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News 02-18-2003

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West Point Puts Cadets, Instructors on Wireless Net

The Military Academy at West Point has installed 802.11a wireless access points in more than 350 classrooms and labs across campus, part of a pilot project that is enabling about 450 students and teachers to tap a wireless campus network using notebook computers. The project paves the way for the entire incoming freshman class of 2007 to be issued notebook computers outfitted with 802.11a adapters in the fall semester. Class of 2006 students will have the option to upgrade their notebook computers with 802.11a adapters. The network is being provisioned by SMC Networks. "Since we're using this as an active part of classroom learning, we need bandwidth," said Col. Donald J. Welch, West Point's associate dean for information and educational technology. "One thousand cadets starting English classes at 7:30 each morning will all connect at the same time to access the same activities and information from multiple classrooms."

Syllabus Radio: Log on and Listen

Syllabus Radio: Log on and Listen

This week: Doug Peterson of the University of South Dakota discusses ways to implement and integrate PDAs in college courses. Click on for a complete list of interviews with established leaders, creative thinkers and education technology experts in higher education from around the country.

Travelocity Award to Honor Geography Education

The Internet eCommerce portal Travelocity last week announced a $5,000 award for Excellence in Geography Education, for those whose work has improved the "field of teaching people about the world." The award will be administered by the Geographic Education National Implementation Project (GENIP), a consortium of geographic associations, and will be given to the person or persons who have made the broadest impact on geography education in the United States in the previous 12 months. Winners of the annual prize will receive recognition at meetings of the Association of American Geographers and the National Council for Geographic Education. The first winner will be announced this fall.

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Summit to Explore Future of Digital Projection

The 2003 Projection Summit, a conference to explore the future of projection technology and trends, will take place June 3-6 in Orlando, Fla. The meeting will explore key issues surrounding the industry, including the prospects for presentation projectors in the enterprise and education markets, the competitiveness of front and rear projectors against flat-panel TV displays, prospects for sustained price reductions, and the migration of manufacturing offshore. Day one will focus on the business of projection system manufacture, while day two will focus on the market opportunities for projection systems (front and rear, professional and consumer), and will showcase the viewpoints of market analysts, product manufacturers, and distribution channel partners.

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Blackboard to Integrate Nuventive Electronic Portfolios

Course management company Blackboard Inc. and Nuventive, which provides assessment and portfolio solutions for higher education, agreed to integrate Nuventive’s iWebfolio electronic portfolio software with the Blackboard Learning System. Nuventive's iWebfolio is an electronic portfolio that gives students and faculty and staff the ability to store, organize, and display personal "learning" evidence to faculty, admissions offices, and employers through the creation of any number of portfolio views. Portfolios can contain work samples, learning goals, personal reflections, educational and professional accomplishments, in a variety of formats including text and multimedia. Users will be able to share course-related documents with instructors, study group members, and organization members.

Collegis Posts Record Revenues Despite Belt Tightening

Higher education electronic services firm Collegis said it tallied record revenues in 2002, posting $95 million in revenues, up 35 percent from one year ago. This growth comes in the face of a slow economy, a flurry of state budget cuts to higher education, and shrinking endowments at many of the nation's private colleges and universities. The company, which signed new agreements with 36 clients in 2002, said it was the best sales year in the company’s history. "What we're seeing is the willingness among colleges and universities to get creative with course offerings to meet the needs of a changing work force," said Tom Huber, Collegis CEO and president. "There also exists a trend toward outsource technology management to free themselves of the complexities of providing technology services on their own."

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