Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Science Competition Winner


NEW YORK (Oct. 6, 2009) – Discovery Education and 3M today awarded Marina Dimitrov of Bozeman, Mont., with the title of "America’s Top Young Scientist" as winner of the 2009 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.  Dimitrov was one of 10 finalists who competed today in a series of live science challenges at Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.  A student of Sacajawea Middle School, Dimitrov will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value) and a trip to 3M’s global headquarters to meet with some of the world’s best scientists.


Selected from hundreds of students across the country, the finalists tackled live challenges focused on "The Science of Everyday Life," and used their science prowess to: 1) invent a solution to a common problem using only household items; 2) remove impurities from water; 3) restore an historic icon; and 4) build a tower that can withstand a simulated earthquake.  Finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges on their science skills and ability to communicate scientific knowledge.  Head judge Steve Jacobs, an accomplished scientist, educator and author, joined a team of scientists from across the country to form the judging panel.  Students also worked alongside top scientists from 3M throughout the day.


"Congratulations to Marina, and to all those who participated in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge," said David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications.  "Discovery is proud to show our continued commitment to supporting science education and encouraging the next generation to become leaders in science and technology in America."


"It’s an exciting moment when you have the opportunity to celebrate science achievement among our country’s top students," added Robert MacDonald, President, 3M Foundation.  "These talented young scientists all represent hope for our future as we work to foster innovation and new discoveries for years to come.  We at 3M congratulate them all."


Nico Seamons from Socorro, N.M., and Nikita Gaurav from Beaverton, Ore., tied as first runners-up in the nation’s premier science competition.  Seamons currently attends Socorro High School*, and Gaurav is currently a student at Jesuit High School. Seamons currently attends Socorro High School*, and Gaurav is currently a student at Jesuit High School.


The following students rounded out the top 10 finalists (in alphabetical order):


Nate Bloom from Denver, Colo. (currently of Hamilton Middle School)

Devin Dwyer from Northport, N.Y. (currently of Northport High School)

Hugh Finch from Burrillville, R.I. (currently home-schooled)

Emily Grover from Lehi, Utah (currently of Lehi Junior High School)

Nicholas LaJoie from Van Buren, Maine (currently of Van Buren Middle School)

Jason Liu from Hockessin, Del. (currently of Charter School of Wilmington)

Claire Sheen from Mountain Top, Pa. (currently of MMI Preparatory School)


Finalists were awarded an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, a $1,000 cash prize, a personalized competition medal, an assortment of 3M products, the Science Channel Essential Space Collection DVD from, as well as a DVD set from Discovery Education featuring programs such as Discovery Channel’s award-winning PLANET EARTH.  In addition, each finalist will be awarded one of the following individual prizes related to their scientific passions during tonight’s awards banquet: (to see which prize each finalist is awarded, go to after 9 a.m. EST on Wed., Oct. 7, 2009):


– Animal Planet "Walk in the Wild" Prize – The recipient will join apex predator expert Dave Salmoni for a behind-the-scenes tour at The Bowmanville Zoo outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


– Discovery Channel "Shark Week" Prize – The recipient will receive a private tour of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md., with Marine Biologist and Discovery Channel Shark Advisor Andy Dehart.


– Discovery Education "Discovery Student Adventures" Prize – The recipient will take part in an educational adventure to Costa Rica to encounter exotic plants and wildlife to participate in a reforestation project.


– Lowell Observatory "Star Gazer" Prize – The recipient will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., and the opportunity to watch scientific research observations in progress.


– National Zoo’s Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) "Nature Camp" Prize – The recipient will take part in an overnight nature exploration program at the Conservation and Research Center of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.


– Planet Green "Beekman Farm" Prize – The recipient will travel to the Beekman 1802 farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y., to learn from farmers, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, about things like the creation of goat’s milk, cheese and soap.


– Science Channel "Build it Bigger" Prize – The recipient will go on location with Science Channel’s hit series, BUILD IT BIGGER, and visit one of the unique engineering marvels in the upcoming season with show host Danny Forster.


– “"Space Explorer" Prize – The recipient will attend Aviation Challenge or Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.


– TLC "Chemistry of the Kitchen" Prize – The recipient will spend the day at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, N.J., home to TLC’s hit show CAKE BOSS, learning the science of baking.


