T.H.E. News Update :: April 30, 2008

News & Issues

Study: Teens See Disconnect Between Personal and School Writing

Students see a distinction between the writing they do for school and the writing they do in their personal lives. While the vast majority of 12- to 17-year-olds (85 percent) engage in some form of electronic writing--IM, e-mail, blog posts, text messages, etc.--most (60 percent) don't consider this actual writing. That's one of the findings from a study released last week by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools and Colleges....

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Consolidation Bringing IT Budgets Down in 2008

Information technology executives are focusing on cutting costs rather than investing in technology this quarter, according to a report released this week by research analysts at IDC....

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Microsoft Nixes XP Extended-Life Rumors

Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, which will no longer be sold after June 30, seemed to get a reprieve of sorts when Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer made a quip at a press conference about relenting to customer feedback. However, one of Microsoft's official PR agencies denied the suggestion that XP would get a break from its scheduled end date....

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Long Island District Deploys Network Cameras

The Long Beach City School District in Long Island, NY is using network cameras from Axis Communications to provide surveillance at its schools. Designed by A+ Technology Solutions, the system leverages the district's existing infrastructure and provides the benefit of high-resolution clarity for positive identification....

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Pittsburgh Public Schools Adopts Special Ed Management and Tracking

Pittsburgh Public Schools will use Spectrum K12 School Solutions' special education IEP software product Encore to create a system of administrative reporting and tracking for students who need special services throughout the district....

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Poudre School District Automates WorkForce Management

Poudre School District of Fort Collins, CO is automating its workforce management processes with WorkForce Software's EmpCenter for K-12 School Districts suite....

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SafeSchools, Keenan To Launch Safety Training for California Schools

Keenan & Associates and SafeSchools have joined forces to create an online training program for California public educational agencies. Beginning this summer, Keenan will provide all of its property and casualty clients with access to these training tools through "Keenan SafeSchools," a Web-based delivery system for safety and risk management training modules....

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Information Security Set for Explosive Growth

Driven by compliance and public confidence issues, information security is expected to expand dramatically over the next few years, according to new research released by Frost & Sullivan and (ISC)². Worldwide, the number of information security professionals will grow from 1.66 million in 2007 to about 2.7 million in 2012, experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 10 percent....

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