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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

STEMcoach.com

STEMcoach provides STEM teachers with science curriculum resources, hands-on investigations, ready-made research lessons, classroom tips, online chats with other teachers, and videos.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2014 - Nov/Dec 2014 Issue By

PBS Math Club (YouTube show)

PBS Math Club is a series of short videos in YouTube format, essentially a YouTube "channel" intended to work like a casual, after-school study club. It is social-media intensive since it is a vlog (video blog) of sorts and allows students to comment. Users with YouTube accounts subscribe to the program.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2014 - Nov/Dec 2014 Issue By

StoryBee

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

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

BAM! Body and Mind

For October 15, 2014: The BAM! Body and Mind site, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers loads of information and interactive activities on all aspects of keeping healthy.
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Free Resources: PBS Science's NOVA Cybersecurity Lab

NOVA Cybersecurity Lab is a new online game that introduces players to cybersecurity concepts and real-world cyber threats.
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 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: LOC's Interactive Student Discovery Series for Tablets

The first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Sep 2014

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

For September 15, 2014: Constitution Day will be celebrated on Wednesday September 17, 2014, and the Bill of Rights Institute's Landmark Supreme Court Cases website is a great topical resource for your students!
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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

Discovery Education, Science Channel Launch Epic Story

Epic Story gives students the opportunity to learn from a Science Channel producer and use cutting-edge digital tools to empower them to create and present their own stories.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Sep 2014

Goodreads

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.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2014 - Sep/Oct 2014 Issue By

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

New Release from Itsleaning Addresses Key Needs For Student Mobility And Teacher Collaboration

Students and teachers will be able to take advantage of enhanced access options, more streamlined processes and several more upgrades.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Aug 2014

Discovery Education Adds Content from Its Family of Networks

Educators can now integrate popular series from Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Animal Planet and American Heroes Channel into classroom instruction through Discovery Education's suite of digital education services including Discovery Education Streaming, Streaming Plus and Discovery Education Techbook series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Aug 2014

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

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

Discovery Education, 3M Announce National Finalists in 2014 Young Scientist Challenge

Ten students will participate in a summer mentorship program with 3M scientists and compete for $25,000 and the title of America's Top Young Scientist.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2014

GPS Hide and Seek

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

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

Kids: Treasure/Scavenger Hunts

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

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

Kizi

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

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

MimioScience

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

The Radix Endeavor

The Radix Endeavor is an educational MMO game in development funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A MMO game is a massively multiplayer online game that must be played online and can be played by thousands of students at the same time.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

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

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

KinderArt

For May 1, 2014: Kinderart is just one example of some terrific websites that provide printable lessons about famous artists and step-by-step instructions for duplicating their artistic styles.
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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

MIND Research Institute Adds Programs to ST Math Series

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

SpellingCity

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

The brand new app magically transports kids right into studios of award-winning authors, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Apr 2014

Desmos

For March 15, 2014: Graph functions, plot tables of data, and much more at Desmos with this free graphing calculator designed for grades 6-12.
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Free Resources: Hooda Math's Free Timed Math Tests for Mobile Devices

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

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

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

Cram

Flashcards are one of the faster and better ways to memorize most kinds of information. Cram utilizes the Leitner system of studying and can be used to create and store flashcards for later use or to borrow flashcards created by others. Flashcards can be created and studied on whichever electronic device is used to access the website or run the app.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

digedu

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

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

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

SymbalooEdu

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

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

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

Hooda Math Unveils 50 Math Games for Mobile Devices

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

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

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

Weebly

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

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

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

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

Evanced Solutions Launches Beta Version of Wandoo Planet

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

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, 3M Launch Discovery Education/3M Young Scientist Challenge

The nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5-8, the Challenge rewards students for their science acumen, demonstration of innovative thinking and communication skills. Through the Challenge, students have the opportunity to compete for $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2014

Curriculum Associates Releases Door 24 — New iPad App

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

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

Anybody Can Learn Code

For December 15, 2013: Solve Angry Bird and Zombie puzzles with drag and drop programming with the help of Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education.
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PBS's American Experience Launches Interactive Educational Graphic Novel

Tales From The Poisoner's Handbook appears in conjunction with January 7, 2014, broadcast premiere of the American Experience film The Poisoner's Handbook.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Dec 2013

SAS Curriculum Pathways Now Available to All netTrekker Subscribers

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

Energy Star Kids

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

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

Discovery Education Announces Expanded Content Partnerships

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

Smithsonian X 3D

For November 15, 2013: Through state of the art scanning methods, the Smithsonian is transforming their collection into 3D objects, and you can check it out at their Smithsonian X 3D website.
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Scholastic Premieres “Math@Work: Math Meets Fashion” Web Series

The series is designed to connect classroom learning to exciting careers that students aspire to. "Math@Work: Math Meets Fashion" takes three students on a tour of designer Diane von Furstenberg's New York City studio to learn about the mathematical thinking and problem solving required in this career.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 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

Storybird

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

Net Texts Content Management System

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

Cool Links: About Google's Launch of Connected Classrooms

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

Art Cyclopedia

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

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

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

The addition of these new titles brings the total ebooks available on the platform to more than 8,000, with over 500 from Encyclopaedia Britannica.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2013

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

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

Follett Offers New Release of Destiny Library Management System

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

New York Philharmonic Kidzone

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

Designed specifically to support educators using digital media to enhance instruction and engage students, the Common Core Academies provide practical strategies and tactics that support long-term action planning as well as immediate implementation.
News/Free Resources - Posted 02 Oct 2013

ASCD Offers Professional Development Institutes for the Common Core State Standards

