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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

GPS Hide and Seek

For June 15, 2014: Need some summer "study" ideas? GPS Hide and Seek is a complete lesson to use with students ... and a fun summer activity!
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MimioStudio Software Now Available for Purchase with Epson BrightLink Interactive Projectors

MimioStudio software licenses are now being sold with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors through Epson's reseller network. The software may also be purchased separately by existing BrightLink customers who wish to create collaborative and engaging classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2014

Kids: Treasure/Scavenger Hunts

For June 1, 2014: School's out (or soon will be)! Send kids exploring inside and outside with ideas about scavenger hunts from the Pinterest Kids Treasure/Scavenger Hunts website.
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Gale Refreshes Kids InfoBits with User-focused Redesign

The updated version includes new content on weather, natural disasters and U.S. States, content from Blackbirch Kid's Visual Reference of the United States and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2014

Kizi

For May 15, 2014: After a year of high powered learning, it's time to have some summer fun at Kizi.
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Maps.com Announces Field Trip Library

The new product from Maps.com will expose students to faraway places in a visual, spatial and chronological context.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 May 2014

MimioScience

MimioScience consists of interactive whiteboard units currently comprising 76 units and 224 lessons based on Next Generation Science Standards.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

Drawp for School

Drawp for School is a children's iPad app that fosters self-expression and communication. Using the app, kids can create and share art using creativity tools and the app's SimpleShare technology.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Learning by Design--Common Sense, Common Core, and Tools for a STEM to STEAM Approach

With increasingly widespread adoption and integration of Common Core's Next Generation Science Standards and Visual and Performing Art Standards, and with educators seeking solutions to combine the best features in a cross-discipline approach to science and the arts, the time for STEM to STEAM has come.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

KinderArt

For May 1, 2014: Kinderart is just one example of some terrific websites that provide printable lessons about famous artists and step-by-step instructions for duplicating their artistic styles.
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Scholastic Launches New Subscription-Based Digital Reading Programs for Schools

Scholastic has announced the launch of Storia School Edition, a subscription-based ebook solution for Pre-K through Grade 6, for group and individual classroom reading, and Core Clicks, a web-based instructional program for Kindergarten through Grade 5 that supports content area reading in social studies and science.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Apr 2014

MIND Research Institute Adds Programs to ST Math Series

MIND Research Institute has announced the unveiling several new programs for middle and high school students in its ST Math visual learning series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Apr 2014

SpellingCity

For April 1, 2014: SpellingCity is a must-have app for Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. Basic users can customize word lists and choose games or spelling test activities to use with their students.
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TeachingBooks.net Offers Author Morph App. One Day Only!

The brand new app magically transports kids right into studios of award-winning authors, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Apr 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

Gale Expands Product Strategy, Bolsters Publishing Program to Address Critical Library Needs

These updated strategies and partnerships usher in a new era of resource development that will help libraries and their users thrive in today's education landscape, according to Gale.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2014

Cram

Flashcards are one of the faster and better ways to memorize most kinds of information. Cram utilizes the Leitner system of studying and can be used to create and store flashcards for later use or to borrow flashcards created by others. Flashcards can be created and studied on whichever electronic device is used to access the website or run the app.
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

IDEA WATCH: Dissecting Ebooks and Libraries--An Evolving Market

In theory, ebooks can provide your students with easy access from all of their devices to reading material, writes Carolyn. But for libraries, there are all sorts of issues to be resolved in order to offer ebooks to our students. Developing an ebook collection is more fraught with questions than answers.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

SymbalooEdu

For March 1, 2014: Select, organize, and share your Webmix (a group of websites) with students using this handy tool from SymbalooEdu.
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Story Arts Online

For February 15, 2014: At her Story Arts Online site, accomplished storyteller Heather Forest masterfully walks you through the storytelling process.
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Follett Announces Ebook Partnership With Penguin Group (USA)

This latest agreement is part of Follett's continuing effort to expand access to popular digital titles.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2014

Hooda Math Unveils 50 Math Games for Mobile Devices

Hooda's Site offers 500+ web-based and 50+ mobile math games, perfect for 1:1 and BYOD schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Feb 2014

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Teaching and Learning the Ways of Our Brave New Digital World

There's a place for digital citizenship education throughout our school experience, from elementary to post-secondary. So this month, Victor has gathered some excellent resources on the subject of teaching this timely topic. Read 'em, use 'em. It's practically an educator's digital civic duty!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Feb 2014 - Jan/Feb 2014 Issue By

Weebly

For February 1, 2014: Technology teachers who teach students how to build webpages should visit Weebly, a free tool that is intuitive and easy to use.
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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

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Not Just for History--Primary Sources in the Science and Health Classroom

Primary sources are not just for history—they can enhance learning, questioning, and creative thinking in the science or health classroom as well. Mary Alice's quest to learn more about the fluoroscope led her to compile a primary source guide for those interested in the sciences.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 27 Jan 2014 - Jan/Feb 2014 Issue By

Evanced Solutions Launches Beta Version of Wandoo Planet

The software empowers children ages 6-14 to explore their keenest interests by playing an interest-finding game. After they've decided on a few interests, they can then discover relevant books and movies via a personalized recommendation engine.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2014

Awesome Eats Game

For January 15, 2014: Elementary teachers looking for a fun way to teach students about nutrition and recycling should check out the Whole Kids Foundation's Awesome Eats, a free app for the iPhone or iPad.
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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

PBS's American Experience Launches Interactive Educational Graphic Novel

Tales From The Poisoner's Handbook appears in conjunction with January 7, 2014, broadcast premiere of the American Experience film The Poisoner's Handbook.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 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

Energy Star Kids

For December 1, 2013: Be an energy star by discovering how to become more energy efficient throught the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Star Kids website.
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OverDrive Debuts Streaming Video Service to Libraries, Schools

The Streaming Video service is a way to instantly borrow from your library and watch videos anytime, anywhere, on any computer, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2013

Discovery Education Announces Expanded Content Partnerships

Discoveryed has expanded content partnerships with some of the world's most respected producers, including MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, BBC Worldwide, and Rand McNally. These new partnerships add custom-built news programs, documentary films, and other dynamic digital resources that use current, real-time, global events to bring instruction to life.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Nov 2013

Smithsonian X 3D

For November 15, 2013: Through state of the art scanning methods, the Smithsonian is transforming their collection into 3D objects, and you can check it out at their Smithsonian X 3D website.
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Shmoop Launches ShmoopTube Educational Video Channel

Shmoop has created a one-of-a-kind video platform for its growing video content. Featuring hundreds of educational videos with a humorous bent on every subject including math, history, literature, and test prep, ShmoopTube helps teachers incite class discussions and students better understand tough concepts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 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

Storybird

Storybird is a web-based site providing a tool for students to create art-inspired stories and poems.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Net Texts Content Management System

Net Texts is a series of textbooks and a management and development system intended to supplement or replace textbooks, thereby saving money and taking advantage of student fascination with and involvement in current technology.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Cool Links: About Google's Launch of Connected Classrooms

Google has passed the word EVERYWHERE that it just launched Connected Classrooms, "a program to connect K-12 teachers with the resources to provide virtual field trips and exchanges through Google+."
News/Cool Links - Posted 04 Nov 2013

Art Cyclopedia

For November 1, 2013: Over 9,000 artists are represented in the Art Cyclopedia, a website run by John Malyon, with links to more than 160,000 works.
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Make It @ Your Library Launches, Connecting Librarians With Makerspace Projects and DIY Resources

Created in collaboration with Instructables.com and the American Library Association, Make It @ Your Library is tailored to librarians interested in implementing makerspace projects in their libraries. The fully searchable site connects users to projects based on library-specific search criteria.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2013

Gale Virtual Reference Library Continues to Grow with the Addition of Nearly 200 New Ebooks from Encyclopaedia Britannica

The addition of these new titles brings the total ebooks available on the platform to more than 8,000, with over 500 from Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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

Follett Offers New Release of Destiny Library Management System

A streamlined ebook experience highlights the Destiny 11.5 Release, along with enhanced digital and mobile features for teachers and students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2013

New York Philharmonic Kidzone

For October 15, 2013: Make your own instrument, meet musicians, play Mozart's Minuet game, and learn about composers at the New York Philharmonic's Kidzone.
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Free Resources: Discovery Education's No-Cost Professional Development Sessions for Educators Implementing Common Core State Standards

Designed specifically to support educators using digital media to enhance instruction and engage students, the Common Core Academies provide practical strategies and tactics that support long-term action planning as well as immediate implementation.
News/Free Resources - Posted 02 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

Think Like an Egyptian

For October 1, 2013: Presented by the Franklin Institute and sponsored by Mellon, the Think Like an Egyptian site includes many resources for the teaching of science while studying Ancient Egypt.
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EBSCO Releases Two Audiobook Subscription Collections

Audiobook Premier Collection and Audiobook Youth Collection have been added to EBSCO's audiobook subscription collections, which allow libraries to subscribe to a growing collection of audiobooks for an annual fee with additional titles added regularly at no additional cost.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2013

World Book Launches New Ebook Platform

Subscribers to World Book eBooks receive 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access to the entire collection, enabling school librarians and public librarians to offer World Book eBooks at all times to all users-no holds or waiting.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2013

National Atlas

For September 15, 2013: Geography teachers will find a treasure trove of tools to use in their classrooms at the National Atlas Website. For starters, students can trace the flow of America's streams with an interactive map.
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Curriculum Associates Expands ‘Ready Common Core Reading’ for Grades K–1

Ready Common Core Reading offers K-1 students age-appropriate instruction and practice to build reading comprehension skills and supports teachers with point-of-use professional development to help them teach the new, more rigorous standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2013

Mobl21

Teachers use Mobl21 programs to create structured student learning materials. After those materials are transferred to student devices, students can use them anytime, anywhere. Emantras has created communities for sharing teacher-created materials.
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

IDEA WATCH: Making Space for Makerspaces

Makerspaces in school libraries are a natural fit with the mission of the library—and they are springing up in public libraries all over, providing excellent models for school libraries.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

BELLTONES: Picture This! Using Instagram With Students

One of MaryAnn's favorite things about Web 2.0 applications is the options for working with images. Read all about Instagram, what she does with it, and how you can use it with students.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Classroom-Ready Materials on the Library of Congress Teachers Page

Mary Alice previews a range of classroom materials on the Library of Congress (LC) Teachers page that are created "by teachers for teachers" and that "provide easy ways to incorporate the LC's unparalleled primary sources into instruction."
Column/The New Media Center - 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

Follett Launches New Release of FollettShelf with an Enhanced HTML5 Reading Environment for K-12

FollettShelf with the new Follett Enlight reader connects districts, classrooms, and libraries with easier access to digital content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2013

Knovation Adds Customer-Driven Enhancements to netTrekker Digital Education Content Solution; Forms New Content Partnership with Sophia Learning

netTrekker and icurio subscribers will benefit from expanded content and enhanced overall experience in netTrekker.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 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

Discovery Education Announces Enhancements to Streaming Plus Service

Featuring hundreds of model lessons, performance tasks and custom assessments, the enhanced Discovery Education Streaming Plus engages students with interactive features and supports educators at all levels as they integrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into classroom instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2013

Traditional Children's Games from Around the World

For July 15, 2013: Jump rope, hopscotch, and tag are games children play around the world. Read all about some some of them in this issue of Topics Online Magazine.
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Wordle

For July 1, 2013: Have some fun creating "word clouds" in Wordle. Type text, play around with it, publish it, and see what you've wrought!
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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

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

Free Resources: PBS LearningMedia Now Offers 30,000 Digital Resources for Educators

The new resources address nationwide curriculum gaps in digital media and bolster the service's offerings in math, science, English/language arts, social studies and the arts.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 May 2013

Discovery Education to Release Interactive Educational Materials In Conjunction With Discovery's 'North America' Series

Teachers and students across the country have an exclusive opportunity to participate in virtual field trips to the continent's most awe-inspiring destinations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 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

Net Texts Provides Access to Free, Curated Open Educational Resources

Schools across the country are signing up for the service, through which they can combine free OER content with their own resources to create and publish lessons directly to students' iPads, Android tablets, or computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2013

Free Resources: Discovery Education's STEM Camp Curricula

Discovery Education has announced the development of Discovery Education STEM Camp, a series of standards-aligned STEM curricula available at no cost to schools, districts, non-profit organizations and parents.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 May 2013

myON

myON Reader is a personalized library of more than 3,000 digital books at all reading levels. Books can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Digital Textbooks--Show Me the Future!

