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iWork ’09 and iLife ’09 Office and Multimedia Suites,

Software, $79 each

Apple’s new software suites offer a variety of features useful to educators. An office productivity suite, iWork includes Keynote, a presentation program that now allows advanced object transitions that animate objects in slideshows; Pages, a document program that includes new templates and a full-screen view mode; and Numbers, a spreadsheet program that can quickly organize data. A multimedia program, iLife includes major upgrades to each utility. Picture-organizing tool iPhoto now includes facial recognition and geotagging capabilities, iMovie now includes a precision video editing tool and video stabilization, and GarageBand offers iTunes-style video piano and guitar lessons for purchase and download.



Creative Suite 4 Master Collection

Design Program, Software, $2,499

Adobe’s Creative Suite 4 line is the company’s biggest software release ever and increases the collaboration between designers and developers to integrate the creative process across print, Web, mobile, interactive, film and video productions. A simplified workflow enables users to design across media more efficiently by making it easier to complete common tasks and switch between mediums without leaving a project. Designers will appreciate the new design capabilities of Adobe Flash 10, a variety of new tools bring 3D design center stage, and new online functions increase the collaborative possibilities of this definitive design software.



School Loop Standard

Web Site Design Program, Internet, Free to first 100 districts

School Web site design company School Loop has recently made its Standard product free to the first 100 districts who sign up. Designed to be easy to use and to create functional and professional-looking Web sites, School Loop Standard enables districts, schools and teachers to design their own sites and easily publish news and events to be accessed by parents, students, employees and community members. A variety of page templates make design easy and do not require knowledge of HTML. These templates allow for a consistent look for all the sites in the district and include drag-and-drop tools such as tables, directories, calendars, news sections, images and more. Upgrades to more sophisticated products are also available.



U.S. History I

Coursework, Software, $1,000 per installed site, online pricing varies

U.S. History I is the first full-semester component of a yearlong course appropriate for high school students and is part of the A+nyWhereLearning System. Designed to bring history to life by using themes of culture, economics, geography and more, each of the 34 lessons includes a study guide, practice exercises, a mastery test and an essay or constructed response. Many of the lessons access information from primary and secondary sources such as treaties, inaugural addresses, letters and census charts. The U.S. History II course will be released in August 2009.



PowerLite G5000

Projector, Hardware, $2,499

The PowerLite G5000 is the latest addition to Epson’s line of installation projectors. This model offers XGA (1024x768) resolution, 4,000 lumens of brightness and a 3LCD chip. The G5000 is designed for easy installation and provides a great deal of positioning flexibility with a centered lens design, vertical/horizontal lens shift mechanism, and Epson’s Quick Corner function, an adjustment tool allowing for individual corner manipulation to fit the image to the screen.



Mini 2140

Netbook, Hardware, Starting at $499

HP continues to take advantage of the popularity of netbooks with its latest release, the Mini 2140, a small yet powerful and durable PC that is well suited to a school environment. This compact model weighs just 2.6 pounds and features a 10.1- inch display, aluminum chassis, integrated Wi-Fi, 160GB hard drive, Intel Atom processor and a 92 percent of full-size keyboard. Optional features include a high-definition screen, an 80GB solid state drive, Bluetooth 2.0, up to 2GB of RAM and a six-cell lithium ion battery.


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