December 31, 2012 | Posted At: 08:36 AM | Author: Brian Nadel
Vernier can turn any
science room into a chemistry lab with its new Mini GC. A full gas
chromatograph, the Mini GC uses air as its carrier gas and offers two levels of
sensitivity. It can detect everything from simple alcohols to nitro alkanes and costs $1,800.
December 28, 2012 | Posted At: 09:02 AM | Author: Brian Nadel
Looking for a lesson to teach about the upcoming 57-th
inauguration? Barack Obama’s big day can be a teachable moment with the help of
the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum
Studies. There will be an online lesson on Thursday January 10th at
1PM (eastern time) as well as a teacher preview on January 7th at
4PM. In addition to the history, context and details about the inauguration,
there will be three 50 minute online classes including question and answer time
at the end.
December 26, 2012 | Posted At: 04:42 PM | Author: Brian Nadel
school’s wireless LAN isn’t reaching every corner, maybe it need more power.
Amped Wireless turns the power to 11 with its 802.11ac family of products. The
RTA15 router can work in both 2.4- and 5-GHz equipment, has a 700-milliwatt
radio that out powers other routers and adds in the latest WiFi range-extending
features. It comes with a USB port for connecting a hard drive and has five
wired gigabit ports. The company also sells a matching range-extender and USB
December 26, 2012 | Posted At: 04:41 PM | Author: Brian Nadel
The hardest part of running a classroom off of a tablet is
teaching and controlling the slate at once. Satechi’s Bluetooth Smart Pointer
lets you control the pad while moving around the room and using its laser
pointer. Weighing just 1.6-ounces, the $45 Smart Pointer can not only play,
pause and stop videos, move presentations along and work with iPad apps.
December 26, 2012 | Posted At: 04:40 PM | Author: Brian Nadel
Connect is a great way to keep everyone in a school on the same page and the
latest software extends that to tablet users. The free MyConnect app is
available for iPads and Android slates and lets users receive a variety of
messages as well as review past communications and subscribe to different
December 24, 2012 | Posted At: 10:13 AM | Author: Brian Nadel
headphones can damage the hearing of growing children but Califone’s Listening
First Headsets can make sure that they never get too loud. Available in blue,
red and yellow and aimed at primary school students, the Listening First
Headsets have microphones for video conferences and language labs. They come
with headphone and microphone jacks or a USB connector and cost either $25.75
December 24, 2012 | Posted At: 10:11 AM | Author: Brian Nadel
lumens at its disposal, BenQ’s MX-520 has the ability to light up even the
largest classrooms. Based on the latest DLP chip, the MX-520 creates an XGA
image and has a lamp that adjusts its brightness based on what is being shown.
It can not only make the lamp last as long as 6,500 hours and can cut its power
use but results in a richer image. The MX-520 costs $700.
December 21, 2012 | Posted At: 08:41 AM | Author: Brian Nadel
If you use and like eInstruction’s WorkSpace for teaching
a class by annotating what’s on the big screen, you’ll love the latest version.
Version 9.1 adds a slew of new writing, annotation and drawing tools, including
shape recognition software; it’s available on a 45-day free trial. There’re
also apps for iPads and Android tablets that are free.
December 20, 2012 | Posted At: 07:24 AM | Author: Brian Nadel
Windows 8 systems not only have touch screens but can twist into a variety of
different positions to make teaching and learning easier. Take HP’s EliteBook
Evolve, which has an 11.6-inch touch display that not only responds to up to 10
inputs but can rotate, fold flat to work on a desk or turn into a tablet. A
base system weighs in at an enviable 3-pounds, but no word on pricing.
December 20, 2012 | Posted At: 07:22 AM | Author: Brian Nadel
thought TI couldn’t outdo the Nspire CX Handheldcolor calculator, the company has an
all new TI84 Plus Silver edition coming in the Spring. It’s just the thing for classes
that have standardized on the 84 family, but adds a 2.8-inch screen that is not
only much more detailed than the current 84 Plus’s display, but can show 16-bit
color. It has more than twice the memory as well as a rechargeable battery and
the ability to add apps and programs.