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Teachers Catch Up on Tech Skills Teachers from Indiana's Center Grove School District were able to hone their technology skills at the district's first ever Technology Day, learning how to better use technology already available in their schools. Celebrate Teaching and Learning Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 New York
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  • Teachers Catch Up on Tech Skills
    Teachers from Indiana's Center Grove School District were able to hone their technology skills at the district's first ever Technology Day, learning how to better use technology already available in their schools.
  • Celebrate Teaching and Learning
    Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 New York Public Television are hosting the 2nd annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning, a two-day professional development event focused on science and global awareness
  • Students Refurbish Computers
    Students in the Information Technology program at the Stanford Regional Vocational Center work in a high tech lab where they each have their own high performance networked workstation, but they also learn to refurbish old computers.
  • UK Government Pledges to Bridge the Digital Divide
    Concerned that many students are unable to access the Internet except when in school, the U.K. government is urging a united effort to provide home or after-school club access for all students.
  • What Will Replace the Laptop?
    Before a small, mobile handheld device can truly replace the laptop computer, a few problems – keyboard, display, battery life — have to be solved.

Teachers Catch Up on Tech Skills

Teachers from Indiana's Center Grove School District were able to hone their technology skills at the district's first ever Technology Day. District leaders wanted teachers to leave the training sessions knowing more about how to use the technology already available in their schools. The hope is that every teacher will use at least one thing they learned at Technology Day before the end of the school year. Teachers were able to select three topics of interest from among the 57 sessions presented, ranging from beginners' workshops on Microsoft Word to more advanced classes on PowerPoint. Many sessions were presented by fellow teachers, with students helping out in some instances. Technology Day planners wanted teachers to realize that it's OK for students to help out, given that technology is second nature for many of today's students. Center Grove teachers were pleased to have a whole day devoted to learning new technology skills as opposed to disconnected 45-minute sessions scattered throughout the year. The district hopes to make Technology Day an annual event to continually deepen teachers' understanding of technology.

Source:The Indianapolis Star

Celebrate Teaching and Learning

Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 New York Public Television are hosting the 2nd annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning, a two-day professional development event focused on science and global awareness scheduled for March 23 and 24. Underlying everything at Celebration '07 are two other strands: the nature of learning itself and the integration of technology into the classroom. A variety of workshops will be offered designed to help teachers learn more about dynamic technology integration tools and strategies. In addition a number of general sessions will focus on technology. Tim Russert, moderator of Meet the Press and political analyst for NBC Nightly News, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss "Preparing Our Students for the 21st Century." Teachers and students in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut can enter the Multimedia in the Classroom Awards Competition, which recognizes innovative and effective practices and projects that demonstrate how learning can be improved in the K-12 curriculum in science and global awareness through the use of multimedia and technology.

Source:Thirteen/WNET

Students Refurbish Computers

Students in the Information Technology program at Portland, Maine's Stanford Regional Vocational Center work in a high tech lab where they each have their own high performance networked workstation, but they also learn to refurbish old computers. Instructor Mike Harrison says the computer refurbishing program provides his students with the opportunity to work with a variety of operating systems and processors that they will need to be familiar with in the workplace. The IT students also learn about civic responsibility, donating the refurbished computers to a local nonprofit that serves low-income college students who need computers and Internet access. Harrison's IT students are taught the skills necessary to design, build, upgrade and service basic PC hardware and software. Stanford Regional is budgeted to build 12 new state-of-the-art computers each year. Students supplement that allocation by working with older donated machines. Students take the donated PCs apart and rebuild them, troubleshoot hardware and software problems and learning diagnostic techniques. The resulting machines are near to current technology standards and run a variety of applications such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Source:Portland Press Herald

UK Government Pledges to Bridge the Digital Divide

Concerned that many students are unable to access the Internet except when in school, the U.K. government is urging a united effort to provide home or after-school club access for all students. Schools Minister Jim Knight told an audience of educators at the BETT educational technology show that the digital divide "cannot be allowed to create and reinforce social and academic divisions." Knight estimated that some 800,000 students do not have regular Internet access. The government hopes to see education organizations and the IT industry work together to solve the problem and is setting up a home access taskforce to see that it happens. The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, the Government's key partner in the strategic development and delivery of information and communications technology, will take the lead on the taskforce. The U.K. government has been a strong supporter of technology in the classroom. One in five British schools integrate technology into all aspects of the curriculum. The government is also endorsing personalized learning, aiming to replace a "one size fits all" approach to teaching with one designed to fit the needs of each child. To meet the needs of all students, the government expects online education to be a vital part of the learning process.

Source:ZDNet.co.uk

What Will Replace the Laptop?

Before a small, mobile handheld device can truly replace the laptop computer, a few problems — keyboard, display, battery life — have to be solved. The technology to enable those solutions is beginning to appear. Virtual keyboard technology projects the image of a keyboard onto any flat surface. Optical sensors "watch" the user's fingers move on the projection and record each motion as a keystroke. The devices can even be programmed to emit a soft click each time a key is touched. Currently the devices, about the size of a small cell phone, attach to the handheld, but several companies are working on embedding the technology directly into the handheld device. Eventually, handhelds will also be capable of using voice recognition technology to enter text. Microprojectors and wearable displays are potential solutions for the display problem. Battery life remains a challenge, as any cell phone user will report. Today's lithium ion battery technology has largely reached the peak of what it can deliver and newer solutions — like fuel cells — are still several years away from practical application.

Source:MSNBC

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