In 2010, digital textbooks accounted for just 1% of the U.S. textbook market. In 2012, it was 5.5 percent. And it's climbing. Victor offers a company-by-company look providing you with some idea of what lies ahead.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Scholastic Summer Challenge

For May 1, 2013: The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge begins May 6 and is designed to keep kids reading and prepared in a friendly, competitive way. Educators can track the reading progress of their students and access classroom resources by registering their classes.
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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

PBS NewsHour Profiles Innovative STEM Teachers in New Web Series

As part of its STEM coverage, and extensive coverage of educational issues in the U.S, PBS NewsHour is launching a multi-part web series profiling innovative STEM teachers from across the country.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Apr 2013

Gale Announces National Geographic Kids

This new resource contains material appropriate for younger audiences, and content that is not duplicated in other available National Geographic Virtual Library products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 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

Science News for Kids

For April 15, 2013: Science News for Kids offers current science stories and features presented in an understandable format accompanied with suggestions for hands-on activities, books, and websites.
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PBS LearningMedia and the Henry Ford Announce the 2012 Teacher Innovator Award Winners

The Teacher Innovator Awards recognize 30 PreK-12 educators from across the country who are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve students' learning across key subject areas.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Apr 2013

Create a Fossil

For April 1, 2013: Many states include the study of fossils as part of the curriculum during the spring, and Cyberbee's current Web Pick, Create a Fossil, from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, can be a big help.
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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

PBS LearningMedia Launches Teacher Core Program to Support Teachers Using Digital Media

The PBS LearningMedia Teacher Core is comprised of K-12 educators and library media specialists from across the country. In partnership with their local PBS member station, they will work to champion digital learning in their communities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2013

ITI Crosslinks: Bringing the Smithsonian to a Library Near You, Thanks to Cengage Learning

Covered here ever so briefly via a press announcement earlier, Cengage's plans following its licensing agreement with the Smithsonian Institution are fully described and explored by Online Searcher magazine's editor-in-chief Marydee Ojala in her NewsBreak posting on the Information Today, Inc. website.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 13 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

PBS KIDS PLAY! Co-Publisher Tribal Nova Adds Streaming Music Service to Reinforce Lessons for Young Learners

More than 25 songs designed to aid memory recall and language development for preK-1 students have been added.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2013

Cengage Learning Launches Partnership with the Smithsonian Institution to Bring Smithsonian Treasures into the Library and Academic Space

Immediate plans in the library space include the creation of a digital archive of the complete back files of both Air and Space magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, and will incorporate new issues on an ongoing basis.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2013

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

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: The World Digital Library--Global Primary Resources Just a Click Away

Teachers and media specialists looking for digital primary resources representing world history and cultures will be excited to learn about a growing collection of significant, multilingual resources accessible through the World Digital Library.
Column/The New Media Center - 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

WORLD BOOK - This Day in History

For February 15, 2013: Building the reference collection continues with World Book's free This Day in History app for the iPad.
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Britannica Publishes New Elementary Ebooks

Britannica Digital Learning is publishing hundreds of new non-fiction ebooks for grades preK-6 in a wide range of school subjects.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Feb 2013

Free Resources: The Smithsonian Quests Program

A digital badge program that fosters project-based learning, Smithsonian Quests are intended to inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Feb 2013

National Geographic World Atlas

For February 1, 2013: Begin building your classroom reference collection with this free iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad app from National Geographic.
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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

Alliant Energy Kids

For January 15, 2013: Learn about the basics of electricity and natural gas, including safety and renewable energy sources at Alliant Energy's Alliant Energy Kids site.
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PLATO Learning Changes Name to Edmentum

Recent acquisitions of learning technology companies such as Archipelago Learning and Educational Options helped prepare PLATO Learning for its transition to Edmentum. The company has expanded beyond the PLATO Learning product brand to include a comprehensive portfolio of award-winning, multi-platform learning technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jan 2013

Gale Adds National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World to its National Geographic Virtual Library Product Line

National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World includes a variety of content such as full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, the environment and animals; videos covering such topics as the Islamic world, alternative energy and even the lifestyle of beluga whales; more than 650 maps; 600 downloadable National Geographic images; and the National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 - present.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jan 2013

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Flipping Out--A New Model to Reach All Students All Ways

In this Tools for Learning feature, Victor explores some of the technologies, tools, and platforms that will enable you to succeed in implementing the new flipped classroom teaching and learning model.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

IXL Math

For January 1, 2013: IXL Math is a site for all ages that allows students to practice math skills. Problems are organized by grade level, timed, and scored. If a problem is missed, an explanation is provided to help the student understand the concept and continue.
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It's Never Too Late to Flip!

A firm believer in the flipped classroom model, librarian Pat Semple has developed a set of tools that allows her to optimize her time by "flipping" what are traditionally viewed as classroom tasks (lectures) with what are traditionally viewed as homework tasks (researching and writing).
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

MimioReading iPad App Expands Reading Comprehension Delivery and Learning Opportunities for Grades 3-8

Designed as a companion to the comprehension suite, the new app gives anytime, anywhere access to interactive, mastery lessons on the four primary components of comprehension - finding facts, making inferences, identifying themes and the "main idea," and learning vocabulary in context.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 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

Science Buddies

For November 15, 2012: Students looking for science fair projects will find loads ideas at Science Buddies, a non-profit organization that "empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology."
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StudySync Partners with Pearson's Online Learning Exchange To Offer Social Studies Educators Enhanced Digital Learning Experience

The partnership will enhance Pearson's Online Learning Exchange's overall course offerings by adding a new set of social studies modules designed to maximize learning outcomes through student engagement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2012

Discovery Education for iPad

Discovery Education's iPad web app provides access to a database of video clips covering all core subjects in grades K-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

Pocket Literacy Coach

Pocket Literacy Coach sends daily text messages suggesting creative learning activities to a parent's mobile phone.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: What Happened on Your Birthday? Newspaper Archives Tell the Tale

Mary Alice looks at three specific, comprehensive digital collections—Chronicling America, Historic America Newspapers; Today in History; and The Newseum's Global Digital Archives—and shows you how to locate city and state newspaper archives.
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TOOLS FOR LEARNING: The Big Bang--Charting the Expanding Universe of Mobile Education

Under the sun, moon, and stars, there's plenty to explore when it comes to "mobile in education," and the success of BYOD as a concept is a compelling reason to start exploring
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

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

ePals and Curriki Partner to Strengthen and Expand Open Educational Resources for Students and Teachers

Two leading global collaborative networks team up to offer a robust collection of tools and curriculum resources for classrooms and independent learners around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2012

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Google Literacy Lesson Plans--Way Beyond ‘Just Google It’

We should teach students how to search both Google and databases effectively. Nothing new here. But Google's Literacy Lesson Plans released in May 2012 are something new.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Content Collaboration--25 Resources for Accessing (and Sharing) It All

Teachers, librarians, media specialists, and others, including students themselves, need resources for accessing and sharing it all. With search, mobile, and social networking, there's a whole lot more help out of the quicksand.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

SAS Curriculum Pathways Now Available to All Knovation icurio Subscribers

Available to icurio subscribers at no additional 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 grades 6-12 in traditional, virtual and home schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Aug 2012

Steve Spangler Science

For August 15, 2012: Science teachers looking for supplies and classroom experiments will be delighted with the wealth of resources available at the Steve Spangler Science website. Sign up for the experiment of the week or deal of the day.
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Kno Launches K-12 Digital Textbooks

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Kno have partnered to introduce enhanced K-12 content at introductory rental prices from $9.99 or less.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Aug 2012

Ology: the AMNH Science Website for Kids

For August 1, 2012: Choose an "ology" at Ology, the American Museum of Natural History's website for kids, and dive in to lots of hands-on science activities.
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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

2012 summer Olympics

For July 1, 2012: Splash into the London Olympics at Time for Kids. Watch Road to London, a video marking 100 days to the Olympics plus interviews with Olympic and Paralympic legends and hopefuls, and lots more.
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Follett Software Partners With Leading Content Providers

The partnerships are reflective of a larger digitally focused initiative to strengthen the connection between the library and the K-12 classroom curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2012

Amphibian Ark

For June 15, 2012: Blue Poison Dart frogs and other amphibians are in danger! Visit Amphibian Ark to learn about them, what's killing them, why it matters (Yes, it does!), and what's being done about it.
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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

Youngzine’s Interactive News Content for Young Audiences Now Integrated with Knovation’s Personalized Learning Solutions

A content partnership between Knovation and Youngzine brings dynamic news and current events content to netTrekker Search and icurio.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 May 2012

Kid Blocks

For May 15, 2012: Create and build in 3D with Kid Blocks from miSoft, a free app for iPhone and iPad.
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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

IDEA WATCH: The Power of Gaming--Student Engagement, Buy-In, and Fun

Carolyn Foote, our newest columnist, recently attended the South by Southwest Education Conference in Austin, Texas, where she was intrigued by the ideas of author and game designer Jane McGonigal. That got Carolyn thinking about the emotional benefit we get from game-playing.
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THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: What Is It About The Oregon Trail? -- Letting Learners 'Drive'

The Oregon Trail! Ask a group of adults about this memorable computer game and often they mention how this type of program motivates by putting kids in charge of their own learning.
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Geocaching with Kids

For May 1, 2012: Find treasure caches and solve problems by using a GPS with your students. Teachers, parents, and students will be able to gather many ideas for their GPS trek by visiting Geocaching with Kids.
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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

The Nature Conservancy, Discovery Education Launch ‘Nature Works Everywhere’

The new online destination provides middle school teachers, students and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand nature.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Apr 2012

neoK12

For April 1, 2012: Recently, Cyberbee's search for information about fossil identification led him to neoK12. It offers a large collection of free videos and pictures on nearly every subject for grades K-12.
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Khan Academy

For March 15, 2012: "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere." That's the mission of Khan Academy featured on 60 Minutes. It is a place where students can go to view over 3,000 tutorials in many subject areas on many levels.
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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

StoryKit

For March 1, 2012: Want to easily integrate digital storytelling into your elementary classroom? Then, try StoryKit, a free app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
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THE PIPELINE: The Changing Ecology of Reading--Learners, Teachers, Librarians Take Note!

Stephen points out that the reading ecology is changing. Reading may be fundamental, but the way we use reading materials in teaching and libraries will necessarily change as that ecology does.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Into the Zone--Media Literacy and Security

"Kids these days. They're in the zone," says Victor Rivero. It's a media-saturation zone he's talking about, owing to the device-saturation that's keeping kids perpetually connected. Educators must offer guidance so kids can navigate through this zone, for reasons of safety, security, and efficacy. Victor proffers the tools that can help.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

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

Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War

For February 15, 2012: Using diaries, newspapers, manuscripts, and other primary source material, Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War, a University of Virginia Library website, presents a composite sketch of southern women in the Civil War.
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PCI Education Debuts PCI Reading Program-Level Three Software

Level Three software is a new online component to the award-winning PCI Reading Program, a reading series for students with intellectual disabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 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

PBS Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

For February 1, 2012: PBS is opening up its library of movies with its free iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch apps.
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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

Britannica Curriculum Program Takes Aim at Scientific Misconceptions

Britannica Pathways: Science is designed to correct student misunderstandings through inquiry and collaboration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2012

Britannica Launches New Editions of SmartMath

The new editions of the product, SmartMath Practice and SmartMath Practice Plus, both priced lower than the premium edition, provide a greater range of options for schools to choose from with regard to administrative and assessment features.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2012

Inspiration Software Introduces Visual Mapping for iPad

This spring, Inspiration Diagrams will join the company's family of tools based on proven learning methodologies that help students and educators think, learn, brainstorm, analyze and write.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2012

Britannica SmartMath Now Extends to Eighth Grade

The newest release of the product also sports a streamlined teacher's module that makes it easier to issue assignments and track student progress, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 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

Gale and National Geographic Sign Agreement for Magazine Archive

Under the agreement, Gale will carry an online archive of more than 100 years of National Geographic magazine. Available to libraries this spring, National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 will include all issues of the magazine in a fully searchable and intuitive interface.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2012

Voices from the Days of Slavery

For January 15, 2012: Listen to former slaves describe their lives in Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories.
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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

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.
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Adobe Announces Latest Edition of Digital School Collection

The bundle - which gives students, including those with learning disabilities, a way to visually express what they've learned across curriculum - incorporates the recently announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 software, as well as Adobe Acrobat X Pro.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2011

Gale Cengage Announces Redesigned User Interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library

After extensive user analysis and market feedback, the interface for Gale's online ebook platform has been overhauled with improved navigation and organization, and a vibrant and engaging display to draw in students, researchers, professionals and general readers, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2011

Infobase Learning Announces Redesigned Streaming Video Products

Among the key platform enhancements are iPad compatibility, a redesigned interface with improved navigation, a new video player, special collections for key producers, improved search and browse options, and new features for account administrators, including free MARC records for every video.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Nov 2011

Four New Grammar Apps from Super Duper Publications

Super Duper Publications, a company that creates educational materials for children with special needs and communication or language delays, has introduced four new educational, grammar-based mobile applications for students — How?; Irregular Verbs; Plurals; and Yes or No? Fun Deck Apps.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Nov 2011

PBS LearningMedia to Offer Schools Initial Access to U.S. Department of Education's Learning Registry

The next generation media-on-demand service from PBS is making public media available free to teachers and students nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Nov 2011

World Book Classroom: Dramatic Learning

World Book Dramatic Learning provides original scripts, skits, and monologues to build reading fluency and content comprehension.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

Grolier Online

Grolier Online is a re-engineered, redesigned version of this web-based, subscription with new content and digital research tools. It tailors content for each user with an enhanced search engine that enables access to articles, maps, and videos that are adjustable to various reading levels.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

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

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: From Tiny Museums to the Library of Congress--Discovering Local History Resources in the Digital Age

Mary Alice notes that local museums, libraries, businesses, and passionate volunteers are digitizing primary resources and providing other digital content through processes once only affordable or possible by larger entities.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

CivilWar@Smithsonian

For November 1, 2011: This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The National Portrait Gallery's CivilWar@Smithsonian features a wide array of primary sources to help you teach and commemorate the event.
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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

Free Resources: Discovery Education and Partners’ Supplemental Classroom Materials, Grants, Award Programs

Focused on providing fun and engaging tools to classrooms and homes, these joint efforts include components like supplemental family activities, K-12 curriculum programs, interactive classroom lessons and more.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 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

Shoutlearning.org's Treebanding Project

For October 1, 2011: It's not too late to get involved with the Smithsonian's tree banding project You can do it now through Shoutlearning.org.
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Sokikom Launches New Shapescape Game

The game is designed to help kids in grades 1-6 build an understanding of geometry. Shapescape joins Sokikom's three other games: Frachine, which focuses on fractions, decimals and percents; Opirate, which emphasizes mathematic operations and algebra; and Treeching, which concentrates on the principles of measurement, algebra, patterns, time and money.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2011

Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Fourth Annual Siemens ‘We Can Change the World Challenge’

Through the Challenge, students are invited to team up with classmates under teacher/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8) and world (grades 9-12).
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2011

Cerebellum Releases the ‘4th Edition Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management Curriculum’

The 4th Edition operates on the same core concepts and philosophy as its predecessors - every child is capable of becoming a peacemaker - but has been further divided by grade levels to address the developmental difference for grades K-3 and grades 4-5.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2011

OverDrive and Amazon Launch Kindle Compatibility with Library Ebooks

In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend ebooks for the Amazon Kindle.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 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

Capstone Digital Launches PebbleGo Biographies, New PreK-3 Reading and Research Solution

PebbleGo Biographies is correlated to state and national social studies standards and features biographies on famous figures in history, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Alexander Graham Bell, and Barack and Michelle Obama, in 12 easy-to-navigate categories, such as athletes, explorers, inventors, and presidents and first ladies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Sep 2011

SchoolTube

For September 15, 2011: Teachers looking for a free and safe place to share student-produced videos should check out SchoolTube, the largest K-12 moderated video sharing website in the country.
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Free Resources: A Discovery Education Day of Instructive Webinars on 21st Century Learning Tools

The special live student session will feature acclaimed children's author Jean Craighead George.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Sep 2011

