IDF 2010: Fourth Graders + Convertible Classmate PCs = Magic

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The best booth at IDF 2010 that I saw was staffed by a whole bunch of 4th graders and Intel’s emerging markets platform group. While the Intel staffers were certainly knowledgeable, the kids stole the show. Classmate PCs in Action As I approached the Classmate PC display at IDF, a little girl ran up to […]

The iPad: An Opportunity to Change Education

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Around 1450, a man named Johannes Gutenberg created a device that has had an immeasurable impact upon all people.  His machine, the printing press, made it possible for text to be distributed much faster than the scribing process.  Fast forward to 2010, the year that Steve Jobs and Apple Computer introduce the iPad.  The iPad, […]

Why I’ll Pass on the Apple Tablet

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You may have read how I believe the upcoming Apple Tablet or CrunchPad would be an excellent tool for K-12 students. While I do believe these tablet devices could have a significant positive impact on the realm of education, I don’t plan on purchasing one for my personal use. Here’s why: What can it do […]

Tablet 2.0: An Open Market for Education

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The upcoming tablet devices from Steve Jobs and Michael Arrington’s crews have the potential to greatly impact how people interact with digital media and the Internet.  Aside from being easy-to-use Internet companions and multimedia centers, these two devices could reshape the way teachers teach and students learn.  Much different than what we traditionally think of […]

22,000 Netbooks Headed to Schools in New South Wales

Microsoft and Lenovo just landed a contract in New South Wales, Austrailia, that will see them providing 22,000 Netbooks to the school system there for $150 million. That breaks down to about $681 per Netbook. Anyway you slice it, that’s a lot of Netbooks and I guess it begs several questions. Many of us in […]

VisionObjects Software to be Used in Classmate Convertible Tablet PCs

We fell in love with Intel’s Classmate Convertible Tablet PC during CES ( see our video of CTL’s 2GoPC here). With only XP Home shipping on them, though, some good handwriting recognition software is needed on those little guys. That is where VisionObjects comes in to save the day. Their press releases announces that their […]

SMART Boards Now Support Touch Recognition

If you have been in college in the last 5 years, you’ve probably seen SMART Board technology in the classroom. I remember my first experience with it and was completely blown away by how “smart” the board really was. Professors used the different colored pens to annotate Powerpoint lectures in real time of a projected […]

Teacher Tech Tuesday: Educators Get Microsoft OneNote Free

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Tony Franklin, Microsoft Solution Specialist, will present a free webinar for educators about using Microsoft OneNote 2007 in the classroom on Tuesday, January 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PST.   As an incentive for participating in the webinar and completing the survey that follows the presentation, teachers will receive their very own copy […]

Intel Announces Convertible Classmate Design, Adult Classmate Coming Soon

  I am live at Intel’s press conference announcing new Classmate PC designs, showcasing the vendors bring the Classmate reference design to market. More after the break. Breaking Sierra was speaking with an Intel rep and they told her to expect an announcement on a similar product to the Classmate PC for adults   

Forest Ridge School Swivels In To Action With Lenovo Tablet PCs

Forest Ridge Schools of the Sacred Heart are putting ink to screen as they just deployed 330 Lenovo X61 Tablet PCs to teachers and students. I’m not sure why they went with X61s instead of X200s, but it is still a good thing to see the tablets deployed and being put in to action. There […]

HP Teacher Experience Exchange: Where Instructors Collaborate

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Attention teachers: The HP Teacher Experience Exchange (HP TEE) is a web site where instructors can collaborate and share classroom-ready, computer-based lesson plans.   Visitors to the site have the ability to browse through proven lesson plans that have the potential to engage students and make the learning process more exciting by using technology. The […]

The First Multimedia, HD-Capable, SXGA Portable Visual Presenter

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Lumens is proud of their new medusa-like, HD ready DC260 visual presenter.   The DC260 features 1080p HDMI output, audio and video processor for full frame video recording to an SD card, 3x optical zoom, true SXGA output, and double lamp design for plenty of illumination.   According to Lumens, the DC260 is easily the […]

SMART Table: Multi-Touch for Kids

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When we first started seeing inklings of Microsoft’s Surface and other mutli-touch interfaces I thought that one space we’d see this take off eventually would be in primary education. Turns out the folks behind SmartTech thought that as well and thus we have the SMART Table. SmartTech is well versed in gesture recognition with their […]

WIPTE Starts Tomorrow – Are You Going?

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I have been to WIPTE for the past 2 years, but unfortunately I am not going to make it this year.   While everybody is checking out Tablet PCs and how they apply to education, I’ll be with my Mom while she is getting a knee replacement… So, who’s going?   It’s always been a […]

A Losing Battle: Schools Resist Mobile Technology

Public schools across America are fighting a battle they can’t win; schools are taking aggressive approaches and adopting strict discipline policies regarding the student use of mobile technology.  Walk through any study hall in an American public school and you will find students texting in their pockets and listening to iPods through their sleeves.  Although […]

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Donates UMPCs to Nebraska Public Libraries

The Nebraska Public Library Foundation was recently awarded WiFi Connectivity Grants for 48 of its branches, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Each of the 48 libraries will receive a Linksys WiFi Router and either a Dell laptop or a Samsung Q1 UMPC. Via jkkmobile Technorati Tags: UMPC,Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,Nebraska Public […]

An Initiative To Make Textbooks Cheaper: MakeTextbooksAffordable.org

A recent initiative by The Student Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and other organizations is attempting to make college textbook costs lower by promoting open textbooks, digital textbooks that students view using their computer.  According to a recent study by the Student PIRG finds that digital textbooks must meet three standards in order to have […]

Tablet PC Struggles To Find Mainstream: My Plan

It’s no secret that I don’t currently own a Tablet PC.   As a contributing writer for GottaBeMobile, a site that is deeply rooted in the Tablet PC community, you’d think that I would own a tablet and preach the gospel of its benefits.   I love mobile technology, but does the fact that I’m […]

Dual-Boot OLPC Give One, Get One Returns November

Engadget is reporting that Amazon will help the OLPC folks bring back the Give One, Get One program in November of this year.  The timing is perfect for holiday giving, satisfying your guilty conscience and rewarding you with a fun, new toy.  The Give One, Get One program originally allowed individuals to purchase one OLPC […]

Laptop Security Tips

Lifehacker is featuring an excellent how-to that demonstrates the steps necessary to secure and protect your laptop.  Their tips are broken down into the following phases: Phase One: Lock and Key This phase discusses ways to physically protect your machine from being stolen. Phase Two: Alarms and Security Cameras How to keep an eye on […]