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K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) announced that its private school – K12 International Academy – has been granted accreditation by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). CITA accreditation indicates that the K12 International Academy meets or exceeds essential standards of education quality. CITA accreditation is granted to an educational institution upon successful completion of a lengthy evaluation process, which includes a self-study and an on-site evaluation. Following the self-study, a team of experienced educators evaluates the school to verify that it meets the quality standards. CITA is an accrediting authority both in the United States and throughout the world. It is responsible for evaluating and accrediting more than 32,000 schools in 100 countries covering over 17 million students. The CITA accreditation also fulfills the ... (more)

The Real Time Infrastructure Ultimatum

Infrastructure 2.0 Journal For months the infrastructure 2.0 blog has talked about the automation of IT from a network perspective, including the automation of the network itself. While few may question the need for network automation most businesses today still run their networks like they ran their “supply chains” decades ago, before the network. This great irony is about to change. Here’s why: As virtualization entered the data center it became an accidental standard bearer for network automation. The power of virtualization helped to drive a cultural (including x as a service) shift in expectations, just as Nicholas Carr was declaring war on traditional “old world” IT with the help of Google, Amazon and a host of other cloud (and not so cloud) players. IT directors watched operations pros create VMs in seconds while network teams could take hours (or days) to si... (more)

Some Alternative and Fun Cloud API Meanings

Hearing different discussions about APIs in general and cloud in particular got me thinking, besides the usual Application Programming Interface meaning, what other options exists including those to have some fun with. How about some of these among others to have some fun and take a quick break from the otherwise serious side of clouds, virtualization data and storage networking, backup, archive, VDI, data protection and management topics. Cloud API = A Payment Invoice Cloud API = A Paid Infrastructure Cloud API = A Pain Inthea$$ Cloud API = A Pathto Income Cloud API = A Pathto IOP Cloud API = A Payment Infrastructure Cloud API = A Planned Inconvenience Cloud API = A Processor Interconnect Cloud API = A Program Incubator Cloud API = A Propriety Interface Cloud API = A Protected Income Cloud API = A Protected Investment Cloud API = A Public Infrastructure Cloud API = Aaas Paas I... (more)

echelon Releases New Competency Testing Solution for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Equipment Industry

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- echelon, a division of Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, announces the release of its new online Competency Testing solution for the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries. In addition to the Competency Testing, echelon also offers access to online, administrative reporting, so that companies can document their training results in real time. "Today's medical companies have to ensure that their employees are aware of changing industry guidelines and that they maintain extensive knowledge of their products," said Dr. Judy Anderson, Director of Curriculum at echelon. Companies choose to outsource this service to echelon due to cost and efficiency. "It's just a lot more cost-effective to have echelon program the tests into their e-learning system and we receive instant access to the reporting we need," stated R... (more)

McREL and Jones Knowledge Team Up to Create Online Courses in Classroom Instruction that Works

DENVER, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), a Denver-based non-profit education research organization, and Jones Knowledge(R), Inc. (JK), a leader in the development and deployment of online learning solutions for educational institutions, corporations and individuals, have teamed up to create a series of professional development courses for teachers based on McREL's Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement. The series of three, four-week courses provide in-depth instruction based on the popular manual, which is published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and has sold nearly a million copies to educators from around the world, making it one of the top sellers in the field of education. Each course includes interactive activities, refl... (more)

Fliqz and LearnHub Announce First Open Source Video Solution for Ruby on Rails

EMERYVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/25/08 -- Fliqz, a provider of white-label plug-and-play video solutions, and LearnHub, an educational technology company, today announced the release of Fliqz4R, an open-source Ruby on Rails wrapper for the Fliqz video platform. Fliqz4R enables developers to easily and rapidly deploy full-featured video services for any site built on Ruby on Rails. "Ruby on Rails has become a very popular development environment and we're seeing tremendous customer demand for Ruby on Rails integration," said Benjamin Wayne, CEO of Fliqz. "The Fliqz4R suite, developed by LearnHub, provides for easy integration and will help Ruby on Rails developers take advantage of the Fliqz platform." In addition to Fliqz4R, LearnHub has created an educational community,, that provides instruction, resources, and code examples for Fliqz Rub... (more)

