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K-12 Tech Trends :: May 2, 2007

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Biometrics in K-12: Vendor Claims and Your Business Plan

Part 3 of our series on biometric devices in education

My own quest for "The Truth about Biometric Devices in Schools" led to this three-part series on biometrics in K-12. It's a controversial topic, not just in the United States, but in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, which has its own concerned citizens fighting to ban fingerprinting of children in schools. My premise has been that before you decide to ban its use or buy into biometrics, you need to have an understanding of the technology itself and applications available, knowledge of key issues and concerns that have been raised, a keen eye for vendor claims, and then a sound business plan of action that leads to a security solution you really need.

In this final installment in our three-part series, we'll take a look at vendor claims and the need for a sound business plan....

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News Briefs

Michigan School District Launches Online Student Information System

Ann Arbor Public School District, in Ann Arbor, MI, said it plans to launch PowerSchool Premier, a Web-based student information system from Pearson School Systems, this spring. The technology will provide parents and students with daily access to student information online, according to Pearson....

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Irvine USD Extends Data Management, Analytics

Irvine Unified School District in California is extending its subscription to Plato Learning's assessment, data management, and analytics software....

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Erie School District Awarded $15 Million from GE College Bound District program

A $15 million grant has been awarded to the School District of the City of Erie from the GE College Bound District program. The five-year grant is designed to improve student achievement in math, science, and technology and increase students' college readiness....

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Intel Names 'Schools of Distinction' Finalists

Intel this week named 18 finalists in its 2007 "Intel Schools of Distinction Awards" competition. The finalists compete for grants totaling about $1 million in cash and technology based on the quality of their math and science programs....

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Marion County Deploys SMS

Marion County Public Schools in Ocala, FL has selected Chancery SMS, a program to manage school information from Pearson School Systems. Chancery SMS is designed to manage student and educator data online for the entire district....

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Miami-Dade Renews Desktop Security

Miami-Dade Public Schools, the fourth-largest school district in the nation, is implementing new security measures to protect its 90,000 desktops and 50,000 e-mail accounts from spam, viruses, worms, spyware, and unwanted applications....

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