Gateway shared information about its Tablet Teaching and Learning Program, which began four years ago when Gateway introduced its Tablet PCs. The Tablet Teaching and Learning Program is designed to improve student achievement by inspiring active, engaged learners, Gateway said.

Horizon Wimba, a provider of classroom collaboration software for online education, language learning, and interactive communications, introduced Wimba Voice Tools Version 5.0, which allows students to import and export audio files, copy entire voice boards, and use a new interface, among other updates. Wimba Voice Tools facilitates and promotes vocal instruction, coaching, and assessment, the company said. Wimba Voice Tools can be used with iPods or other MP3 players by recording voice files onto the Wimba Voice Board, exporting voice files to a PC or Mac, and saving the voice files to the portable music player.

Inspiration Software handed out free 30-day trials of all its productsInspiration 8, Kidspiration 2.1, Inspiration for Palm OS, and Inspiration for Pocket PC. Inspiration 8 enables students to use graphic organizers to better understand concepts, retain information, and organize ideas for clear writing. It also offers a keyword symbol search, a word guide, and complimentary web resources. Kidspiration, for grades K-5, helps students build graphic organizers by combining pictures, text, and spoken words to represent thoughts and information.

K12 Classroom Solutions displayed its science curriculum, which includes a classroom package that combines direct instruction with inquiry-based activities. The package also includes teacher guides, student books, hands-on materials, blackline masters, and assessments. Interactive lessons have flexible instructional features, animations, planning and progress tools, and optional assessments. Lessons blend audio and visual stimulation and can be used with interactive whiteboards, the company said. Online home accounts facilitate parent involvement and communication.

Library Video Co. introduced a broadcast-quality, video-on-demand server that comes pre-loaded with 1,000 programs. This plug-and-play video server resides in a school’s media center or computer room and is designed with additional bays to accommodate more programming, including content that is self-created using Safari Montage CreationStation, a tool for school administrators to add, share, and manage original digital video content on their network.

The National School Boards Association’s Institute for the Transfer of Technology to Education (ITTE) has been hosting site visits to districts across the country for nearly 20 years. Districts can learn from each other by seeing new and innovative ed-tech programs in action. This year, the 2006 Technology Leadership Network (TLN) Site Visit Districts are Wake County Public School in North Carolina, the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in Indiana, and Orange City Schools in Ohio.

Oracle Corp. showcased the ed-tech initiatives of four organizations: Richardson Independent School District in Texas, the Virginia Department of Education, San Diego Unified School District, and Cincinnati Public Schools. Richardson ISD uses Oracle’s E-Business Suite for human-resource management and is creating a district-wide portal and decision-support system. The Virginia Department of Education uses a statewide data warehouse and electronic high-stakes testing in its Educational Management System. San Diego USD used an Oracle Portal Web Content Management System to employ the PeopleSoft Enterprise Product Suite and Student Information System. Cincinnati Public Schools uses the E-Business Suite through the Oracle On Demand Center in Austin, Texas, and reportedly has seen a substantial improvement in savings and operational efficiency.

Riverdeep’s Destination Success solution includes diagnostic tests that assess student and class mastery of learning objectives and state standards; automatically-generated, individualized prescriptive content assignments and post-tests based on each student’s progress; and real-time, comprehensive progress reports for all users, including district administrators, principals, and teachers, for accountability in showing adequate yearly progress, the company says. Destination Reading has instruction for both auditory and visual learners; exploration activities and traditional question-and-answer exercises; activities that engage logical thinking; hands-on, make-and-take activities; and virtual manipulatives that aid conceptual learning.

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