T.H.E. News Update :: August 29, 2007

News & Issues

Georgia District Rolls Out Anonymous Communication Tool

Georgia's Franklin County School District will launch an anonymous messaging and emergency notification system to students, faculty, and staff for the 2007/2008 school year using AnComm's Talk About It offering, which is currently used by more than 100 schools nationwide....

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Tornado-Stricken Schools Deploy WiFi

Nearly destroyed by an F5-class tornado May 4, Greensburg Unified School District in Kansas has reported that it worked with long-range WiFi networking technology maker Xirrus to deploy a wireless network to full operation in less than a day....

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U Minnesota Hosts High-Tech Camp for Disadvantaged Kids

Graduate students from the University of Minnesota's computer science and engineering departments hosted middle school students last week. The five-day high-tech camp attracted 30 students from Minneapolis and St. Paul who created 3D movies, programmed robotic dogs, and digitally altered the sound of their own voices....

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DOC Cop Delivers Free Anti-Plagiarism Tools

A new service has been launched to help instructors in both higher education and K-12 institutions detect plagiarized work submitted by students. The service, DOC Cop, is an entirely Web-based tool that provides free and automated assistance in locating "source material" (ahem) used in assignments submitted to teachers....

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Lincoln PSD Decentralizes Web Content Management

Continually posting all Web content for your users is like continually giving them a fish instead of teaching them how to grab a pole and catch one for themselves, according to Kirk Langer. He's director of technology at Lincoln Public School District in Lincoln, NE, a highly rated school district with some 33,000 students. As an early technology adopter, the district began looking for content management solutions for its Internet sites more than 10 years ago. It has just recently found the right mix of tools to allow users themselves to make most changes to both internal and external sites within the district....

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Palm Beach County Deploys WAN Optimizer

The School District of Palm Beach County in Florida has deployed a WAN optimization technology called ProxySG from Blue Coat Systems. The device is an appliance designed to accelerate file transfers, educational content, and applications across the WAN. It was implemented at 160 sites, which Blue Coat reported was the largest WAN optimization deployment in history....

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