K-12 Tech Trends :: April 11, 2007



DOE Software Study: Are the Data Flawed?

The United States Department of Education (ED) Thursday released the results of a study measuring the impact of math and reading software on student achievement. The results? "Test scores were not significantly higher in classrooms using selected reading and mathematics software products." This didn't sit well with organizations (or individuals) in education technology. Several responded to the study, denouncing the research as flawed or cautioning careful scrutiny of the data....

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News Briefs

California District To Roll Out Laptops for Teachers and Students

This summer Hacienda La Puente Unified School District in California will begin the first phase of a new program supplying laptop computers to students in fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and ninth grades. These students will be given Dell Latitude D620 notebooks for use for four years in classrooms and at home....

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3G Wireless Reconnects Slipping NC Students

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, along with technology partners including wireless technology provider Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) and educational IT consultants Digital Millennial Consulting (DMC; Arlington, VA), have launched Project K-Nect, a pilot educational program that leverages broadband smart phones to deliver educational material to high school students....

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DeepNines, SurfControl Partner for K-12 Internet Security

DeepNines Technologies and SurfControl have partnered to provide an integrated, CIPA-compliant security solution for K-12 schools. The system is designed to go two steps beyond traditional filtering to help prevent students from visiting sites deemed inappropriate by school and district administrators....

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Products & Services

DyKnow To Add Blackboard Integration

Education technology provider DyKnow said it will be adding integration to Blackboard's course management system with the next release of it DyKnow Vision and DyKnow Monitor software, slated for release in May....

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Apple Ships 8-Core Mac Workstations

Apple Wednesday formally released a new high-end Mac Pro workstation that sports two quad-core Intel Xeon "Clovertown" processors. The rest of the Mac Pro workstation lineup remains at four processor cores, ranging from two 2.0 GHz dual-core "Woodcrest" Xeons to two 3.0 GHz dual-core "Woodcrest" Xeons....

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Wren Updates Video Management System

Wren has updated its video surveillance software for the Wren Video Management System (VMS) to version 3.0. Wren VMS is a security system designed for K-12 schools....

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World Book Launches Education Site for Earth Day

World Book has launched a new site for students in preparation for Earth Day (April 22). The site, Earth: The Living Planet, is designed to provide students and educators with a wide variety of information about the planet, from geophysical and ecological to geographical and historical....

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