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Free Resources: Snapwiz's Edulastic, Formative Assessment Platform Sporting Student Mastery of Common Core Standards

Edulastic saves time and boosts classroom efficiency by enabling teachers to continuously track student mastery and provide differentiated instruction, according to the announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Jul 2014

WIN Learning Updates WIN Career Readiness System

The Web-based, tablet-friendly system provides the data and curriculum tools to prepare learners for college, technical school, military or the workplace.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2014

Learning.com Updates EasyTech Digital Literacy Curriculum for 2014-15 School Year

Expansions and enhancements to EasyTech ensure districts can prepare students with the 21st century skills necessary for future success.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2014

Scientific Learning Corp. Announces Three-Day Language, Literacy and Reading Intervention Protocol

The new three-day protocol will allow preK-12 schools to bring the benefits of the Fast ForWord language, literacy and reading intervention to more students fewer days per week, making it easier to integrate the program into their daily class schedules.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2014

Lexia Releases Lexia Reading Core5 Android App

Students will now have greater access to the program in tablet-enabled classrooms and computer labs, and they can extend their use outside of the school day in blended learning environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2014

Free Resources: Shmoop's Smartphone-Ready Video Test Prep

Shmoop's free test prep videos are delivered to students via email, allowing them to study quickly and rigorously.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 May 2014

itslearning Adds Features to Its Digital Learning Platform

The new tools enhance personalized learning, communication and development for administrators, teachers and students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Mar 2014

Flipped Learning Network Unveils Formal Definition of Flipped Learning

Crafted by experienced educators, the definition dispels myths and explains the Four Pillars of Flipped Learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2014

Free Resources: Hooda Math's Free Timed Math Tests for Mobile Devices

The website recently released more than 50 free, non-Flash games that are also compatible with every device. Students and teachers can select a test with 25, 50 or 100 problems.
News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Mar 2014

eBackpack

Using the app or website, eBackpack enables the educator to create assignments and then view and grade completed assignments online. Notes and annotations can be made on top of the document and then returned to students. It offers classroom management, online file storage, and collaboration tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

digedu

digedu is a technology tool for teachers to design differentiated and interactive lessons using any digital device.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Preparing Our Schools for the BYOD World

As with one-to-one computing, the BYOD and mobile movements have arrived, are being scrutinized, and are showing mixed results. Proponent Stephen Abram suggests why, in pithy form! And, of course, he points the way to success going forward.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

Triumph Learning Unveils CommonCore.com, Featuring Practical Advice for Teaching the New Standards

The interactive clinics, videos, lesson plans, blogs and white papers featured on the site provide educators and parents with best practices and practical information on the new, more rigorous learning goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Feb 2014

Kickboard Publishes White Paper Detailing How Student Data Can Be Used To Create More Effective Learning Environments

The white paper details how instructional management solutions such as Kickboard integrate academic and behavioral data, allowing educators to make decisions based on a 360-degree understanding of the whole child
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Feb 2014

Skyward Debuts New Data Analytics Tool

myDistrict360 allows district staff to develop, refine and adapt sophisticated data analytics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2014

ABPathfinder Adds Data Collection Features to Its Data Management and Assessment Software

Designed especially for special education and autism therapy, this purpose-built capability enables educators and therapists to log data and track progress for multiple students simultaneously.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2014

Learning.com Updates App With Tablet-Ready Assessments

Educators and students can now access 21st Century Skills, TechLiteracy, and WayFind Teacher Assessments on tablet devices through the Learning.com app.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2014

Alma Launches Free K-12 School, Learning and Information Management System

Alma consolidates school, classroom and information management into one simple, intuitive and secure cloud-based system that minimizes busywork and improves efficiency, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2014

Scientific Learning Reading Assistant

Reading Assistant is designed to be used by beginning readers, English language learners, and struggling readers who have attained basic word recognition and decoding skills and are now building their vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 27 Jan 2014 - Jan/Feb 2014 Issue By

CTB/McGraw-Hill & Turning Technologies Announce New Insight 360 Integration with the Acuity InFormative Assessment Solution

The integration is available on the latest Insight 360 update, allowing educators to quickly review student assessment results and make informed, actionable decisions on instructional focus.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2014

Performance Matters Unveils UNIFY Assessment Platform

Part of Performance Matters' assessment and data management system, UNIFY will provide the capacity educators need to assess students in all course areas, not just those tested by states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jan 2014

Curriculum Associates Releases Door 24 — New iPad App

Door 24 is the second in a new series of educational games for the iPad that target the most essential skills for achievement in reading and mathematics, and that motivate students to develop these skills through the power of game design.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jan 2014

Promethean Introduces ClassFlow Classroom Orchestration Tool

ClassFlow is a new learning platform for teachers designed to make lesson planning more efficient and lesson delivery more impactful.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2013

SAS Curriculum Pathways Now Available to All netTrekker Subscribers

Available at no cost, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources featuring hundreds of interactive tools, inquiries, web lessons and audio tutorials in every core subject for traditional, virtual and home schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Dec 2013

Scientific Learning Announces Reading Assistant Auto Initial Assignment

The new tool quickly and accurately assesses students, and automatically places them in the most appropriate content library and starting point in the online program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Nov 2013

Curriculum Associates Releases First App in New Series of Educational Games for the iPad

World's Worst Pet, the new addition to the award-winning i-Ready blended learning program, builds Tier Two vocabulary through an engaging, game-based learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Nov 2013

Scholastic's Common Sense for Common Core Website Upgraded

The enhanced site offers expert videos focusing on Common Core themes, an easy-to-use product finder tool, grade-leveled book lists for nonfiction and literature, and access to expert advice to help teachers and administrators implement the Common Core at school and parents encourage learning at home.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2013

SETDA Releases Tools for Next Generation Standards Alignment of Digital Education Resources

The resources released by SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, provide recommendations for how the Common Core State Standards could be digitally encoded to support the transparent high-quality alignment of education resources to those standards, including an approach to encoding state-adopted extensions of the CCSS.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2013

Shmoop Launches Updated Guides to the AP Chemistry and Spanish Language and Culture Exams

The guides are intended to help students and teachers keep up with new changes to the AP exams.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Oct 2013

ASCD Offers Professional Development Institutes for the Common Core State Standards

The one- and two-day institutes will be held in nine U.S. cities between November 2013 and February 2014 on five Common Core topics. Each institute targets a specific audience of educators with skills they need to implement the Common Core in their particular role.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2013

Lexia Reading’s Strategies for Older Students Now Available for iPad

The app provides multi-sensory learning for remedial students in grades 6 and above, helping them develop their foundational reading skills through an age-appropriate interface with a range of content that keeps older students engaged.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2013

5D+ GoObserve

5D+ GoObserve is an electronic teacher observation and evaluation tool that was developed in partnership with the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) at the University of Washington using the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning teacher evaluation rubric in the only electronic package currently available.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

ST Math

Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math offers self-paced, language-independent, mastery-based games designed to teach math concepts.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

StudyBlue

StudyBlue is an online study tool for students offering flash cards, personalized quizzes, study reminders, study stats to measure mastery, and study filters to provide focus.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

Edmentum Enhances Learning Solution for Common Core Alignment

With a total of 10 item types for testing, Study Island gives educators an industry-leading learning solution that can help students demonstrate a greater depth of understanding in math and English language arts, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Aug 2013

Triumph Learning Announces Updates to Its Common Core Resource Library

The latest updates make Readiness for Common Core an even more powerful teaching tool with improved search capabilities, enhanced navigation and new learning materials covering additional grade levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Aug 2013

Lexia Learning Releases Lexia Reading Core5 for Students of All Abilities in Grades Pre-K–5

The next-generation reading program supports success on the Common Core State Standards and expands on Lexia's research-proven, award-winning methodology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2013

Jones eGlobal Library Offers Free Digital Library Analysis

The analysis is designed to help education leaders understand how their digital libraries compare to the evolving "Gold Standards" when it comes to developing students' information literacy skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2013

New Schoology Features Enhance Blended Learning

The new features include customizable award badges for use in motivating students; a new parent interface to improve communication between parents, students and teachers; and updates to the iOS and Android mobile apps that enhance the use of external media.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jul 2013

Lexia Reading App for iPad Now Available

The new app from Lexia Learning allows students to use the Lexia Early Reading and Lexia Primary Reading programs on iPad 2 and higher.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2013

Edmentum Unveils New Platform for Targeted Learning

Edmentum Sensei manages student-performance data across multiple levels to give educators real-time insights into learners' needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2013

Benesse America Offers StraightAce Learning Middle School-Exclusive Learning System

The StraightAce Learning digital learning system focuses on math and English concepts, resulting in an interactive, multi-platform learning tool that is fully aligned with Common Core State Standards and that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on any device.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2013

Conceptua Math Announces Grade 3-5 Rollout

Conceptua Math delivers online, visual and conceptual math curriculum to both students and teachers. The program is organized into month-long Big Ideas, units that are Common Core aligned and designed to foster deep conceptual understanding.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jun 2013

Learning.com Launches SIS Integration, Partners With Clever

The new capability syncs customer accounts for instant, up-to-date student information.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2013

Turning Technologies Releases Triton Data Collection System for Testing Environments

Triton is designed to combine the front end ease of paper testing with the back end ease of computer-based testing, addressing common concerns of both methods.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jun 2013

Knovation Forms, Expands Partnerships with Three Education Content Developers

Knovation has added Learnetic, VocabAhead and We Give Books as new content integration partners to its flagship solutions netTrekker and icurio.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 May 2013

Skyward Launches Course Learning Center for Student Management Suite

The Course Learning Center provides teachers and students with a simplified way to manage daily classroom activities and improve collaboration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 May 2013

MimioScience Software’s Concept-Focused, Interactive Lessons Meet Next Generation Science Standards

The lessons are aligned to the final version of the recently released NGSS, which were built upon a vision for science education established by the Framework for K-12 Science Education and published by the National Academies' National Research Council in 2011.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 May 2013

Kno

Kno offers interactive K-12 textbooks with links to content, the web, and interactive modules.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Discovery Education Techbooks

Discovery Education Techbooks are a complete text solution that addresses each state's Core Standards (currently available in 36 states), with a simple-to-use system that helps teachers transition to digital resources while substantially lowering district costs. This primary instructional resource provides dynamic, interactive resources that support the 5E model of instruction (engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate) with a variety of digital resources.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Britannica School

Britannica School was developed to replace textbooks with digital alternatives that address each state's core standards and engage student curiosity to enhance learning. An easy-to-use system helps teachers transition to digital resources and use them, while lowering district costs.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Pearson Unveils Updates to WriteToLearn

The major updates provide greater support for building critical thinking skills and writing more creatively.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Apr 2013

Edmentum Expands Plato Courseware Curriculum With 30 New Courses

With the addition of these 30 new semesters, Edmentum has increased its Plato Courseware secondary library by 17 percent and its individual middle school and high school libraries by 30 percent.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Apr 2013

Scholastic Announces Largest Educational Technology Product Launch in the Company’s History

The suite of reading and math products includes MATH 180, iRead, System 44 Next Generation and READ 180 on the iPad.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2013

Florida Virtual School and Shmoop Offer Students End-of-Course Help

All of Shmoop's guides are aligned to Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, Civics and U.S. History.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2013

School Specialty and Curriculum Concepts International Launch ‘Everyday Learning Fun’ Early Reading Program

The Common Core-aligned prevention program incorporates targeted instruction, progress measurement and parental involvement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2013

CoSN Releases Results of First National K-12 IT Leadership Survey

The results will help K-12 decision makers better understand how education leaders are leveraging technology to enhance teaching and learning, how these practices have changed over time and how current choices will affect the future of elementary and secondary education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2013

Cool Links: Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways into Inquiry Learning

From the Mindshift blog, here's a post by Tina Barseghian that's well worth reading and pondering, featuring Diana Laufenberg, SXSW presenter, TED Talker, and ed tech thought leader.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Mar 2013

ASCD Releases Two New PD In Focus Videos, Three New PD Online Courses

These new resources address a variety of important topics, including instructional leadership, formative assessment, and Common Core State Standards implementation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2013

Mentoring Minds Announces 'Motivation Reading'

The company's new Common Core reading resource is built from the ground up to align to standards and support the development of critical thinking skills, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Mar 2013

Turnitin

Turnitin is a tool for use with student writing whether in a writing instruction class or as part of other subjects, such social studies classes. The teacher sets up a class and assignment(s) in the Turnitin service. Students or instructors then submit papers to Turnitin via file upload or cut and paste. Turnitin then evaluates the writing using three core tools so students and teachers can see the results as layered feedback.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Compass Learning Odyssey

Compass Learning Odyssey, which is fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards, includes complete K-12 math, language arts, social science, and science curriculum, which are research-based and include interactive activities, manipulatives, videos, graphics, and animations along with audio reading passages in digital format.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

LearningStation Insight

LearningStation Insight provides educators with a tool that can create assessments aligned to state standards, can identify achievement gaps, and can access aligned resources for immediate remediation. Student progress is monitored through daily and weekly reports.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What Our Schools Have in Common--Technology and Teaching to the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core offers a uniform, nationwide measure of where our students are and where they need to be, and Victor's Tools for Learning feature this month provides you with a descriptive list of companies that can help you get started.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Effective Web-Based K–12 Common Core Tools … and They’re Free!

