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THE NEW MEDIA CENTER–Revisiting Expanding Collections of Primary Source Sets

Primary source sets are collections of multiple individual primary source artifacts surrounding a specific theme or topic. The sets are free, quality "go-to" tools for teachers needing resources and ideas, as well as for media specialists collaborating with teachers or identifying appropriate resources for teachers. Mary Alice looks this issue at what's new in this area from the Library of Congress and the Digital Public Library of America.
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TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Spirit of Play, Game-Based Learning--A Serious Look at Companies ‘Gaming the System’ for Academic Excellence

Gaming in education is big, and growing bigger, which prompts questions such as "How will serious games integrate into existing learning experiences?" and "Are they actually proven to get results?" Victor offers some thoughts from a market report, then lays out "games, games, games," plus some resources for more information.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2017 - Sep/Oct 2017 Issue By

Green Screen by Do Ink

For August 15, 2017: Want to create movies with a flare? Try using a green screen to add another dimension. Green Screen by Do Ink will get you started.
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TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Hands-On Handheld Tools: Getting a grip on some great technology for learning

Here are somewhat physical artifacts, actual or nearly actual objects that you can pick up and use. They have some weight, they involve dexterity, they are extensions of our hands and minds, and they do well to serve us in learning and experiencing the world around us.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2017 - May/June 2017 Issue By

Artists Toolkit: Visual elements and Principles

For May 1, 2017: Using the Artist's Toolkit, from nonprofit ArtsConnectEd, discover the tools of the trade like line, color, and balance to build works of art.
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IDEA WATCH: Mobile Technology Goes Virtual–Using Virtual Reality in Education

Virtual reality was a hot topic at Austin's SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive conferences this past March. Carolyn looked and listened, with an ear to learning how VR can best be used in educational settings, and how to "not only consume it but turn our attention to student creation and what students can learn from being intentional creators of VR content."
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 May 2017 - May/June 2017 Issue By

Discovery Education and Jackson Charitable Foundation Launch Elementary School Financial Literacy Program “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids”

Developed for teachers, students and families, Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! prepares students in kindergarten through grade 6 with knowledge, tools and the practice they need to make good financial decisions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Apr 2017

Mission US

For April 15, 2017: Mission US is an interactive way to learn history. It is designed for middle and high school students and includes five games focused on critical historical events.
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New Enhancements to Discovery Education’s Digital Services Boost Educators’ Ability to Connect with Peers and Differentiate Instruction

Discovery Education has unveiled two new enhancements to its digital services. These features, added to Discovery Education's Streaming and Techbook services, support educators' efforts to network with their peers and differentiate instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Mar 2017

myON Launches myON News Powered by News-O-Matic

The exclusive partnership provides daily multimedia news articles for K-8 students in many languages and at a range of Lexile levels. myON News will engage K-8 students to help them become informed global citizens and connected to digital fiction and nonfiction books—a first-of-its-kind feature for classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2017


Languagenut is a professional language support tool that helps create interactive multimedia or printable lessons to use either in ESL classrooms or with students learning a second language.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2017 - Mar/Apr 2017 Issue By


EnglishCentral provides an online English conversation program.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2017 - Mar/Apr 2017 Issue By


Passport is a world language learning environment based on a research platform that allows teachers to assign classwork and track and report student progress.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2017 - Mar/Apr 2017 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Reaching Out to the World: Foreign Language (and ESL) Technologies

Learning a language in an age of collaborative technologies, such as are now available with video-based and other interactive, adaptive, and personalized learning platforms, has made for a different experience! If you grew up sitting in a high school language class, try some of the tools Victor reports on and you'll see!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2017 - Mar/Apr 2017 Issue By

Unite for Literacy

For March 1, 2017: At Unite for Literacy, young readers will find loads of appealing non-fiction picture books to hone their reading skills.
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Smithsonian Kids

For February 15, 2017: It's time for an update. The Smithsonian Kids website has added lots of hands-on activities and games for children of all ages covering culture, history and science.
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For February 1, 2017: Epic's ebook library and subscription service includes many of the best kids books and popular books, such as  Fancy Nancy, Big Nate, Warriors, Ramona, and National Geographic Kids.
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Educurious provides an online experience that connects educators, students, and experts through project work using technology.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2017 - Jan/Feb 2017 Issue By


Expeditions provides virtual field trips to places that include museums and underwater locations, and even ventures into outer space. It is a collection of linked virtual reality content and supporting materials to use with existing curriculum. Using 360-degree panoramas and 3D images, the content annotates images with details, points of interest, and questions.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2017 - Jan/Feb 2017 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: School Libraries, Librarians, and Project-Based Learning–“Flexing” Library Spaces for Learning

Carolyn builds the case for flexible library spaces that support authentic inquiry and promote the kind of collaborative energy inherent in effective project-based learning.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Jan 2017 - Jan/Feb 2017 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Project-Based Learning: Engagement, Authenticity, and Collaboration on a Mission

Taking on a common task with others—collaborating in an authentic, engagement type of situation—is not merely busywork. It's either practice for real work, or real work itself! That's what project-based learning offers, and Victor offers lots of PBL-oriented resources.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2017 - Jan/Feb 2017 Issue By


The basis of all Knovation services and resources is the Knovation Content Collection, an organized collection of quality internet resources for K-12 use. It includes nearly every kind of resource available on the internet—digital, graphic, video, and more—at all age and grade levels for student and professional learning use.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2016 - Nov/Dec 2016 Issue By

OpenEd Partners with Pearson Realize to Provide Open Educational Resources

OpenEd resources are now seamlessly integrated within the Pearson Realize learning platform. This integration allows teachers to browse OpenEd's standard-aligned, efficacy-ranked resources and assign them to their students with just one click.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2016

Learning Upgrade Launches New Mobile App to Serve ELLs on the Go

The app, created as part of the Adult Literacy XPrize Competition, delivers literacy instruction for a wide range of English learners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Oct 2016


For October 15, 2016: Register at ReadWorks for free access to reading comprehension lessons and reading passages designed for all grade levels.
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Mojo Learning/Reading Kingdom Releases ASD Reading 2.0 for Children With Autism

The new ASD Reading update includes a number of enhancements and the addition of a new comprehension format called Query Quest.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Oct 2016

Free Resources: Generation Global's Safe Online Environment for Students to Explore Cultural Differences Through Dialogue

The non-profit program provides free educational content, curated videoconferences, and a safe online community where students can connect with peers from around the world.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Sep 2016

Free Resources: PBS LearningMedia's ELECTION CENTRAL, an Online Destination Providing Educators With Curated Content to Teach Students About the Political Process

Election-related resources, collections and an interactive map will be available through November.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Sep 2016

Lightsail Partners With Antares Reading to Build Student Literacy

To fulfill a global need for more high-quality digital non-fiction content for early readers, LightSail's Antares partnership will provide access to 850 original titles of digital books, in English and Spanish, for K-6 students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2016


EDUonGo is a cloud-based learning platform for creation of lessons and courses. The system allows integration of a number of programs and external resources and can be used with individuals, single classes, or entire schools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2016 - Sep/Oct 2016 Issue By

Discovery Education Adds Inquiry-based Projects, Virtual Reality Experiences, and More to Its Digital Services

All new, inquiry-based projects from GlobalLab help students around the world develop creative, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2016

Constitutional Rights Foundation

For September 1, 2016: Visit the Constitutional Rights Foundation and delve into the history behind American freedoms. Featured on this site are the civic action project, civics on call , Common Core resources, and Constitution Day 2016.
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TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Flipping Forward: An Early Pioneer Shares Successful Actions for Classroom Magic

Victor spoke with a range of luminaries—from the Flipped Learning Network, SolidProfessor, and Techsmith—plus an in-the-trenches educator to illuminate the flipped learning concept and bring you both up-to-speed and up-to-date on "The Key to Flipped Learning."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2016 - Sep/Oct 2016 Issue By

Free Resources: Letters to the Next President 2.0 Gives Voice to Teens' Opinions in Election

The newly launched publishing site from KQED and the National Writing Project provides a platform for teens to share their insights on issues that matter to them during this year's election.
News/Free Resources - Posted 30 Aug 2016

Mrs. Reader Pants

For August 15, 2016: Media specialists will love Mrs. Reader Pants, with its loads of ideas and tips. If you are new to the librarian profession, you'll want to check out the  10 Things You Should do First.
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Cyberbee's 2016 Election Lessons

For August 1, 2016: Now that the Republican and Democratic conventions are over and the candidates selected from both major and minor political parties, it is time to focus on the campaigns. Time for ... Cyberbee's 2016 Election Lessons!!!
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Turnitin Integrates Formative Writing Tools into College Board Programs to Support Student Practice

Turnitin and the College Board will partner to provide students with productive writing practice opportunities and help develop college ready skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jun 2016

Edgenuity Introduces New Suite of Courses

Available as part of Edgenuity's Instructional Services, the new career and elective courses will enable students to pursue unique areas of interest - from archeology to social media.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 May 2016

itslearning Partners with Gooru to Enhance LMS Platform

The partnership is designed to enhance itslearning's platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. The alliance will initially give teachers up-to-date avenue to find, remix and share collections and courses of open content designed for future-ready learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 May 2016

LearningExpress Announces PrepSTEP High School Edition

PrepSTEP High School Edition is an extensive collection of academic, college preparation and career-related resources that supports college-, career- and military-bound students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2016

myON Launches Summer 2016 Reading Challenge ‘Get in the Game and Read!’

