Quantum Awarded $750,000 from the National Eye Institute for Accessible Artificial Intelligence Tutoring Software for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – April 4, 2007, Quantum Simulations, Inc., a developer of artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring, assessment and professional development software, has received $750,000 from the National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to integrate accessibility into Quantum´s tutoring software for chemistry.

The two-year project involves the integration of an accessible interface that supports synthesized speech screen-reader technologies such as JAWS and Window-Eyes with the Quantum Tutors. Equally important, the pedagogy of the software will ensure that student feedback and examples provided by the Tutors are pedagogically relevant for the blind and help provide a clear mental picture of key concepts needed to improve performance and comprehension.

"Quantum is raising the standard for leveraging technologies to better prepare all students in science and math," said Mark Riccobono, Director of Education for the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute. "This company has taken a leadership role in the field of education technology; instead of avoiding the question of creating tutoring applications that are accessible to the blind, Quantum´s designers consulted directly with the blind to produce innovative tools that will benefit all students."

Because the Quantum Tutors are Internet-based and equipped with a unique dialogue-driven capability that converses with students, the software is well-suited for use with screen-reader technologies and refreshable Braille display systems already familiar to blind students who navigate web sites and access e-mail. As part of prior feasibility studies, two of Quantum´s tutoring modules, Equation Balancing and Measurement, have already been certified by the National Federation of the Blind´s (NFB) Nonvisual Accessibility Web Application Certification Program. This historical achievement marks the first-ever artificial intelligence tutoring software available for the blind and visually impaired.

"Quantum addresses the challenges of equity for the blind by providing real-time personal tutoring help in the sciences, an area where accessible learning software is virtually non-existent," commented Dr. Benny Johnson, President and CEO of Quantum Simulations, Inc.

"Boston Public School students who are blind and visually impaired have successfully used the accessible sections of the Quantum Chemistry Tutors," added Theresa M. Maggiore, M.Ed. and Teacher of the Visually Impaired at Boston Public Schools in Boston, Massachusetts. "Having access to a full curriculum of Tutors will open new opportunities in the field of science exploration and education for students with special needs."

In addition to the blind and visually impaired, other special-needs groups will benefit from the integration of voice output technologies with the Quantum Tutors including low-ability readers, students whose primary language is not English and individuals with other print-related disabilities such as dyslexia.

ABOUT QUANTUM

Quantum Simulations, Inc. develops artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring, assessment and professional development software that empowers teachers and inspires students from middle school through college to improve their knowledge and appreciation for the sciences. Teacher tested and approved by educators across the United States, Quantum´s AI software is proven in research studies to improve comprehension, problem solving skills and test scores by as much as 50%. Quantum´s intelligent tutoring engines are integrated with existing web-based learning products, providing a strong competitive edge for distributing partners. A "technology think tank," Quantum is funded and supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. For more information, visit www.quantumsimulations.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE

NEI is the Federal government´s lead agency for vision research that leads to sight-saving treatments and plays a key role in reducing visual impairment and blindness. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.nei.nih.gov.

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New Dimension Media Launches CCC! Video on Demand Version 2.0

CHICAGO, IL (Nov. 15, 2006)–New Dimension Media, a Questar company, is launching the latest CCC! Video on Demand in November for introduction in schools in January, 2007. It is the only video on demand system to integrate with iTunes, allowing students and teachers to watch CCC!´s award winning K-12 core curriculum content anywhere on their iPods. CCC! will also be able to host and broadcast live webcasts of classroom sessions, school sporting events, cultural performances, and professional development that can be watched as they happen or stored for playback.

Cutting edge technology and design gives CCC! Video on Demand Version 2.0 unprecedented flexibility and ease of use. The system´s brand new interface was completely redesigned using AJAX technologies. It looks and feels like a desktop application and is even more intuitive.

Version 2.0 is an open system that allows users to search for and playback CCC! content from an external application such as asset management applications or school and district intranets and portals. This system is also LDAP-compliant for seamless integration with existing user directories.

CCC! Video on Demand 2.0 uses DVD-quality H.264, the standard for high-definition, ensuring picture quality on any size screen.

Another of this flexible system´s new features is "Digital Director," an enhanced playlist function which will allow teachers to select from more than 40,000 teaching segments from any of CCC!´s titles, and customize their own segments for their curriculum plan. This feature also allows users to add their own school-produced content to the system. Coming soon is "Student Producer," another exciting feature that will allow students to customize classroom presentations by adding their own music and narration to their selected CCC! content.

