T.H.E. News Update :: July 16, 2008

News & Issues

Going Green or Hoarding Green?

Organizations have the desire to reduce their impact on the environment but lack the will to pay a premium for cleaner operations, according to a cross-sector survey released recently by IT hosting solutions provider Rackspace.

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Serotek Offers Free K-12 Computing Tool for Blind

The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Information Software developer Serotek Corp. has announced a new program for blind and visually impaired students called Keys for K-12. The program provides the company's System Access Mobile software for text to speech and screen magnification free of charge through an annual licensing program.

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Penn State Launches Teacher Training for Special Needs Students

Pennsylvania State University is launching a new teacher professional development program aimed at helping teachers address the needs of disabled students in general education classrooms. With Internet-delivered video lectures and online collaboration tools for participants, the program is open to current and prospective teachers around the country.

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Microsoft Says SQL Server 2008 To Ship This Quarter

After some speculation that the final release of SQL Server 2008 may slip yet another quarter, Microsoft said its next-generation database is on pace to ship in the third quarter.

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ISO, IEC Purportedly Advise Rejecting OOXML Appeals

Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, which was technically approved in April as an international standard (ISO/IEC 29500), may be on its way toward surviving an appeals process--the last challenge to its legitimacy as a standard.

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eInstruction Launches Workspace-ExamView Edition

Ed tech developer eInstruction has released Workspace-ExamView Edition, a new version of the Workspace digital classroom suite that couples ExamView's assessment tools with interactive classroom technologies, such as clickers and whiteboards.

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Alabama Distance Learning Rolls Out Statewide for 2009-2010

Alabama is aiming for a first. All high schools in the state will have distance learning programs beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, including videoconferencing and Web-based learning tools, according to information released this week by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton.

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GoKnow Customizes Mobile Learning Environment For Companion PC

M&A Technology has partnered with educational software provider GoKnow. Under the agreement, GoKnow will release a version of its Mobile Learning Environment (MLE), customized for use on the Companion PC--a ruggedized laptop based on the Intel-powered Classmate PC.

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  • School Perspectives -- discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.
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