Fort Worth school district to buy 25 hybrid buses

Some Fort Worth school buses soon will be green machines, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The school district received $1.6 million in federal grants to buy 25 hybrid buses, making it among the first in the area to use such technology for schools. The buses will be charge-sustaining hybrids that generate their own electricity and use diesel fuel. District officials expect the buses to improve fuel efficiency by 30 to 40 percent. The buses are expected to arrive in six months and will be tested in various parts of the district to compare them with traditional buses. The grant will pay about 40 percent of the cost of the new buses, which are $146,000 each. The district spends about $82,000 on traditional buses. The grant is part of $13.2 million given to the North Central Texas Council of Governments to help buy fuel-efficient vehicles for the area. The hybrid-bus trend is slowly spreading nationwide, said Robin Leeds, an industry specialist with the National School Transportation Association. "School boards are looking at them, but they are still quite a bit more expensive than diesel buses," she said. "School districts can’t do it without state or federal grants." Leeds said more districts are likely to buy such buses soon as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, however, which funded the grant given to the council of governments…

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Free classroom-management software available

In this economic climate, it isn’t always possible to get funding for even very inexpensive and essential software.

In this economic climate, it isn’t always possible to get funding for even very inexpensive and essential software.

In what could be the first steps in a movement sure to please educators and IT administrators alike, two makers of classroom-management software programs are offering “light,” or scaled-down, versions of their most popular products free of charge.

On Aug. 26, Netop introduced MyVision Basic and MyVision Free. A few days later, LanSchool Technologies LLC introduced the latest version of its LanSchool software, v7.4, as well as LanSchool Lite–a free version of LanSchool.

According to Suzanne Balter, global education solutions manager for Netop, the company wants all teachers to have access to some degree of classroom-management software so they can maximize the use of technology to improve student learning.

“In this difficult economic climate, it isn’t always possible to get funding for even very inexpensive and essential software, so we want to do our part to ensure that teachers will have the most essential tool they need for teaching with computers–the ability to supervise their students’ work,” said Balter.

There are a few differences between the MyVision Basic and Free versions. For example, with Free, teachers can only supervise their students’ computer use; with Basic, teachers can supervise computer use, clear students’ screens, project demonstrations to their desktops, and turn internet access on or off with a button. Both versions, however, let teachers set up and manage multiple classrooms and arrange the layout of these classrooms on the teacher’s computer screen to match the classrooms’ physical layout.

Although Free isn’t as complete as Basic, it still gives teachers several tools for classroom management. With Free, teachers can see a thumbnail view of every computer screen in a networked classroom (there is no limit on the number of computers that can be supported with either the Free or Basic version), or they can call up a full-screen view of any student’s computer.

“This enables teachers to see what students are doing while they work on computers, monitor web browsing, assess student progress, identify students who need extra help, and improve classroom time on task,” explained Balter. “MyVision Free provides a subset of the features in MyVision Basic and may be seamlessly upgraded at any time.”

A one-year subscription to the Basic version costs $199, which covers one teacher and an unlimited number of students.

Both the Basic and Free versions of MyVision are still in beta testing, but they are available for downloading at http://www.netop/myvision.com and include a free subscription to Basic that is valid through December 2009. A one-year subscription for Basic will be available in the U.S. in late 2009, Netop said–and for educators who download the beta version of Basic and purchase a one-year subscription before Dec. 31, the price will be $149.

To download Free, teachers must first download the free trial of Basic, and then after 30 days the subscription will revert to Free, unless the user chooses to buy a subscription.

Basic and Free work with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista, as well as Mac OS X 10.5, and more operating systems will be available going forward, such as Windows 7, Netop said.

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WINDSOR, established in 1996, is a respectable name in the global market for its quality product. our ranges includes Gensets, Diesel Engines, Agro Machineries, Pumps along with Auto Spare Parts. We are manufacturer and supplier of Gensets such as Diesel Generator, LPG Generator, Alternator and Petrol Start Kerosene Generator. Windsor has been a global player and leader in the provision of power generation solutions ensuring power is provided whenever and wherever it is needed. We manufacture and supply high quality generator sets for a wide range of domestic and commercial applications. These generators are powered by water cooled engines, high in performance and very reliable for requirements at critical times such as in hospitals and emergency rooms.

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Social media driving youth civic engagement

Web-based activism could change as 'digital natives' get older, according to research.

Web-based activism could change as 'digital natives' get older, according to research.

