T.H.E. IT Trends
An Electronic Newsletter for IT Professionals in K-12


  • PreK-12 Dominates Growth in E-Learning

    By 2015, preK-12 academic institutions in the United States will spend nearly $5 billion on electronic learning products and services like learning management systems, according to research released this week. That represents a compound annual growth rate of 16.8 percent from current spending levels, outpacing every other segment, including higher education. The proliferation of online learning is helping to drive that growth, but just how much of it will we see over the next five years?


IT News

  • Michigan District's Green Savings Support Tech Upgrades

    Taylor School District (TSD) of Taylor, MI is implementing a $14 million energy conservation and building modernization program, partially backed by federal ARRA funds, to address deferred maintenance and improve the comfort and safety of students and staff.

  • HP, Microsoft Roll Out Turnkey Exchange and SQL Appliances

    One year after announcing a $250 million, three-year pact to deliver next-generation data center technology, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft this week unveiled five appliances that offer Exchange and SQL Server in turnkey configurations.

  • Aerohive Buys Pareto Networks To Expand Cloud Offerings

    Two competitors in the wireless networking market are joining forces. Aerohive Networks has acquired Pareto Networks and will begin integrating Pareto's network-as-a-service technology into its own products and services.

  • Destiny 9.9 Expands Reporting, Business Tools

    Follett Software Co. has released the latest upgrade of its Destiny software for library automation and textbook management. Destiny 9.9 offers a number of improvements aimed at saving time and money for users of its Library Manager and Textbook Manager applications.

  • Meraki Enters Wired Market, Introduces Network as a Service Pricing

    Meraki is taking Cisco head-on and entering the wired networking gear space with the release of two new routers intended for branch deployment. However, the company, which up until now has specialized in catering to the wireless space, continues its practice of pushing device management into the cloud.

  • Microsoft Releases Free MAP 5.5 Toolkit

    Version 5.5 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit was released early this week.