Since 2012, myON has provided a turnkey program to help educators encourage students to read "just right" books during the summer months. Last year, 4.5 million students nationwide read 4,732,169 books over summer vacation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 May 2016

Native American Cylinder Recordings

For May 15, 2016: After Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and a way to record sound in 1877, several professional and amateur ethnologists began documenting American Indian music, culture, and traditions. Information was recorded on wax cylinders, Ediphone cylinders, and grooved phonograph records so that future generations would be able to hear the songs and stories in their native language.
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Gale Expands Gale Primary Sources Program with Launch of American Fiction Archive

The new archive includes more than 17,500 works of fiction, many of which have never before been available online. For students who use only e-resources in their work, this archive opens up thousands of texts for research.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2016

Gale Delivers New Class of Student Research Products to Develop Critical Thinking Skills and Enable Faculty-Librarian Collaboration

Gale Researcher is designed to help students who may not be comfortable doing college-level research or enter school lacking necessary research skills by connecting them to citable scholarly content that is aligned to introductory college courses across a range of disciplines.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2016


i-Ready is an adaptive K-12 diagnostic tool combined with individualized K-8 student online and teacher-led instruction in language arts, reading, and math.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2016 - May/Jun 2016 Issue By

National Institute on Aging

For May 1, 2016: The National Institute on Aging is a government sponsored institute that provides information on health and aging. High school students will find this site extremely useful when writing papers about diseases such as Alzheimer's that afflict older individuals.
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littleBits’ STEAM Products for Schools and Libraries Now Available

The new littleBits STEAM products, aligned with NSTA Next Generation Science Standards and developed with a committee of "power" educators, are meant to help both young boys and girls get excited about invention, feel confident in their ability to problem-solve, and develop skills that are essential to the jobs of today as well as those of tomorrow.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2016


For April 15, 2016: Get animated at ABCYA!! At the site, students can create animations by selecting backgrounds and objects, then add colored shapes, paint pictures, and add dialogue.
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Discovery Education Offers Free Virtual Field Trip Marking 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Birth

On April 22 at 9:30 AM EST, this unique learning experience will transport students to England to celebrate the life and legacy of the world's greatest playwright, enriching Social Studies and English Language Arts lessons with compelling and valuable insight into his life and work.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2016


For April 1, 2016: Current events discussions are great ice breakers for any subject. Newsela provides numerous articles that teachers can use to introduce current events into their curriculum.
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Follett Now Offering ThinkCERCA Literacy Platform

ThinkCERCA includes curriculum for grades 4-12 across English language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics. The CERCA framework, the core of the ThinkCERCA platform, provides consistent language and tools for teaching literacy and critical writing across the curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2016

Imagine Easy Classroom Suite

The Imagine Easy Classroom Suite delivers standards-aligned, subject-specific instructional content combined with practice and application opportunities so students can prepare for college and/or careers. Assessment and analytical tools allow teachers and administrators to track and monitor student progress so informed classroom, school, and district-wide instructional decisions can be made.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2016 - Mar/Apr 2016 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Building Digital Research Skills

Victor provides today's budding researcher-students with basic advice to consider before diving into a research project and with an array of online tools and resources to tap into once the project is underway.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2016 - Mar/Apr 2016 Issue By

Reading Horizons Incorporates the Lexile Framework for Reading in K-3 Literacy Platform

The addition expands Reading Horizons' partnership with MetaMetrics to provide deeper support for student mastery.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2016

myON Adds Classic Novels and Short Stories to its Personalized Literacy Environment

The unabridged fiction in myON Classics includes works by celebrated authors such as Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2016

Little Bird Tales

For February 15, 2016: Elementary and Middle school teachers will appreciate Little Bird Tales, a simple storytelling program that they can use to create lessons or engage their students.
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DimensionU Mobile Ed-gaming Apps Now Available on Android Platform

The apps are now available for download on Google Play and Amazon. The product availability on Android will expand access to more students and teachers both in and out of the classroom and continues the company's push to make its engaging, educational games accessible anytime, anywhere.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Feb 2016

Follett, EBSCO Announce eBook Partnership

600,000 EBSCO-hosted eBook K-12 titles can now be ordered through Titlewave.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Feb 2016

Bitesize, from BBC Education

For February 1, 2016: BBC Education has assembled a wide array of lessons for primary and secondary education at its Bitesize website-"The home of revision and learning resources."
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BloomBoard Marketplace

BloomBoard Marketplace features access to thousands of free and paid learning resources for teacher practice and to improve student skills. These include courses, ebooks, articles, and videos from trusted content providers that can be accessed from a single location provided by BloomBoard.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By


MobyMax is a personalized, blended learning curriculum for K-8 students. It is an online learning tool that includes math, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and more.
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BELLTONES: Back on My Bandbox--Internet Filtering and Diversity

Due to the current atmosphere in our country, with so many people afraid and angry about racial and religious differences and people's lifestyles, Mary Ann recently began to wonder how American schools are handling filtering with regard to diversity, especially relating to race, religion, and GLBT issues. Time for another survey? Yes!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By

Discovery Education Adds Multiple New Resources to Digital Services

The new content, from Robomatter, Discovery Communications' family of networks and leading educational publishers, further empowers K-12 educators using Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Discovery Education Techbooks to create compelling science, social studies and STEM lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Dec 2015

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Welcomes 27 New Kid Reporters

Thirty-five new and veteran Kid Reporters across the United States cover "News for Kids, by Kids" online and in classroom magazines.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Nov 2015

Follett Launches Students' Choice List

The monthly list is developed by compiling regularly generated, real-circulation statistics straight from school libraries, providing educators with regularly updated year-long trends based on what students are checking out of their school libraries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2015 Expands Library With New Videos, Games, and Assessments

All resources in the OpenEd library are sorted by quality, grade, subject and publisher, and all are aligned to the standards and microconcepts within Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Texas (TEKS) standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2015 Increases Integration with Google Classroom

Teachers can now import their rosters from Google Classroom into OpenEd with a single click. This roster integration means that any OpenEd resource shared onto Google Classroom will be graded automatically.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2015

Learn2Earn Releases Study Results on Whooo's Reading Online Platform

The Whooo's Reading platform helps elementary students improve reading proficiency and comprehension after one year, according to the Learn2Earn analysis.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2015

Britannica Escolar Improved for Spanish Study, Classroom Work

Created for grades K-8, its new features make it more valuable for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students and students learning Spanish.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Oct 2015


For October 1, 2015: Joining JumpStart at one of the tiered membership levels allows full access to their entire product line, including MathBlaster. But there are also free resources that parents, teachers, and students will find beneficial in the learning process.
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Front Row Education, Inc. Expands Product Offerings, Launches English Language Arts Program

Front Row ELA applies the same fundamental teaching techniques as the company's highly successful math program to help students succeed in reading comprehension
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2015

Follett Partners With Cengage’s National Geographic Learning

The partnership is intended to create one-stop shop for Cengage's premier K-12 product lines.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Sep 2015


Brainly is a social learning network connecting middle and high school students who ask questions and teach each other how to answer homework and schoolwork questions.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2015 - Sep/Oct 2015 Issue By


ePals Global Classroom, ePals Clubhouse, and ePals SchoolMail365 and the ePals Global Community facilitate learner connections around the world with safe and secure educational communities. These provide excellent digital content and foster collaboration between classrooms. Digital content aides self-study, and work can be shared between classes.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2015 - Sep/Oct 2015 Issue By

Breaking the Barrier Releases New French iBooks Textbooks

The new release includes a video introduction to each chapter by Series Editor John Conner. Audio recordings of native speakers, produced in one of Europe's top recording studios, accompany each sample sentence.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2015

Lexia Learning Introduces Lexia RAPID Assessment

Designed for administration in the fall, winter, and spring, RAPID uses a computer-adaptive process to identify and monitor reading and language skills so that teachers can quickly acquire actionable data for instruction and measure the long-term growth of each student's skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Aug 2015

Follett Unveils Lightbox — Interactive Multimedia Springboard for PreK-12 Learning

Designed with digital natives and the way they learn in mind, Lightbox supports instructors with varied approaches to teaching topics, while its built-in tools create a student-centered learning experience for even the most disengaged students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2015

myON Launches Redesigned myON Version 3.0

myON introduces new user interfaces and experiences for students and faculty, new writing tools and updated reporting features.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Aug 2015

McGraw-Hill Education Launches New SRA Open Court Reading, SRA FLEX Literacy

The company has announced the expansion of two key language arts and reading programs with significantly upgraded editions of SRA Open Court Reading and SRA FLEX Literacy, to enhance the school curriculum for K-12 reading and language arts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jul 2015 Author Name Pronunciation Guide Reaches 2,000 Audio Clips

Ever wondered how to pronounce a favorite author's name? Since 2007, almost half-a-million readers have visited to hear authors and illustrators say their names and recount brief stories about them.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2015

Promethean Introduces New Blended Learning Features in ClassFlow

ClassFlow is a comprehensive instructional delivery system designed to increase the depth of student engagement by providing interactive and collaborative use of classroom devices, digital curriculum and assessments for learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2015

MindPlay Universal Screener Uses Adaptive Technology to Assess Students’ Reading Skills and Prescribes Interventions

The program instantly analyzes K-12 students' performance in reading to help teachers provide the right instruction to achieve improvement and measure progress.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Jul 2015

myON Adds Content From Candlewick Press

With the addition of elementary and middle school titles from Candlewick Press, myON continues to expand its digital collection that encourages reading at all grade levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2015

Lexia Learning Introduces ‘From the Wrist’ Progress Monitoring App for Apple Watch

Educators can oversee students' reading progress anytime, anywhere using the myLexia app to access real-time data from Lexia's personalized learning program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jun 2015

Stick Around

For May 15, 2015: Play, design and share puzzles with your friends and family using the Stick Around app.
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Gale Launches Research In Context Middle School Research Tool

Research In Context is aligned to national and state curriculum standards and brings together cross-disciplinary, authoritative content with multimedia in a student-friendly, mobile-responsive interface.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2015

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Tools and Tactics to Measure Students’ Mastery of the Common Core Standards

Like them or not, after years of development and adoption, 2014-15 marks implementation year for CCSS. In the assessment realm, there are innovative solution providers out there, many with die-hard educators among their ranks, that have toiled tirelessly toward authentically improving learning and assessment for students and teachers. Victor walks us through a range of them.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2015 - May/Jun 2015 Issue By

PBS KIDS Digital Series OH NOAH! Launches New Videos and Games to Introduce Kids to Spanish

Launched in honor of "El Día de los Niños," new OH NOAH! videos and its first immersive language-learning game are now accessible on smartphones, tablets and computers on
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Apr 2015

