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Telecommunications


Palm Updates webOS, Releases SDK

Palm has unveiled the next generation of its mobile OS platform--webOS 2.0--and made the SDK available via the SDK Early Access Program.

Smart Phone Adoption Growing Faster Than Expected

In the wake of a recent downgrade to its worldwide PC forecast, market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) this week significantly upgraded its forecast for converged mobile devices, also known as smart phones. The company also forecast dramatically increased market share for Android and Windows Mobile at the expense of both Symbian and Apple's iOS.

Opening Up to Digital Textbooks

Working with the district's IT department, a high school in Florida has switched over to electronic textbooks for the 2010-2011 school year in an effort to increase student learning opportunities and save money (and maybe a few trees) in the process.

Developing a 'Tech Bill of Rights'

As more technology has infiltrated America's schools, technology policies from district to district have diverged wildly. Some allow or even require students to bring devices like smart phones and laptops; others limit these technologies or even ban them outright. Is there a way to take the capriciousness out of K-12 technology policy development?

Adding Enhanced 911 to a District in 4 Steps

With voice over IP already in place, Glen Cove School District in New York wanted to use the technology to improve emergency communications through enhanced 911. But adding e911 call service wasn't simply a matter of tacking another charge onto the purchase order. It involved collaboration with the police, the county and other parties critical to the process.

LanSchool Turns iOS Devices into Classroom Clickers

Classroom management and monitoring software provider LanSchool Technologies released a mobile device app effectively turning an iPhone, iPad, or iPod into a student response clicker.

Education IT Poised for Growth

While the rest of the world will experience increases in education IT spending this year, in the United States, information technology will be flat through the end of 2010. But, according to research firm Gartner, growth will resume in 2011 and continue at least through 2014.

Videoconferencing Connects Missouri Students with Peers Around The Globe

A scuba diver in Australia's Coral Reef, children at a refugee camp in Darfur, and HIV-positive teens in Rwanda are just some of those who play a part in teaching Missouri's students. Videoconferencing, in wide use in the state of Missouri, brings unique, interactive experiences into district classrooms that participate in New Links to New Learning, one of the state's oldest educational programs.

WiFi To Go: Middle Schoolers To Receive Mobile Hotspots

In a one-year pilot program, some middle school students in Hawaii will receive mobile devices that allow them to carry WiFi hotspots with them wherever they go.

Rural Schools To Benefit from USDA Broadband Grants

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday revealed 126 new infrastructure projects designed to bring broadband connectivity to schools, homes, and businesses in rural areas and Native American lands. Combined, the projects represent $1.2 billion in federal stimulus spending, impacting 38 states, including tribal areas.

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