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The Latest Look at Education-Friendly Tech Tools

By Ken Royal | May 2009

Tech HARDWARE

 

HP Scanjet 7000 Sheet-Feed Scanner.
The HP 7000 can scan 40 pages per minute, send district documents to Microsoft applications or e-mail, and let you preview before final scanning. $999.

Sanyo PDG-DHT100L High Brightness Projector.
This auditorium projector has many inputs, can fill up a 50-foot screen, and maintains rich, vibrant colors. $22,000.

Hitachi CP-WX410 Projector.
The 3LCD CP-WX410 sets up easily and has automatic vertical keystone, Quick Start and Instant Off, and closed captioning. The self-clean filter cycle saves district bulb budgets. $2,995.

Toshiba Portégé M750 Tablet PC.
Toshiba’s tablets add digital-pen power to features like fingerprint login, SD media reader, and 1.3-megapixel webcam. Great teacher station. $1,279.

 

 

HP Mini 2140.
The latest Mini has a larger 10.1-inch screen to reduce eye strain. The rugged casing and trackpad are unmatched, and the 92 percent standard-size keyboard is kid-perfect. Three-cell battery, $449; six-cell, under $600.

Atiz BookDrive Pro.
Here’s a gentler way for libraries to scan books for going digital: The V-cradle avoids damage to book spines while scans taken with high-speed SLR cameras result in sharp, flat-looking, high-res pages. The BookDrive Pro is a good solution for schools moving to digital collections. Price available online.

Sony PCS-XG80.
The Sony IPELA videoconferencing solution for distance learning has Intelligent QoS, which helps maintain low-bandwidth connections. Dual stream allows for sending two separate but parallel live streams, and six-site multipoint lets you call five remote sites simultaneously. $8,999.

 

 

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Our Latest Curriculum Picks

AutismPro
Here’s another resource for teaching children with autism. AutismPro features an enormous repository of resources for teachers, support teams, and para-professionals. These resources, lesson plans, and strategies not only complement IEPs, but also give everyone on the team, including parents, the specific tools to work with each child. The software also delivers professional training, including case studies, video examples, and how-tos.
Bottom Line: It’s the right combination of resources and workshops.
Wetpaint: Wikis In Education
Creating a safe education wiki for collaborative learning and sharing just got a whole lot easier. With Wetpaint, you can build a classroom, group, school, or even PTO wiki in moments. Educators can apply for ad-free status, which is a necessity for schools. Users can choose to join other schools in a global learning community, or just maintain their own wiki at the local level. Be aware that students must be over 13 to register.
Bottom Line: Wetpaint’s education forums, teacher peer wikis, easy templates, and classroom how-tos make it a good choice for schools.

VizZle: Monarch Teaching Technologies
This visual-language Web-based software, based on research performed at the Monarch School for Children with Autism, includes a searchable library of over 10,000 images, audio files, and video clips. Teachers can enhance comprehension by using visual cues.
Bottom Line: Create lessons and visual support for special needs learners.

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    25 Common Core Math Lessons for the Interactive Whiteboard: Grade 5

    25 Common Core Math Lessons for the Interactive Whiteboard: Grade 5

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    Math becomes much more fun and engaging with this collection of animated PowerPoint lessons and companion practice sheets. Each lesson focuses on a key math skill, teaching it step-by-step through simple animation and repeated practice. Students then get to hone the skill they just learned through three leveled reproducible worksheets, designed to reach every student. A great way to meet the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and get ready for assessments!

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