Introducing Discovery Education Science Connection

Silver Spring, MD (January 18, 2007) – Discovery Education today launched Discovery Education Science Connection, a comprehensive supplemental multimedia toolkit that provides dynamic, high-quality content in a flexible online format. The rollout brings middle school science curricula to life to engage today´s technology-savvy students in learning. With No Child Left Behind requiring all states to test students in science at least once each year in grades 3-5,

6-9 and 10-12 starting in the 2007-2008 school year, Science Connection is designed to help educators prepare students for high-stakes assessments with content that is directly tailored to state standards and allows for inquiry-based and explorative approaches to learning.

Designed specifically for middle-school educators, Science Connection is organized into three areas – Physical Science, Life Science and Earth and Space Science – for easy integration into science curricula. Through Science Connection, students in today´s classrooms can access the resources that encourage exploration, stimulate critical thinking and deepen understanding.

Selected Features

Interactive Content:
– Interactive video with two-way interaction that invites students to click on "hotspots" during a selected video clip to gain additional information and to reinforce a learning point.

– Open-ended "Science Sleuths" mysteries in which students can solve using clues and resources such as interviews, photos, articles and graphics.

– Virtual labs that allow students to explore inquiry and science process skills using topics such as noise pollution and conditions for plant growth in real-world contexts.

– Integrated science simulations from Discovery Education´s award-winning Discovery School Science CD-ROM Collection that allow students to explore situations from a variety of science perspectives.

Multimedia Resources:

– Unparalleled collection of video programs created exclusively for Science Connection.

– Highly visual and dynamic reading passages from Discovery Education´s award-winning Discovery School Science Collection book series that include science timelines and interviews with leading scientists.

Formative Assessment:

– Formative assessment tools developed by Discovery Education ThinkLink Assessment to help educators identify each student´s baseline understanding, followed by recommendations from the assessment to individualize instruction to meet student learning needs.

"We´re excited to offer Discovery Education Science Connection to educators as a way to help them increase students´ knowledge of key science concepts and processes," said Dale Fulton, senior vice president of Curricular Development for Discovery Education. "The service gives educators the multimedia tools to connect with students´ individual learning styles, encouraging them to explore and develop their science skills through interactive, inquiry-based content and formative assessment."

Discovery Education Science Connection is available for a free 30-day trial. To sign up for the free trial or to learn more about Science Connection, visit or call 800-323-9084. To find out about any of Discovery Education´s other products and services, please visit or call 800-323-9084.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, the leading global real-world and knowledge-based media company. The leader in digital video-based learning, Discovery Education produces and distributes high-quality digital video content in easy-to-use formats, in all core-curricular subject areas. Discovery Education is committed to creating scientifically proven, standards-based digital resources for teachers, students, and parents that make a positive impact on student learning. Through strategic partnerships with public television stations across the country, its public service initiatives, products, and joint business ventures, Discovery Education helps educators around the world harness the power of broadband and media to connect their students to a world of learning. For more information, visit


NFCC Launches 2007 National Financial Literacy Poster Contest

Silver Spring, MD -In an effort to spread lessons in financial literacy to our nation´s youth, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) is sponsoring the BE MONEY WI$E National Poster Contest in 2007.

The contest is designed to get young students thinking about how to manage money effectively and offers them a creative outlet to demonstrate their knowledge. It also offers the opportunity for local and national recognition for student artwork and rewards winners with U.S. savings bonds and other prizes.

The theme for the 2007 Contest is "Plant the Seed of Saving to Grow Your Future."

The contest will feature three grade categories: Elementary – 1st through 5th Grades; Middle – 6th though 9th Grades; and High – 10th through 12th Grades and entries will be judged on expression of the theme, artistic style, and creativity.

All National Financial Literacy Poster Contest entries must be submitted to an NFCC member agency for judging. The submission deadline for poster entries will be in early March 2007, specific deadlines will vary by NFCC member agency. To locate and contact your nearest NFCC member agency visit

National finalists, as submitted by each NFCC member agency, will be judged and placed in contention for three national awards, one per grade category. An overall National Winner will also be chosen from the three category winners.

The national winner will be flown to Washington (with a parent) and presented with the national award as well as a $500 U.S. savings bond in late April during Financial Literacy Month.

