The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday revealed 126 new infrastructure projects designed to bring broadband connectivity to schools, homes, and businesses in rural areas and Native American lands. Combined, the projects represent $1.2 billion in federal stimulus spending, impacting 38 states, including tribal areas.
In the race for Internet speed, the United States could definitely be called a slacker. According to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in the area of average advertised broadband download speed this country falls somewhere between those little heralded hotbeds of high tech, Italy and Greece.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
As valedictorian of his senior high school class, Jed Michal was naturally expected to give the commencement speech during the graduation ceremonies of his East Colorado high school. Though stuck in a Texas hospital a week out from a bone marrow transplant for leukemia--a disease that had robbed him of his entire junior year--he was able to deliver that once-in-a-lifetime address thanks to videoconferencing technology implemented by his district's regional co-op.
- By Denise Harrison
Relatrix has released an update to its EZCommunicator online contact management platform aimed at facilitating communication between school district community members, extending the reach of notifications to popular social networking sites.
- By Evan Tassistro
Blackboard has updated its emergency alert system for K-12 schools. The latest release of the system, Blackboard Connect, expands accessibility features and also adds automated weather alerts.
Cisco Systems is the latest vendor to enter the tablet device market and, like other players, the company is looking at its entry as an alternative to traditional Windows-based PCs.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Microsoft showed off Communications Server "14" last week at Tech-Ed in New Orleans.
Collaborative technologies like video and telepresence aren't just changing they way people work, learn, and communicate. They're also having an enormous impact on networks and will, in the near future, force radical changes in architecture, according to Cisco's Marthin de Beer, who delivered the opening keynote address at the InfoComm 2010 conference Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Videoconferencing is helping schools cut travel costs and save on professional development. In fact, one regional organization reported it's saving more than $100,000 on annual professional development costs alone thanks to Internet-based teleconferencing.
- By Scott Aronowitz
Memphis City Schools (MCS) in Tennessee has completed two major upgrades to its technology infrastructure, both aimed at improving overall efficiency and subsequent cost savings and creating enhanced educational opportunities offered by advancing technology.
- By Scott Aronowitz