State University of New York Chooses ANGEL LMS and ANGEL ePortfolio

Indianapolis, Ind.–January 23, 2007–ANGEL Learning, recognized innovator of enterprise elearning software and services, today announced that the State University of New York (SUNY) has awarded ANGEL Learning a master agreement to deliver online, hybrid and web enhanced courses on its 64 campuses and through its award-winning, system-wide online learning program the SUNY Learning Network (SLN). The SUNY Master Agreement allows participating SUNY institutions to license both learning management, ANGEL LMS, and electronic portfolio, ANGEL ePortfolio, systems for a single price.

"Our successful relationship with the SUNY system began five years ago when a single SUNY campus licensed ANGEL LMS," said Christopher Clapp, ANGEL Learning president and CEO. "As more SUNY campuses have licensed ANGEL, we have developed a real appreciation for SUNY´s teaching and learning mission, the SUNY people, and an understanding of SUNY system needs. We welcome the opportunity to serve the entire SUNY system with the personal attention to individual customers that sets ANGEL Learning apart."

The State University of New York´s 64 geographically dispersed campuses comprise the nation´s largest comprehensive system of public higher education. The SUNY Learning Network, SUNY´s online education program, is one of the world´s leading providers of online learning. Together SUNY and SLN offer students a wide diversity of educational options, provide access to almost every field of academic or professional study and serve a total enrollment of more than 418,000, students who are pursuing traditional study in classrooms and laboratories or are working at home, at their own pace in online classes.

The ANGEL LMS balance of easy-to-use features with powerful capabilities allows instructors and students to focus on learning–not the underlying technology. ANGEL´s simple power drives adoption, eases instructors´ workloads, motivates students and, ultimately, creates exceptional educational experiences. ANGEL ePortfolio balances a strong learner-centered focus with highly flexible assessment and reporting tools that address institutional needs to provide authentic evidence of learning outcomes and student performance. ANGEL ePortfolio integrates seamlessly with ANGEL LMS enabling simple ePortfolio adoption and extending campus resources.

About ANGEL Learning

ANGEL Learning, Inc. develops and markets enterprise elearning 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


District aims to create technology test bed

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that administrators in Waco ISD’s technology department are investigating using electronic handheld devices such as iPods as vehicles for learning both inside, and outside the classroom. District technology director Dale Norwood says that the move is “part of a strategy to enhance how curriculum is delivered.” Using handheld devices is just one step in Waco ISD’s three-year technology plan–which represents a paradigm shift in the district’s practices. Historically, Waco ISD has focused its technology efforts on improving internet access and network infrastructure. Now, the district is concerned with replacing obsolete computers and getting new technology into the hands of teachers and students…


IBM to offer MySpace equivalent for businesses

USA Today reports that IBM’s Lotus unit will introduce a set of social networking services that function like a MySpace for office workers. Analysts say the initiative marks a renewed challenge to Microsoft. The Lotus unit is returning to its roots as a leader in providing business collaboration tools with the announcement of Connections–software that allows users to share information via the web, but gives businesses a means to control who sees the data shared. Connections functions as the business equivalent of MySpace or Facebook. This new entry could eat away at Microsoft’s lead in the collaboration and eMail market, where about 5 years ago, Microsoft’s products in the market surged past IBM’s…


A new crop of kids: Generation We

CNET reports that kids brought up in a technology-rich environment, and have parents who aren’t clueless about technology or afraid of it, are part of a new generation of youth that are naturally familiar with technology and comfortable with the world at large. Research suggests that such children have a much more global outlook at younger ages that their peers, and unlike the entitled generation of twenty-somethings dubbed “Generation Me,” this new crop of tech-savvy youngsters under the age of eleven are part of “Generation We.” Nancy Robinson, vice president and consumer strategist for the research firm Iconoculture says that this generation “has the ability to be in touch with each other immediately at earlier and earlier ages.” Parents of this generation are savvy both with media and technology, and are incorporating these skills into their parenting…


Pearson Prentice Hall Clues High School Students Into Mysteries of Forensic Science

"Dr. Richard Saferstein´s work continues to be the gold standard of forensic science textbooks. He is simply unrivaled in his skill in making the crime lab exciting and accessible to all readers. This compelling book should be in every library and classroom, especially now in this era of proliferating forensic science advancements that make the impossible possible and mistakes unpardonable."