Maps.com Announces New Features in Maps101

K-12 Students can now visualize and compare 2010 Census Data with interactive maps.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 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

Don Johnston Announces Bookstream for Ebook Delivery

Bookstream makes it easy for educators to hop on the internet, upload ebooks and share them with students for anytime reading, the announcement states. It was designed to help educators comply with IDEA 2004 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) that require schools to deliver core curriculum in accessible formats to support students with disabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2011

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

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Subscription Databases in the Age of the Internet--A Problem With Easy Solutions

It is disconcerting when a school or state purchases valuable resources and usage is low. Mary Alice says the start of the school year is a good time to begin overcoming nonuse.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: An Ebook Update—The Latest Sources, Resources, and Options

The e-everything revolution charges ahead in the education realm. This month, Victor Rivero reprises and updates the discussion he started last year in his article "E Is for Explosion: E-Readers, Etextbooks, Econtent, Elearning, E-Everything."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

National September 11 Memorial & Museum Teach and Learn

For September 1, 2011: As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the 9/11 Memorial Teach and Learn website can help teachers looking for ways to include these events into their classroom curriculum.
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Cool Links: The International Association of School Librarianship’s Skype Project

The International Association of School Librarianship (ISLM) offers ideas for taking your classroom global. An interesting one we just got word of, among several projects for International School Library Month, is ISLM's Skype Project.
News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Aug 2011

Discovery Education Offers New Back-to-School Content and Enhancements

The company has upgraded its Discovery Education streaming service with a variety of new resources, more efficient navigation and a free, three-week series of webinars to help educators explore how to incorporate the digital resources into their instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2011

Free Resources: Pearson's ‘Remembering September 11’ Online Lesson Plans and Activities

To help students understand the events surrounding 9/11 and the aftermath, Pearson is offering teachers, students and parents a free collection of online education lessons and activities.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 Aug 2011

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

Discovery Education, Intel Encourage Students to Explore Their Curiosity Through New Online Resources

"Curiosity in the Classroom" engages students with cross-curricular lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 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

Pearson Announces myWorld Social Studies and myWorld History

The two social studies programs offer digitally robust content designed to help young people make personal connections and build long-term understanding of key social studies concepts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2011

Animated Knots by Grog

For August 1, 2011: Kids looking for a summer activity? Brush up on how to tie knots by watching animated illustrations at the user friendly Animated Knots by Grog website.
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Cerebellum Announces Exclusive U.S. Distribution of Two Award-winning Science Series

The ‘Kids @ Discovery: Creepy Creatures' and ‘Daily Planet: Environment Series' DVD collections offer 19 new titles for K-12 learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Aug 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

Free Resources: PBS LearningMedia

In addition to a rich public media library, PBS LearningMedia has content contributed from other publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, as well as content funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Education, to deliver thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Jul 2011

Petroglyphs.us

For July 15, 2011: Ready for a summer adventure? Explore prehistoric Native American pictographs and petroglyphs by visiting the numerous links to galleries and museums at Petroglyphs.us.
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ITI Cross Links: Cengagement—Cengage Acquires National Geographic School Publisher

Marydee Ojala, editor of Information Today, Inc.'s ONLINE magazine, posted a NewsBreak recently on Cengage's acquisition of a component of National Geographic that will be of interest to the K-12 community.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 01 Jul 2011

Take a Field Trip to the Field Museum

For July 1, 2011: If you haven't had an opportunity to visit the Field Museum in Chicago, you can explore some of its natural history treasures online.
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Discovery Education's Digital Textbook Launching in Classrooms Across the Country This Fall

The company's Interactive Science Techbook replaces print textbooks as a primary instructional resource.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2011

Britannica Announces New Ebook Service for Schools, Libraries

From Britannica Digital Learning, the service enables students in elementary school through college to easily access hundreds of high-quality books on the subjects they're studying.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2011

A Prairie Field Trip

For June 15, 2011: If there's one near you, visiting a prairie remnant makes a great field trip. For background, learn about the prairie regions of Ohio, native plants, and Making a Prairie Garden from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Ohio Prairies website.
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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

Free Nature Crafts

For June 1, 2011: Race into summer with a boatload of craft ideas from the Free Nature Crafts website that will keep kids busy outdoors.
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Encyclopaedia Britannica Releases 'Snakes', Multimedia App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod

The new mobile download for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is aligned with the school curriculum and designed for ages 8-12, though, says the announcement, even the youngest and most ophidiophobic kids can enjoy it.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 May 2011

Vegetable Gardens for Kids

For May 15, 2011: Combine a lesson on nutrition with a hands-on activity in your school yard using these tips and resources on the Vegetable Gardens for Kids at the Growing Raw.com website.
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Free Resources: WGBH Teachers' Domain Environmental Public Health Collection

The Environmental Public Health (EPH) collection offers classroom-ready assets for middle and high school students that look at how researchers, communities, and policy makers are working to address health issues resulting from toxins and other factors in our environment.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 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

Capstone Digital’s myON.com

myON.com is a personalized learning program and the first digital platform to recommend books to students based on interest and reading level. Hundreds of digital books are available from several publishers and are shown in color with features such as highlighting text or reading text aloud to students who need those features.
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THE TECH EFFECT: Playing Around With Technology

Johanna argues for and promotes a more flexible approach to teaching and using digital media through fabulous examples from the students of Ross Wallis, head of creative arts at a school in the U.K.
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Scholastic, PBS Kids and iVillage Launch Summer Reading Programs

The three brands are running two summer reading challenges designed to be entertaining and easy enough to fit into every family's busy summer schedule. Both challenges, the Scholastic Summer Challenge and the iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge, will be available through www.SummerReadingCentral.com.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 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

MathNook

For May 1, 2011: Help students hone their math skills with these entertaining games at MathNook. You can choose the level that meets the needs of your students, from basic computation to advanced equations.
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Scholastic Introduces New Version of Its Digital Reference Source Grolier Online

The new Grolier Online is customized for five unique sets of users, and includes an enhanced search engine and access to 120,000 articles arranged by reading level.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Apr 2011

Free Resources: Six Gale Online Resources Freely Available During National Library Week

Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2011. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting www.gale.cengage.com/NLW starting on April 10.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Apr 2011

Kelso’s Choice Website Provides Resources for Teaching Conflict Management Skills

Cerebellum Corporation has developed the Kelso's Choice Conflict Management Skills program website to make this popular conflict resolution program available to educators nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2011

Infobase Learning/Facts On File Launches Access Video On Demand for Public Libraries

Offering unlimited access to more than 7,800 full-length videos and 88,000 clips, Access Video On Demand gives public library patrons instant access to thousands of acclaimed documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos in a variety of subject areas from top-quality producers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Mar 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

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

Free Resources: Online Professional Development Modules From PBS TeacherLine on Teaching About Climate Change

New on-demand, video-based modules are available that are designed to deepen teacher knowledge of global climate and earth system change, while providing a resource that can also be used with students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 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

U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program

For March 15, 2011: One of the best resources for earthquake information is from the U.S. Geological Survey: The U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program.
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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

Best Kid Apps

For March 1, 2011: There is an app for that, but which app is the best for kids? Visit Best Kid Apps to read reviews and ratings of iPhone, iPad, and Android applications.
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Former ResourceShelf Publisher Launches INFOdocket Web Resource and Reference Material Site

Gary Price and colleagues will continue to provide valuable information and education resources through this new site as well as FullTextReports.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2011

Free Resources: WGBH Teachers' Domain Classroom Resources, Lesson Plans for LOOP SCOOPS

WGBH Teachers' Domain has created free classroom resources to support LOOP SCOOPS, a new animated broadband series for kids ages 6- 9 designed to grab their attention and get them thinking more creatively about the environment and the choices they make.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 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

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

Discovery Education’s Digital Content Now Compatible With Learning.com

By making Discovery Education digital services compatible with Sky, Learning.com users can now access the company's content using one single username and password.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2011

Capstone Digital Launches myON reader

The program offers a personalized literacy environment that provides access to an integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports, customized to a student's interest and reading ability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2011

Cerebellum Corp. Launches Three STEM-focused Series from the ‘Defined Learning’ Library

The 40-DVD library brings science and technology content to life for middle and high schoolers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 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

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

Free Resources: PBS KIDS GO!'s Cyberchase PlaySpace

The PBS KIDS GO! math series Cyberchase has re-launched PlaySpace; the interactive storytelling game now offers customizable features for the educator.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Jan 2011

BrainPop Featured Movie App

For January 15, 2011: BrainPOP has hundreds of original animated movies covering a wide range of academic subjects. Now there's a BrainPOP app offering access to the free "movie of the day."
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Science Power From World Book Classroom

Science Power from World Book Classroom is an interactive program that brings science alive for students. It includes multimedia, teacher guides and tests for each lesson. Lessons can be presented to whole groups, small groups, or individuals.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Connected and Engaged

Online. Blended. Mobile. 21 st-century. Collaborative. Project-based. Any way you label it, learning is changing. We're now settling into an exciting new paradigm of connected, engaged learning. To get a sense of all this, take a look at the sites, services, and resources we've noted right here in this article.
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End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

For January 1, 2011: The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, from the Clackamas County (Oregon) Heritage Partners, brings history alive through reenactments, videos, and print material. Historical information about the role of black pioneers in the settlement of Oregon is very informative.
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PBS TeacherLine Offers INSPIRE's 'Inspire Elementary Students with Engineering' Course

Enrollment is now open for this new online professional development course developed by INSPIRE at Purdue University to help pre-K-6 teachers improve learning and foster interest in STEM careers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Dec 2010

Science Kids

For December 15, 2010: Ready to spark scientific minds with some fun activities? Then, visit the Science Kids website, where you will find experiments on a variety of topics such as electricity, aerodynamics, and chemical reactions.
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PBS Kids and Lima Sky Launch Cyberchase Math Match

The new app for iPhone and iPod Touch offers a fun way for kids 8 years and older to test their math mettle.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Dec 2010

Indiana and Louisiana Approve Discovery Education’s Digital Science Services for Statewide Use in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms

Each edition of the Discovery Education Science Techbook series is built from the ground up to address individual state standards and is intended to serve as the new primary instructional resource for Indiana and Louisiana elementary and middle schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2010

Energy Quest

For December 1, 2010: At the Energy Quest website from the California Energy Commission, discover interesting facts about energy through a virtual interface.
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World Book Expands Science Power Digital Supplemental Learning Resource

Science Power, first introduced this summer, is a core component of the World Book Classroom collection of content-rich, interactive digital supplemental learning resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2010

Discover the Forest

For November 1, 2010: At the USDA Forest Service's and Ad Council's Discover the Forest website find a forest or park by typing in your zip code, then start exploring!
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TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Libraries Get Social—Social Media, That Is!

There's a quiet—or not so quiet—shift happening in school libraries across America. The social media revolution—reflected in all manner of shiny iPhone apps, blogs, Nings, Facebook pages, and other social networking tools, sites, and platforms—is real, and it's running like a loud line of students straight through the stacks, into the common areas, taking a sharp turn, and heading right on up to the teacher librarian/media specialist's desk. Are you ready for it? In this article, Victor Rivero addresses issues, answers, and resources to help.
Editorial/Features - Posted 29 Oct 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Chester Comix Offers New Social Studies Apps for the iPad and iPhone

Comic-form stories specifically designed to teach American history on the iPad and iPhone are now available from Chester Comix LLC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2010

Pearson Debuts Elementary School Apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Grammar Jammers offers interactive animated videos to help make mastering the rules of grammar a fun, melodic, and memorable experience for learners anywhere, anytime.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Oct 2010

Adobe Releases New Digital School Collection for K-12 Classrooms and Districts

The bundle includes the recently announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software, as well as Adobe Acrobat X. Adobe Contribute CS5 and Adobe Soundbooth CS5 software are also included in the collection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2010

SMART Introduces New Class of Interactive Whiteboard Offering Student Collaboration Features

The SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard supports multiuser writing and common multitouch gestures currently recognized in Microsoft Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2010

Free Resources: The Hub and Discovery Education's HubForTeachers.com

The new teacher website offers free tools, tips and resources based on characters from Hub TV shows demonstrating the power of storytelling in school, including lesson plans to improve student writing, and "The Hub Create a Story Contest" to encourage teamwork and engage student creativity in the classroom.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Oct 2010

Fear of Physics

For October 15, 2010: To students who think the field of physics is "mired with images of weird old men electrocuting themselves, strange equations, esoteric concepts, indecipherable books, etc.," the creators of the Fear of Physics website say: "NO WAY. Give it a chance!"
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Free Resources: TeachingBooks.net's Series Books Curriculum Resource Center

The newly produced Series Books Curriculum Resource Center includes hours of original audio interviews with popular series authors and hundreds of online resources to support the enjoyment of more than 40 favorite series—including fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction, and biography.
News/Free Resources - Posted 11 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

Project Vote Smart

For October 1, 2010: Midterm Elections are just around the corner. Project Vote Smart is loaded with information about the candidates, including profiles, speeches, voting records, and campaign finances.
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KidsHealth

For September 15, 2010: Parents, kids, and teens will discover a wealth of information reviewed by medical and health professionals at the KidsHealth website, from the Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.
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Tabula Digita Releases DimensionL Literacy-Based Interactive Video Game

With almost 200 literacy skills embedded in curriculum packs for elementary, middle and high school students, the highly interactive DimensionL instructional software introduces and reinforces such topics as language conventions, parts of speech, reading and writing processes, spelling, and vocabulary.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 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

PBS KIDS PLAY! Now Available for Classroom Use

The innovative educational games are targeted to children in preschool, kindergarten and special education. The standards-based, cross-curricular program adapts to each student with three learning stages for each of 30 skill areas.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2010

Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention Broadsides

For September 1, 2010: Constitution Day is coming up, and the Library of Congress provides excellent related resources for teachers through its Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention web page.
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Online Tools for Research—Elementary and Middle School Style

One of the most challenging areas in education today is helping students navigate through the ever-increasing world of information. There are many estimates out there on how fast the internet is growing, but everyone agrees it is the fastest-growing technology humankind has ever created! To get a handle on this 21st-century repository of information, librarians, teachers, and students need to harness the power and flexibility of the more-powerful, flexible, and varied online tools being developed … tools that can help them find, evaluate, and organize the megaloads of information out there. This applies not only to high school students but to younger students as well.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

