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K-12 Tech Trends :: May 23, 2007

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Review: Google Mini 2.2

"Deploy and forget." That's the phrase that comes to mind to describe the Google Mini, the 1U rackmount appliance from Google. Now at version 2.2, the Google Mini provides key intranet and Internet search functionality, coupled with Google Analytics and document security integration, that make it, essentially, a complete "Google in a box," tailored just for you. And it's so simple and worry-free to operate and maintain that you might just forget you ever deployed it in the first place....

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News Briefs

K-12 Instructional Software Sets Up for Online Access

Education technology company Curriculum Advantage recently announced its plans to make content for Classworks, a K-12 instructional tool, available on the Internet. The software is designed for teachers to assign and monitor progress for curriculum in English, language arts, and math....

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AlarmPoint Launches Notification Grants

AlarmPoint Systems has launched a new grant program offering emergency notification systems through its new Crisis Notification Systems Grants Program....

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LanSchool Updates Student Monitoring Tool

LanSchool Technologies, a developer of classroom management software, has released an upgrade to its educational software LanSchool. The release is designed to monitor student activities and progress while working on classroom computers....

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Missouri To Launch Virtual Schools

Connections Academy, a virtual education company, recently announced that it has been selected by Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide Missouri's Virtual Instruction Program's (MoVIP) first K-5 virtual school, expected to open in 2007. The secondary education (grades 6-12) virtual school will be provided by Northwest Missouri State University. Both virtual campuses are intended to provide tuition-free education for more than 4,000 students in the state....

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Schools Help Struggling Readers with Soliloquy

Over the last month, two schools and one district have reported improvements in student achievement in reading resulting from a reading program based around speech recognition technology, Soliloquy Reading Assistant from Soliloquy Learning....

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Apple Rolls Out Upgraded MacBooks

Apple's entry-level series of notebook computers--the MacBook—last week received performance improvements across the board, including processor speed, memory, hard drive capacity, and networking. The new models are shipping now, with education pricing set below $1,000 on the low end....

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