The ThinkCentre desktop packs in full-size PC performance with the latest technologies such as ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery, which lets educators bounce back quickly from software crashes or virus attacks. As the fi rst EPEAT Gold Rated PC, it is Energy Star 4.0 compliant, consuming less power, emitting less heat and producing less noise than any of the company's other desktops. The PC weighs less than eight pounds and runs on 45-watt AMD Athlon 64x2 dual core and Sempron processors.
Software Edition Network Plus
Software, $299 per level per school, plus $200 per school server or $1000 per district server
This latest release incorporates research-based strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring to maximize the fluency development, vocabulary, and comprehension success of K12 students. Features include central administration of data and software licensing across a school district or network, an enhanced student placement program to more efficiently assign levels and goals, support for Spanish and ELL curricula, a faster and more robust database platform, and the ability to import data from other databases or programs.
BOSCH SECURITY SYSTEMS
AutoDome Modular Camera System
www.boschsecurity.us, Hardware, $2,800-$5,200
The AutoDome video surveillance camera comes in a vandal-resistant bubble and can be operated using a joystick or keyboard. School administrators and security personnel can pan across a school hallway, cafeteria, gymnasium or parking lot and zoom in on suspicious- looking people, license plates or heated hallway discussions between students. The camera contains swappable modules, so if administrators want to upgrade the camera, they simply swap out a module for the latest version. It offers a cost-effective approach to new technology without abandoning your original investment.
AMERICAN EDUCATION CORPORATION
Psychology, Career Essentials and Personal Finance Electives
www.amered.com Software, $1,000 each
American Education Corporation has released three new high school elective courses: Psychology, Career Essentials, and Personal Finance. All three electives meet the requirements of a one-semester high school course and are incorporated into the existing A+nyWhere Learning System, which includes the core subjects of language arts, math, science and social studies. All the electives focus on gaining a broad perspective of the subject through personal exploration. They emphasize essays, projects, journals and constructed responses. Students must research using various resources.
NOVELL Teaming/Teaming + Conferencing
Software, $45-$55/Teaming, $75-$90/Teaming + Conferencing
With the Teaming or Teaming + Conferencing solution, users can create online workspaces to collaborate, efficiently manage projects, streamline business activities, leverage Web 2.0 and social software, deploy and support blogs and wikis, store and manage documents with built-in version control, and locate content and experts via search. Teaming + Conferencing adds the ability to collaborate via five Voice Over IP or Web conferencing and instant messaging and can integrate with many features of the company's GroupWise and Open Workgroup Suite.
INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CORPORATION
www.RapidResources.com, Internet, $109 per teacher, $1,499 per school
Rapid Resources allows educators to individualize instruction and fill in missing skills. Over 500 tutorials with practice activities in math, reading, language arts and science are available by grade, subject and state standards. Resources from preK to high school in both English and Spanish can be downloaded at the site. Teacher Web sites are an additional feature and include parent access to viewtutorials and activities currently being taught.
www.maximus.com/tienet, Internet, Contact the company for pricing
Tienet's Web-based system provides three applications that can be used separately or as one coordinated system and can also be linked with almost any Student Information System. Its instructional data management component organizes the instructional process and monitors its impact on achieving mandated educational standards. With its Response to Intervention Management application, educators can utilize progress monitoring and a unique problem-solving framework to identify and serve students who require interventions to meet their academic goals. The Special Education Case Management system documents all special education activities, including pre-referral, eligibility, IEP development, service documentation, reporting to parents and billing Medicaid.
Starboard FX Duo
www.hitachi.us Hardware, $1,999
Hitachi has introduced a new whiteboard series-Starboard FX Duo-which offers control using multitouch hand gestures, the presenter's finger, an electronic pen or any other object. Two students can operate it at the same time, allowing collaboration or the ability to make joint presentations.
ImagineX IW77 Interactive
Whiteboard www.necdisplay.com Hardware, $1,799
Designed to increase student attention and retention, this new whiteboard can be used with any of the company's projectors. It has the ability to annotate over any application to teach everything from handwriting to music directly from the board. With its Web collaboration feature, teachers can also broadcast and share materials. The host broadcasts the materials over a network, and participants log in to see notes and annotations in real time. Users control the desktop directly from the board with a stylus pen and can use PowerPoint files in slide show mode.