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

Think Like an Egyptian

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

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

World Book Launches New Ebook Platform

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

Infobase Learning Announces the New and Improved Today’s Science

The relaunch features a fresh new design that provides more intuitive access to the wide range of science content in the database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2013

National Atlas

For September 15, 2013: Geography teachers will find a treasure trove of tools to use in their classrooms at the National Atlas Website. For starters, students can trace the flow of America's streams with an interactive map.
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Edmentum Adds Career Technical Education Courses to Plato Courseware

Eight CTE courses are available now for Edmentum's standards-based Plato Courseware online curriculum, with an additional 24 courses scheduled for release in 2014.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2013

Mobl21

Teachers use Mobl21 programs to create structured student learning materials. After those materials are transferred to student devices, students can use them anytime, anywhere. Emantras has created communities for sharing teacher-created materials.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

ST Math

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

StudyBlue

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

IDEA WATCH: Making Space for Makerspaces

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

BELLTONES: Picture This! Using Instagram With Students

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

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

Mary Alice previews a range of classroom materials on the Library of Congress (LC) Teachers page that are created "by teachers for teachers" and that "provide easy ways to incorporate the LC's unparalleled primary sources into instruction."
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

Edmentum Enhances Learning Solution for Common Core Alignment

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

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

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

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

netTrekker and icurio subscribers will benefit from expanded content and enhanced overall experience in netTrekker.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2013

Discovery Education Announces Enhancements to Streaming Plus Service

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

Traditional Children's Games from Around the World

For July 15, 2013: Jump rope, hopscotch, and tag are games children play around the world. Read all about some some of them in this issue of Topics Online Magazine.
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Turning Technologies Releases Latest Version of TurningPoint Polling Software

TurningPoint consolidates the company's most popular products into one simple interface for polling in PowerPoint on both PC and Mac, polling in any application and self-paced polling.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jul 2013

Wordle

For July 1, 2013: Have some fun creating "word clouds" in Wordle. Type text, play around with it, publish it, and see what you've wrought!
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Benesse America Offers StraightAce Learning Middle School-Exclusive Learning System

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

Conceptua Math Announces Grade 3-5 Rollout

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

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

Gale Launches Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive

Launched as part of a partnership agreement announced earlier this year, the new archive will include the complete back files of both magazines as well as Gale's advanced research tools, and will support cross-curricular and interdisciplinary studies in schools and in academic spaces.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 May 2013

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

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

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

Teachers and students across the country have an exclusive opportunity to participate in virtual field trips to the continent's most awe-inspiring destinations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 May 2013

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

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

Net Texts Provides Access to Free, Curated Open Educational Resources

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

Free Resources: Discovery Education's STEM Camp Curricula

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

myON

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

Kno

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

Discovery Education Techbooks

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

Britannica School

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

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

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

Scholastic Summer Challenge

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

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

Edmentum Expands Plato Courseware Curriculum With 30 New Courses

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

PBS NewsHour Profiles Innovative STEM Teachers in New Web Series

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

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

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

Science News for Kids

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

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

Create a Fossil

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

CIA World Fact Book

For March 15, 2013: The World Fact Book, published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency, provides information about countries around the world, including population, maps, flags, and other statistical data.
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ITI Crosslinks: Bringing the Smithsonian to a Library Near You, Thanks to Cengage Learning

Covered here ever so briefly via a press announcement earlier, Cengage's plans following its licensing agreement with the Smithsonian Institution are fully described and explored by Online Searcher magazine's editor-in-chief Marydee Ojala in her NewsBreak posting on the Information Today, Inc. website.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 13 Mar 2013

Discovery Education Expands Suite of Digital Textbooks with Interactive Math Techbook

As the latest addition to the company's Techbook line, which now includes K-12 science and middle school social studies offerings, Math Techbook furthers Discovery Education's commitment to developing a full suite of digital solutions for today's classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2013

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

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

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

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

Compass Learning Odyssey

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

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

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

Alexander Street Press Announces World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966

The collection brings to life the experiences of international movie-goers from Tokyo to Amsterdam and New York City to Paris, enabling students and scholars to study original newsreels of firsthand from the World War II era and beyond.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Feb 2013

Skyward Launches Student Reward System Integrated With its SIS Software

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

WORLD BOOK - This Day in History

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

Follett Challenge Helps Schools Share their Innovation with the World

The Follett Challenge will award $200,000 worth of Follett products and services to six winning schools, and also provide educators with a platform to show off their innovative teaching programs to the world through traditional and social media.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2013

National Geographic World Atlas

For February 1, 2013: Begin building your classroom reference collection with this free iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad app from National Geographic.
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Pearson Adds Text Complexity Measure to WriteToLearn

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

Alliant Energy Kids

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

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.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

Globaloria

Globaloria is a social learning network that enables students to develop STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) knowledge and job skills through game design. It includes a set of simple examples, tutorials, and simulations in a customizable, 1-year curriculum.
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Knewton Adaptive Learning Platform

Knewton is a technology that transforms any computer or web-based content into a personalized experience for each learner, keeps track of progress, and recommends future study.
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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

IXL Math

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

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

The Lincoln Institute

For December 15, 2012: The Lincoln Institute, a project of The Lehrman Institute, has produced several sites devoted to the study of Abraham Lincoln. Of particular interest to teachers is Abraham Lincoln's Classroom that features Lincoln's Daily Story, Quote of the Day, Quiz of the Week, Cartoon Corner, and a Library with speeches and timelines.
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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

Visual Learning Systems Publishes iPad-Ready Life Science Textbook for Grades 5-9

