AMATYC and MITE Team Up To Tackle Remedial Math

MONTEREY, Calif., August 25, 2009 Demand for post-secondary education in the modern job market is increasing. But as enrollment in post-secondary institutions grows to meet this demand, many students entering community college are not prepared for the rigors of post-secondary mathematics. As these students confront the advanced mathematical skill set they need to launch a college career, many find themselves dropping out before they can even begin.

To help address this crucial problem, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) has embarked upon a networking effort, headed by Director of Learning Design Ruth Rominger, to connect several groups focused on the lack of literacy in mathematics in college-bound students. MITE and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently brought together subject-matter experts from AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) and representatives from the Gates Foundation to develop a new vision for a developmental mathematics curriculum.

Ambitions for the group included drafting a vision for developmental mathematics for the next decade, building a consensus on promising models, providing guidance on curricula and approaches, and considering an alternative path culminating in a college-level statistics course (rather than to calculus). The timing was fortuitous in that an AMATYC committee had already begun to tackle the lack of success in development mathematics. In collaboration with MITE and with support from the Gates Foundation, the committee was able to convene in person for the first time for a graphically facilitated curriculum design workshop to make substantial progress on their goals.

Richelle (Rikki) Blair, President of AMATYC, and Jack Rotman, Chair of the AMATYC Development Mathematics Committee, collaborated with Rominger to develop the workshop agenda. “It was a process of culling down a list of a few hundred learning objectives that [the group] believed students need if they want to pursue any major in college,” Rominger said.

Combining the practical knowledge of the mathematics practitioners, the over-arching vision of the Gates Foundation, and the research and implementation experience of MITE, a curriculum framework was drafted that will guide the expansion of future developmental math courses. MITE will also participate in the developmental mathematics symposium at the annual AMATYC conference in November, where a larger group of two-year college math instructors will discuss the framework, hopefully leading to the creation of suggested syllabi.

 

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AMATYC (The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) was founded in 1974. It is the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college. AMATYC has approximately 2,200 individual members and more than 100 institutional members in the United States and Canada. Educators in 47 states and one Canadian province are also represented through involvement with AMATYC’s 44 affiliate organizations. Learn more at: http://www.amatyc.org/

 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners are working to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and go on to successfully earn a postsecondary credential with real value in the labor market, with a focus on lowincome and minority students. Since 2000, the foundation has invested more than $2 billion to this end, supporting more than 2,600 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. Learn more at: http://www.gatesfoundation.org

 

The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education is a nonprofit educational organization committed to helping meet society’s need for access to effective, highquality educational opportunities in an era of rapid economic, social and personal change. The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Learn more at: http://www.montereyinstitute.org

 

Organization Contact

Jonathan Lopez, Communications Manager

Monterey Institute for Technology and Education

(831) 2383477

jlopez@montereyinstitute.org

www.montereyinstitute.org

www.hippocampus.org

 

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The Langley School Hosts New Technology Conference for Educators

McLean, VA – How can 21st century technology tools such as interactive whiteboards, videoconferencing, digital cameras, and blogs enhance the classroom experience for today’s students? Teachers at The Langley School will share their cutting-edge, technology-rich curriculum with fellow educators during a new two-day technology conference this fall.

Held October 8-9 on Langley’s McLean, VA, campus, “Creative Pursuits: Integrating Technology into 21st Century Classrooms” is an interactive conference for preschool through secondary school educators featuring nearly 30 workshops led by Langley faculty members and outside experts, many of which will be held in the classroom with Langley students for a truly authentic learning experience. The conference also features a “tech playground” with more than 20 stations which allow attendees to quickly browse various digital tools and a Q&A with a panel of Langley faculty, alumni, and students.

Another highlight of the conference is the two keynote speakers headlining the start of each day. October 8 features Dr. Kathleen King – award-winning author, digital media/instructional technology expert, and co-host of the 5 million listener podcast, “The Teachers’ Podcast” – who will discuss how to prepare teachers to function inside a brave new world filled with technological possibilities. On October 9, Don McNamee from Kristin School in Auckland, New Zealand, will share his expertise via live videoconference, discussing how new television tools such as Slingbox and Livestation can be put to good educational use. 

