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Global Research Project to Measure the Value of Technologies in Schools

A joint international research project involving the US, the UK, and Australia was launched last week to coincide with the IT Global Summit 2006. The research project will investigate new ways to measure the value of education technologies in schools in the three countries. Three structured case studies will be developed—one in a school or district in each country—that will provide insights into the value of educational technologies in schools. The aim is to include both tangible and intangible assets in the measurements. The purpose of the research is not to reproduce what is already happening in each country, but to leverage it and contribute to it. This study will be of benefit to policymakers and school leaders in the three countries, as it will provide an approach for informing data-driven decision-making processes concerning how best to provide up-to-date technology resources for students…

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DynTek Acquires TekConnect

DynTek Inc., a provider of professional technology services, has completed the acquisition of the operating assets of TekConnect Corp., a technology integration and consulting firm with a focus on the K-12 education market. TekConnect offers an extensive range of services, including technology consulting, systems integration, staff development, and staff augmentation. This transaction completes DynTek’s acquisition of TekConnect’s operating assets. On June 19, 2006, DynTek announced the acquisition of the assets of TekConnect’s Long Island division, based in Islip, NY. Additionally, Steve Struthers, TekConnect’s founder and president, will join DynTek as CEO to focus on the development of vertical market-oriented professional technology solutions…

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Dimension Announces Availability of 3D Printing Curriculum for Educators

The Dimension 3D Printing Group has announced the availability of a specially designed 3D printing curriculum aimed at giving educators additional tools to integrate real-world 3D printing technology into their existing engineering and design programs. Developed in coordination with leading educators and industry experts, the Dimension 3D Printing Learning Modules are included free of charge to educators with each new Dimension 3D Printer, including the recently introduced Dimension 1200 series or Dimension 768 series. The learning modules consist of a series of lessons, and each module provides hands-on activities that teach students basic engineering and design principles while using 3D printing...

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School District, City in Massachusetts Develop Model Security Program

As governors and school superintendents nationwide commemorate America’s Safe Schools Week, Lynn Public Schools and the city of Lynn (MA) are collaborating with GE Security to bring advanced security technologies to their schools. Under terms of the agreement, Lynn Public Schools will work with GE Security to develop a comprehensive security system. The security architecture will include investment in a number of advanced technologies, including a fire-alarm system, access control, intrusion detection, drug-trace detection, video surveillance, and integrated monitoring system installation…

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