Gale Supports Public Libraries With New Digital Early Literacy Resource

Miss Humblebee's Academy gives libraries an outcomes-based program to support kindergarten-readiness.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Apr 2015

EBSCO Information Services Offers the YBP Core Titles Collections

EBSCO Information Services is introducing 10 new EBSCO eBooks Featured Collections designed to give academic libraries a simple way to add important titles to their collections.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Apr 2015

PBS KIDS Launches Its First Online World: Kart Kingdom

Kart Kingdom features a collection of fun, curriculum-based games that help kids ages 6-9 learn systems thinking skills. The game also helps children build collaboration skills as they work together to create gadgets and unlock rewards for the entire Kart Kingdom community.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2015

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO Solutions Opens Digital Resource Collections In April

The developer is providing free access to all databases in celebration of School Library Month.
News/Free Resources - Posted 31 Mar 2015

Britannica Digital Learning Announces New Britannica School Release

Britannica School is an online, interactive learning resource for students and teachers in grades K-12. With extensive, up-to-date information sources, it's specially designed for differentiated instruction and provides three distinct content levels, allowing students to move easily to material at a higher, more rigorous level or a lower reading level as needed.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Mar 2015

Lerner Publishing Group Launches Audisee eBooks with Audio

Starting with 80 titles available across age levels, interests, and genres, Audisee eBooks with Audio feature fixed formatting with sentence highlighting and fluent, professional audio narration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2015

PBS KIDS Announces Annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest

The Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest is open to children in grades K-3 and encourages creative thinking and storytelling, while building literacy skills through the creation and illustration of original stories.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2015

MindPlay Introduces New Professional Development Program About Dyslexia

Understanding Dyslexia helps K-12 teachers identify students who may have dyslexia and teach these students how to read.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Mar 2015

Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center

Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center is a collection of student applications to create maps, sketches, and progress charts through collaboration with peers. It includes a management system "in the cloud." Khan Academy, a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos featuring learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep, provides resources through the WeKhan tool.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2015 - Mar/Apr 2015 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Making Learning Interactive

Always promoting primary sources, Mary Alice looks this time at the Library of Congress's six new interactive ebook primary source sets and finds them enticing and full of intriguing, useful tools.
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Schoology to Power Henry Mancini Online Arts Curriculum from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

Henry Mancini Arts Education-created by Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (LPPAC) and its partners-contains 3,000 online arts lessons that bring dance, music, theater and visual arts to students via digital platforms including tablets, smart phones, laptops and computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Feb 2015

THIRTEEN's Award-Winning History Game Series Mission US Launches its Fourth Virtual Adventure for Teens

Students experience the struggle to support a family and protect workers' rights in early 1900s New York City. "City of Immigrants" debuted February 11, 2015 on the Mission US website.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Feb 2015

PBS LearningMedia Digital Resource Offerings Surpass 100,000

New interactive content and lesson plans include the PBS Digital Studios series CRASH COURSE from Hank and John Green, KQED'S ART SCHOOL, and favorites from PBS and PBS KIDS series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jan 2015

National Geographic Learning Expands Adoptions of Reach for Reading Program

The Common Core reading program from Cengage Learning's NGL posts growth in adoptions and efficacy in the K-5 reading market.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Dec 2014


For December 15, 2014: Teachers will be delighted by the Duolingo site, where students can dig into a foreign language.
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MindPlay Launches Online Professional Development Course for Teachers to Enhance K-12 Reading Instruction Strategies

MindPlay's new course uses a combination of lectures, videos, written information, and activities, organized into eight modules to help teachers gain a more complete understanding of how the English language works and what every student needs to become a proficient reader. Teachers can earn up to eight hours of professional development credits for successfully completing the course.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Dec 2014


For December 1, 2014: Using Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker, your students can create puzzles and games for flyers, newsletters, or the classroom.
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Discovery Education Enhances Streaming Service With Hundreds of New Digital Assets

Enhancements include additional early elementary content in core curricular areas and a weekly news series covering current events.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2014

Gepeto Launches Animated Story Creation App

The app gives children the ability to craft their own animated stories directly on the iPad. The Gepeto app lets consumers create narratives just by using intuitive puppet gestures and proprietary technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Nov 2014

Learningpod Announces Release of AP Questions & Answers

Learningpod's AP Questions & Answers, and its new theme-based digital workbook for the AP U.S. History class and exam, provide AP course teachers with a wealth of easy-to-use, go-to online questions they can mix and match to create their own question sets for their students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2014

Rand McNally’s World Atlas Available Through Sunburst Digital, Inc.

World Atlas allows teachers and students to bring geography curriculum to life through robust maps and data layers and rich content. The dynamic digital classroom resource platform allows for users to create, draw on, annotate, and share custom maps.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2014

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Primary Sources--Enriching the Study of Historical Fiction

Primary sources such as "Migrant Mother," the iconic photo shown on the cover of Marisa Silver's novel Mary Coin, are perfect for enriching and extending students' understanding as they read historical fiction. Mary Alice offers up a bunch!
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2014 - Nov/Dec 2014 Issue By


For November 1, 2014: Check out StoryBee--a great starting point for language arts teachers--to hear professional storytellers like Native American Debra Morningstar spin tales such as How Raccoon Got His Mask.
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EBSCO Introduces Flipster, a New Way to Access Digital Magazines

Flipster provides users easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via their desktops or any mobile device.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Oct 2014

Curriculum Associates Launches Ready Writing for Grades 2–5

Built from scratch to support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), this new research-based program provides educators with rigorous instructional materials as well as easy-to-use professional development resources to help students meet the writing expectations of the new standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Oct 2014

TIME Launches TIME for Kids Classroom App

The TIME For Kids Classroom App enables teachers to integrate multimedia and real-world connections into their K-6 classrooms, address students' individual abilities with leveled content, meet Common Core State Standards and put current events into context for young learners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Oct 2014

PBS LearningMedia Expands Classroom Offerings With New Teacher tools and Student Portal

87,000 digital resources including 700+ newly translated Spanish language videos are now available.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2014

ProQuest Introduces Enhancements to SIRS Issues Researcher and SIRS Discoverer

Educators and students this fall are benefiting from online resources from ProQuest that are mobile optimized, include new instructional tools and features, and vetted content aligned to national standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Sep 2014

Free Resources: National Gallery of Art's NGAkids Art Zone App

The NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad contains eight new interactive activities and an array of art-making tools that will inspire artists of all ages.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Sep 2014


Goodreads, a social media site for finding and sharing book titles, has more than 20 million members. The site enables people to share books they are reading, rate books they have already read, and list what they are considering next. They can do this publicly or among a self-selected network of online friends.
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iTunes University

iTunes University provides free access to complete courses taught by instructors from leading universities and schools. It is also a web-based tool that lets educators build courses for their own students.
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Triumph Learning Creates Comprehensive Instructional Program

Common Core Coach provides meaningful instruction and practice tools for math and English language arts, according to the Triumph Learning announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2014

Learning Upgrade Gives Away 100,000 Complimentary Student Licenses to Online Curriculum

The new courses for grades K-8 were designed and created after the Common Core standards were released, ensuring each benchmark is addressed appropriately. Through engaging songs, video, and games , the interactive lessons help struggling students catch up on previous year standards, master current grade level standards, and perform well on the new computer-based year-end tests.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2014

Booktrack Promotes Platform to Create 'Soundtracks' to Complement Ebooks

Booktrack is a cloud-based platform that allows users to create soundtracks, or access ready-made soundtracks—complete with movie-like sound effects—that complement their reading selections. Booktrack synchronizes these movie-style soundtracks to ebooks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2014

Edgenuity Introduces New Courses for Back to School

Ranging from Algebra 1 and World History to specialized, career-oriented courses in computing and medicine, these new courses are designed to promote student inquiry, engagement and subject mastery, and to help students obtain the core skills they need to succeed in college and career.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jul 2014

Compass Learning, Renaissance Learning Partner to Bridge Assessment and Personalized Instruction for K-12 Classrooms

Compass Learning incorporates Renaissance Learning STAR Assessments data into the newly launched product suite to help educators accelerate student growth and save time with integrated technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 2014

myON Expands Personalized Reading Platform with Literacy Toolkit

These literacy tools will be an addition to myON's existing digital collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia scaffolds and embedded assessments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2014

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

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

Lexia Releases Lexia Reading Core5 Android App

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

Gale Adds Hundreds of Wiley Titles to Ebook Platform

The company is continuing its transformation of the Gale Virtual Reference Library with new STEM and self-help titles.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 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

Qlovi’s Free Literacy Software and Distribution Channel to offer HarperCollins Titles

Qlovi has added HarperCollins eBooks to its literacy education platform aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 May 2014

Gale Launches InterLink, Document-Level Hyperlinking Technology

InterLink is a new technology that connects current articles from newspapers, magazines and journals with contextual reference content found within ebooks on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), Gale's ebook platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 May 2014

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.
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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

Apex Learning Introduces Apex Learning Tutorials Digital Curriculum for Middle Schools

Designed with an instructional approach to actively engage students, Tutorials provide classroom teachers with the flexibility they need to address each student's individual learning needs, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Apr 2014

MindPlay Goes Mobile With New Online Reading Fluency Trainer

MindPlay's FLRT, a fluent reading trainer, is designed to improve students' reading levels within 10 hours through revised leveled text and comprehension questions to meet Common Core Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2014


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.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Apr 2014 By 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

Mango Languages Sponsors Free Webinar on Language Learning and Acquistion

Hosted in partnership with the Association of College and Resource Librarians (ACRL) and Choice, the webinar will also discuss how librarians can facilitate the language acquisition process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Mar 2014

EBSCO Information Services to Provide Rosetta Stone Language-Learning Resources to Libraries

Rosetta Stone Inc., a provider of education technology and language learning solutions, will soon be available to U.S. and Canadian academic and public libraries through a distribution partnership with EBSCO.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 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


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

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

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

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

Net Texts Introduces Video Collections to Its Open Educational Resources Content Service

