About half of all public schools in the United States are providing handheld devices to administrators, teachers, or students, and, according to a new report released by the United States Department of Education, every single public school in the country is using computing technology in some way as part of instruction.
The report, “Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: Fall 2008, First Look,” gathered responses from more than 1,500 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in fall 2008, with data weighted to represent all primary and secondary schools in the United States. The report is designed to provide national estimates on “the availability and use of educational technology in public elementary and secondary schools” for the reporting period. It’s part of a triptych of reports that includes district, school, and teacher surveys.
Intel’s Classmate PC apart from being rugged also comes with a whole host of software that focuses on handwriting, organizing school projects and the ability to create their own ebooks.The Classmate PC has a Atom N450 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB HDD and is a convertible tablet. It offers eReading applications, water-resistant keyboard, touchpad and screen, improved ruggedness with drop test from desk height, bump and scratch resistance surfaces and structures, and an optional anti-microbial keyboard. In tablet mode, the “palm rejection” feature ignores the touch of hands resting on the screen, allowing students to write and draw intuitively. If the unit comes stocked with the 6 cell battery you’re looking at 8.5 hours of battery life with WiFi and provides the options of 3G, GPS & WiMAX. Video after the break
There’s an insidious force plaguing our nation’s military. It’s vaster than any insurgent network, though much closer to home. It confounds our commanders and keeps our generals up at night. And it’s included with every copy of Microsoft Office.
“SixthSense” is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.
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