News Briefs for Tuesday, Nov. 28

NetDay Speak Up Survey To Remain Open Until Dec. 15

Project Tomorrow last week announced that it will keep its fourth-annual NetDay Speak Up survey open until Dec. 15. Speak Up is a survey of students, teachers and parents whose aim is to collect data on data on science, math, technology and 21st-century education. To date, more than a half a million participants have registered for this year's survey, and some 116,000 have completed it. The survey, according to Project Tomorrow, is open to "all schools, public or private, who would like to learn more about the views and ideas of their students, teachers and parents on key education topics today." There is no fee for participation.

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Perceptive Releases ImageNow 6.0 Sunflower

Perceptive Software has released ImageNow 6.0 Sunflower, a new version of the company's document management, imaging and workflow software suite targeted toward educational institutions. The new release adds enhancements in the areas of version control and library services, digital signatures, ImageNow Projects, ImageNow Worksheets and ImageNow Workflow Designer, with more than 2,000 total new features.

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DEVONthink Professional Office Goes Public Beta

DEVONtechnologies has released a public beta of its new office suite, DEVONthink Professional Office. The new version of the software adds email archiving with support for a variety of e-mail systems; paper capture via flatbed scanner (including support for Fujitsu's ScanSnap), with built-in ReadIRIS CR software; and integrated Web sharing. The public beta is available now for Mac OS X. The full release is expected to be available in January for $149. Upgrade pricing will be available for users of DEVONthink Professional and DEVONthink Personal.

More info: Supports More Than 94,000 Schools today said it now supports 94,201 public schools with its free cell phone-based emergency notification system for parents. Lockdown Alert sends a text message to parents when an emergency occurs at their children's schools. There is no charge to parents or schools for using the advertiser-supported system. The company said in a prepared statement that there were at least 31 alerts in 12 states last week effecting as many as five schools each.

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GTCO CalComp To Supply Interactive Whiteboards to Russian Federation

GTCO CalComp Monday announced that it's been awarded a contract to supply interactive whiteboards to four major regions in the Russian Federation. The deal calls for GTCO to deliver more than 1,600 of its InterWrite SchoolBoards, which will "support the Russian's Ministry of Education’s objective to provide students from various regions in Russia with equal rights to access information-reference resources and educational programs in a dynamic and interactive setting," according to GTCO. The purchase is part of the Russian Federation's "Priority National Project—Education" initiative to include "visually stimulating" technology products in Russian classrooms.

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About the author: Dave Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's educational technology online publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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