Teachers now can easily find and incorporate educational videos into their lessons using the free Net Texts content management website.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2014

Discovery Education Launches 'Of the People' Virtual Field Trip Series

Each webinar in the "Of the People" series will provide students and educators with a behind-the-scenes look at White House operations and an introduction to administration officials. Webinars will address topics that range from community service to climate change and from foreign policy to science and technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Dec 2013

Follett’s Expands PreK-12 ebook Offerings with Macmillan Partnership

The collection adds to the more than 250,000 ebook titles currently available through Titlewave, Follett's collection development, search and ordering tool.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2013

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

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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Ebook History Collection Now Available from EBSCO Information Services

eBook History Collection includes more than 9,000 titles from leading publishers. Titles encompass a variety of world history subjects designed to assist students and scholars with history research.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2013

Scientific Learning Announces Reading Assistant Auto Initial Assignment

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

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 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

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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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

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

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

ASCD Offers Professional Development Institutes for the Common Core State Standards

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

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

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

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

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


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

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."
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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


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

Benesse America Offers StraightAce Learning Middle School-Exclusive Learning System

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

NoveList and TLC Expand Relationship to Include ILS Integration into NoveList Select

NoveList Select content is now displayed alongside library data in TLC's (The Library Corporation) LS2 PAC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 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

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


myON Reader is a personalized library of more than 3,000 digital books at all reading levels. Books can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
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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.
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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.
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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

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

Renaissance Learning Releases Annual 'What Kids Are Reading' Report

The 2013 report finds pop culture, college readiness, and required reading are influencing students' reading selections.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mentoring Minds Announces 'Motivation Reading'

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


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

Compass Learning Odyssey

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

Mayan Mysteries

Mayan Mysteries is an online puzzle-based game. Players explore the world of the ancient Mayan civilization.
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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.
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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

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

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

Shmoop Offers New, Improved Teacher Guides

Priced at $10.66, Shmoop's materials open views on literature, which even well-seasoned teachers may have not considered. The affordable guides include — among other helpful hints — detailed activity ideas, essays on how to tackle the toughest aspects of each book, and potential essay and discussion questions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jan 2013

Edmentum's Study Island and NWEA Partner on MAP Solut

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

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

The full-text database offers users access to a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary full-text poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and authoritative essays.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jan 2013

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

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos that provide learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep.
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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

National Geographic Learning Announces Reach for Reading

The comprehensive K-5 Common Core reading program features authentic, multicultural literature paired with exclusive content from National Geographic and real-world accounts from the National Geographic Explorers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Dec 2012

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


For December 1, 2012: Omniglot is a very handy reference that's chock full of information related to languages and writing systems. Alphabets, useful phrases, and word origins are examples of the multilingual resources for foreign language teachers and students.
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ePals Launches News Now Journalism Center

The center provides resources aligned with "real world" journalism practices and communications standards such as the Common Core Standards in the United States, and encourages students to develop and showcase their own reporting and journalism skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2012

Britannica Launches Online Information Solution for Classrooms

Entitled Britannica School, it provides rich multimedia resources for lessons and lesson planning, curriculum support, student and teacher research and homework help.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2012

EBSCO Publishing Releases K-8 and High School Ebook Collections

The collections align with Common Core guidelines for Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12 in English Language Arts and Literacy, History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 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

Shakespeare In Bits

Shakespeare In Bits uses animated re-enactment, full audio, and unabridged text to present individual plays in a multimedia approach to learning and teaching the plays.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

In Search of the Novel

For November 1, 2012: Need some ideas and tips for teaching novels? Check out In Search of the Novel, a free online video workshop produced by Annenberg Learner.
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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

Turnitin Releases Common Core Rubrics as Free Educational Resource

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


For October 15, 2012: The free A.Word.A.Day service from Wordsmith is a great way to encourage your students to hone their vocabulary skills.
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PBS Kids Updates PBS KIDS PLAY Classroom Edition

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

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

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

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


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

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

Free Resources: Rand McNally's “Play the Election” Digital Learning Game and “Dear Mr. President” Essay Competition

"Play the Election" is a free collaborative, online tool that teaches students about the 2012 Presidential Election and election process through games, resources and competition. The "Dear Mr. President" essay contest is open to 7-12th grade students ages 13 to 20 years old.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Aug 2012

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

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

Curriculum Associates Introduces 'Ready Common Core' Program

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

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

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

Shmoop Now Offers Literature Glossary

Dictionaries are boring. Shmoop is not. Check out the new Literature Glossary, and Words with Friends will suddenly be a piece of cake.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Aug 2012

Questia Unveils Its New, Improved Research Website

The new and improved Questia online library and research tool for students features an expanded library (increased by over 33 percent), improved navigation for better, faster research, dictionary and thesaurus tools, and an interactive reader that will make the research experience easier for students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2012

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

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

MindConnex Learning Launches Fifth Shakespeare In Bits Title - Julius Caesar

Shakespeare In Bits is a multimedia resource designed to enable educators and students to experience, understand and appreciate The Bard's plays in bite-sized chunks, or "bits."
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 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

EBSCO Publishing Releases Nine New Audiobook Collections

The latest audiobook sets focus on niche areas of fiction and nonfiction. These collections contain a wide variety of materials from best sellers such as the Hunger Games trilogy and Tina Fey's Bossypants to recently digitized classics such as Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter. With these latest sets, particular attention was given to very specific areas of interest to public library patrons. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2012

Gale Digitizes Popular 20th Century Weekly For Students and Scholars

The Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950 is a complete digitization of the entire run of Liberty Magazine, nearly 1,400 issues, and contains over 17,000 fiction and non-fiction articles and thousands of advertisements all in a searchable, full-color format.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 May 2012

Common Core 360

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

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


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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Capstone Digital Launches 2012 Summer Reading Olympics

Top prizes include an iPad for Students, and an interactive whiteboard for schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Mar 2012

New Agreement Adds Britannica to List of Content Providers for EBSCO Discovery Service

The agreement between EBSCO Publishing and Britannica Digital Learning adds metadata to the EDS Base Index and allows full text searching of Britannica's Britannica Online School, PreK-8, Public Library, 21st Century Explorer and Academic Editions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Mar 2012

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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Lexia Learning Announces Plans for Lexia Reading iPad Version

Currently in development, this app is the only research-validated literacy program available on the iPad, and will provide the full functionality of Lexia's data-driven, individualized learning program, Lexia Reading, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2012

Shmoop Launches Art History

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

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

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

Cool Links: Scholastic Launches Storia, a New Digital Platform

A story in Publishers Weekly has the scoop on the current testing and upcoming launch of the proprietary e-book platform.
News/Cool Links - Posted 06 Mar 2012

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Students and Local History--Making the Connection

In this month's column, Mary Alice takes a look at how local history, primary sources, and a few technology tools can be just the right mix to enable you to inspire your students.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

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

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

myON reader from Capstone Digital Goes Mobile

The personalized literacy environment that provides access to a large integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports is now available on Kindle Fire. myON reader users can securely login through and have full access to the platform using the Amazon tablet.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Feb 2012

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

MindPlay Announces New Web-Based Differentiated Reading Curriculum

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

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

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

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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School Specialty’s Wordly Wise 3000 Goes Online

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

School Specialty Launches MCI (Making Connections Intervention)

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

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

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

Christmas Hangman

For December 1, 2011: Just in time for the holidays, a classic game for all to enjoy: Christmas Hangman, enhanced by online game developer Dimension's Edge.
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Six Flags and Discovery Education Promote Literacy Among K-6 Students with 'Read to Succeed' Program

Students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading, such as picture books, newspapers, comic books, novels and nonfiction materials, are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Nov 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 PIPELINE: Whither the Textbook? Opportunity Knocks, LOUD

The textbook is evolving, to say the least. Stephen is excited by the opportunities this presents for educators. So this month's column explores the opportunity to enhance a learner's experience and success with next-generation textbooks.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

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

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

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

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

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


For October 15, 2011: Check out this interesting twist to searching. Twurdy is a search tool that automatically displays results according to readability.
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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


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

Alexander Street Press Announces Dramatists Guild Fund’s ‘The Legacy Project’

The Legacy Project, acquired by Filmakers Library, is an intimate portrait of legendary American dramatists through interviews conducted by emerging playwrights.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2011

Orchard Now Releases Correlation to Common Core Standards

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

K5 Learning Launches K-5 Online Math and Reading Program

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

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

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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EBSCO Publishing Delivers eBooks and Audiobooks on EBSCOhost Alongside Databases and Other Digital Content

EBSCOhost now provides content from the most in-demand publishers available via new acquisition models including expanded ownership plans to serve the needs of libraries and their patrons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 2011

Lexia Announces Lexia Reading v 8.0

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

Shmoop Literature Guides and Biographies Now Available Through Discovery Education streaming PLUS

Shmoop's Literature Guides and Biographies are written by Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkley, and other top universities. Shmoop is known for its sense of humor and knack for pop culture. For example, Shmoop introduces students to The Great Gatsby by comparing the novel to the television shows "Real Housewives" and "The Sopranos."
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 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

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

DRM-Free eBooks from O’Reilly to Be Distributed Via OverDrive’s Global Network

1,500 digital books for software developers to be available for booksellers, libraries and schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2011

Orchard Software Releases Correlation to Common Core Standards

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

Pearson, TakingITGlobal Collaborate on myWorld TIGed

Through a new initiative, called myWorld TakingITGlobal, educators have immediate access to digitally driven content that makes global collaboration a reality for America's middle schoolers with the click of a mouse, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 May 2011

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

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

Capstone Digital to Award $2 Million in Grants to Improve Literacy in Schools

K-12 public, private, parochial or charter schools in the United States are encouraged to apply for more than $2 million in matching CARE grants towards the purchase of myON reader, a personalized literacy environment that focuses on increasing student literacy rates.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 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 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.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

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.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

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
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

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 starting on April 10.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Apr 2011

Alexander Street Press to Launch Academic Video Online Complete

The integrated online repository of academic video titles is part of Alexander Street's effort to rapidly expand its offerings to more than 10,000 titles in 2011 and to 20,000 by 2013.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 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

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

THE TECH EFFECT: Out of the Box … Media, Technology, and the Small School Initiative

Johanna reports on how Deborah Hargroves is providing "large school" media services to two separate "small school initiative" schools that could not otherwise afford them.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

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

EBSCO Publishing Releases 24 New Ebook Subject Sets

The subject sets are part of a rapidly growing collection of ebooks that are offered in collections grouped by subject matter.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2011

Lexia Releases Lexia Reading 7.1

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

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

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

Turning Technologies and BrainPOP Announce Strategic Alliance

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

Discovery Education’s Digital Content Now Compatible With

By making Discovery Education digital services compatible with Sky, 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

BookheadEd Learning Announces Launch of StudySync

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

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

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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Cool Links: Taking a Close Look at Smarthistory

Here's a Cool Link to an interview by Victor Rivero offering information and insight on a terrific Free Resource: Smarthistory.
News/Cool Links - Posted 03 Jan 2011

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.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

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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Gale Releases Gale NewsVault

Providing access to more than 2,000 titles and 10 million digitized pages, Gale NewsVault provides an unparalleled window to the past for researchers and students, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2010 Announces To Go Education App

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


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

THE PIPELINE: P-Books vs. Ebooks: Are There Education Issues?