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
www.corel.com Software, $59.99
Corel's latest Paint Shop release offers more than 10 new features. For example, Express Lab is a superfast photo-fi xing mode, and Graphite Workspace offers a darker theme that makes photos stand out. With HDR Photo Merge, users can now create photos with detail in the shadows and highlights and combine two or more photos taken at different exposures, then automatically dodge and burn to bring out the contrast. They can also add drop shadows, embossing, outer and inner glows, watermarks, picture frames and more. The user interface is inviting and easy to use.
www.achieve3000.com Software, $35 per student
KidBiz and TeenBiz now feature updated interfaces, new administrative functions, and enhanced tools for tracking student performance and increasing parental involvement. Here's how it works: Students log on to their personal account, read and respond to an e-mail, read a nonfiction current event article tailored to their reading level, answer multiple choice questions as well as a thought question, and vote in a poll. Major upgrades include a new Parent Edition and Unit Building, an improved Writing Center, and expanded reporting features for teachers to track state standards and identify students who are using the program outside of school.
www.toshiba.com Hardware, $1,599
The TDP-EX20U projector features DLP Brilliant Colors technology, 2,300 ANSI lumens, Windows Vista networking capabilities, integrated wireless functionality for sequentian
presentations, as well as remote network management and multimedia capability. The portable has manual focus and short projection capabilities that can produce a 60-inch image from just three feet, reducing eye glare and shadows from presenters too close to the screen. The TDP-EX20U features XGA 1024 x 768 native resolution, a sharp contrast ratio of 2000:1, and PC-free USB thumb-drive presentation. It easily recognizes input sources, and the remote is simple to use.
www.capterra.com, Internet, Free
Dedicated to connecting buyers and sellers of enterprise software, Capterra creates software databases or directories. Thousands are included. Each product listing is a detailed product description, not an advertisement. Additional tools and resources enable buyers to avoid the pitfalls of the software selection process by allowing them to quickly target their list of options and fi nd the right software for their needs. Educators can fi nd solutions for classroom or facility management, registration, gradebook, learning management systems, school accounting and administration, training of school employees, security, and library automation.
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Newsweek Education Program
www.newsweekeducation.com Materials, $637.20/30 copies for 36 weeks
Newsweek's education version is the same one found on the newsstands, except that it doesn't contain any tobacco ads and is 88 percent lower in cost. For every issue, teachers receive a variety of support activities, such as weekly lessons, a quiz, a visual literacy ctivity,
a debate topic, election 2008 activity, and reading exercises. Current titles on timely topics are also provided. These 32-page units include Political Cartoons, Sustaining American democracy in the 21st Century, and Writing with the Web: Using the Internet to Improve Student Writing.
Parallels Desktop 3.0
www.parallels.com, Software, $79
Parallels Desktop enables you to run Windows and Linux on any Intel-powered Mac and do it without rebooting. The software allows dragging and dropping of fi les between desktops. The 3.0 version has more than 50 new features, including Snapshots, 3D graphics, and smartSelect, which allows you to open Windows fi les with Mac applications and Mac files with Windows applications. Other highlights are new coherence features, such as Expos? and transparent windows, mirrored desktops, documents, media and advance Parallels Explorer. Existing Parallels users can take advantage of a free upgrade. Setup is quick and easy.
www.xerox.com/offi ceHardware, $999
With 600 x 600 x 4 dpi resolution, the Phaser 6180MFP color multifunction printer delivers 16 shades of color per pixel. It generates color output at up to 20 ppm, black-and-white prints at up to 31 ppm, and up to seven color or 20 black-and-white scans per minute. Other features include EA-HG toner technology, True Adobe PostScript 3 print language, PANTONE Color approved solid-color simulations, and walk-up fax and LAN fax or fax from the print driver, which provides up to 400 x 400 dpi resolution and includes JBIG compression technology for faster transmissions.
SALLY RIDE SCIENCE
Sally Ride Science Classroom Sets
www.SallyRideScience.com, Materials, $279
Sally Ride Classroom Sets supplement existing teaching tools and lessons. Each set includes eight copies of four unique titles. In addition, each set includes access to online teacher guides and downloadable blackline masters. The teacher guides provide tips for incorporating the sets into classroom instruction. Special pricing is available for purchases of multiple bundled sets.
www.hosts.com, Internet, $1,000-$25,000
Educators can create individual learning paths for students with this instructional management system, which combines assessment results, standards-aligned instruction, lesson planning, educational content and reporting. Assessment data from a variety of sources is imported into the system, which then identifies curriculum gaps, aligns a school's existing instructional resources with each targeted learning need, and makes recommendations for optimal, personalized instruction. More than 50,000 potential core and supplemental curriculum and earning resources are part of the system, which also delivers just-in-time information in customizable reports and supports an on-site and online professional development component.
