Adobe has made its ColdFusion 8 Web development platform free for educators and students. The offer is available for all public and private accredited K-12 schools and colleges and universities.
TurningPoint, which sells classroom response systems, has launched a Web-based service that works on AT&T-powered wireless smartphones, including the iPhone, BlackBerry, and laptops.
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Xap announced recently it has received SIF 2 certification for its Xap Transcript eXchange 2.0 from the Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA). The new status is effective as of now and makes the platform among the first of its kind to receive the certification, according to Xap.
Baldwin County Public Schools in Alabama is moving its textbook management to the Web. The switch is designed to address the triple-digit growth forecast for the district over the next 10 years and comes on the heels of a $270 million capital improvement project.
Loomis Chaffee, an independent secondary school in Connecticut, has adopted the education edition of Canto Cumulus to manage its digital assets, including images, documents, and rich media.
As we've reported previously, a number of education institutions and other types of organizations have moved toward virtualization to reduce overhead costs and address environmental concerns. Now one district in California, Dublin Unified School District, is taking it a step further by virtualizing student computers in an effort to move closer to 1:1 computing in the classroom.
Data certification software provider Certica Solutions is expanding its data certification services in Texas with the aim of helping the school districts manage data in accordance with state and federal education mandates.
Tyler Independent School District in Texas said it has recently moved its servers to a virtualized infrastructure, consolidating 114 older servers onto seven new ones. The district is running VMware ESX Server software on Dell PowerEdge 2950 servers.
Microsoft has released an improved security filter for its Internet Information Services (IIS) Web server that is designed to help thwart SQL injection attacks. The free application, called UrlScan 3.0 (Release-to-Web version), is an add-on tool to IIS that provides real-time verification of HTTP server requests, potentially blocking malicious code.
Ocean Springs School District in Mississippi is moving its data center to a hosted environment. The district recently announced that it's adopted the ImageNow hosted enterprise document management system from Perceptive Software in an effort to bolster its disaster recovery plan.