In other columns this year, Stephen has explored the nature of the ebook in school libraries. But, he notes, he hasn't actually discussed the pros and cons of the print and electronic formats for books in general, nor focused on the classroom as opposed to the out-of-classroom library use of books. So that's what he covers in this issue, starting with a simple list of pros and cons.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Scholastic Launches Social Networking Site 'You Are What You'

Users log on to the site, list the five books that had the biggest impact on their lives, and connect with readers all over the world through these shared "Bookprints." More than 130 "Names You Know" - including Bill Gates, Taylor Swift, Daniel Radcliffe, Eva Mendes, Damien Hirst, Tony Hawk, R. L. Stine and Whoopi Goldberg - share the books that influenced them.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 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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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

Shmoop Introduces Site Licenses for Schools, Districts and Public Libraries

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

Free Resources: The Hub and Discovery Education's

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

Free Resources:'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

Gale Announces Biography in Context

This next-generation offering, an online resource developed to meet the needs of today's internet-savvy researchers, evolved from, and will replace, the Biography Resource Center database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2010

Pearson Launches WriteToLearn v. 6.0

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

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

Wilson Launches WilsonWeb Mobile Interface

A free service for WilsonWeb subscribers, WilsonWeb Mobile provides "anytime, anywhere" access to WilsonWeb reference databases, marrying WilsonWeb's versatile searching, trusted information, and practical tools with smart-phone convenience, according to the announcement.
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

Shmoop Launches PSAT and SAT Test Prep

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

Shmoop Launches 1,000 Educational Android Apps and iPad eBooks

Shmoop now offers more than 4,000 titles available across the web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 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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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

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 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

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

ABC-CLIO Ebooks Now Available Through Gale Virtual Reference Library

Directed toward users of public and academic libraries, nearly 250 ebooks have been selected from a variety of disciplines including history, humanities, current events, and general interest.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2010

Califone Releases Upgraded Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder

Califone has enhanced the Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder to play MP3-CD formatted discs, enabling it to play CDs burned from personal computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jun 2010

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

Shmoop Adds Online Photo Slideshows to Learning Guides

Shmoop also made a slideshow widget available, so anyone can embed a miniature version of any Shmoop photo slideshow on their own website.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 May 2010

OverDrive to Release Ebook Reading Apps

The free applications are designed to integrate ebooks, audiobooks, and interactive and multimedia content into one application.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2010

Shmoop Adds 14 New Teacher's Editions,

Shmoop now offers a total of 32 Teacher's Editions for literature, U.S. history, and civics, including free access to activities, assignments and related cross-disciplinary readings.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 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

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

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

Free Resources: Alexander Street Press' Sneak Peek at American History in Video

Alexander Street Press is offering a "sneak peek" look at its American History in Video online collection, free through April 30.
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Mar 2010

Pearson Announces Additions to WriteToLearn

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

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

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

Follett Digital Resources Signs Five More Publishers To eBook Distribution Agreements

With these agreements, a total of more than 62,000 K-12 and public library titles are now available for purchase online through parent company Follett's ecommerce sites, Titlewave and TitleTales.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 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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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

Facts On File Announces Launch of Writer’s Reference Center

From the mechanics of writing and grammar to style and research, the Writer's Reference Center online covers the fundamentals of quality writing and provides vocabulary-building reference dictionaries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 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

H.W. Wilson Announces 16th Edition of Fiction Core Collection

A long-popular aid to collection development and maintenance, readers' advisory, and general reference, Fiction Core Collection highlights more than 11,300 novels, including analytic entries for novellas and novels published in composite works.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2010

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

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

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.
Column/The Tech Effect - 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

Ginger Software Expands Capabilities of Text Correction Tool

Ginger now works with Internet Explorer, enabling students to write with confidence online. In addition, Ginger features customizable settings, and progress reporting to track mistakes and illustrate student progress.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2009

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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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

Facts On File Announces Launch of Curriculum Video On Demand

Curriculum Video On Demand is a compilation of high-school-level video content from producers around the world, covering six core subject areas: science and mathematics, social studies, literature and language arts, health and nutrition, business and economics, and visual and performing arts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2009

Math Solutions Announces Multimedia Professional Learning Resource, Supporting English Language Learners in Math Class

The new resource is designed to help schools struggling to meet the challenge of simultaneously improving students’ mastery of mathematics and advancing their academic language development.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Nov 2009

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

netTrekker, BrainPOP Offer Expanded Digital Resources for Classroom and At-Home Use

With BrainPOP's animated educational resources fully accessible from within the netTrekker search tool, subscribers have the option to upgrade their netTrekker accounts to include all BrainPOP products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2009

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

Cool Links: Launches Today With Numerous Features

We ran the Library of Congress announcement on the launch of in this space a couple of days ago. Today, we note that Gary Price's ResourceShelf has a posting discussing the site and service to coincide with its actual launch. It's full of great information, as, of course, is the site itself.
News/Cool Links - Posted 26 Sep 2009

Free Resources: Library of Congress' New Multimedia Website Aimed at Readers

The site,, will include an exclusive episodic story called “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Sep 2009

Ginger Software Releases Context-based Text Correction Application

Ginger uses patent-pending technology to automatically correct misused words, grammar, and spelling mistakes in Microsoft Word and Outlook.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 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

Pearson Launches New Version of WriteToLearn

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

ePals Launches Upgraded Language Translation Tool

Now offering 35 languages in total, the updated language translation tool allows more than 1,000 language pairs to be made between educators and students worldwide. The expansion encourages teachers and students from all parts of the world to connect and collaborate without language barriers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2009

Discovery Education Enhances Curricular Resources and Integration Tools

The upgrades and enhancements offer educators improved search capabilities, as well as expanded student access and new interactive games and tutorials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2009

Barnes & Noble to Adopt MetaMetrics’ Lexile Framework for Reading

Lexile measures are intended to help parents search for books based on children’s reading ability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 2009

Gale and K12 Inc. Announce Agreement to Create and Distribute New World Language-Learning Products

Power-Glide Language Courses, Inc. (known as powerspeaK12), a subsidiary of K12 Inc., will develop web-based language courses, which Gale will distribute exclusively to the library market. Languages will include Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Spanish ESL.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jul 2009

Lexia Learning Launches Lexia Reading Version 6.0

Lexia Reading’s new Auto Promotion functionality promotes students through each program, from Early Reading to Primary Reading and from Primary Reading to Strategies for Older Students, enabling students to work with more independence.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2009

A LOOK AT... Language Arts Resources

As in nearly every other subject area, digital resources for language arts are changing and exploding into a dizzying array of materials. Currently, the number of technology-based language arts resources is so extensive that this article can only scratch at the surface in an examination of these compelling programs and platforms. In this roundup, Charls Doe takes a look at some reading and writing applications, as well some online tool programs and a couple examples of podcasting hardware.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

NECC News: KidsWrite Launches Publishing Community for Kids

The program is designed to mirror the 21st century workplace where students of all ages are provided with the ability to publish their writings and art through a real-world, technology-driven book publishing experience.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2009

Cerebellum Corporation Releases Five new Cerebellum Teaching Systems Titles

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

ePals and First Book Partner to Strengthen Student Literacy Skills in Economically Disadvantaged Communities

The organizations' collaboration on theIn2Books program is intended to bring about greater access to high-quality books combined with authentic learning experiences.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2009

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 ( 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

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

Free Resources:'s iPhone and iPod App (and Cool Video)

"The free app delivers world-class reference content from and including more than 275,000 definitions and 80,000 synonyms." And students may even think it's cool after they view the very clever promotional video about it! Check it out.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Apr 2009

Free Resources: Thinkfinity Literacy Network

From the University of Wisconsin College of Letters and Sciences Internet Scout Project's April 10, 2009 Scout Report comes a tip about this great resource for language arts and literacy educators.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Apr 2009

Rosetta Stone Classroom Language Learning Platform Expands to Levels 4 and 5

These new levels, initially available in Spanish and English for K-12 and higher education, will include extended, more complex conversations and grammar, expanded vocabulary, and additional opportunities for speaking that prepare the learner for everyday interactions in their language of study.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Mar 2009

PLATO Learning Offers Rosetta Stone Version 3 to Customers

Rosetta Stone Classroom expands PLATO Learning’s content offering by including foreign and English language courses in an online subscription format. The product is designed particularly for English language learners (ELLs), as well as for supplemental world language learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2009

Scientific Learning Announces Reading Assistant Expanded Edition

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

Free Resources: WGBH Teachers’ Domain’s Adolescent Literacy Collection Targeting Struggling Readers

“Inspiring Middle School Literacy: Reading and Writing in Science and History” is the first collection on Teachers’ Domain that focuses exclusively on building literacy skills across content areas. It is comprised of interactive activities that middle school teachers can use to supplement their science, social studies, or language arts curriculum.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Mar 2009

