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Information Technology

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inBloom to 'Wind Down'

CEO Iwan Streichenberger announced today that the nonprofit data integration and content search service for students and educators, which launched in February 2013 with $100 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will cease operations.

Palm Beach County Upgrades Wi-Fi To Support Digital Learning

Palm Beach County School District has implemented a new wireless network across all 185 schools and 13 other facilities to support 1-to-1 learning initiatives and the state's mandated switch to e-textbooks.

West Acquires SchoolMessenger

West Corp. is acquiring SchoolMessenger, legally named Reliance Holding, a provider of notification and communication tools for the K-12 market.

ACT Gives First Digital Exams

The first-ever computer-based national undergraduate college admission exam was administered to an invited group of 11th-grade students in 80 high schools across 23 states.

NSBA Makes Recommendations for Improving E-Rate

In response to the FCC's request for suggestions about modernizing the E-Rate program, National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel has offered a series of recommendations.

Keeping Student Data Private

Five CTOs discuss their data privacy concerns and reveal how they are working with teachers, students and the community to safeguard student information.

Aerohive Intros New Gigabit Access Point

Aerohive Networks has introduced a new 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi access point that it's touting as an economical option for organizations that want to upgrade to to the standard but have been concerned about cost and power requirements.

Santa Fe Public Schools Deploys Fiber Optic LAN

Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) has replaced the conventional copper-based local area network (LAN) at one elementary school with a new fiber optic LAN and plans to upgrade six more schools before the 2014-15 school year.

Report: Global Software Sales Top $407 Billion in 2013

Global software shipments rose 4.8 percent year over year to hit $407.3 billion in 2013, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. Riding a 6 percent growth rate, Microsoft continues to dominate the sector with sales of $65.7 billion, more than twice second-place company Oracle, which raked in just under $30 billion in the last year.

Bandwidth for All

With more and more students using mobile devices for learning, districts are finding creative ways to provide enough bandwidth for everyone to do their work outside of school.

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