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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Expands Oracle Content Management Deployment

Oracle Imaging and Process Management, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Streamlines Invoice and Expense Processing, Strengthens Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 

To simplify invoice and expense processing for more than 130 campuses across North America, Europe and the Middle East, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, has replaced a competitive product from 170 Systems with Oracle Imaging and Process Management.

By switching to Oracle Imaging and Process Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University consolidated multiple steps in its accounts payable process and eliminated several customizations that restricted the flexibility of the previous platform.

The implementation also tightened integration with the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, enabling users to easily manage expenses, invoices and discrepancy reports within familiar Oracle E-Business Suite interfaces.

With Oracle Imaging and Process Management, the university is also able to reduce its total cost of ownership as it can maintain the Oracle E-Business Suite integration during upgrades without expensive and time-consuming hard coding and custom processes previously required with the 170 Systems product.

The new deployment within its accounts payable department expands Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s existing Oracle Content Management implementation, which has already delivered a significant return on investment, helping reduce the university’s annual paper usage from 140 tons to 70 tons and cut its yearly greenhouse emissions from 355,950 pounds to 177,975 pounds.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University worked with Oracle Consulting to deploy Oracle Imaging and Process Management and integrate it with the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, achieving full production in less than 6 months.

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“Transitioning to Oracle Imaging and Process Management was a strategic decision driven by a desire to reduce costs, simplify processes and improve our IT infrastructure,” said Cindy Bixler, chief information officer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a long-time customer and partner that continues to reap the benefits of its investment in many Oracle products,” said Ken Caplin, regional vice president, Oracle Higher Education.  “This latest implementation is a perfect example of the efficiency and cost savings Oracle technology is driving in higher education.”   

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School Leaders Learn How to Deliver on Promise of Data to Transform Achievement at NSBA T+L Preconference Workshop


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Oct. 6, 2009 – While “data-driven decision-making” has been part of the conversation in K-12 education in recent years, many schools and districts are struggling with how to use the data that technology have made available to actually improve student achievement and transform schools. At the 2009 National School Boards Association (NSBA) T+L Conference in Denver this month, school leaders will have the chance to learn more about an innovative process that is being used to prepare educators around the country to have meaningful discussions about data and to proactively use data to improve teaching and learning for children.


Facilitators from TERC, a leading educational research and development organization, will present the preconference workshop, “The Right Data at the Right Time: How to Identify Which Data Really Help Schools Improve Student Achievement,” from 9 a.m.-noon on Oct. 27. Workshop presenters Jake Schlumpf and Diana Nunnaley will share insights from a decade of working with learning communities that have adopted the “Using Data” process.


Developed by TERC, with a grant from the National Science Foundation and evaluated by independent researchers, Using Data has documented gains in student achievement in mathematics, science and other content areas and has been successful in narrowing achievement gaps between economic and racial groups, as well as increasing collaboration, data use and instructional improvement. The Using Data process takes teachers beyond the “why” and “what” of data-driven decision-making to the important question of “how.” Teachers learn how to use data to inform their day-to-day practice and to put every student on the path to success.



“Schools and districts around the country that have made the Using Data process a part of their culture are telling us about remarkable changes in both student achievement and overall school environment,” said Nunnaley, Project Director for Using Data. “Superintendents share stories about schools going from ‘needs improvement’ to meeting Adequate Yearly Progress in just one year. Principals are telling us that previously challenging issues, such as student behavior and parental involvement, are being transformed when educators learn how to have meaningful conversations about data.”


            Using Data’s unique systemic approach to changing the way educators look at data and work in collaboration with one another was recently highlighted in an Alliance for Excellent Education Policy Brief as a program that can help educators deliver on the promise of using data to improve teaching and learning.


Dennis Yarmouth Regional School District in Cape Cod, Mass., is an example of a district that has harnessed the power of Using Data to make real systemic change. This district, serving 3,500 students in seven schools, is a microcosm of the challenges facing all school districts today. Located in the heart of one of the nation’s most popular tourist regions, Dennis Yarmouth serves a community that is somewhat transient with a wide variety of income levels – nearly 50 percent of all students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. In addition, the district is grappling with educating a growing population of English Language Learners (ELL) – a situation that nearly every district in the country seems to be facing.


Gloria Lemerise, Dennis Yarmouth’s Director of Instruction, said, “Using Data has changed the whole way of communicating in our district. Everyone now asks if we have the data to support what we think. We now have an environment – a culture – that will allow us to take the steps forward to bring all of our students up to the achievement levels we expect.”


A case study on Dennis Yarmouth Regional School District’s experience with the Using Data process is available on the TERC Web site.


Schools that adopt the Using Data approach to building a collaborative culture based on data analysis participate in the Using Data Worksession Series, six customized full-day workshops over a few months or school year. At these workshops, school teams build data literacy skills, learning how to understand and respond to multiple data sources. They also build cultural proficiency and discover ways to expand learning opportunities to diverse students based on data and monitoring. They participate in a data-driven dialogue where they review race, class and equity issues.


