SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, May 31, 2006

News & Product Updates

Virginia Will Expand Access to High-Speed Networks

Virginia's K-12 schools, museums and libraries will be among the first in the nation to connect to both the National LambdaRail and Internet2. This will provide better access to educational and research resources worldwide. It is being done through a new program that is co-sponsored by a group of Virginia research universities, including the University of Virginia. The Virginia Community College System, as well as schools, museums, and libraries connected to NetworkVirginia will be able to connect to NLR, Internet2, or both at no additional cost.

NetworkVirginia is a collaborative high-speed network project that already provides access across the state of Virginia. The National LambdaRail is national network for research and education that g'es beyond Internet technology. Virginia universities have played a major role in the development of NLR...(HPCwire)

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College Offers Prospective Students Free Music Downloads

Saint Joseph College, Connecticut's only four-year women's college, is using Apple’s iTunes in a new recruiting initiative to distribute information to potential students.

The college sent letters to high school juniors across the Northeast inviting them to register on the College's Admissions Web site. As an incentive, the students receive a special code granting them three free iTunes downloads. According to Alan Chesterton, associate vice president for Admission & Enrollment Services at Saint Joseph College, once the students register on the Admissions site, they will receive customized information from the college based on the interests they identified in their profile...(TCMnet)

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DyKnow Offers Distance Learning Tools

DyKnow’s new release of version 4.2 of its DyKnow Vision and DyKnow Monitor software provide enhanced collaboration and distance learning support for instructors and students. Some of the software’s most notable new features include Chat, Live Streaming Audio, Participant Status, and integration with the ANGEL Learning Management Suite.

DyKnow Vision allows educators to transmit lesson notes directly to students’ computers. The notes appear instantly on the screen, regardless of where the students are located. Students can simply add their individual notes to their instructor’s lecture to create a personalized electronic notebook. DyKnow Monitor gives teachers the ability to monitor and control student computers during class...

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