CCC! runs on an intranet delivery system that allows for video on demand, with no downloading or buffering. All of CCC!´s core curriculum content was created specifically for the classroom by such leading educational media producers as the Phoenix Learning Group, the Agency for Instructional Television (AIT), National Geographic, and Encyclopedia Britannica, among others. Every title is correlated to state, national and Canadian provincial standards by Plato Learning Systems, and includes teacher´s guides, student activities and comprehension checks.

NDM Vice President and Director of Training Brady Phillips noted, "Bringing tomorrow´s technology into today´s classroom, Version 2.0´s revolutionary new features will allow students to take the classroom with them wherever they go. It maximizes video on demand´s potential as a powerful learning resource for schools."

For more information about CCC! Video on Demand 2.0 or New Dimension Media, log on to www.cccvod.com or call 800-288-4456.

About New Dimension Media

New Dimension Media (NDM) is recognized as one of the few remaining producers of original K-12 core curriculum video content to schools and public libraries. With 44 series and 417 programs produced in the last five years, no one produces more new core curriculum content than NDM. Founded in 1979 and based in Chicago, NDM boasts a distinguished library of Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, Health and Guidance titles. Every NDM title is correlated to all state, national and Canadian provincial standards. They are also available on VHS and DVD, and for educational broadcast.

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New York Bird Flu School Planning Summit Announced

The New York Bird Flu School Planning Summit on May 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn Raritan Center in New Jersey aims to equip communities with all the right tools against bird flu.

Washington DC (New-Fields) April 3, 2007 – School administrators will have another chance to equip themselves with the tools necessary for preparing for and responding to bird flu in their communities at the New York Bird Flu School Planning Summit to be held on May 21
at the Hilton Garden Inn Raritan Center in New Jersey.

The fourth such conference organized, the summit is a continuation of New-Field Exhibition´s commitment to be responsive to the needs and expectations of the communities. The summit aims to provide assistance to school administrators for improving mechanisms for bird flu and pandemic preparedness and response.

It introduces an efficient emergency management plan designed to function in times of need?on time, under budget, and with minimum disruption to school and community operations.

New-Fields president and CEO Samir Farajallah expresses his enthusiasm over the upcoming affair: "This is one summit that the academe should not miss. Topics concerning bird flu and the school
community will be discussed in great detail," he said.

Highlights of the event include an overview of the bird flu situation, hands-on experience with the planning process, table-top exercises (composed of classroom, home, and community scenarios), and
taking home of "action tools" to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate.

For more information about the conference, please contact our Washington DC office at 202.536.5000 or visit us at http://www.new-fields.com

About New-Fields Exhibitions

New Fields Exhibitions, Inc. is a leading emerging markets and business information provider. With offices in Washington, DC and overseas, the company provides marketing services in the areas of construction, energy, oil & gas, telecommunications and health care. It organizes trade shows that produce results for companies worldwide.

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Seamlessly integrate technology into instruction with these activities from SchoolKiT

EDclass, a new set of K-12 learning activities from SchoolKiT International, is intended to revolutionize the way teachers and students use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in their curriculum with hundreds of classroom-ready activities that make meaningful use of technology to enhance students’ conceptual understanding, higher-order thinking capacity, and creativity, the company says.

EDclass simplifies the technology integration process by providing activities that cover the core learning areas. These activities are presented as small, interactive electronic books–called activBooks–that open on students’ and teachers’ computers and guide them through effective, curriculum-based lessons. For example, one science question asks students to explain why the temperature changes through the different layers of the earth’s atmosphere. Students consider background information, then click on a button and are launched into a Microsoft Office template. Here, students layer graphical information over a diagram and explain the correlations, while developing a meaningful understanding of the composition of the different layers of the atmosphere.

While working through an EDclass activity, the guidance focuses students on the key curriculum concepts at hand. New technology skills are woven into this context, so students learn these skills as they are needed. EDclass pricing starts at $495 for 30-computer license.

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Deploy laptops at a reduced cost with this new solution from CDI

A new offering from refurbished computer supplier CDI aims to help school leaders solve one of their most difficult math problems–adding technology to more classrooms while subtracting costs.

