Hurley Public School Taps IBM Search Software to Unleash Learning Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

ARMONK, NY, April 16, 2007 — Hurley Public School in South Dakota today announced that it has selected IBM search software to help students, parents and the local community find and access educational information, homework assignments, board meeting minutes, or even conduct library searches from among the school´s 30 Web sites and online resources.

Hurley Public School tapped the free IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition enterprise search software to power a new search environment that helps users precisely target and gather information that can be used to improve student education, increase parent involvement, and facilitate community awareness of the school´s activities.

With numerous administration, staff and student Web sites, as well as information in different formats available online–from student handbooks to school board meeting agendas–Hurley Public School needed a tool to make it easy to index and search all of this information.

"Advancing our school´s technology is a priority for us as we provide new ways to access learning and keep parents and our community involved in education," said Shane Voss, superintendent, Hurley Public School. "As a very small school in South Dakota, we try to make every budget dollar count. IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition enabled us to get up and running with advanced enterprise and site search, and best of all, it was free."

The school also delivers a customized environment for Web search based on whether a user is a staff member or a student. This enables the school to provide important links such as to Yahoo!, calendaring or even specialized educational resources appropriate to the user. IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition also gives educators a powerful tool to ensure that students easily find the most relevant information for their studies. By using its search statistics, site administrators can see what users are looking for and tune the IBM search software in response. For example, if high school students are studying fusion in their physics class, the IBM search software can be tuned to ensure the most content-rich and relevant sites about this topic are delivered.

Hurley Public School relies heavily on open source software and was previously using an open source indexing system that didn´t deliver the performance and insight required.

"In all we do, we are trying to help people think and find the information they need, as well as provide the best and most accurate results possible," said Voss. "We want to make every technology tool that we can bring together available to students and staff, whether they are outside the building or inside. Our customized user interface, enabling advanced search and even library search through IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition, helps us accomplish this goal."

IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition is available at no charge and can be downloaded at Worldwide, enterprise-class phone support is available from IBM.
For more information on IBM Content Discovery Solutions, visit


Discovery Education to be Exclusive Distributor of Digital Directions International, Inc.´s HELP Math Program for English Language Learners

Silver Spring, Md. (April 19, 2007)–Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc., announced today a partnership with Digital Directions International, Inc. (DDI), an educational technology company based in Colorado, to be the exclusive distributor of HELP Math, the only multimedia, supplementary Web-based program designed to remove language barriers from the learning of math skills and content. Research-based and tested in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education, HELP Math targets English Language Learners (ELL) with a focus on Spanish-speaking middle school students. Through this partnership, Discovery Education is extending its business to include a proven supplementary math program.

An independent pilot evaluation, funded by the Colorado Department of Education and using a randomized pre-post, two group (treatment, comparison) design, shows Spanish-speaking and other ELL students using HELP Math in grades 6-12 improved their standards-aligned test scores by 50 percent. HELP Math has proven to be especially effective for sixth and seventh grade students, who had the greatest gains in post-test scores with average increases of more than 70 percent.

HELP Math, which was developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is the first and only digital delivery of Sheltered Instruction math, a research-based, scientifically proven educational pedagogy. HELP Math incorporates specific techniques of Sheltered Instruction, such as visuals, repetition, synchronicity and building on prior knowledge, to make math content and instruction more easily understood by ELL students. At the same time, students develop English language proficiency.
The HELP Math lessons align to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles & Standards for grades 6-8 and can be readily adapted to the requirements of any state standards. Each of the 48 NCTM standards-aligned interactive lessons, which are two to three hours each, includes six sections:

*Vocabulary: Key concept vocabulary presented with pictorial examples and audio reinforcement in both English and Spanish

*Instruction: Vocabulary taught interactively in the context of a math lesson

*Try It!: "Bite-size" standardized assessment-type math questions used to check for understanding prior to the final quiz

*Real-World Scenario or Game: Vocabulary and math key concepts applied in a fun, interesting way

*Test-Taking Skills: Students learn to read, comprehend "look-alike" state high-stakes assessment questions, and develop effective test-taking strategies

*Final Quiz: Short assessment to determine student proficiency (teacher and student have access to the graded quiz and reports).