Spanning 31 chapters and over 1,000 pages, "Core Ideas in Life Science" fully supports the Next Generation Science Standards. Animators, designers, videographers, and producers led by Brian Jerome, Ph.D. used their archive of videos, images, and animations to create this learning tool.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Nov 2012

Science Buddies

For November 15, 2012: Students looking for science fair projects will find loads ideas at Science Buddies, a non-profit organization that "empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology."
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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

StudySync Partners with Pearson's Online Learning Exchange To Offer Social Studies Educators Enhanced Digital Learning Experience

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

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.
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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

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

Mary Alice looks at three specific, comprehensive digital collections—Chronicling America, Historic America Newspapers; Today in History; and The Newseum's Global Digital Archives—and shows you how to locate city and state newspaper archives.
Column/The New Media Center - 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

Infobase Learning Adds New Video Feature to African-American History Online

With the "Focus on History through Video" feature, each time the site reloads, the user will see a new video in the player, chosen from an editorially picked selection. Clicking on the "Go to Video Gallery" link below the video screen in that feature will take the user to a new gallery of all of the videos in the database.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2012

ePals Announces World Elections Center for Students Around the Globe

ePals' student-focused, international election site offers activities, projects, and games on 2012 elections in the U.S., Venezuela, Sierra Leone, South Korea and other countries globally.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Oct 2012

Infobase Learning Announces the Launch of Chelsea House Biographies Online

This new database features a wealth of up-to-date, book-length biographies from Chelsea House, a publisher of biographies in the school and library market, covering a wide range of core-curriculum and high-interest subject categories. All biographies have been updated and shaped for this product, and content is updated weekly.
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

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

Online Homework Help, Math Refreshers Now Available to Middle and High School Students Learning With Pearson's Common Core Programs

Virtual Nerd Interactive Videos deliver personalized tutorials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2012

Compass Learning Expands Middle School Science Offering For New Version of CompassLearning Odyssey

The updated science curriculum includes hundreds of new activities, quizzes, and tasks that empower teachers to engage students in key tenants of science and exploration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 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

Steve Spangler Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2012 summer Olympics

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

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

Facts On File Announces New 'Issues and Controversies in American History'

This major redesign and content enhancement significantly strengthens the database's key objective—building a deep and balanced understanding of vital topics in American history.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jun 2012

Amphibian Ark

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

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

myON reader Expands Publishers Program

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

Compass Learning's Odyssey 2012 Debuts

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

Gale Cengage Announces Classroom in Context (CliC)

CliC is a curriculum-based family of resources designed to supplement textbooks and enhance learning with authoritative, media-rich content from Gale's In Context product suite.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 May 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

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

Kid Blocks

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

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

Britannica Pathways: Science

Britannica Pathways: Science brings the full weight of Encyclopaedia Britannica's outstanding and extensive resources to bear in this supplemental tool for middle school science instruction. It consists of a guided discussion that helps students form hypotheses, which they research. Then, the hypotheses are checked with basic, multiple-choice quizzes and a follow-up activity.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

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

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

The Oregon Trail! Ask a group of adults about this memorable computer game and often they mention how this type of program motivates by putting kids in charge of their own learning.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

Geocaching with Kids

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

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

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

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

neoK12

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

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

A complete digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks, the Discovery Education Middle School Social Studies Techbooks and the High School Science Techbooks inspire students' curiosity and promote critical thinking through differentiated digital resources including interactive explorations and uniquely compelling video, images and informational text, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2012

StoryKit

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

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

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

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

Scientific Learning Announces MySciLEARN On Demand Platform

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

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 myON.com and have full access to the platform using the Amazon tablet.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Feb 2012

Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War

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

Level Three software is a new online component to the award-winning PCI Reading Program, a reading series for students with intellectual disabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Feb 2012

Revolution K12 Updates Algebra Readiness Program

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

Knovation (Formerly netTrekker) Launches icurio Digital Curriculum Content Solution

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

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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Britannica Curriculum Program Takes Aim at Scientific Misconceptions

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

Britannica Launches New Editions of SmartMath

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

Inspiration Software Introduces Visual Mapping for iPad

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

School Specialty’s uLog Data Collection Devices Support STEM Education

With these dataloggers, Frey Scientific offers a way to collect data without barriers or expensive logging devices. uLog sensors are an all-in-one solution for classroom data collection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

School Specialty’s Wordly Wise 3000 Goes Online

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

School Specialty Launches MCI (Making Connections Intervention)

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

Britannica SmartMath Now Extends to Eighth Grade

The newest release of the product also sports a streamlined teacher's module that makes it easier to issue assignments and track student progress, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2012

Pearson Launches PowerSchool Mobile for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

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

Gale and National Geographic Sign Agreement for Magazine Archive

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

Voices from the Days of Slavery

For January 15, 2012: Listen to former slaves describe their lives in Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories.
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ASCD Announces Seven New PD Online Courses for Educators

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: How to Manage All That Learning

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

Shmoop Launches Pre-Algebra Worksheets and Quizzes

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

Adobe Announces Latest Edition of Digital School Collection

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

Gale Cengage Announces Redesigned User Interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library

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

Gale Launches MyGovernment Database

MyGovernment is an online subscription-based resource that provides essential information on United States elected officials, candidates and their key issues, and information on how our government functions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2011

Revolution K12 Launches New Geometry Program

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

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

New Dimension Media to Launch STEM-focused Streaming Media Package

The service will bring students and educators over 300 targeted programs in science, technology, engineering, and math.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Nov 2011

Students Create and Study Flashcards with Free StudyBlue Mobile App

The iPhone and Android app features speech-to-text and picture-taking functionality.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Nov 2011

