Trend Watch(5) - Tech Learning

Trend Watch(5)

Going Mobile in South America While handheld computing has steadily been gaining momentum in U.S. schools over the past three years, it's also drawn the attention of developing countries looking to provide their students with a low-cost, portable educational tool. For example, researchers at the Catholic University
Author:
Publish date:

Going Mobile in South America

While handheld computing has steadily been gaining momentum in U.S. schools over the past three years, it's also drawn the attention of developing countries looking to provide their students with a low-cost, portable educational tool. For example, researchers at the Catholic University of Chile are investigating the impact of PocketPC mobile technology on student engagement and achievement. "The expectation is that students will improve their scores on the national admissions test, which is Chile's equivalent to the SAT II," Catholic University professor Ricardo Rosas told us recently at Stanford's Center for Innovations in Learning. Results of the study, funded in part by Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, are available at www.mobilelearning.cl/eng/index.html.

Playing Red Rover

The first of a fleet of international science probes began arriving on Mars this month as the European Space Agency's Mars Express and NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers set out to examine the red planet in detail. Among the technologies being put to use to study the environment and look for signs of past or present life are a panoramic camera, magnets, a microscopic imager, and an X-ray spectrometer. Software developer Space Holdings is celebrating with a documentary DVD, Eyes on Mars, that offers more than two hours of content, including a 3-D simulation of the launch, flight, and landing of the Rover. The program also features interviews with guest experts, a look at past missions, and artist renderings of Mars landscapes.

marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home

www.spaceholdings.com

Skype's the Limit

What's the next Internet fad your students will be embracing? If over three million downloads in just one month of operation are any indication, it's Skype, a new peer-to-peer technology that lets users make free phone calls to each other using their computers. Created by the folks behind popular file-sharing program Kazaa, Skype works on PCs with Windows 2000 or XP, a microphone, speakers, and an Internet connection. Users can create a list of "buddies" and literally give them a call when they're logged on. We suspect it will become a trendy teen communication tool, much like instant messaging. www.skype.com

What's Your Opinion?

Do you agree with Dean that the Bush administration is laying the groundwork for serious damage to our country's public education system? Click here and let us know what you think. We'll report your responses on Back Page.

More Political Backlash for NCLB

Democratic presidential candidates — many of whom backed the original NCLB legislation — criticize the Bush administration for not providing adequate funding to ensure effective reform. Perhaps the most outspoken critic of NCLB is Democrat Howard Dean, who argues that the act relies on "incomprehensible and invalid" statistics to measure success and calls it "nothing less than the beginning of the dismantlement of our public school system."

Read other articles from the January Issue

Featured

Related

Trend Watch(14)

File Sharing for Fun and Profit "How many hours have you spent doing work that you aren't being paid for?" asks the Web site BFriendly.com, whose new Einstein file sharing program is sure to raise ire in the education community. Primarily designed to allow high school and college students to share homework and

Trend Watch(7)

Got Grokker? In the ever-expanding World Wide Web, the most relevant resources for research are not always on the first page of Google results. Sometimes they're not even on the first 20 pages. Data visualization tool Grokker offers some relief for users looking to quickly retrieve pertinent information from deep

Trend Watch(9)

E-Rate Windfall Last March, a selection of libraries and school districts across the country got some very good news indeed. Due to a significant carryover in unused E-Rate funds from previous years, some $420 million fattened up the 2003 coffers. This means the Universal Service Administrative Company was able to

Trend Watch(12)

Building a More Perfect Penguin Linux, the open source operating system offered by vendors as a Microsoft alternative, has long piqued the interest of schools because of its low price tag and hardware flexibility. But one of its primary limitations, ironically, has been that different versions of Linux weren't

Trend Watch(17)

Linux Update Linux is gaining ground in the broader desktop marketplace: market research firm IDC reported that through 2008, shipments of Linux-based PCs will grow 30 percent annually, and Linux-compatible software will expand 44 percent annually. But is Linux set to arrive in schools? A group of programmers in

Trend Watch(19)

Trendwatch Topics Rolling Up our Sleeves Probeware Revisited Special 25th Anniversary Survey Quotables The Learning Game Educated Opinions New on Techlearning.com Rolling Up our Sleeves Practical tools were definitely front and center in this year's conference offerings. Organizations and vendors alike

Trend Watch

Like, Get a Clue Eighth-grade girls from Maryland are playing a pivotal role in nabbing online pedophiles, reports Phuong Ly of The Washington Post. Their expertise: teaching seasoned FBI agents to pose as teenage girls online without giving away their cover. A non-standards-based curriculum that includes pop

Trend Watch(3)

Nature: The Anti-Internet The German government has developed a new social service program for kids perpetually tethered to IM chats and multiplayer Web games: a summer camp for Internet addicts. The first program of its kind, reports German media company Deutsche Welle, it feeds youngsters with a steady stream of

Trend Watch(4)

Talking Technology While we're starting to see Voice over Internet Protocol make inroads in K-12, higher education seems to be where the communications technology is getting the most traction. Case in point: New Hampshire's Dartmouth College has established a campus-wide VoIP network, which essentially turns a