T.H.E. News Update :: November 28, 2007

News & Issues

WiFi Bolsters Alabama District's 1:1 Tablet PC Program

Auburn City Schools in Alabama has found that a "no strings attached" approach to classroom networking has let new approaches to instruction take flight. The district has deployed a WiFi network to more than 1,000 tablet PC-equipped students and teachers at its junior high and high schools as part of a 21st Century Learning Initiative....

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eInstruction To Acquire Interwrite

Denton, TX-based eInstruction has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Interwrite Learning. Both companies develop classroom technologies for K-12 and higher education environments, including whiteboards and student response systems and software. The combined company will go by the name of eInstruction....

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Loudoun Deploys Weather Notification System

Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia has deployed a weather alert system from WeatherBug Professional and Sprint. Called WeatherBug Protect, the system uses mobile phones to alert faculty and staff of weather-related issues that could impact schools and outdoor events....

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Texas District Takes Special Ed Management Online

Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) in Texas is moving management of its special populations to the Web. The district last week signed on with Spectrum K12 School Solutions' Encore system for the move, which will cut roughly in half the number of data entry assistants required to assist with paperwork, moving those assistants into positions where they will be working directly with students, according to RRISD Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Toni Garcia....

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Mirage NACs Stave Off Storm Worm

Network Access Control systems from maker Mirage Networks can now recognize and isolate the Storm Worm, and variants thereof. The Storm Worm incorporates infected computers into a global, distributed botnet estimated to range in size anywhere between 250,000 and 10 million infected computers....

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Illinois District Keeps an Eye on 'Net Abuse

Illinois' Plainfield School District will use Spector 360 from SpectorSoft to prevent student Internet abuse and inappropriate usage of its computing infrastructure, which serves more than 28,000 students via 5,500 computers....

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