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

World Book Launches Science Power

Science Power is the latest addition to the World Book Classroom collection of content-rich, interactive digital supplemental learning resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 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

FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

For August 15, 2010: Search for exemplary lessons and information by topic or keyword at the free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence website.
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The Cemetery: History Written in Stone

For August 1, 2010: Discover history in your own backyard by exploring a local cemetery, with the help of the website The Cemetery: History Written in Stone. Cemeteries are great primary sources, with lots more than dates and names.
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Discovery Education Expands Content Relationships to Provide New Curriculum-Aligned Digital Media

New agreements with BBC, Espresso Education/Channel 4, Dr. Lodge McCammon, CBS News, Smarterville/Reading Rainbow, and Visual Classroom will add robust educational media to Discovery's digital content services.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2010

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) Announces Release of the 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts

The core subject map—the result of a collaboration between P21 and leading art, dance, music, theater, and visual arts associations—provides first-of-their-kind classroom examples of integrating the 'four Cs' into arts courses.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2010

International Spy Museum

For July 15, 2010: Spies are in the news, so visit the International Spy Museum if you're in Washington, D.C. this summer! Next best thing? Hit their International Spy Museum website! Be watching over your shoulder, though.
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Early World of Learning

Susan Hixson reviews Early World of Learning, the newest addition to the World Book Classroom series, which focuses on preschool and early reading education. The online program supports educators as they help students build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading fluency.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Expanding the Power of Primary Sources With Web 2.0

This month, Mary Alice offers advice and discusses tools, such as Edmodo and VoiceThread, that will help you and your students do lots more than they have in the past with primary source materials they have gathered.
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The Etext in Action: Two Examples

For this story, Victor researched and describes a couple of real-life ways in which curriculum content is moving in the direction of an all-electronic format. He looks first at a school district's move to acquire interactive, digital textbooks from publishers in place of traditional paper-based books. Then he discusses Discovery Education's adaptation of its rich content into digital "basal textbook" format—but "basal textbooks" like you've never seen before!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: E Is for Explosion: E-Readers, Etextbooks, Econtent, Elearning, E-Everything

In "E Is for Explosion …" Victor Rivero sets the scene with an overview of recent happenings in the world of e-reading devices as well as etexts, then focuses in on more than 15 kinds of electronic texts and content and their producers/providers.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

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

ClassTools

For June 15, 2010: Create your own games using the templates provided by ClassTools. Add your own content and images, then copy the link to your blog or website.
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Dance Mat Typing

For June 1, 2010: This summer have your students hone their keyboarding skills with Dance Mat Typing. It's fun, easy to use, and geared for ages 7-11.
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ebrary Announces New Pilot Program for Public Libraries with Free Access for Local Schools

The new pilot program combines more than 20,000 ebooks from leading publishers under a simultaneous, multi-user access subscription model; free access for local public high schools; do-it-yourself epublishing tools; and complimentary marketing services.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2010

Siemens 'We Can Change the World' Challenge Announces 2010 Winners

Team 'No1Idling' from Michigan takes the middle school top honor; California's Team 'Planet Blue and Green' and Illinois' Team 'Zero Waste Lunch Experts' are the elementary school winners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2010

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Referencia Latina

Referencia Latina is a definitive general reference resource for the rapidly growing native Spanish-speaking population in the United States covering issues in Latin America and Spain, as well as US and global affairs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2010

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Safety, Security, and Access

In this age of technology-enabled openness, how much protecting is too much? And, going further, if our students are completely isolated from the benefits of the information age, will they ever learn? In this month's Tools for Learning feature, Victor Rivero examines some products, services, and solutions that address the question "How can our students stay safe and secure while simultaneously getting access to rich learning resources—and continue to fall in love with learning?"
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: A New Kind of Book Club

Teachers are entrusted to provide a broad and lasting education to their students. That means, in part, exposing them to both many forms and many formats of literature. If we can help them to see the connections between those formats, then all the better. When we can lead them to see, understand, and thoughtfully combine print and nonprint formats as tools for their own expression of ideas and mastery, then we have begun to arm them with the tools necessary for lifelong learning. The faculty and staff of Chets Creek Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla., have managed to do just that, as Johanna Riddle demonstrates in this month's Tech Effect column.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Subscription Websites

Subscription web services for education offer a fascinating variety of products and approaches for teachers, parents, students, and school systems. Some services provide grade book and student information systems, others offer assessment and learning management platforms, and some feature classroom resources including lesson plans, videos, digital tools, activities, and games. This article takes a look at a representative sampling of subscription-based websites that are appropriate for use in K-12 classrooms.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

School Town

Susan Hixson reviews School Town, an online collaborative learning resource.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

Oil Spill as Teachable Moment!

For May 1, 2010: The huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a news maker that can be turned into a quick inquiry lesson for students. Try a lesson that Cyberbee has used with teachers and students to think about the best way to clean-up an oil spill. Then, visit NOAA's National Ocean Service website page.
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Blackboard Releases Major Update of Blackboard Learn

Release 9.1 of Blackboard Learn emphasizes social learning and student engagement, and brings upgrades for K-12 and former WebCT Clients.
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

NAMTC and EduTone Launch Digital Marketplace for K-12 Schools

The NAMTC Digital Marketplace is powered by the EduTone Xchange platform, enabling education service agencies to purchase, provision, and access on demand the web-based applications and content offered in the Digital Marketplace.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Apr 2010

World Book Introduces Early World of Learning

As the latest addition to World Book Classroom, a series of teaching resources to improve learning in the classroom setting, Early World of Learning offers resources that integrate into the classroom curriculum in preschool and early elementary grades.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Apr 2010

Stream Invertebrates Resources

For April 15, 2010: Meet the invertebrates through art and photography with help from watersheds.org, the website of the Bryant Watershed Education Project in south central Missouri.
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Free Resources: Discovery Education's Spring Virtual Conference

The free professional development event on April 24th will focus on integrating educational technologies into classroom instruction.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 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

ST Math: K-5 Integrated Instructional System

The web-based ST Math: K-5 Integrated Instructional System includes enhanced math content from MIND's ST Math software, as well as new features for math teaching and learning, assessment, and reporting.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue

Capstone Launches Professional Development for Educators

Presented by a cadre of nationally known speakers with more than 20 years of product experience, Capstone's professional development program incorporates best practices with research-based products on a range of dynamic topics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2010

Women's History Month for Teachers

For March 1, 2010: Through a collaboration of several federal government agencies, at the Women's History Month for Teachers website, teachers are presented with a variety of primary source materials to use in their classrooms.
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Discovery Education Adds New Content from Scholastic Media, the Smithsonian Institution and Other Leading Publishers

Collaborations with top publishers, two public school systems, and others growDiscovery Education's library of content to more than 150,000 assets.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Feb 2010

Promethean Announces 'English Grammar II Essential' Course

The interactive grammar lessons on Promethean Planet are designed to help students develop critical language arts and writing skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2010

World Book Introduces The World Book Encyclopedia 2010

The latest version of the 22-volume encyclopedia includes thousands of new and revised articles across all disciplines and topics. The World Book Web, World Book's online information portal, includes reference collections which offer all the articles in the print edition as well as thousands more from World Book's contributors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2010

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

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

For February 1, 2010: Want to create a list of high-quality children's literature or find out if a book has won an award? Search librarian Lisa Bartle's Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature.
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PBS Seeks Entries for PBS Teachers Innovation Awards

PreK-12 educators can enter the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards program through March 12 for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes trip to the premier annual PBS event and other prizes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010

Free Resources: Gale Cengage's Latest—for Black History Month

For Black History Month (February), Gale Cengage has again assembled a collection of activities and information to complement classroom topics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 25 Jan 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

Learning A-Z, Language Technologies Offer PreK-6 Reading Education Materials via iTunes App Store

120 ReadingA-Z leveled readers are now available for purchase at Apple's iTunes App Store as ReadSmart Edition Apps. The catalog is designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2010

Fresh from the World ... Where Your Food Comes From

For January 15, 2010: The interactive site Fresh from the World ... Where Your Food Comes From presents the history of 15 popular foods as well as how food is grown, processed, and distributed.
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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

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

Heinle ELT, ePals Launch Virtual Community for English Language Learners

The companies have partnered to create the Heinle Community, intended as a safe and secure virtual workspace designed for learners to practice English through collaboration on projects in an authentic learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2010

A LOOK AT ... Interactive Whiteboards

In a year's time, Charlie Doe's district has placed interactive whiteboards in about 30% of their elementary classrooms and, in doing so, has made interactive whiteboard technology the envy of the district. That sparked his interest, so for this roundup, he takes a brief look at several products that offer a variety of approaches, from full whiteboards to equipment that makes a standard dry-erase whiteboard become interactive.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

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

THE TECH EFFECT: Podcasting in the Classroom--A Sound Success

Podcasting, a morph of the words "iPod" and "broadcast," was first coined by U.K. journalist Ben Hammersley. (In fact, it was declared to be 2005's Word of the Year by The New Oxford American Dictionary, edging out both "Sudoku" and "trans fat" for the philological nod.) The digital medium quickly found its way into the classroom, and why not? After all, it's free, easy, and accessible, and it has the ability to power up education for students from kindergarten to college.
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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

it’s learning

Susan Hixson takes a look at it's learning, an online learning platform for collaboration, planning, authoring, and the delivery of course materials and courses.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

Read:OutLoud 6

Charles Doe reviews the Read:OutLoud6 text reader from Don Johnston, Inc.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

Beaming the World Into Our Schools: Getting Into Interactive Videoconferencing

There is an economical way to introduce videoconferencing that involves inexpensive laptop computers and programs such as iChat, Skype, and ooVoo. A technology integration plan shared by a few pioneering districts in the author's area proves this point. Through it, schools have been able to make a serious commitment to the "new wave" of interactive technology at a minimal cost.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

National Agriculture Day

For January 1, 2010: Celebrate National Agriculture Day in your classroom or community. Each year the program promotes American agriculture and its essential role in maintaining a strong economy.
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Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University

For December 15, 2009: Build a thematic unit by searching the Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University, a great tool for elementary teachers who want to create reading lists to complement the curriculum.
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Zula USA Launches ZulaWorld.com

The website is an online destination designed to offer kids ages six and older, along with their peers, parents and teachers, a chance to explore the galaxies in fun and challenging ways.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Nov 2009

World Book Introduces 'Dramatic Learning' Classroom Resource

World Book’s new approach to reader’s theater provides educators a new tool for building reading fluency and content comprehension.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Nov 2009

Children & Nature Network

For November 15, 2009: The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature.
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THE TECH EFFECT: Samsula Academy: Old School, New Tricks

Samsula School has been a successful institution since its inception in 1912, in no small part due to the commitment and involvement of the Samsula, Fla., community. But the school community had to think on its feet in February 2008 when the public school district announced its intention to close the doors of the small, rural campus, along with those of several other rural and minority schools across the county. Johanna Riddle recounts how that thinking led to action … and the hammering out of an alliance with a successful charter school that kept Samsula's doors open.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Grzimek's Animal Life

Sally Finley reviews Grzimek's Animal Life, an online animal reference database from Gale Cengage Learning.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

RAPS 360 (Reading Analysis & Prescription System)

Charles Doe reviews RAPS 360, a reading assessment program designed to identify problem areas in all aspects of reading, including phonics, visual and auditory discrimination, word meaning and recognition, fluency, comprehension, eye tracking, and more.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Adobe Digital School Collection for K–12

The new Adobe Digital School Collection for K–12 students and educators provides a software bundle that includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, Adobe Premiere Elements 8, Adobe Contribute CS4, Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro, and Adobe Soundbooth CS4.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Virtual Worlds for Kids—Good Fun, Good Educational Value

Sonja Plummer-Morgan and Lisa Neal-Shaw are public librarians from Maine who have explored the use of virtual worlds with very young—and not-so-very young—children. They have found sites very helpful in encouraging curiosity and enabling tech-learning behaviors such as online communication, collaboration, composition, traditional as well as 21st-century literacies, and more, to the extent that we wanted to share their insights with our readers in K–12 education settings.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Science Buddies

For November 1, 2009: Need ideas for a science project? Look no further than Science Buddies, a project of The Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation.
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Social Media in the Classroom—For Kindergartners (!) Through High Schoolers [Available Full-Text, Free]

Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, MySpace, Ning: How do we help our students learn the social skills needed to understand what it really means to live and participate in a global community? How do we incorporate this into our schools and classrooms? How do we keep ourselves and our students safe? Social networking sites are mainstream media for many tweens, teens, and adults. There are even social networking sites that attract kids as young as 5 years old. This is the reality of the world we live in, and schools should reflect this reality.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Disney Publishing Worldwide Launches Disney Digital Books

The online subscription services offers an interactive reading experience with over 500 books at launch and 'flip-book' technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2009

Adobe Unveils New Digital School Collection for K-12 Classrooms

The collection includes Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 to help educators enhance teaching and learning of digital literacy skills, and now offers netbook compatibility support for Photoshop Elements 8 (Windows) and Adobe Photoshop Elements for the Mac platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2009

Study Buddy Handheld Tutors

Charles Doe reviews the Study Buddy Handheld Tutor, a device that offers electronic multiple choice practice opportunities for students of all ages.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

Classworks Web Edition

Sally Finley reviews Classworks Web Edition, an online subscription service that provides individualized standards-based instruction in math, reading, language arts, and science.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

Maps101.com

Susan Hixson reviews Maps101.com, a subscription-based online resource that provides access to thousands of interactive maps, videos, animated timelines, educational games, and educator resources for teaching earth science, geography, history, and social studies.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

The Collaborative Mind: Tools for 21st-Century Learning [Available Full-Text, Free]

Collaboration is one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century, but many educators are still searching for ways to embrace this idea in their schools. Some technologies facilitate the creation of a collaborative learning environment better than others, but there are a number of technology tools that can lead to collaborative student and teacher engagement while also addressing budgetary and infrastructure issues. This article offers suggestions for overcoming barriers using simple tools that foster complex thinking.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground

For August 15, 2009: Explore the wonders of astronomy at the Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground website from the Smithsonian Institution through a variety of activities designed for elementary teachers and students.
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Discovery Education streaming Plus

Alice Kurtz reviews Discovery Education streaming Plus, a web-based subscription servce that offers digital content and a media resource library service.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

