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T.H.E. News Update: February 6, 2008

What You Need To Know Now




* New Reading and Writing Program: BookPunch.com




* Securing Laptops for the Classroom -- the Essential Guide




:::::: NEWS & ISSUES

: Which Technologies Will Shape Education in 2008?

: Bush Budget Cuts EETT

: Tennessee Department of Education Opts for Oracle

: GlobalScholar.com To Acquire Excelsior

: Orchard Taps PracticePlanet for Intervention Strategies

: Windows Server 2008, Vista SP1 Released to Manufacturing

: Teachscape Expands Professional Development for Instructional Leaders

: Site Executive 4 Expands Platform Support

:::::: COMING UP

: Events and happenings in K-12


: Technology in Schools: What Tech Support Really Costs



Sponsored by: Merit Software

New Reading and Writing Program: BookPunch.com

Book Punch provides interactive writing prompts about well-know, core

literature readings - The books most commonly taught in schools today.

Hundreds of built-in supports and tips guide students as they think

and write about the books they are reading.

Available titles include: Flat Stanley, Because of Winn-Dixie, Trumpet

of the Swan, Frindle, and many more.




:::::: NEWS & ISSUES ::::::

: Which Technologies Will Shape Education in 2008?

Mobile broadband, collaborative Web technologies, and mashups will all significantly impact education over the next five years, along with "grassroots" video, collective intelligence, and "social operating systems." This according to a new report released last week by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, the 2008 Horizon Report.

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Sponsored by: Toshiba


The Portégé M700.  Go paperless with a little help from the laptop





: Bush Budget Cuts EETT

EETT is once again on the chopping block. In a proposed budget from the Bush administration released Feb. 4, the Enhancing Education Through Technology program (EETT) was listed among the programs recommended for zero funding. EETT is part of Title II D of the No Child Left Behind Act, designed to support the deployment and integration of educational technology into classroom instruction.

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: Tennessee Department of Education Opts for Oracle

The Tennessee Department of Education has begun implementing a new strategy in data governance. In an effort to improve efficiency in student and teacher data collection and to streamline reporting, the department has deployed several solutions from Oracle, including data warehousing, business intelligence, and portal technologies.

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: GlobalScholar.com To Acquire Excelsior

GlobalScholar.com, a developer of education-focused Web resources, announced late last week that it's secured $27 million in funding and that it's now in a deal to acquire Excelsior Software, a developer of K-12 assessment management solutions.

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: Orchard Taps PracticePlanet for Intervention Strategies

Education software developer Siboney Learning Group has updated Orchard, the company's targeted instruction software for math, language arts, and science for K-9. Enhancements to the software include expanded platform support, a variety of design tweaks, and a new technology that ties in the company's PracticePlanet service to help generate data for developing intervention strategies.

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: Windows Server 2008, Vista SP1 Released to Manufacturing

Microsoft Monday announced that two of its most important products of the last half-decade are complete and ready to be shipped. Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 were released to manufacturing (RTM), marking a dual milestone in the history of both products. It also means that Windows 2008 will be officially shipping by the "Global Launch Wave" of enterprise products on Feb. 27. Others include Visual Studio 2008, released last year, and SQL Server 2008, which was recently pushed back to Q3.

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: Teachscape Expands Professional Development for Instructional Leaders

Professional development provider Teachscape has launched a new "Adolescent Literacy" program and also launched its new Instructional Decision Making and Planning Institute, a service focusing on developing approaches for instructional leaders to enhance student learning. Both announcements were made last week at the FETC 2008 conference in Florida.

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: Site Executive 4 Expands Platform Support

Content management system developer Systems Alliance Tuesday launched a new version of its flagship Web CMS SiteExecutive. The latest release, version 4, includes expanded support for mobile devices for content delivery and multiple platforms for content authoring and also adds new optimization features.

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Sponsored by: Absolute Software

Securing Laptops for the Classroom -- the Essential Guide

The increased use of laptop computers in schools challenges school IT

departments to prevent theft, conduct IT audits and comply with data

security regulations. Download the essential guide, "Compliance,

Protection, Recovery: A Layered Approach to Computer Security for





:::::: COMING UP ::::::

Feb. 10-13, 2008

15th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium

San Diego, CA


Feb. 14-17, 2008

AASA (140th) National Conference on Education

Tampa, FL


Feb. 16-19, 2008

e-Learning 2008

St. Petersburg, FL


Feb. 17-19, 2008

ITSC 2008 - Instructional Technology Strategies Conference

Portland, OR


Feb. 20-22, 2008

New Learning Technologies Orlando Conference 2008

Orlando, FL


Feb. 21-22, 2008

Designing the 21st Century School (Las Vegas) 2008

Las Vegas, NV


Feb. 26-29, 2008

2008 Annual NCCE Educational Technology Conference

Seattle, WA


Feb. 29-March 2, 2008

2008 Library and Information Services Conference

Berlin, Germany


Feb. 29-March 2, 2008

20th Annual T3 International Conference

Dallas, TX


Find more events at THE Journal's online Conference Calendar




: Technology in Schools: What Tech Support Really Costs

Sponsored by Parallels

Learn how to address the complex challenges of building and supporting a

secure multi-platform learning environment. Download this white paper to

discover how budget cuts and rising costs impact staffing and technology

purchases. Read about how to balance flexibility with rising costs, and

look at 2006 actual and 2011 projected technology budgets.


More resources:




: Share Your Best Practices

T.H.E. Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles for future issues and for our eNewsletter, T.H.E. SmartClassroom:

School Perspectives - discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.

Case Studies -- have you implemented technology and learned a lot from the experience? If so, share your efforts about what worked -- and what didn't.

If you have a potential article, or questions about the above topics, please e-mail editorial@thejournal.com


:: EduHound.com

 -- EduHound Directory (http://www.1105newsletters.com/t.do?id=858206:931197) is a highly specialized K-12 educational directory with       categorized resource links.

 -- EduHound Lesson Plans (http://www.1105newsletters.com/t.do?id=858207:931197) feature thousands of free lessons that meet state and national standards.

 -- EduHound Site Sets (http://www.1105newsletters.com/t.do?id=858208:931197) are collections of topic-based online resources.

 -- Classroom Tools & Tips: Eduhound's highly popular newsletter that provides valuable ed tech resources to incorporate into K-12 curriculum. Educational topics, preformatted templates, technology tutorials, and practical tips are featured. Published on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month.

Sign up for free by clicking here: https://newsletters.1105pubs.com/nl/THE.do?NL=5483&PC=EWNLF

:: Awesome Clipart for Educators

Awesome Clipart for Educators offers educators FREE clipart, backgrounds, fonts, icons, worksheets, wallpaper and more. See how easy searching for clipart can be!


:: EducatorTemplates.com

Your FREE directory of customizable & printable education related templates.



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