For more information about or to register for the NSBA T+L preconference, go to http://www.nsba.org/tl/Precon/. For more information about Using Data, visit http://usingdata.terc.edu/ or contact Jake Schlumpf at 617-873-9648 or jake_schlumpf@terc.edu.


About TERC

Founded in 1965, TERC’s mission is to improve math, science and technology teaching and learning. Each year, TERC’s programs and products reach more than 3.5 million students in the United States and abroad. For more information, see www.terc.edu.


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Arizona Based eLearning Company, Adaptive Curriculum, Wins Best Science and Math Website Two Years Running

Scottsdale, Ariz. – September 30, 2009 – When students and teachers demand innovative web-based science and math activities, Sebit, LLC delivers with its award-winning Adaptive Curriculum. Honored for the second year in a row, Adaptive Curriculum won the 2009 Education Software Review Awards (EDDIE) for Best Middle School Science and Math Website.

The EDDIE is presented by ComputED Learning Center, San Diego’s leading computer education resource. Now in its 14th year, the awards program targets innovative and content-rich programs and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Selection criteria include academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach, and management system. Winners are selected from titles submitted by publishers around the world.

"We are appreciative of all the attention Adaptive Curriculum receives from leading educational associations and publications," said Ahmet Eti, CEO of Sebit, LLC. "This is our ninth award in two years for online science and math. Adaptive Curriculum is designed to engage students and provide teachers with useful technology driven activities in the classroom," he added.

The ComputED Learning Center has described Adaptive Curriculum as "an outstanding online system that uses highly enhanced 3-D visuals and animations to engage middle grade students in learning applied science and math. The program offers a rich library of web-based science and math activities, allowing children to test various strategies, manipulate simulations and practice concepts related to real-world scenarios."

Many students feel disconnected from math and science. Adaptive Curriculum keeps students connected and plugged into a learning environment designed to build core understanding and promote student achievement.

While Adaptive Curriculum provides a content rich environment for students, Sebit, LLC also believes in engaging teachers. Sebit provides "best in kind" professional development for teachers using technology in the classroom. The professional development program is developed and led by renowned Arizona State University faculty and staff as part of the innovation and entrepreneurship center at ASU SkySong.
For more information and a free trial, visit www.adaptivecurriculum.com or phone 888-999-9319.

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About Sebit:
Sebit, LLC, developer of the award-winning Adaptive Curriculum, is a U.S. based company located at the ASU SkySong Research facility providing curriculum solutions in math and science for grades 5-12 students and educators. Adaptive Curriculum–the company’s premier product–is a web-based digital learning system designed to engage students in hands-on learning. Adaptive Curriculum uses a visual approach to foster conceptual understanding of math and science standards. Students are motivated to learn by the realistic graphics, interactive problem sets, and compelling real-world activities. Educators are delighted with the intuitive interface and tools that facilitate their capacity to provide personalized instruction. Districts where the software has been implemented note a significant improvement in student achievement, attendance, and attitudes towards math and science. Sebit also offers professional development workshops on teaching math and science with technology.


Creating 21st Century-Ready Teachers

October 6, 2009. Little Falls, MNA critical starting point to preparing 21st century learners is rethinking not only what is taught, but how it’s taught—making it necessary to prepare future teachers with relevant 21st century skills training and resources.

Available at no cost to you, Atomic Learning’s Creating 21st Century-Ready Teachers ebook discusses 21st century skills and their impact on education, as well as tips on integrating them into existing programs. Download it free at http://www.atomiclearning.com/highed/en/colleges_ed_ebook.

With an introduction co-authored by Dr. Punya Mishra, Co-chair of the American Society of Colleges for Teacher Education’s Innovation and Technology Committee, and Michigan State University Educational Technology program colleague Leigh Graves Wolf, this resource provides valuable insight into the primary components of 21st century education.

Atomic Learning is committed to supporting educators in changing the way they teach to meet the needs of modern students. With a collection of resources and curriculum materials including teacher assessment, concept training, integration projects, workshops, and student assessment, Atomic Learning empowers educators to infuse 21st century skills into the classroom.

If you would like to discuss how 21st century skills can become a part of your current training initiatives, Atomic Learning today at (866) 259-6890 or atomic@atomiclearning.com.

Atomic Learning, Inc. is focused on promoting the practical application of technology in education.  Thousands of schools, colleges, and universities have made Atomic Learning an integral part of their professional development programs, a valuable curriculum supplement and an anytime/anywhere software training resource.  Visit us today at www.AtomicLearning.com/highed.



