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Hardware The Casablanca Solitaire digital video editor from MacroSystem Digital Video combines a 3.2GHz processor, dual-layer DVD burner, two removable hard drives, and more into a single video editing solution. MacroSystem Digital Video, 5485 Conestoga Court, Boulder, CO 80301; (877) 554-2846; www.casablanca.tv The
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The Casablanca Solitaire digital video editor from MacroSystem Digital Video combines a 3.2GHz processor, dual-layer DVD burner, two removable hard drives, and more into a single video editing solution.
MacroSystem Digital Video, 5485 Conestoga Court, Boulder, CO 80301; (877) 554-2846;www.casablanca.tv

The Alienware Bot custom-built desktop system delivers increased input/output bandwidth, Intel High-Definition Audio, dual channel DDR2 memory, and Intel Celeron D processors, all for $579.
Alienware, 12400 Southwest 134th Court, Bay 8, Miami, FL 33186; (305) 251-9797;www.alienware.com

Users can expand the functionality of their laptops with the IOGEAR USB 2.0 Docking Station. The station includes an Ethernet port, two PS/2 ports, audio-in and -out jacks, serial port, and three USB 2.0 ports, and it is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Me/98SE.
IOGEAR, 23 Hubble Drive, Irvine, CA 92618; (866) 946-4327;www.iogear.com

The Follett Falcon handheld scanner works with the company's Destiny Resource Management Solution to give educators access to real-time library, patron, and textbook information from anywhere within range of the school's wireless network.
Follett Software Company, 1391 Corporate Drive, McHenry, IL 60050; (800) 323-3397;www.fsc.follett.com


For students in grades K-8, the Canvastic integrated writing and publishing program from FlatTop Technology and TeachTech includes tools for the creation of maps, diagrams, and graphs. Kids can also import pictures and text and export their creations to common formats, including QuickTime movies.
Canvastic, Inc., 12635 Flagg Drive, Suite 101, Lafayette, CO 80026; (303) 359-9836;www.canvastic.com

Take It to the Computer-Writing Sentences and Paragraphs from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers uses interactive computer activities and print support materials to teach basic writing skills. Included are a drawing and word processing program, 48 computer activity cards, technology assessment rubric, and more.
Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, 18 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Monterey, CA 93940; (800) 777-4362;www.evan-moor.com

Key Curricuum Press has announced version 2 of its popular Fathom Dynamic Data Software. Students in Grade 8 through college can gather, explore, graph, analyze, and animate their own data or the data sets that are included with the software.
Key Curriculum Press, 1150 65th Street, Emeryville, CA 94608; (800) 338-7638;www.keypress.com/fathom

Using extra video cards, the Linux-based 1-Box Desktop Multiplier from Userful allows up to 10 users to work off a single computer box. With just a monitor, USB keyboard, and mouse, users can simultaneously surf the Internet, send e-mail, and run software.
Userful, 90 Hossler Road, Manheim, PA 17545; (866) 873-7385;www.userful.com

SIF-compliant PowerSchool Premier from PowerSchool is a Web-based, hardware-independent platform with a scalable SQL database.
PowerSchool, 80 Iron Point Circle, Suite 200, Folsom, CA 95630; (916) 850-1200;www.powerschool.com

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Schools looking to translate standardized tests for adequate yearly progress can use the Online Language Services platform from viaLanguage. The program helps schools provide science, math, and social sciences assessments in students' native languages.
viaLanguage, 2828 SW Corbett Avenue, Suite 203, Portland, OR 97201; (800) 737-8481;www.vialanguage.com

In partnership with palmOne, Atomic Learning has expanded its offerings to include tutorials for palmOne handhelds. Covered topics include the use of the Calendar, Date Book, Memo Pad, beaming, and other Palm OS 5 functions.
Atomic Learning, Inc., 43 East Broadway, Little Falls, MN 56345; (866) 259-6890;www.atomiclearning.com


Promethean, manufacturer of the ACTIV board Collaborative Classroom System, announced in January that every Promethean interactive whiteboard sold in the United States would be accompanied by a certificate for one complimentary copy of the Inspiration or Kidspiration visual learning software.
Promethean Inc., 8601 Dunwoody Place, Suite 108, Atlanta, GA 30350; (888) 652-2848; www.prometheanworld.com

Schools who order a Hitachi LCD digital projector through the Troxell Education Scholarship/Grant Rebate Program will be eligible for rebates that can be applied to any program they wish, such as books, supplies, transportation, and more.
Troxell Communications, 4830 South 38th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040; (800) 578-8858;www.trox.com

Discovery Education, the producer of full-length, core-curriculum digital videos, is offering a free unitedstreaming site license with every license purchased at list price until April 15.
Discovery Education, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 100, Evanston, IL 60201; (800) 323-9084;www.discoveryed.com



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from Technology & Learning Hardware Having trouble with your wireless network? Hawking Technologies is promoting a new wireless-300N adapter. The HWUN1 Hi-Gain Wireless-300N USB Adapter with Upgradeable Antennas will ensure that every computer gets a strong signal. It extends the typical Wi-Fi network