alarm for years about the
state of our schools...In a time of crisis, like now, we must act
boldly,” says NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “His commitment
to modernizing schools is vital,” says Pennsylvania Governor Ed
Rendell, whose state’s Classrooms For The Future project may be
a harbinger for what’s ahead. “If America is to compete globally,
every child should be using a computer as a central part of their
learning experience.”

Words are one thing, but can America actually save its schools
from imminent oblivion and turn them into places where twentyfirst
century students can thrive? If you’ll pardon the expression:
“Yes, we can!” In fact, it’s already been happening in many places.
We write about it in every issue of this magazine and every day at
techlearning.com. If you’re reading this, it’s probably happening in
your schools and classrooms right now at the grassroots level.

I ask you, our community of readers, to help make the President’s
rhetoric a reality by writing to us and posting to our discussion
forums about your ideas and opinions to make his intentions
successful. We aim to grab the ear of the future president and
secretary Arne Duncan and help turn what right now is a helterskelter
movement of innovation into one, sweeping successful
effort. Are you with us?

Kevin Hogan
Editorial Director



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A Call To Arms

Now that Pres-elect Obama has promised to modernize US school, the EdTech Action network wants you to write your congressman and tell them how to do it. Used their online template to make your voice heard.

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Live from FETC - Jan 22-24, 2009

FETC in Orlando one of the largest, most successful conferences in the United States devoted to educational technology opened on Thursday, January 22. Here are some highlights AVerMedia Technologies announced today the release of the new AVerVision VP 1 Portable

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The Realities of 1:1

Another day, and another district is going 1:1. That’s the good news. T&L wanted to see ifthere were any steps to take—or to avoid—to ease implementation and everything thereafter.

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January 2011 What’s New

Adobe Education Exchange is a free online community that provides educators the resources for preparing for new courses and projects, or instructions on the skills needed to teach with Adobe software.

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January 2013, What’s New

CTB/McGraw-Hillhas launchedthe Acuity Performance Task System,a performance assessment authoringsystem and item bank, which enablesteachers to evaluate project-based learningacross multiple subjects using researchbasedassessment methods.

January 2009 Table of Contents

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Reality TV spotlights classroom facelifts

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