SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Case Study

Teaching with Technology: Facilitating the Process
Part 1: Strategies for adopting instructional technology
By Ric Keaster, Leroy Metze, and Angela Hillegas
The presence of technology in the nation's schools is an expectation mentioned in policy statements from local school boards to such influential national initiatives as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The NCLB legislation emphasizes the importance of incorporating technology in all areas of P-12 education; it is not a matter of "if" P-12 schools teach the nation's students to use technology but "when," and the time is sooner than later. Likewise, instructors in colleges of education cannot teach prospective teachers to use technology unless the faculty, themselves, use technology in the college of education classrooms as a part of their instruction. There is something about "modeling" that goes a long way in education, regardless of the level of education under consideration....

News & Product Updates

Anystream Nabs Lectopia, Launches Lecture Capture Division
Anystream this week acquired lecture capture technology provider Lectopia and added it to its higher education division, Apreso. The two units will be combined to form a new entity called Echo360, which will focus on lecture capture and dissemination....
LectureShare Takes Open Source Approach to Education
LectureShare has debuted its free online course management system (CMS) at lectureshare.com, which lets instructors upload class announcements, documents, and audio and video files....
AVerMedia Kicks Off Video Contest
AVerMedia Technologies, a provider of multimedia and presentation tools, is launching a new contest for students, instructors, and administrators, calling on them to produce videos describing compelling classroom experiences made possible through the use of document cameras. The contest, dubbed the AVerVision Video Contest, is open to all North American K-12 schools, colleges, and universities....
Notre Dame Flexible Mobile System Wins ACUTA Honors
The Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) picked the University of Notre Dame as the winner of its Institutional Excellence in Communications Technology Award. The honor was bestowed for ND's approach to upgrading its wireless infrastructure....
DOC Cop Delivers Free Anti-Plagiarism Tools
A new service has been launched to help instructors in both higher education and K-12 institutions detect plagiarized work submitted by students. The service, DOC Cop, is an entirely Web-based tool that provides free and automated assistance in locating "source material" (ahem) used in assignments submitted to teachers....

Tech Notes

The Promise and Challenges of Integrating Interactive Technologies into University Pedagogy
Randy Jackson examines the quest at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, to create added value in existing learning environments...(Campus Technology)
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