T.H.E. News Update :: July 25, 2007

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OLPC XO Laptops Authorized for Mass Production

The One Laptop per Child organization (OLPC) this week authorized the mass production of its centerpiece XO laptop. The final model is based on the XO B4 (Beta-4) design. According to OLPC, the authorization begins a production process that will see the final laptops roll off assembly lines in October....

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Discovery, CDW-G Award 5 Wireless Labs to Schools

Discovery Education and CDW Government (CDW-G) this week announced the winners in their 2007 Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes. Each grand prize was valued at approximately $50,000. In total, some $300,000 in prizes was awarded to 45 educators from 22 states....

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NYC DOE To Deploy Acuity Assessments

The New York City Department of Education has inked a five-year deal with CTB/McGraw-Hill to deploy the company's Acuity assessment system. The contract is designed to support the city's ongoing periodic assessment program, which is meant to identify knowledge gaps and determine when interventions are needed....

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Wireless Generation Unveils Second Edition of mClass Reading 3D

Brooklyn, NY-based K-12 education technology and services provider Wireless Generation has released the second edition of its mClass Reading 3D K-3 assessment tool....

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SRI Tackles Special Ed for WWC

Research firm SRI International said it's working on a project to "synthesize research and provide practice guidelines to inform and improve special education reform efforts for the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)...." WWC is a project overseen by the United States Department of Education. RI is a subcontractor on the project, working with Mathematica Policy Research, which is presently operating under a $50.3 million contract with DOE to expand WWC....

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Hawaii DOE Consolidates Professional Development Statewide

The Hawaii Department of Education (HDOE) is streamlining its professional development operations for educators with the creation of the statewide PDE3 eLearning and Professional Development Portal. The portal is a collaboration between HDOE's Office of Human Resources and Office of Information Technology Services. Education technology provider TrueNorthLogic has been contracted to help develop the portal....

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