T.H.E. News Update :: April 9, 2008

News & Issues

Are Schools Inhibiting 21st Century Learning?

The idea of technology in education is to enhance learning, not limit it. Yet a large portion of students say teachers and school IT departments are doing just that: throwing up barriers to learning with the very technology that's supposed to facilitate it. And teachers, administrators, and parents seem to be largely unaware of this, according to the results of the 2007 Speak Up survey released Tuesday by Project Tomorrow....

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HP Debuts Mini Notebooks for Schools

HP has launched a new line of mini notebooks designed specifically for schools. The new 2133 Mini-Note PCs, which were announced Tuesday, weigh in just above 2.5 pounds and start a hair below $500. They're aimed largely toward students for school and home use....

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Science Teachers Receive $550,000 in Grants

Toyota recognized 78 science teachers nationwide with $550,000 in grants via its Toyota Tapestry: Grants for Science Teachers program at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education in Boston, MA. The company selected 78 proposals for funding from the more than 500 submitted by K-12 teachers....

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Cypress-Fairbanks Deploys Network Monitoring Tool

Network management software developer Ipswitch announced that the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD), a large public school district in the state of Texas, has selected WhatsUp Gold to monitor and manage its wide area network (WAN) infrastructure....

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Defense Department Rolls Out Reading Around the World

Pearson has been awarded the contract from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to provide elementary reading programs for its schools around the world....

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Autism Center Bolsters Data Backup with HYDRAstor

In an effort to consolidate its business continuity/data recovery operations, the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg, NY has deployed a storage backup and archive system from NEC called HYDRAstor HS8, replacing the school's "antiquated" mixed backup solution....

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Baltimore Deploys Parent Notification Program

Baltimore City Public Schools this month announced that it has implemented Global Connect's Parent Notification System for communicating with parents and staff members. The school district, which serves about 82,000 students, will begin using the Global Connect system in May....

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HP Makes Push into Data Encryption

HP has introduced several products to address data protection and compliance in storage environments, including add-ons that do automated data encryption on tape drives and libraries. Among the offerings: a secure fabric switch; an encryption kit for tape autoloaders and libraries; integration of compliance and management appliances; and, a free online security assessment tool....

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