News from the T+L exhibit hall

Tandem, a software-as-a-service company, provides different options for publishing school and district calendars online. School web sites can embed a scrolling list of “upcoming events,” or they can redirect users from a calendar button or link to the Tandem URL the company provides. Tandem also allows parents to receive event updates for specific groups, as well as automatic updates by eMail, text message, and/or their digital calendar when details change.

TIGed, a web-based suite of tools that lets users integrate the online community into the classroom, debuted at T+L. According to the organization, TIGed is designed to help educators create private virtual classroom spaces and global collaborations with other schools; contribute activity ideas and search for lesson plans in the Activities Database; tailor content and post assignments using teacher moderator features; and share school successes and challenges on educator discussion boards. The tools are linked to curriculum standards and adaptable to any technology available in a school, TakingITGlobal said.

Unite Private Networks, a fiber-optic network provider, can install a private wide-area network (WAN) for school systems via dedicated fiber lines to every facility, says the company. This custom, point-to-point fiber solution is eRate-eligible and can be configured to a district’s specific needs, with features such as voice over IP, central server delivery, central data storage, alarm systems, distance learning, HVAC control, video, back-office software, and more.

A new software program called WordXPress, created by Grammy-winning songwriter Barry DeVorzon, helps students in grades four and up build their vocabulary. The software acts as a dictionary, thesaurus, and more, and it also allows users to match rhyming words and sift through words with either positive or negative connotations. Concerned over the deteriorating state of vocabularies among kids, DeVorzon’s company also has launched a global initiative called “Save the Words.” To get the campaign off the ground, the company is granting free, 1-year licenses to any accredited school interested in using the program in the 2010-11 school year. For more information, contact or call WordXPress at (866) 848-8484.

yolink, a new search tool, recently launched for education—and it’s free. Users can search inside links, and search text for multiple terms and concepts, and yolink also includes a citation tool.

eSchool News Staff

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