Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 Now Available for Moodle






DENVER, 2009 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference – November 3, 2009 Wimba® Inc., the education technology company that helps people teach people, today announced that the Wimba Collaboration Suite™ 6.0, unveiled in April, is now available for Moodle. 

 

By creating a highly personal and dynamic environment for online learning, thousands of higher education institutions and K-12 districts around the world rely on Wimba’s technology to improve outcomes and increase student retention. Customers now have access to innovative new capabilities of Wimba Classroom™ 6.0, Wimba Pronto™ 3.0, and Wimba Voice™ 6.0 – enhancements that include advanced MP4, whiteboarding and assessment functionality.

 

“Wimba is an enterprise solution for UNC Charlotte – supporting both our academic and administrative objectives,” said John Champion, Operations and Systems Specialist at University of North Carolina Charlotte. “While our education program is greatly enhanced by Wimba’s collaboration capabilities, we also gain flexibility and save both time and money by its use for online meetings.  Seamless integration with Moodle was also critical in our selection of Wimba.”

 

The robust integration between the Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 and Moodle ensures a seamless user experience. Using a single sign-on, students and faculty can access the Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 the same way they would any other tool in Moodle – no additional usernames, passwords or URLs required. Additionally, Moodle administrators are able to save time and increase efficiency due to the fact that accounts are automatically created from within Moodle.  Wimba contributes its Moodle integrations to the open source community.

 

Wimba Classroom 6.0 – Do more with your MP4

 

The new MP4 functionality of Wimba Classroom 6.0 gives instructors the power to distribute MP4 files, featuring digital audio and digital video streams of lectures and discussions, to course management systems (CMS) as well as to YouTube, iTunes University, Facebook or other content management systems. Students also gain tremendous flexibility in accessing content online or offline – not only their computers, but from their iPod, iPhone or other MP4 players.  Providing content for review anytime, anyplace and irrespective of a student’s location, is no longer an option but required to effectively engage and retain today’s 21st century learners.

 

The ubiquitous use of computers and mobile devices on campuses all over the world and the increasing range of students who now fit the profile of a 21st century learner make this enhanced functionality especially significant in engaging students. These students have expectations of accessing classroom or lecture content with the same immediacy and flexibility with which they listen to music and obtain information from the Internet.

 

Wimba Pronto 3.0 – Let the Whiteboard out of the Classroom

 

Wimba Pronto 3.0 enriches teaching and learning by making the whiteboard accessible outside of the physical classroom and allowing students and professors to illustrate learning concepts during impromptu group study sessions, tutoring and informal help. The Wimba Pronto whiteboard now includes the Wimba Instructional Gallery (WIG) – a collection of learning objects and background templates such as the periodic table, calendars, maps and graph paper – improving the traditional whiteboard and taking collaborative learning to a new level.

 

Wimba Pronto is the only collaboration platform designed specifically for education that combines rich collaboration such as application sharing, instant messaging, blended audio and video conferencing, queued chat and now, a state-of-the-art whiteboard.

 

Wimba Voice 6.0 – Keep the Discussion Going…and Graded

 

By using Wimba Voice to add comments to a discussion board, students can continue their discussions even after class has “officially” ended. The new 6.0 release of Wimba Voice allows instructors to not only grade a voice discussion board from within Wimba Voice, but to automatically add these evaluations to their CMS gradebook. Assessment and timely feedback enrich the learning process and the efficiency of this workflow means instructors can focus on teaching rather than cumbersome administration.        

 

“Customer reception of the Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 has been outstanding and we are pleased to now offer these new capabilities to the Moodle community,” said Barb Ross, Co-Chief Operating Officer at Wimba. “These new enhancements equip educators and empower 21st century learners to effectively teach and learn beyond the walls of a physical classroom, resulting in the very tangible benefits of greater student engagement, retention and ultimately improved student outcomes.”

