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May 26, 2009

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ITI Cross Links: Wolfram Alpha--Semantic Search Is Born
MMIS Xtra News: Complete May/June 2009 MultiMedia & Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF
Cerebellum Corporation Releases Five new Cerebellum Teaching Systems Titles
SIIA's Education Division Recognizes 'Technology Standouts' During Its Innovation Incubator Program
Cool Links: More Search Options and Other Updates from [Google's] Searchology Event

ITI Cross Links: Wolfram Alpha--Semantic Search Is Born

It's the hot new ... what shall we call it? Search engine. No. Information tool? Maybe. How about "finding tool?" It's Wolfram Alpha. And as it's being written about by those in the information and search business, phrases like Web 3.0 and semantic search are coming into play.

Woody Evans has written about it for Information Today. It's not that easy to understand ... for us at least. But his NewsBreaks article is a big help. From the top of the article:

Search engines still matter, but Wolfram Alpha (www.wolframalpha.com) hopes to shift us toward a "finding engine" that uses Web 3.0 principles to deliver information from natural language queries. Wolfram Alpha is the latest big project from Wolfram Research, Inc. Marketed as a computational knowledge engine, it boils down to being a really smart way to access most of the best reference shelves on the planet. Think about it as a library minus the disdain for skateboarders plus Wolfram's Mathematica program powering the world's biggest online scientific calculator.

Click HERE to link to the story, "Wolfram Alpha--Semantic Search Is Born," in Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.

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MMIS Xtra News: Complete May/June 2009 MultiMedia & Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF

The May/June 2009 issue of MultiMedia & Internet @ Schools magazine is all there now at our Web site http://www.mmischools.com. In addition to the free May/June 2009 reviews and the free full text cover story (Curriki and the Open Educational Resources Movement: Please Pass the Curriculum!), which have been available since the beginning of the month, now the remaining features, columns, and other May/June content have been processed. Some are free to view. Others are available in a variety of formats -- Full Text, Text+Graphics, and Page Image PDF -- on a pay-per-view basis, courtesy of Information Today, Inc.'s InfoCentral and ProQuest Archiver.

For access, see the May/June 2009 issue contents HERE, click on any article, and follow the links.

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Cerebellum Corporation Releases Five new Cerebellum Teaching Systems Titles

Cerebellum Corporation, a producer and distributor of entertaining and educational media, has released five new Cerebellum Teaching Systems titles. Each title is a comprehensive review of subject matter delivered as an educational video and digital workbook. The workbook contains lesson plans, multiple choice and essay questions, an answer key, and assessment tools for teachers.

 

Cerebellum Teaching Systems have received academic recognition for the programs' unique approach to learning in the classroom. Each subject is based on national academic standards and reviewed by collegiate professors.  

 

The subjects covered in the new titles are fundamental math, vocabulary, SAT, English composition, and U.S. history. Production and design are created by the company's academic team of professors, teachers, students, young comedians, and actors.

 

Titles cover the following:

* Fundamental Math starts with the basics and builds to more advanced math concepts, calculations, and properties of rational numbers.

* Vocab provides real-world meaning to difficult words while entertaining students as it prepares them for SAT, ACT, and other exams.

* SAT offers test prep and includes tips and strategies for each section of the SAT.

* English Composition develops students’ skills and confidence and teaches them to compose for a variety. 

* U.S. History provides a thorough breakdown of the turning points in U.S. History. It examines leaders, citizens, reforms, warfare, and economic events.

 

Cerebellum Teaching Systems titles are available through major educational distributors and online at www.cerebellum.com.

Source: Cerebellum, www.cerebellum.com

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SIIA's Education Division Recognizes 'Technology Standouts' During Its Innovation Incubator Program

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has announced its 2009 Ed Tech Industry Summit Innovation Incubator participants and finalists. SIIA's Education Division committee members reviewed 26 applications, and then voted for top selections based on key criteria, including the alignment to SIIA's Vision K-20 benchmarks and education institution uses.

The 2009 Innovation Incubator participants represent pre-revenue companies, established companies, non-profit groups, R&D agencies, and academic institutions, and were officially introduced at the recent Ed Tech Industry Summit conference during the first week of May in San Francisco, Calif.

The 2009 Ed Tech Industry Summit Innovation Incubator participants are:

 

- Adobe Flash Catalyst, Adobe Systems, Inc.

- ArchieMD Interactive 3D Platform: Virtual Autopsy, ArchieMD

- ClassLink Inquiry, ClassLink

- Kidos Computer, Kidos Computer

- Math Learning Exchange, Math Learning Exchange

- MixedInk Collaborative Writing Tool, MixedInk

- PLEX Labs, Filament Games, LLC

- The Predictive Assessment of Reading, Child'sMind Publishing

- Skatekids Online / Ramps to Reading, Quantum Learning Technologies

- StraighterLine, SMARTHINKING

 

The 2009 Ed Tech Industry Summit Innovation Incubator finalists are:

 

- edWeb, edWeb LLC

- GradeCam, GradeCam Corporation

 

In addition, four of these organizations were highlighted further at this season's Incubator Awards:

 

- Most Innovative Educational Product or Service Awarded to: Skatekids Online / Ramps to Reading by Quantum Learning Technologies

- Runner-up awarded to: MixedInk Collaborative Writing Tool from MixedInk

 

- Product or Service Most Likely to Succeed in the Education Market: Adobe Flash Catalyst from Adobe Systems, Inc.

- Runner-up awarded to: The Predictive Assessment of Reading by Child'sMind Publishing

 

SIIA has extended the visibility of all applicants by hosting the Innovation Incubator Virtual Environment.  Built with the support of member company Educational Systemics, the virtual arena provides a venue for the public to view "exhibit booths" by visiting http://k-12.veplatform.com.

Source: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), www.siia.net

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Cool Links: More Search Options and Other Updates from [Google's] Searchology Event

Google has just implemented some great Search Options on its site ... and blogged about it  at the Official Google Blog (as have who knows how many hundreds of other information-, search-, and ed. tech.-savvy bloggers in their own blog venues). From the posting:

Our first announcement today is a new set of features that we call Search Options, which are a collection of tools that let you slice and dice your results and generate different views to find what you need faster and easier. Search Options helps solve a problem that can be vexing: what query should I ask? ...

The Search Options panel ... gives you the ability to view your results in new ways. One view gives you more information about each result, including images as well as text, while others let you explore and iterate your search in different ways.

They explain and demonstrate succinctly, in words, pictures, and even in a brief video tour.

Click HERE to link to the blog post. Try the new search options. You'll like them, and you'll want to tell your students about them.

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