News Briefs

News Briefs

CoSN Opens New State Chapters

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has opened three new state chapters in New Mexico, Louisiana, and Georgia. These latest three state chapters were each founded by local CTOs involved in education. According to CoSN, the state chapters are designed to “meet the needs of school district education technology leaders in a more local and immediate way.” CoSN provides broad resources for technology professionals, such as research and professional development services, while the state chapters provide more localized resources…

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Riverdeep, AppStream Join Forces to Offer SmartDownloads

Riverdeep LLC., the parent of Broderbund and The Learning Company, has announced SmartDownloads, a new service launched in partnership with AppStream Inc., a leader in on-demand application delivery. SmartDownloads provides on-demand software delivery of such well known titles as The Print Shop, PrintMaster, KidPix, and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing to consumers via http://www.broderbund.com and http://www.learningcompany.com. With the SmartDownloads service, Riverdeep will begin offering its largest applications via download. Previously, large, robust applications like The Print Shop would have required hours of waiting time to download, but with the SmartDownloads service, applications will download, install, and launch in a matter of minutes. With SmartDownloads, consumers are able to start using any software application with little drag on their memory during the initial delivery of the product to their PC…

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Denver Public Schools Selects ENCORE! for Special Ed Data Management

Denver Public Schools (DPS) has selected ENCORE! from Spectrum K12 School Solutions to provide a comprehensive, web-based solution for managing its special education program. The district, which serves approximately 75,000 students across 151 schools, joins several Colorado districts—including St. Vrain Valley School District, Cherry Creek School District, and the South Central BOCES—in implementing the award-winning ENCORE! solution to manage all phases of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process for special populations. Designed specifically for the K-12 education market, ENCORE! helps districts increase the effectiveness of their programs for special populations by automating time-consuming data collection and reporting processes, and reducing the paperwork burden...

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NetDay Extends Participation Deadline for Speak Up Survey

Responding to requests from hundreds of schools nationwide, the fourth annual NetDay Speak Up survey announced that schools and districts will have additional time to participate in the online survey that is collecting data on science, math, technology, and 21st century education from the nation’s K-12 students, parents, and teachers. The survey, located here, will remain open for input through Dec. 15, 2006. Over half a million students, teachers, and parents have already registered to take the Speak Up 2006 survey. The extension is a result of numerous requests from schools and districts seeking to utilize Speak Up 2006 as a meaningful learning experience for their students, teachers and parents…

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