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Best Practice: Challenger centers motivate students to excel in science

The Colorado Springs, Colo., eighth-graders stared intently at their manuals, confident they would complete their mission. But this was no ordinary school assignment: During a recent visit to the city’s…

Study: Nearly two-thirds of districts use wireless systems

Wireless technologies and mobile computing have moved beyond the pilot and early-adoption stage and into mainstream use in United States schools, according to a study co-published by The Peak Group…

California’s Gov. Davis buries eWaste recycling bill

California Gov. Gray Davis vetoed a bill Sept. 30 that would have set a mandatory $10 recycling fee—the first in the nation—on each of millions of new televisions and computers…

Houghton Mifflin sells Sunburst Technology to investment firm

Thayer Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity investment firm, has acquired Sunburst Technology, a division of Houghton Mifflin Co. and a leading supplier of software to schools in the…

Cheryl Vedoe leaves Apple for Apex Learning

Cheryl Vedoe, the former head of Apple Computer’s Power School unit, has left the company to become chief executive officer for Apex Learning, a provider of online courses and instructional…

PC giant Dell hopes to make mark selling printers

Dell Computer Corp. in September made official what the company has alluded to for months: The personal computer giant is getting into the printer business. Round Rock, Texas-based Dell announced…

N2H2 lays off 20 percent of work force, undergoes restructuring

In an effort to return to profitability by late 2003, N2H2 Inc., a major seller of internet filtering technologies to schools, announced on Sept. 9 that it would undergo a…

Report: U.S. students tops in computer access, but average in performance

United States students have better access to computers than students in nearly every other industrialized nation, according to a new report. And girls in the United States say they’re comfortable…

AOL launches kids’ online safety campaign

America Online has launched a new internet safety campaign for kids built around an automated instant-messaging “buddy” that dispenses advice in real time. Kids can add “AOLSafetyBot” to their buddy…

FBI looks for source of massive internet attack

As schools increasingly rely on the internet for their mission-critical operations, the concern among educators for potential service disruptions increases, too. This week, tech-savvy educators were following with keen interest…