Worried about the Common Core State Standards? If you are a teacher, you don't have to be. Granted, it will take time and effort to adapt your teaching plans to meet these standards. But there are a lot of tools to help you do it, available right now on the web.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Skyward Launches Student Reward System Integrated With its SIS Software

Skyward Student Reward System is designed to motivate students by proactively rewarding themfor positive behaviors and accomplishments in a game-like environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Feb 2013

Learning.com Unveils Custom Curriculum Publishing Tool

The newest feature of the award-winning Learning.com platform, Custom Curriculum Publishing allows districts and schools to build and publish custom digital units that align with their curriculum maps and instructional goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2013

Pearson Adds Text Complexity Measure to WriteToLearn

WriteToLearn now includes the Reading Maturity Metric (RMM), offering 30 percent improvement over previous readability formulas. RMM has been added to the nearly 1,000 informational reading passages, along with Common Core State Standards' text complexity grade bands.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jan 2013

Edmentum's Study Island and NWEA Partner on MAP Solut

Study Island NWEA MAP Link is a new fully integrated solution that uses a student's Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment results to create an individualized learning path, delivered through the Study Island program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2013

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos that provide learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

Knewton Adaptive Learning Platform

Knewton is a technology that transforms any computer or web-based content into a personalized experience for each learner, keeps track of progress, and recommends future study.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

BELLTONES: Plagued by Plagiarism? Here Are Some Antidotes

This month, Mary Ann tackles the subject of plagiarism and how to combat it through creative assignments.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

Learning.com Announces EasyTech for PARCC/Smarter Balanced

The expanded EasyTech digital literacy curriculum is intended to help students be successful with the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia computer-based Common Core Assessments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Dec 2012

Shmoop Gives AP Biology an Extreme Makeover

The guide hasn't just gotten a superficial, exterior overhaul. Shmoop's Guide is now jam-packed with tasty new tidbits, helpful hints and remarkable resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Dec 2012

Classroom Evaluation of Ballard & Tighe's Word Raider: Escape Demonstrates Effectiveness of Focused Motivation in Game-Based Learning

The testing evaluated game-play and student interaction. It yielded data supporting the ability of game-based learning to engage students while enabling deeper learning and vocabulary retention, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Dec 2012

ASCD Releases Report on Common Core State Standards Implementation

This free report can be found on the EduCore site, ASCD's free repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2012

Turnitin Releases Common Core Rubrics as Free Educational Resource

Turnitin has made the writing rubrics developed to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) available free to educators worldwide through an open access license with Creative Commons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Oct 2012

Mind Research Institute ST Math

For October 1, 2012: Meeting Common Core standards, ST (Spatial Temporal) Math teaches problem solving through visual manipulatives. Students are engaged in language-independent software that enhances their abilities to explain, understand, and solve multi-step problems.
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PBS Kids Updates PBS KIDS PLAY Classroom Edition

PBS KIDS PLAY! Classroom Edition is an online learning program that uses interactive games and content to engage students in preschool, kindergarten and first-grade classrooms. The cross-curricular program has been enhanced with new lessons, games and teacher dashboard for easy classroom management.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2012

Lexia Introduces Lexia Reading Core5 for Mastery of Common Core Skills through Grade 5

When it becomes available in 2013, the program will provide structured, sequential, scaffolded instruction in the five areas of reading for students of all abilities in grades pre-K-5.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Sep 2012

Shmoop Partners with College Preparation Site Zinch

The two companies are offering a six-month program during which Zinch users will have special access to Shmoop material through Chegg Presents Zinch Prep, a college counseling program providing information and materials to guide high school seniors through the college admissions process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Sep 2012

StudySync

StudySync is a web-based program of more than 350 classic and contemporary text excerpts from novels. The program is designed to build reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Texts are tied to common core standards.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

Alleyoop

Alleyoop is an online college readiness network for teens providing math instruction in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

Teachscape Professional Learning Suite

Teachscape's Professional Learning Suite facilitates teacher training with access to a large number of easy-to-use, research-based online multimedia content libraries. These video and print libraries help teachers and instructional leaders deepen their understanding of academic content while developing effective strategies for improving teaching and learning.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

Follett Sponsors K12DigitalDecisions.com Website

Follett Library Resources and Follett Software, part of the Follett School and Library Group (FSLG) that also includes Follett Educational Services and Follett International - sponsored the website to serve as a one-stop resource for school and district librarians and administrators to find the information that will help them create the best digital strategy customized to their specific needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Aug 2012

Turnitin Adds Common Core Grading Rubrics to GradeMark

The rubrics were developed in partnership with the English Professional Learning Council to better prepare secondary students for college-level course work.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Aug 2012

ASCD Launches Free Digital Common Core Implementation Tool, Announces Fall Common Core Webinar Series

Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the CCSS. The series of new, free webinars provide educators actionable strategies and tactics for integrating Common Core standards into classroom activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2012

Curriculum Associates Introduces 'Ready Common Core' Program

Built specifically for the new standards and using the language of the CCSS, Ready Common Core offers students in grades 3-8 rigorous instruction and practice in math and reading while also offering teachers multilevel resources and tools to easily implement these lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Aug 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's Online Needs Assessment and School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and school systems around the world, and targeted to schools developing and refining strategic plans, the online tool offers educators a comprehensive needs assessment as they embark on the new school year.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Aug 2012

SETDA Releases 2012 National Trends Report

The report includes dozens of examples of quality learning programs that leverage technology, including details regarding implementation of the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) State Grants Program for FY 2010 and under the America Recovery and Restoration Act (ARRA).
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2012

Learning.com Introduces Complete Solution to Help Educators Align with Common Core State Standards

Learning.com's new project-based learning approach to Common Core provides districts with a model of integrated multi-day projects that require students to apply 21st century skills to solve core curriculum challenges, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jul 2012

SIIA Vision K-20 Survey Finds Technology Progress in U.S. Schools and Universities

The 2012 survey reflects a desire for growth in Vision K-20 goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2012

Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn Deliver Interoperability of Digital Content and Solutions

The integration provides Desire2Learn users with direct access to Cengage Learning's digital content and core curriculum solutions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2012

Turnitin and Desire2Learn Release Milestone Integration

The enhanced integration of Turnitin's online grading tool provides Desire2Learn users with richer grade collection capabilities in Grademark and the ability to transfer grades to Desire2Learn Learning Environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2012

School Improvement Network Announces Upgrades to Observation 360

Observation 360, one of the tools in the newly released Teacher Effectiveness System, has received a new set of features to address the changing needs of administrators and help get students college and career ready.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2012

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Promethean Unveil the First Complete Set of Common Core Aligned Interactive Whiteboard Lessons for K-12 Educators

These new lessons integrate content from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with interactive and touch-screen technology from Promethean to create learning activities that promote problem solving, critical thinking, and class discussion.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2012

Is Your School In Compliance With The July 1 Internet Safety Regulations?

Web Wise Kids provides fun and educational games to help E-Rate schools comply.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2012

Discovery Education, 3M Announce National Finalists in Young Scientist Challenge

Students nationwide were asked to create a short video describing a new innovative solution that would impact an everyday problem, and these budding young scientists rose to the top of their peers due to the scientific ingenuity and inventive thinking demonstrated in their entry videos.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jul 2012

Curriculum Associates and PCI Education Partner to Serve Special Education Students

The companies have aligned two of Curriculum Associates' leading BRIGANCE assessments with the PCI Reading Program to help special education teachers integrate developmentally appropriate reading curriculum with personalized, differentiated instruction for each student in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jun 2012

myON reader Expands Publishers Program

The developer of personalized learning environments for students has added a dozen more publishers to its popular myON reader platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jun 2012

Compass Learning's Odyssey 2012 Debuts

The new version empowers educators with custom courses and grade management solutions, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Jun 2012

Teachscape, Saba Partner to Bring Integrated Talent Management to School Districts Nationwide

The two companies' alliance is intended to offer joint customers a unique, competency-based integrated talent management platform, designed to support the development of effective teaching practice throughout the career lifecycle of educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 May 2012

ASCD Announces New PD Online Courses

The seven new courses for educators focus on differentiated instruction, Common Core State Standards implementation, and teaching students in high-poverty communities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 May 2012

Turnitin Study Reveals 10 Most Frequent and Problematic Types of Plagiarism in Student Writing

The survey asked higher and secondary education instructors to rank the frequency and problematic nature of 10 distinct types of plagiarism as defined by the Turnitin Plagiarism Spectrum. The Spectrum uses digital terminology to identify the types of plagiarism and assigns a severity level for each form based on the degree of student intent.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2012

Panarea Digital Announces Launch of Nearpod

Now available for free on the App Store, Nearpod allows teachers to create and share interactive lessons, receive feedback on student device use, assess learning in real time, and personalize instruction for students who are logged into the Nearpod Student app. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2012

Catapult Learning and Teachscape Announce Partnership to Provide Professional Development Resources to Non-Public Schools

The agreement enables Catapult Learning to offer Teachscape's observation and evaluation system to its non-public school customers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 May 2012

LearnZillion

LearnZillion is a learning platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting with each lesson highlighting a common core standard. Teachers can assign lessons to classes or individuals when remedial or enrichment math work is needed.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

Common Core 360

Common Core 360 is a professional development program designed to help classroom teachers align math and language arts curricula to the Common Core Standards.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

Insight 360

Insight 360 is an integrated system of mobile, interactive hardware, and intuitive software that delivers formative ongoing assessments to track student progress.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Totally Aligned

As textbooks give way to digital content and the Common Core standards ripple outward across more than 45 states, how best to align instruction with learning goals and assessments is an issue that lingers on educators' minds. These companies understand this well and have provided tools to help.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

Why Technology Is Essential in Curriculum and Content Alignment

Compass Learning's Ann Henson asserts that a fulfilling educational experience starts with curriculum alignment and content, and that technology will play an increasingly important role in the interplay between the two.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

Pearson Announces New Version of WriteToLearn

Now the program does a better job of finding the most frequent grammatical and mechanical errors, such as run-on sentences, incorrect word usage, and punctuation, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Apr 2012

Desire2Learn Announces Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10

The latest version of Desire2Learn Learning Suite offers enhanced ease of use, a more personalized learning experience, and a broader depth of tools and features based upon the feedback of hundreds of clients.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2012

Pearson Connects Digital Solution for Response to Intervention to Common Core Math

