News of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12
by Kathie Felix, News Editor
News of the latest products and technology for K-12
may be sent directly to Kathie Felix at 5746 Union Mill
Rd., PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparing for the Workforce of Tomorrow
The Benton Foundation has released a report that
examines strategies to engage underserved youth populations
to help them develop 21st century skills. The report, "Preparing
Disadvantaged Youth for the Workforce
of Tomorrow," is based on the November 2002 Teens and Technology Roundtable
co-hosted by Benton and Germany's Digital Opportunities Foundation (Stiftung
Digitale Chancen). Written in German and English, the report is available as
an online download. The Benton Foundation, 202/638-5770 or http://www.benton.org/.
Connecting Teens to Technology
The ConnectNet/Connectado campaign continues to link
young peopleespecially low-income youthwith
technology. The campaign features a toll-free telephone
number (866/583-1234) with English- or Spanish-speaking
operators who will identify locations where public
Internet access is available at computer centers near
students' homes. Using ZIP code information, the toll-free
phone number and a companion Web site
[http://www.ConnectNet.org/ or http://www.connectado.org/],
link up to a directory of more than 20,000 technology
centers and libraries across the nation. The resource
by the AOL Time Warner Foundation and the Digital Divide Network, facilitated
by the Benton Foundation. Additional materials for thecampaign were created
by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Family Foundation, http://www.kff.org/.
Inspired Teacher Scholarships
Inspiration Software will award 30 scholarships of
$750 each in thespring of 2004 to support professional
development activities for teachers who champion the
integration of visual learning and technology into
the curriculum. Now in its sixth year, the scholarship
program is open to educators from K-12 schools, colleges,
and universities. A minimum of 1 year of service is
required and applicants must demonstrate that they
have direct contact with students. The deadline for
applications is January 28, 2004. Information and application
materials are available at http://www.inspiration.com/scholarship/. Inspiration
Software, 800/877-4292 or http://www.inspiration.com/.
Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults
Three school libraries were honored among the 25
awards for outstanding programs for the Excellence
in Library Service to Young Adults Project: Francis
W. ParkerSchool in Chicago, Illinois, for the Zine
Project; Floyd High School Library with Mastics-Moriches-Shirley
Community Library in Mastic Beach, New York, for theRelax.
Read. Book Blitz; and Pleasant Valley High School with
Robert W. Cranston Library in Chico, California, for
Poetry Alive! Each of the 20 awards brings $250 and
recognition in Young Adult Library Services Association
(YALSA) publications and programs. Funded by the Margaret
Alexander Edwards Trust, the awards are presented by
YALSA, which is a division of the American Library
Association (ALA). YALSA/ALA, 800/545-2433 or http://www.ala.org/yalsa/.
Houston, Mississippi, Takes the Checkered Flag!
High school students from Houston, Mississippi, won
the 2003 Dell-Winston Solar Car Challenge, a 1,500-mile
race from Round Rock, Texas, to Cocoa, Florida. This
is the third year that the team from the rural community
of Houston (population 3,903) has won the race. Their
winning car, the Sundancer, was powered entirely
by solar energy and was designed and built by the students.
During the race, it hit a top speed of 64 miles per
hour (mph) and averaged 23.1 mph. The racers used Dell
notebooks and wireless technology to gauge solar car
battery usage, monitor weather patterns, track competitors
via global positioning systems, and upload daily statistics
to the race Web site. The Challenge is a part of the
Winston School, a private K-12 school in Dallas, Texas,
focused on realizing the potential of "bright students
who learn differently." The school uses a combination
of distance learning and a multi-city tour to educate
teachers and students about the Solar Car Challenge,
including how to plan, design, and build their own
cars. The five teams competing in the 2003 challenge
prepared for the competition for nearly 18 months,
working in the areas of science and advanced technology.
The 2004 Challenge will be held at the Texas Motor
Speedway from July 13-16, 2004. Details are available
online. Dell, http://www.dell.com/ or http://www.winstonsolar.org/race/.
Oregon Scientific Thincam
The latest credit card-sized camera from Oregon Scientific
is a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, pocketsized at 3.3
inches x 2.2 inches x .2 inches and weighs 2.3 ounces.
The flash thincam's self-contained rechargeable
48mAH lithium polymer battery provides enough power
for approximately 500 shots between recharges and eliminates
the need to replace the battery. The new plug-in strobe
flash unit can be attached or removed and relies on
its own AAA battery. PC and Mac compatible, the flash thincam attaches
to a computer through a USB interface and automatically
recharges the battery. The 16-MB internal memory provides
storage capacity for 21 1.3-megapixel resolution images
of 91 VGA-resolution pictures. The camera also features
an SD memory card slot for expanded memory and portability.
The camera is sold with an accessory strobe flash attachment,
a protective leather carrying sleeve, a hand-strap,
and ArcSoft Photo-Impression CD-ROM bundled software.
The model DS6628 is priced at $150. Oregon Scientific,
The Satellite A10-S177 and A15-S157 notebook PCs
feature a 40-GB hard disk drive, integrated DVD/CD-RW
multi-function drive, 15-inch diagonal display, integrated
V.92 modem, 10/100 Ethernet, and two USB 2.0 ports.
The Satellite A10-S177 features the Intel Mobile Pentium
4 Processor-M, 2.20 GHz, 256 MB RAM (expandable to
1024 MB), optional WiFi wireless connectivity, andMicrosoft
Windows XP Professional. Pricing begins at $1,379.
The Satellite A15-S157 includes the Intel Celeron processor,
2.20 GHz, 512 MB RAM(expandable to 1024 MB), integrated
WiFi wireless connectivity (IEEE 802.11b), and Microsoft
Windows XP Home.
Pricing begins at $1,249. Toshiba, 800/Toshiba