JourneyEd Academic eStore Network

The JourneyEd Academic eStore Network (AEN) provides access to more than 15,000 online stores offering thousands of top-tier software and technology products—including programs published by Microsoft and Adobe—at discounts of up to 85% of retail prices to verified education buyers.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

Smokey Bear

For June 1, 2009: Smokey Bear has been around for 65 years promoting the prevention of wildfires. Visit Smokey’s website for some expert information for kids, plus perhaps some nostalgia for you!
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Free Resources: TeachersFirst's 10,000 Online Learning Resources for K-12 Teachers

The resources—websites offering a wide variety of content for all subjects in grades K-12—are presented by the nonprofit organization as it celebrates its eleventh anniversary.
News/Free Resources - Posted 01 May 2009

eLibrary

Alice Kurtz reviews eLibrary, a web-based collection of periodicals, images, learning resources, and teacher tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

LabQuest Library

Sally Finley reviews LabQuest Library, a LabQuest-focused toolkit that includes a lab creator, lab organizer, and links to LabQuest device upgrades.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

PebbleGo

Charles Doe reviews PebbleGo, a program designed to introduce database skills and research concepts to students in grades K-2.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Curriki and the Open Educational Resources Movement: Please Pass the Curriculum! [Available Full-Text, Free]

Sharing knowledge: In some form or another, it’s why most educators went into teaching in the first place. But traditional instructional materials don’t lend themselves to sharing between educators. New technologies now allow teachers to share and collaborate locally and globally in ways that generations past could never have imagined. These tools signal what may grow to be true disruptive change in how schools acquire and disseminate instructional and professional development resources. The nonprofit Curriki.org (www.curriki.org) is a 3-year-old organization that offers a large collection of free and open source content and collaboration tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

EducationCity.com Announces Pre-K Module

EducationCity.com is now able to offer its teaching, learning, and assessment content and features to schools and other childcare establishments from Pre-K through to Grade 6.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2009

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ScrollMotion Bring Curious George to the iPhone and iPod Touch

The Curious George's Dictionary app brings "the world's most curious monkey" to life in this digital version of a picture dictionary.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Apr 2009

BrainPOP Offers Free Financial Literacy Movies and Activities Throughout April

The collection of web-delivered animated movies, quizzes, and activities is intended to help foster discussion of timely topics to help children understand the financial issues facing the nation and the world today.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Apr 2009

Celebrate Arbor Day with the Arbor Day Foundation

For April 1, 2009: At the Arbor Day Foundation website, discover the history of Arbor Day plus a host of ways to incorporate it into the curriculum.
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PBS KIDS GO! Adds In-Video Gaming on Its Educational Broadband Service

Embedded in PBS KIDS GO!'s curriculum-based series, the new games are designed to foster greater learning comprehension and enhance the digital experience for early elementary school children.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Mar 2009

Knowledge Adventure Launches JumpStart.com Virtual World, Announces Adventure Land

Played online on both Macs and PCs, JumpStart.com Virtual World offers a safe and secure online environment where kids can interact, explore, and learn, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2009

PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection

Charles Doe reviews PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection, a web-based instructional and professional development resource.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

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

Learn360

The Learn360 video streaming service for K–12 education now offers a My Learn360 homepage designed to individualize the user experience for educators.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue

Saywire Offers Secure Social Networks for K-12 Learning

Saywire offers a combination of safe social technology and secure permission-based controls designed to provide “walled garden” social learning networks for K-12 schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Feb 2009

Evan-Moor’s TeacherFileBox.com Offers School-Site Subscriptions

The print-on-demand library of thousands of activities across the PreK–6+ school curriculum marks its third year by offering school-site subscriptions that provide educators with the resources they need to support the varied needs of today’s students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jan 2009

FETC News: Capstone Press Unveils New Database for K-2 Students

PebbleGo is a database designed specifically for K-2 emergent readers that introduces early learners to database and research concepts with information on hundreds of animals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2009

Inspiration Software’s Free Webcasts

Inspiration Software offers a free Webcast on Jan. 29 titled “Using Visual Learning Techniques to Improve Academic Performance with Inspiration.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Jan 2009

CoSN Webcast: How Technology Transforms Learning

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers the fourth installment in its 2008-2009 Internet & Education Webcast series with “Long Tail Learners: How Technology Transforms Learning” on Jan. 21, 1-2 p.m., Eastern Time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2009

kidthing, NEA Extend “Dear Mr. President” Project

kidthing and the National Education Association (NEA) extended the submission deadline for the “Dear Mr. President” project to Jan. 27, 2009.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jan 2009

KidPub Announces Winter 2009 Writing Contest

The quarterly challenge gives kids aged 8 to 14 a chance to hone their writing skills as they compete for prizes with hundreds of young authors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2009

CYBERBEE: Energy Challenges

Energy is an essential and, at times, a controversial subject. It is important that students learn about energy sources and the impact they have in their own lives, and Linda Joseph's Cyberbee guides you this month to web resources to help them do just that.
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A Look At … ESL Resources

There are many approaches—and many acronyms—related to ESL studies. Whichever approach or aspect is being considered, ESL resources have increased enormously with the introduction of computer and related electronic technologies. Charles Doe’s article offers some examples of the many fine possibilities available, with a mention of some of their more interesting features.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

EIA Energy Kids Page

For January 1, 2009: Need fast facts about energy sources, how they were/are formed, and their environmental impact? Start out at the federal government’s Energy Information Administration EIA Energy Kids Page.
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Teachscape XL

Charles Doe takes a look at Teachscape XL, a Web-based digital database with a search engine and tools to create learning materials.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information

Susan Hixson reviews Type to Learn 4, a keyboarding program designed for K-12 students at a variety of skill levels.
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Greenovation Lighting System Upgrade & Companion Curriculum

Greenovation, a sustainable lighting system upgrade with a companion curriculum, turns the classroom itself into a teaching tool.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue

Global Projects and Digital Tools That Make Students Global Learners [Available Full-Text, Free]

Today’s students are truly digital learners. Outside of school they are texting, using cell phones, creating social networks on the internet, and playing interactive games online; they often do all of these things at the same time—multitasking. They expect to use some of these tools when they are in school. Teachers can create new learning opportunities for students and turn classrooms into the 21st-century global classroom when they integrate technology into the learning environment. Read on to learn from Sheila Gersh just how teachers can begin to create such environments.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

H.W. Wilson Publishes the “Tenth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators”

H.W. Wilson announced the electronic and print publication of the “Tenth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators,” the newest volume in the series designed to acquaint readers with the creators of outstanding young adult and children’s books.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Dec 2008

Canvastic Launches Web Version of Canvastic Publishing Application for Primary Students

Canvastic.NET is the first online version of the company’s publishing solution for students and teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Dec 2008

The 2008-2009 Inspired Visual Learning Awards

The 2008-2009 Inspiration Software Inspired Visual Learning Awards program will recognize 15 educators and their students for creatively using visual learning in their classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Nov 2008

BookHooks

For November 15, 2008: Try out BookHooks and introduce your younger students to a place where they can share their book reports with other readers in a safe environment.
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Google Apps Education Edition

Google Apps Education Edition offers a variety of email, calendar, and collaboration tools directly from a computer browser.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue

Discovery Education Science for Elementary

Sally Finley takes a look at Discovery Education Science for Elementary, an online standards-based science curriculum.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Elementary Resources

Resources or tools that facilitate elementary classroom processes but aren’t major curriculum or textbook components can take at least three forms: tools that help teachers with their daily work; materials (software or electronics) that can be used for learning centers with individual students or small groups of learners; and online or electronic materials and software that support the curriculum or help teaching in some other way. This article takes a look at a few examples of new technology-based possibilities for elementary education. Several of the items mentioned here can be used across grades K–12, but they are well-worth considering in an elementary resources context.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

Cool Links: Galeschools.com Presents Monster Vote 2008

Galeschools.com is hosting Monster Vote 2008, an exercise designed to help students understand the election process and a contest offering one lucky class a chance to win a set of Monsters books from KidHaven Press.
News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Oct 2008

Free Resources: PBS KIDS Island at PBS KIDS Raising Readers Website

PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting have announced the launch of PBS KIDS Island, the centerpiece of the new PBS KIDS Raising Readers website, which provides free reading games and activities for children, parents, caregivers, and teachers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Oct 2008

NSBA Center For Public Ed Receives Pew Grant

The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE) received a two year $447,000 grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to build upon an initiative to engage school boards in support of high quality voluntary pre-Kindergarten education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Oct 2008

Banned Books Week 2008

Welcome to Banned Books Week—Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, 2008.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2008

Authors/Illustrators Selected for AASL "Knowledge Quest" Columns

The American Association of School Librarians and the Children’s Book Council released the names of the contributors selected for the AASL Knowledge Quest journal’s “Meet the Author/Illustrator” column during the 2008-2009 school year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2008

NYT/Carnegie Corp. Awards Now Include SMLS Nominees

The New York Times/Carnegie Corporation of New York “I Love My Librarian” award program is now open—for the first time—to school library media specialists.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2008

kidthing Announces New Online Digital Media Platform

The company intends kidthing as a safe and ad-free alternative to web browsers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2008

Inspiration Publishes “Kidspiration in the Classroom: Writing Essentials”

The new Kidspiration lesson plan book aims to help teachers use visual learning to build young learners’ writing skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2008

Free Resources: Worldscapes Global Issues Resources

Educational publisher ETA/Cuisenaire is honoring International Literacy Day (Sept. 8) with month-long access to free resources from its new WorldScapes Global Issues book series.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Sep 2008

The Thoreau Reader

For September 15, 2008: Learn about Henry David Thoreau and his writings at The Thoreau Reader, a comprehensive website featuring online versions of many of his books and lots of links and annotations about his literary works.
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Free Resources: InspireData Webcast Examines Teaching about Close Elections

Inspiration Software offers a free Web cast on Oct. 16 at noon Pacific time (3 p.m. Eastern time) titled “Analyzing Close Presidential Races with InspireData: How Might a Different Winner Have Changed History?”
News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Sep 2008

Free Resources: More WGBH Teachers' Domain Classroom Resources

Teachers' Domain is a digital library of free media online resources for teachers, and online professional development courses created by public television station WGBH.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Sep 2008

Animation-ish (Classroom Edition)

Charles Doe reviews Animation-ish, a computer program designed to help students create animations.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Cool Links: Ask.com Relaunches AskKids

The ResourceShelf folks recently briefly noted the relaunch of the AskKids search engine and interface, something we’ve been anticipating for quite a while now.
News/Cool Links - Posted 29 Aug 2008

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's Online Presidential Election Classroom Resources

ABC-CLIO offers a new free online History & the Headlines resource, “Presidential Elections: In History & Today.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Aug 2008

Scholastic Education Releases Upgraded, New Editions of WiggleWorks

WiggleWorks, a supplemental, educational technology program for Pre-K-3rd grade students, uses leveled, interactive ebooks, reading and writing activities, and explicit instruction proven through research to develop motivated, proficient readers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Aug 2008

Free Resources: AASL Offers More than $45,000 in 2009 Awards Program

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2009 awards program includes more than $45,000 in funding for awards to AASL members.
News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Aug 2008

2009 AASL School Library Media Program of the Year Award: Applications Now Available

The 2009 application for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National School Library Media Program of the Year award is now available online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2008

Smart Talk Español

Rhonda Clevenson reviews Smart Talk Español, an interactive learning device designed to help students develop vocabulary, oral language, and word recognition skills.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

Learn360

Alie Kurtz reivews Learn360, a video streaming service for K-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Lexia Reading v5

Charles Doe reviews Lexia Reading v5, a collection of three software programs combined with management functions.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Kidspiration 3

Susan Hixson reviews Kidspiration 3, the latest version of the cross-curricular visual learning program for grades K-5.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Free Resources: Don Johnston and Bookshare.org's Text Reader Software for Print-Disabled Students

Bookshare.org and Don Johnston, Inc. are participating in a partnership to provide qualified print disabled students with a free text reader to access electronic books from the Bookshare.org library, beginning in September 2008.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Mar 2008

New Books from ISTE

ISTE releases new books on RSS and PowerPoint with an educator perspective.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2008

LabQuest

Sally Finley reviews LabQuest, a handheld data collection tool that can be used as a stand-alone device or a computer interface.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

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

Teacher One Stop

The new Teacher One Stop offers documents, tools, and multimedia files with search capabilities, technologies, and resources designed to streamline and simplify educators’ planning activities.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue

Educating About Agriculture

For March 1, 2008: If you are looking for information on the hot topic of biotechnology, for an annotated list of books about agriculture, or if you just need to know the date for National Cream Puff Day or International Pickles Week (!), then look no further than the American Farm Bureau Foundation's Educating for Agriculture website.
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THE MEDIA CENTER: Geocaching for Fun and Learning

Geocaching, using GPS technology, is loads of fun, and it offers lots of educational opportunities as well. Yes, even in the media center. Media specialists are good at making curricular connections, and, says Mary Alice Anderson, the curriculum connections with geocaching are easy to see. Don't believe it?? Read and learn.
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CYBERBEE: Seeds of Change

With agricultural commodities so readily accessible in the U.S., it is easy to forget how the baked ham, green beans, pineapple, and rolls with butter arrive on the dinner plate in some countries, but not in others. Learning about agricultural practices, economics, and the importance of farming will go a long way in helping students understand one aspect of global interdependence. Prepare your students for a trip to a working farm by visiting these websites, all vetted by Cyberbee, aka longtime MMIS columnist and educator Linda Joseph.
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SMART Launches the SMART Document Camera

The SMART document camera enables teachers to display detailed images and video of any physical object and instantly incorporate that material into digital lessons using the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and Notebook collaborative learning software.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Feb 2008

GenevaLogic Visionary Grants Awarded

The first GenevaLogic Visionary Grants were awarded by the GenevaLogic Foundation in late January.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Feb 2008

Califone Introduces AV Tutor and Digital Cartridge Programs to Help Develop Core Reading Skills

The AV Tutor is a handheld player/recorder that allows students to compare their pronunciation of words with prerecorded "model" examples. It offers enhanced sound quality and, being a digital device, requires little maintenance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2008

Inspiration Launches Kidspiration 3

The upgrade of Kidspiration features new visual math tools and enhanced capabilities for building literacy skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2008