“At Langley, technology is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum and our teachers are extremely savvy when it comes to using digital tools to enhance learning,” says Dr. Lee Nelms, Langley’s director of technology and communication and one of the conference organizers. “When our teachers visited other schools and found that many of their peers were not familiar with the latest technology, they suggested that we organize a conference so they could share their knowledge. The unique thing about Langley’s first-ever technology conference is that practically every workshop is taught by classroom teachers as they interact with their own students in their own classrooms, giving attendees the opportunity to see these tools in action.”

To learn more about the Creative Pursuits conference, or to register online, log on to www.langleyschool.org/creativepursuits.

Founded in 1942, The Langley School is an independent, coed day school for students in preschool through eighth grade. Situated on a 9.2-acre campus in McLean, VA, the school reaches across multiple disciplines to discover, amplify, and embrace the talents of every child, every day.

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LEXIA LEARNING SELECTED AS A FINALIST FOR THE EDNET 2009 INDUSTRY AWARDS

August 25, 2009 — CONCORD, Mass. — Lexia Learning Systems, one of the nation’s most highly regarded providers of reading software, has been selected as a finalist for the EdNET 2009 Impact Award. The EdNET Awards are presented by MDR, the leading provider of marketing information and services for the U.S. education market.

The Impact Award is part of the prestigious EdNET Industry Awards program that recognizes organizations that have made important contributions through their products and programs to the education industry in the past year. Finalists for the EdNET 2009 Industry Awards were selected by a panel of leading education industry experts.

Lexia provides a flexible, Web-enabled technology that is scientifically based and proven to increase reading proficiency. The company’s products provide students a focused and intensive method for maximizing learning time for key reading skills. Recently, Lexia Reading was recognized by the What Works Clearinghouse as one of only 10 programs to have ever been deemed to show effectiveness in two or more “beginning reading skills” categories.

“We are proud of our recognition as an EdNET Impact Award finalist, acknowledging that more and more students continue to succeed with Lexia as an essential part of their core reading instruction,” said Lexia President and CEO Nick Gaehde.

The EdNET Impact Award recognizes the organization that has made the most significant impact on education through quality educational support and instructional resources. 

EdNET founder and president, Dr. Nelson B. Heller, said, “The EdNET awards judging team, coordinated by partner and sponsor, Educational Systemics®, identified nine organizations who personify the thought leadership of our industry. Their products and services are influencing the future of our nation by providing students and teachers with new and exciting learning opportunities and tools.”

The EdNET awards program has been honoring leaders for 17 years at the annual EdNET Educational Networking Conference, now in its 21st year and sponsored by MDR.

Award winners will be announced on September 14, 2009, during the EdNET Conference in Chicago.

About EdNET and the EdNET Industry Awards

The EdNET Conference, which is produced by MDR and is now in its 21st year, is the education market’s premier annual networking conference. It brings together education executives, school administrators, and policymakers to network and build strategic business partnerships. The EdNET Industry Awards program was created in 1992 to champion the efforts of progressive organizations helping to revitalize the nation’s educational system. The EdNET 2010 Conference will be in Boston, September 26-28. For more information about the EdNET Conference and Industry Awards program, visit http://www.EdNETconference.com or phone 800-333-8802, ext. 4693.


About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning Systems, Inc., headquartered in Concord, Mass., is one of the most highly regarded reading software companies in the nation. Established in 1984, the company provides a flexible, Web-enabled technology that is scientifically based and proven to increase reading proficiency in students at all levels of ability, pre-K to adult. Today, Lexia’s programs, including its flagship product, Lexia Reading, are used as an essential part of reading instruction in more than 12,000 schools nationwide, and have helped more than one million students learn to read. To learn more about Lexia, please visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.

