Grants, Live Ink, Tablet PC in School, Paperless Course, Versatilist, Online Learning


The SMARTer Kids Foundation provides the following Grants and programs to eligible K–12 schools and learning institutions.

Live Ink transforms the content on textbook pages into a cascades of word phrases that research demonstrates students find easier to read and understand as well as raises test scores for all students. These cascades remind me of a poetic format. Live Ink offers demos.

Have you been reading The Paperless Student? It’s worth the time for both students and teachers.

Tracy continues commenting about what it’s like using a Tablet PC at Cal.

Eric Mack decided to see if he can effectively use my Tablet PC as a total replacement for pen, paper, and books. is objective is to identify benefits and drawbacks of using only a Tablet PC. He’s starting an intense 8-week business law course and I’ve decided to use tis course as the subject of my next Tablet PC challenge. This is thoughtful, serious commenting worth reading regularly.

Gartner has warned IT professionals that technical aptitude will no longer be sufficient to secure their future in IT organisations. New IT professionals will be a ‘versatilist’, who will have technical aptitude, local knowledge, knowledge of industry processes and leadership ability. By 2010, Gartner predicts that IT departments in midsize and large companies will be 30 percent smaller than they are in 2005.

St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC deploys Lenovo X41 Thinkpad Tablet PCs to its students and faculty. Thanks Rob for pointing me to it.

The 2005 Survey of Online Learning concludes that the breadth of online college courses may soon rival traditional face-to-face offerings.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.