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In war zone, soldier uses blog to teach

Sixth-grade social studies students at Ballard County Middle School in Kentucky know what time it is in Afghanistan and what the weather is like there on a given day, thanks…

Radical idea: Charge vendors for software deployed in schools

ZDNet blogger Conz offers up a radical yet thought-provoking idea: Instead of paying for software, shouldn't public schools actually be billing software vendors for the right to place their wares…

Syracuse, IBM to build one of the world’s most energy-efficient data centers

IBM, Syracuse University, and New York state have entered into a multiyear agreement to build and operate a new computer data center on the university's campus that will incorporate advanced…

Web site lets New York City parents track data on students

After several months of delays, a web site that offers an interactive portfolio of New York City public school students' test scores, grades, and attendance rates will be available for…

Hacker’s warning prompts Georgia schools to boost security

Because most high-tech criminals aren't as accommodating as one recent university hacker, Georgia's 35 public colleges and universities and network of public libraries are implementing new policies designed to tighten…

‘DTXTR’ translates teen text into English

Wot r ur students txting? If you're wondering -- or 1dering -- there's a new online translation tool that helps decipher the code, AFP reports. …

FCC develops strategy for rural broadband

Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps has released a report on broadband strategy for rural America, CNET reports. …

iPhone to replace attendance register at Japan university

A Japanese university is giving away Apple Inc's trendy iPhone to students for free, but with a catch: the device will be used to check their attendance, Reuters reports. …

New web site to amplify debate on Google book deal

New York-based SharedBook Inc. has set up a web site so the supporters and opponents of Google's digital book project can more easily post their opinions about a legal settlement…

Microsoft adds touch screen, web browser to Zune

Aiming to compete with Apple's iPod Touch, Microsoft Corp. says the next generation of its Zune music player due out in the fall will have a touch screen, web browser,…