"DDI is pleased to work with Discovery Education and to have this wonderful opportunity to expand our reach and bring HELP Math to even more educators and students across the country," said Barbara Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, DDI. "Through HELP Math, we are helping many students in the growing Spanish-speaking community improve their math skills while really engaging them in learning."

"Through this partnership with DDI, Discovery Education is once again demonstrating its commitment to improving teaching and learning by delivering the highest-quality content to educators," said Dale Fulton, Chief Curriculum Advisor, Discovery Education. "The HELP Math lessons enable educators to differentiate instruction in a way that makes math content accessible, and achievement possible for ELL students."

HELP Math is available for a free 30-day trial. To sign up for the free trial or to learn more about HELP Math, call 800-323-9084. For more information about Discovery Education´s other products and services, visit or call 800-323-9084.

About Digital Directions International

Digital Direction´s International, Inc., a Colorado based Education Technology Company, is the creator of the HELP Program (Help with English Language Proficiency), a proven online supplementary curriculum designed to remove language barriers in learning. HELP is a researched based math curriculum and recipient of a significant U.S. Department of Education grant. HELP lessons are aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and to state content standards. Visit to learn more.

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


SRA Real Math Aligns with NCTM Curriculum Focal Points

COLUMBUS, Ohio — SRA/McGraw-Hill, a leading educational publisher, is pleased to announce that its core elementary mathematics program, SRA Real Math, strongly aligns with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics´ (NCTM) Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence.

Published in September 2006, the NCTM Focal Points were created to provide guidance for U.S. schools for improving the current math curriculum, which has been criticized as being "a mile wide and an inch deep." After careful review, comparing the NCTM Focal Points with Real Math, Beverlee Jobrack, SRA editorial director, recently released a white paper entitled "NCTM Focal Points and Real Math" outlining how the curriculum meets the recommendations from leading math experts who created the Focal Points. Based on more than 30 years of classroom experience, field testing, and research, the new Real Math program benefits from a solid pedagogy, strong research, and extensive background.

To learn about the focal points in Real Math and how they related to NCTM´s Focal Points, download the complete white paper at:
"In addition to aligning with the NCTM Focal Points, Real Math is the first program to fully integrate all five strands of mathematical proficiency, as identified by leading mathematics educational researchers, in every lesson," Jobrack said.

The five strands of mathematical proficiency include:

– Understanding: Comprehending mathematical concepts, operations, and relations.

– Computing: Carrying out mathematical procedures.

– Applying: Being able to formulate problems mathematically and devise strategies for solving them.

– Reasoning: Using logic to explain and justify a solution to a problem.

– Engaging: Seeing math as sensible, useful, and doable.

What Teachers Are Saying About SRA Real Math
Flavia Gunter, a mentor teacher at Atlanta City Schools, who has been an educator for 26 years, was selected to be a member of the SRA National Advisory Real Math panel of teachers during the development of the program. Teachers at her school field-tested the program, and she expressed her satisfaction, saying, "I love Real Math´s problem-solving approach. There is plenty of practice for students, and it gives them an opportunity to discover math on their own and to really explore it. It´s a challenging and rigorous program that will create strong future mathematicians."

Meanwhile, Jill Richardson, a Grade 1 teacher at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina, said: "My first-graders absolutely love math this year! Real Math is a curriculum that incorporates mental math, problem-solving, games, and activities that make math meaningful to children. The individual manipulatives provided for each child help make learning exciting. The program is laying a great foundation for our students. I´ve never had so much fun teaching math!"

About SRA Real Math

SRA Real Math is the first mathematics program to provide a fully integrated suite of technology tools to deliver motivating and rich math instruction. This ranges from engaging math games, to an online student textbook, to online assessment and planning, to a research-based activity center that corresponds to each individual student´s learning style.
Real Math incorporates the latest in research on how children learn math. The program fully incorporates the five key strands of mathematical proficiency in every lesson: understanding, computing, applying, reasoning, and engaging. Based on more than 30 years of classroom experience, field testing, and research, the new Real Math program benefits from a solid pedagogy, strong research, and extensive background.
Demonstrations of Real Math are available online at