Unlike some people have hoped, the internet hasn’t led to big changes in the socio-economic makeup of Americans engaged in civic activities, a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds. But there are some signs that social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are driving civic engagement among younger people.

As in offline politics, people who participate in online civic life–by contacting government officials, making political or charitable donations, or signing petitions, for example–tend to be richer and better educated, the Pew study shows.

According to the study, released Sept. 1, 35 percent of U.S. adults making at least $100,000 participated in two or more online political activities in the previous 12 months, compared with just 8 percent of people making less than $20,000. That’s a gap of 27 percentage points–the same gap seen for offline political activities.

Still, there are signs that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are driving civic engagement among younger people. On social networks, income and education levels seem to be less correlated with whether someone engages in civic activism.

Of course, that could result from the fact that younger people who are heavily engaged with such social media sites have yet to reach their full earning and education potential, the researchers acknowledge, so they appear poorer and less educated–and thus falsely make it seem as if the sites are diversifying the makeup of people who are active in civic endeavors.

But researchers behind the study expressed hope that social media could one day serve as an equalizer.
Social-networking sites make it easier for people to get together and to express themselves, said Kay Lehman Schlozman, a political science professor at Boston College.

“This could evolve in a way that makes it easier to get involved,” she said of the technology.

Those who use blogs and social-networking sites as an outlet for civic engagement are far more active in traditional realms of political and nonpolitical participation than are other internet users, the report says. They’re also more active than those who don’t use the internet at all.

Some 37 percent of internet users ages 18 to 29 use blogs or social-networking sites as a venue for political or civic involvement, compared with 17 percent of online 30- to 49-year-olds, 12 percent of online 50- to 64-year-olds, and 10 percent of internet users over 65.

“The impact of these new tools on the future of online political involvement depends in large part upon what happens as this younger cohort of ‘digital natives’ gets older. Are we witnessing a generational change, or a life-cycle phenomenon that will change as these younger users age?” the report asks. “Will the civic divide close, or will rapidly evolving technologies continue to leave behind those with lower levels of education and income?”

The survey of 2,251 adults, including 1,655 internet users, was conducted Aug. 12-31, 2008, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

Some of the percentages on participation might have been higher had the survey been taken after the fall campaigns and the January inauguration of President Barack Obama. However, a December survey taken by Pew, using different questions, suggests that the socio-economic gaps remained then as well.

Links:

Pew Internet & American Life Project

“The Internet and Civic Engagement”

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Windsor is one of the reputed name engaged in manufacturing and supplying of Engine Components of Mercedes Benz Trucks and Cars, that includes Propeller shaft, Brake Parts, Rubber parts and other parts.
Today Windsor is Recognized as a highly trusted business entity producing premium range of Car and Truck parts. Our Company is dedicated to manufacture good quality Automotive parts allowing us to offer our clients the best quality at most comprehensive prices and highly professional services.
We understand the precise requirement of our honorable clients and take utmost care in the in house quality control set up and research & development activities. We continue to meet the stringent requirements of global standards through a team of qualified professionals. Here at Windsor, quality & customer focus is our priority. Our effort is to produce world class quality products with zero defect to suit the most stringent global standards and that too at very competitive prices.

Windsor is one of the leading suppliers of spare parts, components and assemblies for automotive application, having a vast sales network in many markets in Africa and South America.
Windsor was founded in early 1996 with the desire to make available world class aftermarket autoparts that are produced in India.

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Plot No 766 Pace City Sector 37
Gurgaon (Haryana)-1220001 (India)
Phone : 91-124-4323900 / 924
Fax : 91-124-4323999 / 998

Email windsor@windsorauto.com

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Manufacturer and exporter of trailer spareparts and japanese parts,mercedes parts that includes Brake lining rivets, axle, hub cap, hub bolt,  rubber mounting, tail light, Spiral air hose. . volvo truck parts and volvo spare parts, mercedes truck parts.Windsor Exports is the leading exporter of Trailers Spare Parts. We have vast sale network all over the world to serve the global market better. We are a leading manufacturer & supplier of Trailers that includes Miscelenious Parts, Body Parts, Suspension Parts, Engine Parts, Axle, Brake Parts, etc. for European and Japanese cars and Trucks. We are committed to offer to our customers the most cost effective range of Rubber products. Our products are developed with world class quality to suit the global standard with zero defect. trailers, u j cross, hub cap, brake hose, leaf spring, brake cam shaft, axle, trailer parts, truck trailers spare.Windsor Exports is the leading exporter of Trailers Spare Parts. We have vast sale network all over the world to serve the global market better. We are a leading manufacturer & supplier of Trailers that includes Miscelenious Parts, Body Parts, Suspension Parts, Engine Parts, Axle, Brake Parts, etc. for European and Japanese cars and Trucks. We are committed to offer to our customers the most cost effective range of Rubber products. Our products are developed with world class quality to suit the global standard with zero defect. trailers, u j cross, hub cap, brake hose, leaf spring, brake cam shaft, axle, trailer parts, truck trailers spare.     

