Stories to Shake a Stick At
Capstone Digital’s recently launched personalized learning platform, myON™ reader,
is helping students nationwide improve their literacy skills. In some
of the largest districts across the country, such as Fairfax County
Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools and Orange County Public
Schools, students are benefitting from myON reader’s online library of digital books customized to their interests and reading abilities. Embedded reading scaffolds in myON reader, including audio support, word highlighting and a dictionary, support students at every reading level. Read more…
Discovery Education and 3M announced the 13th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge,
the nation’s premier science competition designed to spur interest in
STEM-related issues among students in grades 5-8. Students are asked to
create a one- to two-minute video about the science behind a possible
solution for an everyday problem. Ten finalists will receive an
all-expense paid trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn.,
to compete in the final challenge in October. The winning student will
be named “America’s Top Young Scientist” and will receive $25,000. Read more…
The FCC announced 20 recipients of the E-rate Deployed Ubiquitously (EDU) 2011 Pilot Program,
designed to help the FCC learn how to best support wireless
connectivity services for mobile learning devices in a K-12 education
environment. The 20 recipients will receive a total of approximately $9
million for the 2011-2012 funding year. For a complete list of the
selected project applicants, visit the Funds For Learning website, fundsforlearning.com.
Digital curriculum and test prep company Shmoop bolstered its offering of online test prep courses by adding AP Calculus AB & BC and AP Microeconomics.
With AP Exams looming in early May, Shmoop now offers seven online test
prep courses. Each test prep course provides hundreds of practice
problems, explanations and examples, as well as several full-length
practice exams. Shmoop AP Exam Prep Courses can be purchased for $12.95 for at-home use by individual students, or through Site Licenses for schools and districts. Read more...
Califone International, Inc. announced the launch of its Wireless Tablet Interface
(WT1), which enables users to control computer desktop and
presentation functions remotely, up to 50 feet from the computer when
connected to a USB receiver.
Additional software functions allow
the user to draw within a presentation using red, blue and
multi-colored pens, erase sketches, magnify images and details, or
capture snapshots of the on-screen display. The WT1
comes equipped with 18 channels, allowing for use on different
computers throughout the classroom to facilitate shared learning among
groups of students. Read more...
Acting on user feedback, Edmodo
has launched new features to its social learning network. The updates
include new subject area communities for educators to exchange ideas
and share content on specific topics, including computer technology,
professional development, vocational studies, health/physical
education, creative arts, world languages, and special education. In
addition, teachers now are able to provide individuals or groups with
“read-only” access to Edmodo to save and reuse assignments without
recreating information, and to filter connections to view posts from
educators who are directly connected. Read more...
An endorsing partner of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), e2020, Inc.,
announces all of its existing and new courses will utilize Common
Core State Standards to create the course matrix, scope
and sequence. To provide schools and districts with a more
comprehensive eLearning program model for students, the company’s
Common Core Standards alignment process is manually
configured for search, resulting in more accurate and granular
results. For more information, visit education2020.com.
offers free online professional development modules to help educators
incorporate global climate change topics into their math and science
lessons. The on-demand modules are aligned to standards and designed
to enhance student and teacher literacy about global climate and Earth
system change. Four modules are available now, with six more scheduled
for June 2011. PBS TeacherLine was awarded the NASA Global Climate
Change Education grant to create the video-based modules and a
graduate-level online professional development course. Learn more in
the PBS STEM Resource Center.
After being implemented in districts throughout 11
states since 2007, STIAssessment has been used by educators to create
and administer more than 2 million online formative assessments and to
monitor student performance. STIAssessment enables education leaders to
access comprehensive reports and real-time information to facilitate
timely and effective data-driven decision-making. Since STIAssessment
integrates with any student information system, schools can archive and
align student data to assessment data, creating living assessment
records that follow students throughout their academic careers. Learn
more at sti-k12.com.
Developed to help teachers individualize learning for students with special needs, VizZle is seeking applications from qualified learning institutions in Arizona and California for its Visual Learning TechGrants.
Each TechGrant provides access to VizZle software for up to five or
10 teachers, as well as professional development and ongoing
support, depending on the organization’s size and needs. The deadline for
applications is April 22, and a total of 10 grants will be awarded. Read more...