Whenever I hear someone turn that phrase or its linguistic cousin, “I don’t like to brag, but …” I have to simultaneously laugh and cringe. Invariably, these phrases signal you are about to hear something incredibly rude or be forced to sit through a laundry list of minutiae behind someone else’s success. I suppose the speakers believe all they have to do is preface their remarks with the qualification or disclaimer that they don’t usually say such things, or they don’t intend the outcome of their words, and then it’s OK to say whatever is on their mind.

I’ve always found this kind of justification to be somewhat absurd. However, after the past month at eSchool News, I am now forced to reconsider my position on the matter. I am not usually inclined to boast, but …

We have posted a treasure trove of information to eSchool News Online in the past month, and I hope you will avail yourself of these resources. For instance, we recently published three brand-new Educator’s Resource Centers (ERCs) that collect the best of what we have published on topics ranging from digital records management to enhancing your curriculum with online materials. We also have posted our extensive coverage of the Texas Computer Education Association’s 2006 conference, replete with session reviews from our conference correspondents, news from the exhibit hall, and a video interview with keynote speaker and noted futurist David Thornburg.

In our new ERC titled “Electronic Records Management,” made possible through the generous support of Akuratus Inc., our editors have compiled a variety of relevant news stories, special features, and best practices intended to help educators reap the enormous benefits of digitizing their school records, making them easily searchable and eliminating the need for duplicate data entry. But, with all the flexibility digital records provide, they also require strong security measures. Our ERC covers the entire range of issues to help you make more informed decisions. Check it out at:

http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/electronic/index.cfm

In our ERC titled “21st Century Learning Environments,” sponsored by Promethean Technologies Group, we’ve assembled an impressive collection of stories and features to help you learn the lay of the land as you integrate new technologies into the classroom. These resources will show you not only which technologies are worthy of inclusion, but also the “how to” behind using them effectively. See for yourself at:

http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/21stcenturylearning/index.cfm

In our ERC called “Enhancing Your Curriculum Through Web-Enabled Resources”–sponsored by netTrekker, an online search engine for schools–we’ve addressed what I think is a significant challenge for educators. As plugged into the internet as I believe I am, I feel overwhelmed myself trying to keep up with the latest developments on the web. For today’s busy educators, already overworked with lesson planning, grading, and classroom management responsibilities that seem to multiply each year, constantly searching the internet to keep abreast just isn’t feasible. Our editors have simplified this task by pooling together news stories and other resources that highlight the best of what the web has to offer for education. You can find all of our guidance on this topic here:

http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/enhancingcurriculum

Last month, we sent a large delegation to the 2006 TCEA Conference in Austin, Texas. Aside from our usual session reviews from conference correspondents–volunteer educators who report what they learned at the various conference sessions they attended–we also posted daily news stories from the convention center, information about new products demonstrated in the exhibit hall, and excerpts from an interview our assistant editor, Robert Brumfield, conducted with David Thornburg–noted public speaker, senior fellow at the Congressional Institute for the Future, and author of Campfires in Cyberspace. Look for the interview to be posted soon at eSchool News Online.

As you can see, while I am not usually inclined to boast … I think you’ll agree these latest additions to eSchool News Online warrant my change of heart. We hope that you not only enjoy these new additions, but can learn from them as well.