 

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CONTACT:

Collin Earnst           

Haselton Group (for Lexia Learning)                                                                     

617-933-9011

collin_earnst@haseltongroup.com  

 

Caroline Henningsen           

MDR

800-333-8802, ext. 4693

chenningsen@dnb.com

 

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LEXIA LEARNING SELECTED AS A FINALIST FOR THE EDNET 2009 INDUSTRY AWARDS

 

 

 

August 25, 2009 — CONCORD, Mass. — Lexia Learning Systems, one of the nation’s most highly regarded providers of reading software, has been selected as a finalist for the EdNET 2009 Impact Award. The EdNET Awards are presented by MDR, the leading provider of marketing information and services for the U.S. education market.

The Impact Award is part of the prestigious EdNET Industry Awards program that recognizes organizations that have made important contributions through their products and programs to the education industry in the past year. Finalists for the EdNET 2009 Industry Awards were selected by a panel of leading education industry experts.

Lexia provides a flexible, Web-enabled technology that is scientifically based and proven to increase reading proficiency. The company’s products provide students a focused and intensive method for maximizing learning time for key reading skills. Recently, Lexia Reading was recognized by the What Works Clearinghouse as one of only 10 programs to have ever been deemed to show effectiveness in two or more “beginning reading skills” categories.

“We are proud of our recognition as an EdNET Impact Award finalist, acknowledging that more and more students continue to succeed with Lexia as an essential part of their core reading instruction,” said Lexia President and CEO Nick Gaehde.

The EdNET Impact Award recognizes the organization that has made the most significant impact on education through quality educational support and instructional resources. 

EdNET founder and president, Dr. Nelson B. Heller, said, “The EdNET awards judging team, coordinated by partner and sponsor, Educational Systemics®, identified nine organizations who personify the thought leadership of our industry. Their products and services are influencing the future of our nation by providing students and teachers with new and exciting learning opportunities and tools.”

The EdNET awards program has been honoring leaders for 17 years at the annual EdNET Educational Networking Conference, now in its 21st year and sponsored by MDR.

Award winners will be announced on September 14, 2009, during the EdNET Conference in Chicago.

About EdNET and the EdNET Industry Awards

The EdNET Conference, which is produced by MDR and is now in its 21st year, is the education market’s premier annual networking conference. It brings together education executives, school administrators, and policymakers to network and build strategic business partnerships. The EdNET Industry Awards program was created in 1992 to champion the efforts of progressive organizations helping to revitalize the nation’s educational system. The EdNET 2010 Conference will be in Boston, September 26-28. For more information about the EdNET Conference and Industry Awards program, visit http://www.EdNETconference.com or phone 800-333-8802, ext. 4693.


About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning Systems, Inc., headquartered in Concord, Mass., is one of the most highly regarded reading software companies in the nation. Established in 1984, the company provides a flexible, Web-enabled technology that is scientifically based and proven to increase reading proficiency in students at all levels of ability, pre-K to adult. Today, Lexia’s programs, including its flagship product, Lexia Reading, are used as an essential part of reading instruction in more than 12,000 schools nationwide, and have helped more than one million students learn to read. To learn more about Lexia, please visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.

 

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CONTACT:

Collin Earnst           

Haselton Group (for Lexia Learning)                                                                     

617-933-9011

collin_earnst@haseltongroup.com  

 

Caroline Henningsen           

MDR

800-333-8802, ext. 4693

chenningsen@dnb.com

 

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Quantum Learning Technologies (QLT), Named Finalist for 2009 EdNET

MDR, the leading provider of marketing information and services for the U.S. education market, announced today that Quantum Learning Technologies (QLT) is a finalist for the prestigious EdNET 2009 Rookie of the Year Award.  Established in 1992, The Rookie of the Year Award is part of the EdNET Industry Awards Program that recognizes organizations that have made important contributions through their products and programs to the education industry in the past year.

Quantum Learning Technology is being recognized for their innovative suite of game-based, web-delivered educational products that enable learners to reach their full academic potential. QLT’s innovative programs, Skatekids™ and Ramps to Reading™, are designed to help pre-K through 6th grade students develop literacy, reading comprehension, and critical thinking skills. QLT’s programs keep young learners fully engaged by embedding scientifically-developed and clinically-proven educational games and activities in an exciting, virtual world environment.

