September 21, 2005

T.H.E. Newsletter: September 28, 2005
September 21, 2005
  • IBM Launches ‘Transition to Teaching' Program

    IBM announced last week that it will help address the critical shortage of math and science teachers by helping some of its most experienced employees become fully accredited teachers in their local communities upon electing to leave the company.

    The IBM Transition to Teaching program will begin as a pilot with as many as 100 US employees in various geographic areas participating across the country and, if successful, will expand significantly and engage other companies, too. Each employee will be able to participate in both online course work and more traditional courses, participate in online mentoring while remaining at the company, as well as student teach for up to three months in order to meet state certification requirements and prepare them with quality experiences.

    IBM will reimburse participants up to $15,000 for tuition and stipends while they student teach, as well as provide online mentoring and other support services in conjunction with partner colleges, universities, and school districts.

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  • UC Berkeley Launches Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

    The UC Berkeley's College of Engineering has announced the launch of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET), a new academic program and industry partnership that will educate the next generation of technical leaders on entrepreneurship in a changing, global economy. As part of a hands-on approach to educating engineers and scientists, leading investment firms and Bay Area business executives have joined the CET as advisors, sponsors and instructors, providing a network to support Berkeley students, faculty, and staff with the creation of start-up ventures, the efficient transfer of technology to corporate partners, and product commercialization based on UC Berkeley research.

    The new, multidisciplinary program will prepare technology students for leadership in a changing global economy. The CET emphasizes going beyond traditional engineering skills to include an understanding of business issues, such as knowing how to recognize opportunities, assess viability, and work independently in international teams.

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  • Pearson School Systems Announces SIF 1.5 Certification

    In keeping with its strategy to deliver flexible, interoperable student information solutions, Pearson School Systems announced the certification by the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Association of SASI and Centerpoint for the SIF Application Standard Version 1.5. With the availability of the SIF 1.5 Agent for SASI and Centerpoint, Pearson School Systems offers the most popular and comprehensive school administrative systems to comply with the recently launched SIF 1.5 Compliance Program.

    One of the key components of SASI and Centerpoint's SIF 1.5 support is the StudentLocator object, created to fulfill the demands of the No Child Left Behind Act. The need to track the progress of students even when a child transfers from one school district to another has driven states to deploy state ID infrastructures. StudentLocator captures the basic data needs of most states, while leveraging the SIF 1.5 infrastructure extensibility to accommodate any state-specific requirements, including local-to-state automated vertical reporting.

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  • Discovery Education, APT Provide Free Digital Library to All Alabama Schools

    Discovery Education and Alabama Public Television (APT) have joined forces to energize education in Alabama classrooms. Discovery Education's award-winning unitedstreaming service is the new powerhouse for APTPLUS—Alabama Public Television's online digital resource library. APTPLUS is available at no cost to every K-12 public, private, and church school, as well as homeschoolers, in Alabama. It is also free to schools of education at every college and university statewide.

    By licensing unitedstreaming for every K-12 school in the state and adding original productions from its vast educational collection, APT is providing educators with a customized digital video package that is specifically correlated to Alabama's educational standards. In addition to more than 4,500 video programs chaptered into content-specific video clips that can be streamed or downloaded directly into the classroom, either via the Internet or through locally hosted video servers, educators have access to more than 20,000 digital images, an interactive quiz creator, pre-produced classroom activities, teachers' guides, and other supplemental materials that make unitedstreaming the leading digital video-based learning resource for schools.

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  • Last Call for 2006 Codie Nominations

    The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is accepting nominations for the 2006 Codie Awards through Oct. 14, 2005. The 21st annual peer-reviewed awards program will recognize the software and information industry's premiere products and services at an awards gala that will be held next spring in San Francisco, CA. Last year's awards drew 1,000 product submissions from 76 software, content, and education technology categories.

    To make a nomination, or view a list of past winners, visit

Lightpointe's ( FlightStrata 100 XA wireless point-to-point solution uses unique auto-switching capabilities that rely on a series of algorithms to automatically monitor performance thresholds and instantly switch traffic from a high-speed 100Mbps optical wireless path to a 72Mbps RF path if the primary signal is broken or disrupted. Since it ensures 99.999 percent network uptime and fast Ethernet throughput in all weather conditions at distances of up to 5km, FlightStrata is an ideal solution for schools that use enterprise LAN solutions and are looking for a cost-effective, easy-to-install alternative to leasing lines when connecting buildings, campuses, or other remote locations. The solution also features a Web interface that allows links to be configured and monitored from a network computer, and SNMP support that triggers alarms during network failure. Contact company for pricing information.