 

For more information on how the Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 can impact teaching and learning at your school or campus please visit:

 

 

 

About Wimba®

Wimba® is a leading provider of collaborative software for distance and blended learning. The Wimba Collaboration Suite, recently awarded the 2009 “Best Education Solution” CODiE award by SIIA, enhances learning, improves outcomes and increases student retention. By combining interactive technologies such as voice, video, podcasting, instant messaging, application sharing, polling and whiteboarding, learning communities are empowered with a unique collaborative environment that fosters dynamic student-to-instructor, student-to-student, and instructor-to-instructor interaction. Our seamless integration with leading course management systems ensures that users have a simplified and familiar workflow. Wimba. People Teach People.  www.wimba.com

 

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Financial Literacy Resources For Revised New Jersey Graduation Requirements To Be Featured at NJEA Conference

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Nov. 4, 2009) – Addressing financial literacy education has become a top priority for New Jersey school districts. To better prepare students for the economic realities of adulthood, the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted revisions to its state graduation requirements and Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) earlier this year. Beginning the 2010-2011 school year, incoming freshmen will be required to take a one-semester course focusing on financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy to help them meet new demands and expectations from employers and higher education institutions.

To help New Jersey educators meet these new standards, Realityworks, Inc., developer of life-changing, interactive educational products, announces the availability of TimeMAPS™ Money Management and Life Skills Program, personal finance software that aligns with the state’s updated graduation requirements. The TimeMAPS program will be introduced to educators at the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention Nov. 5-6, 2009, at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

A nationwide survey conducted in 2008 by the Federal Reserve found that on average, high school seniors provided correct answers to only 48 percent of personal finance and economic questions – the lowest scores of six surveys reported over the past 10 years. To reverse this trend, TimeMAPS offers school districts a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution that provides educators with a complete financial literacy curriculum.

Using the TimeMAPS software, educators have access to 13 themes with 54 lessons and more than 140 interactive examples of personal finance concepts. The program uses the most recent U.S. financial data provided by the federal government and is updated annually for all U.S. regions. It also includes a curriculum CD and online assessment tool that minimize paperwork for educators, allowing more time for instruction.

In addition to the TimeMAPS package, a student resource CD is available to extend learning beyond the classroom. The CD contains worksheets, reviews, quizzes and projects that students can use to reinforce financial literacy lessons being taught from the curriculum.

New Jersey educators can learn more about the TimeMAPS software by visiting the Realityworks booth (#2516) at the NJEA Convention. For more information on the NJEA Convention, visit www.njea.org. For more information on TimeMAPS, visit www.teachingpersonalfinance.com.

About Realityworks, Inc.
Realityworks, Inc., developer of life-changing, interactive educational products, was founded in 1994. Its award-winning products provide students with realistic learning experiences, and are used by educators in Career and Technical Education, Family and Consumer Science and Health courses, as well as in other instructional settings worldwide. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll free at 1-800-830-1416.

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Leading Analyst Firm Highlights Sonic Foundry as Sample Vendor in Hype Cycle for Education

 

Denver, Colo. — (EDUCAUSE booth #443) – November 6, 2009 — Sonic Foundry, Inc.  (NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced that Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, has included Sonic Foundry as a sample vendor for lecture capture and retrieval tools in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Education.

 

The Hype Cycle 2009 analyzes the maturity of up to 1,650 technologies and developments currently present in various fields. According to the report, lecture capture and retrieval tools are emerging technologies that are expected to be adopted into the mainstream within two to five years.

 

“Lecture capture and retrieval tools have tentatively shown to have some effect on student grades and retention, and they promise to be important pedagogical tools,” said Jan-Martin Lowendahl, Gartner research analyst in the report. “The ability to index lectures and the ability to offer playback of selected passages have proven key to these positive results.

 

“Throughout the past several years classroom technology has evolved from a consideration to a necessity, allowing unique educational moments to be translated into online learning sessions. Lecture capture is no longer a niche tool; it has a mainstream application with broad appeal,” said Sean Brown, vice president of education for Sonic Foundry. “As the evolution of platforms advances, consumers can expect to see more seamless integration in order to facilitate teaching needs while catering to students’ expectations,” added Brown.

                                                     

“Sonic Foundry has been recognized by several analyst firms as the global leader in market share, but we believe to have Gartner analyze the growth of this market is verification of the role lecture capture will play in the modern college classroom," said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry.