For more information about the 2007 National Financial Literacy Month Poster Contest, visit


Canon REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projectors Bring Heightened AV Clarity to Hamilton College

Everything is picturesque in Clinton NY, the historic village in the foothills of the Adirondacks that´s home to Hamilton College. The view is good inside the school as well, where all classrooms, labs, and lecture halls have been recently outfitted with Canon REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projectors to support the presentation needs of the college´s world-renown liberal arts curriculum.
Adding the ultra-precise, high brightness, SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) picture quality of the REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector to Hamilton´s academic environment was a significant development for the college, which is the third oldest in New York State, and one that places a heavy emphasis on deploying advanced information technology for its approximately 1,775 students.

"It was easy to see the difference in quality when we first tested the Canon REALiS SX50," says Tim Hicks, Hamilton College´s director of A/V Services, a team within the IT Department. "The jump to a higher resolution was extremely exciting for our staff. Once we realized how clear the imagery was, we didn´t hesitate to move forward with having the REALiS in our facilities."

To date, Hicks and his team have installed 28 REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector´s at Hamilton College´s new Science Center. The projectors enhance the teacher/student experience by not only delivering images so crisp that even the smallest spread-sheet type is displayed clearly, but also by having a high brightness of 2500 ANSI lumens that doesn´t require total darkness, so students can still take notes. The secret of the REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector´s ultra-precise imagery is Canon´s proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical engine, a patented means of maximizing the power of LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon), the next-generation display technology at the heart of Canon´s REALiS Multimedia Projector line. Canon AISYS-enhanced LCOS technology not only enables the REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector to achieve its SXGA+ resolution, but also its high brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and compact size (8.9 x 13.2 x 4.5 in.) and weight (8.6 lbs.). The REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector also features a wide variety of analog and digital computer and video inputs (including component, composite, and S-Video, as well as VGA, DVI-I, and USB connections).

According to Hicks, the Canon REALiS projectors, which were supplied to the school by A/V contractor Visual Technologies, have proved to be versatile performers, providing increased resolution for the display of information from Mac or PC laptops, DVDs, VCRs, and document cameras.

"Extremely fine images–especially in the sciences–are frequently being projected," he notes. "One minute a geology professor might be showing a rock sample with microscopic details, then it´s a PowerPoint presentation, followed by graphs and charts with very fine lines, all of which require the high resolution of the REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector.

"Computers today have very high-resolution displays as a standard feature," Hicks continues. "Now, however, with the REALiS SX50 our professors and students don´t have to switch their computers´ resolution down when connecting to the projector, as they used to have to do. As a result, they don´t have to worry that the images that they were preparing beforehand on a computer will look any different when they´re projected to the class."

In addition to being able to display computer graphics, the Canon REALiS is capable of displaying true 16:9 720p high definition video and 4:3 480i or 575i standard definition video via its special 2:3 pull-down circuitry. Multiple Image Modes provide a variety of video display options, including Standard, Presentation, sRGB, and Cinema modes. Providing yet another advantage to the REALiS SX50´s projection power is its Genuine Canon high-performance 1.7x optical zoom lens, which can project a 100-inch image on a screen from only 9.8 feet away.

"Beyond the highest possible resolution and the ability to accept DVI-I signals, our main criterion was that our new projectors not cost an arm and a leg," says Hicks. "Our cost-per-unit on the Canon REALiS was approximately one-third of what we had expected to pay for a projector of this image quality. And when you buy 28 of them, that´s a big savings.

"Further adding to the value of the REALiS SX50 is the fact that they´ve been extremely reliable," Hicks adds. "We´re proud at Hamilton College that we keep up our technology-enhanced rooms and strive to achieve 100 percent operation. We purchased an extra Canon REALiS projector as a backup, but we haven´t had to use it yet. That type of track record is key, because technology today is so integrated into the teaching environment that if one thing goes down, it can throw off the whole class. The REALiS SX50 Multimedia Projector has afforded us complete assurance in the projector component´s dependability, which is one more reason why we are planning to upgrade projectors on campus to the REALiS."

With Canon on campus, Hamilton College is better equipped than ever to take its academic mission to even higher levels. "A/V plays a key role in everything that happens on campus," Hicks concludes, "there´s rarely a presentation or event that goes on without it. We need to trust our equipment, and Canon´s name and history has always made me very confident in their optics. When our vendor recommended going with Canon, I had no questions about it."

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The School of the Future: Moving Beyond Classroom Lectures and

Washington, DC — The end is near for the one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning that has dominated American schools for most of the past century.