The RTI assessment tool AIMSweb now links to lessons in the enVisionMATH Common Core and focusMATH Intensive Intervention programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2012

Common Sense Media Launches Learning Ratings Initiative for Digital Media

The new ratings assess learning potential of apps, games, and websites to guide parents to great choices and spur development of quality products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Apr 2012

Teachscape Announces iPad App for Teachscape Reflect Live Classroom Observation Software

The application allows observers to quickly and accurately collect classroom evidence in an offline environment and then upload that data when a Wi-Fi connection is available, making it easier to conduct classroom observations in schools that are lacking stable internet connectivity.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2012

Shmoop Launches Art History

The AP Art History guide breaks down what you can expect to see on the test, and delves deeply into all material on which you are likely to be quizzed.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Mar 2012

Reading Assistant Software From Scientific Learning Corp. Now Available on SciLEARN Enterprise Platform

The new web-based platform offers access to advanced speech recognition technology, expanding opportunities for guided oral reading with individualized feedback, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2012

Scientific Learning Announces MySciLEARN On Demand Platform

The new On Demand platform provides quick access to easy-to-use resources, tools and reports designed to maximize educator effectiveness.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Feb 2012

MindPlay Announces New Web-Based Differentiated Reading Curriculum

MindPlay's MVRC is designed to help students improve their reading skills measurably in 30 hours or less by differentiating instruction for each student with the precision of a reading specialist and enabling them to work at their own pace.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2012

Apex Learning Announces Digital Curriculum to Meet Learning Expectations of Common Core State Standards

The new online courses are specifically designed around the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2012

Revolution K12 Updates Algebra Readiness Program

The program offers improved audio/visual lessons that cover 22 topics and 113 concepts using tutorials, diagnostic questions and ongoing assessments that monitor student progress and target weaknesses through Revolution K12's Mentor Session technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2012

Knovation (Formerly netTrekker) Launches icurio Digital Curriculum Content Solution

The icurio solution is designed to break down barriers to learning and transform the way teachers teach and students learn in a modern-day educational environment, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2012

Pearson Education’s Alleyoop College Readiness Website Launches

Alleyoop is designed to speak directly to teens looking to take control of their futures by better preparing themselves for college and beyond. Alleyoop mashes up tailored guidance, rich educational activities and game dynamics to help them succeed
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Feb 2012

MIND Research Institute Launches ST Math Touch

ST Math K-5 web based software games have been enhanced by changes that exploit the properties of touch-screen mobile devices and feature interactive animations that show students how math works.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2012

School Specialty’s Wordly Wise 3000 Goes Online

Wordly Wise 3000 Online will provide all students with the same direct academic vocabulary instruction as the print edition, in a dynamic and interactive online format. Full audio support and immediate feedback make the program ideal for struggling readers and English language learners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

School Specialty Launches MCI (Making Connections Intervention)

The new blended learning intervention program for struggling middle school readers provides a comprehensive solution to support Response to Intervention for literacy skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

GradeCam Releases Free Scanning Software for Rapid Classroom Test Grading

The web-based application works with a standard web or document camera to quickly grade multiple-choice tests, providing teachers with immediate feedback on student understanding.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

PBS TeacherLine Unveils Course on Virtual Teaching

The six-week Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching course goes beyond simply teaching about the online tools for virtual teachers, but delves deeply into the critical knowledge, strategies, and techniques to support student achievement in an online learning environment while aligning to the standards from iNACOL, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the NEA Guide to Online Teaching.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

Pearson Launches PowerSchool Mobile for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

New apps track real-time grades, homework, attendance, and more with Facebook and Twitter integration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2012

PBS TeacherLine Aligns Courses to Common Core State Standards

The alignment means that PBS TeacherLine reading/language arts and mathematics courses provide professional development training and resources that help teachers develop lessons and deliver instruction based on Common Core State Standards and meet students' individual needs, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2012

Shmoop Launches AP Environmental Science Guide

In addition to an overview that prepares the diligent for the length, content and format of the test, the Shmoop guide to APES explores each topic on the exam in detail.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jan 2012

School Improvement Network Releases Learning Progression Tool

The Learning Progression Tool is a new function that has been added to SINET's Common Core solution suite, Common Core 360. It provides an intuitive way to browse the Standards for lesson planning, curriculum alignment, and remedial/special education planning, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2012

ASCD Announces Seven New PD Online Courses for Educators

The new courses from ASCD support educators implementing Common Core State Standards. Three support implementation of new math standards; four subject-based courses focus on supporting educators in integrating the new literacy standards into science, history/social studies, English language arts, and mathematics lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2012

HotChalk

HotChalk is a learning management system that includes a lesson plan library. Teachers can manage curricula, develop student rosters, distribute assignments and quizzes, create lesson plans, post messages, share resources and best practices, and maintain an electronic gradebook.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

Pinnacle Suite From Global Scholar

Pinnacle Suite takes a holistic view of student achievement by supplying tools that generate assessment results and clear ways to analyze students' needs. Using state and national standards, teachers are shown which needs match with the standards and where additional instruction is required.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: How to Manage All That Learning

A learning management system (LMS) is the Holy Grail of education: an online system to manage it all. In this month's Tools for Learning feature, writer Victor Rivero names a range of companies that have ventured into this territory, along with the products and services they offer.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

Shmoop Launches Pre-Algebra Worksheets and Quizzes

The new Pre-Algebra section starts with the most basic fundamentals and focuses on making algebra fun, easy and - for the most part - painless. The section provides a number of worksheets and quizzes designed to steer even the most fervent algebra-hater gently and comfortably through the learning process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Dec 2011

Teachscape Announces Data-Driven Instruction Series Content Library

Comprised of four new modules - two for instructional leaders and two for teachers - the series helps educators use data to make informed decisions for planning and implementing effective instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2011

Revolution K12 Launches New Geometry Program

The program diagnoses students' issues with geometry topics in order to provide educators with detailed reports on student skill acquisition and deficiencies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Nov 2011

iParadigms Announces Results of Plagiarism Study

The study shows that secondary school students in the United States rely more heavily on social networks for content in their papers and less on cheat sites and paper mills compared to college students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2011

Follett Challenge Winners Unveiled, Honored

The Follett Challenge was designed to reward school libraries for applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2011

Lexia Reading v 8.0

Lexia Reading 8.0 provides a complete technology-based reading curriculum. It provides the needed practice, additional paper-based instruction, and skills practice to enable students to learn to read. Lexia Reading offers students a reading program that provides intensive time on task, with focused activities, scaffolding, and branching. It immediately assesses and reports to teachers exactly how each student is progressing.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What’s New in Online Teaching and Learning? Solution Providers Improving Student Achievement

Online education is a $34 billion industry, and it has been growing by an astronomical rate. Today, says author Victor Rivero, elearning is a paradigm shift. Here are some of the companies he's identified as being on board with this 21st-century transformation.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

Shmoop Launches AP World History

Shmoop's new section simplifies and summarizes the key people and events as much as possible, providing students with the whos, whats, and wheres they need to conquer the AP World History exam.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Oct 2011

TheWritingFaculty.com Launches, Offering Access to Writing Instructors and Writing Programs

The new company provides one-to-one instruction from highly-experienced tutors in subjects ranging from general academic writing to college admissions essay help and even novel and screenplay writing, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2011

National Center on Response to Intervention Endorses Pearson’s Reading and Math Diagnostic Assessments as Approved RTI Solutions

NCRTI gave the diagnostic assessments the highest possible rating for reliability and endorsement on certain convincing evidence to support classification accuracy and validity, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2011

PBS KIDS GO!’s Cyberchase Math Series Website Is Redesigned

The redesigned site will feature hundreds of videos, math games and hands-on activities in support of cross-platform STEM learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2011

Shmoop Offers SAT and ACT Exam Prep in Spanish

From the announcement: "Only Spanglish that will help you prepare for the big day. Our explanations are in Spanish, but the drills and questions are in English. Since you will be battling the monster in English, we didn't want to send you to fight the battle of wits unarmed."
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2011

Teachscape Increases Video Recording Options, Adds Video Clipping Functionality to its Reflect Video Platform

The new features and new Mini Camera Kit expand the use of classroom video for professional learning communities and classroom observation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2011

Kaplan K12 Learning Services Offers Online Educator Toolkit for Differentiated Instruction and Professional Development

Teach! Strategies & Resources is designed to help schools bridge current instruction and future Common Core expectations with on-demand instructional professional development support.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2011

Teachscape Reflect Live Helps Accelerate Shift from Paper-Based to Technology-Enabled Classroom Observations

The online system allows observers to move from traditional paper forms to a technology-enabled process that allows them to seamlessly schedule classroom observations, collect and organize observation data, align evidence with a framework, and then store it on one secure platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Sep 2011

New MyLexia App for iPhone Provides Real-Time Performance Data

The MyLexia App helps teachers recognize which students are struggling, grouping students by specific skills for individual or small group instruction. As students complete each skill level, the MyLexia App helps celebrate student progress by notifying teachers when students have earned a certificate of achievement, which can then be emailed to parents or sent to a wireless printer.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Sep 2011

Pearson Announces Webinars on Online Assessment Practices

In these two new online workshops, participants will be walked, step by step, through Considerations for Next Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014, a comprehensive guide for making the transition, released by Pearson earlier this year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Sep 2011

Teachscape and ETS Join Forces to Develop Online Observer Training and Testing System for Teacher Evaluations

Based on Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching, the new system helps observers to make reliable, consistent, and defensible judgments of teaching practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Sep 2011

Orchard Now Releases Correlation to Common Core Standards

Math and language arts assessment and instruction are aligned to ensure appropriate preparation and remediation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2011

K5 Learning Launches K-5 Online Math and Reading Program

K5 Learning is a new kind of online study program that delivers personalized learning in bite-size chunks to kids in the comfort of their own homes, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2011

Quizlet

Quizlet is a flashcards and study games website offered in multiple languages, with visuals and voice in some languages. All flashcards are user-generated. Quizlet contains elements of social networking to promote learning through groups and a blog.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

Sokikom

Sokikom is a single-player, skill-based math program that adjusts activities to individual students.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

Room 21, from Super Star Learning

Room 21 is an online learning management system designed to bring education into the 21st century. Students take online classes, and teachers design lessons to capture the spirit of 21st-century learning. Designed as a social learning platform, Room 21 provides tools for parents, students, principals, and teachers to collaborate, and it supports comprehensive skills needed to meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

EdOptions, Inc.’s Orchard Now Releases Math Concepts for Grades 4-6 Instruction

The new Math Concepts activities provide practice with number sense; basic operations and order of operations; geometry and spatial sense; graphing and managing data; probability; measurement; algebra, patterning, and logic; and fraction concepts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2011

Cool Links: Teaching to the Common Core Standards

Seen on Victor Rivero's edtechdigest.com: A great article/posting by Greg Limperis—Teaching to the Common Core Standards.
News/Cool Links - Posted 18 Aug 2011

DreamBox Learning Announces Common Core State Standards Alignment Tool

The new reporting feature allows teachers to quickly measure individual student progress against mathematics benchmarks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 2011

Cool Links: 2011 Vision K-20 Survey—Tech Still A Challenge

On his edtechdigest site, Victor Rivero has put up a brief post on SIIA's newly released 2011 Vision K-20 Survey that's worth a look … good synopsis, key findings, etc.
News/Cool Links - Posted 11 Aug 2011

School Improvement Network Releases PD 360 v 5.0

New in PD 360 version 5.0, Common Core 360 will provide a guide for states, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core Standards. It includes Common Core-specific video segments featuring teacher-leader conversations and classroom examples of implementation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2011

Lexia Announces Lexia Reading v 8.0

The new version of the technology-based reading curriculum is designed to predict student performance on year-end, grade-level assessments and offers prescriptive recommendations for the intensity of instruction needed to improve each student's performance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2011

e2020, Inc. Offers eLibrary Search Tutorial System Add-On to Virtual Classroom and Virtual Tutor Products