Patricia Cornwell, award-winning crime novelist

Upper Saddle River, NJ–January 23, 2007–Fingerprints. DNA. Trace evidence. These and other aspects of crime scene investigations have become part of the cultural landscape and, increasingly, high school curriculums. Call it the CSI factor. To meet this growing demand for information, Pearson Prentice Hall is publishing the first comprehensive forensic science program designed specifically for high school students and teachers.

Forensic Science: An Introduction, by Richard Saferstein, is adapted from his own best-selling college text, Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, currently in its ninth edition. This new, highly accessible high school text includes cutting-edge forensic techniques, practices and procedures, including DNA profiling, automated firearms search systems, digital imaging, and evidence collection and preservation. The book also focuses on possible career opportunities in the expanding forensic science field.

Each chapter opens with a Case Study, incorporating real life examples of forensic science applications. Throughout the text, Learning Objectives highlight key concepts of each chapter; Forensic Brief boxes provide students with quick and pertinent facts about forensic cases; and Key Terms are explained in the margins. Each chapter contains summaries and review questions; and a full chapter examines the increasingly significant role computers are playing in criminal activity and the collection of forensic evidence.

The book is accompanied by a companion website ( that provides additional exercises, text information, and WebExtras, which serve to expand on information available in the text through video presentations and graphic displays that enhance the reader´s understanding of the subject´s more difficult concepts.

To supplement the text, Pearson Prentice Hall has published Basic Lab Exercises for Forensic Science. This manual offers hands-on activities and experiments, using easy-to-access and safe materials, on fingerprinting, blood stain and handwriting analysis, forensic anthropology, and more.
"Since the initial publication of Criminalistics thirty years ago, interest in, and the practice of, forensic science has grown in importance and popularity," said Saferstein. "Forensic Science: An Introduction goes behind the headlines to provide to high school students in-depth information on the actual processes involved in this rapidly evolving field."
Forensic Science: An Introduction
Author: Richard Saferstein
Copyright: 2008
Format: Student Edition (HS Binding)
ISBN: 0131961411

Basic Laboratory Exercises for Forensic Science
Author: Richard Saferstein
Copyright: 2007
Format: Lab Manual (Softcover)
ISBN: 0131961438

About the Author

Richard Saferstein, Ph.D., retired in 1991 after serving for twenty-one years as the Chief Forensic Scientist of the New Jersey State Police Laboratory, one of the largest crime laboratories in the United States. From 1972 to 1991, he taught an introductory forensic science course in the criminal justice programs at the College of New Jersey and Ocean County College. These teaching experiences played an influential role in his authorship of the widely used introductory college textbook Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science. Saferstein´s basic philosophy in writing Criminalistics was to make forensic science understandable and meaningful to the non-science reader, while providing an appreciation for the scientific principles that underlie the subject. In 2006, Dr. Saferstein received the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Paul L. Kirk award for distinguished service and contributions to the field of criminalistics. He currently teaches a course on the role of the expert witness in the courtroom at the law school of Widener University in Wilmington, Delaware.

About Pearson Prentice Hall

Pearson Prentice Hall is the nation´s leading educational publisher of scientifically researched and standards-based instructional materials for today´s 6-12th grade classroom.

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education ( is the global leader in educational publishing, providing scientifically research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. Virtually all students in America learn from a Pearson program at some point in their educational career. The company is home to such renowned publishing brands as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Longman, Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Early Learning, Pearson Learning Group, Pearson Digital Learning, and Pearson Addison Wesley. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson´s primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.