DEMO Fall 2012 Conference Commences, Highlighting Next Gen of Big Data, Commerce, Communication, and Media, Entertainment Technology

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/02/12 -- The DEMO Fall 2012 Conference, world-renowned for launching the most innovative technology products in the industry, officially kicked off today by featuring ground-breaking new innovations and product launches in the areas of big data, commerce, communication, and media, entertainment technologies and applications from companies across the globe. To start, DEMO executive producer Matt Marshall welcomed the audience of technology innovators, decision-makers, press and investors to the 22nd year of DEMO. Shortly following those remarks, Thomas Debass, Director of The Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State, took the stage to share how the US Department of State's partnership with [email protected] is fostering innovation in Africa. DEMO Africa, the most recent addition to DEMO's growing global pres... (more)

New Consortium of Leading Universities Will Move Forward With Transformative, For-Credit Online Education Program

Semester Online™ will be first of its kind featuring rigorous, innovative, live courses LANDOVER, Md., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, a group of the nation's leading universities announced plans to launch a new, innovative program that transforms the model of online education. Consortium members include Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University and Washington University in St. Louis. The new online education program, Semester Online, will be the first of its kind to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to take rigorous, online courses for credit from a consortium of universities. The program is delivered through a virtual classroom environment and interac... (more)

Free Online Mini-MBA Course

CHENNAI, December 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- - in Partnership With Madras Management Association Launches the 100-day, 100-Hour Learning Programme - Content Co-created With IIM Ranchi Keeping pace with the global trend of MOOC's (Mass Open Online Courses) offered by the Harvards and Standfords, Chennai-based has partnered with the Madras Management Association (MMA) to offer a 100-day, 100-hour (an hour a day) free online mini MBA programme. The content for the programme has been co-created in partnership with IIM Ranchi and has been hosted on's Social Learning Platform and is already being used by students at IIM Ranchi, IMT - Ghaziabad and other B-Schools. The free online mini-MBA is a condensed version of a full-fledged MBA and is aimed at providing a solid foundation in current business theory and practices. Online video lec... (more)

Heartland Dental Care Affiliates with the Leading Atlanta Dentist, Goldstein, Garber and Salama, LLC

EFFINGHAM, Ill., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Heartland Dental Care, a leading dental service organization, is pleased to announce its recent affiliation with Goldstein, Garber and Salama, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia's premier dental office offering first-class wellness and cosmetic dentistry.   (Logo; Goldstein, Garber and Salama, LLC began almost one hundred years ago in 1929 by Dr. Irving H. Goldstein who was one of the earliest dentists that taught and practiced conservative and preventive dentistry.  Fast forward thirty years later, and in 1959 Dr. Irving's son, Ronald Goldstein, DDS, revolutionized the office, and soon the dental industry, by recognizing the benefit and even necessity of having virtually all the specialties in dentistry represented in one office.  The visionary Goldstein, Garber and Salama, L... (more)

10gen Launches Partner Program

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/13 -- 10gen, the MongoDB company, today launched its Partner Program, designed for software, hardware, cloud, channel and services companies that develop, market, sell and support solutions based on the leading document database. The program includes the Industry's First NoSQL Validation Program for MongoDB, unique access to 10gen Education intellectual property as well as a wide range of additional technical, sales and marketing resources to officially align partners with the growing ecosystem around MongoDB. Three levels of participation are offered: Member, Authorized Partner and Strategic Partner. "MongoDB is one of the most popular new technologies, and the energy from startups and major vendors alike for building around MongoDB is high," said Ed Albanese, vice president of business development at 10gen. "The 10gen Partne... (more)