Smart phones fill med school prescription

The University of Louisville School of Medicine has found that using smart phones gives students faster access to health information and more face time with patients, InformationWeek reports. Doctors’ scribbled prescription pads at the university have been replaced with Epocrates and other smart-phone applications. Students use the tools for classroom study and clinical work, giving them instant acccess to information, said Dr. Pradip Patel, associate vice chair for medical education at the school. "They can look up things on the fly, if they are in a patient room and don’t want to go into their office or go online," he said. The mobile apps also reduce the number of books students have to carry around. Mobile apps combine all the reference texts into a single device that is also a cell phone, pager, and web browser, so students can get the latest, up-to-date medical information. The school initially was concerned whether patients would accept the use of smart phones. It turned out to be a non-issue, Patel said. The school’s smart-phone strategy has changed over several years. Initially, the organization gave the students PalmPilots with the software pre-installed. But now, the school just licenses the software for use on students’ own devices. Epocrates lets the school use its software for free–a $95,000 savings–and having everyone using the same software brings the benefits of standardization, Patel said…

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‘Homework Day’ to promote the use of Wolfram Alpha for education

Wolfram Alpha, a free research web site powered by a computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base, has announced a new live event on Oct. 21 to promote its use for education, PRWeb reports. Led by noted scientist and Wolfram Alpha creator Stephen Wolfram, this marathon webcast, dubbed "Homework Day," will bring together students, parents, and educators from across the country to tackle tough homework assignments. The goal of Homework Day is to reveal how students and educators are using Wolfram Alpha in K-12 and college education and to demonstrate the advantages of using this free site not only to solve specific problems, but to inspire students to probe subject matter further and promote a deeper understanding of fundamental concepts, Wolfram says. Wolfram Alpha has established a permanent Homework Day web site (http://homeworkday.wolframalpha.com) where people can contribute ideas, lesson plans, and videos before, during, and after the event. The site also will be used to broadcast the Oct. 21 webcast, which will feature a live chat in which participants are encouraged to submit questions for Wolfram and his team to analyze and solve. The webcast also will also feature quick, step-by-step lessons to help participants use Wolfram Alpha to tackle problems in a variety of subject areas; ideas and examples for how to make subjects like math and science more engaging and relevant to students; and live interviews and demonstrations by educators who are already using Wolfram Alpha in their classrooms…

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Internet addiction linked to ADHD, depression in teens

Some children and teens are more likely than their peers to become addicted to the internet, and a new study suggests it’s more likely to happen if kids are depressed, hostile, or have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or social phobia, CNN reports. Although internet addiction is not an official diagnosis, signs of a potential problem include using the internet so much for game playing or other purposes that it interferes with everyday life and decision-making ability. Past research suggests that 1.4 percent to 17.9 percent of adolescents are addicted to the internet, with percentages higher in Eastern nations than in Western nations, according to a study published Oct. 5 in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers in Taiwan found that ADHD and hostility were linked to internet addiction in children in general. In girls, but not boys, depression and social phobia also predicted problems. Michael Gilbert, a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, says the findings were no surprise. "The study’s indication that children who are hyperactive or diagnosed ADHD are finding an outlet on the web makes such perfect sense," he says, because those children crave the constant stimulation of fast-paced video games and interactive social networks…

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College technology ‘catching up’ with students

Today’s college classrooms are high-tech marvels, with overhead projectors and grease pencils largely being replaced by document cameras, handheld clickers, and interactive whiteboards, USA Today reports. "A lot of this is us catching up with the students and what they’re bringing to us," says Michael Reuter, 42, director of technology operations at Central Michigan University. At Central Michigan, a new $50 million education building has 75 miles of internet networking cable and 11 miles of phone cable, allowing out-of-town students to link with the classroom. Abilene Christian University freshmen receive more than the usual campus map and lists of required books when they begin school; for the past two years, they’ve also received an iPhone or iPod Touch from the university. And at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, as well as a handful of other colleges and universities, a select group of freshmen received Kindle eBook readers instead of traditional textbooks this fall. Faculty, for the most part, see technology as a way to better connect to students in their interactive, multitasking, apps-ready world. "A lot of people my age see technology as a tool to check e-mail and do grades. But for kids, the technology is just the environment that they know," says Howard Pitler, senior director of curriculum and instruction at McREL, an education research nonprofit in Denver. "When I was a middle school principal eight years ago, I taught a class in multimedia and was supposed to be the expert, but every day, kids were teaching me stuff I didn’t know. Teachers need to see that everybody in the class is a teacher."

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Hawaii wins 50,000 free books in online competition

Hawaii residents submitted the highest number of online votes to win 50,000 free books for needy children in a recent national contest, reports the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The contest was sponsored by Washington, D.C.-based First Book, a nonprofit group that has delivered more than 65 million books to children in need across the United States and Canada over two decades, according to its web site. Cindy Morita, chairwoman of First Book-Oahu, credited Hawaii citizens’ extensive use of Facebook and Twitter, where First Book publicized its third annual contest for the first time this year. The voting also went viral through eMail when friends and co-workers urged each other to vote once a day on booksforkids.firstbook.org, Morita said. Hawaii shot up from 45th place to first in the last two weeks of the contest, which began Aug. 10. The books are designated for nonprofit groups serving low-income children, schools receiving Title I federal aid, and military families. Byrde Cestare, executive director of the nonprofit Friends of the Library of Hawaii, said, "It’s fabulous any time people are interested in books and literacy. It’s incredible for Hawaii. … People were so excited, saying, ‘We’re No. 1! We’re in first place!’ … It’s taken on a life of its own."

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