CDI’s new cart-based solution, Computers on Wheels (COWs), allows schools to provide an affordable set of name-brand laptops from Hewlett-Packard, IBM, or Dell to share among several classrooms. COWs consist of a lockable cabinet with a built-in wireless internet hub and eight, 16, 24, or 32 notebook computers, depending on the model selected.

Only laptops that are capable of running current office document and educational software are included with the COWs cart, CDI says. In addition, customers can select makes and models from a variety of manufacturers, even mixing and matching if they choose.

The COWs cart is manufactured using heavy 14-gauge steel, and each notebook slot has a foam lining. Pricing ranges from $9,199 for an eight-unit cart to $32,999 for 36-unit cart.

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New York Bird Flu School Planning Summit Announced

The New York Bird Flu School Planning Summit on May 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn Raritan Center in New Jersey aims to equip communities with all the right tools against bird flu.

Washington DC (New-Fields) April 3, 2007 *School administrators will have another chance to equip themselves with the tools necessary for preparing for and responding to bird flu in their communities at the New York Bird Flu School Planning Summit to be held on May 21
at the Hilton Garden Inn Raritan Center in New Jersey.

The fourth such conference organized, the summit is a continuation of New-Field Exhibition´s commitment to be responsive to the needs and expectations of the communities. The summit aims to provide assistance to school administrators for improving mechanisms for bird flu and pandemic preparedness and response.

It introduces an efficient emergency management plan designed to function in times of need–on time, under budget, and with minimum disruption to school and community operations.

New-Fields president and CEO Samir Farajallah expresses his enthusiasm over the upcoming affair: "This is one summit that the academe should not miss. Topics concerning bird flu and the school community will be discussed in great detail," he said.

Highlights of the event include an overview of the bird flu situation, hands-on experience with the planning process, table-top exercises (composed of classroom, home, and community scenarios), and
taking home of "action tools" to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate.

For more information about the conference, please contact our Washington DC office at 202.536.5000 or visit us at www.new-fields.com

About New-Fields Exhibitions

New Fields Exhibitions, Inc. is a leading emerging markets and business information provider. With offices in Washington, DC and overseas, the company provides marketing services in the areas of construction, energy, oil & gas, telecommunications and health care. It organizes trade shows that produce results for companies worldwide.

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HP Celebrates 35th Anniversary of HP Calculators with Video Contest

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 2, 2007–As part of a year-long celebration of its 35th anniversary in the handheld calculator business, HP today announced a nationwide competition inviting entrants to submit short videos that capture the essence of their personal experiences with, emotions toward or artistic interpretations of HP calculators.

The "HP Calculator Casting Call" contest runs through May 31, 2007, and is open to U.S. residents. Finalists in each award category will win an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood, Calif., to participate in the HP Golden Calculator Awards ceremony on July 12, 2007.

"HP calculator users´ passion and loyalty are legendary. With this contest, we want to capture and share this enthusiasm and creative energy with the rest of the world, including the new online generation," said Jeff Robbins, director of marketing, Calculator Division, Personal Systems Group, HP. "We entered the handheld calculator market 35 years ago with a revolutionary product that virtually rendered the slide rule obsolete, and we are still going strong today as a result of our product innovation that continually exceeds our users´ needs."

Video entries can take the form of a documentary, commercial or any appropriate theme the contestant envisions, but they must be limited to three minutes in length or 100 megabytes in file size. Entries will be judged by a panel on the basis of best actor, best actress, most creative and most technical. In addition, a Voters´ Choice award will be selected from the category finalists by an online popular vote, and the winner will receive an HP 50-inch High-Definition Plasma TV. Additional details about the contest and rules are available at www.hp.com/go/35celebration.

In 1972, HP introduced the world´s first scientific pocket calculator–the HP-35–and delivered portable "computing power" into the hands of everyday users. The HP-35 was an instant hit among scientists and engineers and soon displaced the then ubiquitous slide rule. HP went on to become one of the leading developers of high-performance, high-quality programmable calculators for the business and scientific marketplace.
Today, HP´s high-end graphing calculators offer more connectivity options and greater configurability than other calculators in their class, and the HP 12c Financial Calculator has become an industry standard in the business and finance community with more than 15 million units sold to date.

Information about HP´s complete line of graphing, scientific and financial calculators, as well as on-demand training videos, computer-based training and step-by-step learning modules for each of HP´s current calculators is available at www.hp.com/calculators.

