With school district budgets shrinking in recent years, superintendents and school board members are under increasing pressure to improve standardized test scores while remaining frugal. Aruba Networks offers wireless services that are efficient and low maintenance, allowing officials to bolster school technology without going over budget, the company says. Aruba specializes in battling network intrusion, helping IT administrators keep their schools’ networks up and running throughout the school year.
With students requiring headphones to listen to computer-based lessons more and more frequently, Califone has introduced equipment that alerts teachers when the volume is too loud, potentially causing hearing damage. The Sound Alert Monaural Headphone and the Sound Alert Monaural Jackbox, both unveiled last month by Califone, include a small red light that turns on when the volume exceeds 85 decibels, the recommended threshold from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Califone’s new jackbox allows teachers to monitor the volume of up to 10 headphones in the classroom, the company said.
With a vested interest in seeing American students become prepared for the global, largely digital workforce, Cisco Systems recently released a detailed vision of how school and community leaders can facilitate a major shift in 21st-century education and prepare students for life in a technological world. After meeting with teachers, administrators, and other school officials nationwide, Cisco’s vision includes an investment in collaborative technology that allows students to create and share content.
Epson introduced a new printer that gives schools powerful productivity at an economical ink cost per page, the company says. The Epson B-500DN reportedly can print at 8,000 pages in black ink and 7,000 pages in color before needing an ink cartridge replacement. The printer’s Ethernet connectivity enables one printer to serve multiple classrooms, computer labs, and administrative offices, Epson said.
Fourier Systems’ brand-new Nova Centro looks like a miniature laptop, but it has double the memory–ideal for schools looking to implement one-to-one technology programs, the company said. The Nova Centro lets students combine computing with detail-oriented data logging and sports several features that make the product ideal for science courses. The computer, which has an eight-hour battery life–perfect for the length of a typical school day–is low maintenance and prevents students from downloading games that could distract from daily assignments, according to Fourier.