T.H.E. News Update :: October 3, 2007

News & Issues

Los Angeles USD Tries Out Mass Notifications

The Los Angeles Unified School District is deploying a mass notification system to provide emergency notifications to parents and students and to offer regular alerts on district events and news. According to the NTI Group, which is providing the notification system, LAUSD is now the largest district in the United States to deploy such a system across the entire district....

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Autodesk Launches Academic Certs

Software developer Autodesk is expanding its certifications to secondary and post-secondary students through its new Autodesk academic certification program. The credential students earn is the same as the professional-level credential but is offered at an academic discount....

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DoE UMass Dartmouth Grant Targets Math Education

The United States Department of Education has awarded the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth $2 million for a research effort aimed at improving math education. The funds will be used by the university's recently dedicated James J. Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education to "examine new strategies to excite students about learning math, and increase the number and diversity of students in the math, science, and engineering pipeline," the university reported....

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Missouri Says 'Show Me' the Test Results

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has tapped Riverside Publishing to create a series of high school end of course assessments that will gauge student learning and achievement in the context of the state's Show-me Standards and course-level expectations....

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LA District Expands Assessments

Louisiana's LaFourche Parish School District, which serves approximately 15,000 students in 30 schools, has expanded its license of formative assessment and instructional offerings from Plato Learning....

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Blue Lane To Ship VirtualShield 4 for VMware

Blue Lane Technologies has announced that it will ship VirtualShield 4.0 Oct. 5. VirtualShield is a security solution for VMware Infrastructure 3 and designed to integrate with VMware VirtualCenter....

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