EdNET founder and president, Dr. Nelson B. Heller, said, “The EdNET awards judging team, coordinated by partner and sponsor, Educational Systemics®, identified nine organizations who personify the thought leadership of our industry. Their products and services are influencing the future of our nation by providing students and teachers with new and exciting learning opportunities and tools.”

The EdNET Rookie of the Year Award honors the most promising start-up venture that is less than two years old and has the greatest potential to be a significant player in the education industry in the coming years. A panel of leading education industry experts selected the finalists for the EdNET 2009 Industry Awards, which is sponsored by The Heller Reports and MDR the leading U.S. provider of marketing information and services for the K-12, higher education, library, early childhood, and related education markets. The winners of this year’s EdNET Industry Awards will be announced at the 21st Annual EdNET Conference on September 14th in Chicago.   

 “We are thrilled to be recognized by the EdNET Industry Awards Program as a finalist for the prestigious EdNET 2009 Rookie of the Year Award.  To be included in such an elite group of promising companies that are all having such a positive impact within the education industry is a tremendous honor,” said Alan Aldworth, Quantum Learning Technologies President and CEO. “Quantum Learning Technologies focuses on keeping young learners fully engaged through digital game-based educational programs that reflect the latest research in cognitive psychology. To have received this nomination is a terrific validation of our breakthrough approach to helping the digitally savvy kids of today become better and stronger readers.”

About EdNET and the EdNET Industry Awards

The EdNET Conference, which is produced by MDR and is now in its 21st year, is the education market’s premier annual networking conference. It brings together education executives, school administrators, and policymakers to network and build strategic business partnerships. The EdNET Industry Awards program was created in 1992 to champion the efforts of progressive organizations helping to revitalize the nation’s educational system. The EdNET 2010 Conference will be in Boston, September 26-28. For more information about the EdNET Conference and Industry Awards program, visit www.EdNETconference.com or phone 800.333.8802, Ext. 4693.

About Quantum Learning Technologies

Quantum Learning Technologies provides game-based, web-delivered educational products that enable learners to reach their full academic potential. QLT’s solutions embed scientifically-based methods of cognitive processing instruction and explicit basic skill development in engaging, interactive programs. Inspired by video game design techniques, QLT’s programs harness the natural power of game-based learning and engage learners so they work harder and longer. Students achieve greater success because they are immersed in activities that are fun, meaningful and highly effective.  For more information go to: http://www.quantumlearningtechnologies.com

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TechSmith Releases Camtasia for Mac

 

TechSmith Releases Camtasia for Mac

 

Offering Mac Community an Intuitive and Professional Screen Recording Solution

 

OKEMOS, Mich – August 25, 2009 – TechSmith Corp., the world’s leading provider of screen capture and screen recording solutions, today announced that Camtasia for Mac is available immediately for download and purchase. With Camtasia for Mac customers can create professional and engaging presentations, demonstrations, screencasts, training and marketing videos in HD-quality video to reach audiences online, on AppleÒ portable media devices, and on popular video sharing sites like YouTube.

 

To celebrate the release of Camtasia for Mac, TechSmith is offering a special introductory price of $99.00 through the end of the year for a single user license including a full-featured 30-day free trial.

 

A brief overview screencast of Camtasia for Mac can be viewed here: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasiamac/videos/overview.asp.

 

Camtasia for Mac delivers a streamlined recording experience with intuitive and efficient editing so marketing, creative and sales professionals can create multimedia content that engages and informs to increase awareness, action and knowledge among their audiences. Teachers and training professionals can create, manage and share polished visual content that enhances educational effectiveness and learning.

 

"Camtasia for Mac is as intuitive as a professional-grade screencasting software can be,” said John Basile, team leader at Scraster Professional Screencasting. “It’s amazingly well thought out and its performance–even since its beta stage–has proved flawless. Camtasia for Mac is a very welcomed game-changer in the world of screencasting." A Scraster screencast created with Camtasia for Mac can be viewed here: http://www.screencast.com/t/qbwYnkFwOze.