Instead, that outdated model must be replaced by schools designed to better support individualized instruction enhanced by technology, as detailed in the Winter 2007 issue of Threshold: Exploring the Future of Education.

"We are at a point in history where we can finally begin to realize long-held aspirations for individualization in our schools," said Dr. Helen Soulé, executive director, Cable in the Classroom. "As a former teacher, I understand the challenge of reaching each and every student with limited time and resources. The tools that are available to track student learning, modify lessons, empower parents, and leverage learning outside the classroom are going to make a huge difference in the lives of the students of today and tomorrow."

The research has been clear for decades: individual students learn through different learning styles; at different paces; and through various physical, emotional, and environmental challenges and limitations. They also learn with different interests and passions, and to varying degrees of success in different social and physical environments.

"Our [education] system has fallen decades behind the societal advances in technology, in our understanding of how children learn, and in the demographic composition of our country," wrote Jeff Rice in the Threshold article, A New Model for 21st-Century Education. "We can no longer afford to be a public education system with essentially the same design as devised in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to determine factory workers from college-bound students."

The Winter 2007 issue of Threshold, produced by Cable in the Classroom and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), is available online at: The issue on personalized education features the following:

* Personalization strategies and tools for teachers

* A discussion with education experts on personalization, technology and their hopes for the future, also available as a podcast (via or iTunes)

* Personal computing for students

* How to use assessment tools to personalize instruction

*A professional development model program from New Mexico

What is the role of technology?

In this issue´s Threshold Forum, leading educational thinkers discuss the current state of personalization, how technology plays a role, and what they foresee for students and teachers. One of the main themes to arise is that technology makes it possible for teachers to allow individual students to learn what they want and how they want–and reach state standards at the same time.

Instead of thinking of technology as a new teaching tool, these experts suggest that our society sees technology as a self-directed learning tool.

And not only is the technology different, the way today´s young people learn is different. "They are wired differently, they look at the world differently, and they solve problems differently," said David Warick, director, The Landmark Project. "One of the things we have to realize is that for the first time in history, we are preparing our kids for a future that we can´t describe."

Who is on the cutting edge?

Mapping the Future profiles six programs that serve as examples to educators and parents on how to best incorporate wireless handhelds, technology training, and data monitoring software into everyday learning and teaching practices.

An article on 1:1 laptop programs in several Crawfordsville, Indiana schools shows how access to technology can inspire teachers to design and assign challenging projects–and give students the freedom to explore meaningful topics. The combination of laptops and problem-based learning gave these students the skills, tools, and confidence to–in this case–become advocates for school, social, and environmental causes.

Threshold: Exploring the Future of Education is a forward-looking quarterly journal for district, state, and national education leaders. Launched in 2003, it features nationally-recognized experts offering provocative ideas, opinions, and research at the intersection of education and technology. The content for each issue is developed in partnership with a leading education organization with a stake and expertise in the topic at hand, meaning readers are guaranteed
authoritative perspectives on the key educational issues of the day. Current and past issues can be found here:

Cable in the Classroom (CIC), the cable industry´s education foundation, works to expand and enhance learning for children and youth. Created in 1989 to help schools take advantage of educational cable programming and technology, CIC has become a leading national advocate for media literacy education and for the use of technology and media for learning, as well as a valuable resource of educational cable content and services for policymakers, educators and industry leaders.

For more information about Cable in the Classroom please visit:


California School District Signs Contract for Lawson Human Capital Management Suite

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lawson Software (Nasdaq:LWSN) today announced that Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, Calif., licensed its Human Capital Management suite to help streamline administration of the district´s human resources processes. The contract was signed in Lawson´s second quarter of fiscal year 2007, which ended Nov. 30, 2006.

Located in San Diego County, Sweetwater Union High School District is the largest secondary school district in California. Its 6,500 employees serve more than 41,000 students.

"We wanted to improve the way the human resources department serves the district´s employees, so teachers, classified staff and administrators have more time to focus on enhancing student achievement," said Rita Sierra Beyers, assistant superintendent for Human Resources, Sweetwater Union High School District. "The limited capacity of our legacy business system hindered that goal. After an extensive evaluation process, we found that Lawson offered the advanced capabilities we need to support our evolving human resources processes at a price the district can afford."
The new Lawson applications will replace Sweetwater´s legacy human resource system, which required inefficient, paper-based processes. With Lawson Human Capital Management, Sweetwater will be able to create automated workflows to help streamline key HR processes, such as hiring and processing new employees. The new Lawson system also will enable the district to deploy employee self-service access to basic HR information, increase employee productivity by eliminating duplicate data entry, and reduce staff overtime costs.

