T.H.E. News Update :: August 6, 2008

News & Issues

Pennsylvania Expands 'Classrooms for the Future' to 543 High Schools

Pennsylvania is expanding its Classrooms for the Future program to 182 more high schools in 152 school districts for the 2008-2009 school year, bringing the total number of high schools in the program to 543 and the total number of participating districts to 453.

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Saugus USD To Launch Student Writing Collaboration Project

Saugus Union School District in Santa Clarita, CA is launching a new writing program for its fourth-grade students that couples writing and science using ultra-mobile devices and collaborative learning software, among other technologies. According to information supplied to us by the district, the initiative is being funded through a $1.4 million EETT competitive grant the district recently won.

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Utah Signs On for Technology-Based K-5 Reading Programs

The Utah State Board of Education has signed a five-year contract with Scientific Learning to deploy that company's Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant lines of technology-assisted reading programs.

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Angel Integrates Online Courses with LMS

Angel Learning has partnered with Class.com to bring that company's online courses to Angel's Learning Management Suite.

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Does Microsoft Have an Open Source Heart?

Microsoft's open source outreach effort, which started just a few years ago, isn't dead on arrival, if you hear Sam Ramji, Microsoft's senior director of platform strategy, talk about it. Rather, it's coming alive.

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Google Schedules Road Trip To Show Off Google Apps Education Edition Tour

Loyola Marymount University, University of San Diego, Kent State University, and University of Virginia are among a dozen schools that have gone public with their adoption of Google Apps Education Edition. At the Campus Technology Conference in Boston Google announced that it counts a million users worldwide on campuses--both K-12 and higher education--using its suite of online services.

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3PAR Releases Virtual Desktop Solution for VMware VDI

3PAR has announced a new virtual desktop provisioning and management solution for VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

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Waterford Releases E-mail Archiving Software for K-12

Waterford Technologies has announced new education pricing for its MailMeter Archive software for K-12 schools. MailMeter is an e-mail and file archive management solution.

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