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Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

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NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12

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Alice Kurtz Named American Star of Teaching

MultiMedia 6 lnternet@Schools product reviewer Alice Kurtz was named an American Star of Teaching by the U.S. Department of Education. Kurtz, a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Weber Elementary in Iowa City, Iowa, received the 2008 Iowa American Star of Teaching Award at a surprise ceremony held at her school in October 2008. She was nominated for the honor by a group of parents of current and former students. U.S. Department of Education, www.ed.gov.

SNA Recognizes Innovation Incubators

The Software & Information Industry Association (SNA) identified 12 startup technology projects as 2008 Innovation Incubators. The honorées include prerevenue companies, nonprofit groups, R&D agencies, and academic institutions. The 10 Innovation Incubator participants are Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools (Carnegie Mellon University); GoWeb3D Experiences (VRWorkplace, Inc.); Inetoo (L Point Solutions, Inc.); Lexcycle Stanza (Lexcycle); Online Student Rewards and Recognition Program (uBoost); Physics Geeks Game (Columbia University/National Science Digital Library); Preview (lntagrade); Science-Technology Curriculum Teacher Training (U.S. Satellite Laboratory, Inc.); The HELP Program (Digital Directions International); and You've Been Sentenced! (McNeill Designs). The two Innovation Innovator finalists are CAST Universal Design for Learning Solutions (CAST Research) and gWhiz Mobile (gWhiz). SUA, www.siia.net.

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CoSN Launches 'Green' Initiative

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launched a Green Computing Leadership Initiative designed to help schools and school districts identify ways to reduce their carbon footprints. The new project provides K-1 2 technology leaders with resources, tips, and tools focused on three major topic areas - technology energy use, green computing purchase and disposal, and waste reduction and the saving of natural resources. The program includes a web resource (www.cosn.org/greencomputing) that offers tools such as a technology energy use calculator that helps educators estimate kilowatt-hour use and related costs for current and planned computing and network infrastructure. CoSN, www.cosn.org.

SMART Table

The SMART Table interactive learning center, designed for preschool to 6th grade, is a brightly colored table with a touch-sensitive surface that allows small groups of students to simultaneously interact with digital content. Students can select or move objects on-screen, draw or write on the screen, and work together to find answers to teacher-selected questions. …

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