A high school district in Illinois has signed an agreement with Comcast that should allow it to build a private cloud network to supply computing services for neighboring school districts in suburban Chicago, similar to the IlliniCloud, focused primarily in Southern Illinois.
Skyward has collaborated with Gomoll Research + Design to redesign the user interface (UI) for their Web-based School Management System (SMS).
Oracle has announced Oracle Public Cloud, a set of integrated services that provide access to Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Database, all of which are managed, hosted, and supported by Oracle, with a unified self-service interface for provisioning, monitoring, and managing all services.
As part of what it has deemed a "Think Cloud" promotion, Barracuda Networks is offering K-12 schools and school districts discounts on its Barracuda Backup Service and its Barracuda Web Security Flex programs.
A Virginia district has joined several others in the state in adopting a Web-based program for helping students and families in its five high schools research career and college options.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Wireless access points that utilize the 802.11n standard offer super fast speeds and can simultaneously support a multitude of bandwidth-hogging devices. For many schools, the benefits offered by enhanced technology in the classroom are balanced by an equivalent number of hurdles, from budget to buy-in to technical issues.
- By Michelle Fredette
An Ohio high school finds that the digital signage it originally installed for sports results in benefits that reach beyond its athletics program. The digital scoreboards have also had a big impact on student relations. In the five years the school has used the system, digital signage has helped to bridge the gap between athletes and student "techies," two previously often polarized groups.
- By Alva James Johnson
Adams County District 50 in Westminster, CO has had all of its financial and human resources documents and student records converted to electronic documents, a move that the district said has already saved it more than $40,000.
Harris School Solutions has released EZMealApp.com, an online registration form for free and reduced cost meal applications.
A New Hampshire high school is migrating its administrative systems to the cloud, a move that so far has allowed it to do things that weren't previously possible for its resource-strapped IT department. Among other things, the migration has enabled Sanborn Regional HS to implement a new student information system and add new nutrition management and health records management systems.
- By Bridget McCrea