The district will integrate the new Lawson applications with several other third-party business systems, including the Chancery Student Management System and the San Diego County Office of Education.

Lawson Professional Services will provide implementation services for the district´s system rollout, which Sweetwater expects to complete by March 2008.

"The pressure to improve student classroom performance is a challenge welcomed by education professionals and one that starts by ensuring teachers, staff and administrators have the support they need to be effective," said Ken Munson, industry marketing director, Government & Education, Lawson Software. "Our Human Capital Management suite eases administrative burdens and improves employee satisfaction through self-service and reporting capabilities, helping staff devote more time and resources to students."
Lawson serves more than 120 public services customers, including three of the top seven digital state governments and four of the 25 largest school districts in the United States. State governments, cities, counties, school districts, publicly owned utilities/authorities and special districts rely on Lawson´s solutions to help meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders – constituents, employees, students, vendors and the community – while helping to maximize limited budgets.

About Lawson Software

Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,000 customers in manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and service sector industries across 40 countries. Lawson´s solutions include Enterprise Performance Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management and industry-tailored applications. Lawson solutions assist customers in simplifying their businesses or organizations by helping them streamline processes, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world. Visit Lawson online at
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IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2007)–Toshiba´s Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the TDP-SC35U DLP(R) (digital light processing) projector, the company´s latest affordable conference room projector with detachable document camera. The TDP-SC35U projector´s detachable document camera allows users to display transparencies, photos, 2-D and 3-D objects or live demonstrations onto a projector screen, television or monitor during a presentation or trade show. The product has an estimated single unit price (ESUP) of $899(1).

Users simply extend the TDP-SC35U projector´s document camera arm and position it almost anywhere to incorporate photo samples, printed documents, blueprints, microscopic images, three-dimensional objects or close-up views of product demonstrations of a new product or courtroom evidence. In educational settings, the detachable document camera can be used to enhance the learning experience by allowing students to demonstrate how a problem was solved, to incorporate a science experiment or to highlight how a piece of mechanical equipment was repaired.

The TDP-SC35U projector features 2,000 ANSI lumens, DLP technology for detailed and sharp images, 2000:1 contrast ratio (full on/full off) and native SVGA 800 x 600 resolution. With 2,000 ANSI lumens in a compact form factor, this feature-rich projector performs well in rooms of virtually any size.

"The TDP-SC35U projector with detachable document camera brings the ultimate presentation capabilities to road warriors, educators, trainers, lawyers and corporations at a very low price," said Sam Malik, director of projector sales and marketing, Toshiba Digital Products Division. "It´s lightweight and the projector´s document camera takes your presentation to a new level, while the reliability and quality of the Toshiba TDP-SC35U projector makes it the perfect presentation solution–the scope of a presentation is limited only by the presenter´s imagination."

Designed to appeal to a wide-range of audiences and meet the multimedia demands of today, the feature-rich TDP-SC35U mobile projector includes a host of multimedia capabilities and connectivity options such as two computer inputs (dual component), composite and S-video inputs, audio in/out capabilities, and a monitor output connector that allows users to view presentations from an external display in addition to what is projected on the screen.

Weighing just 8.6 pounds, the TDP-SC35U projector includes digital keystone correction and a fully loaded remote control to ensure worry-free, professional presentations.
Its sleek new design complements the impressive capabilities of Toshiba´s TDP-SC35U mobile projector. The TDP-SC35U is a compact and durable multimedia projector that will impress any audience and enhance presentations in any boardroom, conference room or classroom.

The Toshiba TDP-SC35U is currently available through Toshiba´s authorized distributors, VARs, mail-order outlets and

About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba has more than 172,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over US $54 billion (FY2005). For more information on Toshiba´s leading innovations, visit the company´s Web site at


Hot Banana Grows Web CMS Client Base and Hits Operational Milestones in Five Months Since Acquisition by J.L. Halsey

Barrie, ON and Menlo Park, CA – January 16, 2007 – Hot Banana Software, Inc. (, a leader in Web content management for marketing, today announced that it has won 20 new clients and achieved a number of key operational milestones since August, when J.L. Halsey (OTCBB:JLHY) acquired the company.