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Trailer parts & U J Cross supplier,Brake lining rivets supplier,Brake drum



Manufacturer and exporter of trailer spareparts and japanese parts,mercedes parts that includes Brake lining rivets, axle, hub cap, hub bolt,  rubber mounting, tail light, Spiral air hose. . volvo truck parts and volvo spare parts, mercedes truck parts.Windsor Exports is the leading exporter of Trailers Spare Parts. We have vast sale network all over the world to serve the global market better. We are a leading manufacturer & supplier of Trailers that includes Miscelenious Parts, Body Parts, Suspension Parts, Engine Parts, Axle, Brake Parts, etc. for European and Japanese cars and Trucks. We are committed to offer to our customers the most cost effective range of Rubber products. Our products are developed with world class quality to suit the global standard with zero defect. trailers, u j cross, hub cap, brake hose, leaf spring, brake cam shaft, axle, trailer parts, truck trailers spare.Windsor Exports is the leading exporter of Trailers Spare Parts. We have vast sale network all over the world to serve the global market better. We are a leading manufacturer & supplier of Trailers that includes Miscelenious Parts, Body Parts, Suspension Parts, Engine Parts, Axle, Brake Parts, etc. for European and Japanese cars and Trucks. We are committed to offer to our customers the most cost effective range of Rubber products. Our products are developed with world class quality to suit the global standard with zero defect. trailers, u j cross, hub cap, brake hose, leaf spring, brake cam shaft, axle, trailer parts, truck trailers spare.     

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WINDSOR Established in 1996 As A 100% Export Oriented Unit For Agro Machineries,Pumps, Diesel Engines And Gensets Along With Heavy Automobile Spare Parts. Our Goal Was Clearly Defined As To Be A Leading Manufacturer And Supplier For World Class Products With OEM Quality. Within A Span Of Few Years Of Hard Work, We Achieved Our First Goal As Leading Exporters, With Quality Products Supplier In International Market.
We Have Our Own In HouseManufacturing, Sourcing And Quality Control Facility With World Class Equipments, Gauges And Instruments. Our Annual Turnover Graph Is Always On Constant Growth, Because Keeping Our Buyer Satisfied Is Always On Our Priority List Our Major Export Is to North ,West Africa, East Europe, Middle East , South East Asia With a Annual Turnover Of Above Ten Million USD Recently We Have Entered Into Domestic Market With Our Services And Products. With Our Past Experience And Detailed Knowledge Of Our Products, We Could Penetrate Into Indian Market Without Much Effort.

Axle are the central shaft for a rotating wheel or gear.So it is the important part of vehicle.Our stock contains the best quality axles at competitive prices.We manufacture axle according to the users demand and specification.We export axle to south america, middle east and to some parts of europe.Our quality products made us leader in the field and in between our rivals.

Eye bolts are alternatively known as "eye hook".We manufacture eye bolts which are of different lengths & having different numbers of threads.These eye bolts are made on customers specifications and demands.They are made of high quality steel. A preventive coating is done on them so as to prevbent them from the rust.

 

Windsor is made its reputation in the world-market due to its quality products, less prices and customer

We manufacture one of the important & integarl part of hand cart.The performance of hand cart is also depends upon the quality of rim. Rim manufacture by us is of the superior quality far better than the products of any other company. There are different sizes of rim for the different carts. Mostly the thickness of rim plays important role in quality & performance.Windsor is made its reputation in the world-market due to its quality products, less prices and customer satisfaction.

