Akuratus Corp. demonstrated its Akutrust online document retrieval system, which the company says is a secure, web-based service used to retrieve active and archived records stored in a digital format. According to Akuratus, the product is aligned with government standards for student privacy, protects records from unauthorized access, and ensures confidentiality through comprehensive security. http://www.akuratus.com

Blackboard Inc. displayed its Academic Suite, an integrated group of web-based software applications. The suite includes the Blackboard Learning System to help instructors create and manage course content, the Blackboard Community System to connect users to online academic communities, and the Blackboard Content System to help instructors and students create digital content that can be shared and repurposed. http://www.blackboard.com

Educational Testing Service announced upgrades to its Instructional Data Management System (IDMS) application, a web-based program the company says is designed to help K-12 educators manage and use assessment data to drive instructional practices and improve student achievement. The company says IDMS 6.1 has the ability to create lesson plans that teachers can align with student-pacing guides and share with other educators. Another feature, called the Formative Assessment Item Bank, permits teachers to use a database of 30,000 math and language-arts test questions to create formative assessments for students that are aligned with state standards. IDMS 6.1 also includes student profiles, a new gradebook, and other features. http://www.ets.org

Mindjet Corp. , a provider of information mapping and management software for education and business, highlighted its MindManager Pro 6 application. The company says MindManager is the most effective way to capture, organize, and communicate information and ideas. MindManager software, according to Mindjet, helps users quickly capture ideas and organize them into a map view onscreen, with links to relevant information. Graphs and colors can be used to draw relationships between important issues to better visualize their significance. The company says the program helps students prioritize tasks and manage resources, and it helps teachers monitor student task completion. http://www.mindjet.com

NetSupport Inc. highlighted the benefits of its desktop management suite for schools. NetSupport says its software helps schools better manage and support computers on campus from the network level to the computer lab. Offerings include NetSupport School, a software-only classroom instruction, monitoring, and testing tool that the company says enables instructors to train students in the computer lab, and NetSupport DNA, an all-in-one IT asset management tool that provides hardware and software inventory, software distribution, application and web metering, query-based reporting, a help-desk component, and remote-control functionality. http://www.netsupport-inc.com

SchoolCenter, a maker of educational content management software by the same name, said its software allows teachers to develop their own web pages quickly and easily, so that everyone involved in the education process–students, parents, teachers, and administrators–can access a school or classroom web site and keep up to date on news and information. The software offers education-specific user levels, can import grade book software files, has a profanity filter, and includes an educational image gallery, SchoolCenter said. http://www.schoolcenter.com

Xandros Inc. , a publisher of Linux solutions for the consumer, educational, and enterprise markets, introduced the Xandros Desktop OS Education Edition, offering schools applications such as OpenOffice 2.0, which runs with Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, as well as the Firefox web browser, Skype Internet Telephony, and others. The Xandros Education Edition protects networks from threats through firewall software, anti-virus software, VPN software, and folder encryption. The new edition can help administrators manage campus-wide deployments and updates from a graphical interface on their desktops, the company said. http://www.xandros.com