SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, May 17, 2006

News & Product Updates

Michigan High School Students Learning Chinese Online

The United States-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence at Michigan State University is expanding its offering of an online Chinese language program to high schools all across Michigan. Students in the pilot program at Romulus High School are already learning Mandarin Chinese. They will be joined by hundreds more when the classes are opened to 240 additional high schools this fall.

The online language program will cost schools about $375 per semester for students to take the classes, which is an amount well below the cost of traditional instruction...(The Detroit News) Read more

Questionmark Podcasts Feature Interviews with Assessment Professionals

Questionmark is now offering podcasts featuring interviews with learning and education professionals on its Web site. The podcasts cover assessment best practice and user experiences with online surveys, quizzes, tests, and exams.

Listeners can download the podcasts at no charge and listen to them whenever and wherever they like, using a desktop computer, laptop, or MP3 player...Read more

Indiana, Ohio State Med Schools Launch PDA Programs

Indiana University’s School of Medicine and the Ohio State University Medical Center signed deals with computer systems integrator CDW-Government Inc. to create personal digital assistant (PDA) buying programs on campus.

Ohio State’s Medical Center also established a PDA program to comply with the accrediting regulations, as well as to provide reference materials and patient care software digitally. Ohio State now has more than 3,200 devices in circulation. The university recently upgraded to the Palm TX, purchasing the handhelds in bulk for third-year medical students, residents and pharmacy students...(Business Wire) Read more
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