About SRA/McGraw-Hill

SRA/McGraw-Hill is the top provider of specialized research-based educational programs and professional development for the elementary market. Leading programs include Open Court Reading, Direct Instruction, and Real Math. SRA is part of McGraw-Hill Education, a leading global provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower professionals and students of all ages. McGraw-Hill Education has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 40 languages. Additional information is available at For more information on SRA/McGraw-Hill´s products, call 1-888-SRA-4543 and visit


Gateway Convertible Notebook Puts a New Spin on Classroom Studies, Office Productivity

IRVINE, Calif., April 19, 2007 ? Gateway today unveiled the new Gateway E-155C Thin & Light Convertible notebook, which gives customers the benefits of Tablet computing with digital pen and touch screen capabilities in a sleek, thin-and-light form factor.

The Gateway E-155C infuses keyboard, digital pen, and touch-screen input capabilities into a single mobile device optimized for Microsoft Windows Vista. Customers can use the Gateway E-155C to access information, applications and multimedia content as well as take handwritten notes, draw diagrams, edit documents and enjoy full PC functionality, making it the ultimate productivity tool for education and business environments.

One of the thinnest and lightest convertible notebooks on the market with an integrated optical drive, the Gateway Convertible Notebook will impress customers with its features optimized for mobile computing, such as a 12-inch widescreen display, an Intel Core(TM) 2 Duo processor and a biometric fingerprint reader. Plus, the Gateway E-155C has a new industrial design that starts at only 4.5 pounds.(1)

"Gateway has been leading the Tablet market with innovative products since 2002, and this product rounds out our portfolio, giving customers a family of Convertible Notebooks from a single provider," said Ray Sawall, Gateway´s senior manager of mobile computing. "The Gateway E-155C´s touch-screen and digital pen capabilities powered by leading-edge hardware and Microsoft Windows Vista add the flexibility that makes Tablet computing so effective in non-traditional environments, such as learning labs, meetings, the sales field, and anywhere customers learn, work and live."

Gateway is introducing the new E-155C at an ideal time. The America´s Digital Schools 2006 report, conducted by The Greaves Group and The Hayes Connection, forecasted that Tablet PCs are one of the fastest growing product segments for students over the next five years. An overview of the report findings is available at:
Tom Greaves of The Greaves Group stated, "While we see substantial growth in both the mobile PC and Tablet PC spaces in this year´s educational spending mix, the expected sales growth of Tablet PCs is approximately three times higher than the sales growth of traditional notebook PCs. We anticipate that as more user-friendly, performance oriented models like the Gateway E-155C come to market, a growing number of educational institutions will consider them for their students, faculty and staff."

Several education customers have used previous generation convertible notebooks and are now considering the Gateway E-155C for their faculty, staff and student populations.

Dr. B. Keith Rowland, Radford City Schools´ director of elementary education and instructional technology, stated, "Our teachers are very impressed with the flexibility that the Gateway convertible notebook affords them. It lets our educators be more creative in developing interactive lesson plans, which improves student engagement. We look forward to taking our Tablet PC program a step further by rolling out these notebooks to our students in the future."

The system´s vibrant 12-inch WXGA widescreen TFT Active Matrix Display is the perfect palette for accessing applications by digital pen or touch screen. When used with Microsoft Windows Vista, customers will experience improved writing recognition, greater pen accuracy, improved hardware button support and more flexibility in user-configurable commands. The new touch-screen capabilities mean customers can access information by touching the screen with a fingertip or other pointing device. Also, the widescreen format gives customers ample room for viewing new features in Microsoft Windows Vista such as Sidebar mini-applications as well as multiple applications or documents at once. In addition, the display´s anti-reflection polarizer improves viewing in sunlight and bright conditions, extending the unit´s usability outdoors and making it ideal for students and organizations with field personnel.

A pioneer in the Convertible Notebook market, Gateway understands the unique requirements for the segment and has developed the Gateway E-155C with an all new industrial design that is easy-to-use. Measuring 1.17-inches thin, the new Thin & Light Convertible has room for an integrated optical drive, so an external model isn´t required to read DVD and CD applications. Plus, the lightweight Gateway E-155C provides several battery options so the PC can be optimized for mobility or long battery life. A number of design features let customers make the most of battery life, including a dedicated wireless on/off switch and an ambient light sensor that detects the light atmosphere and adjusts the display brightness.

