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UPPER MARLBORO, MD–Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Howard Burnett will join Samuel Massie Elementary School Principal Sharif Salim and representatives from Miles Properties for a check presentation during Back To School Night activities this evening.

Miles Properties, who owns Regency Village Apartments in Forestville, is presenting the check to the school in recognition of the students achieving the second highest MSA test gains in the county this year. The check is also in recognition of the work done by Samuel Massie teachers who live rent free at Regency Village in exchange for offering tutoring services in the complex’s community center.

Teachers living at the complex rent free in exchange for tutoring services is one aspect of County Executive Jack Johnson’s Apartment Complex Initiative, aimed at reducing crime at apartment complexes throughout the county.

WHAT: Check presentation to Samuel Massie Elementary School

WHO: Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Howard Burnett; Samuel Massie Elementary Principal Sharif Salim Representatives from Miles Properties

WHEN: September 21, 2006 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Samuel P. Massie Elementary School 3301 Regency Parkway Forestville, MD



Toyota International Teacher Program Sends U.S. Teachers to the Galapagos Islands

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2006–Twenty U.S. teachers, chosen as educational ambassadors through the Toyota International Teacher Program, will spend 10 days this fall exploring the rich environmental heritage of the Galapagos Islands, a designated World Heritage site off the coast of Ecuador.

Now in its ninth year, this is the first time the Toyota program will send teachers to the legendary Galapagos Islands. There they will observe and explore environmental projects, talk with experts and community leaders and participate in activities that encourage global awareness about environmental stewardship.

A key component will be a joint professional development forum of American and Galapagueño teachers.

They will spend two days together and will share innovative approaches to teaching environmental stewardship across all subjects and disciplines.

The delegation of 20 U.S. teachers represent 10 states this year–Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Texas and Washington, D.C. The selected teachers will bring their unique perspectives to those they meet in the Galapagos Islands, and upon their return to the U.S., expand their own curriculum.

“This is a new opportunity for teachers to receive a global environmental perspective that they can take back to the classroom and their communities,” said Michael Rouse, corporate manager, philanthropy and community affairs at Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. “We are proud to provide teachers a chance to explore environmental sustainability as it relates to the balance of humans and nature.”

Toyota has been involved in the Galapagos Islands since 2001, when, in response to the Jessica oil tanker spill, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) approached Toyota for assistance in rethinking transportation and energy use on the islands. Toyota and WWF developed the Galapagos Energy Blueprint, which outlines a long-term vision and implementation plan to transform the high-polluting energy systems on the islands to cleaner, sustainable systems. Toyota’s partnership with WWF has grown over the past five years, and Toyota has supported and/or funded many of the projects outlined in the Blueprint, including oil recycling programs, renovation of the main oil depot for the islands, renewable energy workshops for high school teachers and recycling programs. Education and community outreach have been key components of all of these projects.

Funded through an annual $1.2 million grant from TMS, the Toyota International Teacher Program is the only one of its kind sponsored by a major U.S. corporation. This year’s trip to the Galapagos Islands will take place October 27 through November 8 and will include many forms of rigorous physical activities while visiting several locations in the Galapagos Islands, including the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal.

The 20 educators traveling to the Galapagos Islands teach a variety of subjects and were selected based on their professional and leadership qualifications, as well as their plans to incorporate their experiences and research into their curriculum. To be eligible, teachers must be a U.S. citizen, employed full-time as a secondary classroom teacher (grades 7-12) and have a minimum of three years teaching experience.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) in Washington, D.C., the nation’s most experienced non-profit international exchange organization, administers the program. The Toyota International Teacher Program provides teachers with experiences and tools they can use to enable their students to think and act on a cooperative and global basis,” said IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman.

The study tour to the Galapagos Islands is just one of the professional development programs for teachers that Toyota will sponsor over the coming year. In the 2006-2007 school year, Toyota also will offer study visits to Japan and Costa Rica. Each program offers country-specific themes.

Founded in 1957, TMS is the sales, marketing, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States, marketing products and services through a network of 1,415 dealers in 49 states.