ELECTRONIC LEARNING PRODUCTS
Tunein to Reading
www.elpcorp.com Software, $249/12-month license
Tunein to Reading's intervention program, which is scientifi cally based and researchproven, was designed for students in grades 3-12. It uses music as the catalyst to help struggling students boost their reading skills. Unlike skill and drill exercises, students actually sing into a microphone, following along with lyrics on a computer screen. The software scores singers by how much of their performance is on pitch. Repeatedly reading the lyrics improves their word recognition, sight-reading, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills.
Print-Limit Pro 7.3
www.genevalogic.com Software, Starts at $1,495/unlimited site license
Print-Limit Pro's 7.3 version includes a personal environmental impact statement designed to help users think before they print. It displays the number of trees consumed, the amount of carbon dioxide output from the printer, and how much energy has been used. It enables educators to conserve resources and save money by efficiently managing printing across large, multiplatform environments. A free trial can be downloaded from the company's Web site.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK
www.schoolimprovement.com Materials, $25,000-$175,000
Learning Framework is an on-site training and off-site support program that districts can customize according to their objectives and needs. It helps schools reach high standards for student achievement and focuses on building internal capacity to ensure that all improvements are sustainable and long-term. Teachers learn how to create educational targets that align to their state standards and differentiate instruction to meet student needs. It also helps them design integrated lessons, maximize planning time, incorporate critical thinking skills, use effective questioning techniques, and use immediate feedback assessments to gauge student understanding.
Dragon Naturally Speaking 9.0 www.nuance.com
Software, $99/Standard, $199/ Preferred, and $899/Professional
Dragon Naturally Speaking 9.0 allows you to perform nearly every computing task by speaking. The software is for PC users and for almost all Windows applications including MS Office, Outlook and Internet Explorer, as well as Corel WordPerfect, Mozilla and Firefox. Version 9 eliminates the dreaded training usually associated with speech recognition software, and can truly be used out of the box. Dragon Naturally Speaking claims 99 percent accuracy at 160 words per minute. A full library of screen tutorials make using the software even easier. It also includes support for Bluetooth headsets and microphones as well as Tablet PCs and a number of new mobile devices. The software is Section 508 certifi ed for those with disabilities. It comes with a headset.
ADOBE Photoshop Elements 6 and
Premiere Elements 4 www.adobe.com
Software, $99 each or $149.99 for both
Adobe's Photoshop bundled software offers complete photo- and video-editing solutions, such as creating cinematic slide shows or dramatic freeze-frame effects. With the new Organizer-a common database that's accessible from either application-users can sort video clips and still photos with visual tagging options for people, places or events. Other features include Photomerge technology, which combines the best facial expressions and body language from a series of shots to create a single cohesive group shot, and Quick Selection Tool, which reduces the select-andad just task to a single click.
Software, Starts at $7,000
Alio is a fully integrated library of financial management, payroll, and human resources sftware applications for K12 schools. Using a single database powered by Oracle technology for automated multiyear reporting, it operates on Windows, Linux or Unix platforms and can be accessed through the Web or the client server. Since it has been designed in accordance wth state reporting requirements, Department of Education report submissions are quick and seamless regardless of size.
www.vc3.com Software, Starts at $1 per student
Parent Portal was designed to help parents connect to the classroom by keeping them tuned in to their children's activities and success. It integrates with a school district's existing data systems that are used for tracking student grades and other key information. Parents can gain immediate access via username and password to their child's attendance records, report cards, test scores, homework assignments, class projects and other graded activities. Other types of information that can be accessed include a list of current courses, teacher's names and e-mail addresses, date of absences, and transcripts.
GoCourse Learning System
www.agilix.com Software, Starts at $5,000
Aglix's e-learning application, powered by its GoCourse platform, is now available though Epic Learning. It integrates rigorous core curriculum and comprehensive assessment tools with GoCourse's advanced electronic delivery system, ensuring high schools are able to meet all state and national standards. Key characteristics include the ability for students and teachers to work offl ine and for schools to measure student learning outcomes against learning objectives. Teachers are also provided with student performance management tools to identify students who need additional assistance.