Vernier Networks Strikes Deal with PEPPM, a Multi-State Purchasing Entity, to Streamline Buying Process for Local Governments and Educational Institutions

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference
Booth #706

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vernier Networks, the leading supplier of award-winning network access control (NAC) appliances, today announced that it has been awarded a supplier contract with PEPPM, a multi-state technology bidding and purchasing program for local government and education organizations. Vernier will sell its award-winning EdgeWall family of NAC appliances via PEPPM´s streamlined process.
"By eliminating the formal bid process from the purchasing effort, PEPPM allows local government agencies and educational institutions to purchase important NAC security products directly from Vernier faster and easier than before," said Simon Khalaf, president and chief executive officer for Vernier Networks. "As security breaches and data loss continue to dominate headlines, organizations are tightening their controls, and NAC is an ideal solution to monitor users and defend the network against these growing threats."

"Vernier Networks´ NAC solution meets the unique security needs of educational and local government institutions," said Dave Manning, PEPPM coordinator. "PEPPM´s centralized and dynamic program satisfies the unique legal bidding requirements of institutions while providing immediate access to Vernier Network´s EdgeWall NAC appliances."

To demonstrate the company´s strong footprint in the educational market, it will offer a free webcast where IT administrators and others tasked with network security at educational institutions can learn how to secure their network infrastructure from both managed and unmanaged desktops. The webcast will be held on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Representatives from Vernier customers Texas A&M University at Kingston and Lampeter-Strasburg will join Vernier in the webcast entitled "Network Access Control (NAC) Solutions for Educational Institutions." More information and registration can be found at
Vernier´s Jay Chu will also present at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE & C) held Feb. 11-13, 2007, in Hershey, PA. His presentation entitled "The Amazing NAC Race" will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 12:45 p.m. Vernier will also be demonstrating its EdgeWall 8800 capabilities in booth #706.

About Vernier Networks´ NAC Appliances

Vernier offers IT administrators a complete line of EdgeWall NAC appliances that defend networks against intrusions and attacks by screening users and endpoint devices for desktop policy compliance; restrict access to network resources; inspect network and application traffic for worms and viruses; and enforce remediation on infected and out-of-compliance devices. The recently released EdgeWall 8800 is the industry´s first modular high-performance NAC platform to deliver all of the following key security components: wire-speed authenticated and validated access to all users throughout the network; protection from security threats and malicious behavior; continuous compliance inspection; and a fully integrated Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) engine. All of this functionality is delivered for as little as $25 per endpoint–the lowest cost per endpoint of any current NAC solution.


Founded in 1982, PEPPM is a multi-state technology bidding and purchasing program that enables more than 1,000 specified public sector agencies to purchase technology products and software off of centralized, bid-protected contracts from more than 150 vendors representing over 250 product lines. PEPPM provides administrative process effort savings, as well as price advantages, since a central bid reduces paperwork, eliminates specification writing and advertising costs, collapses ordering time and expedites receipt of the items. More information can be found at

About Vernier Networks

Vernier Networks delivers the industry´s leading Network Access Control products that are designed to ensure network compliance. The award-winning EdgeWall product line authenticates, validates and authorizes compliant endpoints, quarantines and remediates infected devices and continuously inspects traffic for policy compliance. Vernier´s products are deployed at over a thousand enterprises, higher education institutions, healthcare organizations and government agencies worldwide. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, with sales operations and channel partners worldwide, Vernier can be found on the web at
Vernier Networks and the Vernier logo are trademarks of Vernier Networks, Inc.


Miami-Dade County Schools Picks Microsoft to Connect Students, Teachers and Administrators to Educational Resources and Tools

MIAMI, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — When Miami-Dade County Public Schools needed to communicate with its 1.5 million students, parents, teachers and administrators, the district found it lacked a consistent way to deliver information. Whether they needed educational resources being distributed or critical instructions in case of emergencies, users were forced to hunt for necessary information. The use of different software applications throughout hundreds of schools kept this large, urban and culturally diverse school district from effectively using the communications and educational resources it had at its disposal.