The teachers selected to participate in the 2006 Galapagos Islands study tour are:


Gregory Burch Flowing Wells Junior High School Tucson

Delisse Metcalf Chandler High School Chandler


Sally Clark Modoc High School Alturas

Sara Laimon Environmental Charter High School Lawndale Carol Yoo Montclair High School Montclair


Cristian Carranza Miami Southridge Senior High Miami

Amy Spies Creekside Middle School Port Orange

Joseph Underwood Miami Senior High School Miami


Owen Kinney Darlington School Rome

Olivia Roller Decatur High School Decatur


Christine Hill Highland Park High School Highland Park

New Jersey

Larry Ottman Haddon Heights Jr./Sr. High School Haddon Heights Linda Strauss Hunterdon Central Regional High School Flemington

New Mexico

Lisa Longeteig Santa Fe Indian School Santa Fe

New York

Damian Griffin MS 118 Bronx

Thomas Hennigan DeRuyter School DeRuyter

Christina Steurrys Strough Middle School Rome


Loretta Medellin Fox Tech High School San Antonio

Penny Smeltzer Westwood High School Austin

Washington, D.C.

Erika Pereira MacFarland Middle School Washington, D.C.

About Toyota’s Education Programs

In addition to sponsoring a number of nonprofit educational organizations, Toyota offers three major programs that support teachers with grants and students with scholarships; Toyota TAPESTRY, the largest K-12 science teacher grant program of its kind in the U.S.; Toyota Community Scholars, which provides 100 scholarships to high school seniors based on academics and community service and the Toyota International Teacher Program. Toyota also supports scholarships through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund; United Negro College Fund; Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; National FFA and the American Indian College Fund. In 2005, Toyota USA contributed nearly $41 million to U.S. philanthropic programs, with a majority of funding supporting education. For more information, visit or contact

About the Institute of International Education

An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization. IIE designs and implements over 250 programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. IIE also conducts policy research and provides advice and counseling on international educational opportunities abroad. The Institute of International Education has a network of 15 offices worldwide, over 800 college and university members and more than 5,000 volunteers. Information about IIE can be obtained from IIE’s Web site, or by contacting Nancy Overholt at



Video-on-demand service a valuable tool for teachers

As technology coordinator for the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District (SCUCISD) in Schertz, Texas, Bill Salt believes in the power of technology to help transform education–but only, he says, if it is capable of attracting and engaging students.

Knowing that technology would play a key role in preparing the district’s students for the future, Schertz and his team sought to find a solution that would enable educators to present subject matter in a way that today’s learners could relate to. What they discovered was video.

“I think most teachers very much appreciate having good video as a means to present a concept or to help students reach that ‘ah-ha’ moment,” says Salt. “We were looking for a means by which teachers could access video in their classrooms to either run through a television set for the kids to watch or to project through an LCD projector onto a big screen.”

His search for a viable solution eventually turned up a product from New Dimension Media. Looking to make more headway in schools, New Dimension offered the school district a chance to participate in a six-month pilot project that tested the effectiveness of a newly launched product, called CCC! Video-On-Demand. As a precursor to the deal, New Dimension agreed to furnish the server and video library, enabling the school system to try out the product without making significant adjustments or modifications to its existing technology infrastructure.

For SCUCISD, Salt said, the proposal represented a “win-win” situation. The district has relied on the presence of the CCC! system as part of its technology infrastructure ever since.

CCC! is a video-on-demand system that delivers content from a dedicated video server placed on a school’s or district’s network. This allows the videos that are streamed to the classroom to run anywhere from 60 to 650 times faster than other streaming video-on-demand systems in which video clips are streamed over the internet, said Salt. Because the process is so fast, video clips–most of which have been filmed in the past few years–are shown in near high-definition resolution.

The content is updated regularly through CDs that simply reload the library onto the server. At SCUCISD, the CCC! system originally was launched with somewhere between 700 and 800 titles loaded onto the server. Today, administrators say, educators now have access to more than 3,000 high-quality educational videos through the system.

The library of titles contains content relevant to grades K-12 and features an interactive search system that provides a more precise way of helping teachers find exactly what they are looking for, said Salt. As with other video-on-demand systems, users can search by content area, subject matter, grade level, or keyword. Plus, a unique feature allows users to search the database according to state standard, zeroing in on content developed to help students meet key requirements.