The Sagebrush Corp.'s ( In-Hand v3.3 computer solution for libraries gives users of Sagebrush InfoCentre, Athena, Spectrum, and Accent library management systems the ability to simplify their inventory, remote circulation, and in-house tracking by allowing them to scan thousands of barcodes right at the shelves; then synchronize the data into their system with a touch of a button. In-Hand is a portable, pocket-sized computer that relies on the Palm OS and features an integrated Symbol SE 900 scan engine to track library data from just about anywhere. The solution includes a rechargeable battery, 8MB of RAM, a touch-screen display, and fully customizable reports. In-Hand also enables users to take advantage of standard palm applications, including calendar, address book, and calculator functions. Contact company for pricing information.

My Payment Network Inc.( has released SchoolPay, an online payment service that allows public and private schools to collect payments via electronic check, credit card, or Paypal from parents for any school related item, including lunches, fundraisers, yearbooks, or school uniforms. SchoolPay's online administrator interface allows school personnel to run reports, create payment items, and actively manage all the payments a school receives in real time. Also, a percentage of the revenue earned from your school's parent subscribers is donated back to your school, so the more parents use SchoolPay, the more money your school receives. There are a few different pricing options available; contact company for more information.
Sun Microsystems' new Java Teaching Innovations Web portal features innovative curriculum created by educators that schools can use to increase students' knowledge of the Java programming language, and effectively integrate Java technology-based curriculum into their technology education programs. The site includes lesson plans and activities, special projects to complement existing Java curriculum, gaming activities that educators and students can download, and introductory presentations on how to incorporate Java curriculum and demonstrate its relevance to underrepresented populations.
C-SPAN Classroom has launched a new Web site for middle and high school civics and government teachers, which features free standards-based video content, lesson plans, and primary source materials that are designed to bring the subjects to life and engage students. Developed with a team of social studies teachers, the site's content, which is correlated with national and state standards, consists of hundreds of C-SPAN video clips that are broken up into six categories: principles of government, US constitution, each of the three branches of government, and political participation. As part of the site's launch, C-SPAN Classroom has also announced the return of its StudentCam contest, which invites middle and high school students to compete for $25,000 in prizes by submitting a short documentary that explores a current government-related issue.

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2005 Educational Road Map to the Web!
Order your copy of the new 2005 Educational Road Map to the Web! This year's Road Map is loaded with more than 200 educationally appropriate Web links from netTrekker (, the search engine for schools, who also co-sponsored this one-of-a-kind classroom poster. Copies of the Road Map can be ordered online at

T.H.E. Offers Educators Individual netTrekker Subscriptions
T.H.E. Journal has announced an exclusive partnership with Thinkronize, developers of netTrekker, the trusted search engine for schools, which allows educators worldwide to purchase individual (single-user) subscriptions to netTrekker, which previously was available only on a site license basis to schools and districts. With this initiative, T.H.E. and Thinkronize have combined to better serve their customer's needs by personalizing the way educators use the Internet. Educators can purchase individual subscriptions for netTrekker through the T.H.E. Journal's Web site at The suggested list price for a one-year subscription is $49.95.

Four New Integrating Technology Courses From T.H.E. Institute
T.H.E. Institute is offering four new online professional development courses to help educators comply with NCLB requirements and use technology more successfully in the classroom. The cost is $209 per course, which includes a $10 per person per course administration fee for documentation of clock hours and a certificate of completion. Course moderation and graduate credit are additional options; volume discounts are available. Anyone who enrolls in a course will receive individual access to the netTrekker site, as well as free individual access to United Learning's unitedstreaming site. For extra value, with registration for one of the above courses, participants will have access to an additional five courses - all five for only $100 - plus a $10 per person per course administration fee. In addition, special pricing is available for educators in district that have purchased Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's TechCONNECT.

Integrating Technology in the Classroom Courses: Social Studies - Available Now; Science - Available Now; English/Language Arts- Available Now; Mathematics - Available Now

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