The eLibrary feature program is a keyword search tutorial system that gives students access to more than 4,600 Common Core state standard aligned lessons (language arts, math, science, social studies, and electives) for grades 6-12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jul 2011

Arcademic Skill Builders Introduces Score Tracking and Learning Management System Features

The online resource now offers a subscription option allowing teachers to track progress and metrics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2011

Dictionary.com Releases Mobile Flashcards

Helpful in keeping kids engaged in education during the summer, the offering extends the personalized, online Flashcards learning experience to a mobile generation that thrives on 24/7 access to information - illustrated by the 30M downloads of Dictionary.com's mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jun 2011

Orchard Software Releases Correlation to Common Core Standards

With this correlation, educators can be assured that Orchard's instruction, assessment, and remediation cover the skills and knowledge found within the standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jun 2011

Curriculum Associates Creates New Reading and Math Assessment geared to Common Core State Standards

With the i-Ready Common Core State Standards Screener (i-Ready CCSS Screener), educators can administer a one-hour per subject online assessment to students and use the results to determine how prepared students are for the CCSS.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 May 2011

SIIA Calls for Participants in 2011 Vision K-20 Survey

Sponsored by the organization's Education Division, the Vision K-20 Survey gives educators, administrators, and faculty members from K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions the opportunity to take a short, online survey to evaluate their current technology use.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 May 2011

Study Island Announces Winners of Project-Based Learning Activities Contest

Four grade-level winners have been selected, with the winning entries to be published in Study Island online products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2011

StudyBlue Releases New Mobile Applications for Android, iPhone and iPod Touch

The new mobile apps allow students to study online flashcards and class notes on the go.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Apr 2011

Orchard Now Releases Language Concepts 1-2 Instruction

The new Language Concepts activities provide practice with the alphabet, basic keyboarding skills, exposure to forming new words using consonant and vowel sounds, and an introduction to using rhyming to complete couplets.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Apr 2011

PCI Education Launches Momentum Math Grade Level Editions

The program is designed to engage all learners, including students with special needs and English language learners, who have given up on math because they have fallen behind.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Apr 2011

Key Math Strategists Launched to Support Implementation of Common Core State

Key Math Strategists, a new professional development organization from Key Curriculum Press, is designed to help schools make sense of, and gain maximum benefit from, the integration of the Common Core State Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Apr 2011

Lexia Learning Releases Survey Results from ASCD

An informal survey of superintendents, supervisors, principals and teachers who attended the recent ASCD Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif., suggests that educators feel they lack the data and instructional tools to deliver effective learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2011

Follett Software Company Releases TetraData 8.5

TetraData is the company's suite of K-12 data management, analysis and vision alignment tools that enables districts to more quickly user their data to make informed decisions, drive continuous improvement, and impact student success.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2011

e2020, Inc., Adopts Common Core State Standards

To provide schools and districts with a more comprehensive eLearning program model for students, the e2020 Inc., Common Core Standards alignment process is manually configured, resulting in more accurate and granular results.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2011

CTB Integrates SMART’s Interactive Response Systems with Acuity UnWired

The collaboration between CTB and SMART further expands the use of Acuity by classroom teachers to track student performance directly and use SMART Response interactive response systems in their formative instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Mar 2011

Pearson Makes Interactive Learning Resources From enVisionMATH Available on Pearson Perspective

Perspective takes the results from students' high-stakes assessments and identifies areas where they are struggling. Then, its Learning Locator connects them with content such as the resources from enVisionMATH that they can use to get back on track.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2011

Scholastic Launches READ 180 Next Generation

The new READ 180 includes dashboards for students, teachers and school leaders, alignment to Common Core, and new content to engage students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2011

Lexia, Consortium On Reading Excellence Announce Partnership to Provide Lexia Users with CORE Services

Districts using Lexia's software for essential reading practice, instruction and assessment, will now benefit from CORE's literacy professional development and comprehensive implementation assistance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2011

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Thirty-Three Excellent Professional Development Resources for Teachers

The professional development scene for teachers has advanced to the point that the web is a true gift to educators. Here are some excellent online professional development resources to help move you toward a 21 st-century classroom.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning is a subscription service that offers online training and resources to educators and students for software, applications, and 21 st-century productivity skills. Training is delivered via short tutorial movies.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

PD 360

PD 360 is an on-demand (ready for use whenever needed) library of professional teacher development resources that makes professional development more effective, convenient, and sustainable.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Sublime Learning

Sublime Learning services offer training for educators in the effective use of technology as it is woven together with teaching best practices.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

The Hybrid Learning Community: A 21st-Century Teaching and Reform Model

Practically all education reform models use some form of learning community, each of which has benefits and drawbacks. But School Loop's Mark Gross writes that it's possible to use technology to create a hybrid learning community virtually that compensates for real-world problems.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Follett Software Releases New Version of Aspen Student Information System

The new version offers an array of improved features focused in the areas of navigation, scheduling, health management, conduct and special education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2011

Lexia Releases Lexia Reading 7.1

This latest version of Lexia's software offers teachers and administrators an enhanced progress monitoring functionality to help support instructional strategies including Response to Intervention (RTI).
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2011

dataMetrics Software’s ‘TestWiz’ Now Comes Loaded with Common Core Standards

The integration of the new standards, along with the system's reporting engine, will assist teachers in viewing the effects of their instruction in terms of the new standards, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Feb 2011

Turning Technologies and BrainPOP Announce Strategic Alliance

The agreement with BrainPOP will allow BrainPOP's animated content to operate seamlessly with Turning Technologies' student response systems for immediate assessment of student learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2011

Shmoop Launches Online ACT Prep

Shmoop Online ACT Prep is available for $23 for at-home purchase by an individual student. Shmoop also offers affordable Site Licenses to schools, districts and libraries for its growing stable of Online Test Prep Courses - ACT, SAT, PSAT, and AP Exams.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2011

BookheadEd Learning Announces Launch of StudySync

The StudySync program combines classic and modern texts, digital media, mobile technology, and social networking designed to inspire students to achieve higher levels of critical thinking and academic collaboration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2011

WatchKnow Web Service Announces WatchKnow Classroom and iPhone App

WatchKnow's newest features include a personalized "virtual classroom" and a free WatchKnow iPhone app.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2011

DreamBox Learning Math App Now Available in Google Web App Marketplace

With DreamBox Learning Connect installed, teachers, administrators and principals now have one-click access to their DreamBox Teacher Dashboard for access to student and classroom performance data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2011

Pearson Launches Update for Free iPad Gradebook App, PowerTeacher Mobile

Developed by Pearson, PowerTeacher Mobile 1.1 features the enhancements that teachers have most requested and is designed to make grading on-the-go easier.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2011

Capstone Digital Develops Literacy Program with MetaMetrics

Capstone will leverage Lexile Measures for its new literacy program to be unveiled at FETC 2011.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2011

Pearson Launches Pearson Common Core Website

The new website offers states an integrated array of resources for the move to Common Core Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2011

Maple T.A. 7 and Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite 7 Now Available

The new versions of Maplesoft's testing and assessment tools provide greater insight into student performance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2011

SCAN by TregoED

SCAN by TregoEd is an interactive program that provides many lessons on social studies topics, current and past. The format is also available for teachers to create their own lessons or just enhance the lessons that are provided.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

Blackboard Mobile Learn

Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students and educators to access teaching and learning wherever and whenever they want through two-way interactions on mobile devices. Blackboard Mobile Learn extends the course experience of Blackboard Learn, a web-based teaching and learning platform.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

Free Resources: Pearson's "Next-Generation Assessments” Website

The Next-Generation Assessments website features free access to white papers and other resources developed by Pearson's experts in assessment, instruction and digital learning technologies to help states as they design and deliver new assessment systems that are both innovative and pragmatic.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Nov 2010

Tutor.com Announces Tutor.com To Go Education App

The first release, available now in the Apple App Store, gives students mobile access to Tutor.com's library of 9,000 online lessons, worksheets, videos and test-prep resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2010

Shmoop

Alice Kurtz reviews Shmoop, a free portal of digital resources, primarily for literature and social studies topics, that help students relate subjects being studied in school to their daily lives.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Teachscape Launches Teachscape Reflect for Professional Development

Teachscape Reflect combines state-of-the-art 360-degree video capture hardware and online software to provide teachers with a panoramic view of their classroom that helps them reflect on their teaching, share instructional practices, and receive timely coaching support.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2010

Turning Technologies Releases New LCD Student Clicker and Self-Paced Testing Application

ResponseCard NXT and TurningKey software provide a user-friendly summative assessment solution.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2010

Shmoop Introduces Site Licenses for Schools, Districts and Public Libraries

Shmoop Site Licenses allow schools and libraries to give all of their students, teachers, and patrons complimentary access to Shmoop's subscription products anywhere they have web access.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2010

Follett Acquires X2 Development Corporation

The acquisition includes the Aspen Student Information System, a popular web-based solution designed to simplify school district data management through the integration of key K-12 applications.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2010

Archipelago Learning Releases Study Island Version 4.0

Enhancements in version 4.0 offer virtual student response systems, digital flashcards, customizable assessments, and a redesigned teacher page.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Oct 2010

Curriculum Associates Launches ‘CAMS’ and ‘STAMS’ Math Series

The CAMS (Comprehensive Assessment for Mathematics Strategies) & STAMS (Strategies to Achieve Mathematics Success) series provides an assessment and instruction program which includes engaging interactive whiteboard activities for skills practice and to ensure student mastery of every concept.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Sep 2010

Pearson Launches WriteToLearn v. 6.0

The newest version of Pearson's complete online tool for building writing skills and developing reading comprehension offers, among other improved features, enhanced student performance reports and expanded text-to-speech capabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2010

Pearson Debuts Newly Enhanced Website for National Evaluation Series Educator Certification Testing Program

At NEStest.com, teacher licensure candidates and faculty members will find complete testing information, candidate preparation materials, and college and university faculty preparation resources for the contemporary, 100 percent computer-based testing program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2010

Cognite, from Follett Software Co.

Victor Rivero reviews Cognite from Follett Software Co., a digital learning environment that integrates discovery and organization tools, collaboration, and communication.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

BELLTONES: Who Knows What About Technology?