According to Salt, the ability to search by the Texas standards–known as TEKS, or Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills–is what sets CCC! apart from other school-based video solutions. With CCC!, he says, teachers can hone in on a specific TEKS objective they believe students need to work on, then use the system to “drill down” to find an appropriate video clip, in the hope that each child eventually comes away with a deeper understanding of the concept being taught.

What’s more, he said, the product is easy to use–a must when your objective is to get educators to use the technology.

SCUCISD has one dedicated server that is responsible for providing CCC!-related content to the district’s 13 campuses. Currently, the program is limited only to teacher accounts, but Salt says the district will open accounts for students within the next year as well. The goal is eventually to allow students to access educational videos in the library on their own time, as well as author their own material, he said.

With teachers so used to taking VHS and DVD videos out of the library to help educate their students, using CCC! took a little while to catch on, says Salt. Though overall usage is still higher on campuses that participated in the original pilot, he says, other schools are starting to catch up.

Of the teachers who have been using the program a great deal, many are getting to a point where they are able to use a single video to cover several different objectives within the curriculum easily, especially considering that each video is split into multiple teaching segments. Teachers can show part of a video while covering a certain objective, and then show another part of the same video weeks later while focusing on another objective, Salt said. This gives the students, as well as teachers, an added familiarity with the video they are watching.

While the system has made life easier for teachers, it has made learning a lot more fun for students, Salt says. “I made it a point to get around to several classrooms, and when those videos were running, those kids were engaged,” he explained.


Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District

New Dimension Media



Denver, CO – September 20, 2006-In its more than six years of granting scholarships to at-risk students, The Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE) announced today, it will be awarding a record-breaking 761 scholarships, totaling $1,600,000, to at risk students in K-12 throughout the state of Colorado. Thanks to this little known organization, children of low-income families are gifted scholarship money to pay for up to half of tuition at one of 158 private school partners in Colorado.

“The students who suffer from a lack of school choice are the ones who can’t afford to make that choice,” said Norton Rainey, Executive Director of ACE. “Wealthy and middle-class parents have educational options: they can afford to send their children to private schools or move to neighborhoods with better public schools. The poor have no such option.”

ACE was founded in 2000 to provide low-income, inner-city parents with the freedom of genuine educational options and the power of financial scholarships. Since that time, ACE has provided over $9,157,000 in financial support to over 1,760 students, 100% of which qualified for the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch program, and whose family’s average annual income was $18, 416. The announcement of this banner year of scholarship grants follows a year in which 95% of the ACE 2005 senior class graduated from high school, and 86% of these students are now in college. This is a bright spot in a state that is ranked last in the country for low-income 18-24 year olds who go on to college.

“Every child in the state of Colorado should have an equal opportunity to a quality education,” said Ed McVaney, Retired President and Founder of J.D. Edwards and Chairman of the Board of ACE. “Many of the students ACE helps reside in neighborhoods with failing public schools, and their families can’t afford an alternative. These kids deserve the same chances that more affluent kids have to attain the education that will empower them to grow into successful and productive citizens.”

ACE scholarships are 100% privately funded and overseen by a prestigious board of trustees that include some of Denver’s most education-minded luminaries, including Ed McVaney, Charlie Gallagher, Alex Cranberg, Dick Robinson, Blair Richardson, Peter Dea, and Ralph Nagel.

Privately funded scholarship programs that send children to private schools have been proven to offer real benefits to low-income families. Research conducted by The Harvard Department of Research has corroborated that such programs: enhance academic performance, promote effective school spending and parental involvement, reduce delinquency among students who participate, provide a safer learning environment, require less money to operate, and may serve to indirectly improve public school systems.

Alliance for Choice in Education

ACE was founded in 2000 by businessman Alex Cranberg to expand educational choices to children of low-income families in Colorado by providing private scholarships to children in grades K-12. For more information about ACE, visit or call 720-266-6797.



Nero’s Major Update to Nero 7 Software Suite Supports the Complete Digital Lifestyle

Karlsbad, Germany (September 19, 2006) — Nero, leaders in digital media technology, today makes available its major worldwide update to its premier Nero 7 digital media software suite. This latest version includes more than 21 applications, with features that enable the efficient transfer of audio and video files to mobile phones and the streaming of live TV and other content to a Windows® Media Center Edition PC or Xbox 360(TM). Current Nero 7 customers will be able to download the update from the website ( free of charge. The update is currently available at retail as well.

