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There are numerous commercial videoconferencing-related products and services used widely by K12 school districts. These generally offer comprehensive and unique features, performance guarantees, user guides and the advantages of company technical support. "The proliferation of collaboration tools from videoconferencing to electronic presentations has dramatically extended the reach of teachers and administrators," says NCast's vice president Tom Mitchell. The following is a cross section of companies and examples.


The Manatee County (Fla.) School District is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just south of the city of Tampa, and includes 42,000 students and 7,000 employees.




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The Pulse: Education's Place for Debate, features provocative articles by leading education thinkers. Many of these contributors are also authors. The following is a selection of books by contributing editors to The Pulse. The books cover a wide range of topics and perspectives. While many of these authors have overlapping interests and expertise, their work may be organized by different topics.