As the grand prize winner, Dimitrov is the recipient of the 3M "Innovation Prize," for which she will visit 3M’s global headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., and learn about technology platforms like microreplication, nanotechnology, advanced materials and processing.  3M’s world class Innovation Center will introduce her to talented scientists who will share insights about their careers, centered around innovation.


Coinciding with the announcement of this year’s winner, Discovery Education and 3M are beginning the search for the 2010 "America’s Top Young Scientist."  For more information on the 2009 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, or to register for the 2010 challenge, go to


About the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

As the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to fade and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings.  In January, students nationwide were asked to create a one- to two-minute video about a specific scientific concept that relates to innovative solutions for everyday life, such as how to reduce TV glare or how to lower heating/cooling bills.  In July, 50 semifinalists were selected based on their science communication skills exhibited in their videos.  In August, 10 finalists were selected.  For more information on the challenge, including ages and entry videos of the 10 finalists, go to


About Discovery Education

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education.  Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement.  Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services.  Explore the future of education at


About 3M

A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $25 billion in sales, 3M employs 76,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit


*All finalists were middle school students at time of competition entry.


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‘Homework Day’ to promote the use of Wolfram Alpha for education

Wolfram Alpha, a free research web site powered by a computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base, has announced a new live event on Oct. 21 to promote its use for education, PRWeb reports. Led by noted scientist and Wolfram Alpha creator Stephen Wolfram, this marathon webcast, dubbed ³Homework Day,² will bring together students, parents, and educators from across the country to tackle tough homework assignments. The goal of Homework Day is to reveal how students and educators are using Wolfram Alpha in K-12 and college education and to demonstrate the advantages of using this free site not only to solve specific problems, but to inspire students to probe subject matter further and promote a deeper understanding of fundamental concepts, Wolfram says. Wolfram Alpha has established a permanent Homework Day web site where people can contribute ideas, lesson plans, and videos before, during, and after the event. The site also will be used to broadcast the Oct. 21 webcast, which will feature a live chat in which participants are encouraged to submit questions for Wolfram and his team to analyze and solve. The webcast also will also feature quick, step-by-step lessons to help participants use Wolfram Alpha to tackle problems in a variety of subject areas; ideas and examples for how to make subjects like math and science more engaging and relevant to students; and live interviews and demonstrations by educators who are already using Wolfram Alpha in their classrooms.


Brainchild’s Achiever! is Newly Aligned to Tennessee Curriculum Standards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. October 6, 2009 Brainchild ( announced today that TCAP Achiever! online assessment and instruction resource has been newly aligned to the new and more rigorous Tennessee Curriculum Standards that students will face in the 2010 TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program). TCAP Achiever! monitors interventions and helps educators give additional support to children who are falling behind. The program accurately assesses TCAP standards-based performance and shares data between teachers, administrators and parents so that they can monitor student progress and provide intervention as needed.


TCAP Achiever! is part of Brainchild’s “Academy Concept” of using three learning stations with data-driven, individualized instruction. The Academy Concept gives students multiple ways to learn the state-specific standards while also giving educators valuable data about individual student progress.  At the first learning station, TCAP Achiever! evaluates individual proficiency and then assigns intervention or enrichment activities, which are automatically generated by the system. At the second station, Brainchild’s Study Buddy electronic tutors provide self-paced, differentiated instruction and cooperative learning.  At the third station, students who need intensive intervention work one-on-one with a teacher on standards-based worksheets. These worksheets are printed from the TCAP Achiever! library of math and language arts content and are listed by the standard numbers of the new Tennessee SPI’s (state performance indicators) and GLE’s (grade level expectations).


“The purpose of TCAP Achiever! is to automate and simplify continuous assessments and monitoring of student progress, especially useful for RTI programs,” said Jeff Cameron, founder and president of Brainchild. “This lets teachers spend more time teaching and less time collecting data and creating reports. At the same time, our Academy concept gives students virtually unlimited differentiated instruction.”


TCAP Achiever! is popular with educators because it saves them time and is simple to implement. Whether used in the classroom, after school, or at home, when students have mastered the standards in their personal learning plans, they see high achievement on the TCAP.  