 

Since its introduction in 2003, Sonic Foundry’s webcasting platform and services have set the standard for delivering exceptional instruction and sharing knowledge online. Trusted by educational institutions worldwide, the patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system automates the capture, management, delivery and search of multimedia presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.

 

About the Hype Cycle

The Hype Cycle is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and/its affiliates and is reused with permission. Hype Cycles are graphical representations of the relative maturity of technologies, IT methodologies and management disciplines. They are intended solely as a research tool, and not as a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

 

About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.

Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, www.sonicfoundry.com) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for more than 1,600 customers in education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Events Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance.

 

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TOSHIBA LAPTOPS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH WSCA/NASPO MULTI-STATE CONTRACT

IRVINE, CA — September 2, 2009 — Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of its laptop computers through WSCA (Western States Contracting Alliance)/NASPO (National Association of State Procurement Officials) Master Purchase Agreement #B27176.  Working with participating governmental entities will broaden Toshiba’s public sector reach and offer Toshiba’s Preferred Partner Program Resellers added opportunity to increase revenue.  Even with stimulus packages, educational institutions and local and state governments are looking for competitively priced IT resources to handle infrastructure upgrades and provide more computers on campuses.

"We hand-picked an elite group of our Preferred Partner resellers for authorization under the WSCA/NASPO agreement, allowing them to sell competitively priced Toshiba laptop computers into these sectors," said Patrick Mani, vice president field sales, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.  "Our WSCA/NASPO contract will open the market to state and local governments and give schools another outlet to purchase technology at a cost-effective price.  Through this channel expansion, Toshiba addresses the challenges and specific requirements involved in implementing large scale technology programs in public sectors."

All institutions and agencies in the public sector must follow specific guidelines for purchasing computer equipment.  Participating states join together in cooperative multi-state contracting, which combines volume purchases for greater pricing concessions.  Using a "lead state" model, participating states acquire quality products and services cost-effectively and efficiently.  Each state leads their own procurement, issues the solicitation, and awards the contracts based on that state’s statutory requirements and processes.  Participating states may allow Toshiba’s WSCA/NASPO authorized resellers to sell Toshiba product under the contract.  In addition, WSCA/NASPO purchasing entities are able to buy direct from Toshiba and name an authorized Toshiba Preferred Partner Reseller as an agent. 

 
Public schools and governmental agencies will also be able to take advantage of Toshiba’s deep roots in the protection and preservation of the environment.  In alignment with the WSCA/NASPO program, Toshiba offers products that are EPEAT Gold and Silver Certified.  The company has achieved the Green Electronics Council’s Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool’s (EPEAT) highest rating of Gold status on five of its laptop computers, more than any other laptop computer manufacturer to date.  Additionally, Toshiba offers a free electronic recycling and trade-in program and reduces bulk packaging to minimize waste, as well as prefers suppliers who have met stringent environmental standards for procurement. 

Products available through the WSCA/NASPO program include Toshiba’s mainstream laptops, tablet PCs, ultraportable laptops, mini notebooks and accessories.  Some features include Toshiba’s EasyGuard® 1 Technology with PC Health Monitor that helps protect the laptop from spills and jolts as well as continuously checks the performance and functionality of the system’s critical hardware components and alerts users when the system is in need of a tune-up.  Additionally, built-in security features and Toshiba’s standard three-year International limited warranty2 also run standard on most Toshiba business laptops. 

Pricing and Availability

Toshiba mobile solutions start at $349.00 MSRP3.  Laptops are available through WSCA/NASPO and Toshiba Preferred Partner Program authorized WSCA/NASPO resellers.  More information about WSCA and Toshiba’s mobile solutions can be found at www.laptops.toshiba.com/wsca.

About Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Toshiba Corporation is a world leader and innovator in high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products. These products span from information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; as well as power systems including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 730 companies, with 199,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing US $67 billion (FY 2008). For more information on Toshiba visit www.toshiba.com.

© 2009 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including, without limitation, product prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice.
 

