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Virginia district recalls 11,000 student laptops

School officials in Henrico County, Va., are recalling all 11,800 laptop computers given to the district’s high school students in order to install upgrades and security devices aimed at curbing…

Apple touts revamped iMac for education

Three years after rewriting the books on computer design and simplicity with the iMac, Apple Computer Inc. has unveiled updated models with a flat-screen display, faster processor, and a new…

Judge rejects Microsoft’s settlement offer for schools

A federal judge has rejected Microsoft’s offer to donate computers and software to schools to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing it of overcharging for its products. U.S. District Judge J.…

Apple to supply 36,000 laptops for Maine students, teachers

The Maine Department of Education has signed a four-year, $37.2 million contract with Apple to supply the technology, training, and support for Maine’s groundbreaking initiative that will equip every seventh…

eSN Analysis: Technology will be key to schools’ accountability efforts

From data tracking, analysis, and reporting tools, to sophisticated computerized assessments, to test-prep programs and skills-building software, technology will play a key role in helping schools meet tough new accountability…

Teen’s ‘translator glove’ lends hearing-impaired students a hand

A Grand Junction, Colo., high school senior is getting international acclaim for inventing a computerized glove that translates sign language gestures into writing. Educators say the device could hold great…

Deficits curb states’ ed-tech plans

With state governments from Maine to California facing severe budget shortfalls, legislators and state education officials are targeting school technology programs for possible budget cuts. An already-slumping economy, further damaged…

Anthrax scares prompt colleges to seek online applications

In the wake of anthrax-related scares that have delayed mail shipments across the country, some colleges are urging high school seniors to apply online to meet application deadlines. Bowdoin College,…

District’s audio surveillance results in class-action claim

In a case that could have broad repercussions for schools that use video cameras to monitor student activities, a former Berks County, Pa., student has sued her former school district,…

Pending HP-Compaq deal draws family fire

The pending acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp. by Hewlett-Packard (HP) will go forward as announced, company representatives have assured eSchool News. They expect the deal to be completed by early…