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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…

New Jersey school district to test iris recognition system

New Jersey school district to test iris recognition system

A unique security system that features iris-recognition technology soon will be tested in one New Jersey school district as part of an $293,000 experiment funded by the U.S. Department of…

Schools get extension on copyright fees for web radio broadcasts

K-12 radio stations that broadcast copyrighted music via the internet are getting an extension on royalty payments that would have been due Oct. 20. The reprieve will temporarily spare small…

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…

Computers seen by some as cure for chronic backpack pains

Something’s missing at the new Sun Valley Charter High School in Ramona, Calif. There are no textbooks, only computers. That means students there don’t have to lug heavy backpacks—a familiar…