T.H.E. News Update :: October 24, 2007

News & Issues

ATTAIN in Senate NCLB Discussion Draft

The United States Senate has released a discussion draft for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. As with the House version introduced last month, the Senate's draft includes language from the ATTAIN Act, emphasizing funding for education technology, professional development, and various systemic reform initiatives....

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Microsoft Launches Communications Suite

At a live event in San Francisco, Microsoft Tuesday announced the launch of its "Unified Communications" suite of products, which aims to blur the distinction between electronic and voice communications and provide a seamless experience that relegates traditional telephone use to the dark ages....

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Funds for Learning Expands E-Rate Tool

Funds for Learning has released a new module for its E-rate Manager for Applicants, a suite of tools for helping applicants manage E-rate processes. The new module, called Form 471 Wizard, is an online tool to help users complete the Services Ordered and Certification Form (also known as Form 471)....

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Speak Up 2007: Call for Participation Extends to Administrators

Project Tomorrow's annual Speak Up survey opened Oct. 15 with an expanded call for participation, inviting school and district administrators to share their views on technology and science education and how they can be leveraged to "provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the digital economy." The 2007 survey is also open, as usual, to K-12 students, parents, and teachers....

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Eclipse RAP Integrates Java Tools for RIA Development

The Eclipse Foundation released version 1.0 of the Eclipse Rich AJAX Platform (RAP). The organization is billing this toolset as the first AJAX platform that allows developers to create rich Internet applications (RIAs) using the Eclipse component model....

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ShareLoader Appliance Automates Remote Backups

Crossroads Systems has started shipping a new appliance designed to automate backups of both on site and remote systems--SurePath ShareLoader. The appliance allows for backups of saved files on user machines (Windows-based) and also allows those users to retrieve lost data themselves, with the aim of reducing "IT overhead."...

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