FileMaker will demonstrate just how useful its applications can be within the education sector at a key US education technology event this week.

The company will offer a series of demonstrations at the TechEd International Conference and Exposition, 13 -16 April.

The company will present four sessions focusing on how schools are using FileMaker Pro to enhance distance learning, comply with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act, track mandatory special-education compliance requirements and improve student grading systems.

A session on "Achieving Classroom Success With Media-Driven Distance Learning" will be presented 12:15 to 1:15pm today by Bob Barboza, California Association of Resource Specialists. Barboza will describe how Kid's Talk Radio, the FileMaker Pro-powered distance learning course for K-12 students, enables students and teachers to become "podcasters" with their own web radio station as a means to study standards-based curricula, while integrating course material.

"Enhancing Student Information Systems to Ensure No Child Left Behind" will be presented Tuesday, 15 April, from 2:30-3:30pm by Greg Walker, data solutions administrator for Pinellas County Schools in Largo, Florida. Walker will describe how the Pinellas County school system responded to the No Child Left Behind challenge by implementing a database system to interact with its FileMaker Pro-based Student Information System (SIS) and expedite analysis of student data for assessing performance results.

Between 2:30-3:30pm tomorrow, a session entitled, "Special Ed on Track: A Case Study in School District Compliance and Reporting" will be presented by Tim Skilton, special education compliance specialist with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Skilton will describe how the district implemented a FileMaker Pro database system to track and report on special education programs in all of its 900 schools.

And at 4:15pm tomorrow, the "Using Rubrics to Improve Grading Systems for Student Projects" session will be presented by Michael Perry, business education teacher at East Paulding High School, Dallas. Perry will describe how he created a rubric system by combining FileMaker Pro database technology and an automated email system and will offer some insight into his in practice use of the solution.