NSF ScrubClub

For February 1, 2008: It's winter, and the height of the cold and flu season, time to meet The Scrub Club in their quest to encourage effective hand washing to avoid infections.
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Scholastic Launches Children’s Book Search Tool: Teacher Book Wizard

The new, free website helps teachers and parents match the right book to the right child based on four different reading level systems, interests, and previously enjoyed books.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jan 2008

SMART-created Lesson Activities on Curriki Web Site

SMART Technologies announced the addition of 100 SMART-created lesson activities to the Curriki global education and learning community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing free education materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jan 2008

Pokémon Learning League Adds Internet Safety Program

The new Pokémon Learning League program provides lessons on internet safety and media literacy for lower and upper elementary level students and includes teacher and parent resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2008

Non-profit MIND Research Institute Brings Visual Math Education Programs to Southeast States

The MIND Research Institute’s visual math courseware programs for grades K-12 are now available in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 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

Free Resources: Vernier Spring LabQuest Workshops

Vernier Software & Technology offers free hands-on workshops designed to help educators learn ways to integrate computer and handheld data collection technology into any science or math curriculum.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 Jan 2008

Free Resources: Links to Online Resources About 2008 ALA Award Winners from TeachingBooks.net

To help celebrate the recently announced ALA Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and others), Teachingbooks.net has announced it is offering free access to a great batch of original short movies and readings by the award winners.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Jan 2008

ISTE Publishes New Book on Project-Based Learning

Reinventing Project Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age offers educators a practical guide for maximizing the benefits of project-based learning in today’s technology-rich learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jan 2008

NOAA Accepting Grant Applications for K-12 Environmental Literacy Projects

Projects should be designed to increase knowledge of scientific phenomena and provide opportunities for the application of that knowledge to environmental issues relevant to the students. Approximately $4 million in grants will be awarded.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2008

Primary Soure Tool Kit

For January 15, 2008: There are times when we simply have to "hold" a resource, touch it, and see it firsthand. The Library of Congress’ Primary Source Tool Kit website can make this possible!
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Discovery Education Announces New Elementary Science Resource

Discovery Education Science for Elementary is designed to empower educators to engage student minds with science while reinforcing important literacy and mathematics skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jan 2008

ABC-CLIO Launches Release 2.0 of Online Databases for Schools, Libraries

Enhancements to the new versions of these databases include an "Analyze" section that helps students examine key dilemmas in history, grapple with issues, and build historical inquiry skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jan 2008

Learn360 Provides New Video Streaming Service

Educational video publisher School Specialty Media offers its new online Learn360 video streaming service for K-12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2008

The Summer Travel Blog: A 2.0 Travelogue to Bridge Summer “Down Time” [Available Full-Text, Free]

Do you still remember the thrill of receiving a summer postcard from your teacher? How exciting it was to open the mailbox and find that personal piece of mail waiting—and to realize that your teacher was thinking of you. Perhaps the photograph on the face of the card led you to the encyclopedia to learn more about a particular place, while a handwritten line or two described a cultural experience, unusual food, or new language. Travel postcards, sent by thoughtful teachers over the years, have broadened the world of many a child. Yesterday’s postcards have gone high-tech. Weblogs, or blogs, enable today’s teachers to send a new kind of post, sharing their travel experiences as they unfold. Blogs provide an up-to-the-minute opportunity for teachers to continue to educate their students through semester breaks, to interact with their school communities, and to share experiences and locales that encourage understanding of the broader world. And those 21st century postcards come complete with the ability to upload and publish journal entries, photos, slideshows, audio, video, and educational links.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

Fluent Reading Trainer (FLRT)

Charles Doe reviews Fluent Reading Trainer (FLRT), a Web-based program that helps students increase reading speed while improving or maintaining reading comprehension.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder

Susan Hixson reviews Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder, an online teacher tool.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

World Book Encyclopedia 2008 Edition Released

The encyclopedia includes access to The World Book Web, World Book's suite of online publications, featuring all the articles in the print edition as well as thousands more from World Book's contributors and access to additional resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Dec 2007

Soliloquy 4.1 Available

Soliloquy Reading Assistant 4.1 updates the reading fluency program with easier software installation, support of Windows Vista, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2007

NBC News and HotChalk Launch Digital Election Resource for Education

The Decision ’08 resource, designed specifically for classroom instruction, offers up-to-the-minute presidential election news through a video-on-demand user interface, allowing teachers to customize their lesson plans with compelling and relevant content to bring the election process and political issues to life, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Nov 2007

Virtually a New Way of Learning: Video and Simulations as Teaching Tools [Available Full-Text, Free]

With end-of-grade, back-to-basics, multiple-choice testing for the masses and mechanical instruction methods, there’s growing concern that children are not learning to problem solve as much as they are mastering memorization of isolated facts in order to answer test questions. Yet, when they get home from school, children eagerly devour new information and concepts through the virtual environments of video games. In what I call a stealth-learning environment, children develop skills that connect and manipulate information in the virtual worlds of video games without really knowing that they’re learning.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Tool Factory Podcasting

Sally Finley reviews Tool Factory Podcasting, a Windows-based program that provides the tools needed to create and publish podcasts.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Rapid Resources

Susan Hixson reviews Rapid Resources, an online teacher's tool for differentiating instruction.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

ISTE Offers Book on Differentiating Instruction with Technology

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released “Differentiating Instruction with Technology in K-5 Classrooms,” a book written by Grace E. Smith and Stephanie Throne.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Oct 2007

Gale Unveils "Literature Criticism Online"

Literature Criticism Online provides access to hundreds of volumes from 10 Gale literary series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2007

Free Resources: FileMaker Teacher Materials

FileMaker Pro Basics provides a comprehensive downloadable set of free training materials designed to help K-12 educators learn the essentials of creating FileMaker Pro databases.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Sep 2007

Free Resources: Sally Ride Science Blog

The Sally Ride Science blog features a series of science-themed entries designed to help elementary and middle school teachers illustrate real-world applications of science concepts and spark classroom discussions.
News/Free Resources - Posted 08 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

Database News: What’s There, and What’s Coming Up, in the World of K–12 Content, Part 5

In this article, Part 5 of his series of reviews, Robert Congleton continues his conversations with representatives of vendors--in this case, ePals, LearningExpress, and Teen Health & Wellness--about how they are addressing the growing K–12 classroom reliance on electronic resources, the products they currently offer, and what new resources they plan to release in the near future. The article also describes updates on enhancements and new products that have been released in the last year by five of the vendors previously reviewed in this series: Gale, Greenwood Electronic Media, TeachingBooks.net, World Book, Grolier Online/Scholastic, Inc.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

Simon S.I.O. (Sounds It Out)

John Drag, Jr. reviews Simon S.I.O. (Sounds It Out), a tutor-led phonics intervention program for students of all ages who may be experiencing difficulty in mastering phonological awareness.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

TeacherFileBox.com

Charles Doe reviews TeacherFilebox.com, an online collection of instructional resources for PreK-6 educators.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

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

Free Resources: Teaching Tools from the National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum offers a variety of classroom resources, including online activities and teaching materials, designed for use in learning across the curriculum.
News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Jul 2007

A LOOK AT ... Writing Software and Webware in the Age of Social Computing

The “social networking” generation is writing, and this writing is important to them. Schools must find a way to merge these informal writing activities with the writing activities found in classrooms. It’s possible that the use of social networking technologies with classroom writing programs could make writing in school interesting enough to motivate students to tackle the more formal writing needed for college, business, and other activities in adult life. Charles Doe's latest "Look At ... " article examines some of the software and Webware possibilities inspired by social computing as well as some of the newer computer- and Internet-based writing tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Radius Audio Learning System

Charles Doe reviews the Radius Audio Learning System, a hardware product that plays CD-ROMs and reads digital activity cards to process information and student responses.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Knowledge Adventure Launches Knowledge Adventure Academy—Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

The software provides 2,400 explicitly leveled vocabulary words that build background knowledge and contribute to improved reading comprehension. These “Core Literacy” vocabulary words are reinforced with high-quality audio pronunciations of all words and definitions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2007

Knowledge Adventure Introduces Knowledge Adventure Academy—Early Literacy

The new supplemental program offers individualized instruction for early learners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2007

Free Resources: The Franklin Institute Examines the Science of Ancient Egypt for K-12

The Franklin Institute Science Museum presents online materials designed to extend the experience of the museum’s King Tut exhibit with activities geared to the K-12 science curriculum.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 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

Scholastic Announces Bookflix, E-Books for the Primary School Set

Scholastic BookFlix pairs classic fictional video storybooks with nonfiction e-books in a new online format.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jun 2007

The Bridge of Vocabulary

Charles Doe reviews The Bridge of Vocabulary, a program that includes a book with 100 vocabulary activities and a companion CD-ROM that provides more than 300 additional activities.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

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

Evan-Moor Offers TeacherFileBox.com

TeacherFileBox.com, a subscription-based print-on-demand library, provides 7,000 supplemental learning activities across the elementary school curriculum, from Pre-K through grade 6.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2007

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at the Global Fishing Crisis

This month, ngm.com examines the global fishing crisis from a number of perspectives.
News/Free Resources - Posted 01 Apr 2007

New Saxon Math Elementary Program

Saxon Math Publishers, an imprint of Harcourt Education, will introduce a new version of the Saxon Math elementary program this fall.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2007

Math FACTMASTER In Online Edition

Math FACTMASTER for grades one through six is now available in an online edition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Mar 2007

AutoSkill Releases SpanishTutor Module for Academy of MATH

AutoSkill International now offers an optional SpanishTutor module for its Academy of MATH intervention software.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Mar 2007

First in MATH

Sally Finley reviews First in MATH, a Web site that provides access to the 24 Game series, mathematics fact practice, test preparation, and critical thinking skills activities.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

WebLessons

Susan Hixson reviews WebLesssons, an online multimedia resource that replaces the typical browser window with a student learning path.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

GenevaLogic Vision Kits: Classroom Computer Management Software

Three new GenevaLogic Vision Kits provide individual classrooms and entire schools with classroom management tools for effective computer teaching.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue

Free Resources: AASL School Librarian's Scholarship Deadline Nears

Applications will be accepted until March 1 for the AASL School Librarian's Workshop Scholarship.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Feb 2007

H.W. Wilson Adds More Teaching Resources to Science Full Text Select

H.W. Wilson announced the addition of 28 science education journals to its Science Full Text Select database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2007

iLearn Express Unveils 99-Cent Downloadable Interactive Learning Activities

The services makes thousands of educational activities for K-5 math and spelling available.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Feb 2007

Participate in AASL's "School Libraries Count" Survey

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is gathering data for a longitudinal survey of school library media programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Feb 2007

GenevaLogic Debuts New Classroom Computer Management Software

GenevaLogic now offers three new education kits designed to provide individual classrooms and entire schools with classroom management tools for effective computer teaching.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2007

BKFK and Mattel Announce 3rd “Invent-A-Toy” World Games

By Kids For Kids Co. (BKFK) and Mattel are partnering for the third annual “Invent-A-Toy” World Games competition for youngsters ages 5-19.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2007

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Features the Amazon, the Arctic, and More in January

The National Geographic Web site, Ngm.com/, explores a variety of subjects--and many corners of the world--in the month of January.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jan 2007

Tom Snyder Productions Releases Scholastic Keys in the Classroom

The teacher resource book provides over 50 curriculum-aligned lessons to accompany the activity files included in the software programs Scholastic Keys and MaxData.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jan 2007

Rand McNally Classroom

Susan Hixson reviews Rand McNally Classroom, a Web site designed for teaching the K-12 curriculum in social studies, history and geography.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

WriteBrain

Charles Doe reviews WriteBrain, a Web-based multimedia writing program.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

World Book Kids

An online product designed for younger users, English-language learners, and reluctant readers, World Book Kid offers simple navigation, easy to read content, bright colors, and bold graphics.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue

A LOOK AT ... Elementary-Level Software and Webware

This article begins with a look at some examples of the excellent smaller, more narrowly focused elementary programs available on CD and moves on to examples of some of the outstanding, more far-reaching programs available via the Web or a network of some type. As usual, Charlie Doe has the category covered in this latest roundup.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

Creating a Broadcasting Empire … From the Corner of Your Classroom!

Podcasting is emerging as one of those technological diamonds in the rough that has the potential to reshape the way we look at the Internet, mass media, and ourselves. With a multimedia computer, easy-to-use recording software, and some storage space on the Internet, everyone can build a podcasting production center of their very own. Podcasting is headed for a classroom near you, so read Dan Schmit's feature to be ready for it!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

An Author in Every Classroom [Available Full-Text, Free]

Multimedia online technologies now offer an unprecedented ability to enable every student, teacher, and even every family to "meet" the authors of books they are reading. If you have ever seen an author speak or have hosted authors in your school, you have experienced the impact meeting an author has on a personal relationship to a book. It humanizes the book, it reveals the person and personality that created it, and more. This article highlights specific ways you can replicate these personal connections to authors and illustrators by optimizing a variety of multimedia and online technologies.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

Free Resources: HP Offers K-12 Technology Grant Initiative

A new HP initiative will award grants totaling $3.9 million in cash and HP equipment to K-12 public schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 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

EBSCOhost Offers “New Features” Area

EBSCO Publishing introduced a new way for users to learn about EBSCOhost interface enhancements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Dec 2006

Fact Monster

For December 1, 2006: Fact Monster, a great, free research, homework help, and just plain fun site from Information Please, provides loads of features targeted to students.
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NCEE Offers Virtual Economics CD-ROM

Virtual Economics 3.0, a CD-based program from The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), provides more than 1200 activity-based economics and personal finance lessons for K-12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2006

Nutrition Café

For November 15, 2006: At the Nutrition Café, "where nutrition information is fun,"students get to learn about and demonstrate their knowledge of nutritional facts.
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Thinkronize Announces Addition of Canadian Resources to netTrekker

A team of Canadian educators who are specialists in their content areas worked with Thinkronize to identify and evaluate high quality resources that specifically support Canadian teachers and students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2006

netTrekker Includes Teachers’ Domain

netTrekker now includes access to Teachers’ Domain, the result of a partnership between Thinkronize, the developer of the netTrekker educational search products, and WGBH Educational Foundation, the producer of Teachers’ Domain.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2006

Free Resources: Activities for National American Indian Heritage Month

The folks at the ReadWriteThink Web site—a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation—have an excellent collection of resources of their own making, plus links to many more, to use during National American Indian Heritage Month.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Nov 2006

