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March 2009

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Cellphone industry makes pitch that Smartphones belong in classroom

The cellphone industry has a suggestion for improving the math skills of American students: spend more time on cellphones in the classroom. In a study conducted by Digital Millennial Consulting, 9th and 10th grade Math students of four North Carolina schools in low-income neighborhoods were given high-end cellphones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile software and special programmes meant to help them with their algebra studies. The study found that students with the phones performed 25 % better on the end-of-the-year algebra exam than did students without the devices in similar classes. 

Brazil schools to rollout 350,000 virtual desktops in world's largest and cheapest deployment

Userful and ThinNetworks have been selected to supply 356,800 virtualised desktops to schools in all of Brazil's 5,560 municipalities. This initiative will provide computer access to millions of children throughout the country. It will also save 60 % in up-front costs and 80 % in power usage compared to traditional PC desktop deployments.

On completion the project will be the world's largest ever virtual desktop deployment; the world's largest ever desktop Linux deployment, and a new record low cost for PCs with the PC sharing hardware and software costing less than US $ 50 per seat.

New IDC MarketScape ranks leading technology vendors

IDC has released a new MarketScape report profiling and ranking the leading technology vendors participating in the worldwide IT education market as a line of business (LOB) to support the sale of their technologies. IDC MarketScape vendor analysis reports utilise a rigorous scoring methodology that produces a definitive assessment of each vendor's current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future.

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IT Education and Training 2009 Vendor Analysis evaluates ten providers based on a comprehensive framework and set of parameters that assesses vendors relative to one another and to those factors expected to be most conducive to success during the near and long-term. The vendors included in this analysis are Cisco, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Lawson, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, SAP, Sun and Symantec. The MarketScape placed Red Hat in the 'Leaders' category with a number of vendors in hot pursuit as 'Major Players' The study also found that participating vendors are universally strong at integrating a variety of delivery options in their portfolio and are consistently improving their offerings as new approaches become viable.

Microsoft NewZealand funds US $ 1.2 million digital literacy and skills training programme

Nearly 5,000 families will benefit from digital literacy and skills training following a US $1.2 million injection of funding and software by Microsoft New Zealand to the 2020 Communications Trust and regional partners. The grant, which includes Us $ 800,000 in funding and software worth Us $ 400,000, will be used to fund digital literacy and information technology skills training programmes throughout the country over the next three years.

'ICT has an important role to play in raising New Zealand's prosperity. We are committed to playing an active role in New Zealand's economic growth and social opportunity,' said Kevin Ackhurst, Microsoft New Zealand's General Manager and Chair of NZICT. The new initiative builds on the 2020 Trust's highly successful Computers in Homes programme, which provides a computer, internet connection, training and support for families in low income and disadvantaged communities.

Chinese students to dominate world market: Report

Students from mainland China who go abroad to study far outnumber those from any other country and they will continue to increase their domination of the international student market for decades to come, says a new report by IDP Education, Australia's main student recruiting agency. This mobile group of young hopefuls is scattered around the world and they contribute an estimated US $ 6 billion in fees to higher education institutions.

More than 350,000 mainland Chinese students are believed to be studying for degrees at overseas universities this year and the number is predicted to rise to 645,000 within 20 years. The report further said that although students from India come second in terms of global mobility, they lag well behind the huge crowd from China. Fewer than 130,000 Indian students were studying abroad in 2005.

Espresso wins Institute of IT Training's prestigious Silver Award

Leading education provider Espresso Group has won the prestigious silver award, 'Training Department of the Year', at the 2009 IT Training Awards held in London. Celebrating quality, excellence and best practice within IT training since 1995, the awards are firmly established as the benchmark for excellence throughout the industry.

The 'Training Department of the Year' award recognises a training department within a private sector organisation providing exceptional IT training to internal clients. This covers training development, management, delivery and operations. Judges praised Espresso Group for demonstrating consistent high quality and innovation

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