Since the new year and the new decade of 2010 was ushered in with the usual hoopla in January, Belltones columnist Mary Ann Bell began to wonder how educators are faring when it comes to using technology. She has conducted a number of surveys online on the subject. This month, she shares the results for administrators, compares them with teachers' answers, and offer her thoughts about the similarities and differences.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

Teachscape Launches iPad Application for its ‘Classroom Walkthrough’ Users

Teachscape Instruction | Mobile version 1.4, optimized for the iPad, further expands the number of devices that educators can use to collect data during their classroom visits.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2010

Shmoop Launches PSAT and SAT Test Prep

The company's test prep service is available at $19 per student; Shmoop also announced that it will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to student groups or Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) who promote its Online Test Prep services as a group fundraiser.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2010

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: 21st Century Learning in 2010--A Global Imperative

In this article, Victor Rivero draws on educators' and educational technology product developers' thinking that he picked up during a visit to this summer's ISTE conference. Victor cruised the show, talking with attendees and presenters, as well as with representatives from organizations such as the Partnership for 21st-Century Skills and The Software & Information Industry Association, to get their opinions on 21st century education.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

Four Competencies for a 21st-Century Education and How to Implement Them

In this article, well-known educator and administrator Dr. Rudy Crew, former chief of the New York City school system and former superintendent of the Miami-Dade County school system, explains his four competencies for a 21st century education as well as why addressing them will help every student graduate high school fully equipped to face a world that will demand the highest level of skill and experience as a well-rounded individual.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

Pearson Launches AIMSweb Behavior Module

The newly launched Behavior module offers a set of behavioral tools that work in tandem with the system's academic assessments and data management features to implement a comprehensive RTI framework in their classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Aug 2010

Pearson Enhances Waterford Early Learning, SuccessMaker and NovaNET

All of these enrichments are available for customers immediately, and the standards-aligned programs qualify for federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2010

School Loop Introduces Student Tracker

The Student Tracker system helps identify students who need support and creates a call to action for their education teams.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2010

CompassLearning Introduces Impact Teacher Academy

Based on a partnership between CompassLearning, district and school leadership, and teachers, Impact Teacher Academy is a research-based process that builds teacher capacity and enforces accountability of program implementation. Flexible delivery models — on-site, virtual, and blended — give educators and administrators options suited to their district and school requirements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Aug 2010

Turning Technologies Launches New Assessment Reporting Application

ResultsManager extends the existing reporting functionality of the company's TurningPoint and TurningPoint AnyWhere software to allow instructors and presenters to store, track, and administer multiple interactive polling sessions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Aug 2010

Archipelago Learning Announces Common Core State Standards Update for Study Island

Professional development plus instructional and assessment materials are intended to help teachers adjust classroom practices and prepare students for transition to the new standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jul 2010

SIIA 2010 Survey Finds U.S. Move Toward Vision for K-20 Education Remains a Work in Progress

The year-over-year findings show that school and university progress in technology and e-learning is neither swift nor easy.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jul 2010

Study Island SAT/Study Island ACT

Charles Doe reviews the subscription-based Study Island SAT and Study Island ACT test preparation programs.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

CTB/McGraw-Hill Releases Acuity PhD Professional Development Library

Developed by educators, for educators, Acuity PhD is an collection of online professional development courses for teachers, assessment coordinators, and administrators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2010

Lexia Learning Launches Lexia Reading Version 7.0

This advanced version of Lexia's software features new progress monitoring tools that will give educators longitudinal, standards-based data on students' mastery of reading skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2010

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Partners on Measures of Effective Teaching Project

Measures of Effective Teaching is a national effort to help educators and policymakers identify and support good teaching. As part of its involvement, NBPTS will utilize its National Board Standards and assessment processes to confidentially evaluate videos of classroom instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jun 2010

Pearson’s Assessment for Learning Group Launches Limelight

Using state-of-the-art technology, Limelight illuminates each individual student's learning path for teachers, providing new insights into their abilities and the progress being made toward achieving academic success, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Apr 2010

World Book Adds Lexile Measures to World Book Web Articles

Lexile measures will be assigned specifically for content in World Book Student and World Book Discover, designed for middle- and high-school students; World Book Kids, designed for elementary-school students; and the Early World of Learning site for preschoolers and emerging readers in the primary grades.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Apr 2010

School Specialty Introduces Three New Reading Intervention Systems

Combining its intervention software program, the Academy of READING, with print intervention tools, the company's three targeted solutions are designed to help build reading skills for life.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Apr 2010

Pearson Launches Redesigned Pearson Perspective Site

Pearson Perspective ties high-stakes student assessment to classroom instruction by providing students with supplemental resources based on their assessment scores.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2010

Maplesoft Releases Maple T.A. 6

The latest version of its testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A. 6 enables significant levels of integration with course management systems, as well as internationalization tools and increased performance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2010

LearnLift Announces Release of SAT Preparation Learning Modules

The MemoryLifter Learning Suite: Prep for the SAT and mobile SAT preparation learning modules for the iPhone and iPod touch give students a personalized learning experience, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2010

Moodlerooms Releases joule 1.1

Changes to the learning management platform include enhanced administrative functionality, integrated synchronous chat and presentation tools, and advanced forum features.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2010

Pearson Announces Additions to WriteToLearn

Pearson's web-based tool for building strong readers and writers now features hundreds more essay topics and reading passages.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Mar 2010

APTE Launches Literacy Suite

Designed by special educators and based on visual learning theory, the Literacy Suite is designed to build reading, writing, and science skills by combining students' own images, videos, and photos with rich learning content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Mar 2010

Teachscape Launches Teachscape Instruction | Desktop

Expanded the number of devices usable for collecting classroom walkthrough (CWT) data, the application allows users to gather instruction data through classroom walkthroughs on a netbook, laptop, or tablet PC, with or without an internet connection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2010

Blackboard Introduces Blackboard Connect for Teachers

The new feature of Blackboard's communication platform lets teachers communicate easily with students' families - in their preferred language - helping to improve parent involvement and student engagement in the classroom, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2010

A LOOK AT ... Online Learning Communities/Learning Management Systems

An online learning community is a place designed to help users achieve learning goals of some sort through collaborative partnerships, including varying degrees of social networking and internet-based and computer-mediated communication. Charlie Doe takes a look this month at some of the more formal versions of online learning communities—often called learning management systems (LMSs)—which are usually developed by professors or teachers to achieve academic goals via web-based services.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

Empowering Students for Life: Research Skills in the Age of Testing

In this age of easy access to Google, standardized testing, and AP curriculums, why should we teach research skills? Don't students "know everything" about research and the web? Hardly! Carolyn Foote has a lot to say about this, and even more about why teaching research skills counts for even more today than in the past. What we're striving for, she says, is student empowerment.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

Pearson’s Distributed Scoring Program to Mark "100 Million Scores" Milestone in 2010

Distributed scoring uses online services to break down physical barriers historically associated with scoring large-scale assessments, enabling experienced scorers to effectively score assessments from home.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2010

Brainingcamp

For February 15, 2010: Introduce your middle school math students to topics that align with NCTM standards with the click of a mouse at the subscription-based Brainingcamp website.
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Lexia Learning Expands Scripted Instruction and Offline Practice Tools

Lexia Learning Systems has expanded its offering of "Lexia Lessons" and "Lexia Skill Builders" as a part of its Lexia Reading program. The program includes targeted practice, embedded assessment, scripted lesson plans, and offline practice to help students at all reading levels achieve proficiency.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2010

Archipelago Releases Study Island Version 3.0

This newest version of the online standards mastery program offers enhanced assessment, instruction, communication and collaboration tools to help schools maximize their return on investment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2010

Time To Know Launches One-to-One Curriculum System

With Time To Know, the teacher guides the class using an engaging curriculum that is integrated with tools for classroom management, planning, assessment, and collaboration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jan 2010

Brainchild Achiever! Now Offers Test Questions and Tutorials in Spanish

The bilingual version of the online assessment and instruction program to evaluate student performance on state standards should help struggling students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2010

MIND Research Announces ST Math: Integrated Instructional System, ST Math: Fluency

Both incorporate MIND's visual approach using spatial temporal reasoning. This game design continues to be rap¬idly adopted across the country, and to deliver remarkable results for schools, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2010

GradeCam Corporation Announces New Version of GradeCam Online

The new version of GradeCam is the first online assessment solution to use a document camera to grade paper-based quizzes and tests, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2010

STI Adds "Go Green" Features to InformationNOW Student Information System

The new features are intended to help schools eliminate paper waste and conserve energy while saving money by offering parents more choices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2010

Pearson Unveils Get Ready to Read!-Revised

Developed for the National Center for Learning Disabilities and now supported by norm-referenced standardized scores, this research-based screening tool is designed to give early childhood educators and clinicians the information that they need to put young learners on the path to building a firm foundation in literacy skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2010

Learning Plans on Demand Releases Enhanced Diagnostic Assessments

With its new features, Learning Plans on Demand is a more powerful assessment tool that ties directly into hundreds of embedded tutorials for individualized learning, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jan 2010

Inspiration 9 Unveiled by Inspiration Software

The newest version of Inspiration's flagship software is designed to build 21st century communication and thinking skills, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2010

Using Technology to Drive Innovative Teaching and Learning: The Evolution of Reading and Language Arts

Educators have begun to shun the monolithic basal approach to teaching reading, opting for a more robust mix of specialized print and technology-based resources that provide intensive, dynamic, motivating methods that children embrace and enjoy. These print and technology tools must use student data as a cornerstone of an approach that intensifies and individualizes instruction. Find out more from Lexia Learning's Bob McCabe.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Assessment Tools

According to the SIIA's Vision K-20 survey, the lowest level for its Five Measures of Progress is in the use of technology-based assessment tools, with an average score of just 46%. Clearly, there's room for improvement! And since knowing more about these tools is a good first step to using them to your advantage, Victor Rivero brings you a sampling of some of the more recent excellent products and services you may find useful when it comes to gaining much-needed assistance with assessment.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

Achiever!

Sally Finley reviews Achiever!, a student assessment program.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

Renaissance Learning, JBHM Education Group Announce SetPoint Consortium

The consortium is designed to offer a research-based approach for transforming chronically struggling schools into successful learning environments without requiring mass dismissals of staff, school closures or turnover to charters or outside management organizations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Releases State Implementation Guides

The guides offer best practices on building standards, assessments, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and learning environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2009

Turning Technologies Launches New ResponseCard RF LCD Keypad

The new “clicker” device provides students with additional feedback during interactive polling via a small LCD screen.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2009

Turning Technologies Launches QuestionPoint 2.0

The new web-based application allows educators to develop assessments aligned to state standards for use with Turning’s various student response applications including TurningPoint and TurningPoint AnyWhere.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Oct 2009

PCI Education Releases Academic Curriculum Framework

The comprehensive K-12+ program aligns academic skills for students with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, to help special education and other teachers focus on standards-based learning for this group.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Sep 2009

THE TECH EFFECT: These Lessons Pop!

A 9-year-old girl is poised on the surface of the moon, a spaceship and stars in the background. Her fellow voyager, in the form of an orange, cylindrically shaped robot, responds to her conversation with an unintelligible mechanized beep. These two space pioneers are engaged in a lively discourse about the nature and origin of constellations. Is it a Nickelodeon special? The latest remix of Lost in Space? A juvenile version of 2001: A Space Odyssey? Nope. Just business as usual as an elementary school class Johanna Riddle reports on produces another Pawprint Production educational video.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

Pearson Launches New Version of WriteToLearn

With WriteToLearn v5.3, teachers can now create their own topics to assign to their students. Beyond the broad assortment of essay writing activities in WriteToLearn, teachers can select from nearly 600 reading passages across subject areas for summary writing activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Aug 2009

Teachscape Expands Teachscape XL Professional Learning Platform

The platform now includes curriculum mapping to the core concepts and critical skills found in standards, varied student assessments that provide timely data for teachers, Classroom Walkthroughs for measuring instructional practices against modern research, and a host of online learning modules for driving classroom instructional practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2009

Follett Software Company Introduces TetraData Insights

This latest release of the TetraData warehousing and analytics tools provides school districts with a convenient point-of-entry solution (Bronze level) and then builds upon that foundation with Silver and Gold levels, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jul 2009

OnCourse Systems for Education Announces Enhancements to OnCourse Lesson Planner

Offered through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, the new enhancements are part of the annual subscription fee.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jul 2009

NECC News: Pearson Unveils Premier Assessment for Learning Solution

Developed in collaboration with LearningStation and Promethean, the assessment tool is designed to enable teachers to differentiate instruction and transform learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2009

Excelsior Software Launches Online Tutoring Platform Embedded in Pinnacle Suite

Pinnacle Accelerated Learning offers districts a secure virtual learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Announces Winners of 21st Century Skills Practice of the Year Award

Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have been recognized for incorporating knowledge and 21st Century Skills into their classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2009

Florida Virtual School and 360Ed Launch 'Conspiracy Code' Online Game-Based High School Course

Conspiracy Code offers an original learning environment where students can strengthen higher-order thinking, written communication, problem-solving, and collaborative skills, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Jun 2009

Cerebellum Corporation Releases Five new Cerebellum Teaching Systems Titles

Each title is a comprehensive review of subject matter delivered as an educational video and digital workbook.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 May 2009