The update is currently available online for press evaluation at: (

Nero 7 is the industry-leading all-in-one solution for the management of data, audio, video, photo, and TV content. In addition to easily managing their digital files from the comfort of their living rooms, users can now create compelling entertainment experiences that can be enjoyed outside of the house.

“Nero leads consumers in the transition from the digital home to the total digital lifestyle,” said Jim Corbett, Executive Director, Nero AG. “Adding the elements of mobile entertainment compatibility and management, as well as Windows MCE plug-ins for media streaming and audio, video, and data burning underlines Nero’s unique position in being able to drive convergence. With each offering, we provide consumers unprecedented levels of sophistication and control over their entertainment experiences.”

An integrated TV server within the Nero MediaHome application allows users to stream live TV to an Xbox 360(TM) gaming system for playback via a Windows® Media Center Edition PC. Other intriguing video features include the ability to record TV programs, encode non-copy protected video files to the popular iPod® and PlayStation® Portable devices, record video directly onto a hard drive, and playback commercial DVDs on a PC or TV.

New audio capabilities include full MP3/mp3PRO encoding support, the ability to mix and edit music from multiple audio tracks, and sophisticated editing and mixing functionalities for HQ mastering.

Consumers can now take advantage of the unprecedented capacity of Blu-ray and HD DVD Discs for data recording. Both formats can also be integrated for data backup, packet writing, and toolkit applications.

Ensuring audiophile quality, Nero 7 enables the recording and playback of surround sound audio files. Users can also capture video files from many sources, including certified TV cards, graphics cards, camcorders, VCRs, and webcams (composite/S-video).

DVD presentations come to life with Nero 7’s customizable 3D menus. Compelling introductory video and transitions between menus and video clips are easily produced with two easy-to-use templates.

About Nero

Nero ( develops and distributes the world’s leading digital media solutions for consumers and professionals. Today more than 200 million users worldwide rely on Nero’s award-winning and trusted, industry approved applications to manage the needs of the connected digital home and forward thinking corporations.

Nero’s rapidly-growing portfolio of products defines new levels of innovation in the company’s three key areas of focus: Digital Media Solutions–delivering multimedia applications for data, audio, video, photo and TV capturing, editing, burning, managing and sharing; Audio and Video Compression Technologies–providing world-class interoperable standards-based solutions for encoding and decoding digital content with support for Next Generation HD and popular handheld formats; and VoIP Solutions – providing cost-effective voice, text and video communication over the Internet for home and business.

Nero products are globally distributed by leading hardware manufacturers, international distribution partners and online portals, and can be purchased directly at Nero provides worldwide coverage through Nero AG Headquarters based in Karlsbad, Germany and three Sales Offices worldwide: EMEA in Karlsbad, Germany; Americas in Glendale, California, USA; and APAC in Yokohama, Japan.



‘Grids’ extend schools’ processing power

As Habitat for Humanity and the Girl Scouts recruited students at Meredith College in North Carolina willing to volunteer their time, a team from IBM staked out the campus dining hall with a softer request, seeking only to borrow the calculating power of the students’ idle computers.

“It’s easy, which people like to hear,” said Rebecca Thompson, a 20-year-old senior. “I’ll be talking [to friends] and helping fight AIDS at the same time.”

Thompson’s college-issued laptop, when she’s not using it for class, is part of the World Community Grid, an IBM-supported network that senses when private computers are sitting idle, then taps the machines to perform complicated calculations ordinarily performed on expensive supercomputers.

The grid is used being used by researchers at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in conjunction with teachers and students at Rutgers University to develop cures for cancer, AIDS, and other diseases–and by IBM to demonstrate the potential of borrowing power from the more than 650 million PCs estimated in use around the world.

Grid networks have been used for years to scan radio signals from outer space for signs of extraterrestrial life, to help mathematicians find the largest prime number, and to narrow down the number of potential smallpox vaccines to a few dozen. Now, an increasing number of colleges and universities, businesses, and even K-12 school systems are tapping into the power of grids to extend their computing resources.

