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T.H.E. News Update :: May 28, 2008

News & Issues

Case Study: Data Warehousing at Hillsborough County Public Schools

One of the country's largest school districts has found great success in managing student records through a customized data warehousing, reporting, and analytics package. Teachers and administrators are extremely pleased with the tool, which helps them track the large and often transient student populations they serve in rapidly growing Hillsborough County, Florida....

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Microsoft To Adopt ODF, Take Role in Format Development

Microsoft Wednesday posted plans for expanding file format support in the next major revision of Office 2007. The move follows charges from the ODF Alliance and the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) that Microsoft has been stifling options for users by favoring its own OOXML format....

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Northern CA District To Upgrade Student Data Management

Santa Cruz City Schools in Northern California is replacing its student information system (SIS) with Infinite Campus in a deployment that's expected to be completed in early 2009....

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Student Hacker Breaks into PA District Network and Steals Data

A Pennsylvania school district will be hosting a community-wide "cyber information session" in the wake of an early May computer breakin. On May 9, a student hacked into the Downingtown Area School District network from a classroom computer and copied files that included dated personal information and Social Security numbers of school employees and community members....

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Colorado District Invests in Enterprise Resource Planning

Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6 in Greeley, CO announced this week that it's deploying Infinite Visions Enterprise Edition ERP software from Windsor Management for financial systems and human resources....

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Pueblo SD Rolls Out WiFi for 1:1 Program

Pueblo School District No. 70 in Colorado has deployed a WiFi network across three of its schools to support the district's 1:1 computing initiative and to support various mobile devices used in the district. The deployment was handled by WiFi developer Xirrus....

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Washington District Ramps Up High-Speed Access

In an effort to bolster its technology infrastructure for teaching and learning, Highline Public Schools in Burien, WA is rolling out high-speed services in 35 locations. The new network services, which include Qwest GeoMax and Qwest Metro Optical Ethernet, are being funded through E-Rate....

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Van Dyke Public Schools Deploys NetOp Software for Master Control in Classroom

After two years of working with NetOp School, the Van Dyke Public School System in Michigan has gone public with details about its installation of the software, which lets teachers control and interact with classroom computers....

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