SRA/McGraw-Hill Launches eSuite Classroom Technology for Direct Instruction and Read to Achieve Programs

Direct Instruction eSuite is a set of online tools designed to integrate technology into instruction to save daily planning time for teachers and increase student engagement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Feb 2009

World Book Announces New Gran Enciclopedia Hispánica

The latest addition to World Book Web includes more than 100,000 articles and thousands of images and multimedia resources for Spanish speakers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Feb 2009

Britannica Brings Great Books of the Western World to E-Book Format

The 60-volume set of classics published by Encyclopaedia Britannica is now available to libraries, universities, and schools in electronic form and distributed exclusively through Ingram Digital’s MyiLibrary aggregated e-book platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2009

Award-winning Authors Guest Blog on

Authors and new Web 2.0 tools are adding interactivity to the literature-based online resources of
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Feb 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

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

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

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.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

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

Kurzweil 3000 Version 11 USB Now Available

Kurzweil Educational Systems released Kurwzeil 3000 Version 11 USB, a new edition designed to provide portable access to Kurzweil 3000.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Dec 2008

World Book Online Reference Center Becomes World Book Student

A comprehensive upgrade to the World Book Online Reference Center, World Book Student adds dozens of new research tools, interactive features, and multimedia.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Dec 2008

Lexia Learning Systems Launches New Version of Lexia Reading Software

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


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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Educational Gaming—From Edutainment to Bona Fide 21st-Century Teaching Tool [Available Full-Text, Free]

Of our 53 million K–12 students, 51 million of them (or 93%) play video games, and neither that number nor the value the games they play should be dismissed. After all, these days there are games being produced by “a new crop of entrepreneur-developers who believe that today’s games must be anchored in more specific pedagogical design principles. They also believe that to stand the test of time, today’s games must not only engage but teach ,” says author and game developer Ntiedo Etuk. Read on. Find out more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

Application Deadline for Picturing America Extended Until November 14

Picturing America, presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), provides high-quality reproductions of great American art to public libraries and K-12 schools to enhance the study of history, social studies, language arts, literature, and civics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 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

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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Cool Links: Forbes Magazine Article on Innovative Learning

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

Champion of IDEAS Blue Level for Intermediate English Language Learners

Champion of IDEAS Blue Level, the second part of Ballard & Tighe’s Champion of IDEAS program, is now available for intermediate English language instruction in middle and high schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Sep 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

NoodleTools’ NoodleBib Integrates With Pearson’s MyCompLab

NoodleTools has announced that through a partnership with Pearson Education, its NoodleBib citation and notetaking program has been seamlessly integrated into the new version Pearson’s MyCompLab writing instruction environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Aug 2008

Treasure Bay Launches Website to Help Teachers Get Parents Involved in Reading shares easy-to-implement strategies to build reading skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 2008

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

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

MindPlay Announces New, More Comprehensive Version of RAPS

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

AutoSkill Launches Response to Intervention Package for Academy of READING

The company’s new solution is the first reading RtI product to deliver oral fluency assessments over the Web and combine an RtI management tool with an intervention program and professional development, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 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

Writing Roadmap 2.0

Charles Doe reviews Writing Roadmap 2.0, an online essay scoring tool designed to give students practice in building writing skills.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Back to School Curriculum Ideas

Years ago, CyberBee began scouting the internet for content that was informative, engaging, and aligned with national standards, in 1996 becoming a column for MultiMedia & Internet@Schools magazine and a website for teachers. CyberBee thought it would be fitting to revisit some of the great websites that you may have missed over the past few years. There should be plenty of ideas to help you plan your lessons for the new school year.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 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

A LOOK AT ... Projects and Publishing

Teachers have been looking for alternatives to standard written book reports and other student reports for years, often combining them with art projects for more visual presentations. Some exciting new possibilities have been created as a result of more powerful computers, increased internet use, the development of inexpensive digital and video cameras, new software, and other technologies. Read Charles Doe’s latest “Look At … ” report to learn more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

‘Class of 2k8’ Young Adult, Middle Grade Author Website Now Online

The website is dedicated to helping booksellers, librarians, teachers, and readers find exciting new books from among the more than 6,000 new children's and young adult books released each year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Mar 2008

Pearson Releases WriteToLearn 5.0

WriteToLearn 5.0 updates the Web-based learning tool for developing writing and reading comprehensions skills with new text-to-speech capabilities and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Mar 2008

Merit Software Introduces New Online Versions of Writing Programs

The 100% web-based editions of Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch provide the complete programs over the Internet.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2008

Free Resources: Don Johnston and's Text Reader Software for Print-Disabled Students 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 library, beginning in September 2008.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Mar 2008

Former Random House Editor in Chief Launches Internet Book Show ‘Titlepage.TV’

Former Senior Vice President and Executive Editor-in-Chief of Random House Daniel Menaker will serve as host and editorial producer. Each episode of the show will feature four writers discussing their new books in a roundtable format.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2008

Core Learning Makes Online Math, Language Resources Available

The new content is being managed by Cambridge University Press’ Global Grid for Learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2008

Dynamic Literacy Launches WordBuild Foundations

Dynamic Literacy released Foundations, the first of two series in the WordBuild Vocabulary Development System.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2008

WordBuild Elements Level 1

Charles Doe reviews WordBuild Elements Level 1, a spiraling vocabulary curriculum for grades 3-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Literacy and Writing Resources

Among the most fascinating developments in language arts technologies are those driven by programs often called “engines.” This article takes a quick drive around the block to examine some of these engines, beginning with those found in web-based programs. The cruise then continues with a quick view of some interesting new web and CD-based software, as well as some computer-related devices using other developing technologies. The final stops on the tour will be some interesting and useful electronic devices for language arts learning.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

PBS TeacherLine Introduces Courses to Help Teachers Support English Language Learners in the Classroom

The latest collection of PBS TeacherLine courses addresses classroom instruction for the fastest-growing segment of student population.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 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

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

Free Resources: “The Festival of Authors” in Teen Second Life

The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC),, and Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services are producing and hosting “A Festival of Authors,” a virtual literary celebration that will take place Saturday, February 2, from 10 am to 2 pm PST (1 pm – 5 pm EST), in Teen Second Life.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Jan 2008

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

To help celebrate the recently announced ALA Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and others), 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

CYBERBEE: Reading Reconnaissance

Finding just the right book that will grab a student's interest is like looking for Waldo. Tracking down books that correlate with specific curriculum areas and topics for study can be daunting. What is a library media specialist to do? Use every tool in your arsenal as well as lessons and booklists that have already been prepared and are just waiting to be uncovered by the savvy searcher. This collection of websites will serve as a starting point in your quest to recommend the best books to meet the needs of students and teachers.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

Read Write Think

For January 1, 2008: Get Ready, Get Set, and Go directly to the Read Write Think site, from the IRA, the NCTE, and the Verizon Foundation, for lessons that can be selected by grade band, literacy strand, or literacy engagement.
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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

MindPlay Announces Fluent Reading Trainer

Fluent Reading Trainer helps increase reading speed while improving fluency, enhancing visual memory, and building silent reading skills and comprehension, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 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

The ClassMate Reader Portable Reading System

The ClassMate Reader enables students to listen to an audio version of textbooks and study materials while following the highlighted text on screen.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2007

Pearson Unveils Update to WriteToLearn

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

Vantage Learning Launches MY Access! School Edition

The upgraded version features a new capability that detects "text speak," an increasingly popular form of shorthand writing found in text and instant messages.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Oct 2007

New Look and Tools on Merriam-Webster's Word Central Site for Kids

The ever-alert folks at ResourceShelf have posted a brief on the revamped Merriam-Webster site.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Oct 2007

CTB/McGraw-Hill Launches Enhancements to Writing Roadmap 2.0

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

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

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

Lexia Learning Systems, Inc. Ships New Lexia Reading v5 Software

Beta tests have confirmed the robust design and performance of the new Web-enabled Lexia Reading Software with dynamic reporting capabilities, according to the announcement
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2007

Don Johnston Releases SOLO Writing Coach

Don Johnston Inc. announced the release of SOLO Writing Coach, a writing implementation framework designed for at-risk students writing at or below proficiency levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 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

ETS Launches New Version of Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Tool

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


For September 15, 2007: ReadPrint is a massive library of free online books that include authors such as Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and H.G. Wells.
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MetaMetrics Launches New Measure of Student Writing Ability

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

EPals Drops Subscription Fees for SchoolMail, SchoolBlog, and Online Literacy Curriculum

Internet learning community ePals, Inc. has announced it has made its policy-managed SchoolMail, SchoolBlog, and online literacy curricula services available free of charge to schools worldwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Sep 2007

CYBERBEE: Global Connections

Finding safe, engaging collaborative projects for your classroom doesn't have to be a challenge. There are many mentored and data-entry activities that allow your students to participate with classrooms across the country and around the world. Many of the Internet projects have been around for years with proven track records. Others have the backing of nonprofit foundations. This month, Cyberbee directs you to a range of such sites where you can find a project that is just right for your classroom.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

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,, 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

ProQuest African Writers Series Digital Collection

ProQuest’s African Writers Series offers a digital collection of key texts in 20th century African literature.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue

AASL e-Academy Offers Fall Courses

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy will offer five continuing education programs starting on October 1.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Aug 2007

Soliloquy Learning Revamps Web Site

The site's new resources plus educator and news and events sections allow for a richer user experience.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jul 2007

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

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

Siboney PracticePlanet: Online Test Practice

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

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

Take a Field Trip Without Leaving the Classroom: Museums, Zoos, and Interactive Videoconferencing [Available Full-Text, Free]

Educational videoconferencing has come a long way over the years. It started out very slowly, and, in recent years, there has been a burst of interest on the part of museums and zoos in providing their educational programs via this medium. As schools find it more difficult and more expensive to take their students on physical field trips, students are missing out on the phenomenal resources that these cultural institutions have to offer. When gas prices began to rise, local museums found that even schools in the neighborhood were unwilling to spend their precious fuel budgets bussing students off-site. Those in the museum community chose to take this as a sign that they should begin to promote their distance learning efforts.
Editorial/Features - 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