The company´s more than 200-strong client base grew by 10 percent during the period. The diverse cross-section of new accounts includes Arnold Clark Finance, Hot Banana´s first U.K. client, and Fortune 500 giant Ingersoll Rand.

"Hot Banana is moving aggressively to expand our leadership in the Web CMS space," said Krista LaRiviere, general manager, Hot Banana Software, Inc. "We´re innovators in Web site optimization – making Web sites that work better for marketers. And we´ll soon be releasing an enhanced version of Hot Banana with first-of-its-kind features that help online marketers achieve higher organic search-engine rankings, better manage their email campaigns, seamlessly launch landing pages and integrate with the Web analytics vendor of their choice."

New channel partners have been signed to sell, implement and support Hot Banana, including ipXperts in Mexico, U.K. firm White October and Oasis Technology Partners in the United States.

To further solidify its international presence, Hot Banana established U.S. headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., near its fellow Halsey subsidiary EmailLabs. The company also grew its workforce by more than 50 percent, building out its R&D, sales and marketing teams, and expanded its Canadian headquarters.

Industry analysts have taken note. For the first time, the influential industry organization CMS Watch reviewed Hot Banana. In the September 2006 issue of The CMS Report, CMS Watch ranks Hot Banana as a "Mid-Market Challenger."

About Hot Banana Software, Inc.

Hot Banana ( is a leader in Web content management for marketing and the pioneer in Web site optimization – making Web sites that work better for marketers. It is the first Web CMS that is search-engine-friendly to increase Web traffic, loaded with eMarketing tools to turn traffic into leads, and, when integrated with Web analytics, able to convert prospects into customers. Available as an On Demand, Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, or as an on-site, licensed ColdFusion CMS, Hot Banana powers sites for more than 200 clients worldwide.
Headquartered in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, with a U.S. office in Menlo Park, Calif., Hot Banana is a subsidiary of J.L. Halsey Corporation (OTCBB:JLHY), a leading provider of technology solutions for mid-size marketers. Halsey is also the parent company of Lyris Technologies, EmailLabs and ClickTracks.


From the Trenches: Reaching Teachers with Distance Learning Professional Development Opportunities

As any professional development coordinator knows, getting the word out to teachers about professional development opportunities, particularly those not conducted at 3:30 in the afternoon in the gym or auditorium, is challenging. While "any time, any place" training is often cited as a goal of teachers for professional development opportunities, letting them know the availability of such resources is not necessarily easy.

Allen Lee, Instructional Technology Specialist for the Tyrrell County school system in rural North Carolina, has developed a systematic approach to alerting Tyrrell teachers about the availability of the online training and resources from the United Star Distance Learning Consortium (USDLC). This programming includes 175 hours of video-on-demand, featuring best practices in the classroom, and online modules, designed to align with state and national curriculum standards.

Allen has arranged to introduce the programming to the system´s faculty at meetings held in the schools´ computer labs. Each lab has a projection system so everyone can see how easy it is to log in to USDLC. They also have the opportunity to see the great variety of "best practices" videos and online courses available to them, including "Literacy to Learn: Reading, Writing and Thinking across the Curriculum;" "Achieving Academic Excellence" in the areas of reading, mathematics, and science; and "Best Practices for School Library Media Programs."

As follow-up, a link is being posted to USDLC on the district´s web page so that teachers will have ready access. Since all school computers have the district webpage set as the browser home page, everyone will be able to see and reach USDLC easily. Following the establishment of this link, an e-mail reminder is to be sent to all teachers and administrators explaining the value of the resource along with a reminder about how to login. Systematic follow-up and reminders are keys to ensuring that a valuable resource is not lost in the busy lives of Tyrrell County´s teachers.

Allen notes, "We´re a small rural district. The nearest university campus is an hour drive from us so it´s not hard to see why cost-effective distance learning opportunities like USDLC are so important to our employees."

For more information on USDLC online professional development, contact USDLC at info@usdlc.or or 1-888-828-7352. Programming can be previewed at


Kelley School and HP bring tablet technology and DyKnow software to students

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Starting this semester, when Rex Cutshall asks his business students to prepare detailed answers to the problems he poses in class, figuratively he´ll be able to follow along and look over their shoulders — all 45 of them.Undergraduates in Indiana University´s Kelley School of Business are being introduced to innovative tablet computers that have touch sensitive displays that permit them to write answers directly on the screen. Faculty members hope this new technology will allow them to more readily assist students´ work and improve instruction.

