T.H.E. News Update :: July 9, 2008

News & Issues

Stanford, IFL Introducing $50 Handheld to Mexico Students

Stanford University School of Education and Innovations for Learning, a Chicago-based nonprofit, have entered into a social entrepreneurship collaboration to bring the $50 Teachermate Handheld Computer to extremely underserved children in Latin America.

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Minnesota Districts Dump Paper, Move to Oracle

TIES--a technology and services cooperative owned by 38 Minnesota school districts--is using Oracle solutions for its TIES Records Management Project (TRMP).

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Virginia Contracts with Infinite Campus for Student Information System

The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (a program designed to help consolidate Virginia's IT infrastructure) have signed on with Infinite Campus to allow districts in the state to purchase the Infinite Campus student information system (SIS) without the need for an RFP.

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NetSupport School 10 Expands Collaboration Features

NetSupport this week released a major update to NetSupport School, the company's classroom monitoring and control suite. Version 10 includes a variety of enhancements to existing features and adds several new ones, including a teacher toolbar, tech console, and student journals.

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2 New Jersey Schools Deploy WiFi for Online Education

Two schools in New Jersey's Cresskill Public Schools are deploying a wireless network from Meru Networks to provide mobile Internet access and to enable access to online educational materials.

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Digication, Whipplehill Partner for ePortfolios for K-12

ePortfolio software developer Digication is teaming up with systems designer Whipplehill Communications to launch new ePortfolio services for their customers. The combined effort will allows students using Whipplehill Podium-based portals to collaborate on projects and showcase their work for their peers and in preparation for higher education admissions.

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Washington Launches Statewide Online Middle/High School

iQ Academy Washington last week launched a statewide online school for students in grades 7 through 12. It's providing tuition-free education to Washington students using Washington-certified teachers trained in online instruction.

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Pearson Puts Naglieri Online, Updates WriteToLearn

In several announcements last week, education publisher Pearson unveiled new online offerings, updates to a Web-based learning tool, and confirmed a new partnership providing exclusive rights to a widely used education survey.

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