Today the school district is introducing the deployment of a new
solution using the Microsoft(R) Learning Gateway, an integrated
portal-based platform that delivers an unprecedented level of
collaboration, management of online content and increased productivity by eliminating the need for paper while changing the way people work, learn and succeed across the school district.

"It´s the difference between walking into a grocery store and having to search the aisles for what you need and being able to drive up to a store and everything is already in a cart ready to check out," said Deborah Karcher, executive officer, information technology services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. "We were supporting a lot of different technology platforms and nonconnected Web sites to access and deliver information.

This reduced our communications effectiveness and did not maximize the
resources we had. By optimizing our infrastructure with Microsoft, we were able to design a portal strategy across the district that can incorporate all our application and data sources through Microsoft Office SharePoint(R) Server 2007 and a suite of Web services that allows security-enhanced access to all district resources based on a user´s role in the system."

The district can now push the right data to the right stakeholder
audience rather than forcing users to navigate a maze of resources to find the information they need:

— The school district now communicates time-sensitive information such as emergency notices, school events and school closures to all district users with just one communique, which is critical in this hurricane-prone region.

— The new infrastructure changes the way that teachers and parents can access and make use of student performance data. Teachers now can readily access historical data about individual student performance for assessments, progress reports and remediation plans and more quickly capture a snapshot of a student´s overall progress.

— Administrators can communicate consistent information to staff members across all schools regarding meetings, training and professional development opportunities.

— Instructional technology from the district´s digital content provider Riverdeep, which converted its Learning Village solution specifically to work within the district´s new portal solution, now allows teachers, students and parents to access learning resources anytime and anywhere they are needed.

— Parents can set their user settings to receive the information they want in the language they need without having to navigate through numerous district services.
"We realized that to communicate effectively with parents and the
community, we would need tools that permit our stakeholders to move
decisively in support of their children — our students," said Rudolph F. "Rudy" Crew, Ed.D., superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

"These tools must work together in such a way as to convert a parent´s need to know into the ability to act, and we now find ourselves moving
decisively in that direction."

Better Management of Resources Enhances Security

The new portal was built by Microsoft Consulting Services on Microsoft technologies that include SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Active Directory(R) and Microsoft Windows Server(R) 2003.

Moving beyond improvements in communication and access to data and
learning resources, making the transition to a single directory system for more than 1 million users helped improve the security of the data and the network. Security was an important consideration for the school district, which must comply with government standards requiring the protection of student information and privacy of minors. Personal data can now be maintained with improved security features consistently as the student moves in and out of the district and through different schools.

Statewide, the Florida Department of Education also uses Microsoft´s
portal technologies for Sunshine Connections, an interactive Web
environment designed with input from Florida educators, that allow teachers to share lesson plans and best practices and easily and more securely view their students´ Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores in real time so they can find, modify or design curricular materials for the unique needs of each class or student.

Growing Ed Tech Focus: Collaboration and Community

Miami-Dade´s efforts to improve data access and system communications
reflect a shift in the technology philosophy of educators and education
policy-makers across the country and around the world.

"School technology leaders have moved far beyond thinking only about
acquiring new technology, beyond improving computer-to-student ratios, and beyond the recent focus on using technology to meet accountability and assessment requirement," said Anthony Salcito, general manager of Microsoft Education. "We are now seeing technology decisions based on what will best help the education community improve learning by collaborating effectively, sharing resources and information, and getting parents involved. It will be exciting to watch how Miami-Dade´s pioneering work here will enable new learning paradigms moving forward."