Earlier this year, the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), a group of 24 colleges and universities across 15 states, joined together to form a supercomputer grid that reportedly will give researchers the ability to perform up to 10 trillion calculations a second, paving the way for speedier advancements in the fields of science and medicine.

“The old model used to be that every researcher got his own computer,” said Art Vandenberg, director of advanced campus services at Georgia State, one of the first universities to participate in the project, in an interview with the Associated Press in August. “But by partnering, we create a fabric we can all get to.”

For Georgia State, the grid quadruples researchers’ computing power, allowing scientists to run in a week computer simulations that once would have taken a month. The equipment for that grid, too, is being provided by IBM, which sold the processors, wires, and other pieces to each college at a deeply discounted rate. Georgia State paid $585,000 for a computer that would have cost more than $2 million, Vandenberg said.

“This is the internet equivalent of a 100-lane highway,” said Greg Kubiak, director of relations and communications for SURA (see story:

Other leading research universities, including Carnegie Mellon and Purdue, have launched similar projects.

And interest in the field appears to be growing. Even video-game manufacturers are getting into the act. According to a Sept. 18 report on the news web site, when Sony Corp. releases its long-awaited PlayStation 3 video game console in November, users will have the option of donating the technology that powers these advanced gaming machines to ongoing research efforts conducted via the internet.

Working with researchers at Stanford University’s Folding@home project, Sony engineers have developed a software program that PlayStation 3 users can download to give researchers access to the console’s processor when the machine is not in use, as long as the power is switched on, they say.

Engineers say the game system’s high-powered Cell Broadband Engine, which it uses to run realistic video games, might play a central role in helping researchers find cures to debilitating diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gherig’s disease. A version of the same chip used to power the PlayStation 3 game console also reportedly is being used by IBM to run a new supercomputer for the Department of Energy. According to CNN, that machine is capable of processing up to 1 trillion calculations per second.

Last week, leading practitioners met in Washington, D.C., as part of a national conference called GridWorld to discuss developments and prospects in grid computing.

Despite the enthusiasm of researchers, the concept has its problems. For one, “there’s still an awful lot of complexity and confusion on how to put these things together,” said William Fellows, who runs grid research studies at The 451 Group, an independent technology industry analyst company.

The technology got its name because, like the electricity grid, users can access power far away rather than having a power plant of their own, said Ian Foster, a computer science professor at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory who is credited as one of the technology’s founders.

Complicated scientific problems are divided into small pieces and distributed to individual computers on the grid. The small pieces of data are processed simultaneously, cutting research time by months or years. The results are delivered back to a central computer, where the results are assembled into an answer.

Since 1999, nearly 5.5 million internet users have signed up to run SETI@Home, which combs through celestial radio signals for patterns that might be communication from another world.

The cancer research project electronically tested 3.5 billion molecules against 12 cancer-causing proteins in three years. It found millions of potential drug candidates, hundreds of which were tested in labs. About 2 percent showed cancer-fighting potential, far more candidates than other methods have generated.

As grid computing’s promise of cheaper, more flexible processing power has caught on in science, business has taken notice. Insight Research Corp., a New Jersey-based telecommunications market research company, estimates worldwide spending on grid computing will grow from $1.8 billion this year to about $24.5 billion in 2011.

Most of the top 20 banks in the U.S. and Europe already use some kind of grid computing, often to run statistical models that predict risk or shape asset portfolios, Fellows said. Not only is grid computing cheaper than buying supercomputers; the practice also hints at the ability to outsource advanced computer analysis, such as analytical efforts aimed at forecasting future events.

IBM already has about 500 commercial customers for its grid computing services, including scientific research centers and businesses in aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and financial services, said Ken King, IBM’s vice president of grid computing. The company also is linking China’s higher-education institutions to allow better research collaboration, he said.

Christopher Willard, an analyst at research firm IDC, said providers such as IBM will profit by allowing clients to avoid buying more computers than they use regularly and accommodate emergency needs for computing power, as well as by serving medium-sized businesses and schools that don’t have the money for costly computer systems.

Participation in IBM’s World Community Grid, the network that Meredith College students are part of, is open to companies, associations, universities, and individuals.

