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Problem: Middle school math students in Canton City (Ohio) School District were performing below average on state assessment exams and not making AYP.

We know how to design buildings for minimal heat loss, says Professor Stephen Hempell, but "no one knows how to prevent learning loss." Hempell isn't being pessimistic, and he is well aware of research showing that physical variables such as air quality, temperature and noise can have an effect on learning.

Peachpit

The Macintosh iLife 06 in the Classroom

www.peachpit.com, $39.99

Jossey-Bass

The Power to Transform: Leadership That Brings Learning & Schooling to Life

www.josseybass.com, $28

Dear Mr. Gates:

I write with great admiration and appreciation of your remarkable philanthropic efforts on behalf of health, poverty and education. Changing the world is a spectacular goal. Congratulations on your plans to dedicate more of your time to charity and on Warren Buffett's enormous contribution to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's efforts.

Teachers Are Still The Most Important Tool

Having a highly qualified teacher, a key requirement of No Child Left Behind, can make a big difference in student performance on state standardized tests and in college preparation, particularly for minority and high-poverty students.

Apple

Apple Remote Desktop 3

Software, priced per administrator:$149 for up to 10 systems; $299 for unlimited systems (education prices)

Problem: The Nash-Rocky Mount (N.C) Public School System's network consisted of T-1s that weren't providing enough bandwidth for the district's needs and 11 MB unlicensed wireless towers that were beginning to fail and did not qualify for E-rate.

American High School Students Fall Behind Other Countries

While U.S. students in low grades are faring about average or better in mathematics and science compared with those in other countries, high schoolers are outperformed in both subjects, according to a new federal report.

The hardest thing to quantify is buzz. Webster's defines it as "to be filled with a confused murmur." However you define this word, it was a big part of the third annual EduComm Conference in Orlando this June.

Using energy efficiency to make money and improve pupil academics is graining ground in K-12 schools nationwide.

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