Lexia Learning Systems Announces New Version of Lexia Reading

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

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

Gale Improves Literature Resource Center

Thomson Gale announced that Literature Resource Center has been significantly enhanced by the first major update made since the program’s launch 10 years ago.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2007

ClickN' KIDS, Inc. Announces ClickN' READ Phonics

The program is reading resource that combines the latest research and core curriculum-approved courses into a series of 100 fully-animated and interactive online lessons that are designed to teach children how to read on their own via a home or school computer.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 May 2007

Knowledge Adventure to Offer Awards to Schools in Need of Reading Assistance

Knowledge Adventure's new competition will provide $120,000 worth of reading software programs and training to 10 school winners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 May 2007

Jan Brett's Web Page

For May 15, 2007: Enter the world of author Jan Brett and you won't want to leave! Not only does she share her beautiful artwork for printing, but complete background information about her books.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 May 2007 By Unveils Reader’s Theater Original Author Program filmed award-winning authors Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, Sarah Weeks, and Avi performing scripts from one another’s books, including Love That Dog, Don’t You Know There’s A War On?, Bad Boy, and others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 May 2007

ebrary Signs Five New Publishing Partners Including ABC-CLIO and Temple University Press

These new publishing partners will allow their content to be available to libraries worldwide through the ebrary platform, under a variety of pricing and access models.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 May 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

Cool Links: YALSA Launches Teen Read Week 2007 Web Site

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, launched its Teen Read Week 2007 web site,, which includes a variety of benefits for early registration.
News/Cool Links - Posted 29 Apr 2007

Evan-Moor Offers, 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

Pearson Knowledge Technologies Launches WriteToLearn v.3.0

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

YALSA Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults Recognition Awards: Apply Now

The Excellence Award Task Force of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is looking for 25 exemplary teen programs/services in all types of libraries to include in a fifth edition of “Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Apr 2007 Announces the Ernie Colón Author Program

The veteran comics artist discusses his latest work, “The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation.” The powerful graphic adaptation offers secondary-level educators a compelling way to help students understand the impact of 9/11, and to put its events into a meaningful historical perspective.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Apr 2007

EBSCO’s NoveList Plus Nonfiction Readers’ Advisory Service Coming Soon

NoveList Plus represents the most significant development effort in this product line since NoveList was first introduced in 1994, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2007

Scholastic, Target to Partner on “Scholastic Summer Reading Buzz” Web Site

The site will include interactive book logs, activities, and a reading community where kids can buzz about books and “Show Us Their Reading Buzz” through multimedia submissions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2007

Evan-Moor Hot Topics High Interest Reading Product Announced

Hot Topics helps struggling readers to become active readers through direct instruction of strategies and the use of engaging, motivational texts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Mar 2007

Don Johnston, NASA/Caltech-Jet Propulsion Lab Collaborate on Science Materials

Don Johnston’s Start-to-Finish series now includes "Giant Hurricanes and Tornadoes," available in a variety of formats, including paperback book, computer book, and audio book.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Mar 2007

The Puzzle Center

For March 15, 2007: At APTE's free Puzzle Center, you can construct crosswords, word scrambles, and more ... and send them on to friends or students whose brains you want to tease!
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Cool Links: Getting Boys to Read

Public Radio International “Here and Now” host Robin Young interviews former librarian, author, and reading advocate Mike Sullivan about the phenomenon of reluctant boy readers and what we can all do about it.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Mar 2007

ETS Offers Webinars on Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Tool

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

Great Source iwrite

Charles Doe reviews Great Source iwrite, a free Web-based writing resource for grades 5-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

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

Moving right along, Charlie switches from last issue's Look At ... Elementary-Level Software and Webware to secondary-level materials this time ... "everything from exciting new software for video-editing tasks that weren’t really possible in high schools 20 years ago to extraordinary subscription databases," plus "Web-based courseware that is becoming larger and larger in scope, more sophisticated assessment tools, and some programs with intriguing electronic delivery methods."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

Soliloquy Learning Launches Secondary Reading Content for Pre-Teens Through Adults

Soliloquy Reading Assistant’s new Science and Social Studies Library includes 150 texts, adapted from materials by Cobblestone Publishing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 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

Facts On File Announces the Launch of Bloom’s Literary Reference Online

The database is a redesign of Facts On File’s Literary Reference Online, which has been thoroughly revised and expanded. The new name reflects the inclusion of literary criticism and the Western Canon from the academic Harold Bloom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Jan 2007

Free Resources: HP, Scholastic Offer Environmental Responsibility Curriculum

HP and Scholastic offer a new curriculum titled “Get in the Technology Loop,” designed to teach students in grades 4-6 about environmental responsibility.
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 Jan 2007 Announces Two New Author Programs

The first new author program features an interview with British writer and illustrator Lauren Child, the creator of the Clarice Bean books, the Charlie and Lola series, “The Princess and the Pea,” and “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Book,” among others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Jan 2007

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

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


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 as the Librarian’s Assistant for Book Analysis

While you might not have noticed,’s online bookstore section is supplying some excellent reading analysis resources that can be useful for teachers and students. Using its online abilities for providing more information than a regular “in-person” bookstore can, has added extra features to the information that it provides about its books. Terry Cavanaugh takes you through these features in his article, and shows you many useful ways to press them into service.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By as the Librarian’s Assistant for Book Analysis

While you might not have noticed,’s online bookstore section is supplying some excellent reading analysis resources that can be useful for teachers and students. Using its online abilities for providing more information than a regular “in-person” bookstore can, has added extra features to the information that it provides about its books. Terry Cavanaugh takes you through these features in his article, and shows you many useful ways to press them into service.
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: Thomson Gale Celebrates Poetry Month with Free Web Site

Thomson Gale is supporting National Poetry Month (April) with Poet’s Corner, a free Web site.
News/Free Resources - Posted 30 Dec 2006

ITI Cross Links: Microsoft Launches Live Search Books

Greg Notess has a full report on the launch of the beta version of Microsoft's books database. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 12 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

Cool Links: Google Launches Literacy Project

Google’s Literacy Project Web site, launched during the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, is “a resource for teachers, literacy organizations, and anyone interested in reading and educations … ”
News/Cool Links - Posted 04 Dec 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


Reviewer Charles Doe takes a look at TeenBiz3000, an Internet-based reading and writing supplemental program for grades 9-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

Thomson Gale Applies Lexiles to Databases

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

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

Pearson Knowledge Technologies’ WriteToLearn Version 2.0 Debuts

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

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

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

ETS Releases Criterion v6.2

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

Scholastic and the National Association of Secondary School Principals Collaborate on Foundations of Adolescent Literacy Program

Scholastic Red Professional Development has released the suite of online courses for secondary school educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 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 Observes Banned Books Week

Among the features and services is a Banned Books Week display that highlights the books of author Robie Harris and illustrator Michael Emberley. They are the creators of the most challenged book of 2005.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 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

Scholastic’s Grolier Online Offers Lexile Measures for More Than 115,000 Articles

The reading measure allows media specialists and teachers to match students with non-fiction content written at their appropriate reading level.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2006

Vantage Learning Releases New Version of MY Access!

MY Access! 7.0 updates the online instructional writing tool with feature enhancements and new programs designed to help students prepare for the SAT and other standardized tests.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Sep 2006

Voyager Launches Passport Reading Journeys: Beginnings

The new reading intervention program, Passport Reading Journeys: Beginnings, expands the Passport Reading Journeys series for use with secondary students reading three to four years below grade level.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 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

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

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

Follett and Findaway World Partner to Distribute Playaway Digital Audiobooks to K-12

The companies signed an agreement that names Follett Corporation Companies – Follett Library Resources and BWI – as non-exclusive distributors of Playaway’s preloaded digital audiobooks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Aug 2006

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge Adventure Partners With John Lithgow on 'Books by You' Software Program

Books by You is a “make-your-own book” program designed to allow students to craft, edit, illustrate, and personalize their own literary creations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jul 2006

Pearson Digital Learning Announces Waterford Early Learning Program Server 4.0

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

Pearson Knowledge Technologies’ WriteToLearn Added to Apple Digital Learning Series

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

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

Thinkronize Adds Text-to-Speech Support to netTrekker

netTrekker d.i’s new Read Aloud feature is designed to support special needs learners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2006

CYBERBEE: Digital Storytelling

In this issue, Linda Joseph's Cyberbee guides you and students to sites with ideas and tools, plus loads of examples, for leaving "a legacy of cultural history for future generations through digital storytelling."
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

The Changing Face of the Scholarly Web: Finding Free, Quality, Full-Text Articles, Books, and More! [Available Full-Text, Free]

The scholarly Web is getting noticed more because of new digitization initiatives underway and the enormous publicity search leaders are receiving for their fledgling work. Many librarians and researchers seem to be pleasantly surprised by the continually changing face of the scholarly Web and its freely available quality full-text offerings. This article brings together pertinent resources on the free Web of interest to anyone, including librarians and other educators, who conducts research and would like to easily supplement their currently available holdings, in print and electronic formats and via commercial vendors’ fee-based subscription databases, within their own libraries.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Discovery Education’s Cosmeo Helps Kids Explore the Fun of Summer

The online learning service is designed to provide engaging summer activities for kids of all ages.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2006

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

Tool Factory Launches Think About! For Reading Comprehension

Think About! teaches and reinforces reading comprehension skills with various activities based upon each short story, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jun 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

New Edition of H.W. Wilson’s Fiction Catalog Now Available

The Fifteenth Edition of the Fiction Catalog is available on WilsonWeb and in print.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 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

Questia Launches Lesson Plans for Teachers

Questia Lesson Plans are the latest addition to Questia Classroom, the teacher and student resource center that integrates the company’s digital library content into class instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2006

Free Resources: EBSCO’s History and Reading Web-based Resources

EBSCO Publishing launched two free Web-based resources for school libraries: History-It’s Happening! and It’s a Reading Rave!
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Mar 2006

