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<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7459> Low-cost
laptop deals heat up

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7459> Nicholas
Negroponte, head of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child, shows off the XO
computer. <http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7459>
Mere hours after news broke that Uruguay's government placed the first
official order for the One Laptop Per Child initiative's XO, or "$100
laptop," chip giant Intel Corp. announces that Libya has ordered 150,000 of
Intel's own version of the low-cost laptop, the Classmate PC.
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7459> Full Story



<http://www.eschoolnews.com/erc/funding/opps.cfm#1879> Laura Bush 21st
Century Librarian Program
This program supports projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to
recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, and to conduct
research on the library profession and support early car... | Full
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/erc/funding/opps.cfm#1879> Story
Deadline: December 17, 2007


<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7450> T+L's
message to educators: Aim high

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7450> Professor and
physicist Stephen Hawking floats in a Zero G plane, used by some educators
to enhance science instruction.
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7450> The National
School Boards Association's 2007 T+L conference, held Oct. 17-19 in
Nashville, Tenn., urged educators to think outside the box to encourage the
kind of innovation needed to ensure success in the 21st century. |
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7450> Full Story

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7451> SIS software
evolves to meet complex needs

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7451> Mobile
solutions are an emerging trend in SIS software, officials say.
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7451> In an era of
unprecedented accountability and student tracking requirements, a crop of
new student information system (SIS) software packages are emerging to help
school systems meet the stringent demands. |
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7451> Full Story

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7453> HELP
suspends Gulf Coast work

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7453> Members of
the HELP team have worked to transform Gulf Coast schools since Hurricane
Katrina struck in 2005.
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7453> On Oct. 29,
2007, the HELP (Hurricane Education Leadership Program) Team officially
halted its Gulf Coast school recovery efforts to devote time instead to
documenting its actions and accomplishments over the past two years. With
the documentation, the efforts of the Intel-led team, comprised of
educational technology service providers and nonprofit associations, will
soon become a model for other disaster recovery organizations. |
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7453> Full Story

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7460> Does U.S.
lag in internet speed?

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7460> High-speed
school networks may be inadequate if students have slow internet access at
home. <http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7460>
Indications that the nation is trailing other countries in the speed and
cost of broadband access to the internet is attracting fresh political
attention, and American education is one area that could be affected. |
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7460> Full Story

eSN TV Video ...

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/video/index.cfm?v=261&f=427> eSN TechWatch:
Video's Future in Schools -- November 5, 2007

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/video/index.cfm?v=261&f=427> eSN TechWatch:
Video's Future in Schools -- November 5, 2007
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/video/index.cfm?v=261&f=427> Charles Fadel,
global leader of education for Cisco Systems, discusses the future of school
video use.

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<http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStorysr.cfm?ArticleID=7155> How to
Afford More Digital Content

Educators want fast, affordable digital content. They want it everywhere,
all the time. And they want it within tight budgets. To get all that,
tech-savvy educators have discovered the economies of delivering voice,
video, and data over a single wireless network. In this Special Report from
the editors of eSchool News, you'll find out where and how educators are
getting maximum digital content at a minimum costs. Read all about it now:


7> PLATO Learning wins three EDDIE Awards from ComputED Gazette


PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUTR), a leading provider of K-adult
computer-based and e-learning solutions, today announced that Straight
CurveT Mathematics Series 1 (K-2), Straight Curve Mathematics Series 2
(3-6), and PLATOR Test Packs with Prescriptions were named ComputED Gazette
Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) winners. The ComputED Gazette EDDIE
Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and Web sites that
provide parents and teachers with technology to foster educational
excellence. Winners are selected from titles submitted by software
publishers around the world. |
7> Read More

4> Scottsdale community college selects NetOp School as its software of
choice for computer lab-based teaching


Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Ariz. has standardized all of it
computer lab management under one software -- NetOp School. The NetOp
software, developed by Danish IT company Danware A/S, and sold in the United
States by the company's subsidiary, NetOp Tech Inc., was so successful in
its trial period at the college that SCC is in the process of training
software trainers to show teachers and instructors how to use the software
for the college's nearly 12,000 students. |
4> Read More

2> Samsung introduces new 19-inch LCD widescreen monitor for retail and
consumer applications


Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of
professional LCD and PDP display products, today introduced the newest
addition to its award-winning line of SyncMaster displays, the SyncMaster
942BW. |
2> Read More



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m> Teaching Effectively with Computers

m> http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/onlinelearning/index.cfm

With a growing array of solutions at their disposal, more and more educators
are integrating computers, laptops, and other technology into the classroom,
and often with great success. Computer-based technologies offer rich new
ways to reach students and fulfill curriculum goals, while bringing
information to life for diverse kinds of learners. But teaching with
computers also poses many challenges. |
m> Full Story

Enriching Education Through Digital Sharing

Thanks to new technologies, it's now easier than ever for schools and other
organizations to create rich, online repositories of learning "objects" that
students, teachers, and other users can draw upon at their own convenience
to enrich their education. |
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/onlinelearning/index.cfm> Full

Professional Development

It's easy for today's educator to feel overwhelmed--in a complex and
ever-changing educational environment, teachers are often expected to
complete more in one day than they have time for in an entire week. They
must, for instance, reach increasingly diverse student bodies, meet
standards, carry out assessments, integrate technology into the classroom,
and meet certification requirements. |
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ns/> Minimizing classroom disruptions


Computers and the internet have become welcome instructional tools in most
schools, ushering a wealth of additional resources into today's classrooms.
Unfortunately, they also bring with them the potential for unwanted
distractions-such as online content that ranges from off-target, to
inappropriate, material. |
ns/> Full Story

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/creditrecovery/> Dropout
prevention and credit recovery

Educators nationwide are concerned about stemming the tide of high school
dropouts. New data suggest the steep economic impact that dropping out of
school can have on individuals, and on the economy as a whole. But whether
it's for reasons of economic competitiveness, or simply as a moral
imperative, giving students alternative paths to graduation is a top
priority for many school leaders -and, fortunately, technology can help. |
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/creditrecovery/> Full Story

<http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/eratefunding/> Accelerating
Technology with eRate Support

Since its inception 10 years ago, the $2.25 billion-a-year eRate has
provided some $20 billion in telecommunications discounts to eligible
schools and libraries. Through the eRate, qualifying institutions can
receive up to 90 percent off the cost of internet and telephone
services-quite a boon for cash-strapped schools. Thanks largely to this
monumental federal program, the percentage of public school classrooms with
internet access jumped from 14 percent in 1996 to 95 percent a decade later.

| <http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/eratefunding/> Full Story

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