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SMART Technologies Launches New Education Pricing Program to Replace SMARTer Kids Grants

The SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada announced last week that as of Sept. 30, 2006, it will no longer accept applications for new or renewed grants for SMART products. The product grant program was originally designed to support individual educators seeking funding from their school budgets, but educators today tend to purchase in large volumes, which requires a more streamlined approach. Therefore, SMART Technologies Inc. is launching a new education pricing program on Oct. 1, 2006, to better accommodate today’s purchasing requirements. Current grant holders will not be affected by this change if their grants are used prior to Sept. 30, 2006…

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Business Roundtable Initiative Urges Congress to Safeguard Science, Technology Leadership

Business Roundtable recently began conducting a concentrated push to urge Congress to seize upon the limited window of opportunity offered in this fall’s congressional session by passing critical legislation that promotes U.S. competitiveness and helps maintain our country’s science and technology leadership. The “Back to School … Back to Congress … Back to Action on U.S. Competitiveness!” initiative, part of the Roundtable’s ongoing efforts to make improved math and science capabilities a national and legislative priority this year, will feature the delivery of lunchboxes containing messages on how to keep America competitive to every Capitol Hill office, along with radio and print ads and in-person meetings with Members of Congress…

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Minneapolis Public Libraries Turn Page to VoIP Communications

Minneapolis Public Libraries (MPL) have turned the page from their old PBX phone system to a state-of-the-art IP communications system from Mitel that enhances library members’ experiences while reducing overall costs to the library. Mitel worked with Minneapolis-based platinum partner Marco to upgrade communications for the main headquarters and 13 other library branches...

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PCS Edventures! Announces Congressional Award

PCS Edventures! has received the annual Education Technology Think Tank (ET3) TEC Championship Leadership Award. The award was presented to PCS officials by Congressman Major R. Owens, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Education Braintrust, at the Braintrust Symposium, co-sponsored by ET3. The recognition awards were presented on Friday, Sept. 8, as part of the 36th CBC Legislative Conference held in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year’s Symposium was “Education Partners Ensuring America’s Competitiveness.”…

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