Language arts and math content is available in English and Spanish. Brainchild products are generally acquired with Title 1, IDEA, and Migrant funds.  Study Buddies are a “non-recurring expense” as defined by stimulus funds under ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).


About Brainchild

Brainchild, Corp. is a Florida-based company that provides standards-based online assessment, instruction and reporting tools that help students reach and exceed learning objectives. In addition to its Achiever! series built individually for each state, Brainchild manufactures the Study Buddy, the first handheld tutor that was created exclusively for the K-12 public school market and is being used by
over 1 million students per day. Call, click or email: 800-811-2724, or



One Clear Voice: Calypso Debuts Integrated School-Wide Communication System

Calypso Systems, a leading developer of multimedia technology solutions for K-12 classrooms, today announced it has developed two new products that manage school audio resources more efficiently than ever before – CM-3000 and Conductor, which together comprise a single, integrated school communications system.


School districts across the country are making large investments in classroom audio/visual (A/V) technologies. Yet, many districts still maintain separate intercom and building-level communication systems, which is inefficient for modern school operations and emergency response needs. By providing a single management platform for both administrative and instructional A/V functions, CM-3000 and Conductor deliver an integrated school solution that extends operational budgets and improves school-wide communications performance.


“Schools leveraging classroom A/V technologies for administrative purposes realize significant cost savings and ease of implementation by eliminating what amounts to redundant systems,” said David H. Parish, Ph.D., president of Calypso Systems. “The CM-3000 paired with Conductor software represents an entirely new opportunity for convergence, making school-wide audio functional, flexible and better able to manage the multiple priorities of building communications.”


CM-3000 – The Sound of the Future

The CM-3000 is a networked, streaming audio controller that can encode analog audio at the head-end/administrative office for delivery on the standard school Internet Protocol (IP) network.  In the classroom, the CM-3000 will decode the IP audio stream for standard playback over conventional analog speakers, and can also encode any return audio for delivery over the IP network, such as a two-way intercom call.


As more classrooms implement multi-media instructional aides, such as projectors and interactive whiteboard technology, the CM-3000 provides a robust, scalable control system that easily manages existing classroom tools while allowing for simple integration of future technologies.


As an integrated solution, the CM-3000 assigns priorities to various audio sources, ensuring the highest priority message is always delivered first, unlike dual systems. For example, the CM-3000 auto-detects incoming overhead pages and reduces volume levels of classroom A/V devices to let the page be heard. Furthermore, emergency alerts will be delivered to all rooms in the building without delay or confusion.


The CM-3000 system has an MSRP of $749.00, with K-12 pricing available, and features integrated IP audio encoding and decoding, four analog audio inputs, a 32-watt amplifier, a network-based A/V controller and a four-port network hub.


Conductor – All the Bells and Whistles

Conductor is a comprehensive school communication software solution that leverages existing school networks for audio distribution, eliminating the need for a separately wired system. Conductor manages all aspects of school audio, integrating administrative audio with classroom A/V systems for a more flexible, cost-effective and reliable building-wide A/V solution. Bells, paging, intercom and emergency alert functions are all integrated through Conductor’s secure, intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and backed by enterprise-class client-server architecture.


“Conductor is the natural evolution of a trend toward greater facility-based control over school A/V systems,” Parish said. “The software is specifically designed to serve both information technology and administrative needs, creating greater cooperation between the two, while simultaneously saving money and staff resources.”


The Conductor software suite has an MSRP of $3,995.00, with special K-12 pricing available, and features flexible multi-zone support for all administrative communications, an easy-to-use Windows-based GUI and built-in emergency alert capabilities with automatic e-mail notifications.


For more information about Calypso Systems’ integrated school communications solutions, please visit or call (888) 381-9646.


About Calypso

Calypso Systems, headquartered in Woodbury, Minn., is a manufacturer of a full range of open architecture control, user interface, audio, microphone and connectivity products designed to create integrated classroom solutions for teachers, students and administrators. Calypso products are sold exclusively through commercial audio-video electronics dealers throughout North America and around the world.



MALVERN, Pa, Oct. 06, 2009 — Tiffin University has licensed the PowerCAMPUS Unified Digital Campus (UDC) from SunGard Higher Education to help increase the quality of its administrative services to its rapidly growing student population and to further the institution’s goal of improving retention.