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

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

World Book Classroom: Dramatic Learning

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

Grolier Online

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

Lexia Reading v 8.0

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

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

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

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.
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CivilWar@Smithsonian

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

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

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

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

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

Focused on providing fun and engaging tools to classrooms and homes, these joint efforts include components like supplemental family activities, K-12 curriculum programs, interactive classroom lessons and more.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Oct 2011

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

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

Shoutlearning.org's Treebanding Project

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

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

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

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

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

Adobe Announces Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10

New features enable students to more easily produce meaningful images, professional-looking movies, and digital stories that combine photos and videos in creative ways. Teacher resources, including step-by-step tutorials and ready-to-use lessons for incorporating the software into classroom learning, are available online at the free Adobe Education Exchange.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Sep 2011

New MyLexia App for iPhone Provides Real-Time Performance Data

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

SchoolTube

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

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

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

Cerebellum Corp. Releases ‘Teaching Systems: Nutrition’

The new DVD series, intended to teach students about healthy living and essential nutrition topics using a unique and humorous approach, provides supplemental curriculum correlated to nutrition guidelines and standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2011

Maps.com Announces New Features in Maps101

K-12 Students can now visualize and compare 2010 Census Data with interactive maps.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2011

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

Quizlet

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

Room 21, from Super Star Learning

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

Smart Science, from ParaComp, Inc.

In Smart Science labs, students interactively collect data from real-world videos. Students predict results and then compare the results to their predictions. Teachers review the students' work.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

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

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

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

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

National September 11 Memorial & Museum Teach and Learn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Curiosity in the Classroom" engages students with cross-curricular lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2011

Free Resources: Shmoop's Mythology Learning Guides

Mythology is the 11th subject area on Shmoop, which now offers more than 750 free online Learning Guides.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Aug 2011

Pearson Announces myWorld Social Studies and myWorld History

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

Animated Knots by Grog

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

The ‘Kids @ Discovery: Creepy Creatures' and ‘Daily Planet: Environment Series' DVD collections offer 19 new titles for K-12 learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Aug 2011

Lexia Announces Lexia Reading v 8.0

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

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

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

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

Petroglyphs.us

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

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

Take a Field Trip to the Field Museum

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

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

Britannica Announces New Ebook Service for Schools, Libraries

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

A Prairie Field Trip

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

For June 1, 2011: Race into summer with a boatload of craft ideas from the Free Nature Crafts website that will keep kids busy outdoors.
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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

Encyclopaedia Britannica Releases 'Snakes', Multimedia App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod

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

Gale Partners with TheGreenInterview.com to Bring Videos and Content to GREENR

TheGreenInterview.com will be providing Gale with video interviews covering a range of issues connected to our planet, humans on earth, damage to our ecosystem, alternative development ideas, sustainability, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 May 2011

Vegetable Gardens for Kids

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

The Environmental Public Health (EPH) collection offers classroom-ready assets for middle and high school students that look at how researchers, communities, and policy makers are working to address health issues resulting from toxins and other factors in our environment.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 May 2011

Study Island Announces Winners of Project-Based Learning Activities Contest

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

State Finalists Named in Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College Board have named the 24 middle school and 24 high school state finalists in the third annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2011

THE TECH EFFECT: Playing Around With Technology

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

The three brands are running two summer reading challenges designed to be entertaining and easy enough to fit into every family's busy summer schedule. Both challenges, the Scholastic Summer Challenge and the iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge, will be available through www.SummerReadingCentral.com.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2011

MathNook

For May 1, 2011: Help students hone their math skills with these entertaining games at MathNook. You can choose the level that meets the needs of your students, from basic computation to advanced equations.
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PCI Education Launches Momentum Math Grade Level Editions

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

Scholastic Introduces New Version of Its Digital Reference Source Grolier Online

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

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

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

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

e2020, Inc., Adopts Common Core State Standards

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

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

New on-demand, video-based modules are available that are designed to deepen teacher knowledge of global climate and earth system change, while providing a resource that can also be used with students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Mar 2011

ABC-CLIO Announces the 2011 “Hunt for History”

The "Hunt for History" competition offers school library media specialistsand teachers a chance to win valuable prizes—including iPads, online history database subscriptions, and ebook collections—on a history scavenger hunt.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2011

U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program

For March 15, 2011: One of the best resources for earthquake information is from the U.S. Geological Survey: The U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program.
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Scholastic Launches READ 180 Next Generation

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

Cengage Learning's Delmar Releases Engineering Titles in Partnership With Project Lead the Way

The four new titles, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Aerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up, Principles of Engineering and Digital Electronics, provide a wealth of content and resources to enhance PLTW's middle and high school STEM curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Mar 2011

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

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

Best Kid Apps

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

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

SIIA Education Division Releases Don’t Copy That 2 – School Version

Don't Copy That 2 - School Version is a fun-to-watch rap music video that addresses the dangers of engaging in piracy and the importance of respecting the creative output of others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 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

Free Resources: THIRTEEN, WNET.ORG's Multimedia Project "Get the Math"

Get the Math combines entertaining reality-style TV and online challenges to help middle and high school students see the relevance of math in exciting careers and develop algebraic thinking skills.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Feb 2011

Turning Technologies and BrainPOP Announce Strategic Alliance

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

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

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

Capstone Digital Launches myON reader

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

Discovery Education, 3M Announce Call for Entries for Young Scientist Challenge

Ten finalists will be selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. to compete in the final challenge in October, 2011. The winner will receive $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."
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

HyperPhysics

For February 1, 2011: Enhance your high school physics lessons with the information and video demonstrations from HyperPhysics, an award winning site hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University.
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Cerebellum Corp. Launches Three STEM-focused Series from the ‘Defined Learning’ Library

