GenevaLogic Debuts New Classroom Management Software Kits at 2007 Florida Educational Technology Conference

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today at the 2007 Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), GenevaLogic debuted the Vision® Class Kit, the Vision School Kit and the Vision School Kit Plus–which provide both individual classrooms and entire schools with essential classroom management tools for easy and effective teaching with computers. The foundation of all three kits is Vision6, the newest version of GenevaLogic´s easy-to-use classroom management software that allows teachers to manage, control and optimize the use of technology to support instruction.

"At GenevaLogic, we are committed to partnering with educators to develop innovative solutions that help them use technology to improve student learning," said Kirk Greiner, chief executive officer. "We developed these new kits so schools would have easy and cost-effective ways to put our most requested classroom management software tools at their teachers´ fingertips."

In the Vision Class Kit, GenevaLogic bundled its most popular products into an easy-to-use kit at a cost-effective price. In addition to Vision, the Vision Class Kit includes two popular plug-ins, App-Control and Surf"Lock2. App-Control allows teachers to keep the whole class learning together by remotely launching applications, sharing documents and managing access to applications on all student computers. Using Surf"Lock2, teachers turn browsing on or off from their computer with a single click, allow students access only to selected Web sites that support instruction, and stop or limit Web browsing instantly for a single student or the entire class.

For schools that want to provide classroom management software tools to numerous classrooms or in multiple computer labs, GenevaLogic developed the Vision School Kit. With the Vision School Kit, an entire school is equipped to manage classroom computer activity, guide student learning on computers and teach effectively with technology. The Vision School Kit includes school-wide licenses for Vision6; App-Control; SurfLock2; and Pointer, a plug-in that allows teachers to annotate text or graphics on the computer while teaching. Teacher training

materials are also included in this package.With the Vision School Kit Plus, schools customize their classroom management software system by adding either Protect-On2 for student desktop security or Print-Limit Pro for school-wide print management. With Protect-On, teachers save and restore the original configuration of classroom computers, avoiding viruses, frustrating downtime or unwanted downloads with a quick restart. Print-Limit Pro allows schools to easily and efficiently manage printing across large, multi-platform environments.

The new classroom management software kits from GenevaLogic are economically priced to meet the varying needs of K-12 schools. The Vision Class Kit is available for $999 per lab or classroom, with a limit of two per school. A site license for the Vision School Kit is $3,999 for schools with fewer than 1,000 students and $4,499 for schools with 1,000 or more students. Site licenses for the comprehensive set of classroom management software tools offered in the Vision School Kit Plus are $4,999 for schools with fewer than 1,000 students and $5,999 for schools with 1,000 or more students.

For more information, visit www.GenevaLogic.com or call 866-725-7833.

About GenevaLogic

GenevaLogic (www.GenevaLogic.com) has one passion: enabling educators to manage, control and optimize the use of technology to support teaching and learning. Founded in 1996, with headquarters in Langenthal, Switzerland, and Portland, Ore., the privately held company is an international leader in active teaching systems whose Vision classroom management software is used in more than 50,000 classrooms worldwide. The company´s education software solutions–Vision, App-Control, Surf-Lock, Pointer, Plan-It, Protect-On, Print-Limit and Print-Limit Pro–allow schools, universities and training centers to get more learning value from their technology investments. For more information, visit www.GenevaLogic.com.
©2007 GenevaLogic. Vision, Surf-Lock, Protect-On, Pointer, Plan-It, Print-Limit and Classroom Management are trademarks of GenevaLogic Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks used in this document are the property of their respective companies.

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K12 Alerts® Tapped by Fairfield School District to Implement Advanced Parent Emergency Notification System

White Plains, NY – (January 24, 2007) – Fairfield Public Schools can now forget the days of time consuming phone chains and flyers sent home in backpacks. K12 Alerts® an innovator of web-based email, text to cellphone and telephone emergency messaging solutions for schools, today announced that they have implemented their high performance parent notification and data collection system for the Fairfield Public School District. Utilizing the K12 Alerts® platform, parents receive emergency and other important notifications by e-mail and text messaging to their cellphones about school closings, early dismissals, impending natural and man-made disasters, school calendar updates, budget information and any other important district news.

