Securing the Learning Environment. Anywhere. Any Connection. Any Time.

Bandwidth. Security. Budget. These have been key concerns for educators and administrators since the Internets establishment in the classroom.

That isn’t to say the Internet has not been a great educational tool. But with it comes child predators, inappropriate content, threats to school networks and bandwidth-draining applications.

8e6 Technologies offers monitoring, filtering and reporting solutions that address the concerns of Internet-assisted learning, in addition to integrating easily into any existing network infrastructure. And with the introduction of the 8e6 Mobile Client securing the learning environment now extends beyond the classroom:

•Single-source provider–8e6 “owns” and supports the entire filtering and reporting solution

• “Pass-by Technology” provides unparalleled performance and scalability

•Dedicated appliances do not compromise other network/server functions

•Filters URLS, IM, P2P, anonymous proxies and other emerging threats

•Flexible reporting and archiving of Web activities

•Remote filtering for PC and Mac laptops

8e6 Technologies has played a significant role in filtering the Web for over 10 years. During that time the company’s products have been refined and specialized to meet the unique needs of education.

For more information, please visit www.8e6.com/education or call 888.786.7999 and sign up for a free evaluation.

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Securing the Learning Environment. Anywhere. Any Connection. Any Time.

Bandwidth. Security. Budget. These have been key concerns for educators and administrators since the Internets establishment in the classroom.

That isnt to say the Internet has not been a great educational tool. But with it comes child predators, inappropriate content, threats to school networks and bandwidth-draining applications.

8e6 Technologies offers monitoring, filtering and reporting solutions that address the concerns of Internet-assisted learning, in addition to integrating easily into any existing network infrastructure. And with the introduction of the 8e6 Mobile Client securing the learning environment now extends beyond the classroom:

•Single-source provider 8e6 owns and supports the entire filtering and reporting solution

• Pass-by Technology provides unparalleled performance and scalability

•Dedicated appliances do not compromise other network/server functions

•Filters URLS, IM, P2P, anonymous proxies and other emerging threats

•Flexible reporting and archiving of Web activities

•Remote filtering for PC and Mac laptops

8e6 Technologies has played a significant role in filtering the Web for over 10 years. During that time the companys products have been refined and specialized to meet the unique needs of education.

For more information, please visit www.8e6.com/education or call 888.786.7999 and sign up for a free evaluation.

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Nova5000

Fourier Systems demonstrated the latest version of its Nova5000, a one-to-one learning appliance for schools the company says “fills the gap between laptops and handheld solutions.” Built on the Windows CE operating system, the Nova5000 provides basic word-processing functionality, eMail access, and internet connectivity bundled in a rugged device designed specifically for use in unpredictable classroom environments. Schools can purchase the devices with or without detachable keyboards and protective carrying cases. Just recently updated, the latest high-end models come equipped with a variety of software bundles that schools can choose from based on their needs. Bundles include special software packages for teaching science, including physics and chemistry. The devices also can be used in conjunction with the company’s line of data loggers and data probes for collecting and analyzing scientific data in classroom labs. Though the Nova5000 is not a fully functional laptop, the company says its ability to conduct basic internet searches, send and receive eMail, and perform standard word-processing functions makes it a cost-effective alternative for schools looking to save money while preserving function on large-scale, one-to-one technology rollouts. Pricing varies, depending on the software bundles, hardware, accessories, and packages chosen. http://www.fourier-sys.com

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TI-Navigator Graphing Calculator

Texas Instruments touted the use of its TI-Navigator graphing calculator solution, calling it an effective tool for getting students to learn–and talk about–mathematics. The company provided evidence of Navigator’s success by way of an expanding pilot project in the 34,000-student Richardson Independent School District (RISD) in Texas. Administrators say at-risk middle school students participating in the intervention demonstrated a 33-percent increase in statewide standardized test scores in mathematics compared with the previous year. Use of the Navigator system, which enables teachers to deliver targeted, on-the-spot assessments and drill-and-practice exercises, was critical in boosting scores and raising the interest level of this previously low-performing subset of students, administrators say. RISD officials reportedly are looking at ways to expand the program, now in a limited number of schools, across the entire district. http://education.ti.com

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Software Technology Inc. Data Management Solutions

Software Technology Inc. (STI), a provider of educational data management solutions, says it is helping schools tie the information gleaned from their student information systems into effective assessments, thus enabling teachers to chart a clearer path toward students’ academic success. By providing schools with better information and showing them ways to use this information to spur high-quality educational reforms, the company believes its solutions can play a critical role in helping schools meet federal requirements for Adequate Yearly Progress. Realizing that the majority of schools don’t have the resources necessary to train educators how to collect and use data effectively, the company also has launched a new consulting business to coach educators on the use of data as a tool for boosting student achievement. http://www.sti-k12.com

