K-12 Tech Trends :: June 13, 2007

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House Subcommittee Flat Funds EETT

Things are looking up for education technology funding in the United Sates House of Representatives. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) has approved an appropriations bill that would provide $272.25 million for Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2 or EETT), which had previously been recommended for zero-funding in the Bush administration's proposed 2008 budget....

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News Briefs

New Mexico Partners with MS for K-12 Education

The state of New Mexico is entering into a partnership with Microsoft Corp. through the company's "U.S. Partners in Learning" program. The idea is to bolster STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education programs by providing funding for classroom technologies and integrating curricula with opportunities to enhance the economic situation in the rural communities that will participate in the programs....

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Nevada School District To Deploy Assessment System

In search of a formative assessment system for its 65,000 students, Nevada's Washoe County School District landed on the Edusoft Assessment Management System from Chicago-based Riverside Publishing....

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Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro Notebooks

Apple has released three upgraded models in its MacBook Pro line of notebook computers. The new models get processor speed boosts across the entire base line. The three new models are available with either 15- or 17-inch screens and now come stock with 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4 GB....

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MathWorks Bundles Addons with MATLAB & Simulink Student Version

The MathWorks (Natick, MA) has upgraded its MATLAB & Simulink Student Version, which combines its MATLAB and Simulink offerings, by bundling it with various software add-ons....

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Case Study: NJ District Ramps Up Security for Laptop Deployment

The quality of academic programs has become a significant competitive factor among high schools in recent years. This is particularly evident in top private schools like St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, N.J., a co-ed, Catholic high school operated by the diocese of Trenton. At St. John Vianney, the institutional program is geared toward college preparation, offering honors, advanced placement and special needs courses available in all disciplines. At a 98 percent college placement, it's clear that St. John Vianney has made a commitment to providing academic excellence....

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St. Bernard Powers OpenDNS Site Blocking

DNS provider OpenDNS is expanding its list of safety features for kids by implementing new site blocking capabilities. The goal is to provide a means for school, library's, parents, and others responsible for kids' access to the Internet to be able to block sites deemed inappropriate for minors, including adult sites and social networking sites. OpenDNS is expanding its security toolchest with the help of St. Bernard Software, which is providing the technology behind the service's site-blocking capabilities....

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