1. EasyGuard Technology. EasyGuard technology comprises a number of features some of which may or may not be available on a particular Toshiba notebook depending on the model selected. See www.info.toshiba.com for detailed information.
2. Warranty. The terms and conditions of Toshiba’s standard limited warranty, and extended warranty and service upgrade plans are available at www.warranty.toshiba.com.
3. Price. Reseller prices may vary. MSRP means "Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price."

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ESRI Press Publishes Children Map the World, Volume 2

Redlands, California–ESRI Press recently published a new international collection of 100 maps drawn by young artists and cartographers under the theme Many Nations–One World.

Children Map the World: Selections from the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition, Volume 2, features maps from competitions held for children ages 4–15. Representing 37 countries, the maps were selected from the biennial Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition sponsored by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) in A Coru?a, Spain, in 2005 and Moscow, Russia, in 2007.

"We have been involved with the ICA for many years and are pleased to continue our support of its efforts in promoting the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition," said ESRI president Jack Dangermond. "The creative ability expressed by the young contributors to this book is truly amazing. I was particularly struck by the recurring theme of universal cooperation in their mapmaking efforts and sincerely hope that their view portends our future."

This book follows the popular first volume of Children Map the World, which ESRI Press published in 2005. The ICA created the competition in 1993 as a memorial for Barbara Bartz Petchenik, a cartographer who studied how children comprehend maps. Since that time, thousands of children have participated in the biennial competitions. The 2009 and 2011 competitions will reflect the theme Living in a Globalized World.

Children Map the World, Volume 2 (ISBN: 9781589482463, 144 pages, $29.95), is available at online retailers worldwide, at www.esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit www.esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or contact your local ESRI distributor. For a current distributor list, visit www.esri.com/distributors. Interested retailers can contact ESRI Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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About ICA
Founded in 1959, the International Cartographic Association represents 83 member nations, as well as 26 affiliate members that include ESRI. For more information about the ICA, visit http://www.icaci.org/.

About ESRI Press
ESRI Press publishes books on geographic information system (GIS) technology; cartography; and the application of spatial analysis to many areas of public and private endeavor including land-use planning, health care, education, business, government, and science. The complete selection of GIS titles from ESRI Press can be found on the Web at www.esri.com/esripress.

About ESRI
Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.

ESRI, the ESRI globe logo, GIS by ESRI, ArcGIS, www.esri.com, and @esri.com are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of ESRI in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.

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Virtual schools chart new course in Georgia

Representatives of five would-be virtual charter schools will file into the Georgia Department of Education today to pitch their brand of public education, which lets students study from home online. Some state officials, however, aren’t ready to OK more cyber schools without first doing more homework on the subject, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. On Nov. 3, the state Board of Education stifled the plans of the state’s only existing virtual charter school, which asked for the opportunity to compete for full funding from the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. The state school board tabled the request so it could study the issue. The five newcomers, however, did not have to seek permission to petition the GCSC. The new contenders are aiming high: If chartered by the GCSC, they could qualify for a matching share of local dollars carved from state allocations to the school districts their students would leave behind. But their appearance before the GCSC comes as state education officials are still trying to figure out how to handle virtual charter schools. Among their concerns: How will virtual schools serve special education students? How much money should they get and from which sources? And, how will they prevent struggling virtual school students from falling through any cyber cracks?

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More report cards go online

When report cards went out for students in the Clarksville-Montgomery County school district in Tennessee last month, most of the 29,000-plus students did not have a printed version for their parents to sign. That’s because the district went largely paperless with its report cards for the first time, making grades available to parents with secure accounts online, USA Today reports. A growing number of districts nationwide are making the change, says Ann Flynn, director of education technology with the National School Boards Association. Although Flynn could not say how many other districts are doing it, she says those making the change "are no longer the exception. They are becoming the rule." Marion Mellar, who has two children in the Clarksville-Montgomery district, says she likes the idea because she doesn’t have to "rely on my children to bring them to me." A district spokeswoman said paper copies of report cards will remain available for those without computers–about 11 percent of the district’s households, according to a 2008 survey. Other districts also are making that accommodation…

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Copyrights blocking scholarly works

Stanford law professor and activist Lawrence Lessig told a gathering of campus technology chiefs Nov. 5 that restrictive copyright laws are "destructive of science and education," because academia has adopted a copyright model that largely mimics that of the entertainment industry.