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SMART Board

Fresh from its first Global Education Technology Summit in Calgary, SMART Technologies, maker of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, was on hand to share the knowledge and stories gleaned from education leaders representing the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Italy, Mexico, Australia, the United States, and other countries. T+L Conference attendees who stopped by the SMART booth also had the chance to learn best practices from SMART Exemplary Educator Renee Marts. A seventh-grade science teacher at Durham Middle School in Lewisville, Texas, Marts reportedly has used the SMART Board to boost student interaction in her classes and improve students’ scores on standardized tests. Though the company didn’t announce any new products at the show, it is said to be gearing up for a major product rollout at the upcoming Florida Educational Technology Conference in Orlando Jan. 24-27.

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Destiny Textbook Manager

Follett Software announced a statewide adoption of its Destiny Textbook Manager software throughout South Carolina. Using the program, South Carolina officials will centrally track every state-owned K-12 textbook throughout the state, a figure reportedly topping 2 million books. The South Carolina Department of Education is piloting the program in five districts this fall and will begin the process of implementing it in all of the state’s 1,150 schools starting this January, Follett said. The centralized system will be maintained on servers in the state education department’s office and will be distributed statewide via the web. The primary motivation behind the project is to ensure that all students have access to the textbooks they need, according to Jim White, the state’s manager of instructional materials. “While some districts in South Carolina are already using Destiny Textbook Manager, the state felt that a centralized implementation would make the program affordable for all districts,” he said. In addition to making Destiny Textbook Manager available to all schools via the web, the state also will provide every school with bar codes and a bar-code scanner to use in tracking state-owned books. South Carolina is also hoping to reap some savings by reducing the number of lost textbooks, according to White. “By state law, local districts are responsible for textbook loss and damage, and they bill students to recover their costs,” he said. “Although some schools have very good inventory systems in place, others don’t. We believe our new system will help all schools and districts keep better track of materials and recover fees when they’re due.” http://www.fsc.follett.com

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Pinnacle Analytics

As the federal No Child Left Behind Act continues to drive the need for effective data management in schools, Excelsior Software highlighted the latest evolution of its Pinnacle Analytics product (formerly called District Data Analyzer). Through the program, educators and administrators are able to tap into different data streams, taking stock of everything from student performance on standardized tests to enrollment in Advanced Placement courses, the number of students who qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches, and how English as a Second Language students are performing compared with the general student population, among other variables. The goal, according to Excelsior, is to provide a single point of access for educators to view and evaluate the data necessary to make sound instructional decisions. Realizing that educators aren’t statisticians, the company has designed a new and improved dashboard feature that allows users to view information in a variety of color-coded graphs and charts, enabling them to choose how this information is presented.

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Discovery Health Connection

Discovery Education showcased its ever-expanding line of web-based education products. These solutions now include the unitedstreaming video-on-demand service; Discovery Health Connection, a web-based tool kit for teachers to integrate health and life-skills lessons into traditional learning activities; Discovery Science Connection, an online supplemental science resource for middle school teachers that blends interactive content with formative assessments; ThinkLink Learning, a new formative assessment product that helps teachers improve learning and predicts how students will perform on standardized tests; Discovery One Place, a digital resource management tool that gives educators a single repository to store and access all of their online digital learning resources; and Cosmeo, an online homework help resource that gives students access to a library of video and learning content, including math tutorials and news articles, from the comfort of their homes. Company executives say students can use Cosmeo to study for tests, review key subjects, and deepen their understanding of the curriculum.

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Atomic Learning Free Blogging Workshop

Atomic Learning, a provider of web-based software training and support, announced the availability of a free blogging workshop, along with more than 700 other new online tutorials. The new blogging workshop, which includes more than 100 tutorials, is geared toward learners of all abilities, the company said. The workshop explains the difference between various kinds of blogs, introduces participants to some hosting solutions, and shows them how to set up their own blog using Blogger software. The blogging workshop will be available free of charge from the Atomic Learning web site through Feb. 1. In addition to the blogging workshop, Atomic Learning announced a new workshop on Computer Clean-Up and Internet Security, as well as more than 700 new tutorials on applications such as Clicker 5, Dreamweaver 8, Flash 8, Keynote 3, and Photoshop CS2.

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