For people looking to donate their computing power to these and other research efforts, administrators say the only costs associated with the project are a potential increase in participants’ electric bills, because their computers will be constantly processing information, not sitting idle, and–because the connection is web-based–a small spike in monthly payments to local internet service providers, though this depends on existing agreements.

In terms of computing power, each project operated by the grid–whether for cancer research, AIDS research, and so on–reportedly has its own requirements, and users are asked to choose a particular project when signing up. According to the World Community Grid web site, there are at least 410,000 participants.

“I know when I take a shower or go down the hall, I could be using the time that [my computer is] on and devote it to the project,” said Whitney Rains, 19, a Meredith College sophomore. “A lot of good could be contributed if everyone does a little bit.”

The challenges to widespread use of grid computing are not all technical. Foster, the technology’s pioneer, said by its very nature, grid computing involves letting go of control over who gets to see data and who has access to machines people think of as their own.

“What we’re about is resource sharing for purposes of collaboration and increased flexibility. That has to be accompanied by the necessary sociological changes as well,” Foster said.

Reaching out to people who don’t make computing their profession–as IBM is doing with the World Computing Grid–also brings up questions about security, Foster said. There are questions about whether being linked to a worldwide network might leave a computer vulnerable to viruses, or expose a user’s personal data.

But IBM’s King said data flowing in and out of its servers are continuously monitored and bad things blocked–and the students at Meredith College don’t seem worried.

“There’s so many other ways [hackers] can get in,” Thompson said. “But if I’m going down, IBM is going down. I trust them and trust their technology.”


GridWorld 06 conference

IBM’s grid computing site

Southeastern Universities Research Association

World Community Grid



Chicago–Sept. 19, 2006–NetOp Tech Inc., the new U.S. subsidiary of Danish software developer Danware A/S, today announced it has signed a lease for more than 3,000 square feet of office space at Olympia Centre on Michigan Avenue. NetOp Tech Inc. will provide sales and service in the United States for Danware’s popular NetOp product line including remote control, classroom teaching, computer security and Internet filtering software.

Located in suite 1510 at 737 North Michigan Ave. in the heart of the famed “Magnificent Mile”, the new office space will eventually house more than 14 employees providing sales and customer service for NetOp software users and partners in the Americas.

“Danware is making a real commitment to the U.S. market by opening up a subsidiary in a centralized active business environment like Chicago,” said Jason Vargovchik, a Microsoft veteran who will be heading up the new office as Country Manager. “The company has given us a quality address and location, so that we can provide our customers with the personalized, local service they require.”

The U.S. is a very strong market for the NetOp product line with more than 25 % of Danware revenue coming from over 10,000 enterprises using award winning NetOp products , according to Peter Groendahl, chief executive officer of Danware A/S.

“North America is the most important market for us and we are looking to substantially grow that market for the NetOp product line,” he said. “A centralized location in Chicago will give us the opportunity to provide our customers and partners with the highest level of responsiveness and service.”

Danware develops and markets software products based on NetOp technology, which provides for fast, secure and stable transfer of images, audio and data between two or more computers. NetOp School is used for computer-based classroom teaching, while NetOp Remote Control products enable remote control of one or more computers. NetOp Netfilter is an Internet filtering solution used to distinguish safe from unsafe content. NetOp Security Suite includes a distributed firewall for monitoring computer processes and communication. All are plug-and-play products offering extensive functionality, flexibility and user-friendliness.

In addition to its new U.S. subsidiary, Danware is about to open offices in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Partners and customers looking for more information on Danware and NetOp products should visit or email


NetOp Tech, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Danware, a Danish based software company. Danware’s core business is to develop and market, through a certified channel of NetOp Partners, software products based on the NetOp core technology–a technology enabling swift, secure and seamless transfer of screens, sound and data between two or more products. For more information please see the NetOp Tech Inc. Web site at


Based in Birkerod, Denmark, Danware A/S develops and markets NetOp software products sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. In 2005, Danware reported sales of about $15.5 million. Danware’s shares are listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange and are a component of the Small Cap+ index. For more information, visit the Danware Web site at



Past Meets Present: New MU Web Site Focuses on Oral Tradition

COLUMBIA, Mo.–At the University of Missouri-Columbia, modern technology is being used to promote and share information about an ancient practice–oral tradition.