The notebook also features an integrated UPEK fingerprint reader that can be used for user authentication and data protection as well as for mouse-like cursor movement and scrolling in Tablet mode. Making navigation even easier, the new Gateway E-155C features dedicated "enter" and "back" buttons to the right of the finger print reader.

Additional design enhancements include the unique double swivel hinge, which lets the display swivel 180 degrees in either direction. The notebook even provides a "reminder" to store the digital pen; if the system is turned off without the digital pen in the garage, the user is alerted with an audio alarm and flashing LED. The notebook was also designed with a high-impact magnesium casework, which improves durability and strength, while minimizing the notebook´s size and weight.

Pricing and Availability

The Gateway E-155C is available for order now at prices starting at $1,849.99. For configuration details, go to In early May, Gateway will offer a version of the product for home and home office customers, the Gateway C-120X, which will be priced starting at $1,499.99.

Additional Key Features

* Intel PRO/wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g

*Wacom digital pen with digital eraser

*Support for Intel Core(TM) 2 Duo U7500 Ultra Low Voltage Processor

* Mobility center button gives customers one-touch access to mobility settings when used with Vista

* SATA 5400RPM hard drive in 60GB, 80GB or 120GB capacities(2)

*Advanced security with optional Computrace Complete tracking software

* Fixed CD-RW/DVD, DVD Burner and Weightsaver options

Warranty, Service and Support

The new Gateway E-155C is supported by the company´s standard limited warranty options(3). Additional service and support options are also available.(4) Gateway´s commitment to quality and reliability is evident in its award-winning line of PCs as well as in its exceptional service and support programs. The company´s extensive online support center helps customers maximize their PC investment; it gives them easy access to customer support representatives and information on important issues such as warranties, technical issues and upgrading.

Gateway Professional

From award-winning servers to innovative notebooks and professional services, Gateway has served organizations for 21 years. It recently earned number one customer satisfaction ratings from Technology Business Research for both corporate notebooks and desktops, by delivering the innovative products and outstanding service customers want. Gateway´s mission is to exceed customers´ expectations for quality, innovation and service with 100-percent U.S.-based telephone technical support for its professional customers, a configure-to-order assembly facility in Nashville, Tenn. and a Best Practices Tech Support Center in S.D. The company offers programs designed specifically for the needs of customers in education, government and businesses as well as reseller partners. Gateway customers include many of the world´s leading organizations, such as the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the University of Arizona, state of California, state of New York, Los Angeles Unified School District and others. For more information on Gateway Professional solutions, visit

About Gateway

Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning PCs, servers and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools. Gateway is the third largest PC company in the U.S. and among the top ten worldwide. The company´s value-based eMachines brand is sold exclusively by leading retailers worldwide, while the premium Gateway line is available at major retailers, over the web and phone, and through its direct and indirect sales force. See for more information.


Campus Progress Releases Student Lending Investigation Guide

Campus Progress today released to its network of student journalists and activists a step-by-step guide to probing their campus financial aid offices for conflicts of interests that damage the student loan system. The guide, "Honest Lending, Fair Lending," comes in the wake of a groundbreaking investigation by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and weeks of front-page newspaper disclosures about loan companies exerting apparent undue influence on colleges and college officials.

"Students have a powerful incentive to ensure that their schools direct them to loans on fair terms, rather than to lenders who have developed cozy relationships with school administrators," said Pedro de la Torre III, a Campus Progress staff organizer. "With this guide, students and activists can review and expose campus practices and help get conflicts of interests out of college financial aid."

Most school officials care deeply about getting students the best financial aid deal possible, but the recent investigations have found that, in many cases the $85 billion student loan system has been corrupted. Lenders aiming to land on colleges´ "preferred lender" lists have provided Caribbean junkets, scholarships, stock options and other benefits.

"When lenders compete by buying their way onto preferred lender lists, rather than through lowering their loan rates, both students and taxpayers lose," said de la Torre.

Students already face an increasingly heavy burden of education debt upon graduation, as Campus Progress has highlighted in its ongoing Debt Hits Hard campaign. As part of that campaign, Campus Progress has advocated cutting student loan interest rates in half, ending wasteful subsidies to lenders that cost taxpayers billions, raising federal Pell Grants to $5100, and launching a public service ad campaign to raise awareness in low-income communities about financial aid resources.