Building Wings: The Autobiography of Software Publisher, Struggling Learner and Student Advocate Don Johnston

Don Johnston, the founder and leader of the multimedia company that bears his name, has written an autobiography designed to inspire struggling students to become self-learning advocates and to take charge of their own learning process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2006

Hotmath.com Resources Now Available to netTrekker d.i. Subscribers

Schools and districts can now purchase access to Hotmath.com as a content upgrade to netTrekker d.i.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2006

Blue Zones: Quest for the True Fountain of Youth

Reviewer Sally Finley takes a look at Blue Zones: Quest for the True Fountain of Youth, the latest online exploration from Questmaster Dan Buettner.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

CultureGrams

The CultureGrams report series provides an insider's perspective on the daily life and culture of countries across the globe, including background information on customs, lifestyle, and country-specific recipes.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue

Free Resources: Online Archaeology Resources for K-12

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) offers a variety of free online resources for K-12 educators and students, including curriculum information, lesson plans, bibliographies, and teacher workshops.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Oct 2006

Discovery Education Introduces New Multimedia Learning Products in Key Subject Areas

There are more than 150 new video, DVD, and CD-ROM titles for grades K-12, including animated series, now available in the Discovery School line of products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Oct 2006

School Science Fairs

For October 15, 2006: “You never know where a science fair project will take you.” That’s the philosophy behind the creation of the School Science Fairs Web site! Cyberbee says the site should be your first stop when looking for science fair project ideas.
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Soliloquy Learning Launches Soliloquy Reading Assistant 4.0

The new version includes Web delivery, advanced reporting capabilities, and speech-recognition enhancements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2006

Discovery Education to Create Lesson Plans Featuring unitedstreaming and Google Earth

Educators can now help their students gain a deeper understanding of the world by blending unitedstreaming’s broadband videos on historical, geographical, or other subjects with Google Earth’s cutting-edge geography content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2006

Pokémon Learning League Now Available for Use in Classrooms

Educators and students can access the new standards-based online educational suite from Pokémon USA through a free trial until the end of the year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Oct 2006

Tom Snyder Productions Releases MaxData

MaxData is designed to teach students all aspects of data handling, from the first steps of simple representation of data, to learning database concepts such as fields, field types, records, tables, and filters.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Oct 2006

Free Resources: World Book’s ‘Causes and Effects of Global Warming’

The new feature in World Book’s Online Reference Center is intended to help students and their parents better understand the issues around global warming, from the science to the politics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Oct 2006

Free Resources: National Science Foundation Online Lessons and Web Resources

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers an online collection of lessons and Web resources, most of which come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Sep 2006

Pearson Introduces Bridge of Vocabulary

The Bridge of Vocabulary, a book and CD set available November 13, offers an explicit vocabulary intervention program developed for general and special educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2006

H.W. Wilson’s Children’s Catalog on WilsonWeb

All content from the upcoming 19th edition of Children’s Catalog is now available on WilsonWeb.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Sep 2006

SRA/McGraw-Hill Upgrades TechKnowledge

The upgraded edition of TechKnowledge, the online interactive technology literacy program for students in PreK-6th grade, offers a variety of new features.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Sep 2006

BrainPOP Launches BrainPOP Junior for Kids K-3

Topics in BrainPOP Jr. are chosen to correlate with national standards and testing mandates but are written in fun and understandable language for children.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2006

World Book, Inc. Introduces World Book Kids Online

The site starts with content from World Book’s Student Discovery Encyclopedia and adds activities that apply to the thousands of articles to provide students with an active learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2006

Let's Go Learn/Reading

Susan Hixson reviews Let's Go Learn/Reading, a K-12 diagnostic assessment program.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

MathAmigo 4

Reviewer Sally Finley writes about MathAmigo 4, a standards-based math software program.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

ISTE Updates “Spreadsheet Magic”

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released the second edition of the popular book, “Spreadsheet Magic” by Pamela Lewis.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2006

Tool Factory Introduces B/D Letter Olympics

The B/D Letter Olympics, a new reading program for K-2 students, helps young readers develop visual discrimination of the letters b and d.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2006

Curriculum Associates Releases Science Vocabulary Series

Curriculum Associates released Passwords: Science Vocabulary for students in grades 3-12. The program is part of a series designed to help students develop academic language.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 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

Sunburst Introduces WriteBrain

WriteBrain, from Sunburst Technology and DigitalXperts, offers a comprehensive Web-based writing program for grades 2-8.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2006

Simulation Explorer

Sally Finley takes a look at Simulation Explorer, a collection of six science simulations presented at two levels of difficulty based on variables.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Type to Learn Jr. New Keys for Kids

Charles Doe reviews Type to Learn Jr. New Keys for Kids, a keyboarding program for students in grades K-2.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

SirsiDynix K-12 SchoolRooms Project

SirsiDynix and INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio Schools, announced that 140 librarians and educators in Ohio are creating content for SirsiDynix SchoolRooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2006

ITI Cross Links: My Homework's Done--Can Imbee on My Blog?

Imbee.com is a blogging site for children ages 8 to 14. What!!??? you're saying. Not safe!! Well, with all the concern over kids posting and publishing to the Web, it's worth reading the EContent article by Jared Bernstein to see how the imbee.com folks create an environment they say is safe even for kids that young. (From Information Today, Inc.’s EContent magazine)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 13 Jun 2006

Discovery Education Launches the Next Generation of unitedstreaming

The newly updated unitedstreaming video-on-demand service will include new multimedia assets, live curriculum-based Web seminars led by education technology experts, and hundreds of additional educational video titles.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jun 2006

Sci4Kids

For June 1, 2006: The USDA's Sci4Kids Web site is a series of stories for students ages 8-13 illustrating the work of the Agriculture Department scientists. Learn how satellites determine where cows Moo-ve (roam) and why that is important, how food might be grown in space, and lots more.
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Scholastic’s Summer Reading Buzz Site Launches

The Summer Reading Buzz site will have cool activities and contests for kids, informative tips and tools for parents, and downloable materials for librarians to make summer reading enjoyable and fun, according to Scholastic.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 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

Crick Software's Clicker 5 Now Available for Mac OSX

Crick Software's Clicker 5 K-6 writing and creativity tool is now available in a Mac edition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 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

Software Programs from Tom Snyder Productions Included in New Apple Digital Learning Series

Tom Snyder’s GO Solve Word Problems and The Graph Club will be included in the Elementary Math package.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 May 2006

The Education Desktop

The Education Desktop is a customized Internet portal for teachers and students that provides access to education-appropriate applications and tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

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

CYBERBEE: Creekin’

This month, Cyberbee sets his and your sites on water, streams, and creeks, where your students can experience great adventures. Discover all sorts of creatures and plants that live in this aquatic habitat, investigate the health of the creek and its impact on the overall environment, and lots more. Prepare for your journey by visiting these Web sites for information and lesson ideas.
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PLATO Learning Introduces New Straight Curve Product Line

The first Straight Curve product—Straight Curve Mathematics Series 2—is scheduled for release in summer 2006.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Apr 2006

Tool Factory Launches SpellTrack for Reading Intervention

Part of Tool Factory’s On Track Series, Spell Track is composed of self-paced activities, unique word lists, and reinforcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Apr 2006

BrainPOP! Brings on Science Movies, BrainPOP! en Español

Twenty new science movies and a Spanish version of BrainPOP are currently launching.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2006

Canvastic Is Updated to Version 2.1

The new version of the integrated writing, graphics, and publishing tool for students in grades K-8 features dozens of refinements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2006

Ohio Peregrine Falcons

For April 1, 2006: Each spring when the falcons nest, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources sets up the Ohio Peregrine Falcons site, using a live cam on the 41st floor of the Rhodes Tower in Columbus.
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netTrekker d.i. Provides Readability Ratings

netTrekker d.i. now includes readability ratings for its bank of online classroom resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2006

Discovery Communications Launches COSMEO Online Homework Help Tool

The broadband educational video service has been designed for “kids who live and learn online.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2006

Something Froggy!

For March 15, 2006: Life re-emerges as we spring into spring! Take frogs, for instance. At the Something Froggy Web site, choose from the Primary (K-3) or the Junior (4-8) version to learn about frogs and their life cycle.
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Southfarm Press Poetry and Book Illustration Contest

In support of April’s designation as National Poetry Month, Southfarm Press offers a poetry and cut paper book illustration contest open to children in grades K-3.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Offers Earth Day Materials

Thomson Gale provides free online access to a variety of Earth Day-related materials, including experiments, information on the environment, related Web links, tools for teachers and parents, and environment-focused Thomson Gale titles.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Mar 2006

Free Resources: BrainPOP's Earth Day Videos

BrainPOP offers free online movies on topics related to Earth Day throughout the month of April.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Mar 2006

ST Math

Susan Hixson takes a look at updates to the math portion of ST Math + Music from MIND Institute.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

K8AIT's Kite Flying

For March 1, 2006: Ah, yes. March! That transitional, traditionally windy month. What you need is Kite Flying, a complete lesson on kite flying for all age levels.
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CYBERBEE: Flying High into the Sky with Math and Science

Linda Joseph's CyberBee this month helps you and your students transform your schoolyard into a launchpad; experiment with aerodynamics, Newton's laws, and Bernoulli's principle; create geometric kites and sleek paper airplanes; measure distances; determine the best flying designs and discover why they were successful; and more ... by guiding you to some terrific kite- and paper-airplane-related math and science Web sites.
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Bookbinders: Fusing Technology, Image, and Literature [Available Full-Text, Free]

In this article, Johanna Riddle offers four elementary-level projects that use technology as the mortar of interdisciplinary and inter-literacy learning. Some of the technology applications are as simple as scanning an image or clicking a digital camera. All four of these projects spring from works of literature that are common to most school media centers. They follow a framework that includes introducing a work of literature, learning a technology process, providing reading and working time, self-evaluation, and group discussion of outcomes The communication skills garnered by the students build on each other from project to project and year to year.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Electric Universe: The Power of Learning!

For February 15, 2006: Electric Universe is "a universe of information about electricity, how it affects our lives, and how to harness its power safely." Check out "Louie's Space" and other electrifying spots on the site!
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Free Resources: Artopia

“Artopia is a comprehensive Web-based arts experience designed for middle school students, covering the visual and performing arts.” (from the Artopia Web site) And … it’s really fun!! (from MMISXtra)
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Feb 2006

Merit Software Integrates Text-To-Speech Technology Into Reading, Grammar, and Vocabulary Instruction

With the Merit Text Talker, all of the passages, questions, answers, tips, and explanations students view on the screen in Merit reading, grammar, and vocabulary improvement programs can be spoken aloud.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2006

Play Index Dramatic Resource Now Available on WilsonWeb

Play Index, applauded by Reference Quarterly as “the preeminent play-finding index,” is now available as a WilsonWeb online reference.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2006

Texthelp Releases Version 8.0 of its Read&Write GOLD Literacy Support Software

Read&Write 8.0 GOLD enables students in grades 3 and up who struggle to read and write to use mainstream classroom software alongside their peers, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Jan 2006

Riverdeep Launches Destination Reading for Grades 4-8

The new courseware was developed specifically to meet the instructional reading needs of students in the “tween” years.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2006

Scholastic Education Launches Technology-Based Reading Solutions

The programs are designed to provide effective differentiated instruction, immediate, corrective feedback, and vocabulary support in students’ native languages in an effort to provide tools to help English Language Learners (ELLs) become fluent readers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2006

Inspiration Software and Zaner-Bloser Collaborate to Develop Visual Learning Tools to Strengthen Student Writing Skills

Custom Inspiration and Kidspiration graphic organizer templates will support Zaner-Bloser’s Strategies for Writers program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2006

MIND Institute Releases New ST Math Software

The software’s emphasis is on teaching children math concepts through challenging computer games that use simple visual objects and virtual machines that they can manipulate to solve problems, without using any words or symbols.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2006

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Launches Web Site to Celebrate Black History Month

The site is designed to help students, teachers, and families celebrate the month.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jan 2006

CYBERBEE: Shaping Minds with Puzzles

CyberBee, aka Linda Joseph, takes a tour of Web sites all about puzzles in this issue, covering puzzle history, puzzles for learning, puzzle generators, and more.
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Henry Box Brown

For January 1, 2006: Students will be fascinated by Henry Box Brown, who mailed himself to freedom. His story is told in UNC Chapel Hill's Documenting the American South digital publishing initiative.
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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

RIF Reading Planet

For December 15, 2005: At the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) site, the focus in on developing children's as well as family literacy programs. RIF's Reading Planet is full of fun activities that lead the way!
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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

Free Resources: The Baldwin Online Children's Literature project

Last week's Internet Scout Project Scout Report gives you the basics on this interesting, charming, and ultimately useful project and literature resource. See what new perspectives it might bring to your students' reading or literature study.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Dec 2005

Knowledge Adventure Delivers Reading Readiness Software

The company’s Reading Readiness adaptive early reading system is designed to help educators manage K-2 students’ individual literacy needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2005

TeachingBooks Expands Content, Adds New Features

Expanded book and author online resources will help connect students to reading through technology, according to the TeachingBooks.net announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 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

Free Resources: iEARN-USA’s Teachers’ Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet, Direct from the DOE

The new Teachers’ Guide provides tutorials, tips, online and print resources, and specific curriculum-based projects in which U.S. teachers can participate to establish school-to-school global interaction on the Internet.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Nov 2005

Canvastic Version 2.0 Ships

Over 40 new features and refinements are included in this release of the integrated writing, graphics, and publishing tool for students in grades K-8.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2005

Digging into Databases--Using Databases to Inspire Novel Approaches to Creating Curriculum [Available Full-Text, Free]

Databases can inspire novel approaches to creating curriculum. As teachers become familiar with them, their thinking about lesson planning and student research often moves in innovative directions. In this article, Sarah Cooper describes five projects through which librarians can take the lead in helping history and English teachers see the potential of this new world of sources. Included is coverage of database resources from Accessible Archives, Country Watch, EBSCO, Gale, JSTOR, LexisNexis, NewsBank, The OED Online, and ProQuest.
Editorial/Features - 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

Discovery Education Announces Discovery Health Connection Updates

Discovery Health Connection now includes 16 curriculum programs, three Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Model Programs, correlations to every state’s educational standards, and more than 100 new literacy lessons, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Oct 2005

