Khan Academy

Khan Academy

While the trending topics on Twitter over the past 48 hours have revolved around The Bachelor, March Madness, and NFL free agency, most of the people in my timeline, who tend to focus on education and technology, have been tweeting about Khan Academy and the recently announced TED-Ed video series. Last night I was caught up in a conversation among a few of my favorite math educators (Dan Meyer and Karl Fisch) and a supehero.  Without doing the conversation justice, I’ll simply summarize it as a debate about the merits of online video lectures. Dan and the EdTech Hulk’s perceptions are that TED-Ed and Khan Academy are emphasizing lecturing as the fundamental purpose of educators. On the other hand, Karl was suggesting that it was a bit early to prejudge, especially in the case of Ted-Ed. If you haven't had a chance to visit the blogs of Dan and Karl, I strongly suggest that you do. Over the past several years I have followed the work of both men as they relate their...

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What would it be like to run a boat aground on Ellis Island, hitting the Statue of Liberty at 40 knots? A new ship simulator powered by Lenovo technology is helping students at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) experience just that, as well as other navigational challenges, without ever setting foot on a ship’s deck. As part of the curriculum for more than 800 students, the MMA incorporates lab time in the simulator into a variety of courses. We caught up with Simulator Tech Jim Sanders and User Support Manager Will Martell to learn more about how MMA students are using this amazing tool, which is propelled by a backbone of Lenovo ThinkStation E20 workstations and ThinkServer TS130 servers. Lenovo: How long has the ship simulator been around? Jim & Will: The simulator dates way back to a time when it was simply used as a basic navigation tool. Since the early 1990s it has undergone several technical updates, and the MMA simulator we use now is the 4thgeneration of its kind.  What technology powers the ship simulator? Each instructor station has about eight to 10 ThinkStation E20 Workstations powering it, as well as one TS130 server. One of the larger stations has about 12 visual channels in the form of 55-inch flat screen LED panels.  Each of the 14 student stations has two ThinkStation E20 WorkStations and three monitors--one monitor depicts a navigation panel, one shows the visual plot of the boat, and the third shows the...

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Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, and you are likely to get a range of inspirational and creative responses. Whether it is archeologist, astronaut, dolphin trainer, pro-baseball player, or firefighter, children provide some of the best answers to this age-old question.  Now, with the Lenovo Dream To DO Contest, all K-8 students at schools across the United States are invited to respond to this question with the hopes of winning a $50,000 technology makeover for their school. (As the world's #1 supplier of PCs to the education market, Lenovo feels strongly about the role of technology in schools.)  By submitting a drawing and accompanying sentence of what they would like to DO when they grow up, students are automatically entered to win an extra-rugged ThinkPad X130e laptop, as well as the chance to win the grand prize tech makeover for their school. Winners will be chosen based on internet voting, which is open to students, family and friends. Teachers are invited to download special Dream To DO class materials, which include age-appropriate lesson plans and materials to help inspire students to dream big about their futures. Learn more about the contest details, and download class materials by visiting Contest Details: • Open to K-8 schools in the U.S. • Contest runs February 1, 2012 – April 16, 2012 Darcy Delph is a Sales and...

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Working in an industry that provides goods or services to education can be a bit tricky. Obviously companies must operate in a manner which ultimately supports the financial well-being of the organizations, its shareholders and its employees. However, when working with schools we must also remember that it is important to keep in mind the significance and magnitude of the work being done by educators.  As the #1 PC manufacturer in education, Lenovo has a responsibility to build hardware appropriate for education that enhances the learning environment and enables educators to improve learning outcomes. Recently we announced two new product lines that do just that. In January at BETT Lenovo showcased, its second offering of Classmate Plus. Based on the Intel Learning Series, we are offering a clamshell version as well as a Lenovo-enhanced convertible Tablet PC.  Both systems are built on Intel's Atom Processor technology and both are ruggedized to meet the demanding needs of classrooms. In addition, the classmates have a full suite of education optimized applications, including classroom management tools, creativity applications, and e-reader.  Also for those schools looking for more computing power, Lenovo has released an 11.6” notebook, the

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Evernote and Lenovo

Evernote and Lenovo

I recently came across a video of a partner of ours, Evernote.  Prior to seeing the video, I was unaware of our relationship, so when I saw it I was very pleased, not just because it is nice to hear compliments from a satisfied Lenovo user, but because the feeling is mutual.  Without knowing of our relationship, I have been trumpeting my love of Evernote (and Stitch) during every presentation I do that involves our ThinkPad Tablet. I first became aware of Evernote in my previous life as a teacher and Instructional Technology Director. During that time, I was an avid Tablet PC user and a diehard Microsoft OneNote enthusiast. I was often asked for alternatives for those without access to Microsoft Office applications. Evernote was the closest I could find, and its multi-platform approach made it a wonderful solution for many. Now that I am a multi-device user, I have come to rely more heavily on Evernote. For example I am using Notes Mobile on my ThinkPad Tablet to handwrite this blog post (my typing skills are so bad).  Once it is completed,...

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