News 08-21-2001

New Products Provide Courseware Development

Macromedia recently announced its eLearning Studio, which combines the new Authorware 6, the visual authoring product for creating interactive, e-learning applications, with Flash 5 and Dreamweaver 4 to provide an authoring solution for e-learning. eLearning Studio is compatible with ADL, AICC, and IMS, as well as traditional Web standards. New features in Authorware 6 include One Button Publishing for the Web and CD-ROM, enhanced external media support, drag-and-drop media synchronization, and support for streaming MP3 audio and XML parsing. Both products are expected to be available in September. Free templates and product extensions are available on Macromedia Exchange at http://www.macromedia.com/exchange.

NEC Foundation of America Announces Anniversary Grants

To commemorate its 10th anniversary, NEC Foundation of America recently announced grants totaling $1 million to three non-profit organizations for projects that use technology to maximize individual potential. The anniversary grants supplement NEC Foundation of America's regular grants program this year, and reaffirm its commitment to support nonprofit organizations with national reach and impact in the areas of science and technology education and technology to assist people with disabilities.

For more information about NEC Foundation of America, including guidelines, visit http://www.necfoundation.org.

Questia 2.0 Nearly Doubles the Size of Its Collection

Recently, Questia—provider of an online library complete with search and writing tools--launches its version 2.0. Version 2.0 includes a collection of more than 60,000 full-text titles—nearly double the size of its version 1.0 collection launched January 2001. Version 2.0 also improves Questia's tools, which enable users to personalize books by electronically highlighting and making notes in them and to write better papers by automatically creating footnotes and bibliographies in various formats. New features include new tools for subscribers, including an automatic view of the most recently used books, a personal bookshelf for storing and retrieving favorite books, and a customizable home page; re-organization of tools and functions around the three main areas of search, read, and work to improve the site's usability; and faster search and navigation between books and within books. The Questia service is also useful, both as a source for teaching materials and as an effective anti-plagiarism tool. Using the search function to look for a phrase, professors can check a student's paper for material copied but not cited.

For more information, visit http://www.questia.com.

Wayne State Gives Students Wireless Computers

The College of Education at Wayne State University gave 150 of its students Apple iBook wireless laptops through its "Teachers on the Go" initiative. This program is in conjunction with Gov. John Engler's Teacher Technology Initiative, which strives to supply certified teachers with laptop computers. WSU was the only site in Michigan chosen for the pilot program, which will put wireless Internet capability into classrooms throughout Detroit. Students in the Alternative Pathway to Teaching program, as well as faculty, were presented the computers at a press conference Aug. 9. Students in APT, who are mainly professionals who have returned to the classroom for career changes, work in Detroit Public Schools. The goal of the program is to teach computer technology integration skills to WSU students so they will be prepared and effective when entering their classrooms.

Online Presentation: Integrating Campus Technology

The HorizonLive Desktop Lecture Series will present "Integrating Technology Campus-Wide" with Steve Gilbert, president of The TLT Group Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 2:00 PM EST. The online series is free, but space is limited. For a complete session description and registration information, visit http://www.horizonlive.com/lecture/index.html#gilbert.

Nearly $1 Million Grant for IT Training

The Center for Organizational Resources in the School of Continuing Education and Public Service at Ball State University has received a $927,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant was provided to begin information technology training programs in Muncie and Suburban Indianapolis, Indiana.

For more information, visit http://www.bsu.edu.

Solar Cell Named Among Top 100 Technologies

A newly developed solar cell capable of record-breaking efficiency in converting sunlight to electricity is among the year's 100 most significant technologies selected by Research & Development Magazine. The award is for a type of terrestrial solar cell that could enhance people's lives by dramatically lowering the cost of solar electricity generation. Known as a triple-junction terrestrial concentrator solar cell, this technology has achieved a world-record conversion efficiency of 34 percent in laboratory tests, which means that it is the first to exceed the goal of the U.S. Department of Energy (D'E) One-Third-of-a-Sun initiative.

The cell was designed and built by Spectrolab, a unit of B'eing Satellite Systems. For more information, visit www.spectrolab.com.

Experts to Discuss Need for eLearning Initiatives

Brainshark, a provider of self-service rich-media communications solutions, will offer "Evolutions in eLearning,'' a Web-based event that will explore how eLearning can increase productivity and affect the bottom line. Participants will include Jon Meyer, VP of eLearning and CIO at Productivity Point and Bill Ziobro, Training Manager at Digitas. The online discussion will begin Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 1:00 PM EDT (10:00 am PDT). To register online, visit http://us1.webex.com/brainsharkosevents.

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events from 101communications:

MCP TechMentor Fall in San Francisco, September 4-8. Bridge the distance between Windows NT and Windows 2000. Onsite Testing Available! Visit http://www.techmentorevents.com.

XML One & Web Services One - September 30-October 4, San Jose, CA. http://www.xmlconference.com/sanjose/index.asp. Online registration now open!

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