The Atoms Family

For October 15, 2005: Miami Museum of Science's Atoms Family Web site presents a seasonal way to explore energy forms, hosted by the likes of Wolfman, Count Dracula, and their ilk.
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SMART Launches Database of K–12 Lesson Activities Correlated to State Standards

The standards-based activities are organized by state, subject area, grade level, and keyword for searching on SMART’s new Web site for educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Oct 2005

New Kids Search Interface Enhances Access to EBSCO’s K-6 Databases

Kids Search combines a state-of-the-art search engine (powered by EBSCOhost) with a child-friendly, graphically-rich design.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Free Resources: The Alliance Library System and TumbleBooks Launch Animated Online Book—“Why Libraries Matter: A Story Long Overdue”

The e-book book—latest in a series of initiatives in the Libraries Matter campaign—is available free to all public libraries and elementary schools in North America for use on their Web sites.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 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

CompassLearning Unveils Math Products for Spanish Market

CompassLearning Odyssey Matemáticas is designed to address language needs in the math classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2005

The National Constitution Center's Constitutional Timeline

For September 1, 2005: Just right for the upcoming Constitution and Citizenship Day, Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline introduces key historical events while allowing students to think about the issues.
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CYBERBEE: We the People: Constitution and Citizenship Day

Linda Joseph's CyberBee offers a wide assortment of resources to help you with activities for your class in support of Constitution and Citizenship Day, coming up this month.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Products for Science Teachers

The very nature of science as an ever-changing discipline requires timely and updated tools to deliver instruction within the science classroom. Technology programs provide the perfect solution to engage today’s students in scientific inquiry. This article covers science software in the categories of standards-driven teaching, simulations, inquiry, and science tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

Technology and Textbooks: Cutting-Edge Early Literacy Technology

This article examines a sampling of cutting-edge early literacy products for a variety of uses: full curriculum, limited computer access, adaptive computer-based instruction, large and Web-based programs, Reading + Writing and ESL, and home or school. Keep in mind that this is not an attempt to cover the entire category; these programs were selected as good examples of their types.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

Visual Learning: Using Images to Focus Attention, Evoke Emotions, and Enrich Learning [Available Full-Text, Free]

In this story, Mike Lambert and Margaret Carpenter, educators at Hong Kong International School, outline a range of approaches that “harness the power of images” in their teaching. Among the article subheads: Digitize ... Then Verbalize; Iconize ... Then They’ll Memorize; Use Visual Prompts to Encourage Creativity and Lateral Thinking. There’s also a sidebar of some brief stories from vendors whose products tap into visual learning.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

NBII’s Children’s Butterfly Web site

For August 1, 2005: Glorious to look at and a breeze to navigate, the Children’s Butterfly Web site is a great exploration starting point for students.
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LeapFrog Launches Interactive Web Site to Showcase New FLY Pentop Computer

The new Web site was specifically designed for tweens, to engage, entertain, and educate them about the features of the new FLY pentop computer.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2005

Coolmath4kids

For July 15, 2005: Coolmath4kids is loaded with thinking games that will keep kids occupied for hours, so it can make a good break from outside activities on a hot summer day.
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Free Resources: National Geographic News

Being from the National Geographic Society, this news site is wide ranging, and both educator and student friendly.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Jul 2005

More News from NECC: LeapFrog Enterprises Introduces FLY Pentop Computer

The FLY pentop computer offers a range of innovative applications for tweens (grades 3-8) to learn, communicate, and game.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 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

More News from NECC: Knowledge Adventure Launches Math Blaster—Master the Basics

Knowledge Adventure’s latest in the Math Blaster series offers thousands of practice problems to help K-6 students master math basics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

More News from NECC: Knowledge Adventure Introduces Reading Readiness Software

Knowledge Adventure’s new early literacy program features a classroom management system designed to help individualize learning for K-1 students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

More News from NECC: Educational Insights Adds Features to Classroom Jeopardy!

The company has added an authoring and game-sharing system to the Classroom Jeopardy package.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

More News From NECC: Adobe and Olympus Team to Bring Digital Photography to the Classroom

The partnership, an extension of the Adobe Digital Kids Club program, is intended to make it easier for K-12 educators to take advantage of digital cameras and photo editing software in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

The San Diego Zoo Webcams

For July 1, 2005: Too hot? Check out polar bears and other critters cooling it in their simulated natural habitats at the San Diego zoo.
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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

Differentiated Instruction: Success for Every Student

A review of Differentiated Instruction: Success for Every Student, a free online professional development resource.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

Fractions with Professor Von Strudel

A product review of "Fractions with Professor Von Strudel," math software for grades 2-6.
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

DATABASE NEWS: What’s There and What’s Coming Up in the World of K–12 Content, Part 2

In Part 2 of his Database News series, Robert Congleton looks at the products offered by Facts On File, Greenwood Electronic Publishing, netTrekker, NewsBank, and World Book.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

News@NECC: Discovery Education Announces New Discovery School Multimedia Learning Products

Over 150 new video, DVD, and CD-ROM titles for grades K-12 have been added to the Discovery School line.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 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

The 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition)

For June 15, 2005: Enter the front gate, virtually, of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis via this Web site developed by the St. Louis Public Library.
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Scholastic Library Publishing Unveils Enhanced Grolier Online

There are new, age-specific home pages and more powerful search capabilities in this latest Grolier, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jun 2005

Free Resources: The Newberry Library’s Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

Librarian Marylaine Block’s Neat New Stuff I Found This Week was our tip-off to this quality teacher resource of historical maps and excellent accompanying lesson plans.
News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Jun 2005

Free Resources: Project SMARTArt, a Program for Integrating Media Literacy and the Arts Into K-5 Teaching

Project SMARTArt was created to integrate two principal tenets of media literacy – critical analysis and self-expression – into traditional curricula, according to Tessa Jolls, president of the Center for Media Literacy.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Jun 2005

Discovery Education Adds Content, Features to unitedstreaming

Additions include Assignment Discovery titles, new digital images, and classroom integration ideas.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 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

EBSCO Publishing Offers Enhanced Versions of NoveList and NoveList K-8

Improvements include enhancements requested by existing NoveList and NoveList K-8 customers, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2005

Dino Russ’s Lair

For May 15, 2005: Time-warp back 65 million years with Dino Russ (aka geologist Russ Jacobson) to the age of dinosaurs.
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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

Texthelp Ships Read&Write 7.1E Gold Literacy Support Software

Read&Write 7.1E Gold, featuring Spanish translation tools, is designed to level the playing field for students in grades 3 and up who struggle to read and write in English.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 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

Scholastic Launches Text Talk Vocab. and Comprehension Program for K-3

Scholastic’s Text Talk is a research-based program intended to build oral vocabulary and comprehension skills through language-rich “Talk about Text.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2005

Discovery Health Connection

Discovery Health Connection is a Web-based subscription service that provides a digital library of health and prevention resources for K-12 teachers including curriculum guides, worksheets, videos, and extension activities that address nine health and prevention issues for students.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

Soliloquy Reading Assistant 3.0

Soliloquy Reading Assistant 3.0 helps students improve reading skills by providing additional practice at reading aloud at school, supplementing teachers' reading lessons. The program listens to students as they read, provides intelligent intervention when needed, and reports student performance to the teacher. Both grade-level reading material and excellent managing software is available.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

Take It to the Computer: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs

Take It to the Computer: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs provides center activities for writing using practice exercises, graphic organizers, and a drawing program.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

Artist D.B. Johnson's Web site

For May 1, 2005: Learn all about the artist D.B. Johnson and his unique process for creating the illustrations in his award-winning children's books based on the life of Henry David Thoreau.
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CYBERBEE: Zoo Treks

In this issue, CyberBee has hunted down a collection of zoo Websites comprising a treasure-trove of educational information that will captivate kids for hours.
Column/CyberBee - 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

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

Discovery Education Acquires Health and Prevention Curriculum Programs

Discovery Education’s acquisition of health and prevention curriculum programs from the Comprehensive Health Education Foundation is intended to enhance its Discovery Health Connection—a new online library of K-12 health and prevention content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2005

PLATO Learning Releases Literacy Curriculum for English Language Learners

PLATO’S Todos a leer con PLATO Achieve Now curriculum is designed to help ELLs develop literacy skills with materials in Spanish.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2005

Cool Links: "Kids Search Engines," from SearchEngineWatch

Do you know Danny Sullivan's SearchEngineWatch? Follow the link to this article and check out the site.
News/Cool Links - Posted 19 Apr 2005

Free Resources: Poet's Corner from Thomson Gale

Did you know it was National Poetry Month? Well, it is, and new in Thomson Gale's Free Resources space is its Poet's Corner.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Apr 2005

Geology at the Rock Hounds Web site

For April 15, 2005: Get ready for a summer geology adventure. Your budding rock hounds won't want to miss the Rock Hounds Web site ...
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Evan-Moor Introduces Read and Understand Poetry for Young Students

In Read and Understand Poetry, lessons guide teachers in introducing and reading poems chosen especially for students at their grade level, according to the announcement. Each title in the series contains approximately 27 poetry selections ranging from rhyming verse and haiku to free verse, limerick, and ballad.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2005

Foolin’ Around With Picasso

For April 1, 2005: You can make your own Picasso-esque artistic masterpiece. It's April 1st, but we're not foolin'! Check out the Mr. Picassohead Web site ...
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Sunburst Ships Key Skills For Reading and Phonics Package

News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2005

Co-nect Delivers Professional Development Program for Literacy Trainers

News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2005

A Weather Lesson from Edheads

For March 15, 2005: Swing into spring with a fantastic weather lesson from Edheads.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Mar 2005 By

Free Resources: For Women's History Month

News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Mar 2005

EBSCO Introduces New Version of Online Reader

News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2005

ITI Cross Links: Iditarod.com--a Review

The Iditarod dog sled race starts March 5. Here's a review by Sally Finley of a Web site offering lots of learning opportunities built around the race. (From Information Today, Inc.'s MultiMedia & Internet@Schools -- Yes, that's us, right here!)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 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

Iditarod.com

This Web site features information and activities related to the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race held in Alaska each March--this year starting March 5
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

Canvastic 1.1

Canvastic is a publishing tool that combines paint, draw, and text tools and can be used to created single page-sized documents or slideshows. The program offers easy-to-understand text, draw and paint tools, and a clear interface. Canvastic is customizable for use with younger students and has none of the "toy" features that are common with paint programs for this age group. The download package includes backgrounds, clipart, templates, and some sample lessons in several content areas.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

CYBERBEE: A Million Money Ideas

One of the first concepts young people learn is the value of money in everyday life. From their first allowance to the entrepreneurship of the lemonade stand, students learn how to plan, save, and spend. CyberBee has been busy locating resources that will assist in teaching and learning about money.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

A LOOK At ... Products for Language Arts Teachers

The electronic devices, Web sites, and computer software discussed in this article will almost certainly light up the eyes of the television, Game Boy, or computer game fans in most classrooms. And, hopefully, some of the enthusiasm for the medium will carry over into the subject matter. For purposes of this article, language arts is loosely defined as anything that might be taught in an English class. Discussing a representative sampling of this technology will hopefully give readers ideas for classroom use, as well as ideas about places to look for additional similar learning tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

DATABASE NEWS: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content­, Part 1

To give MMIS readers a baseline on K-12 database content and an idea of what's coming up, the author recently spoke with representatives of a number of major vendors about the K-12 products they currently offer, as well as what's planned for release in the near future. The five covered in this article are ABC-CLIO Schools, EBSCO Publishing, ProQuest Information and Learning, Thomson Gale, and H.W. Wilson. But note that this article is listed as Part 1, as there are other resources to cover. Watch for Part 2 in an upcoming issue of MMIS.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

Women’s Words of Wisdom: Thoughts Over Time

For March 1, 2005: March is Women's History Month and the Women's Words of Wisdom: Thoughts Over Time site is a great way to introduce women's history to students.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Mar 2005 By

Free Resources: Monterey Bay Aquarium Online Video Library

News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Feb 2005

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog Announces New Collections: Early News Photos, American Revolution and Middle East Images

News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2005

Scholastic.com Launches “Flashlight Readers” Online Reading Club

News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2005

Cool Links: About the Book "The Librarian of Basra"

News/Cool Links - Posted 03 Feb 2005

Free Resources: Thomson Gale's Latest--for Black History Month

News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Feb 2005

Discovery Education Introduces Latest Version of unitedstreaming

News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2005

Colonial Williamsburg Primary Sources CD-ROM

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has teamed up with Pearson/Scott Foresman to create two grade-specific primary source CD-ROMs, Colonial Williamsburg Primary Sources for grades 1­-3 and for grades 4­-6. The materials allow students to explore historical research using documents, pictures, stories, and artifacts through multimedia activities.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

Neo by AlphaSmart

The Neo is a portable, lightweight, and inexpensive computer "companion" that looks like a keyboard with a small screen attached.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Subscription Web Sites [Available Full-Text, Free]

As the Web continues to develop and faster Internet access becomes available to more individuals, the likelihood of Web-based programs replacing CD-ROMs is becoming more and more real. The advantages provided by subscription Web-based services will lead them to be used for direct instructional purposes in the classroom.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

3dChor Kids

3dChor Kids provides young students with an introduction to basic animation.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

Free and Fee-Based Online Science Resources for the K-12 Community [Available Full-Text, Free]

Searching the Web may seem an easy task. Just type in your terms and look at all the results—until, of course, you are engulfed in your hits, drowning in the inevitable consequences of a bad keyword search. A more efficient, viable alternative is to search combinations of superb free Web directories/portals and free/fee-based vendor resources, with an emphasis on quality over quantity.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By ,

A LOOK AT... Software for Handheld Computing

You've learned the basic functions of your hand-held computer (or PDA—Personal Digital Assistant)—and now you're wondering what more you can do with it, or how you can improve its function.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Science Fair Fundamentals

Science Fair programs are awesome and can generate all sorts of amazing results from inspiring and engaging projects. Finding good resources that outline the process and suggest age-appropriate topics is a key component for getting students started. Another important factor is to involve parents so that they can assist their children throughout the process. Be sure to visit these CyberBee-selected Web sites for resources, tips, and experiments that will help jump-start your science fair program.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

The Blobs

The Blobs, an interactive animated program with narration by Jane Horrocks, helps students learn basic number, letter, color, and beginning word skills.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By
 
 
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