A LOOK AT... Data Management and Analysis Systems

Today, everything from the school lunch program to attendance rosters, telephone operations, and more can be handled by computer systems. And, of course, more and more student assessment can be managed (or at least scored) with computers, generating data results that can be used for additional software manipulation. Data management systems are developing enormous amounts of information that can be stored and then combined and additionally analyzed (or “mined” or “drilled”) for data-driven instructional leadership. This roundup takes a look at several products with different approaches to data-driven decision making.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Scientific Learning Announces Reading Assistant Expanded Edition

Designed to help struggling, self-conscious readers become successful readers, the Reading Assistant reading intervention software combines speech recognition technology with scientifically-based interventions to help elementary and secondary students strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2009

PLATO Learning Releases Next Generation of PLATO Learning Environment

The new version includes a Create Custom Resource tool, teacher and student communication tools, and enhanced batch enroll features.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Mar 2009

Discovery Education's New Progress Zone Connects Diagnostic Formative Assessments with Digital Media for Remedial Instruction

The service links curriculum, instruction, assessment, and digital media from Discovery Education streaming to support the learning needs of all students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2009

Learning Plans on Demand

Susan Hixson reviews Learning Plans on Demand, an online program that provides teaching tools for differentiating instruction, constructs response assessments, and offers tutorials and practice activities.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

Learning.com Completes Standards Setting and Validation for Its New 21st Century Skills Assessment

A review panel of educators and psychometricians have ensured the assessment provides valid and accurate data for elementary and middle school students, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Feb 2009

Turning Technologies Announces Integration of Their Student Response System with Study Island’s State Standards Assessment Application

Study Island rolls out integration with Turning Technologies Response Technology to provide instant assessment of student learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2009

Turning Technologies Unveils New K-12 Programs and Services

The student response provider rolls out comprehensive consulting services and expanded professional development programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2009

Turning Technologies Announces ResponseWare Application Available on Apple App Store

The mobile learning student response app for iPhone and iPod touch is designed to get students engaged in active learning and provide educators with instant assessment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jan 2009

Wright Group/McGraw-Hill’s Everyday Mathematics Now Features Assessment Management System

The Assessment Management System is an online tool that allows teachers to track individual and group progress toward Grade-Level Goals as identified in the research-based program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jan 2009

Pearson Launches Chancery SMS 6.7 Student Information System

Chancery SMS 6.7 includes several key enhancements to five major functional areas including permanent records; health immunizations; elementary school attendance; security; and its customization framework.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jan 2009

Pearson Launches PowerTeacher 1.5 Web-Based Grade Book for K-12 Educators

With the launch of PowerTeacher 1.5, the software is now available for integrated use with Chancery SMS - Pearson's SIS solution designed specifically to meet the needs of larger K-12 districts - in addition to use with PowerSchool Premier.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2009

Learning.com’s EasyTech Earns ISTE Seal of Alignment for NETS-S 2007

The Seal assures educators that a product or resource is in alignment with ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), refreshed in 2007 to emphasize 21st century skills. Nearly all states use NETS for Students (NETS-S) in their curriculum planning and assessment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jan 2009

THE MEDIA CENTER: Authentic, Technology-Based Activities in the Era of NCLB

Media specialists everywhere have stories to tell about teachers who believe they no longer have time to teach their favorite units, collaborate, or use technology in educationally sound or creative ways. The combination of NCLB and other demands have created a situation where teachers have little time or interest in using technology beyond basic instructional management and easy-to-implement instructional tasks they are comfortable with. But you can help by bringing your creative ideas to your teachers! Read about two such great ideas in this month’s Media Center.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

Lexia Learning Systems Launches New Version of Lexia Reading Software

Teacher resources include scripted and printable lesson plans, offline student practice activities, and teacher training materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2008

Sunburst Technology Ships Type to Learn 4

The new title Sunburst’s series individualizes keyboarding instruction for students in grades K to 12 and increases practice time with access from the home.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Nov 2008

Learning.com Launches Beta for New Assessment Aligned to Refreshed ISTE Standards, 21st Century Skills

More than 3,000 students nationwide are being assessed with Learning.com’s newest assessment, designed to go beyond assessing whether students are proficient using technology tools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2008

THE PIPELINE: Focus Groups With Young Learners: What Are They Really Doing?

Much behavior in the teacher-librarian/media specialist community is too often driven by opinion and no data. And every class, every school, every library club, every community, is, or can be, different. However, when you are attempting to empower your learners to excel, it is incumbent on you to have an informed view of their technological bent. So Stephen Abram has devoted this month's column to providing you with a starting point for checking out where your students stand in the technological spectrum.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

SAM Learning Adds Science Content and Audio Resources for HS Exit Prep

SAM Learning, publisher of Web-based curriculum for high school exit exam prep, now offers science content in biology, chemistry, and physics for SAM Learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2008

Cool Links: Forbes Magazine Article on Innovative Learning

The current issue of Forbes magazine (9/15) includes an article titled “Teaching to the New Test” written by Harvard Business School professors Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Sep 2008

ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT)

The ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT) is a free online resource created to help guide teachers, administrators, and other educators as they observe and assess technology integration in classrooms.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue

SAT Method Test Prep

Susan Hixson reviews an online test prep program for the SAT.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

CDW-G School Safety Self-Assessment Tool Helps Educational Leaders Identify Security Strengths and Improve Weaknesses

The tool encourages schools to rate their security against national benchmarks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jul 2008

CTB/McGraw-Hill’s TerraNova Has New Report Options

CTB/McGraw-Hill’s TerraNova assessment now includes companion reports developed in partnership with CTB/McGraw-Hill and The Grow Network/McGraw-Hill.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jul 2008

Pearson Launches New SuccessMaker Digital Supplementary Curriculum Solution

Pearson’s SuccessMaker combines research-based lessons with engaging animations to meet all students’ needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jul 2008

MindPlay Announces New, More Comprehensive Version of RAPS

RAPS 360 facilitates quicker and more effective diagnosis of K-10 reading gaps, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2008

ThinkCentral from Holt McDougal Released at NECC 2008

At a time when the K–12 market is undergoing rapid growth in the adoption and utilization of digital learning systems like online textbooks, ThinkCentral offers middle and high schools a powerful LMS previously unavailable to secondary schools, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2008

DOMA—Diagnostic Online Math Assessment

Susan Hixson reviews DOMA, an Internet-based supplemental math assessment program for use with grades K-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

Learning.com Launches Curriculum to Teach Online Safety and Communication Skills

The company's new EasyTech lessons and activities support middle school students to learn critical skills in blogs, podcasts, online communicating and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2008

Pearson Launches enVisionMATH

enVisionMATH combines digital animations and visual learning to build an innovative program for 21st century learners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2008

PISA 2006: U.S. Student Performance in an International Context

U.S. student scores were below the international average in science and math literacy, according to the 2006 findings of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Dec 2007

Pearson Announces Release of Person Inform v.4.2

The data analysis and decision support tool, paired with a student information system, gives districts a powerful solution for using data to improve student achievement, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2007

Apex Learning Announces New Exam Preparation Courses

Apex Learning creates assessments specifically aligned to each state’s test blueprint and mirrors the statewide test in terminology, testing format, item types, and weighting. Additionally, activities on the exam’s architecture and test-taking strategies are included to decrease students’ anxiety.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2007

CTB/McGraw-Hill Launches TerraNova 3

The comprehensive assessment tool supports educators with research advances and enhanced design.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Oct 2007

Pearson Unveils Update to WriteToLearn

WriteToLearn v.4.0 includes more than 200 passages from Scott Foresman "Reading Street" plus enhanced teacher tools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Oct 2007

CTB/McGraw-Hill Launches Enhancements to Writing Roadmap 2.0

With the enhancements, teachers now will have the option to create custom writing topics or choose from supplied writing prompts, both of which can be analyzed and graded automatically by the program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Oct 2007

HOSTS Learning Announces IntelliPath Instructional Management System

IntelliPath's technology allows districts to create individual learning paths aligned to state standards, research-driven strategies, and existing resources, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Oct 2007

Pearson Integrates Science Textbooks With Web-Based Reading Comprehension and Writing Tool

Using the cross-curricular instructional program, students in grades 4-6 learn science and build reading skills, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Oct 2007

CTB/McGraw-Hill Launches Fox Tracker PDA-Based Early Learning Assessment System

Fox Tracker enables quick, individual, accurate administration and reporting of mathematics and literacy assessments for pre-K through grade 3.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2007

ETS Launches New Version of Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Tool

Version 7.2 features enhancements to score reporting and an increased emphasis on student planning and instructor training.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Sep 2007

MetaMetrics Launches New Measure of Student Writing Ability

The Lexile Framework for Writing links assessment with writing instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2007

Curriculum Advantage Launches Classworks Science

The new product, designed for third- through fifth-graders, is becoming available just as schools are facing new No Child Left Behind testing requirements in science.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2007

Learning.com Expands into Core Curriculum Subjects with Launch of Aha!Math

The Web-delivered supplemental curriculum is intended to help teachers develop students’ fundamental math skills while developing their problem-solving abilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Aug 2007

Voyager Expanded Learning's Vmath Now Integrated With The Quantile Framework for Mathematics

MetaMetrics collaborates with Voyager Expanded Learning to allow Texas educators to align mathematics instruction with actionable measures.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jul 2007

SRA/McGraw-Hill Launches New Edition of Reading Intervention Program

The new edition of Kaleidoscope extends levels to include grades K-8 with enhanced language Arts components.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jul 2007

Siboney PracticePlanet: Online Test Practice

PracticePlanet offers an online test practice system that models standardized tests, giving students practice opportunities designed to develop confidence for annual testing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2007

Lexia Learning Systems Announces New Version of Lexia Reading

Lexia Reading v5 brings three Lexia titles for grades K to 12 into one newly enhanced management system with new reporting features, and an option for delivery over the Web.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

NWEA Adds New Capabilities to K-2 MAP Assessment

As part of its comprehensive MAP Growth Measures assessment system, the new primary grades assessment offers teachers improved tools to place young students in appropriate curricula, in addition to accurately identifying student abilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jun 2007

Cool Links: Technical Difficulties: Virginia’s Online SOL Exams

The Washington Post takes a look at problems with online testing in a May 28 article that examines disruptions in this year’s Virginia Standards of Learning testing.
News/Cool Links - Posted 28 May 2007

Pearson Acquires Harcourt Companies

Pearson agreed to acquire Harcourt Assessment and Harcourt Education International from Reed Elsevier for $950 million in cash.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 May 2007

Interwrite Learning Unveils Workspace

Used in concert with an Interwrite Board, Pad, Panel, or student response system, Workspace provides teachers the means to interact with any form of digital content, while engaging their students in novel new ways, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2007

Study Island

Susan Hixson reviews Study Island, an online program that delivers curriculum content and assessment features tied to state standards.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Qwizdom ReadySet State Standardized Curriculum

Qwizdom ReadySet combines a standards-based curriculum package with instant assessment features and an automatic reporting system.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue

A LOOK AT... Administrative and Counseling Software and Webware

Charles Doe's Look At ... this month surveys software that includes student management systems featuring record keeping, scheduling, and other similar tasks; teacher evaluations; online learning environments; communications (usually email); grades and grade books; reporting; and more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Building Student Data Literacy: An Essential Critical-Thinking Skill for the 21st Century

Traditionally, we have defined literacy as the ability to read and write. However, 21st-century literacy has moved beyond that into the realm of possessing the critical-thinking skills necessary to delve into information or data and figure out what it really means. Students need the ability to synthesize and evaluate data and to create new information and knowledge after they have determined its quality. To prepare our students to be informed, successful citizens, we must teach them to see beyond numbers and simple functions. They must have the skills to evaluate and analyze the data put before them. In other words, they must also be data-literate. Dr. Glenda Gunter offers strategies for building data literacy and a great deal more in her article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Pearson Knowledge Technologies Launches WriteToLearn v.3.0

With expanded essay feedback, the online tool for building writing and reading comprehension skills now evaluates six traits of writing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Apr 2007

ETS Renames ICT Literacy Assessment and Introduces New Institutional Score Reports

The iSkills assessment is a simulation-based test designed to measure information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, that is, a student’s ability to navigate, critically evaluate, and communicate information using digital technology, communication tools and networks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2007

Princeton Review Offers Free College Entrance Practice Tests

The Princeton Review will offer free practice college entrance tests on April 28.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Apr 2007

ETS Offers Webinars on Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Tool

During the webinars, ETS will also introduce a new Preplanning tool that gives students a choice of eight plan types, including an outline, an idea web, and templates for specific types of essays, such as compare/contrast and cause and effect.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Mar 2007

School Librarians Help Students Achieve: Here’s the Evidence!