MU, through its Center for Studies in Oral Tradition, recently launched an online version of its academic journal, Oral Tradition. The Web site, which includes the center’s current issue and 10 other previously published issues, went live Sept. 18. The center, founded in 1986, collaborated with MU’s Center for eResearch. The project took nearly two years to complete, and plans are currently underway to make all of the center’s published issues–a total of 30 more–available on the Internet. The journal is published twice a year.

John Miles Foley, who is the director of the center and Curators’ Professor of classical studies and English, said the online version will provide greater access to subscribers and improve the ability of researchers and scholars to share information about past and current oral traditions. He said in the past there had been problems with the distribution network and payment methods, and some subscribers had been unable to afford the journal. Other than Europe and the U.S., Foley said print versions sent via mail sometimes never reached their destinations in third-world countries and remote parts of Asia and Africa where the practice of oral traditions remains popular.

The center, however, will continue to publish hard copies of the journal through the end of 2006.

“The Web site provides universal, free access,” Foley said. “For example, somebody in South Africa can go to the site and use any browser to download information. All of the barriers for communication are gone. The print version has become virtual, and now everybody can participate on a greater scale.”

To celebrate the achievement and promote the Web site, e-mails were sent worldwide to researchers, organizations and universities which study the tradition of how information, cultural history and ancestry are passed via word of mouth from generation to generation to share information.

The Oral Tradition Web site is available at: Downloadable articles are available as PDF using Adobe Acrobat.



West Texas A&M University Adopts ANGEL LMS

Indianapolis, Ind.–Sep. 19, 2006–ANGEL® Learning, recognized innovator of enterprise e-learning software and services, today announced that West Texas A&M University has adopted the ANGEL Learning Management Suite. An early entrant into the field of online education, WTAMU first offered online courses in 1997 via WTOnline, a custom course management solution developed by the university.

WTAMU’s custom CMS although intuitive and easy for faculty and students to use lacks many advanced features and tools that the university deems necessary in a technology-rich environment. When WTAMU determined rewriting the custom application was not feasible, they used knowledge gained from a decade of experience in online learning and custom application development to identify requirements of a new system:

*User-friendly tools would increase faculty productivity and enhance student learning*

*Host environment security



*Ease of conversion from the WTOnline custom environment

*Technical support

We conducted a very detailed review of multiple learning management systems which included viewing course and technical support demonstrations and interviewing universities that used the applications,” said Sue Taylor, director, academic and information services, West Texas A&M University. “Based on faculty and advisory committee input, WTAMU selected ANGEL as the optimal solution for our campus. We are not only impressed with the product but are most impressed with ANGEL’s prompt, courteous service in response to our questions. The ANGEL staff has been very helpful in setting up our site on their servers as well as answering myriad questions related to implementation and use of the application.”

The ANGEL LMS balance of easy-to-use features with powerful capabilities is unique in the industry. Tested for usability, the ANGEL interface is easy to use and easy to learn to use, reducing the time required to perform tasks. ANGEL’s power turns the large amount of data stored in the LMS into results by automating data analysis and giving instructors numerous ways to respond automatically. ANGEL’s openness and award-winning support team ease the conversion process and meet evolving needs as ANGEL implementations mature.

“We commend West Texas A&M University for its leadership in online learning and for the rigor of their evaluation process,” said Candice Roberts, vice president sales, ANGEL Learning. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with WTAMU as they take advantage of ANGEL’s ease of use and openness to deliver increased value to their students and faculty.”

About ANGEL Learning

ANGEL Learning, Inc. develops and markets enterprise e-learning software. Our flagship products are the ANGEL Learning Management Suite and the ANGEL ePortfolio system. Our products have been honed by use–with millions of students and instructors served from K to corporate. We enjoy a reputation for creating products with exceptional ease of use, excellent vision into learner progress, and for keeping our commitments. ANGEL LMS received the 2006 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE award for Best Postsecondary Course Management Solution. Having emerged from the academy ourselves, our core values reflect those of our customers well. ANGEL world headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about the ANGEL difference, visit us at