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T.H.E. News Update :: May 7, 2008

News & Issues

Report: STEM Gap Widens for Underrepresented Minorities

It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise to our readers, but research released this month shows an expanding ethnicity gap for Americans pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. A new report from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) reveals that the number minority students pursuing STEM degrees and careers has flattened out or even declined in recent years....

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Next-gen WiFi Expected To Be in 99% of North American Campuses by 2013

Although the wireless standard 802.11n is found in less than 3 percent of North American universities currently, it will be available in 99 percent by 2013, according to a new study by ABI Research. According to the research firm, the increases are driven by a variety of needs and demands in both K-12 and higher education....

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LS Education Desktop Integrates SchoolM@il

LearningStation has partnered with ePals to integrate ePals' SchoolM@il into its LS Education Desktop. The deal will allow Education Desktop users to access SchoolM@il and the ePals Global Learning Community within LearningStation's platform.....

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Online Writing Remediation Program Targets High School Seniors

Ed tech developer Vantage Learning has launched a new edition of its writing remediation program, targeting high school seniors and incoming college freshmen. My Access! College Edition extends the standard "School Edition," designed for K-12, with greater emphasis on analysis and interpretation, as well as additional features....

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In2Books To Be Free for Economically Disadvantaged Schools

ePals this week announced that it will make its In2Books series of digital literacy tools available to Title I schools at no charge beginning in fall 2008. The company has also announced some enhancements to the 2008-2009 classroom edition of In2Books....

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Blackboard Sets BbWorld '08 Agenda

Blackboard Thursday announced details for its upcoming BbWorld '08 conference, which will be held July 15 through 17 in Las Vegas. The show will feature about 140 sessions covering education technology strategies and issues, as well as keynote addresses from Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak (largely credited for inventing the first practical personal computer) and U Miami President Donna Shalala....

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Children's Way Beefs Up Security in K-6 Virtual World

Non-profit developer Children's Way Foundation has teamed with eGuardian to bolster security on its Woogi World, an online virtual world for K-6 students. The agreement allows Woogi World to incorporate eGuardian's online verification service as a means of safeguarding kids from online strangers who might be posing as other children....

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School Web Lockers Debuts 'Profanity Filter'

Web technology provider School Web Lockers has launched a new service for its collaboration and file sharing system: profanity filters....

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