T.H.E. News Update :: March 19, 2008

News & Issues

Desire2Learn CEO Makes Case Against Blackboard Patent, Court Ruling

Desire2Learn recently became the first education technology provider to fall victim to litigation stemming from Blackboard's patent covering learning management systems. In February, the company lost a patent-infringement lawsuit filed by Blackboard and in March was enjoined by the court from selling any versions of its learning management system containing the "infringing" code. In this exclusive interview, John Baker, Desire2Learn's president and CEO, discusses the case with us, its impact on the company and its customers, and the implications for education technology as a whole....

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California Superintendent: Parents Have Right To Homeschool

Saying that public schools might not be a good fit for every student in California, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell released a statement this week supporting the rights of parents to homeschool their children, despite the Feb. 28 Second District Court of Appeals ruling to the contrary. The statement comes on the heels of a pledge by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to support homeschooling by fighting against the court ruling either through the courts or through other political means....

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Blackboard Debuts Educator Central Professional Development System

Blackboard has launched Educator Central, a new solution for K-12 teacher professional development. It's a hosted system for building education communities and managing professional development programs, as well as delivering and evaluating these programs....

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Institutions Pressure Presidential Candidates for Science Debate

Drexel University, Carnegie Mellon University, Temple University, Lehigh University, Lafayette College, and a number of other institutions of higher education, as well as museums and private companies, have called on the presidential candidates to participate in a science-focused debate on technology, climate change, health policy, and education....

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Symposium Focuses on Use of 3D in Education

A consortium of vendors is hosting a conference for educators on the use of 3D simulation-based learning. The Interactive Digital Center (IDC) Consortium is a collaboration formed by EON Reality, Nvidia, HP, Christie Digital, and Microsoft to promote the advancement of interactive 3D (i3D) visualization solutions for simulation-based learning and workforce development. The event will be held in Florence, SC April 9 through 11....

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Microsoft To Acquire Desktop Virtualization Vendor Kidaro

Microsoft last week announced its intent to acquire Kidaro, a Redwood City, CA-based provider of enterprise desktop virtualization software....

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Sun-Microsoft Collab Results in Interop Center

Sun Microsystems and Microsoft are working together to develop a set of guidelines for implementing Exchange Server 2007 on Sun server and storage hardware. Billed as Sun's Infrastructure Solution for Exchange, the guidelines allow scalable implementations for 1,000 to 20,000 mailboxes....

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Gates to Congress: Improve Math, Science Education

In testimony before the Committee on Science and Technology at the United States House of Representatives Wednesday morning, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates implored Congress and the President to "act decisively" to ensure that the country maintain its global leadership position in technology innovation. Gates's testimony focused on three key themes: education, research, and immigration.....

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