The 40-DVD library brings science and technology content to life for middle and high schoolers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2011

netTrekker, Defined Learning Partner to Integrate Defined Learning STEM Content into netTrekker Search

The partnership will expand the netTrekker Search digital resource offering to bring real world relevance to STEM education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2011

BrainPop Featured Movie App

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

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Connected and Engaged

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

For January 1, 2011: The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, from the Clackamas County (Oregon) Heritage Partners, brings history alive through reenactments, videos, and print material. Historical information about the role of black pioneers in the settlement of Oregon is very informative.
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Science Kids

For December 15, 2010: Ready to spark scientific minds with some fun activities? Then, visit the Science Kids website, where you will find experiments on a variety of topics such as electricity, aerodynamics, and chemical reactions.
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Indiana and Louisiana Approve Discovery Education’s Digital Science Services for Statewide Use in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms

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

Energy Quest

For December 1, 2010: At the Energy Quest website from the California Energy Commission, discover interesting facts about energy through a virtual interface.
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Free Resources: Thirteen and WNET.Org's Mission US Online History Games

"Mission US" is a new series of free online games designed to let middle school students learn and "live" history. The first game mission, "For Crown or Colony?," focuses on events leading up to the American Revolution.
News/Free Resources - Posted 18 Nov 2010

World Book Expands Science Power Digital Supplemental Learning Resource

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

Tutor.com Announces Tutor.com To Go Education App

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

TimeMAPS, from Realityworks

Charles Doe reviews TimeMAPS, a money management and life skills program, a complete course or a supplement, intended to teach "personal finance literacy" defined as the knowledge needed to make responsible financial decisions.
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Shmoop

Alice Kurtz reviews Shmoop, a free portal of digital resources, primarily for literature and social studies topics, that help students relate subjects being studied in school to their daily lives.
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Discover the Forest

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

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

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

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

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

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

SMART Introduces New Class of Interactive Whiteboard Offering Student Collaboration Features

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

TregoED Launches Critical-Thinking and Decision-Making Tool for Grades 6-12

SCAN challenges students to examine issues from different points of view using authentic scenarios and role-playing. The online tool includes built-in steps designed to focus online and in-classroom discussions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Oct 2010

Fear of Physics

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

The newly produced Series Books Curriculum Resource Center includes hours of original audio interviews with popular series authors and hundreds of online resources to support the enjoyment of more than 40 favorite series—including fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction, and biography.
News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Oct 2010

Archipelago Learning Releases Study Island Version 4.0

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

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

KidsHealth

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

With almost 200 literacy skills embedded in curriculum packs for elementary, middle and high school students, the highly interactive DimensionL instructional software introduces and reinforces such topics as language conventions, parts of speech, reading and writing processes, spelling, and vocabulary.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Sep 2010

Cognite, from Follett Software Co.

Victor Rivero reviews Cognite from Follett Software Co., a digital learning environment that integrates discovery and organization tools, collaboration, and communication.
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Maplesoft Publishes New Edition of The Mathematics Survival Kit - Maple Edition

The interactive ebook, designed to give students the information they need to overcome difficulties encountered while working on homework or assignment problems, provides them the opportunity to review exactly the concept or technique they are struggling with, work through an example, practice, and then continue with their homework.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2010

Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention Broadsides

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

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

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

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

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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Shmoop Launches Free Online Pre-Algebra Curriculum

Shmoop's free online Pre-Algebra Learning Guides contain hundreds of topics with succinct explanations, diagrams, interactive examples, practice problems, and real-world applications.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Aug 2010

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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Facts On File Announces Launch of World Geography and Culture Online

A new and improved version of Facts On File's World Atlas, this reference site takes a global approach to facilitate the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jul 2010

Discovery Education Expands Content Relationships to Provide New Curriculum-Aligned Digital Media

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

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

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

International Spy Museum

For July 15, 2010: Spies are in the news, so visit the International Spy Museum if you're in Washington, D.C. this summer! Next best thing? Hit their International Spy Museum website! Be watching over your shoulder, though.
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Discovery Education, 3M Announce Middle School Science Competition Student Semifinalists

The 47 semifinalists were selected based on their science communication skills exhibited in a short video explaining the science behind issues millions of Americans face in everyday life, including preventing the spread of germs, ensuring food safety and sun protection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jul 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Lexia Learning Launches Lexia Reading Version 7.0

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

Discovery Education Introduces U.S. Geography App for iPhone, iPod Touch

Conceived and developed in conjunction with Phunware, the U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App delivers a fun and educational solution to engage students in learning about United States geography, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2010

ClassTools

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

For June 1, 2010: This summer have your students hone their keyboarding skills with Dance Mat Typing. It's fun, easy to use, and geared for ages 7-11.
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Cerebellum Corp. Releases Video Program to Supplement Algebra Curriculum

The Teaching Systems Algebra video series is designed to deliver engaging math content for secondary students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2010

ebrary Announces New Pilot Program for Public Libraries with Free Access for Local Schools

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

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

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

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Referencia Latina

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

Free Resources: Federal Trade Commission's Advertising Literacy Campaign Targeting 'Tweens'

The FTC's new advertising literacy campaign was launched to help children understand the ads they see and become smarter consumers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 May 2010

Shmoop Launches More Than 400 Education Ebooks for Sony's Reader Store

Shmoop ebooks for topics in literature, poetry, U.S. history, civics, music, and biography are now available.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2010

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Safety, Security, and Access

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

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital Camera

Charles Doe takes a look at the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital Camera.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

Lost Nation: The Ioway

Alice Kurtz discusses "Lost Nation: The Ioway," an interactive DVD that allows students to explore the plight of one tribe of Native Americans as Europeans moved westward across the North American continent.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

School Town

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

Oil Spill as Teachable Moment!