 

"Camtasia for Mac has already been key to iPhone app marketing for Bickbot,” said John Ellenich, lead designer for Bickbot.com. “It creates stunning screencasts of our apps, which helps us rise above other developers.” A Bickbot.com screencast created with Camtasia for Mac of their new iPhone application, Strokes, can be viewed here: http://www.screencast.com/t/WlbdOVN3.

 

Camtasia for Mac records exactly what a user sees on their computer screen, what they say, and how they interact with any website or Mac-based application such as Keynote and PowerPoint. Users can then edit the content and share it online, on Screencast.com, on CDs or DVDs, or via iTunes for playback on AppleÒ portable media players such as the iPodÒ, iPhoneÔ and iPod touchÒ. TechSmith’s exclusive SmartFocus technology makes it easy to keep the viewer’s attention even on the smallest screens, and with Flash compatibility, viewers always have easy access right from their browsers.

 

Camtasia for Mac is integrated with TechSmith’s Screencast.com hosting service for fast and easy video sharing. Camtasia for Mac trial users and customers receive free 2GB of storage and 2GB of monthly bandwidth on Screencast.com. Unlike other online video hosting services, Screencast.com retains the original quality, size and professionalism of the uploaded screencast, and users retain complete ownership and sharing control over their content. Similarly, Camtasia for Mac includes the ability to share files quickly and easily to YouTube with YouTube account integration.

 

System Requirements and Availability

Camtasia for Mac supports Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later, including support for Snow Leopard. Web cameras and microphones for capturing audio and video are available for purchase separately. After the special introductory price of $99.00, Camtasia for Mac will have a suggested retail price of $149 with a 30-day free trial, including free training videos and technical support. The software and recommended hardware can be purchased at http://www.techsmith.com.

 

About TechSmith Corporation
Founded in 1987, TechSmith Corporation provides practical business and academic software tools and services. TechSmith’s solutions enable users to capture, record and enhance digital content from their computer screens so they can share information and knowledge in compelling multimedia formats, and allow others to observe, analyze and learn from their experiences. TechSmith products are used by 99 percent of the Fortune 500. Visit
www.techsmith.com for more information.

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Camtasia, Camtasia Studio, Camtasia:mac, DubIt, EnSharpen, Enterprise Wide, Expressshow, Jing, Morae, Rich Recording Technology (RRT), Snagit, Screencast.com, SmartFocus, TechSmith, TechSmith and T Design logo, TSCC, and UserVue are registered marks of TechSmith Corporation, and Camtasia Relay, are marks of TechSmith Corporation. Other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective companies. The absence of a name or logo in the above list does not constitute a waiver of any intellectual property rights that TechSmith Corporation has established in any of its product, feature, or service names or logos. ©2009 by TechSmith Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

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First day of school has educators all a-Twitter

Video cameras and eMail are so last millennium: Twitter was the technology of choice for hundreds of educators trying to capture the news and emotions of returning to school Aug. 24, reports the Houston Chronicle. The so-called tweets started at the crack of dawn and went strong until the last bell of the day. Jared Berry, theater director at Houston ISD’s Pin Oak Middle School, was among the first to chime in: "It’s 4:44 a.m. on 8/24/09 — 1st day of school for 2009-10 term. Can’t wait to start the day." Many school districts have vowed to give the technology a try this year. They see the 140-character, web-based messages as a powerful way to spread news quickly among staff, students, and parents. While they’re still just dipping their toes in the Twitter pool, many hope it can become a legitimate tool for fostering communication between campuses and homes. In Houston ISD, regional superintendent Cynthia Wilson is leading the Twitter charge among the principals she supervises. Around 8:30 a.m., she sent them this tweet: "We are hoping our students learn how to use twitter for school reasons. Discuss it today with your kids…"

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Free Test Prep Games Available for Basic Technology Assessments

OVIEDO, FL –   InfoSource Learning, the provider of SimpleAssessment for student technology proficiency, is excited to announce free technology test prep resources now available on www.SimpleK12.com.  