HP calculators are available at select retailers and bookstores across the United States. A complete list of resellers is available at www.hp.com/calculator/resellers.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers–from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world´s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $94.1 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.

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DeskShare delivers My Screen Recorder Pro For Vista Users

A picture is worth a thousand words. Demonstrating what happens on your screen can save you not just thousands of words, but hours of time. My Screen Recorder Pro can capture any area of your screen, or the entire Windows desktop. Never fumble trying to explain again-just show people.

My Screen Recorder Pro makes it easy to share screen recordings with anyone, anywhere. Recordings can be saved in three industry-standard formats, or turned into self-running executables that work on any Windows computer. With automated conversion and web publication, you save even more time.

Who needs My Screen Recorder Pro? Anyone who teaches, demonstrates or communicates about an application, a product, or a web site. It´s used every day by instructors, sales presenters, web developers, software testers, and many others.

New features in My Screen Recorder Pro 2.6 include:

*Full Windows Vista support

*Screen Draw: add predefined shapes to the recording to highlight key areas

*Join and split AVI files, allowing you to edit your recordings

*Schedule web site recording-at a specified time, the program can automatically launch a browser to a particular URL and record for a pre-set duration

*The ability to record and save only the last n minutes of a screen recording

*Password protect your screen recordings when distributing them as executables

My Screen Recorder Pro runs under Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, and Vista.

Priced at $99.95(US), My Screen Recorder Pro is available now, either directly from DeskShare (http://www.deskshare.com) or at Amazon.com.

About DeskShare, Inc.

Founded in 2000, DeskShare, Inc. develops easy-to-use, affordable, Windows-based software products to help you excel. In addition to My Screen Recorder Pro, its product family includes Video Edit Magic, a powerful and easy-to-use video editor; Digital Media Converter, the ultimate tool for converting between all popular video and audio formats; and WebCam Monitor, which turns your PC with camera into a video security system for your home or office. DeskShare products are used extensively by business professionals to create materials for use in corporate training, customer support, website development, documentation, software demonstrations, workforce collaboration, and the creation of content for business presentations and Internet broadcasts.

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Ellis College of NYIT, a Leading, Accredited Online University for Working Professionals, Endows Nearly $32,000 in New Scholarships.

Stamford, CT, April 3, 2007: Ellis College of NYIT, a fully-accredited online college offering career-based distance learning to working professionals, is launching two additional scholarship opportunities. Designed to recognize academic achievement and to help students in need, the new scholarships will be available to both active undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least nine credits at Ellis College. The annual value of the scholarships, based on current graduate tuition rates and eight terms annually, is nearly $32,000.

Beginning with the May 7th term and continuing with each term thereafter, Ellis College of NYIT will award the Provost and Chairman Scholarships, granting the recipients free tuition towards their next Ellis College online course. The Provost Scholarship is awarded for academic performance and recognizes students who are of honors standing. The Chairman Scholarship recognizes students with good academic standing who have demonstrated financial need.

Students applying for the Provost or Chairman Scholarships will have the opportunity to keep their applications on file, eliminating the need to submit a new scholarship application each term. In addition, in order to maximize the number of students who can benefit from these awards, a student is only eligible for the Chairman or Provost Scholarship once per year.

"Ellis College is always looking for new ways to recognize excellence, especially given the dedication our students have to their studies despite all of the other demands they face as working adults," said David Harpool, PH.D, provost for Ellis College of NYIT. "Our new scholarship endowment will enable us to provide substantial benefits to a large number of students who have demonstrated their academic commitment, while simultaneously easing the financial burdens of those in need."

About Ellis College of NYIT

Ellis College of NYIT is a regionally accredited online university that has been designed specifically to meet the needs of busy, working professionals. A division of the New York Institute of Technology, Ellis features a unique, interactive learning platform and vast virtual campus that bring online classes to life while fostering extensive online communities among students, alumni and faculty. Ellis College offers over 50 different undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and specializations, and partners with leading business schools like Stanford, Columbia and the University of Chicago in developing its prestigious online MBA program. In addition, Ellis offers a Free Guest Pass that enables one to preview life as an Ellis student for free by participating in a variety of educational courses and forums. For more information on Ellis College of NYIT, visit http://www.ellis.nyit.edu, or call 1-877-355-4727 (1-312-669-5027 outside of the U.S.).

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