Microsoft Enters K-12 Desktop Virtualization Market with MultiPoint Server

Microsoft has joined the desktop virtualization fray with the launch of Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, an application that allows multiple users to access their own computer sessions at the same time through a shared computer. Each user has a monitor, keyboard, and USB mouse. The company said it expects the new program to appeal to budget-conscious educational customers, particularly schools and libraries.

Georgia District Drives Savings Through Energy Initiative

In September 2009, Marietta City Schools (MCS) of Marietta, GA, launched a competition among the schools in the district. The "Save a Watt" competition, designed in conjunction with energy data solutions provider Apogee Interactive and energy provider Marietta Power & Water (MPW), led to energy and cost savings in every school in the district.

Siemens Pushes Back Deadline for Sustainability Challenge

Siemens has announced a change in the submission deadline for students in grades K through 5 for its "We Can Change the World" Challenge, a nationwide competition, presented in partnership with Discovery Education, for elementary and middle school students and their teachers and mentors.

Web-Based SIS Looks To 'Go Green' with New Communications Features

InformationNow, a Web-based student information system from K-12 technology developer STI, is adding a new suite of features called "Go Green."

Good Science, Great Technology Will Drive Student Engagement

It's up to America's teachers to get the country's youth involved in critical environment issues. But that's not going to happen if teachers aren't delivering the message in a way that engages students, according to Ed Begley Jr., who delivered the opening general address at this year's FETC conference in Florida. "We have to speak in a language young people understand. And that language," he said, "is technology."

Bretford Laptop Carts Get Energy Smart

Bretford Manufacturing is bringing energy management capabilities to its line of "intelligent" laptop computer carts.

Charter School Organization Virtualizes Infrastructure

The Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation (GEO Foundation) in Indiana has virtualized its computing infrastructure and upgraded its storage system to reduce costs and energy requirements, expand student access to computers, and improve IT operations. The announcement was made at the FETC 2010 conference, which is going on this week in Orlando, FL.

Florida Power & Light Puts Renewable Energy in Students' Hands

Energy provider Florida Power & Light (FPL) has introduced the Next Generation Solar Education Station (NGSES) at L.A. Ainger Middle School in Rotonda West, FL. The working solar energy station, which provides 5 kilowatts of electricity, also serves as a tool for students to learn all about alternative energy.

Ohio District Overhauls Infrastructure To Save Costs, Reduce Energy Use

Lakota Local School District of Liberty Township, OH, has made infrastructure upgrades that it said it expects to save about $257,000 a year in energy and operating costs.

Nebraska Wind Farms Generate Tech Funds for School District

When the Nebraska Public Power District started looking into wind farms as potential sources of electricity seven years ago, Bob Marks had no idea what impact the initiative would have on his school district. The project started with a few years' worth of wind studies, said Marks, superintendent for Bloomfield Community Schools in Bloomfield, NE, and wrapped up this year with a financial windfall for the city's 240-student K-12 school.

Gartner: Careful Spending Will Continue Characterizing Data Center Ops in 2010

Data center managers have a lot of room for improvement in their operations, including reducing energy costs and making more efficient use of space, according to Gartner. The consulting firm said that energy costs are the fastest-rising cost element in the data center portfolio.

HP Launches Education Cloud Service with ClassLink

HP this week launched SchoolCloud, a cloud computing solution designed specifically for education, in collaboration with ed tech provider ClassLink. HP also introduced TeachNow, a software app designed to help teachers build lesson plans, and HP MultiSeat, a virtualization solution to allow students to share a single host computer with multiple keyboards and screens.

Environmental Education Institute Applies Its Own Expertise to Efficient Heating

The Chewonki Foundation, a non-profit institution in Wiscasset, ME, offering numerous educational programs focusing on the environment and the natural world, has applied its own knowledge to heating its largest facility, the Center for Environmental Education, using a geothermal heating unit (GHU).

Red Hat Launches Linux Release with KVM Hypervisor

Red Hat has released the fourth update of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform, which the company is calling the foundation of its virtualization portfolio.

Microsoft Unveils Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Microsoft released the latest version of its free standalone server virtualization solution Friday.

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