According to Tiffin, a private, residential university in Ohio, enrollment has grown by 82 percent in the past five years, putting a strain on the institution’s disparate databases. At peak times, like registration, many students are not able to access the University’s online applications. In addition, working with the multiple databases creates extra clerical work for staff. For example, staff must re-enter data in multiple databases. The University is implementing the PowerCAMPUS UDC to help improve constituent service while reducing the demands on staff time.   
“Implementing an integrated system like PowerCAMPUS is critical for us to not only keep pace with the administrative needs of our growing enrollment but also to improve the quality of those services,” said James White, vice president of finance and administration, Tiffin University. “If we can provide quality administrative services, our students can stay focused on their learning and academic success at the university, thus contributing to our goal of increasing our retention rate.”
“We congratulate Tiffin University on their tremendous success in growing their enrollment,” said Renee Pacini, vice president, SunGard Higher Education. “The University has been very successful at providing a private educational experience at a cost that is competitive with public institutions.  The addition of the PowerCAMPUS UDC will provide Tiffin University with improved student services which in turn can lead to better retention.”
About Tiffin University
Founded in 1888, Tiffin University offers a personal and practical education for motivated, professionally focused students who want real-world experiences and results. Tiffin is a private, coeducational university located in Tiffin, Ohio, on a small but growing campus that offers students a safe, friendly place to pursue their dreams.

Its vibrant 110-acre campus in north central Ohio features both historic red brick and sandstone buildings that date back to the 1880s as well as newer facilities such as the dynamic Hertzer Technology Center and The Hayes Center for the Arts. Students have access to some of the best undergraduate, graduate, and degree completion programs and can decide whether to pursue their degree on campus, online, or enjoy a little bit of both. Some of its most popular programs, many of which are nationally recognized, include homeland security/terrorism; sports and recreation management; communication; and business management, to name a few.

Tiffin University also is known for creating innovative partnerships in nearly everything it does: from helping students gain access to competitive internships to connecting them to professionals in the real world as they enter the job market.

About SunGard Higher Education
SunGard Higher Education provides software, systems integration, strategic consulting and technology management services to help colleges and universities build, unify and manage their digital campuses. Bringing together people, processes and technology, SunGard Higher Education assists 1,600 colleges, universities, campuses, foundations and state systems strengthen institutional performance through improved constituent services, increased accountability and better educational experiences.  Visit
About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and IT services companies.  SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries.

SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector.  SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.

With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 435 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and services company on the Forbes list of private businesses. Based on information compiled by Datamonitor*, SunGard is the third largest provider of business applications software after Oracle and SAP. Continuity, Insurance & Risk has recognized SunGard as service provider of the year an unprecedented six times.  For more information, please visit SunGard at

*January 2009 Technology Vendors Financial Database Tracker

Trademark information: SunGard, the SunGard logo and PowerCAMPUS are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

HCC Introduces Paperless Classroom Concept



Electronic reader introduces a paperless classroom concept



(HOUSTON) – Houston Community College Southwest recently launched a pilot program introducing an electronic reader device in place of traditional college textbooks.  The project, financed through HCC Chancellor Mary Spangler’s Innovative Fund Program, features an Amazon Kindle®, and its goal is to determine if these devices are the future of classrooms across America. The pilot will involve a Philosophy and English course this fall and is tied to the College’s plan to find innovative ways to enhance student learning.

“We are very excited about having this cutting edge technology at the hands of our students, says Dr. Doug Rowlett, HCC-SW English professor and head of the project. “We anticipate great results from the pilot and will closely monitor and research the outcome.”

The idea evolved from a discussion and debate over two key issues: the outrageous cost of textbooks and the desire to cut those costs yet maintain the quality and accessibility of texts without restricting student mobility. eBooks and eBook readers quickly became the focus of a proposed solution to these problems.

Once the idea was born, the research began. Rowlett, quickly assembled a team of collaborators to research this project, including the devices and concept of a truly paperless classroom. Together they found more and more college textbook titles are quickly being offered through eBook readers. In addition the group found that while some colleges and universities are utilizing the devices, virtually no other community college in the country has taken part in such a project.

