K-12 Tech Trends :: March 14, 2007



Data Security in K-12 School Districts

Key words in data security are confidentiality, integrity, and availability. While K-12 school districts can address data security by putting systems and policies into place, I suspect that one additional issue is often overlooked. That is, data security is a people issue. Network administrators can't do it all. It takes knowledgeable and vigilant staff and students to support the process. One might categorize security at macro and micro levels....

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News Briefs

Texas High School to Implement Honeywell's Instant Alert

B. F. Terry High School in Rosenberg, TX has selected Minneapolis, MN-based Honeywell's Instant Alert for Schools to improve parent communication and emergency responsiveness....

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TEA Launches School Leadership Pilot Program

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded a $3 million grant to APQC to develop and launch a "School Leadership Pilot Program" for principals. Through the program, up to 300 principals will receive professional development and training in an effort to "transform school leadership."...

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Nebraska Inks $15 Million Deal to Connect Rural Students

The state of Nebraska signed a five-year, $15 million deal with Denver, CO-based data and voice carrier Qwest Communications International Inc. to provide Internet protocol (IP) connectivity to thousands of rural students in northwest Nebraska. The services will give students access to distance learning and online classrooms....

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5 Districts Adopt SchoolNet's Performance Management System

SchoolNet, a developer of school performance management (SPM) systems, recently announced that five urban school districts have adopted its K-12 management solutions. The five districts will also be included in SchoolNet's National School Performance Network, where districts share practices and ideas at regional and national conferences....

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Archdiocese Taps Learnia To Monitor Elementary School Students

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has selected San Antonio, TX-based test publisher Harcourt Assessment Inc.'s classroom assessment tool, Learnia, for its Orleans Parish elementary schools. The Archdiocese, one of the largest Catholic schools systems in the country, with 83 schools on 81 sites, will start testing with Learnia this month....

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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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Products & Services

Carnegie Learning Launches WASL Math Prep

Math curriculum developer Carnegie Learning has introduced a Math Prep for the WASL, a prep course for Washington's 10th grade state exit exam, Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL)....

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MDI To Provide Technology For Learn Safe Program

Security technology provider MDI recently announced that it received an initial blanket purchase order totaling $25.3 million from Stratis Authority for its Learn Safe school safety and security program. The order was based on an initial Scope of Work submitted by MDI and approved by Stratis Authority to provide security products and professional services to multiple school districts located in the Southeast....

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Kaplan Finalizes Purchase of EduNeering

New York-based education services provider Kaplan Inc has acquired Princeton, NJ-based EduNeering Holidngs, a developer of technology-enabled knowledge and education solutions....

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Quantum Nabs $1 Million Grant for AI Tutoring Software

The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has granted Quantum Simulations, developers of artificial intelligence tutoring software, a $1 million grant. The grant will go to further developing Quantum's tutoring modules in chemistry for high school and college-level students....

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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

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  • School Perspectives - discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.
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