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T.H.E. News Update :: July 30, 2008

News & Issues

Angel Expands ePortfolio, Integrates Coursework with LMS

Angel Learning has released a new version of ePortfolio, bringing it up to version 2.1. The new release expands integration with the Angel Learning Management Suite and includes new usability features.

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Vantage Upgrades MY Access! School Edition

Vantage Learning has released an upgraded version of MY Access! School Edition, an online writing program. The new version now aligns with curriculum standards for all 50 states and includes new usability and functionality enhancements.

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Sapient Overhauls Chicago Public Schools' Web Presence

The nation's third-largest public school system, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), unveiled its newly-redesigned Web site Friday, providing students, parents, and staff easier access to important resources and school district information. The redesign--executed through a partnership with interactive services firm Sapient--addresses user concerns based on data gathered in a district-wide survey.

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Santa Monica-Malibu USD Extends Outsourced IT Contract

IT consulting firm Networld Solutions has announced a contract extension with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). Under the new one-year agreement, Networld will provide the district continued IT planning and project management services that align with SMMUSD's Education Technology Plan.

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Sophos Upgrades Web Security Appliance

Security solutions provider Sophos has released a free upgrade to its WS1000 Web security appliance. It includes expanded protection against a variety of data security threats and new enforcement and reporting improvements.

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Skyward Debuts K-12 Mass Notification System

Software developer Skyward has launched a new mass notification system designed specifically for K-12 schools. Dubbed Skylert, the system is also designed to integrate with Skyward's Family Access system.

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Reflex Security Releases Virtual Security Center

Reflex Security has released Reflex Virtual Security Center (VSC). The solution is intended to enhance security by providing greater visibility and control over virtualized environments and integrates with Reflex Security's Reflex Virtual Security Appliance (VSA), as well as with VMware's VirtualCenter.

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Kaplan Acquires Pro Linguis

Kaplan has acquired Switzerland-based educational services provider Pro Linguis. The company joins several other European-based outfits recently acquired by Kaplan, including Financial Training Company, Dublin business School, and Aspect Education, among others.

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