Hewlett-Packard Philanthropy has awarded the Kelley School with a grant valued at $125,000, including 45 HP TC4400 table PCs and $15,000 in cash to purchase classroom interaction software developed by the Indianapolis-based company DyKnow.

Over the course of the semester, nearly every junior in the Kelley School´s Integrated Core Program will be given an opportunity to use the computers. Business faculty have been using tablet PCs for instruction, but this will be the first time that Tablet PCs will be provided to their students.

Tablet PCs have become commonly used by health care professionals and are becoming increasingly popular in education settings. With large touch-screens and all the functionality of a laptop, Tablet PCs go far beyond the touch-screen technology found in PDAs.

The Kelley School of Business will join the ranks of more than 200 campuses in 34 countries where HP has provided grants to transform learning and teaching through the use of Tablet PCs. Kelley was one of six business programs that received HP Technology for Teaching grants.

"With these tablets in the students´ hands, using this DyKnow software, the students can interact back with us live," said Cutshall, coordinator for the Integrated Core and senior lecturer of operations and decision technologies.

The HP grant will help the undergraduate integrated core expand its educational toolset by allowing the students to engage in active learning exercises within the classroom in real-time. I-Core faculty have been using tablet PC technology during their lecture presentations. Cutshall said student reaction has been positive, and they have commented how the use of this technology by the faculty makes understanding complex concepts easier and clearer.

"It goes from a one-way transmission — from instructor to student — to where I can present students with a scenario, a case, and ask them to etch out a solution and then as an instructor I can see everyone´s tablet if I want and selectively toss them up on the big screen," he said. "Students will be able to actively interact with faculty and other students within the classroom during the learning experience."
Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School, said he is pleased that undergraduates will be exposed to and benefit from this kind of advanced use of technology in the classroom.

"Innovation is at the core of everything we do at Kelley. It is exciting to see our faculty partnering with HP to bring a new twist to teaching and learning through the use of tablet PC technology," he said. "HP´s tablets and DyKnow´s interactive software, used in and out of the classroom, will revolutionize student engagement and learning."

The use of the tablets in the classroom will be part of an empirical case study developed by Cutshall and Dan Greiner, clinical professor of finance, to evaluate and report on the impact that this deployment has on the learning process.
"This technology will keep the Kelley School of Business on the cutting-edge of educational delivery systems," Cutshall said. "We know from the literature that the millennial generation requires individualized attention, interactive technology and equal opportunity for participation. This technology provides this."



January 15, 2007- RenWeb School Management Software, the industry leader in next-generation, web-based school management software today announced that it had added 242 new schools over the course of 2006, bringing the total number of RenWebTM schools to more than 650. In May, June and July alone, RenWeb coordinated and completed the data conversion and setup of 105 new schools.

"The choice of nearly 250 schools to switch on the power´ with RenWeb this year confirms and solidifies our leadership in the school management software field," said Brad Lee, CEO of RenWeb. "RenWeb´s software is a powerful integrated solution that handles all aspects of school management and links parents, administration, students and teachers, offering unparalleled functionality, convenience and service."

Other key accomplishments in 2006 further boosted RenWeb´s functionality, convenience and service:

*An alliance with Sage Software that allows the fund accounting solution of this leading financial software and services provider to be incorporated with RenWeb´s integrated feature set.
*The introduction of the fast and convenient Pay Now feature, giving parents the ability to pay school bills online at the click of a mouse.

*The addition to RenWeb´s industry-leading customer service program of 97 instructional videos as well as 22 online training courses.

*The launch of new Web Forms capabilities that help schools to migrate efficiently and cost-effectively to a paperless reenrollment and admissions process.

About RenWeb

RenWeb is enabling administrators, teachers, parents and students in more than 650 schools across North America to "switch on the power" as the leading provider of next-generation Internet-based school management software. RenWeb´s unmatched convenience and service includes complete installation of the software including conversion of data, all as part of one, low license fee, along with a client interface that provides easy access to more than 150 integrated features. Developed by a university dean, RenWeb is leading the migration of schools from client server-based to web-based systems, bringing administration, parents, students and the classroom together with anytime, anywhere access to a full range of services. Features include Admissions, Enrollment, Scheduling, Billing and Tuition Management, Lunchroom Management, Health Management, Attendance, Homework, Lesson Plans, Gradebook, Report Cards, Transcripts, Extensive Reporting Capabilities, Automated Emailing and ParentsWeb. For more information about RenWeb or to sign up for a demo, visit