T.H.E. News Update :: April 1, 2009

News & Issues

  • Schools Pilot USC-Built Math Game Platform

    A new program developed by researchers in the University of Southern California is helping high school students strengthen their math skills and teaching them how to build complex computer games. GameDesk, created at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering's Integrated Media Systems Center, allows users to create math-oriented computer games with tools such as YoYoGames' GameMaker. More
  • Texas Legislators Introduce Ed Tech Choice Bill

    Legislators in the state of Texas have introduced a bill that would give local school districts choice over the technologies and instructional materials they purchase. The legislation is receiving support from industry and education advocates, including the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Computer Education Association. More
  • Maryland School Bumps WiFi to 802.11n

    In an effort to provide support for a wide range of technology initiatives, Norwood School in Maryland has deployed an 802.11n WiFi network across its 40-acre campus. More
  • Oklahoma District Adopts Online Student Information System

    Norman Public Schools in Oklahoma is deploying a new Web-based student information system district-wide. According to the district, the move is designed to provide real-time communications to parents about their children's performance and to help the district evaluate assessment data. More
  • Minnesota School District Deploys Centralized Data Protection

    Alexandria School District 206 in Minnesota is taking steps to guard student data. The district has signed on with security technology developer Robobak to provide a centralized tool for protecting data. More
  • South Dakota District To Deploy Classroom Management Suite

    Yankton School District in South Dakota is deploying a new student information system and classroom management suite. The district signed on recently with Pearson to deploy PowerSchool Premier and PowerTeacher. More
  • California District Chooses Software to Help Comply with State Reporting Requirements

    Berkeley Unified School District in Northern California has chosen Certica Solutions' K-12 data reporting software Certify to help record and verify data in order to comply with California's extensive and demanding requirements for gathering and submitting student, teacher and school evaluation data several times each year. More
  • Penn State Expands Professional Development Program for School Nurses

    Pennsylvania State University has expanded the summer session of its professional development program for school nurses in a variety of ways. In addition to new course offerings in the curriculum, the program now offers its courses at 15 PSU satellite campuses, as well as online. More
  • Sun Releases Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3

    Sun has released Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 3, a major update to the company's virtualization management suite. The new version includes expanded VMware support, Open Storage integration, and Active Directory support, among other enhancements. More


This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2009 issue of THE Journal.