- Missouri Launches Internet-Based Television Network
The Missouri School Boards' Association (MSBA) has begun broadcasting programs to schools, using an Internet-based technology often referred to as IPTV. The service combines the best features of traditional television with the capabilities of interaction provided through the Internet.
- Broward Says No To Personal Technology on Campus
The Broward County Board of Education voted last week to treat student-owned technology the same way they currently treat cellphones â€“ devices must remain turned off and kept out of sight.
- Advanced Achievement Academy Online Charter
When the Advanced Achievement Academy opens in the fall of 2006, it will be the fifth online charter school serving San Diego County students. The Academyâ€™s focus will be on business, technology, engineering, science, and math.
- UN Signs on To $100 Laptop Plan
One Laptop per Child (OLPC) expects to have its $100 laptop ready for the market by the end of 2006. A new partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Programme will facilitate getting the laptops into the hands of poor children worldwide.
- Ultra-Mobile PC Debuts
After months of hints and rumors, the Origami device debuted at Germanyâ€™s CeBit trade show. A new PC form factor, the Ultra-Mobile PC combines the mobility of handheld wireless devices with the power of a PC.
Missouri Launches Internet-Based Television Network
The Missouri School Boards' Association (MSBA) has begun broadcasting programs to schools, residential viewers, and others using an Internet-based technology often referred to as ITPV. The Education Solutions Global Network (ESGN), which launched on March 3, will feature both live and "on-demand" programming. ESGN combines the best features of traditional television with the capabilities of interaction provided through the Internet. While ESGN's broadcasts are best enjoyed with a high-speed Internet connection, ESGN's technology allows persons with dial-up connections a quality viewing experience. ESGN's first "live" event originated from the Wonders of Wildlife Museum in Springfield, Missouri and featured world-renowned biologist Dr. Jonathan Trent who made a presentation on animals and plants that can survive in harsh environments. Schools in Missouri and throughout the nation participated in the program, with students questioning Dr. Trent during the program. In the coming months, some parts of MSBA's regularly scheduled meetings may appear "live" on ESGN, accommodating those persons whose schedules prevent them from attending the meetings in person. The service also plans to produce school board training, issues-oriented events, and many other types of programs for school board members, professional educators, and the general public. MSBA is currently engaged in talks to secure, or develop, programming to be distributed by ESGN. For example, the Missouri State High School Activities Association and MSBA have agreed to partner to offer viewers the opportunity to watch select championship high school sports events from the last several years. The programs will be drawn from the video archives of MSHSAA and be available to viewers from ESGN "on demand." Some programming will be free to viewers while there will be a charge for other events. Programs can be viewed by thousands of people simultaneously on their individual computers.
Broward Says No To Personal Technology on Campus
The Broward County Board of Education voted last week to treat student-owned technology the same way they currently treat cellphones. Responding in part to complaints from principals about the amount of time they are devoting to â€œplaying device police,â€ the Board accepted a committee recommendation that students can bring personal technology on campus, but it must remain turned off and kept out of sight. Broward County has made significant investments in technology over the years and students have regular access to computers in school. Students could use their personal devices in class if directed to do so by a teacher, but the Board expressed concern that it would be unfair to direct students whop owned MP3 players or laptops to use them for classwork, without making some provision for students who do not own such devices. The Board indicated that it would review the policy at a later date when personal technology might be more appropriately used in the classroom. Schools across the nation are rethinking and revising their policies on student-owned electronic devices, many of which have educational potential, as well as the potential to violate other studentsâ€™ privacy, abet cheating and electronic note-passing and cause general disruption.
Advanced Achievement Academy Online Charter
When the Advanced Achievement Academy opens in the fall of 2006, it will be the fifth online charter school serving San Diego County students. The schoolâ€™s charter was approved by the Sweetwater Union High School District last year, allowing it to recruit students from all over San Diego County and adjacent Orange, Riverside and Imperial counties. The school hopes to attract 225 to 500 ninth-through 12th-graders from the four-county area, but must enroll at least 80 students to retain its charter. The Academyâ€™s focus will be on business, technology, engineering, science, and math. The Academy will offer comprehensive Career Pathways with a complete sequence of career courses for each of nine business majors: business management, computer technology, engineering, health and medical services, legal and government, architecture and construction, and arts and media technology. The Academy will also provide the University of California Online College Prep Curriculum, including Honors courses, and all of the Advanced Placement courses. Taking advantage of its online model, the Academy will recruit professionals with exceptional career expertise from all over the country to teach the advanced workforce preparation and career education courses, and certified teachers from all over California to teach the University of California College Preparation Courses.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
UN Signs on to $100 Laptop Plan
One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the nonprofit set up by MIT Media Lab chairman Nicholas Negroponte, is moving quickly to turn the idea of the $100 laptop into reality. OLPC has selected Quanta Computer Inc. of Taiwan as the original design manufacturer for the project. Quanta currently manufactures laptops for Apple, Dell, HP and Gateway, among others. Quanta has committed significant engineering resources from the Quanta Research Institute to the project, with the goal of bringing the new laptop to market by the end of 2006. Negroponte expects to manufacture 5 to 15 million machines initially. To facilitate getting the computers into the hands of poor children worldwide, OLPC has signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). OLPC plans to launch the laptops in seven diverse and very large countries (China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria, and Thailand). In each of those cases, the government will buy the machines to be given cost-free to students. UNDP will work with local and international partners to deliver OLPC technology and learning resources to schools in the Least Developed Countries. UNDP's global network is on the ground in 166 countries, and has extensive experience in using information and communication technology for sustainable development.
Source:UN News Centre
Ultra-Mobile PC Debuts
After months of hints and rumors, the Origami device debuted at Germanyâ€™s CeBit trade show. A new PC form factor, the Ultra-Mobile PC combines the mobility of handheld wireless devices with the power of a PC. Three models were on display at CeBit, manufactured by Samsung Electronics, Asus and Founder Group. The first-generation devices have 7-inch touch sensitive color screens, include two USB ports and hard drives of 20GB to 60GB and a battery-life of up to three hours. The devices weigh slightly more than 2 pounds, run on Intel's existing ultralow-power Pentium and Celeron chips, and can run full versions of desktop operating systems including Windows XP. They are expected to sell for between $600 to $1,100. The current crop of devices will play music and movies, display e-mail, surf the Internet and allow users to create, edit and manipulate documents. Microsoft has added a piece of software that allows a device running Windows XP Tablet PC edition to display an on-screen keyboard that lets people type with their thumbs. Some models are expected to include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities. Others may incorporate more expensive options such as GPS navigation tools. Both Intel and Microsoft have been actively promoting the ultraportable market, aiming for a small device with all day battery life and an under $500 price tag. Itâ€™s likely that second generation UMPCs may achieve those goals, next year or later.
Source:Personal Tech Pipeline