The Campus Progress guide is available at .
Campus Progress , part of the Center for American Progress, works to help young people — advocates, activists, journalists, artists, and others — make their voices heard on issues that matter. Through an on-line magazine and student publications, public events, and grassroots issue campaigns, Campus Progress acts to empower new progressive leaders nationwide as they develop fresh ideas and communicate in new ways.
About the Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is "of the people, by the people, and for the people."


e2e Analytix Announces the Go-Live of Long Beach City College´s Cognos Enrollment Management System

IRVINE, Calif., April 17, 2007 — e2e Analytix Inc. (, is announcing the successful completion of Long Beach City College´s Cognos Enrollment Management System.

Located in Long Beach, CA, Long Beach City College (LBCC) is the premier community college in the Southern California region. LBCC has two main campuses and many satellite sites.

LBCC system has nine schools that encompass 34 departments with over 4000 class combinations that students can choose to enroll.

Prior to partnering with e2e, planning and budgeting for enrollment management was handled entirely through a manual spreadsheet environment. This spreadsheet-based planning was extremely cumbersome. Lack of reporting, continuity, and
standard practices led to errors and made the Enrollment Management process long and arduous, resulting in low ownership and accountability. Enrollment Management budgeting and planning was taking up to 3 months to compile, consolidate and implement.

Our goal, states Dr. Linda Umbdenstock, Ph.D.,
Administrative Dean of Planning, was "to develop an Enrollment Management Solution using Cognos EPM applications and Cognos BI to provide LBCC with a tool to effectively manage enrollment management, planning and budgeting processes."

LBCC began working with e2e Analytix to begin the solution design for a web-based Enrollment Management Solution using Cognos Enterprise Planning software. Dan Galuppo, e2e´s
Director of Professional Services, states "that the use of Cognos´s EPM product for the Enrollment Management model that LBCC required was very unique. Our solution delivered real-time data collection, consolidation, workflow, and calculations that enabled users to make better and quicker decisions."

"Our new system," states Dr. Umbdenstock, "provides flexible and powerful model development with the Cognos Analyst component and supports any business planning or customizing of the Enrollment Management model. The solution dramatically reduced the amount of time to process, consolidate and implement forecasts. It provided real-time
service cost and expense planning per semester."

"We are pleased to have transformed the way LBCC manages their enrollment process," commented Vik Torpunuri, CEO, e2e Analytix.

With years of Cognos solutions expertise, e2e Analytix offered just what LBCC was looking for, a true partner with depth and breadth for crafting a unique solution. "e2e Analytix was invaluable in helping us from planning, hardware configuration, EPM modeling, project management, training and documentation. We have been impressed with e2e
since the beginning and the result of their efforts is a system that our users and senior management are very proud of," concludes Dr. Umbdenstock.

About e2e

e2e provides high-quality professional services to global 1000 companies in the areas of Business Intelligence, Performance Management, Customer Relationship Management, Predictive Analytics, and Data Mining. e2e combines domain knowledge and technology expertise to deliver vertical
solutions for blue chip clients in the Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences, Retail, Oil & Gas, Hi-Tech, Higher Education, and Entertainment businesses. e2e is highly referenceable and
has completed successful Business Intelligence solutions for over 100 customers nationwide.


IBM Extends Global Reach of Free Enterprise Search Software

ARMONK, New York, April 16, 2007 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today introduced a new version of the free IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition enterprise search software, which supports more than a dozen new languages to enable users worldwide to quickly and easily find, access and capitalize on information stored within organizations and across the Web.
The new version of OmniFind Yahoo! Edition was developed to address growing global customer demand for access to the software, as well as to provide additional functionality that will improve the user experience.

In less than four months since its launch, more than 16,000 users have downloaded IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition and organizations of all sizes are using it to improve their enterprise search experience. The early users include manufacturers, consulting firms, financial services organizations, professional services organizations, universities, state and local governments and school districts. The free software also has rapidly generated interest in IBM´s enterprise-class OmniFind search products and resulted in customers opting for the full-scale search offering after testing the free version.