Lessig, a longtime advocate for the reform of copyright laws that burden writers and filmmakers with myriad legal barriers, spoke to more than 500 college technology administrators at the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Denver, Nov. 3 through 6.

Copyright law has expanded over the past century so that it "reaches across the spectrum" of modern culture, controlling which artists and companies can use what music and images for any kind of media production, Lessig said.

"The law now is reaching in ways never intended, never planned, by the framers" of the Constitution, he said. "We should be skeptical."

Entertainers who depend on copyright laws to prohibit unfettered, free access to their works advocate for strict enforcement that has become accepted in many parts of American society, whereas reform advocates desire little or no copyright protection, which Lessig said could serve as a disincentive to artists fearful that their work would be copied without credit.

Lessig, founder of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society and chair of the Creative Commons project, pushed for a middle ground between these two extreme views of copyright policy.

Copyright’s role in higher education has garnered much attention in recent years as Google announced plans to digitize 18 million books, most of them out of print.

Google’s proposed settlement with groups representing U.S. authors and publishers would allow the internet’s search leader to act as its partners’ sales agent. The nonexclusive arrangement has raised fears that Google–already the owner of the internet’s most powerful advertising network–could emerge as the ringleader of a literary cartel that wields too much control over the prices of digital books.

Those worries prompted the U.S. Justice Department to open an inquiry into whether Google’s book deal would violate U.S. laws set up to prevent predatory pricing and promote competition. As a result of these concerns, Google is working on a revised settlement agreement that satisfies critics.

Google’s ambition to run the world’s digital library also is raising questions about how much data the company intends to collect about what people are reading and what it intends to do with the information.

Google would turn over most of the revenue from its digital book sales to the participating authors and publishers, just one of the many benefits the company is touting.

More than 10 million books already have been scanned into Google’s electronic index since 2004. The settlement would clear the legal hurdles that have been preventing Google from stockpiling millions of copyrighted books that are out of print. Because those books are scattered in the different libraries across the nation, they’re inaccessible to most people.

Academia’s embrace of the entertainment industry model of copyright law recently prevented Lessig from accessing critical–perhaps even life-saving–information online, he said. Just days after his daughter was born in early September with what doctors suspected could be jaundice, Lessig researched the condition online and found an informative article on the American Academy of Family Physicians web site.

Lessig read the peer-reviewed journal article as he went to the hospital with his newborn daughter. The article stopped abruptly, Lessig said, because the author had not granted "rights to reproduce [the article] in electronic media."

"I thought, ‘This is astonishing,’" he said. "This is a scientific journal talking about a matter of health and science. That they would have already built into their system a way to control whether I get access to … the critical [paragraph] that I need to see to have some confidence to see where my daughter sat on this fearful scale is extraordinary."
Lessig added: "Who would think of building and deploying such a system? Is the proprietary model here one that makes sense?"

Some universities have strayed from the more business-oriented view of copyright policy. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) faculty voted unanimously March 18 to make the school’s scholarly research available for free on the internet (see story), joining other noted universities that hope to encourage more scholarship and expand researchers’ audiences.

MIT’s approval of open access was driven partly by the rising cost of scholarly journals. In recent years, even the richest American universities have cut back on journal subscriptions that can cost as much as $20,000 annually, open-access experts said.

MIT joins about 30 universities and colleges–including Harvard, Stanford, and Boston universities–that have approved some form of open-access model, said Peter Suber, an open-access advocate and national expert. MIT will institute open access university-wide, joining Boston University as two of the only schools to take that approach. Other campuses have implemented open access one department at a time.

"It just seems obvious to me that the way you support the progress of scholarship is that you make your works available as widely as possible," said Hal Abelson, a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at MIT who formed an open-access committee last year.

Lessig implored educators and IT officials gathered at EDUCAUSE to join copyright reform groups as a way of showing popular support for greater access to scholarly works.

