T.H.E. News Update :: April 22, 2009

News & Issues

  • More Changes in Store for the Traditional Textbook Model?

    Rumblings of change in the textbook and instructional materials world are growing louder with a bill pending in the Texas Legislature. HB 4294 would change the enormous system of textbook acquisition and distribution in Texas by allowing school districts to use the textbook fund to purchase technologies and by creating a new, less demanding way of vetting "electronic textbooks." If HB 4294 makes it through the legislative process, the potential for change across the country is enormous. More
  • Site Helps Schools Find Stimulus Funding

    Coverage of the stimulus package has been everywhere, from the most obscure blogs to the front page of the New York Times. And $110 billion of that money has been set aside for education. What seems to be missing from all the coverage, though, is exactly how to bring any of that money from the coffers in Washington into your school and classroom. More
  • Bluetooth 3.0 Speeds Transfers to 24 Mbps

    The Bluetooth SIG has formally adopted the Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 High Speed, also known as Bluetooth 3.0. More
  • Fireware XTM To Extend UTM Appliance Security

    WatchGuard Technologies has introduced Fireware XTM, its new operating system for unified threat management (UTM) firewall appliances. The latest release includes a variety of security enhancements and improvements to networking and management and is expected to be available in early June. More
  • e2Campus Adopts OASIS Common Alerting Protocol 1.1

    Omnilert has released e2Campus 3.0, an update to the company's emergency notification system for education. The latest release adds support for OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) 1.1, allowing e2Campus to integrate with a range of other emergency communications systems. More
  • FFL Examines E-Rate Difficulties in Latest Survey

    Funding compliance services firm Funds for Learning has announced the launch of its second annual National E-rate Survey. The survey seeks to glean extensive feedback on the federal E-rate program, which helps schools fund educational technology purchases and upgrades. More
  • Horizon Intros Food Service Management System for Smaller Districts

    Horizon Software International has announced the release of KidServe, a complete food service management application aimed specifically at districts with between one and eight schools. The point of sale (POS) software manages all aspects of school food service, including inventory management, cost management, personnel, ordering, menus, and a diverse array of payment plan options. More