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

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

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

Discovery Education Expands unitedstreaming Resources

One thousand new video titles and major feature enhancements help teachers improve student achievement, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2006

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

EBSCO Publishing Introduces the Literary Reference Center

The new database features many of the most important literary studies resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Mar 2006

Pearson PASeries Writing Debuts

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

Big6 Learning Tools Announces Release of Big6 TurboTools v2.0

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

Scholastic Announces Building Vocabulary for Reading Success

Scholastic RED Professional Development introduces the course to help teachers build students’ academic vocabulary.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2006

THE PIPELINE: E-Support for Content Creation and Literacy Skills

Stephen Abram writes in this month's Pipeline, "While we may be seeing some learner resistance to traditional writing and creation activities, maybe we can increase their engagement in learning good writing, editing, and information literacy competencies by aligning some of the projects with a Web-based option." Among the options he discusses are social networking, blogs, wikis, and photo sharing.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

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

iEARN, Daniel Pearl Foundation Launch Global Youth News Service for/by Secondary Students

PEARL (Prepare and Educate Aspiring Reporters for Leadership) World Youth News is an international news service with articles written, edited, and published by secondary school students from around the world.
News/Breaking News - 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

PLATO Learning Releases Online Courses

The semester courses are designed to help schools meet diverse learning needs for distance learning and credit recovery.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 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

Pearson Knowledge Technologies Launches WriteToLearn

The Web-based reading, writing, and comprehension tool is intended to build essential skills and save teacher time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2006

Pearson Digital Learning Enhances NovaNET Courseware with New World History Lessons

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

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

CompassLearning Increases Language Offerings in ELL Product

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

Standard Deviants School Teaching Systems

The Standard Deviants School Teaching Systems provide multimedia programs and classroom materials in 10 subject areas: Algebra, American Government, Biology, Chemistry, English Grammar, Physics, Basic Math, Nutrition, Shakespeare, and Spanish.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue

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.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

Voyager Expanded Learning Launches Passport Reading Journeys

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

Free Resources: Online Television Journalism Curriculum for High Schools

The National Television Academy, the organization behind the Emmy Awards, is offering free online curriculum materials designed to educate high school students about best practices in journalism.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Dec 2005

Free Resources: Dickens' A Christmas Carol in askSam Searchable E-Book format

askSam Systems keeps on adding to its free, searchable collection of literature works online.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 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!
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Dec 2005 By

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

Northwest Evaluation Association and CompassLearning Announce Alliance

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

Benchmark Education Company Announces Educational Leader Online Learning Community

The interactive offering provides teachers and literacy coaches with a constant network of support, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Nov 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

Free Resources: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in askSam Searchable E-Book

askSam continues to expand its free, searchable collection of important works online.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Nov 2005

Holt Launches New World Geography Series for Middle Schools

Holt Social Studies: World Geography/World Regions 2007 is standards-based and provides content that is accessible to all learners through integrated research-based reading instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 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 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

H.W. Wilson’s Book Review Digest Turns 100

Book Review Digest, available in both print and on WilsonWeb, joins the company of reference icon Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature as an H.W. Wilson product in service to library users for more than 100 years.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 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

A LOOK AT ... Building the Perfect computer Lab

Charlie Doe looks at everything from computers, projectors, and printers to curriculum, tool, and security software in his latest Look At ... roundup.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Handy Reference Tools

Linda Joseph's CyberBee this month offers a wide assortment of reference resources including online almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and map and statistics collections.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

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

Free Resources: The Redesigned International Children's Digital Library Web Site

The Web site for the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL), a project of the University of Maryland funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, has undergone a total redesign and is now sporting a fresh, new look.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Oct 2005

Inspiration and Great Source/Houghton Mifflin Collaborate on Resources for Improving Student Reading Comprehension

The companies have announced a collaboration that combines Inspiration visual learning software with Great Source’s reading comprehension materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 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

Cool Links: LibriVox, Accoustical Liberation of Books in the Public Domain!

Gary Price's ResourceShelf has a pointer in a recent ResourceShelf newsletter to LibriVox, "an open source audio-literary attempt to harness the power of the many to record and disseminate, in podcast form, books from the public domain."
News/Cool Links - Posted 26 Sep 2005

Scholastic Announces Launch of Latino Early Literacy Program

Lee y seras (Read and You Will Be), a Latino early literacy initiative launched by Scholastic, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and the Verizon Foundation, includes parents and communities in the literacy development of their children.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Sep 2005

Free Resources: Shakespeare’s Macbeth in askSam Searchable Database

The individual scenes are divided into separate documents in the database, allowing users to easily search and locate scenes pertaining to specific topics, according to askSam Systems.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Sep 2005

H.W. Wilson Announces Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982

Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982 is an online record of books and reviews reflecting nearly eight decades of the library reference standard Book Review Digest.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Sep 2005

Sagebrush Education Resources Announces State Standards Alignments

Sagebrush’s online bookstore now offers titles aligned to state curriculum standards in all 50 states for the core subject areas of language arts, math, social studies, and science.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Sep 2005

AutoSkill Releases New Literacy Intervention Suite

The AutoSkill Literacy Intervention Suite provides AutoSkill’s Academy of READING and Academy of MATH software in a single package.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Sep 2005

Read & Write 7.1E Gold

Charles Doe reviews Read & Write 7.1E Gold, a floating toolbar designed for use withWindows-based software programs.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development

Susan Hixson reviews Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development, a multimedia program on CD-ROM for grades 1-3.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

ITI Cross Links: New LexisNexis CopyGuard Verifies Content Originality

Information Today, Inc. News Bureau Chief Paula Hane has written about a new anti-plagiarism tool from LexisNexis and iParadigm, CopyGuard. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 31 Aug 2005

ITI Cross Links: Questia Enhances Online Library Collection With Lexiles

More than a million articles plus 60,000 books in Questia's collection now incorporate The Lexile Framework for Reading. (From Information Today, Inc.'s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 17 Aug 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 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

Deltora from Scholastic

A product review of Deltora, a Web site for ages 9-12 that supports the Deltora novels by Emily Rodda.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

EDITOR'S NOTES: A Resource for Your Summer Planning Time

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

E-Book Resources for the School Library [Available Full-Text, Free]

For this article, Audrey Church surveyed a number of e-book providers about their offerings to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the free and fee-based e-book content that's available today, as well as the sophisticated ways that content can be presented, searched, and otherwise worked with. Read on to see what's available from Project Gutenberg, Great Books Online, International Children's Digital Library, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Greenwood Publishing Group-eBooks, Follett Library Resource Company, Questia, and more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

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

Cool Links: The Literary Encyclopedia

The Literary Encyclopedia is written and owned by a global network of scholars and researchers (above 1,000 and rising steadily) who are committed to making the publication into one of the most rewarding sites on the internet, according to the Web site. Definitely worth a visit, according to us.
News/Cool Links - Posted 16 Jun 2005

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

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

From the Library of Congress—Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier

A cooperative effort between the National Library of Spain and the Library of Congress, the redesigned site has added materials from the collections of the National Library of Spain.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2005

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

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Humanities International Complete Database

EBSCO's Humanities International Complete provides humanities content via the full text of hundreds of journals, books, and other published sources from around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2005

Free Resources: Scholastic Launches ‘Write It’ Interactive Site for Students and Teachers

The new online writing destination helps students find their voice, develop their craft, and publish their work, according to Scholastic’s announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 May 2005

Olympus and Tool Factory Sponsor Classroom Grants Program and Student Photo Contest

Aimed at K-12 students and teachers, the two programs will award winners packages that include Olympus digital cameras, Tool Factory educational software, and cash.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2005

Riverdeep Extends Destination Reading To Grades 4 - 8 And Beyond

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

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

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

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

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.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 May 2005 By

EDITOR'S NOTES: Fresh Concepts and Content

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

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

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

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

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

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

Project MUSE Offers Special Pricing for School Libraries

Online journal provider Project Muse is offering high school libraries its full collection for $1,000 per year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2005

Free Resources: Teaching Poetry and the Story of Emmett Till, from and Houghton Mifflin

August 2005 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Emmett Till's murder., in collaboration with Houghton Mifflin Company, has created an online resource that stimulates discussion about this landmark event in America's civil rights history, an Authors Up-Close program featuring award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Apr 2005

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Advanced Placement Source

EBSCO's new database is designed to provide high school students with resources for advanced studies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 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

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

ProQuest Introduces the MLA Module for Literature Online

ProQuest's database provides a new look and new functionality to the Modern Language Association International Bibliography, making millions of records accessible and searchable online, along with links to full text.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2005

Sunburst Ships Key Skills For Reading and Phonics Package

News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2005

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Database Promotion for National Library Week

News/Free Resources - Posted 18 Mar 2005

ITI Cross Links: Thomson Gale Adds Content to Databases

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News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 18 Mar 2005

Co-nect Delivers Professional Development Program for Literacy Trainers

News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2005

Metametrics Report Reveals High School Reading Gap

News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2005

Big6 Learning Resources Announces Release of Big6 TurboTools v1.02

News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2005

Free Resources: For Women's History Month

News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Mar 2005

ProQuest Aquires Voyager Expanded Learning

News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2005

EBSCO Introduces New Version of Online Reader

News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2005

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

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

Cool Links: NPR Story—“Wikipedia’s Growth Comes with Concerns”

News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Feb 2005 Launches “Flashlight Readers” Online Reading Club

News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2005

ITI Cross Links: ProQuest Completes Acquisition of Voyager Expanded Learning

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News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 Feb 2005

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

News/Cool Links - Posted 03 Feb 2005

Discovery Education Introduces Latest Version of unitedstreaming

News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2005

Questia Launches Course Management System to Complement Its Questia Online Library

News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2005


BrainPOP is a subscription-based Web site that provides standards-based animated educational videos on a variety of topics in Math, English, Science, Health, Technology, and Social Studies.
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

THE MEDIA CENTER: Reading Promotion in the Age of Technology

We believe that ongoing reading promotion through our school media's technology program goes a long way toward supporting reading.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By
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