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Will Keyboarding Become an Antiquated Skill?

All current discussions around classroom technology (interactive projectors, whiteboards, iPads, smartphones, clickers, document cameras, 3D projectors, electronic textbooks etc.) must at least touch on the future of the keyboard more specifically, keyboarding as part of high school and community college curricula nationwide.more

Scholarships Grants and Contests from Samsung

Samsung Techwin has announced some exciting programs for 2013
Calling them "‘Return on Intelligence’ Gift Programs," Samsung seeks to reward the use of digital technology in scholastic pursuits through grants, scholarships and it's "Superhero" competition. Two programs are for students, and the other is for teachers.more

Deadline for Samsung's Superhero Video Competition Approaching

Samsung Techwin wants to remind everyone of the March 31, 2012 deadline for its Fall SUPERHERO Competition. This yearlong competition which we announced last February here asks students to portray their favorite historical character on video. The winning student gets $500 and their class receives a SAMCAM 860 document camera--an important piece of classroom technology. The MSRP of the Samsung SAMCAM 860 is $799.more

Teachers and Technology

T.H.E. Journal recently reported on an Illinois school district’s methods for infusing technology in the classroom. As is common knowledge, K-12 school districts nationwide are often challenged by some teachers accepting and incorporating the technology immediately with others failing to grasp the necessity and reverting to traditional methods.

The superindendent of Westville Illinois Community District II attributes his success to ongoing professional development as well as an IT based learning atmosphere.more

Classroom Furniture Imitates Life

Identifying trends enables foresight. Sometimes those trends appear in obscure places and people don’t make the connection. For example, in education circles, what’s to be learned by looking at the kind of classroom furniture being manufactured these days? I think it is something significant.

Perhaps it is best to first consider that US colleges and universities,the ultimate destination of many of many K-12 students, are now seeking to "host the discussion" rather than simply house the genius. In other words, they want to be the facilitators of innovation. It takes student collaboration to achieve this.The ability to work successfully in groups is a 21st Century skill and is not innate simply because we're human.more

Document Cameras offer Eco Solution

Although our site is dedicated mainly to projectors, and this blog focuses mostly on classroom projectors, we would be remiss if we did not include information on document cameras --especially due to the large number of site visitors who are involved in education or training. I started thinking about document cameras this morning after I forked over nearly $90 for replacement ink cartridges for my printer. Stewing over the expense got me on a train of thinking that led to my local school district, the budget cuts and how this technology can help schools save a dramatic amount of money on paper and photocopying.more

Samsung Launches SUPERHERO Video Competition

Samsung Techwin seems to be big on contests and I think it's a good thing--especially when it gives kids a chance to showcase not only their video making talents but their creative and academic prowess as well.

Students are to portray their favorite historical character on video. All entries will be posted on the company's website and each week they will post one of the best videos on Facebook.Each student who wins gets $500 and their class receives a SAMCAM 860 document camera.more

Samsung Scholarship Contest for High Schoolers

I had to give a plug to Samsung Techwin for sponsoring an essay contest whose submissions might give some great insight. Ten high school students have the opportunity to win $1000 scholarships for writing on whether technology is critical to a live presentation or if it is is only a crutch.more

Navigating Social Media is a 21st Century Skill

Jeffery Rosen’s recent article in the New York Times provides the best evidence for my contention that navigating social media is indeed a 21st Century skill. Therefore, in addition to supplying classroom technology like projectors, 3D software, whiteboards and document cameras, a mandatory middle school course with refreshers in high school should be developed and implemented in classrooms across the country.more

Bretford Revisited

Classroom technology shoppers can win a free room of classroom technology furniture for 30 students and professionals simply by entering the “Oldest Product” video competition by Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. Bretford’s been around for decades and chances are when you were in school, you had Bretford products in your learning environment.

To participate, entrants must create and submit a video showing their oldest Bretford furniture product still in use today. I know for a fact there are plenty of 1960's Bretford AV carts laden with shared classroom projectors and document cameras rolling in the halls of schools across the country. What else is out there?more