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The Lowdown on Virtualization

The idea of not having to purchase, run, and maintain multiple desktop computers in the classroom--yet still be able to accommodate every student with computing power--is attractive for K-12 schools. Some are already experimenting with the process using virtualization, which allows organizations to pool and share IT hardware and software and provides centralized management over technology assets.

Pano Logic Updates Desktop Virtualization Device

Pano Logic has updated its desktop virtualization system to provide support for Microsoft Windows 7, tighter integration with VMware View VDI management tools, and additional end user controls.

Stack of computers ready for refurbishing

Secondhand Is First-Rate

Branson Schools Science Lab

Feeling the Heat

A few years ago, when the Irvine Unified School District was trying to get a handle on sky-high energy spending, it looked to the sun, which is virtually always in view given the district’s locale: Orange County, CA.

Mod Genius

John Bracker had it all figured out, or so he thought. As head of Watkinson School, a private school for grades 6 to 12 in Hartford, CT, he and his team had embarked on an ambitious plan to expand the campus’s science facilities. They enlisted a well-known local architect, who designed a beautiful new building that would meet all of their needs. But when Bracker presented the plan for the approximately $10 million edifice to the school’s donors, “it scared the hell out of them,” he says. “It was too expensive."



California District To Install Solar Arrays

Baldwin Park Unified School District in California will deploy solar arrays across seven of its campuses and its administrative center, an undertaking that could net the district more than $1 million per year in savings and incentive rebates.

Fujitsu and Pano Logic Launch Display-Only Client

Fujitsu has introduced a new line of "Zero Client" devices that need only LAN and power connections to provide computing services to users.

Colorado Prep School Goes Solar

An ongoing effort by a Colorado school to "deepen its students' appreciation for the world around them" has led to its being given a fully engineered, fully financed solar panel array to meet the school facility's energy needs.

Microsoft Enters K-12 Desktop Virtualization Market with MultiPoint Server

Microsoft has joined the desktop virtualization fray with the launch of Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, an application that allows multiple users to access their own computer sessions at the same time through a shared computer. Each user has a monitor, keyboard, and USB mouse. The company said it expects the new program to appeal to budget-conscious educational customers, particularly schools and libraries.

Georgia District Drives Savings Through Energy Initiative

In September 2009, Marietta City Schools (MCS) of Marietta, GA, launched a competition among the schools in the district. The "Save a Watt" competition, designed in conjunction with energy data solutions provider Apogee Interactive and energy provider Marietta Power & Water (MPW), led to energy and cost savings in every school in the district.

Siemens Pushes Back Deadline for Sustainability Challenge

Siemens has announced a change in the submission deadline for students in grades K through 5 for its "We Can Change the World" Challenge, a nationwide competition, presented in partnership with Discovery Education, for elementary and middle school students and their teachers and mentors.

Web-Based SIS Looks To 'Go Green' with New Communications Features

InformationNow, a Web-based student information system from K-12 technology developer STI, is adding a new suite of features called "Go Green."

Good Science, Great Technology Will Drive Student Engagement

It's up to America's teachers to get the country's youth involved in critical environment issues. But that's not going to happen if teachers aren't delivering the message in a way that engages students, according to Ed Begley Jr., who delivered the opening general address at this year's FETC conference in Florida. "We have to speak in a language young people understand. And that language," he said, "is technology."

Bretford Laptop Carts Get Energy Smart

Bretford Manufacturing is bringing energy management capabilities to its line of "intelligent" laptop computer carts.

Charter School Organization Virtualizes Infrastructure

The Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation (GEO Foundation) in Indiana has virtualized its computing infrastructure and upgraded its storage system to reduce costs and energy requirements, expand student access to computers, and improve IT operations. The announcement was made at the FETC 2010 conference, which is going on this week in Orlando, FL.

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