The trend is visible in smaller education communities and education
communities around the world. For example, Shireland Language College, a 950-student inner-city institution in a linguistically and culturally
diverse area of West Midlands, U.K., also deployed Learning Gateway
specifically to support distance and personalized learning and to promote inclusion across a network of local schools. The community of parents, students, teachers and support workers are using the Learning Gateway to create stronger links between Shireland and the local community, promoting learning beyond the classroom. Making these closer connections with families means that students have more support in achieving their learning goals with parents now constantly in touch with their children´s activities so they may take a more active role in the learning process.

"Rather than implementing technology for technology´s sake, school
districts of all sizes can design a technology framework using a
customer-service-oriented approach and implement an enterprise architecture that will give them room to grow and change as their constituents grow and as technology changes," Salcito said. "This use of technology to address its constituents´ specific needs and support its vision for the future further demonstrates Miami-Dade´s global education leadership and provides a vision for deployment that can be easily replicated globally."

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

Kuhr will manage´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 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 "His business insight as well as his passion to support educators will help fulfill its mission to improve student learning outcomes through our digitally infused instruction and assessment focus."

About, 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 or call 503-284-0100.



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, 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 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 or contact the company at or 303-565-3100. Visit to learn more about RDX removable disk technology.



FLORHAM PARK, NJ, January 22, 2007–The School Building Expo taking place March 6-8, 2007 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida will feature a world-class conference covering the latest trends in design, construction, and materials for K-12 and Higher Education school facilities. One of the features of the conference will be the Green Track, focused on environmental building issues.

"As the environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent and green building gains momentum, we thought it very important to focus part of our conference program on teaching architects and facilities planners best practices of creating healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation and maintenance," said Scott Goldman, founder School Building Expo. "In working closely with the AIA we have develop a dynamic conference program that will offer practical learning and a chance to earn up to 18 AIA-approved CEU learning units for architects to meet continuing education requirements."

The School Building Expo conference program will kick off on Tuesday, March 6th with School Tours of Facilities Across Palm Beach County. Architects and facilities planners are invited to tour some of the most exciting, most innovative projects in South Florida, along with expert hosts who will share the back stories of these inspiring projects. Participants will see public, private, primary and secondary schools across Palm Beach county, including outdoor spaces for science and environmental studies and will experience these facilities first-hand; tour the buildings and meet the designers and school personnel.

Dr. Catherine Burke, a researcher and lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK, will keynote on "The School I´d Like: How Children View School Buildings." Dr., Burke´s research asked 15,000 students in England about their feelings on the designed environment of their school. She´ll share the results and conclusions from her research, much of which is surprising and contrary to expectations. Michael Hall will present the inspiring story of what a difference the vision of a man, and the facilities of a better school, can make in the lives of literally millions of Americans as he discusses the philanthropic endeavor funded by Sears Roebuck President Julius Rosenwald who helped create over 5,000 new public schools for poor rural African-Americans in the South, where school conditions were abysmal.
Several important environmental building issues will be discussed during the conference throughout the Green Track.

Michael Nicklas, FAIA, President and Co-Founder, Innovative Design, Inc. will present "The Green, The Bad and the Ugly: Learning from Mistakes in Sustainable Design." The schools designed by Mike Nicklas save over $3.5 million in energy and 35 million gallons of water every year. But there are some green building bloopers that Mike will share so others in the audience don´t make the same mistakes.

Lindsay Baker, LEED for Schools Program Manager, US Green Building Council will discuss the brand-new LEED rating system created specifically for K-12 schools that will be launched in early 2007. Lindsay will provide a first look at the final standard, along with authoritative guidance and expert advice from the people who set the standards.

The expo floor will feature a Recyclatorium, a unique collection of samples of sustainable materials which can be incorporated into school facilities.

Over 125 exhibitors will show products and materials for school facilities at the expo, including flooring, roofing, windows, walls, interior finishes, school furnishings, seating, sports floors, lighting, and much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to touch and feel the products, as well as to get detailed technical and specifying information from the exhibitors. More information is available at or by calling (800) 746-9646.