“The idea that we are quite possibly one of the first community colleges to engage in a pilot of this magnitude is impressive,” says Dr. Laurel Lacroix, HCC-Southwest faculty member.  “My students were both eager and inquisitive about using the Amazon Kindle®.” 

The concept is easy and it holds several key components. One factor is mobility; the thought of having hundreds of textbook titles and research materials at your fingertips is astounding. Students will no longer have to carry around books in backpacks. Another factor is expense, with the rising cost of college textbooks; students now have another, inexpensive option. Its accessibility is also an advantage. Students will no longer have to wait in long lines at bookstores or search for online bargains. Everything is purchased online with the touch of a mouse and books are downloaded in a matter of minutes.  Ebook readers also boast a cost effective and environmental friendly format. Publishers would spend less publishing books and students would no longer need to purchase those 800 page biology texts, thus saving paper along the way.

The notion of a paperless classroom is still years away and there are barriers to overcome in order to get there. There is an initial investment to be made considering the Amazon Kindle® and similar devices on the market retail for $149.99 and up.

The question is will the device deter or enhance student’s learning abilities and will it encourage or discourage traditional reading methods?  That is all part of what HCC SW expects the pilot program to answer.

After the semester concludes in December, an intense assessment of the program will be conducted. Students involved in the pilot will be asked to fill out a survey regarding their experience. Rowlett’s team of collaborators will follow-up with research regarding the outcomes. Three key factors will be assessed. First is to measure student learning and retention to determine if there is any clear benefit to paperless classes as opposed to traditional classes. Secondly, to gauge whether eBooks and eBook readers function well in the modern classroom and recognize if they offer a cost-effective friendly substitute for traditional textbooks. Thirdly, to work with HCC and other institutions’ efforts to create the beginnings of digital teaching and learning materials in an eBook format accessible to all students and faculty.

Houston Community College understands the wave of the future and strives to continuously be on the forefront of technological advances.






About HCC

HCC is an open-admission, public institution of higher learning offering associate degrees, certificates, academic preparation, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities that prepare individuals in our diverse communities for living and working in an increasingly international and technological society. HCC is composed of six colleges serving Houston and surrounding areas.







Oakland, Calif. — Oct. 5, 2009 — Scientific Learning® (NASDAQ:SCIL) today announces the release of Reading Assistant™ Expanded Edition, with expanded content and enhanced reporting for educators. The Reading Assistant reading intervention software combines advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based interventions to help elementary and secondary students achieve reading proficiency.


Reading Assistant software acts as a patient, non-judgmental listener for emerging, struggling or self-conscious readers, and provides the much needed reading practice that benefits all students. Using research-validated speech recognition technology, Reading Assistant software “listens” to a child as he or she reads aloud. Monitoring for signs of difficulty, the program intervenes with assistance when the student is challenged by a word.  Teachers receive assessment reports and can hear audio samples as if they had been sitting next to their students, listening.


“Since it first came to market, Reading Assistant has demonstrated the power of speech recognition technology to help students overcome obstacles and achieve reading and language proficiency. Through feedback from customers, continuing research, and recent technology advances, we’ve taken the product to an even higher level,” said Andy Myers, president and CEO of Scientific Learning.  “Considering the growing number of schools looking for solutions that address reading difficulties, we anticipate a great deal of interest in the new Reading Assistant Expanded Edition program.”


New Additions

Reading Assistant Expanded Edition software offers almost double the content of the previous version with 450 passages.  It also includes a new structured instructional sequence that builds reading proficiency by enforcing progression through increasingly difficult content.


Research shows that repeated exposures to vocabulary improve vocabulary knowledge.  Thus, the new Reading Assistant includes a “Did You Know?” feature, which helps students build connections to other uses or contexts of a word, idiom or expression.  It also highlights Greek and Latin roots and cognate transfers. 


Expanded Insights

To inform decision making, Reading Assistant Expanded Edition software features expanded and simplified reporting. Reports are now accessible through Progress Tracker, the same online data analysis and reporting tool used by the Fast ForWord® family of products. The new At-A-Glance report in Reading Assistant Expanded Edition provides teachers and administrators with key information on student performance. In addition, new comprehension strategy reporting pinpoints areas in need of improvement.