In an article originally published in The Golden Key, the journal of the Hawaii Association of School Librarians (HASL), in fall 2006, Violet Harada, of the University of Hawaii’s Library and Information Science Program, and her colleagues write on a collaborative venture to further librarians’ roles in assessment of learning.

Harcourt Education Acquires Achieve Data Solutions, Forms Harcourt Connected Learning Unit

ADS will be part of Harcourt Connected Learning, a newly-formed division of Harcourt Education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Feb 2007

Interwrite Learning Announces Interwrite Virtual PRS Software

The latest PRS software creates a “virtual” environment so students anywhere can participate in an interactive assessment environment, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2007

The Princeton Review Launches Assessment Center

The company’s third generation assessment platform provides easier, faster, and more robust formative assessment reporting.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2007

Apex Learning Announces High School Digital Curriculum

With digital curriculum across math, science, English, social studies, and world languages, the new catalog includes courses needed to meet the graduation requirements of most states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2007

Discovery Education Unveils Discovery Education ThinkLink Assessment

This suite of assessment products stems from the ThinkLink Learning formative assessment services that help educators improve student learning and predict how students will score on high-stakes achievement exams.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2007

ETS Releases Criterion v7.1 Enabling Students to Plan Their Essays Online

The “Make a Plan” tool gives students a choice of eight plan types, including an outline, an idea web, and templates for specific types of essays, such as compare/contrast and cause and effect.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jan 2007

Pearson’s PASeries Tests Aligned to Learning Goals in Growing Number of States

Pearson Education’s formative assessment product line uses the Quantile Framework for Mathematics to link to state standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Dec 2006

Vantage Learning’s Instructional Writing Program Now Available in Home Edition

Vantage Learning’s MY Access! Home Edition gives parents the tools they need to help their kids boost their writing skills and confidence levels, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Dec 2006

Savia Announces Rewrite of Analytics Software to Integrate with Viewpoint

The rewrite provides one easy-to-use system that optimizes performance and provides better overall administration functions and data security, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Nov 2006

A LOOK AT ... Web-Based Assessment

Online or Web-based assessments are growing in number and variety. The amazing growth in the number and use of Web-based assessments is being spurred by their enormous advantages. Scoring and reporting is nearly instantaneous; results are available to teachers and administrators soon after test completion. Student feedback also can be nearly instantaneous and part of the learning process when the assessment is used as part of ongoing instruction. This article takes a look at a number of K–12 Web-based assessments to provide examples and to discuss as many different types of quality assessments as possible.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

Thomson Gale Applies Lexiles to Databases

The Lexile Framework for Reading matches students and content to improve reading comprehension across the curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2006

Pearson Knowledge Technologies’ WriteToLearn Version 2.0 Debuts

Version 2 of the Web-based learning tool now contains more than 100 reading passages and more than 100 essay topics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Oct 2006

GTCO CalComp Announces InterWrite PRS v.4.10

The latest version of InterWrite PRS software now supports over 14 global languages; is compatible with Windows, MAC OS X, Intel MAC, and Linux; and showcases a new user interface making it easier for educators to use PRS “clickers” and software to receive student feedback and assess comprehension of a subject matter.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2006

Pearson Assessments Launches Prosper Version 4

The latest version of the assessment system features enhanced teacher and administrator reports and advanced networking capabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2006

ETS Releases Criterion v6.2

Criterion v6.2 includes a number of upgrades to ETS’s proprietary e-rater scoring engine, including the ability to detect run-on sentences and missing commas; expanded sentence fragment detection; and analysis and feedback regarding the technical quality of a student’s thesis statement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Oct 2006

Knowledge Matters Introduces Educational Simulation on Ancient Egypt

The Virtual History - Ancient Egypt multi-level, 5 – 7 day module is intended as a capstone to a traditionally taught section on ancient Egypt.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Oct 2006

Free Resources: TRAILS—Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

TRAILS (Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) is a federally funded project to create a tool for library media specialists and teachers to assess the information literacy skills of their high school students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Sep 2006

An Update on the New Sagebrush Corporation—Savia LLC

While researching her soon-to-be-published November/December 2006 MultiMedia & Internet@Schools article “Library Automation in K-12, a 2006 Update—Part 2,” Barbara Fiehn spoke with Sagebrush Corporation executives shortly after Follett acquired Sagebrush’s library automation products. Here’s her brief report on what’s happening to the rest of Sagebrush Corporation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Sep 2006 By

A LOOK AT ... Lively Language Arts--The Digital Age Invades the English Classroom

New and exciting uses of digital technology in language arts are appearing all the time—a very good thing in view of the digital nature of the lives of today's K–12 students. As we all know, the amount of time that students spend with television, cell phones, iPods, gaming technologies, the Internet, computers, and other electronic technologies is stunning. Fortunately, emerging digital technologies can help language arts teachers liven up their classes, making them more digitally relevant and keeping or regaining student attention. This article takes a look at some Web-based programs and some new hardware that may provide new ideas for your language arts classroom.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

Pearson Assessments, Pearson Longman Collaborate on Assessment Tool for English Language Learners

“Prosper for Shining Star” combines an assessment system with a standards-based English Language Learner curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Aug 2006

Free Resources: Toolkit from ETS and SETDA to Help Educators Leverage Data

“Using Data for School Reform” is one component of SETDA’s 2006 Leadership Summit Toolkit.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Aug 2006

Vantage Learning’s MY Access! Writing Program Aligns with Hampton-Brown High Point Series

High Point Level A, B, and C series reading program for struggling readers and English language learners in middle schools are now integrated with 59 new MY Access! writing prompts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jul 2006

Pearson Digital Learning Announces Waterford Early Learning Program Server 4.0

Waterford 4.0 features expanded content, reporting, and functionality to improve instruction in early reading, math, and science.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jul 2006

Pearson Knowledge Technologies’ WriteToLearn Added to Apple Digital Learning Series

The Web-based tool is designed to build writing and reading comprehension skills through essay writing and summarization practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2006

Thinkronize, FSCreations Partner to Provide Convenient Access to Remediation Content

The newest version of FSCreations’ ExamView integrates netTrekker resources for immediate reinforcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2006

Vantage Learning Includes 45 Writing Prompts Aligned to Scholastic Read 180 Enterprise Edition in MY Access!

Scholastic’s reading intervention program adds to the growing bank of thematic and leveled writing assignments available in MY Access!
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jun 2006

ETS and Great Source Team Up on Co-branded Criterion Online Writing Evaluation

Starting this August, schools and districts that purchase subscriptions through Great Source will get Write Source’s new features coupled with the Criterion service’s existing program to advance writing progress.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 May 2006

GTCO CalComp Announces InterWrite PRS Software Version 4.0

InterWrite PRS 4.0 supports InterWrite PRS-RF, the newest addition to the company’s line of student response systems, as well as existing InterWrite PRS infrared systems.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 May 2006

Pearson Prentice Hall Pairs Literacy Skill Builder Series With WriteToLearn

Workbooks from Prentice Hall and Web-based literacy tools from Pearson Knowledge Technologies offer middle school students tools for building reading and writing skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2006

NWEA Creates New K-2 Assessment

MAP for Primary Grades, newly released by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), provides a computer-based adaptive assessment for students in grades K-2.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 May 2006

LeapFrog SchoolHouse Announces LeapTrack Reading Pro

The new program is research-based and designed to deliver engaging, targeted reading intervention for students in grades 3-6.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2006

A LOOK AT ... Marvelous Math Products

Math, computers, and the Internet make a wonderful combination that seems to be producing better, more effective, and more interesting math educational materials every day. Internet technology—driven by speedy DSL access, increasing flexibility of use, and a large (and growing) potential audience—is providing an exciting forum for the development of some really outstanding math resources. Charlie Doe takes a look at the territory in this math roundup.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

Moodle: A Free, Easy, and Constructivist Online Learning Tool

Moodle is a free, open source course management system software package that is designed to help educators create quality online content and a collaborative, interactive environment to support their classroom courses. It's been in use at the author's school, the National Cathedral School (NCS) in Washington, D.C., for 3 years and there has been tremendous growth in its use over those years. Athena Maikish describes the software and the many ways they're pressing it into service, from creating interactive physics homework quizzes to promoting a paperless classroom and applying technology to increase productivity.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

ETS Launches Core Version of its ICT Literacy Assessment

The Core level of the test is designed for high school seniors and first-year students at community colleges and four-year institutions. Until May 5, first test administration is free for qualifying colleges and high schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2006

COSN Publishes Technology Leadership Monographs

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released its 2006 Compendium, the annual collection of monographs by leaders from the education technology community.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2006

Sunburst Technology Launches New Version of Let’s Go Learn’s Diagnostic Math and Reading Assessments

The online K-12 programs feature new levels and content and provide an important part of the assessment solution component of the Sunburst Learning Solutions program for targeted intervention, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Mar 2006

TechLiteracy Assessment by Learning.com Debuts

The new online service is available to help districts measure K-8 students’ proficiency with information and communication technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2006

Northwest Evaluation Association Introduces Dynamic Reporting Suite

The Dynamic Reporting Suite helps educators understand individual student needs and provides a big-picture look at classroom and district data, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Mar 2006

Pearson PASeries Writing Debuts

The online formative assessment is designed to measure and improve student writing progress in grades 6-12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2006

Big6 Learning Tools Announces Release of Big6 TurboTools v2.0

The new version is designed to enhance administrative and end-user settings for the Personal, School, Family, and Enterprise editions of TurboTools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2006

Gradebook2, Single-User Edition

Gradebook2, an assessment package available in a single-user edition, is reviewed by John Drag, Jr.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Knowledge Matters Announces Upgrade in Virtual Business Curriculum

The newest version of the educational simulation developer’s management program allows multiple teams to compete against each other.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2006

Free Resources: Free State-Specific Web Seminars on Standards-Aligned Assessment from ETS

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is hosting free Web seminars that examine using standards-aligned assessment to drive instruction and improve student achievement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Feb 2006

ISTE Publishes NETS*S Resources for Student Assessment

The new book is a comprehensive guide for measuring students’ ability to use technology effectively for learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Feb 2006

Turning Technologies Announces TurningPoint 2006 Audience Response System

Students or audience members can use the system’s credit card sized input devices for polling, testing, or anonymous response.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Feb 2006

ETS Launches Online Testing Component in Instructional Data Management System Upgrade

IDMS Version 6.1 also introduces the ability to create lesson plans that teachers can align to the pacing guides and share with other educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2006

Sunburst Technology Announces Sunburst Learning Solutions

Sunburst’s new program focuses on student improvement in grades K-12 using technology developed for targeted intervention.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2006

Pearson Digital Learning Enhances NovaNET Courseware with New World History Lessons

The online curriculum system for middle and high school learners has also added multimedia-enhanced lessons in language arts, social studies, and mathematics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2006

CompassLearning Increases Language Offerings in ELL Product

CompassLearning Odyssey for English Language Learners will now be available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Haitian Creole, Hmong; Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Vietnamese.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jan 2006

P.E.T. Learning Styles Solution

Reviewer Susan Hixson examines P.E.T. Learning Styles Solution, an online program based on the work of Carl Jung that evaluates teaching and learning styles.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

