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Telematic GPS, Starts at $179


Public sector software developer Tyler Technologies has added this new product to enhance its Versatrans school transportation solution. The Telematic GPS system uses a Geotab global positioning device (pictured) and new Tyler software to enable administrators to see the real-time locations of each equipped school bus, as well as gain access to important diagnostic information such as engine problems, battery voltage, gas mileage, oil pressure and urgent alerts. In addition, the system reports driver behavior such as harsh braking, rapid acceleration or extended engine idling.


SoftChalk v6, CONNECT

$595 per education license, with discounts available


SoftChalk's latest version of its Web-based e-learning lesson design program includes several new features. Teachers can create interactive online lessons in any subject using the program's simple tools to add, edit and annotate text, images, audio or video, as well as create flashcards, games, activities, review questions in a variety of formats, and more. CONNECT is a new, free SoftChalk user community and learning object repository where educators can search for, share, "mash-up" and reuse learning activities and content from other SoftChalk users. A premium-level CONNECT Pro account is also available for a fee, which enables users to publish full lessons or courses and control access via privacy and group settings.


NovaNET, $699 to $999 per annual license


Pearson has dramatically expanded NovaNET, its online credit recovery program for grades 6-12, with over 300 new lessons in five content areas. A new two-semester geography course includes interactive maps and slide shows in 77 core lessons. The new American and British literature two-semester courses offer 86 lessons each along with audio excerpts, illustrations and activities. Integrated Math 3 combines content from algebra I and II and geometry courses into 78 lessons, and a Biology Investigating Lab includes 14 video-based lab lessons to complement the NovaNET biology course.