Supports for ELLs

Reading Assistant Expanded Edition software offers additional supports for English language learners (ELLs), including directions for Spanish-speaking students, scaffolds for comprehension, and increased access to academic vocabulary.  It also offers a content-rich glossary with powerful vocabulary-building information for ELLs. 


About Scientific Learning Corp.

Scientific Learning creates educational software that accelerates learning by improving the processing efficiency of the brain. Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, the Fast ForWord® family of products provides struggling readers with computer-delivered exercises that build the cognitive skills required to read and learn effectively. Scientific Learning Reading Assistant™ combines advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based courseware to help students strengthen fluency, vocabulary and comprehension to become proficient, life-long readers. The efficacy of the products has been established by more than 550 research studies and publications. For more information, visit or call toll-free 888-358-0212.  

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor created by the federal securities laws.  Such statements include, among others, statements relating to the future market acceptance of Reading Assistant Expanded edition software.  Such statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties.  Actual events or results may differ materially as a result of many factors, including but not limited to: general economic and financial conditions (including the recent adverse events in the general economy and in the financial and credit markets); availability of funding to purchase the Company’s products and generally available to schools; trends in the K-12 market; seasonality and sales cycles in Scientific Learning’s markets; competition;   the Company’s ability to continue to demonstrate the efficacy of its products, and other risks detailed in the Company’s SEC reports, including but not limited to the Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, (Part II, Item 1A, Risk Factors), filed August 11, 2009.  The Company disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.




With Support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7
Okemos, Mich – October 6, 2009 – TechSmith Corp., the world’s leading provider of screen capture and recording solutions, announced today the latest release of Camtasia Relay with support for both Apple’s Snow Leopard and Microsoft’s Windows 7 allowing for easier large scale deployment and improved media sharing capabilities’ for enhanced ease of use. Camtasia Relay integrates with an academic institution, business, or conference organizer’s existing media servers and learning management systems making it an affordable solution to share knowledge in multimedia formats with students, customers and colleagues department-wide or campus-wide. 
“With this latest version of Camtasia Relay, we are providing universities, colleges, and organizations with an even more flexible and easy-to-use lecture and presentation capture solution to best meet their needs,” said Rich Boys, product manager for Camtasia Relay at TechSmith. “We are receiving valuable feedback from customers on the benefits they are experiencing using Camtasia Relay and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them to ensure we are providing an affordable, easy to use solution that helps enhance learning on their campuses.”
The latest release of Camtasia Relay provides users with the flexibility to integrate with their operating system of choice, enhances and simplifies the sharing of their captured lectures, and improves user and profile management for IT staff. Camtasia Relay 1.2 is a free update for existing customers.
In addition to supporting Snow Leopard and Windows 7 operating systems, new features in Camtasia Relay 1.2 include:
  • The addition of publishing using WebDAV opens access to more media servers such as Microsoft Sharepoint.
  • Improved Real Media outputs.
  • Smaller MP4 file sizes for easier and quicker file transfers.
  • Enhanced LDAP integration for simple use and better integration with more LDAP directories.
Camtasia Relay is designed so instructors and presenters can easily record live lectures, learning objects, training content, or presentations and publish them automatically so the videos are available in multiple formats, including for Web and portable media devices, to meet the needs of a broad audience. Users can also edit their captured lectures and presentations with Camtasia Studio, which is already used by thousands in the business and education communities.
With Camtasia Relay, instructors and presenters can use any PC or Mac in the classroom or conference room, at their desk, or at home. Audiences can view and listen to the recorded lectures and presentations online linked via Blackboard, iTunes U, or on mobile devices such as the iPod or iPhone. And with LDAP integration, IT staff can quickly and easily set up and assign recording profiles for their organizations based on the needs of the presenter and their audience.
System Requirements and Availability
Camtasia Relay Recorder runs on Windows XP, Windows 7 and Vista, and Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Camtasia Relay server runs on 32 bit versions of Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, and now includes support for Windows 2008 64 bit. The suggested retail price of Camtasia Relay starts at $7,995.00; the suggested academic price is $4,995.00for a single server license. The presenter recorders can be installed free of charge. For additional information, visit:
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 for more information.
Camtasia, Camtasia Studio, Camtasia:mac, DubIt, EnSharpen, Enterprise Wide, Expressshow, Jing, Morae, Rich Recording Technology (RRT), Snagit,, 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

