News From The Edtech Ticker

News From The Edtech Ticker

Projector reviews for education

ProjectorReviews.com has released The Classroom Projector Report, a free report that examines digital projectors for the K-12 education market. Comparing more than 60 projectors, the report offers reviews, discussion of classroom defining features, and extensive full feature-benefit comparison chart. To read the full report, visit www.projectorreviews.com/classroom-projector/index.php

HP buys Palm

On April 28th, 2010, HP announced that they would buy Palm, the maker of webOS and the Pre/Pre+ and Pixi/Pixi+ smartphones. HP is planning on keeping webOS and most of Palm’s team and running them as separate business units. They are planning to scale webOS across multiple platforms, and in interviews have discussed a webOS-powered tablet and slate. This could be good news for education, since Palm’s webOS is easy to develop apps for, has a solid Web browser, supports Flash, supports 3D graphics, and already has thousands of apps (many a good fit for education).

Guidelines for educational technology research

The Software & Information Industry Association released a new report: “Conducting and Reporting Product Evaluation Research: Guidelines and Considerations for Educational Technology Publishers and Developers.” Available for free online, the Guidelines provide best practices for publishers and developers of educational software and other instructional technologies. To read the Guidelines, visit http://siia.net/presentations/education.

Photo contest: Where’s the Bear?

The International Society for Technology in Education is kicking off its 2010 conference season with a “Where’s the Bear?” contest featuring the Colorado Convention Center’s mascot, I See What You Mean, designed by Denver artist Lawrence Argent. The winner from each category will receive his or her choice of an iPod Touch or digital camera. Submit photos by June 15, 2010, to be eligible for Round 1 of the contest. For contest details or to view entries, visit www.iste.org

Survey: Estimated 275,000 education jobs at risk

School administrators across the nation are faced with the possibility of eliminating an unprecedented number of teaching jobs for the 2010-11 school year, according to a new snapshot survey of school superintendents released by the American Association of School Administrators. The new study finds that 82 percent of districts will cut or eliminate 27,516 education jobs in 2010-11 and 53 percent will freeze hiring. Download the one-page survey report at http://budurl.com/JobSurveyPDF.

Virtual travel focuses on energy use

General Motors Education uses Google Earth to allow students and teachers to travel the world and discover the types of energy people use to fuel their cars, homes, and electronics. Includes lesson plans by grades and a blog for teachers, “Teach Green.”

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