Excelsior Offers Single-User Pinnacle Plus Assessment Software

The Pinnacle Plus assessment system is now available to individual users, allowing classroom teachers to launch their own efforts to track standards-based skills and generate accompanying reports.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Dec 2005

Voyager Expanded Learning Launches Passport Reading Journeys

Voyager’s new reading intervention program uses print, Web, and DVD technology to reach struggling middle and high school students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Dec 2005

Northwest Evaluation Association Introduces State-Standards-Aligned Science Tests

The growth measure informs instruction and prepares districts and states for upcoming NCLB accountability provisions, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Dec 2005

Scholastic Education Introduces New Enterprise Edition of READ 180

The program’s new teaching system and management tools will have greater impact on helping older struggling readers, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Dec 2005

GTCO CalComp Releases InterWrite Software 6.0 Interactive Whiteboard Software

The latest release of the software provides enhanced tools and student assessment features, plus new content. The InterWrite PRS student assessment system is now integrated into InterWrite 6.0.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Dec 2005

Northwest Evaluation Association and CompassLearning Announce Alliance

The link between NWEA’s assessment products and CompassLearning’s instructional resources will enhance educators’ ability to tie assessments to instructional content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Nov 2005

LeapFrog SchoolHouse Aligns Link to Lessons Program With DIBELS Assessment

The DIBELS assessment evaluates kindergartners and first-graders in six areas: word use fluency, initial sound fluency, letter naming fluency, phoneme segmentation fluency, oral reading fluency, and nonsense word fluency.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Nov 2005

You've Got Data: Using Collected Data with Success

Lori Callister focuses on how assessment data can enable you "to make decisions that support student growth and make real and lasting improvements in [your] schools." A sidebar, "Leveraging Data for Learning: Resources and Further Examples," presents six more assessment data-use success stories.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Nuts and Bolts and Other, Newer Tools of the Trade

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

Learning.com Partners with Districts to Help Test Technology Skills

Districts nationwide are assessing progress toward achieving technology goals through a beta program that uses Learning.com's TechLiteracy Assessment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2005

Sagebrush Announces Viewpoint Data Warehouse and Data Management System

Viewpoint expands the company’s family of information products to include new reporting capabilities and the ability to create student plans (IEPs, 504 plans, health and academic improvement plans).
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2005

PLATO Learning Launches Third Curriculum in the PLATO Middle School Science Series

PLATO Earth and Space Science includes multimedia lessons and activities that use animation, experiments, investigations, video, and audio to bring science concepts to life, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Oct 2005

Thomson Gale Announces Launch of ClassTrac

The Web-enabled resource delivers timely content to K-12 classroom, is aligned to state standards, correlated to adopted textbooks, and extends the life of those textbooks, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Oct 2005

Sunburst Technology Ships Standards-Based Software to Improve Students’ Reading Skills by Building vocabulary

Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development software offers activities that isolate and reinforce skills needed to meet vocabulary growth requirements in grades 1 to 3, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2005

ETS Launches System 5 Suite of K-12 Products and Services

ETS has repositioned all of its flagship K-12 products and services under the System 5 brand.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Sep 2005

ETS Online Test Bank Includes Massachusetts Learning Standards

ETS expanded its online Formative Assessment Item Bank with more than 11,000 mathematics and language arts test questions aligned to Massachusett’s Learning Standards in the K-12 Curriculum Frameworks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Aug 2005

Curriculum Advantage Releases SC and AL Classworks Editions

Curriculum Advantage, Inc. released Classworks State Editions for South Carolina and Alabama.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Aug 2005

Pearson Educational Measurement Pilots MEAP Testing

Pearson Educational Measurement (PEM) will implement a pilot program of online testing for 6th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies tests administered as part of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP).
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Aug 2005

Scantron Achievement Series Adds New Features

Scantron released a Classroom Testing module and new item-sharing capabilities for Achievement Series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2005

More News from NECC: LeapFrog SchoolHouse Releases New Version of LeapTrack Assessment & Instruction System

Assessment and instructional content in Version 4.0 are now comprehensively aligned with every state’s content standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

Predictive Assessment Series

A review of Predictive Assessment Series, an assessment tool for K-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

A LOOK AT... Products for Math Teachers

Math teachers and their students have a huge number of instructional, testing, tutorial, and other materials available in a bewildering array of formats. Programs and services are offered as software for personal computers or hand-held devices, on stand-alone handhelds and calculators, and as Web-based subscription services. This article takes a look at some of the instructional, testing, and tutorial software or Web-based programs and services for math teaching.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

News@NECC: Learning.com to Introduce ‘TechLiteracy Assessment’

Learning.com’s new offering will allow districts to assess progress toward achieving national and state technology goals and mandates, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2005

News@NECC: GTCO CalComp Releases InterWrite PRS Software v.3.2

The upgraded software expands educators’ options for developing and delivering questions and lessons using the classroom response system InterWrite PRS, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2005

News@NECC: Sunburst Technology Announces New Key Skills: Phonics Mastery Reading Software

Key Skills: Phonics Mastery software is designed to reinforce phonics skills for students in grades K to 3 through more than 80 educational activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2005

News@NECC: LearnStar Debuts the SmartTRAX Program

The SmartTRAX program (Teaching, Reviewing and Assessing Across the Curriculum) is designed as a tool to introduce, instruct, and assess standards-based curriculum and to analyze student progress on an individual or whole-class basis, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2005

Vantage Learning’s I-Manage 2.0 Offers Expanded Services for IntelliMetric Automated Essay Scoring

Vantage Learning’s Web-based system gives customers greater freedom to administer its essay scoring technology to meet their individual needs, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jun 2005

Curriculum Advantage Launches Version 5.7 of Classworks

Version 5.7 includes a universal import utility for processing test data and an improved benchmarking test with 6,000 test items.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Jun 2005

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Professional Development Course on Test Preparation Strategies

Entitled “Test Preparation Strategies,” the three-lesson course discloses findings on factors that affect test performance and shows teachers ways to create a positive, anxiety-free attitude toward test taking, according to the announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 31 May 2005

Riverdeep Extends Destination Reading To Grades 4 - 8 And Beyond

Announced at the 2005 International Reading Association Convention in San Antonio, the Riverdeep products are Destination Reading Course III for grades 4-6, Course IV for grades 6-8, and Course V, a high-school-appropriate Proficiency Course for students who have not mastered the foundational reading skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2005

McGraw-Hill Digital Learning Launches Yearly ProgressPro Reading/Language Arts

Yearly ProgressPro Reading/Language Arts fulfills educators’ need for effective ongoing progress monitoring and data-driven instruction to support student achievement, according to McGraw-Hill’s announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2005

Wright Group’s Gear Up! Guided Reading Series Now on mCLASS: Reading Assessment Software from Wireless Generation

Using mCLASS reading assessment software and the Gear Up! reading series, teachers can assess students’ reading ability using a handheld computer, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2005

Lexile National Reading Conference Discounted Early Bird Registration Extended

MetaMetrics, Inc.’s three-day conference, to be held August 8-10 in Research Triangle Park, NC, will focus on linking reading assessment and instruction across the curriculum and grade levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2005

A LOOK AT ... Web-Based Assessment

Expanding educational (and other) assessments and the explosive growth of computer and Internet technologies have produced an ever-increasing number of online assessment tools for nearly any imaginable purpose. Formal assessments, including standardized tests, and more informal assessments, such as those used by classroom teachers, are included in this boom. The assessments discussed here include everything from programs that administrators might look at for standardized testing for an entire district to programs that individual teachers might purchase for their own use or for use within a department.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

Math + Music

Math + Music is a nonlanguage-based program that combines computer activity-based instruction with specialized piano training designed to help teach K-5 math standards, enhance problem-solving skills, and raise math scores on standardized tests.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

A.I. vs. the Pen: Cutting-Edge Tools for Teaching Writing [Available Full-Text, Free]

Advances in technology—including artificial intelligence (AI), as well as computer- and Web-based technologies—have led to the development of exciting instructional and testing applications for teaching writing. Some of the more radical changes are stemming from the development and relatively widespread use of computerized essay correction technology. In this article, learn about an array of essay-scoring products from some of the top testing companies, including Educational Testing Services (e-rater), Pearson Knowledge Technologies (Intelligent Essay Assessor), and Vantage Learning (IntelliMetric).
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

Vantage Learning Aligns 25 New Writing Prompts in MY Access! to the Open Court Reading Program

New writing prompts aligned by level and thematic unit to the scope and sequence of SRA/Open Court Reading--a core reading program adopted by school districts for both instructional and intervention reading strategies--extend the MY Access! program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 May 2005

Cool Links: Testing Computer (and Information) Literacy

On NPR’s Morning Edition is a story on students’ ability, or lack of ability, in the areas of information and computer literacy, sparked by the fact that ETS is piloting an assessment test for those skills.
News/Cool Links - Posted 26 Apr 2005

Northwest Evaluation Association Announces Study on Effects of NCLB

The report indicates that student achievement has improved, but that the growth rate for that improvement has declined.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2005

ETS Releases Instructional Data Management System Upgrade

News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Mar 2005

Co-nect Delivers Professional Development Program for Literacy Trainers

News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2005

Metametrics Report Reveals High School Reading Gap

News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2005

ETS Develops Online Item Bank of K-12 Test Questions Aligned to State Standards

News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2005

EBSCO Introduces New Version of Online Reader

News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2005

Kid's College

Kid's College is an online program designed to motivate students to practice skills and reinforce classroom activities. The program uses a sports theme to capture the students' attention and to encourage them to continue to answer questions and gain points.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

EasyTech 4.0

EasyTech, available in English and Spanish, provides a series of instructional lessons that integrate technology into the core curriculum. Working at their own pace, students complete activities while learning how to use a variety of technology tools for their curriculum-related products.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Role of E-Learning in the K-12 Space

Can learning be achieved effectively by the standard measures, via e-learning, or through some blend of technological and classroom strategies? When added to the issues of the digital divide, you have a problem of gargantuan proportions. With effort, thought, and money, however, it is possible.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

New Research Finds District Leadership Can Drive Formative Assessment Success, Student Achievement

News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2005

A Formula for Successful Technology Integration Must Include Curriculum

The NCLB Act mandates technology literacy by the time students reach the eighth grade. To prepare for meeting this mandate, our district worked to equip the school community with all the tools it would need to help the students achieve computer proficiency by the end of their eighth grade year. But initially, we found that not enough of the district's eighth graders had met the standards we set. We soon realized that despite adequate facilities, equipment, and funding, we would not succeed in achieving computer proficiency without a technology literacy teaching tool. The missing piece was curriculum—a program to teach kids technology skills in a real-world context.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

IntelliTools Classroom Suite

The IntelliTools Classroom Suite includes three integrated software programs--IntelliPics Studio 3, IntelliMathics 3, and IntelliTalk 3. The software, designed for grades pre-K­8, provides a network-ready cross-curricular platform for classroom activities, creativity tools, and student performance tracking and assessment.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

Scantron Achievement Series; Scantron Performance Series

A complete assessment package designed to help educators diagnose academic strengths and weaknesses.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

Technology that Moves Assessment and Student Achievement Forward

Technological advances have provided new opportunities and greater power to support the teachers' endeavors and have simplified the process of collecting and using data to help them make informed decisions about their increasingly thinning resources, to better collaborate on what works, and, ultimately, to help all children learn.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Technology, Assessment, and Professional Development

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

CIBS-R Management System

Charles Doe reviews the CIBS-R Management System, a Web-based student record book, scoring sheet, scorer, and performance tracker for student progress as measured by the BRIGANCE Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills--Revised (CIBS-R).
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By

Technology-Based Mathematics: Tools and Content for Teaching, Assessment, and Accountability

In this article, several math and assessment packages are examined in an effort both to describe them--and the benefits that technology-based products can bring to math teaching and assessment--and to address the issue of how to look at and select such products.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By
 
 
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