Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, which was technically approved in April as an international standard (ISO/IEC 29500), may be on its way toward surviving an appeals process--the last challenge to its legitimacy as a standard.
The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (a program designed to help consolidate Virginia's IT infrastructure) have signed on with Infinite Campus to allow districts in the state to purchase the Infinite Campus student information system (SIS) without the need for an RFP.
TIES--a technology and services cooperative owned by 38 Minnesota school districts--is using Oracle solutions for its TIES Records Management Project (TRMP).
The Canal Winchester Local School District in central Ohio selected the ArcMail Defender e-mail archiving solution to meet compliance with updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. These updates require U.S. organizations to retain electronic data so it can be produced in response to discovery requests resulting from litigation.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Seven school districts in New Jersey will be deploying a fully online student information system to track student records. The districts are adopting a hosted solution from OnCourse Systems for Education called OnCourse SIS.
School management system provider Skyward announced this week its administrative management software has been selected by St. Lucie County Public Schools and Okeechobee County Schools of Florida, making them the first districts in that state to implement the company's software.
Mimosa Systems announced this week that it has been selected by the Manteca Unified School District to provide its NearPoint content archiving solution to help the organization manage vital e-mail data.
Data collection technology provider Vernier Software & Technology has announced several new offerings for the education market, including free Logger Lite and LabQuest Emulator software, a new NXT sensor adapter for Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, and free eco-friendly classroom activities.
At the NECC 2008 conference this week, Spectrum K12 School Solutions debuted a new software solution for managing individualized learning called Exceed/RTI ("response to intervention").
Google seems to have bested Microsoft in the land down under, according to various accounts of an Australian public school system e-mail contract deal. The deal, announced Tuesday, ousts an e-mail system based on Microsoft's products in favor of using Google's Gmail.