"The new OmniFind Yahoo! Edition product has not only made enterprise search ubiquitous and free, it has changed the competitive dynamics of the search market," said Aaron Brown, program director, Content Discovery and Search, IBM. "By helping clients free up access to information and use it in new ways, we´ve increased the momentum and impact of our cross-company Information On Demand growth initiative."

iCentera, a leading provider of on-demand CRM portals that drive marketing, sales and customer communication, is using IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition to enhance their ability to search content accessible on more than 5,000 iCentera client portals. "After an extensive evaluation process spent looking at enterprise search software and appliances alike, we selected IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition to enable in-document searching from our portals, allowing users to locate the content that is most highly relevant to them," said Craig Nelson, president and CEO, iCentera.

The company, which creates feature-rich web portals on demand, helps companies provide employees, partners and customers with access to large volumes of content so they can quickly find the information they need. "This is a truly robust enterprise search offering that supports up to 500,000 documents per server, provides a search relevance rating, supports more than 200 file types and more than 30 languages," Nelson said. "IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition is seamlessly integrated within our solution, combining the best of our technology with a powerful in-document search capability, making our own offering even more compelling."

The new version of IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition includes localized language support to meet expanding worldwide demand for the product. New languages supported include Brazilian Portuguese, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish.
Additional features in the new version of OmniFind Yahoo! Edition also help users more easily build new custom search applications or add customized content beyond Web pages and office documents. The usability improvements also make it easier to integrate search results into the look and feel of existing applications or include content from a third-party content source. Other enhancements make it easier to do advanced searches by using tagging and metadata to refine search results or create more targeted searches on top of initial search results.

IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition uses the open source Lucene indexing library to provide a versatile combination of simplicity, openness, and functionality. Customers and business partners have tapped this open approach to information search and access to identify creative, compelling and unexpected new uses for the product. This includes enabling search on portable devices, connecting enterprise search with instant messaging applications, and using search to enhance existing software applications.

Among the many business partners using OmniFind Yahoo! Edition to develop new solutions is Tetrad Digital Integrity LLC (TDI), a provider of information security and information assurance services and solutions. Using the software, TDI is developing a new information security and compliance solution for organizations to control massive amounts of data on their network and identify files containing sensitive information.
"TDI´s solution, coupled with IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition, will provide government and businesses greater control over their information flow while providing a flexible information protection system," said Paul Innella, TDI President and CEO. "This new solution is designed to automatically search for and obscure sensitive information and prevent its release."

IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition is available at no charge and can be downloaded at Worldwide, enterprise-class phone support is available from IBM.
About IBM
For more information on IBM Content Discovery Solutions, visit


Classworks features a perfect fit for summer school curriculum

DULUTH, Ga. (April 19, 2007)–While the calendar still says April, school administrators are already planning for summer school–trying to decide how to effectively design a summer school program that will effectively target, remediate and meet their students´ needs.

Schools with Classworks are resting a little easier than others. Classworks, by Curriculum Advantage, Inc. (, contains a built-in summer school program that is already being leveraged in many states. Whether students need tutoring for a high-stakes test retake, remediation assistance, on-grade level enrichment or a diagnostic tool, Classworks is perfectly suited for summer school because:

*It is aligned to state standards in reading, Language Arts and Math;

*It can import results from state tests to automatically create individual curriculum for each student;

*Its instruction is differentiated and engaging for the student;

*It generates weekly progress reports so students and their parents can see improvement over the course of the summer.

In the Mt. Pleasant Area District School in Pennsylvania, the summer school focus is entirely on reading. Students spend part of their days with teachers and small groups, while the balance of time is with Classworks.

Paul Tepper, the Title I coordinator and principal of two elementary schools for the MPADS, said Classworks´ capacity to take student diagnostic data from third-party assessment programs–in this case, Scantron–and automatically assign specific reading lessons to each student is a big plus.

Tepper also said that another of Classworks´ advantages is having students work at their own pace and to not feel pressured by letter grades. "It offers a relaxed atmosphere with no grades, just working on skill development. Not having the pressure of grades or having No Child Left Behind staring over your shoulder actually adds to the performance of the children," he said.

