T.H.E. News Update :: May 21, 2008

News & Issues

Security: Schools Frustrated by Budget, Staff Constraints

While schools have spent the last year beefing up their physical security infrastructure, the quality of their data security has apparently dropped. According to the 2008 School Safety Index, conducted by Quality Education Data and released this week by CDW Government (CDW-G), district IT professionals rated their own "cyber security" 25 percent lower this year than they did in last year's survey results, while their physical safety score rose 39 percent over 2007....

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Alliance Weighs In on Microsoft Interoperability in Education

As we reported last week, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), a group that advises the British government on education technology issues, referred a complaint to the European Commission about the impact of Microsoft's interoperability issues in education. Now the ODF (OpenDocument Format) Alliance is stepping in with support for Becta's move. Microsoft, for its part, responded today by saying that it wholly supports interoperability and will work to resolve the issues raised by the groups....

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Plagiarism Tool Scans 1 Million Papers

CMS/LMS provider Blackboard reported Monday that its plagiarism detection service, SafeAssign, has now been used to scan more than 1 million student papers. Blackboard debuted SafeAssign about nine months ago....

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OLPCs To Sport XP Pro in Emerging Markets

Microsoft and One Laptop per Child announced an agreement Thursday to put Windows XP Professional on OLPC XO laptops in emerging markets, providing an alternative to Linux, which will, of course, continue to be offered for the low-cost machines aimed toward students in economically disadvantaged regions....

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Arizona, Illinois Districts Deploy Infinite Visions ERP

Two districts in Arizona and one in Illinois have announced recently that they've adopted Infinite Visions enterprise resource planning software from Windsor Management. According to the company, its ERP solutions are now in about 90 percent of school districts in Arizona....

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Microsoft Expands Education Footprint in Asia Pacific Region

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced new partnerships to extend accessibility and computer literacy in the Asia Pacific region during a speech in Jakarta at a government leader gathering earlier this week....

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JDCHS Streamlines Backup and Recovery for Mac Network

Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, UT faced a problem with its hybrid tape/disk backup and recovery system: It didn't always work, and, when it did, it was slow. So the school recently replaced the system with a pure disk-based RAID to handle its more than 455 networked Macs, along with offsite archive drives for business continuity/disaster recovery....

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VBA To Return to Mac; Office 2008 SP1 Released

Microsoft Tuesday released Service Pack 1 for Office 2008 for Mac, the first major update to what the company called its most successful Mac Office launch in 19 years (in terms of sales volume). In a surprise move, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit also announced that it plans to bring Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) back to the Mac platform with the next major release....

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