WINDSOR Plot No. 766, Pace City II, Sector-37, Gurgaon-122001,Haryana, INDIA ,Phone-0091 124 4323900 / 924 ,Fax : 0091 124 4323999 / 998

mail id :- windsor@windsorauto.com

URL :- http://www.hand-cart.com/

 

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FOLLETT SOFTWARE CO. STAKES CLAIM AS SOCIAL NETWORKING

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

FOLLETT SOFTWARE CO. STAKES CLAIM AS SOCIAL NETWORKING
LEADER – FIND THEM ON FACEBOOK, FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER
 
MCHENRY, Ill., Sept. 2, 2009 – Follett Software Company, which earlier this year was ranked one of the world’s top companies using Twitter to recruit new employees, can now be followed on Twitter as well as found on Facebook.
 
The company—which helps K-12 school districts manage key learning resources such as library materials, textbooks, school assets and information for data-driven decision making—doesn’t often find itself ranked on a list that includes the likes of Burger King, Expedia, Hershey Company, Mattel, MTV and UPS. But when Job-Hunt.org recently published its list of the world’s “Top 50 Employers Using Twitter for Recruiting,” Follett Software Co. staked its claim as a company that recognizes the potential of social networking.
 
Now, Follett Software Company has created a page on Facebook, the website that currently has more than 250 million active users worldwide. In addition, Follett has created a feed on Twitter (twitter.com/FollettSoftware), the micro-blogging service that in 2009 has witnessed a dramatic surge in daily users.
 
“We were early to the game in job recruiting on Twitter, and now we’ve taken the next logical networking steps,” said Michael Campbell, marketing director, Follett Software Co. “As one of the educational industry’s top software companies, it is imperative that we are an active social media participant, for both our customers and employees alike.”
 
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About Follett Software Company (http://www.FollettSoftware.com)
Follett Software Company is the partner that over half of America’s school districts trust to help them manage everything from library resources, textbooks and school assets to information for data-driven decision making. Follett Software Company helps districts of all sizes track and use information and resources more efficiently so their dollars are best leveraged to help each and every student. Follett Software Company is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation – a $2.37 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873 and has its headquarters in River Grove, Ill.
 
 
Media Contact:
Doug Thompson | Thompson Drake Public Relations
 
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CDI and Nebraska Council of School Administrators Partnership Provides Technology Solution to Save Money

 

Chicago, IL, Sept. 2, 2009 – – CDI, North America’s largest supplier of recertified, brand name computers to the educational market, and the Nebraska Council of School Administrator (NCSA) have joined forces to improve statewide computer-to-student ratio through cost-effective technology solutions.  

 

CDI will work with NCSA to analyze members’ current needs and recommend resources for alternative technology sourcing to dramatically reduce spending. In addition, CDI will work with stakeholders to explore one-to-one initiatives across the state with the goal of providing 24×7 computer access to every student.

 

“Through initial discussions with CDI, we quickly realized the tremendous value of such a partnership and the immediate impact for our members. CDI offers a quality product for an exceptional price and we are thrilled that we can pass the savings on to our taxpayers. Partnering with CDI is a win/win situation for everyone,” stated Michael Dulaney, NCSA’s Executive Director. “We continuously strive to identify high-quality resources and solutions for the NCSA community – CDI is a natural fit.”

 

“CDI will allow our members to have greater access to affordable and reputable technology resources with the added benefit of superior customer service,” stated John Osgood, NCSA’s Chairman. “We were very impressed by the breadth of knowledge the executive team demonstrated about the needs of educators today and the importance of technology in the classroom.”

 

“We are excited to work with the extremely dedicated team of professionals at NCSA,” stated Saar Pikar, General Manager, CDI. “Their commitment to providing members with the technology tools needed to succeed and excel was evident during their visits to our facility and at their offices in Lincoln – go Huskers!”

 

NCSA will begin offering members access to CDI’s product catalog in August – just in time for the start of the school year.

 

About CDI

CDI is North America’s largest distributor of recertified computer equipment within the education industry. CDI’s mission is to help schools increase the number of computers available to students while dramatically reducing their technology spending. In addition, its status as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Relational LLC, one of the largest independent leasing and technology solutions providers in North America, means CDI is able to stock the large volume of units required to equip a full range of businesses, as well as entire school districts.

 

About NCSA

The Nebraska Council of School Administrators is an organization of more than 1,900 school administrators who serve in Nebraska schools.  We consider ourselves a partner in developing excellence in educational leadership, providing the "tools" necessary for administrators to be successful.  Although school administrators are more aware of problem areas in schools than anyone else, their voices can be drowned out by special interests in politics.  NCSA provides strength in numbers to make our voices heard in educational matters in Nebraska.

 

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