Friday, March 31, 2006
"NetDay is a national, education technology non-profit, whose mission is to connect every child to a brighter future by helping educators and schools meet educational goals through the effective use of technology"
NetDay has great information for schools wanting to carry out a do-it-yourself computer cabling project. While wireless technology has made great strides in recent years, nothing beats a cable in terms of speed and dependability.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
One of the things I don't like about blogging is that visitors to the site are limited to interacting on the recent postings of the author. While sending an email message is an option, many people don't like anything the reveals their email address. So use the comments/ideas/information for this posting to suggest ideas for new topics.
"SLAX screenshots page: Slax is beautiful and small bootable CD with Linux. It contains all the software you like. SLAX runs directly from the CD (or USB) without installing. This system could make a very attractive alternative to the Linux Terminal Server Project. The LTSP would probably be better if you have a larger number of applications and a complex environment. SLAX could also be used as a backup system to the LTSP. Both ways are great ideas for very low-end computer hardware."
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
"Once installed K12LTSP lets you boot diskless workstations from an applications server. You can use old PC's as diskless clients or buy new ones for under $200 each."
This is one of the best ways to get additional life out of your old hardware. It requires a little Linux knowledge to get going, but once you are going with this system, it will not die.
"One day event offers a wide range of thought provoking and educational opportunities through shared industry experts' perspectives, interactive peer experiences, innovative solution providers' demonstrations and intensive how-to presentations sponsored by Technology & Learning magazine.
Now in its fifth season, this high-powered, one-day event provides K-12 decision makers with thought-provoking content on the hottest topics of the day in education technology."
Good place to learn about the newest educational technologies.
13th Annual Summer Conference on Education Technology
July 31–Aug. 3, 2006 - Sheraton Boston Hotel - Boston, MA
A REVOLUTIONARY NEW CONFERENCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERS
--Team-Presented, Interactive Panel Discussions
--Practical Information to Take Back to Your Campus and Put into Action
--Designed for Interdepartmental Teams
--Blueprint to Make Change Happen
--Workshop/Field Trip: Inside MIT Technology
"The idea behind Wikijunior is to produce a series of full-color glossy booklets (48 pp.; 8 Â½ x 11) for a young audience (ages 8-11) on a variety of topics that interest kids. This can include Astronomy, Animals, Dinosaurs, Countries of the World, Science, History, and virtually anything else we can think of. The books will not be comprehensive. Instead, they can form various subseries, such as African Mammals, Jurassic Carnivores, South America, the French Revolution, etc.
The idea behind Wikijunior is to produce a series of full-color glossy booklets (48 pp.; 8 Â½ x 11) for a young audience (ages 8-11) on a variety of topics that interest kids. This can include Astronomy, Animals, Dinosaurs, Countries of the World, Science, History, and virtually anything else we can think of. The books will not be comprehensive. Instead, they can form various subseries, such as African Mammals, Jurassic Carnivores, South America, the French Revolution, etc. These will also be numbered (e.g., African Mammals 1-5)."This is more than an interesting new source of information for children, it can be an interesting way to create content. In fact, you can turn the creation of a Wiki Book into a learning experience. How you do this will depend on the age of the children.
"Membership organizations can have a complex set of database needs, and there’s an equally complex market of tools that have been designed to meet them. Idealware asked eight nonprofit technology professionals what membership databases they would recommend."
This article reviews some of the software used to handle membership and donations. If you are in a private school, this type of software should be of great interest to you. While it is possible to much of this on your own via Access, I would recommend using a third-party system any time you deal with money -- especially if an audit is possible.
This article comes from TechSoup. One of my favorite organizations. More information on them later.