For Fairfield, K12 Alerts® offers real-time tracking to determine whether parents have opened an emergency notification. For parents, K12 Alerts® also provides a self-managed account system that lets parents maintain emergency contact information and children´s information online. By registering on the school district´s K12 Alerts® signup web site (https://www.k12alerts.com/fairfieldschools/), parents and staff can receive e-mail and text to cellphone notifications virtually in real-time. Individual opt-in email addresses and text to cellphone numbers are kept confidential and are not made available to organizations, businesses, or individuals. Parents can specify which schools and grades that their children attend and also specify which sports and clubs they would like to be notified about.

The ability to utilize low-cost e-mail in a fast, flexible manner to deliver high-quality communication pieces is a key feature of the program. K12 Alerts® has the capacity to send graphic-rich e-mail newsletters at a fraction of the cost of mailing printed materials — and is instantly able to track who opens it and when; making sure that parents and community residents are notified. K12 Alerts® contains features which include browser-based tools such as a graphical template builder (newsletters and alerts messaging), advanced K-12 list manager (contact databases by school and grade), query list builder and increased scalability.

According to Gregory Bender, president and CEO of K12 Alerts®, "School districts demand fast, reliable, effective and secure communication solutions that do not drain their internal resources and manpower . Our outsourced solution solves critical K-12 School District communication barriers in real-time, allowing parents and community members to receive critical and time sensitive information immediately. Schools can enjoy tremendous cost-savings utilizing our advanced parent notification system."
According to Dr. Ann Clark, Superintendent of Fairfield Public Schools, "Keeping parents informed and up-to-date with the latest information in our fast paced school community can be a challenge. The ability to send regular updates on district initiatives, emergencies and events to segmented mailing lists by school, grade or the entire district with a click of a button makes communicating with our parents significantly more efficient and effective than postal mail or phone chains; parents will enjoy the peace of mind."

"Our e-mail and text to cellphone technology platform creates cost-savings, efficiencies and real-time alerts we believe are imperative in today´s school environment after 9/11 and other news related events around the nation. We are committed to helping school districts such as Fairfield maximize their investment in technology infrastructure and lower operating costs," said Bender.

K12 Alerts® is located at 445 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains, New York and can be reached at 914.220.8326 or via their website at http://www.k12alerts.com.

About K12Alerts®

Message Logix, Inc. is the creator of K12 Alerts® a powerful e-mail, text to cellphone and telephone notification system, facilitates the fast delivery of e-mail, text to cellphone and telephone messaging notifications and student emergency data collection. K12 Alerts® is an emergency messaging and critical student information management platform for school districts that enables school officials to send real-time emergency messages to parents´ work and home e-mails, text to cellphones and telephones and gather information. Privately held, Message Logix, Inc. is headquartered in White Plains, NY. For more information, please visit http://www.k12alerts.com, or call (914) 220-8326.

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Florida Master Digital Educators to Receive Online Professional Development Through Partnership Among PBS TeacherLine®, Florida Digital Educator Program and Florida Department of Education

ARLINGTON, Va. (Jan. 24, 2007) – PBS TeacherLine, the Florida Digital Educator Program and the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Instruction and Innovation have partnered to provide online professional development courses to Master Digital Educators in the state. This joint effort is a part of a statewide program that aims to improve the integration of technology across the K-12 curricula for enhanced student learning.

"The partnership with PBS TeacherLine is an important part of our ongoing statewide initiatives to provide teachers with the tools and training they need to enhance student learning through technology integration, especially in math and science," said Kate Kemker, bureau chief of the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Instruction and Innovation. "PBS TeacherLine courses offer just-in-time professional development and align with the skills and programs that Florida´s digital educators need."

Through funding from the Florida Department of Education, PBS TeacherLine online professional development courses will be offered free-of-charge to a cohort of teachers in the Master Digital Educator Program, an extension of the Florida Digital Educator Program. A statewide professional development initiative, the Florida Digital Educator Program helps teachers use instructional technology in ways that support project-based learning and require students to use higher-order thinking skills necessary in today´s global economy.

The PBS TeacherLine courses to be made available to Florida´s digital educators are the ISTE Capstone Certificate Program as well as courses in instructional technology and instructional strategies, specifically designed to prepare teachers to facilitate online courses. The ISTE (International Society for Technology In Education) Capstone Certificate Program is a series of research-based, online professional development courses enabling teachers to demonstrate their mastery of ISTE´s National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETSoT). While participating in the PBS TeacherLine ISTE Capstone courses, teachers build a community of educators focused on technology integration, which becomes an important, lifelong resource for instructional support.