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

ProQuest's eLibrary Science provides online science content, tools, videos, and manipulatives designed for use with both mainstream and AP (advanced placement) science courses.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

Adobe Creative Suite 5 Ships With Discount Pricing and Instructional Resources Available

The software suite includes Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium, and Design Standard.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Apr 2010

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

Stream Invertebrates Resources

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

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

Interactive Science Middle School Program

Sally Finley reviews Pearson's Interactive Science Middle School Program, an online science program that uses grade-level textbook and online resources.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

The Historian's Apprentice

Alice Kurtz reviews The Historian's Apprentice, a social studies program that enables students to act as historians as they follow a protocol for examining primary and secondary sources to answer complex questions from American history.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

ST Math: K-5 Integrated Instructional System

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

Capstone Launches Professional Development for Educators

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

Women's History Month for Teachers

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

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

Brainingcamp

For February 15, 2010: Introduce your middle school math students to topics that align with NCTM standards with the click of a mouse at the subscription-based Brainingcamp website.
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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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Discovery Education, 3M Announce 12th Annual Young Scientist Challenge

The Challenge offers a chance for middle school students to win $50,000 in U.S. savings bonds.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010

PBS Seeks Entries for PBS Teachers Innovation Awards

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

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

For Black History Month (February), Gale Cengage has again assembled a collection of activities and information to complement classroom topics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 25 Jan 2010

Archipelago Releases Study Island Version 3.0

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

Time To Know Launches One-to-One Curriculum System

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

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

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

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

Learning Plans on Demand Releases Enhanced Diagnostic Assessments

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

Inspiration 9 Unveiled by Inspiration Software

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

A LOOK AT ... Interactive Whiteboards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Achiever!

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

it’s learning

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

Read:OutLoud 6

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

Beaming the World Into Our Schools: Getting Into Interactive Videoconferencing

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

National Agriculture Day

For January 1, 2010: Celebrate National Agriculture Day in your classroom or community. Each year the program promotes American agriculture and its essential role in maintaining a strong economy.
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Turning Technologies Announces New Release of TurningPoint AnyWhere

To accommodate various presentation styles and technology integrations, TurningPoint AnyWhere combined with Turning's ResponseCard keypads or ResponseWare, a web-based polling application, creates a wireless response and voting system allowing presenters to ask interactive questions within their preferred presentation application.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Dec 2009

World Book Introduces 'Dramatic Learning' Classroom Resource

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

Children & Nature Network

For November 15, 2009: The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature.
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Pearson Introduces New Middle School Interactive Science Curriculum

Available for purchase in January 2010, Interactive Science enables middle school students to read, write, draw, graph, and self-assess all in one place, actively engaging students with real-world content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2009

Grzimek's Animal Life

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

RAPS 360 (Reading Analysis & Prescription System)

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

Adobe Digital School Collection for K–12

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

Virtual Worlds for Kids—Good Fun, Good Educational Value

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

Science Buddies

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

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

Adobe Unveils New Digital School Collection for K-12 Classrooms

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

H. W. Wilson Releases Tenth Edition of Middle & Junior High Core Collection

The latest edition of the collection development resource for school libraries lists over 8,000 recommended books, 2,000 more than the previous edition. It also features "short list" indicators for the "most highly recommended" works and more specific grade levels indicators than the previous edition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2009

Study Buddy Handheld Tutors

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

Classworks Web Edition

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

Maps101.com

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

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

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

Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground

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

Sally Finley reviews Aha!Science, a supplemental program of instruction, lessons, games, simulations, journaling, activities, and quizzes for grades 3–5 focusing on life science, Earth and space science, and physical science.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

Discovery Education streaming Plus

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

JourneyEd Academic eStore Network

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

Smokey Bear

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

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

eLibrary

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

LabQuest Library

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

Saywire

Saywire offers a combination of safe social technology and secure permission-based controls designed to provide “walled garden” social learning networks for K–12 education.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue

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

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

Hotmath Announces Online Remediation through Catchup Math

Designed for at-risk middle and high school students, the new online diagnostic-prescriptive remediation service delivers a cycle of quizzes followed by personalized review and practice to help students catch up in math.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Apr 2009

BrainPOP Offers Free Financial Literacy Movies and Activities Throughout April

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

Tween Publishing Launches Student Organizational Skills Podcast Program

Tween's program is designed specifically for the sixth through eighth grade. Included are such skills as binder organization, using a planner, organizing a homework space, using a rubric, self-advocacy for middle school, remembering daily responsibilities, correcting poor homework habits, long term project management, and understanding grade averaging.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2009

Celebrate Arbor Day with the Arbor Day Foundation

For April 1, 2009: At the Arbor Day Foundation website, discover the history of Arbor Day plus a host of ways to incorporate it into the curriculum.
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Free Resources: A NOAA Online Game that Encourages Students to Learn About Estuaries

Developed through a partnership with Montgomery (Md.) College's Computer Gaming and Simulation program and designed in cooperation with NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System for students at the fourth through seventh grade level, "WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea" provides science instruction through a series of challenges and animations.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Mar 2009

Learning.com Announces Aha!Science Supplemental Curriculum Solution

Designed for grades 3-5, Aha!Science gives teachers new tools to teach physical, earth and space, and life sciences with science games, simulations, and instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 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

World Book Student

Alice Kurtz reviews World Book Student, the redesigned and upgraded version of the World Book Online Reference Center.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection

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

Learning Plans on Demand

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

Learn360

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

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

Saywire Offers Secure Social Networks for K-12 Learning

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

Maryland Public Television, MIT Education Arcade, FableVision Launch Lure of the Labyrinth Online Math Game

Using the immersive characteristics of digital games, Labyrinth blends a storyline with multi-level puzzle play to build pre-algebra skills in several core areas: proportions - fractions and ratios; variables and equations; and numbers and operations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Feb 2009

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

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

Inspiration Software’s Free Webcasts

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

CoSN Webcast: How Technology Transforms Learning

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

kidthing, NEA Extend “Dear Mr. President” Project

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

Discovery Education and 3M Announce Young Scientist Challenge

In an effort to foster the development of the next generation of scientists, Discovery Education and 3M have teamed up again to reward students for their science acumen and curiosity, while encouraging them to share that passion by creatively communicating their findings.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2009

KidPub Announces Winter 2009 Writing Contest

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

CYBERBEE: Energy Challenges

Energy is an essential and, at times, a controversial subject. It is important that students learn about energy sources and the impact they have in their own lives, and Linda Joseph's Cyberbee guides you this month to web resources to help them do just that.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

A Look At … ESL Resources

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

EIA Energy Kids Page

For January 1, 2009: Need fast facts about energy sources, how they were/are formed, and their environmental impact? Start out at the federal government’s Energy Information Administration EIA Energy Kids Page.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Jan 2009 By

Adaptive Curriculum

Sally Finley reviews Adaptive Curriculum, an online library of middle school math and science lessons aligned to national and state standards.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

Teachscape XL

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

Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information

Susan Hixson reviews Type to Learn 4, a keyboarding program designed for K-12 students at a variety of skill levels.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

Greenovation Lighting System Upgrade & Companion Curriculum

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2008-2009 Inspired Visual Learning Awards

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

BookHooks

For November 15, 2008: Try out BookHooks and introduce your younger students to a place where they can share their book reports with other readers in a safe environment.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Nov 2008 By

Google Apps Education Edition

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

Timeliner XE

Alice Kurtz reviews Timeliner XE, a software program designed to organize data into visual multimedia diagrams such as timelines, sequences, and cycles.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

Cool Links: Galeschools.com Presents Monster Vote 2008

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

Planet Orange and the World of Money

For October 15, 2008: Money and financial planning. Too boring for kids, right? NOT! Have them blast off to Planet Orange to explore the world of money.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Oct 2008 By

Banned Books Week 2008

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

Authors/Illustrators Selected for AASL "Knowledge Quest" Columns

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

NYT/Carnegie Corp. Awards Now Include SMLS Nominees

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

Discovery Education, Siemens Foundation, NSTA Announce National Middle School Sustainability Challenge

The “Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge” encourages students to create "green solutions"; prizes include regional and national recognition, cash, and an appearance on Discovery's Planet Green television network.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 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.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Sep 2008 By

ISTE Webinar: Intro to Geocaching

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) presents an “Introduction to Geocaching” Webinar on Sept. 24.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2008

Free Resources: InspireData Webcast Examines Teaching about Close Elections

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

Free Resources: More WGBH Teachers' Domain Classroom Resources

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

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

CYBERBEE: Campaign 2008

With the 2008 election upon us, there are many websites analyzing the personal attributes and platforms of the candidates as well as examining the political process for electing a president. The news media provides all sorts of information from facts to commentary with a dose of speculation by an array of "expert" panelists. For better or worse, YouTube and blogs allow unfettered participation by individuals. It is more important than ever that your students learn to be discerning readers when researching these sources. CyberBee has selected a variety of places to explore and use with your students.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Virtual Environments and K–12 Education: A Tour of the Possibilities—Part 2

In the July/August issue of MMIS, Kelly Czarnecki started her "tour of the possibilities" of using virtual environments in K-12 education with a look at two projects based on/in Teen Second Life—Science in Second Life, and Suffern Middle School in Second Life. Here's the rest of the tour, visting Whyville, the River City Project, Quest Atlantis, and McClarin's Adventures.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

NXT Sensor Adapter for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT

Sally Finley reviews the NXT Sensor Adapter, a device that enables a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robotics system to use sensor-based controls.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Bamboo Fun Pen Tablet

Charles Doe reviews the Bamboo Fun Pen Tablet, a computer input device.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Animation-ish (Classroom Edition)

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

Cool Links: Ask.com Relaunches AskKids

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

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

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

Innovation First & Autodesk Release Robotics Curriculum

Innovation First, Inc. and Autodesk, Inc. offer a new curriculum now included in the VEX Robotics Design System Classroom Lab Kits.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Aug 2008

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

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

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

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

The Library of Congress Experience and myLOC.gov

Alice Kurtz takes a look at two new web sites from the Library of Congress.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

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

Virtual Environments and K–12 Education: A Tour of the Possibilities—Part 1

The 2007 edition of the Horizon Report by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative predicted that in 2 to 3 years, virtual worlds will greatly impact teaching, learning, and creative expression. These scalable and highly creative environments are being used by educators all over the country in a variety of settings and in a variety of ways. This article offers a look at projects using virtual worlds that are currently “happening” in K–12 schools, what we’re learning from them, and what we can continue to learn by charging full steam ahead with these fascinating educational tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

MIND Research Institute Algebra Readiness

Sally Finley reviews MIND Research Institute Algebra Readiness, a program that provides a visual learning approach for a comprehensive algebra readiness curriculum for grades 6-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Learn360

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

Lexia Reading v5

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

Kidspiration 3

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

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

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

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

New Books from ISTE

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

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

LabQuest

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

DOMA—Diagnostic Online Math Assessment

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

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

Evolver Pre-Algebra

Sally Finley reviews Evolver Pre-Algebra for grades 6-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