CurrentWare Webinar to Address Temptations of the Web in the Workplace and Academic Sector


CurrentWare Webinar to Address Temptations of the Web in the Workplace and Academic Sector
New Division of Codework to Present Case Studies for Successful ‘Taming Temptations’ of the Web via Internet Filtering, Internet Monitoring and Portable Storage Security
Niagara Falls, NY; Toronto, Canada; Manchester, UK; and Perth, Australia — Oct. 6, 2009 – Having been launched by Codework three months ago, CurrentWare is now offering a free webinar on October 15 which profiles customers in the corporate, education, healthcare and government sectors who benefit from CurrentWare products BrowseControl, BrowseReporter and AccessPatrol.
A New York Times reviewer once wrote that Depeche Mode, a techno-band conceived in the 1980s, “finds fear in every desire and temptation in every fear.” As we approach the year 2010, clear corporate policies and complementing technologies are taking guilt out of the situation and avoiding awkward confrontations between HR and employees, by preventing employees from accessing websites that are considered distracting or inappropriate. CurrentWare, playing off lyrics from a Depeche Mode song, will lead an “I Give In to Sin (No More)” webinar for network administrators, IT managers, industry analysts and media who register before October 14 at Upon registering, those who can identify the name of the Depeche Mode song that contains the lyrics “I give in to sin” will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win tickets to a Depeche Mode “Tour of the Universe” concert. Winners of the raffle will be announced ‘live’ at the webinar on October 15.
The webinar will feature a presentation on how corporations, educational, healthcare and government institutions are employing technology to neutralize employee temptations to abuse internet applications, as well as reduce the opportunity for them to practice unsafe mobile computing through the use of USBs, iPods, MP3s, Bluetooth, or WiFi. John Smith, a network administrator for the Anchorage School District, (which boasts a student population of around 50,000) implemented BrowseControl and BrowseReporter a few years ago and has found the tools to be “invaluable in an academic environment where internet abuse is rife.”
Says Jay Lakhani, CEO of CurrentWare: “Our webinar is a great way for CurrentWare to educate network administrators and IT managers about how they can simply and cost-effectively take temptation out of the equation in employee Internet and mobile computing activities using Internet and Endpoint Security tools.”
The three CurrentWare tools that will be highlighted in the “I Give In to Sin (No More)” webinar include:
BrowseControl – Internet restriction tool
BrowseReporter – Internet monitoring tool
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OKI Printing Solutions Introduces the Versatile MC360 Letter/A4 Color MFP to Increase Productivity in Very Small Workgroups and Small Offices/Home Offices

Mount Laurel, N.J. (October 5, 2009)OKI Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, today announced the introduction of the MC360 Letter/A4 Color MFP.  Ideal for very small workgroups (VSWG) and small offices/home offices (SOHO), the MC360 Color MFP features a compact design and small footprint with four-in-one functionality (print, copy, scan and fax). Combining fast print and copy speeds, reliability and ease of use with high quality HD Color printing technology, this affordable desktop device will easily fit into any small workspace and handle the most demanding applications.


Highlights of the MC360 Letter/A4 Color MFP Announcement:

  • The MC360 Color MFP provides VSWG and SOHO with the flexibility to print, copy, scan and fax from one device on a wide range of media, as well as the added benefit of superior quality HD Color technology for brilliant color output.
  • The MC360 Color MFP includes a standard feature set usually found in more expensive Color MFP’s, which includes versatile scan-to capabilities and 48” banner printing[1] support, providing users with the freedom to produce higher quality color documents in-house, so there is no need to outsource printing, thereby reducing costs.
  • With a compact design and low price point, the affordable desktop device will increase office and user productivity with multi-tasking functionality that allows users to save time by performing two tasks at once.


“Small businesses are already facing many challenges; they should not have to sacrifice valuable workspace in order to support the multiple devices necessary to perform standard office functions,” said Mike Garofola, Senior Marketing Manager, Color Products, OKI Data Americas. “With its small footprint and competitive price, the user-friendly MC360 Color MFP offers end users increased office productivity with multi-tasking capabilities at a relatively low price point.”