"We´ve established the Master Digital Educator Program as a peer-training tool that allows us to easily expand technology integration training across the state as well as to increase collaboration among educators and share best practices," explained Dr. Shannon White, program administrator for the Florida Digital Educator Program. "Master Digital Educators can enhance their skills and knowledge in technology integration in the areas of math and science with anytime, anywhere access to PBS TeacherLine´s high-quality professional development courses. Then, they can share what they´ve learned with their peers."

The courses will be offered locally by WLRN, PBS´ member station and PBS TeacherLine provider in Miami. Veteran teachers from Florida who have earned a master´s degree and have been trained in online course facilitation and community-building will lead participants through these courses.
The partnership and the Florida Digital Educator Program will be discussed in more detail at the Florida Educational Technology Conference during Kemker´s keynote presentation, "Florida Innovates: Empowering Students and Teachers to Achieve," on Thursday from 7:45-9:00 a.m. and during Dr. White´s presentation, "Florida Digital Educators," on Friday from 1:50-2:45 p.m.

For more information about PBS TeacherLine, visit www.pbs.org/teacherline. To learn more about the Florida Digital Educator Program, visit http://etc.usf.edu/fde.

About Florida Digital Educator Program

The Florida Digital Educator (FDE) Program supports integration of technology across the K-12 curricula through collaborative experiences with new technologies and digital tools. The program helps build a common vocabulary across the state of Florida among educators regarding technology integration and digital tools. Included in the program model is an action research and mentoring aspect to increase data-driven research from the classroom and educator perspective. The FDE program is a Florida Department of Education initiative administered by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT). Based on professional development and instructional technology integration research, the FDE program was piloted in 2005 and field-tested in 2006. Ongoing research is used to examine and improve the Florida Digital Educator model. Visit http://etc.usf.edu/fde for more information.

About PBS TeacherLine

PBS TeacherLine is committed to helping teachers acquire the skills they need to prepare students for a successful future. PBS TeacherLine provides high-quality, affordable professional development through facilitated, online courses, collaborative learning communities, and exemplary Internet-based resources. Currently, more than 90 courses across multiple subject areas are offered. Teachers can earn continuing education units, professional development points and graduate credits for course completion. The courses have been developed in conjunction with leading education organizations, including Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), Education Development Center (EDC), Concord Consortium, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and International Society for Technology Education. Created in 2000, PBS TeacherLine is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $6,046,811. This represents approximately 85 percent of the total program funding. The remaining 15 percent is funded through in-kind support from PBS and through program income. For more information, visit www.pbs.org/teacherline.

About PBS

PBS is a media enterprise that serves 354 public noncommercial television stations and reaches almost 90 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS´ premier kids´ TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (www.pbskids.org), continue to be parents´ and teachers´ most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.

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Teachade: Online social networking for teachers

Educators who are looking for online sites to communicate and collaborate with their peers can register free of charge with Teachade, a site that lets educators share resources, create online learning communities, and connect with colleagues. Teachade is available to K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, student teachers, and college professors through a free registration process. The site uses Web 2.0 collaboration and social-networking technologies. Teachers can join groups formed around topics such as music, 6th-grade science, supporting educational technology, increasing student and child safety, and so on. Educators also have access to a personal and group calendar and can keep lesson plans or other items in personal “favorites” files.

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Schools seek more female engineers

CNN.com reports that experts argue that if the United States is to remain competitive with other nations in the engineering field, it needs to find improved ways of recruiting women to the field. William Wolf, president of the National Academy of Engineering says that one reason for the lack of women in the profession is negative stereotypes–“the nerd drinking Cokes and eating Twinkies until 3 in the morning.” Wolf says that creativity is one of the most important attributes to have in the engineering field, but “somehow that’s not what high school girls are hearing about.” The United States is behind countries such as China and India in producing scientists and engineers, and Wolf believes that recruiting more women and minorities are a major part of reversing this reality…

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MySpace to send Amber Alerts

USA Today reports that MySpace.com, the popular social-networking site, has stuck a partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children which will enable the site to send AMBER alerts online. AMBER is a program between law enforcement and the media which issues early warning in serious child abduction cases. This initiative is part of an upgrade of safety features aimed at addressing concerns of child-safety advocates, some of whom accuse the site of being too slow to keep its many teenage users safe from sexual predators…

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Students’ new best friend: ‘MoSoSo’

