More than 200 ed-tech companies exhibited at this year’s T+L² Conference. Here’s a sampling of news from the exhibitors offering professional development products and services:
Atomic Learning announced that it has added 20 tutorials for Promethean Corp.‘s ACTIVBoard Collaborative Classroom System to its library of award-winning, affordable, web-based software training videos. Atomic Learning has made these Promethean tutorials available free of charge at its web site. The tutorials also can be found on Promethean’s complimentary online resource center. Atomic Learning’s library of online tutorials has now grown to more than 12,000 movies covering more than 70 software and hardware products commonly used by educators. The company was formed four years ago by technology educators looking to provide schools with quick and easy answers to often vexing questions.
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that supports the use of technology in schools, highlighted several initiatives during this year’s show, including its Cyber Security for the Digital District program, which is intended to provide educational technology leaders and policy makers with strategies, tools, and a web site they can consult to help ensure the privacy of important student data and the safe operation of their networks. CoSN also held separate events to help guide schools through the concept of Total Cost of Ownership, as well as a seminar to help schools navigate the competitive-bidding process for new technology purchases. The group also continued pushing educators to be more active on Capitol Hill, urging stakeholders to contact their members of Congress and make the case for increased federal ed-tech spending.
Digital Media Academy (DMA), which provides digital media professional development courses for K-20 educators, teenagers, and creative professionals, demonstrated its latest course offerings for teachers, including video and motion graphics classes, 3-D animation and game design courses, and web design and Flash units, among other offerings. Aside from holding summer programs at nationally accredited universities, DMA also offers its courses through local county offices of education. What’s more, its “DMA on the Road” service offers on-site training to teachers and professionals.
The PBS television station WGBH in Boston has created a series of online courses for K-12 educators, called Teachers’ Domain Professional Development, that encourages teachers to integrate multimedia–such as streaming video and interactive simulations–into their science teaching with the hope of inspiring students. Participating teachers will expand their science knowledge using content from award-winning public television science programs and web sites, including NOVA, Zoom, and A Science Odyssey. “The courses are designed to assist teachers in two ways–to expand their knowledge of science concepts and to provide a range of effective strategies for use in teaching those concepts,” said Ted Sicker, executive producer of WGBH. Three courses are available so far: Teaching Elementary Life Science, Teaching Elementary Physical Science, and Teaching Middle School Life Science. Additional courses, including those for high school teachers, are expected to launch in 2005.
Exhibitor information compiled and written by Online Editor Dan David, Managing Editor Dennis Pierce, Associate Editor Cara Branigan, Assistant Editor Corey Murray, and Contributing Editor Laura Ascione.