The robust MC360 Color MFP offers better print quality and a standard feature set normally found in more expensive Color MFP’s. While comparable competitive devices with similar functionality are available at a much higher price point[2], the MC360 Color MFP gives customers the flexibility to easily print, copy, scan and fax from one compact device on a wide range of media. Users can enjoy the exceptional print quality of HD Color and Single Pass Color technologies, which provide superior output, even on standard office paper.


Versatile scan-to capabilities make it easy to turn hard copy documents into electronic files that can be sent directly to a locally attached PC, network, email FTP site or a USB memory stick.  The fax portion of the MC360 Color MFP features Dual Access functionality, which allows users to scan faxes into memory while the unit is busy sending or receiving faxes. And with the ability to support 48” banners, businesses can reduce costs by producing more professional documents in-house.


Document management is made simple with easy to use controls that allow users to switch between tasks with one touch via the desktop application and a full suite of software solutions including PaperPort® and OmniPage® from Nuance®.


A great alternative over Color inkjets with a lower cost per page, greater reliability due to a higher duty cycle of up to 35,000 pages per month and large capacity toner cartridges for fewer user interventions, the MC360 Color MFP also offers the following features: 


  • HD Color printing technology for outstanding print and copy output quality
  • Print and copy at speeds up to 16 ppm in color, 20 ppm in mono[3]
  • Standard multi-tasking functionality allows users to perform two tasks at the same time for increased productivity
  • Full-featured analog fax, with dual access functionality
  • 200-page fax memory (4 MB)
  • Scan to PC, network, FTP, e-mail or USB memory stick
  • Compact design to fit even the smallest environment where space is limited
  • 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF)
  • 250-sheet standard/max paper capacity
  • Banner printing capability on sheets up to 4 feet in length[4]
  • Separate toner cartridges and image drums for greater cost efficiency


Available exclusively through OKI Printing Solutions’ authorized solution providers, the MC360 Color MFP will begin shipping October 2009 in North and South America with an estimated street price of $549.


All OKI Printing Solutions’ products and services are built on parent company OKI Data Corporation’s history of leadership and innovation in color printing.  It is based on printing technologies advanced by OKI Data Corporation, such as digital LED technology and Single Pass Color. This technology allows OKI Data Americas to manufacture products that require fewer moving parts for increased reliability. 


OKI Printing Solutions products are backed by comprehensive support from authorized OKI Printing Solutions Solution Providers and Dealers.  In addition, the company provides live, toll-free[5] technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with agents based in North America.


OKI Printing Solutions is dedicated to being environmentally conscious and supporting our customers’ increasing focus on the environment.  In support of those efforts, we offer customized printing solutions and multifunctional products that help our customers reduce their impact on the environment and increase operational efficiency.


About OKI Data Americas, Inc.

OKI Data Americas Inc., headquartered in Mount Laurel, N.J., and a subsidiary of OKI Data Corporation of Japan, markets PC peripheral equipment and customized document management solutions under the OKI Printing Solutions brand, including digital color and monochrome printers, color and monochrome multifunction products, serial impact dot matrix printers and thermal label printers, as well as a full line of options, accessories and consumables.  OKI Data Americas takes a consultative approach to supporting every customer’s needs and delivering individualized print solutions that optimize business performance. The company’s innovative technology is backed by Tokyo-based parent company Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., a world leader in information processing systems, telecommunications and electronics; and an approximately $5.7 billion multinational corporation according to its FY 2008 financial reporting. Keeping its customers’ needs top of mind, OKI Data Americas is ISO 9001:2000 certified and offers a selection of ENERGY STAR(r) certified products. As an extension of the company’s dedication to its customers, OKI Data Americas created the Color Me OKI philanthropic program to support the fight against breast and colorectal cancers and the people courageously battling those diseases.

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[1] Larger files may require additional memory.

[2] As compared to HP CM2320nf, Xerox 6128/ Phaser 6115 and Brother MFC-9440CN/9450CDN/9840CDW according to product information listed on each of the manufacturer’s websites as of September 29, 2009.

[3] Published performance results based on laboratory testing. Individual results may vary.

[4] Larger files may require additional memory.

[5] Available in the US and Canada only.