K-12 Tech Trends :: March 7, 2007



Report: E-Rate Brings Communications to 90 Percent of Low-Income Schools

Last week the Education and Libraries Networks Coalition (EdLiNC) and the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) released a report detailing the impact of E-Rate 10 years and $19 billion later. The study showed a dramatic increase in access to communications technologies in schools and libraries. But the study also suggested that the mission of E-Rate is not yet complete....

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News Briefs

New York City DOE Contracts with IBM for Student Data Management System

The New York City Department of Education has signed IBM to develop and deploy a new data management system for New York City Schools, which serves some 1.1 million students and employs more than 90,000 teachers. The system will be designed to measure student performance and progress in real time and provide that information to educators and parents....

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NC High School Implements Classworks for Remediation

South View High School in North Carolina has implemented Classworks for remediation in core subject testing. Nearby Hoke County School District is also implementing Classworks in seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one early college....

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PBS Launches Educator Site

PBS has debuted a new online portal designed specifically for Prek-12 educations: PBS Teachers. The portal, in development for more than a year, provides a "front door" for educational services offered by PBS....

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Second Life To Get 3D Voice

Second Life, the virtual world that's becoming increasingly popular in education, will soon add proximity-based 3D voice capabilities, according to developer Linden Lab....

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Wyoming District Rolls Out Anonymous Reporting

Sweetwater County School District No. 2 in Wyoming is launching a new service to help deal with students' personal problems, such as threats and bullying. The service, "Talk About It," from AnComm, lets students report their problems anonymously to school personnel via the Internet. Sweetwater becomes the first district in Wyoming to implement Talk About It....

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Grants & Awards

2007 Sylvia Charp Awards

T.H.E. Journal and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) are pleased to announce the 4th annual award program in honor of Dr. Sylvia Charp and her groundbreaking contributions and extended service to the education technology community....

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Extricom Offers $1 Million to Schools

Extricom, a manufacturer of WLAN technologies, announced the start of its 2007 Education Grant program for higher education and K-12 schools. The grant will award a total of $1 million worth of wireless local area network (WLAN) equipment and discounts to schools....

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SchoolSpan Reopens Safe Schools Grant

SchoolSpan will once again offer its Safe School Grant to K-12 schools this spring. A Grant award includes five years of free service of the company's anonymous reporting module....

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Omvox Offers $500,000 for K-12 Schools

Omvox Telecom has launched a new grant allowance program for K-12 schools in the United States, offering a total of $500,000. Schools can receive up to $2,500, which can be used to fund Omvox's Alertify mass notification system....

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Products & Services

Sendio Launches E-Mail Security Program for Education

E-mail security solutions provider Sendio this week launched a new program for higher ed and public and private K-12 schools. The company is making its I.C.E. Box e-mail security appliance available for half price to qualifying institutions....

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Altair Debuts IQity Learning Suite

Altair Learning Management's IQity Learning Suite debuted last week at the American Association of School Administrators Conference in New Orleans. IQity is a distance learning system for grades 9 through 12....

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Angel Learning Previews Angel LMS 7.2

Education software developer Angel Learning has announced a new version of its learning management system, Angel LMS 7.2....

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First Look: Desire2Learn Essentials

Today Desire2Learn introduced a new course management/learning management system--Desire2Learn Essentials--targeted toward smaller institutions: those with fewer than 5,000 users, including K-12 schools and districts, virtual high schools, colleges, universities, and e-learning programs. We have an exclusive first look at this new system....

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Coming Up

  • MARCH 27-29, 2007
    CTIA Wireless 2007
    Annual Convention of the CTIA Wireless Association
    Orlando, FL

  • JUNE 18-20, 2007
    Lexile National Reading Conference
    Fourth-Annual Event Hosted by MetaMetrics
    Lake Buena Vista, FL

  • JUNE 24-27, 2007
    NECC 2007
    28th-Annual National Educational Computing Conference
    Atlanta, GA

THE Journal Opportunities

Share Your Best Practices

T.H.E. Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles for future issues and for our eNewsletter, T.H.E. SmartClassroom:

  • School Perspectives - discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.
  • Case Studies – have you implemented technology and learned a lot from the experience? If so, share your efforts about what worked -- and what didn't.

If you have a potential article, or questions about the above topics, please e-mail editorial@thejournal.com

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