USA Today reports that if you take a close look on any college campus these days, you will see many students using cell phones, but only a few are being used for conversations. Many college students are using what observes call the next big consumer technology shift: Mobile Social Networking Software, or “MoSoSo.” The massive reach of social networking services such as Facebook or MySpace, combined with GPS software, has put some very powerful technology in the hands of youth. While many users are excited about the conveniences this technology can provide, many who have been tracking technology for a while say that as the benefits of a multipurpose mobile phone expand, so do the risks. In addition to possible security issues presented by the technology, many cultural observers believe that the technology is potentially addictive and young users often stay plugged into a virtual network, oblivious to the real world around them…

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Students envision ‘digital dorms’ of the future

What will the typical college dorm room look like in the year 2020? On-demand supplemental lectures available in every room, or maybe translucent solar panels on dorm windows to charge laptops that weigh less than a three-ring binder?

With technology advancing at an exponential rate every year, Gradware.com–a San Diego-based supplier of discounted software and hardware for students, teachers, and schools–is asking students to share their visions for the future of technology on college campuses. The three student responses the company deems best will qualify for a college scholarship worth $1,000, $500, or $250. In addition, Gradware says it will publish up to 50 of the top essays in book format and distribute these to college presidents, technology research and development firms, and journalists in the national media in June.

“We want to bring back the notion that U.S. colleges and high schools are important breeding grounds of technological innovation and cultural creativity,” said Spencer Sakata, Gradware’s chief executive officer. “This is a chance for creative, forward-thinking students to brainstorm the coolest gadgets they can think of. No rules, no limits–we’re really looking for some crazy ideas here. Technology can be very cool when it enhances campus life.”

Sakata said he hopes education officials will find the essay compilation useful as they plan their future needs for campus technology. “They’re going to be intrigued by the ideas that students have,” he predicted. “Students are using technology differently, and it’s … changing their priorities.”

Sakata said creative thinking is of paramount importance in the contest.

“The first thing we want to do is foster innovation at the college level and have students think about technology and how it relates to everyday life, and we want them to think big about it in ways that are more integrated into their lifestyle,” he said.

Today’s student entrants just might dream up tomorrow’s “it” technology, Sakata said.

“I think the future innovations will come from ideas that students have now,” he said. “We’re looking for how technology applies to your lifestyle, not just point solutions that aren’t integrated in any way. Technology is starting to really converge, is getting cheaper, and is becoming more widespread. Now we [should] focus on how to use [it] in a way to benefit us, not just technology for technology’s sake.”

The contest could act as a springboard for a new generation of “smart homes” as students get older, Sakata continued. A “digital dorm room” and the technology used in it, he said, could easily be extended to homes.

In the immediate future, Gradware’s essay contest could inspire college planners to integrate technology in new and exciting ways, said Judy Marks, associate director for the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.

“I think this contest should be very interesting to see what the students are thinking of,” said Marks. “Universities have attempted to network and create wireless environments and everything that goes along with that.”

Marks said many college dorms are undergoing an immense redesign, and not just in terms of technology: “Mostly it’s their kitchens, bathrooms, and the dormitories themselves have enormous services that they’re offering kids, and amenities that you couldn’t imagine would be in dormitories.” (See “21st-century dorms ‘up the ante’“.)

The 2007 Gradware National Essay Scholarship, “The Digital Dorm Room of the Future,” is open to all undergraduates and college-bound high school juniors and seniors in the United States. The scholarship contest details are available on the Gradware web site from now until the competition deadline, March 16.

Sakata said he expects a lot of responses from IT and design majors, as well as English and writing majors. “This kind of contest doesn’t require technical knowledge–it requires imagination,” he said.

There are no need-based or GPA requirements to enter. Essay applicants must be 28 or younger as of the scholarship deadline. Students must submit an essay no longer than 750 words describing their vision of the “digital dorm room” in the year 2020, and what campus life should be like with the power of emerging and future (not yet invented) technologies.

Links:

Gradware
http://www.gradware.com

2007 Gradware National Essay Scholarship: “The Digital Dorm Room of the Future”
http://www.gradware.com/scholarship.asp

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
http://www.edfacilities.org

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LEARNING.COM NAMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Portland, OR–January 22, 2007–Learning.com today announced that James Kuhr has joined its management team as vice president of marketing and product management. He will oversee Learning.com´s continued momentum as the premier provider of Web-enhanced instruction.

