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New Impetus for E-mail Archiving

In December 2006 the Supreme Court made revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP )—the legal rules that dictate how the discovery of information and materials relevant to civil cases is conducted—to include all electronic information. Today, technology administrators are hearing much talk about data retention, e-mail archiving and eDiscovery, but 80 percent of them are unclear about their district’s policies for the retention of electronically stored information, and 90 percent have yet to initiate an FRCP compliance preparedness plan, according to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). To set the record straight, CoSN has released a new white paper to help technology leaders understand the recent changes to the laws.

The paper, “School Districts, Data Retention, and Federal eDiscovery Rules: The Case for a Full E-mail Archiving Solution Now,” underscores the need for a complete e-mail archiving solution and provides recommendations to technology leaders for achieving compliance as well as case studies detailing successful approaches other districts have taken. It is available at

“This is a new and evolving legal issue,” says CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “It has become increasingly important for schools to make e-mail archiving a critical part of their record-keeping activities.”


Teaching to the Vote

With the 2008 U.S. presidential election on everybody’s minds this fall and no doubt making its way into classroom discussions, educators and students can turn to Scholastic’s election Web site,, as a source for resources and tools. Kids can get election news and read interviews and stories about the candidates written by Scholastic Kid Reporters, and educators can get lesson plans and expert advice on talking to students about the election.


Technology Overload

As online media technologies give schoo ls growing opportunities to take learning into the 21st century, so rises the risk of network overload and productivity loss associated with inappropriate online activity, says a new study from Webfiltering solution vendor St. Bernard.

The recent survey of 200 education professionals shows that 66 percent of schools saw an increase in online video viewing last year, with nearly 50 percent noting a doubling of such activity. More than 40 percent anticipate additional bandwidth increases this year.

“As enrollment grows and streaming media and online video are incorporated into the curriculum, educational institutions need solutions that address bandwidth management in addition to other core competencies,” says Poway (Calif.) Unified School District systems engineer Marc Ludwig.