The free games can be used by teachers and students in preparation for any basic technology assessment. A variety of games cover technology concepts found in the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Students. Both fun and educational, students and teachers can work through the games in groups or individually.
 
The free resources are available for all teachers and classrooms, regardless of whether they are using SimpleAssessment. The growing collection of games currently includes crossword puzzles, online board games, and trivia games.
 
For access to the test prep games, please visit www.SimpleK12.com.  Additional information regarding the games or SimpleAssessment is also available by calling 1-800-393-4636.
 
About InfoSource Learning: For over 26 years, InfoSource Learning has been an industry leader in providing personalized, innovative solutions for the education, corporate, and government training segments.   Specifically for education, InfoSource Learning provides SimpleK12.com resources for teachers, students, and school technology departments including a free student technology assessment, SimpleAssessment.  Through SimpleK12.com, InfoSource Learning also offers online student technology curriculum, teacher professional development, internet safety programs, and more.  To learn more about custom personalized training solutions from InfoSource Learning, call 800-393-4636 or visit http://www.infosourcelearning.com.  
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Asics Lethal 11 Rugby boots available online

The new Asics 2009/2010 season rugby boots are available to order online from Morrant Sports.

The Asics GEL Lethal 11, low, soft toe

rugby boots

are the latest version of Asics’ popular style of boot designed specifically to help reduce the risk of injuries when playing and training.

The uppers are performance synthetic leather designed for comfort and durability.

The boots feature many Asics technical specifications which combine to give great performance and comfort to the player. The GEL Lethal 11 is SpEVA 65 lasted. They also boast a full length Solyte midsole and a PU heel counter. The midsole offers unrivalled support and cushioning in a rugby boot and can help to reduce the risk injuries.

The outsole is an injection PU, multifunctional cleat design which offers superb grip and allows the player change direction quickly.

Sizes range from a UK size 8 up to 12 and include some half sizes.

A full range of other Asics rugby boots are also available.

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Feds issue more guidance on swine flu

During an Aug. 24 school visit, Duncan outlined education's response to the swine flu.

During an Aug. 24 school visit, Duncan outlined education's response to the swine flu.

Schools and colleges should be ready with hard-copy packets and online lessons to keep learning going even if swine flu sickens large numbers of students this year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Aug. 24.

Speaking at an elementary school on the first day of classes in Washington, D.C., Duncan released recommendations on how educators can ensure that instruction continues should the virus cause high absenteeism or school closings.

“As the school year begins, I’m concerned that the H1N1 virus might disrupt learning in some schools across the country,” he said.

Duncan said schools should evaluate what materials they have available for at-home learning. The latest guidance provides more details on methods that schools could use, such as distributing recorded classes on podcasts and DVDs; creating take-home packets with up to 12 weeks of printed class material; or holding live classes via video-conferencing calls or webinars.

Federal officials said earlier this month that schools should close only as a last resort. (See “Feds revise swine-flu guidance.”) They also advised that students and teachers can return to school or work 24 hours after their fever is gone; the old advice was to stay home for a week. The virus prompted more than 700 schools to close temporarily last spring.

Duncan was joined by U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and representatives from several technology companies and publishers, such as Apple, Microsoft, and Pearson, which are working with the Education Department to offer print and online resources–some of which could be available free of charge–to schools severely affected by swine flu.

The details are still being worked out, but the companies might offer technology to allow students and teachers to communicate virtually, provide published instructional material, and provide computer servers that can handle transferring large amounts of teaching material.

On Aug. 20, Duncan and Sebelius joined with Dr. Beth Bell, deputy director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to announce new guidance for higher-education institutions to plan for and respond to the upcoming flu season.

Government officials are especially concerned about the impact of H1N1 in schools, because the virus appears to spread quickly among younger Americans. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently found that younger Americans, specifically those ages six months to 24 years, are one of the top priority groups when it comes to the new H1N1 vaccine.

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