Allegany County Public Schools has built a new data network using equipment from Extreme Networks to support voice, video, and data communication across its 22-school district.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Apple has revamped its iMac and Mac mini consumer desktop lines. The new Mac mini gets improved graphics capabilities, moving to Nvidia integrated graphics, while the iMac gets expanded memory and storage--up to 1 TB in a base configuration--and new pricing.
Creighton School District in Phoenix, AZ is deploying 802.11n WiFi district-wide in an effort to support 1:1 computing and other technology-centric initiatives. The district currently supports a mixed computing environment consisting of Apple MacBook systems, Windows-based PC notebooks, and BlackBerry devices.
Poudre School District in Colorado has deployed WiFi arrays across all of its campuses as part of a larger technology-driven learning initiative. The deployment spanned 50 schools spread across nearly 2,000 square miles.
LeftHand Networks, an HP company, has released an entry-level storage area network (SAN) solution aimed at organizations implementing virtualized server environments.
Marymount High School in Los Angeles has recently deployed Xirrus 802.11n WiFi arrays campus-wide as it prepares to roll out a new 1:1 computer initiative.
Ballinger Independent School District in Texas has deployed WiFi arrays from Xirrus to support the district's 1:1 laptop initiative.
[Updated Feb. 20] For some time, cell phones and other mobile devices have existed on the fringe of educational technology. Some districts encourage them; some districts ban them and even go so far as to suspend students for bringing them to school; many don't have a policy one way or the other, as long as students keep them turned off during class. But recent developments in mobile technologies may help give cell phones a boost in the education space, although policy challenges still abound.
Toronto Montessori Schools and the Toronto Montessori Institute have chosen Xirrus 802.11abg+n WiFi arrays to deliver high speed internet access for student and teacher online learning.
- By Scott Aronowitz
Engineers at the University of Michigan have developed software aimed at turning cell phones into educational tools for K-12 students. Why? According to developer Elliot Soloway, cell phones cost a fraction of what a laptop costs but can do just about anything a laptop can do. As an added bonus, students are already bringing the devices to school with them.