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T.H.E. News Update :: September 17, 2008

News & Issues

NSF Grants Aim To Increase K-12 Science and Math Teachers

The National Science Foundation this week awarded nine grants aimed at expanding the number of undergraduates pursuing teaching careers in science and math. This week's grants, administered through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, range from $500,000 to $750,000. Thirty such grants have been awarded this year so far. Sixteen were awarded in 2007.

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Intel Rolls Out 65W, 6-core Xeon 7400 Processors

Intel this week began rolling out its new line of Xeon processors targeted toward server markets. The new Xeon 7400 series features four- and six-core configurations designed to be used in systems with at least four processors and is targeted largely toward data centers and, in particular, virtualization applications.

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Schools Receive $4 Million in 'Innovation Generation' Grants

The Motorola Foundation this week awarded $4 million to 92 K-12 schools and education organizations in its 2008 Innovation Generation grant program. The funding is aimed at supporting STEM-oriented education programs for K-12 students, including after-school programs, science and math clubs, and other initiatives.

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2009 ExploraVision Science Competition Kicks Off

Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association have launched the 2009 ExploraVision Awards Program. The annual student science competition, now in its 17th year, is open to K-12 students in the United States and Canada, offering prizes of up to $10,000 in savings bonds for the winners.

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Alerts.com Announces Free Messaging and Emergency Notification System for Schools

During the company's presentation at DEMOfall 08, Alerts.com announced the launch of its free school alert notification and messaging system, MySchoolAlerts.

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Hawaii Schools Expand EdisonLearning Partnerships

EdisonLearning has announced an expanded partnership with Hawaii schools, nearly tripling the total number of schools served throughout the state.

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Miami-Dade Adopts Web-based High School Reading Intervention

Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida is implementing a new online reading intervention program for its high school students. The district, the fourth-largest in the United States, has signed on with Glencoe/McGraw-Hill to deploy the company's Jamestown Reading Navigator.

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Georgia Virtual School Signs On for Online Courses

The Georgia Virtual School this week signed on with the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), a service of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education that provides course materials designed specifically for online delivery.

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