New Tools for Schools: Whether You're Considering New Assessment Tools, Digital Projectors, or Network Security Products, It Pays to Know What's on the Cutting Edge of Educational Technology. Technology & Learning Has Gathered Dozens of New Products That Could Help Your School or District Perform Better and Satisfy Those Important Mandates
8e6 Client is an endpoint Internet filtering system designed for K-12 schools that have off-site laptops connected to their networks. It is geared toward stopping spyware, malware, and other security threats, as well as inappropriate content. www.8e6.com
The Talking Search Bar combines search technology with a text-to-speech feature to enable users to highlight Internet text and have it read to them out loud. Useful for ELL students and children learning to read, the Talking Search Bar can convert any Web page into text. Users can choose to listen to a male or female voice, www.accoona.com
AMDG's online K-12 courses will now be offered through AOL@School. Students can take the courses--which include remedial and AP classes--and earn credits that can be applied to their high schools, www.amdg.ws; www.aolatschool.com
1-Click Answers 2.0 for Windows, featuring Answer Tips, allows users to access more than three million topics on Answers.com using the alt-click feature on a mouse. AnswerTips offers an abbreviated version with an easy pop-up information bubble. The program is free and can be downloaded at www.answers.com.
The new iMac runs on an Intel Dual Core processor and comes with an ATI Radeon X1600 video card, iLife, and built-in Webcam, and more. www.apple.com/imac
Advantage School offers instructional support and staff development services to help schools implement Academy of Reading and Academy of Math; Advantage District provides support and services for district administrators who need to implement software programs. www.autoskill.com
Averatec's 1100 Series notebooks are driven by Intel Centrino Mobile Technology. The ultralight notebook weighs less then four pounds and has a one-inch-wide profile, with a 10.6-inch screen. The lithium-ion battery offers five hours of user time. Microsoft Windows XP Professional software is packaged with the notebooks, which come with a one-year warranty, www.averatec.com
The Pinnacle Studio Academic Toolkit introduces students to video editing and allows users to create documentaries, superimpose video clips, employ pan-and-zoom techniques, and make DVDs. More advanced offerings include Avid Xpress Pro Academic and Avid Media Composer Academic. www.avid.com/education
Set to launch in the fall, BrainPop Jr.'s animated movies will focus on children in grades K-3 and cover a range of topics. Each movie will come with activities involving creativity, logical reasoning, vocabulary development, and more.
My First Keyboard and Mini Mouse were designed for the fingers of young children and come with color-coded sections. USB and PS2 connectors are included. In addition, Califone has released a line of wireless speakers that feature transmission ranges of up to 160 feet and can be connected to whiteboards, LCD projectors, and computers. www.califone.com
Circus Ponies Software
Notebook 2.1, information-managing software for Mac OS X, has added features such as the Starting Point system for getting organized, support for the Cornell Note-taking system, PDF generation tools, and the ability to export HTML to Apple's .Mac service, www.circusponies.com
A new software package, ClassLink OnTrack, combines a curriculum mapping tool with an electronic portfolio of student achievement, assessment, and feedback, all designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents review students' portfolios and appropriately support learning. The package is being offered with a free weekly Webinar. www.classlink2000.com
Effective Technology Integration is an online professional development program geared toward helping educators improve student performance through technology. …