Tuesday, July 14, 2009

IBM + Ricoh Can Fix High School Ed and make some $$ in the process

According to a story coming out of Mobile Alabama, IBM+ is in the education analytics business. But without the Print piece, nothing scales in public education. Print + QR not only fixes attendance, it allows clickable newspapers instead of textbooks. That makes for smarter kids, not just smarter school systems.
IBM helps build smarter school system
: "MOBILE, Ala. - IBM announced today that Mobile County Public Schools has selected IBM analytics technology to more effectively measure student performance, immediately identify students 'at risk,' and adjust academic programs in real-time in order to best deliver smarter education services that prepare students with 21st century skills.
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"Through invaluable information insights delivered by IBM technology, we move closer to fulfilling our mission of graduating citizens who are prepared with the skills they need for the 21st century."

IBM analytics and business intelligence is also expected to help MCPSS comply with ARRA transparency and reporting mandates. Despite intense fiscal pressures around the world, economic stimulus programs offer the opportunity to foster real innovation in the way education is delivered.

Here's the $$$$ part:
$1.7 billion has been earmarked to the State of Alabama, of which $26 million will go directly to MCPSS under Title I, which constitutes funds to help educators improve education for academically at-risk students and close the achievement gap among schools while stimulating the economy.

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