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[PLUGGED IN] Five Big Deals

October November 2007

The low-down on the goings-on.

The School District of Philadelphia signed a deal with Discovery Education unitedstreaming to deliver digital video- on-demand and online services to 267 public and parochial schools. The service includes some 5,000 videos from the Discovery Channel, the BBC, Math Mastery, and other channels, plus more than 1,000 videos on foreign languages, math, science, and language arts.

Ten school districts in California will install TeleParent Educational Systems’ automated multilingual parental-notification system. The system uses professional translators to record more than 700 pre-recorded messages in 22 languages. The student-specific messages can be sent to parents by telephone or e-mail. The messages address attendance, grade progress, and other student information.

Paradise Valley (AZ) Unified School District has contracted with Ceragon Networks to deploy its wireless Ethernet technology. The system will connect the district’s schools to the District Administration Center, which will improve network connectivity. The district will save money it would have spent leasing T-1 Internet connection lines. The deal is expected to generate $1 million in revenue for Ceragon.

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and AT&T have announced a partnership to establish the IPS Open Door Initiative, which aims to increase technology access in urban Indianapolis communities. Through the Indianapolis-based Virtual Scavengers Project, IPS employees, students, and families that do not have computers at home will be able to purchase a high-speed Internet-ready remanufactured PC for prices starting at $40.

Middle and high schools in the Reno, Nevada, area will soon install YoZone vending machines manufactured by YoNaturals, a California organic food supplier. The machines will be stocked with natural and organic products, such as smoothies, dried fruit, water, organic milk, and snack bars. All of the snacks meet Nevada student nutrition guidelines.

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