Swiftreach Enters K-12 Alert Fray

The K-12 emergency notification industry has a new entrant that has traditionally sold into the municipal public safety market. Swiftreach recently launched SwiftK12, a version of its alerting service designed specifically for K-12. The system can send automated phone messages, text, e-mail, and pager alerts.

'E-Rate 2.0' Would Expand Broadband Access, Fund E-Book Pilot

The federal E-Rate program could be in for some major changes as it heads toward "version 2.0." A bill introduced in the House Tuesday, known as the E-Rate 2.0 Act of 2010, would amend the school technology program by adding a $2.5 billion residential broadband voucher pilot program for students; a $200 million e-book pilot program; and refinements to program administration designed to ease the application process.

Measuring the iPad's Potential for Education

Expectations run high for Apple's new mobile device, the iPad, which made its formal debut Wednesday. And much of the anticipation is centered around education, both in terms of its usefulness as a computing platform and its potential to usurp the traditional textbook model.

UK Company Releases School Notification Service

UK-based Call-Systems Technology has launched a new Web service to notify parents and guardians in the event of a school emergency.

5 K-12 Technology Trends for 2010

With technology evolving at the speed of light, and everyone looking to benefit from the latest, greatest hardware and software, keeping up can be challenging for educators, administrators, and school districts themselves. To help, THE Journal spoke with a handful of technology experts and came up with a short list of top tech trends you'll want to watch in the new year.

K-12's Stab at the Killer iPhone App

Before the iPhone hit the mobile phone scene in 2007, the word "app" wasn't part of the typical person's vocabulary. That's changed over the last two years or so as an increasing number of software developers have come out with applications for mobile devices and an ever more diverse range of users, including K-12 technologists, educators, administrators, parents, and students.

Blackboard Adds BlackBerry App for Mobile Web Platform

Blackboard has added the Research in Motion BlackBerry to its list of supported devices for the new Blackboard Mobile platform.

PA School District Adopts Teo for 911 Location Features

The Bedford Area School District in Pennsylvania has adopted Teo's E911 emergency management software to provide real-time information and communication for 911 events.

Will Google's Android 2 Be A Mobile Spoiler?

Could Google's Android be a spoiler in the smart-phone arms race after all?

LifeSize Debuts Series 200 Telepresence Systems

LifeSize announced a new series of high definition telepresence systems, the LifeSize 220 Series.

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