A humble little old bus left Google's Mountain View, CA campus Monday for a 5,000-mile trek across the US to visit 10 college campuses, beginning with southern California's USC. Of course, the 30-year-old bus was converted to biodiesel, updated with solar panels and other green features, stocked with tons of technology and wireless Internet, and given an adorable "Google" paint job. It departed on schedule, chock full of Google Apps for Education demos and tech experts (riding along or flying to meet the bus) with new ideas to discuss with students and faculty.
Nominations for the National School Boards Association's "20 To Watch" program are coming to a close within the next two weeks. The program aims to recognize innovators in the field of education technology in both higher education and K-12.
Eric Dirst will be the new chief information officer at the parent company for DeVry University and the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Helen Chu is the new director of academic information services at the University of Oregon.
In March, 2008, Molly Tamarkin will become the new Chief Technology Officer at the University of Puget Sound in the state of Washington.
Dave Wilson has been named as the new Chief Technology Officer for Western Governors University.
Three North American colleges have signed on with CampusWorks to supply IT personnel, management, and strategic planning. Through the deals, CampusWorks will supply the colleges with everything from a CIO to planning for technological investments using its "Learner-Centered Technology Management Co-Source Model."
Coconino Community College in Arizona has signed a five-year deal with information technology management firm CampusWorks, which will supply the college with a CIO and various technical personnel to oversee IT staff development.
IBM said today it's entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cognos, a firm that provides business intelligence technologies to K-12 and higher education and other sectors. The deal is still dependent on shareholder and regulatory approval and other conditions but is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008 and is valued at about $5 billion.
The Software & Information Industry Association has elected eight new members to its Education Division Board of Directors and appointed six others to serve one-year terms on the board. The new members, along with seven currently serving, will represent 160 member companies in the SIIA that provide technology for education.