One Classworks feature that students and educators both like is that with 10,881 activities from 180 different software packages, students are offered a great variety of activities to keep their attention. Students might find themselves working on a spaceship game one minute and then on a jungle-themed quiz activity a few minutes later.

"The vast assortment of activities definitely keeps the children´s minds on their work, instead of thinking about where they would rather be on a fine summer day," said Sean Van Scoyoc, the technology coordinator at Mt. Pleasant.

Another district that has been using Classworks for summer school is Houston County (Ga.) School District. In each summer session classroom in Houston, there is a certified teacher and a Title I teacher. Often, these summer session teachers don´t know their students, but Classworks alleviates this concern. "Classworks is a beneficial component for the summer school program here because it allows the summer remediation teachers who are not familiar with all of these students to know that the instruction they are receiving on the Classworks program is aligned to their needs," said Jan Grace, the director of testing and instructional technology for Houston County.

Houston uses Classworks extensively during the summer, which is split into a short remediation session for students who have not passed the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), and then a conventional summer school for students who have not completed the work needed to advance to the next grade. Classworks´ ability to import CRCT results allows for students to get a crash-course in specific subjects before they take the CRCT retest. Last year, according to Houston´s Instructional Technology Coordinator Chris McPhail, 60 to 65 percent of these remediation students passed the reading retest.
While Classworks is an excellent option for summer school, it has also been recognized as powerful education tool by winning industry awards as well as having demonstrated effectiveness in increasing student achievement in a number of research studies.

About Curriculum Advantage

Curriculum Advantage, Inc. ( is based in Duluth, Ga. Curriculum Advantage´s flagship product is Classworks, a network-based system of K-12 reading and mathematics curriculum and learning tools that currently comprise over 5,000 hours of curriculum. Classworks activities are correlated to national and state learning standards and state tests, and include prescriptive and summative assessment, remediation and reporting tools. Classworks is installed in more than 3,000 schools in the United States and worldwide. INET Classroom, also from Curriculum Advantage, is a comprehensive library of web-based curriculum linked to state and national standards.


GeoLearning´s GeoMaestro LMS Wins 2007 Codie Award for

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA, April 18, 2007 — GeoLearning´s GeoMaestro Learning Management Suite was named "Best Corporate Learning Solution" at the 22nd annual Codie Awards presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). The 2007 Codies were presented at a gala event on April 17 at the historic Palace Hotel in
San Francisco, CA.

"We are especially pleased because the Codies are among the software industry´s most recognized and prestigious awards, and GeoMaestro is the flagship of our organization," said Frank Russell, president and CEO of GeoLearning. "Our on-demand platform is currently used by hundreds of companies and millions of users in organizations worldwide to manage human capital development, accelerate critical business processes and drive organizational performance. We´re proud that our unique Software as a Service business model continues to be embraced and recognized as the importance of learning and performance management gains momentum."

Established in 1986, the Codie Awards are the standard-bearer for celebrating outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital content and education technology industries. Through a unique combination of journalist and peer review, the Codie Awards recognized 75 categories of outstanding products and services, as well as corporate excellence and philanthropy. Judges for the first round of voting included journalists from industry trade publications, technology writers from mainstream publications, consultants and other industry experts. SIIA member companies voted in the second round of selection.

GeoLearning´s award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model means the GeoMaestro platform is delivered entirely over the Internet, eliminating all the headaches, hassles and risks associated with traditional hardware and software implementations. The Internet-hosted performance and learning management platform enables organizations to capture, create, manage and share knowledge to improve workforce productivity, accelerate critical business processes, and drive organizational performance. The system centralizes and automates the entire learning management process, making the administration of enterprise learning and development both effective and efficient.

Details about the Codie Awards and the winners in all categories are available online at

About GeoLearning, Inc.
GeoLearning is the leading provider of Managed Learning Services and hosted learning and performance technology. The company´s products and services are used by corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations to manage human capital development, accelerate critical business processes and drive organizational performance. GeoLearning´s Software as a Service model means there is no hardware or software for clients to install. As a result, the company´s Web-based GeoMaestro and GeoExpress learning management platforms can be deployed quickly, allowing clients to efficiently manage enterprise-wide learning, development and knowledge acquisition. Additional information is available at

About the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. Additional information is available at