Restrictive copyright policies are "destructive of science and education," he said. "You have an obligation to protect science and education, and you need to do better in the act of protecting these important domains of culture."

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Ubiquitous cloud computing by 2019?

George O. Strawn has seen higher-education technology grow exponentially since the late 1960s, so a future campus that operates entirely on cloud computing where students have access to PCs that execute a trillion instructions per second does not seem far-fetched to him.

Strawn, CIO for the National Science Foundation and a former computer science faculty member at Iowa State University, detailed his predictions for the future of campus computing during a Nov. 5 session at the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Denver, where thousands of campus IT administrators are scoping out the latest in education technology.

Strawn reminded conference goers of the Dark Ages in campus computing–a single computer once cost about $1 million–before describing the university of 2019 and 2049. Personal computing, he said, will be completely supplanted in 10 years by cloud computing, or using powerful off-campus servers to host computer applications that are currently run on rows of server racks in expansive IT buildings.

Since room-sized computers made their debut on college campuses in the 1960s, Strawn said, maximum computing capabilities have shifted from a thousand instructions per second to 1 billion instructions per second in 2009.

"That’s a million-time performance [increase] in 40 years–that’s not bad," said Strawn, who headed Iowa State’s computer science program when it became one of the first universities nationwide to be accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Board. "Can we possibly conceive of what applications are going to be enabled by the continuing decrease in cost and the continuing increase in power of these beasts we’ve all come to know and love?"

The rapid advance in campus technology will continue in an unimagined arch, he said, until campus PCs eventually can execute 1 trillion instructions per second–a capability known as petaflop technology.

In 10 years, Strawn said, he expects all scholarly material to be available on the internet–a departure from today, when copyright laws prohibit online access to the vast majority of scholarly journals. Publishers’ blockades, he said, eventually will crumble under public pressure.

"Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle," he said of opponents of free access to web-based articles.

The coming decades will see the elimination of the "e" in eLearning, Strawn said. In a decade, half of all high school courses will be conducted via the web, and technology will be used in every aspect of higher education.

"By then, [technology] will be as much a part of academia as blackboards were 40 years ago," he said. Electronic learning will "just be thought of as the way we do business."

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Alabama Association of School Boards to Offer Unique Web-based Governance System to Local School Systems

November 4, 2009 – Atlanta – eBOARDsolutions, developer of eBOARD, announces a partnership with the Alabama Association of School Boards allowing AASB to offer subscriptions of eBOARD to their member school boards in the state of Alabama. Many school systems across the country are still inefficiently producing and managing meeting agendas and strategic plans via traditional paper-based methods or spreadsheets.  As an advocate for public school education, AASB’s mission is to develop excellent school board leaders through quality training, advocacy and services.

Sally Howell, Executive Director of AASB states: “As we continue to focus our efforts on achieving our mission, I am pleased to announce a new technology-based service to help our boards more cost-effectively govern their school system while keeping their focus on student achievement. We are very proud of our new partnership with eBOARDsolutions, a technology company focused on technology solutions designed to promote excellence in board governance.”

AASB will be offering the following eBOARD modules to their members:

  • Strategic Plan – Monitor, track, manage and report on your school system’s strategic plan and school
  • improvement plans to all stakeholders.   
  • Meetings – Streamline agenda preparation and enhance the effectiveness of all meetings
  • Policy – Publish policies, regulations and exhibits for easy access by all stakeholders    
  • Communications – Improve communications with all stakeholders    
  • Documents – Build an online library for easy access to important documents  

 

eBOARD

helps organizations by:

  • Providing a single source for access to pertinent data for effective decision-making
  • Assisting stakeholders in easily finding information through advanced search capabilities
  • Saving time and money by streamlining workflow and eliminating paper dependency
  • Enhancing communications with all stakeholders

      
eBOARD will be introduced at the upcoming AASB convention Dec. 3-5 at The Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham.  Two sessions titled “Going Paperless” will be offered to attendees on the afternoon of Dec. 4. For a convention schedule, visit www.AlabamaSchoolBoards.org.

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