T.H.E. News Update :: November 19, 2008

News & Issues

Report: Virtual Learning Expands Educational Opportunities

Virtual learning is not for all students. But for many, according to a new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), it can provide opportunities and access that might otherwise be unavailable, and it's therefore a critical component in the educational mix.

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NASA To Award Fellowships in Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project

NASA has announced a new science teacher certificate program that aims to award more than 200 fellowships to teacher in the next five years. Dubbed the Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project, the program will expose teachers to NASA science and engineering and help guide them in applying that experience in K-12 classroom instruction.

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Arizona Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills recently reported that Arizona has joined its State Leadership Initiative--the 10th state to join to date. According to the organization, this brings the total number of students reached to to 7.3 million.

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Tamalpais Union HSD Implements Multi-Campus WiFi Network

Tamalpais Union High School District in Marin County, California, has recently partnered with Aruba Networks to deploy the company's wireless network technology district-wide.

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Sun Unveils Family of Open Storage Appliances

Sun Microsystems has recently announced the availability of its new Unified Storage Systems, the Sun Storage 7000 family. Also know as Amber Road, the initial release includes three products: the Sun Storage 7110, 7210, and 7410.

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VMware Fusion 2.0.1 Gets Performance Boost

VMware has released an update to Fusion, its desktop virtualization solution for Mac OS X. The latest release, version 2.0.1, which began shipping Friday, includes a number of resolved issues, performance enhancements, and other improvements, as well as compatibility updates for the latest Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro systems.

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St. Lucie District Deploys Secure WiFi Networks, VoIP Infrastructure

Presidio Networked Solutions has recently announced wireless network deployments for St. Lucie County Public Schools in Florida. The implementation was aimed at replacing aging infrastructure, increasing network access for students and faculty, and enhancing security.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Establishes New K-12 Division

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the establishment of a new division aimed at serving the K-12 education market.

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Scantron, ETS Partner To Deliver Assessment Solutions

Scantron has entered into a multi-year licensing and distribution agreement with Educational Testing Service (ETS). Under the agreement, Scantron will distribute ETS' Item Banks along with its Scantron Achievement Series product.

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