Kuhr will manage Learning.com´s expansion into new education subject areas with new product development, and will champion the company´s efforts to build awareness and visibility for the organization as an industry leader.

Kuhr is uniquely qualified to support Learning.com through his experience in the K-12 education market. He developed products and led multiple teams for Microsoft Corporation´s education initiatives, and for Apple Computer, including managing and developing Apple´s first K-12 Internet solution and the launch of additional Apple products. Kuhr most recently has had a successful consulting business providing firms with expert product development, forward-thinking positioning strategies and marketing initiatives, and positioning companies to be at their most competitive. His diverse client base has given him experience in international markets with Fortune 100 firms and start-up companies.

"Jim is perfectly suited to join our executive team," says Bill Kelly, CEO and co-founder of Learning.com. "His business insight as well as his passion to support educators will help Learning.com fulfill its mission to improve student learning outcomes through our digitally infused instruction and assessment focus."

About Learning.com

Learning.com, the premier provider of Web-enhanced instruction, partners with schools and districts to improve student learning outcomes. The Portland, Ore.-based company transforms learning experiences through its understanding of the art and science of Web-based teaching and learning. Its pioneering software products, EasyTech and TechLiteracyAssessment, provide educators with the tools to incorporate technology skills into core curriculum instruction. Educators also receive the data to understand how well students are grasping foundational technology skills and meeting accountability requirements. For more information, please visit www.learning.com or call 503-284-0100.

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DATA PROTECTION WEBSITE FOR SMBs LAUNCHES

BOULDER, Colo.–Jan. 22, 2007–With the small and medium business user in mind, ProStor Systems, a leading developer of removable disk storage solutions, today announced the launch of RDXstorage.com, a website designed as a central hub for the latest news and information on RDX® technology. The site is an educational destination for end users of what is quickly becoming the new multi-vendor standard for backup, archive and portable data applications in small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) worldwide.

Users who click to the site will find informational background on RDX technology, technical specifications and support documentation, in addition to links to RDX partner sites and a newsroom with current headlines, product reviews and press releases about the technology. Just as RDX is making data protection easy for businesses, the RDXstorage.com website makes it easy for potential and existing users of removable disk technology to find all the latest updates, FAQs, user guides and product links in one, centralized clearinghouse.

"We built this site to support the hundreds of SMB users who have expressed an interest in learning more about removable disk technology to protect their vulnerable business data," said Steve Georgis, CEO and president of ProStor Systems. "Visitors to the site will learn about the latest strides in data protection for the SMB and the benefits of RDX removable disk technology."

Compatible RDX solutions are available from several companies, including Tandberg Data, Imation and a leading PC and server manufacturer. Small businesses can customize their backup strategies using RDX media with cartridge capacities of 40 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB and 160 GB. The palm-sized cartridges can be stacked, labeled, bar-coded and managed onsite or stored offsite for added protection. Georgis noted, "The RDX storage solution is 10 times faster and more reliable than any tape storage product used in the past by small and mid-sized businesses. We developed RDX technology to provide business owners with professional-grade data protection at an affordable price point."
The recent announcements of the availability of a 160 GB RDX cartridge and the launch of the RDX website demonstrate ProStor Systems´ ongoing commitment to establish the RDX format as the single removable media solution that spans applications from desktop to enterprise data centers. About RDX The RDX system backs up like a tape drive while providing the performance advantages of a disk-to-disk system, with a range of cartridge capacities. Because the RDX cartridge uses the same 2.5-inch hard disk drives found in notebook computers, capacities will increase at the same rate. RDX technology provides forward and backward compatibility–enabling users to upgrade to higher capacity cartridges without having to buy a new drive–resulting in a higher return on investment for SMB users. RDX drives have been certified with most popular SMB backup software and can operate with simple drag-and-drop functionality.

About ProStor Systems

ProStor Systems develops and markets RDX® removable disk storage technology. The technology brings enterprise-class reliability and data protection to servers, networks and professional workstations at an affordable price. ProStor Systems recently signed licensing agreements with two storage industry leaders, Tandberg Data and Imation. The agreements allow Tandberg Data and Imation to manufacture, market and sell RDX drives and cartridges under their respective brands. For more information about ProStor Systems, visit http://www.prostorsystems.com or contact the company at info@prostorsystems.com or 303-565-3100. Visit http://www.RDXstorage.com to learn more about RDX removable disk technology.

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