Teacher One Stop

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

Educating About Agriculture

For March 1, 2008: If you are looking for information on the hot topic of biotechnology, for an annotated list of books about agriculture, or if you just need to know the date for National Cream Puff Day or International Pickles Week (!), then look no further than the American Farm Bureau Foundation's Educating for Agriculture website.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Mar 2008 By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Geocaching for Fun and Learning

Geocaching, using GPS technology, is loads of fun, and it offers lots of educational opportunities as well. Yes, even in the media center. Media specialists are good at making curricular connections, and, says Mary Alice Anderson, the curriculum connections with geocaching are easy to see. Don't believe it?? Read and learn.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Seeds of Change

With agricultural commodities so readily accessible in the U.S., it is easy to forget how the baked ham, green beans, pineapple, and rolls with butter arrive on the dinner plate in some countries, but not in others. Learning about agricultural practices, economics, and the importance of farming will go a long way in helping students understand one aspect of global interdependence. Prepare your students for a trip to a working farm by visiting these websites, all vetted by Cyberbee, aka longtime MMIS columnist and educator Linda Joseph.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

Free Resouces: ABC-CLIO’s History and the Headlines: Spring Edition

Three new topics will be added this spring to ABC-CLIO’s History and the Headlines collection of free online resources.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Feb 2008

SMART Launches the SMART Document Camera

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

GenevaLogic Visionary Grants Awarded

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

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

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

NSF ScrubClub

For February 1, 2008: It's winter, and the height of the cold and flu season, time to meet The Scrub Club in their quest to encourage effective hand washing to avoid infections.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Feb 2008 By

Scholastic Launches Children’s Book Search Tool: Teacher Book Wizard

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

SMART-created Lesson Activities on Curriki Web Site

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

Sebit LLC Announces Adaptive Curriculum

The new online system uses interactive math and science activities to boost academic achievement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2008

Pokémon Learning League Adds Internet Safety Program

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

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

The MIND Research Institute’s visual math courseware programs for grades K-12 are now available in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2008

Pearson Launches enVisionMATH

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

Free Resources: Vernier Spring LabQuest Workshops

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

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

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

ISTE Publishes New Book on Project-Based Learning

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

NOAA Accepting Grant Applications for K-12 Environmental Literacy Projects

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

Primary Soure Tool Kit

For January 15, 2008: There are times when we simply have to "hold" a resource, touch it, and see it firsthand. The Library of Congress’ Primary Source Tool Kit website can make this possible!
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Jan 2008 By

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

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

Learn360 Provides New Video Streaming Service

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

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

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

GeoSafari Quiz Bowl

Rhonda Clevenson reviews GeoSafari Quiz Bowl, an interactive electronic educational game that simulates a television game show in the classroom.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

Fluent Reading Trainer (FLRT)

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

Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder

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

Sally Ride Science K-12 Education Programs

Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, founded Sally Ride Science in 2001 to create programs and products designed to educate, entertain, engage, and inspire.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue

World Book Encyclopedia 2008 Edition Released

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

Soliloquy 4.1 Available

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

NBC News and HotChalk Launch Digital Election Resource for Education

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

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

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

Tool Factory Podcasting

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

START EDITING NOW! Classroom Workshop Edition

Charles Doe reviews a DVD-based program designed to illustrate editing techniques and principles.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Rapid Resources

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

Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2008

Charles Doe reviews the tool package that includes Encarta Premium, Encarta Kids, Microsoft Math, Learning Essentials and more.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

ISTE Offers Book on Differentiating Instruction with Technology

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

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

Free Resources: Classroom Resources from ABC-CLIO Support “The War” on PBS

ABC-CLIO expands its free “History and the Headlines” online resources with “Double Victory—Minorities and Women During World War II,” material designed to support the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS/WETA documentary, “The War.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Sep 2007

Free Resources: FileMaker Teacher Materials

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

Inspiration Releases InspireData 1.5

InspireData 1.5 is the first update to Inspiration Software’s InspireData program designed to help students in grades 4-12 explore and understand data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2007

Free Resources: Sally Ride Science Blog

The Sally Ride Science blog features a series of science-themed entries designed to help elementary and middle school teachers illustrate real-world applications of science concepts and spark classroom discussions.
News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Sep 2007

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

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

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

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

Holt Virtual Investigations

Sally Finley reviews Holt Virtual Investigations, a science simulation available in middle school and high school editions.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

TeacherFileBox.com

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

World Book Advanced

Susan Hixson reviews World Book Advanced, designed for use in high school and beyond. This database also has been used successfully in middle schools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

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

Free Resources: The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Online History Resources

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers a free online slide show titled “Wilberforce, Lincoln, and the Abolition of Slavery” and other online resources for teachers and students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 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

HELP Math

Susan Hixson reviews an online math curriculum for middle school students.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Science Online

Sally Finley reviews Science Online, a comprehensive subscripton database from Facts On File, Inc.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Knowledge Adventure Launches Knowledge Adventure Academy—Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

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

World Book Advanced Integrates Primary, Secondary Source Databases

A key feature of World Book Advanced is its integrated content, allowing students to search across a vast collection of primary source documents, e-books, and encyclopedia articles as well as multimedia elements, editor-selected Web sites, current magazine selections, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

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

The Franklin Institute Science Museum presents online materials designed to extend the experience of the museum’s King Tut exhibit with activities geared to the K-12 science curriculum.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Jun 2007

ST Math Algebra Readiness

ST Math Algebra Readiness, for students in grades 6 to 8, takes a building-block approach to providing mathematical problems and exercises aligned to the foundational math concepts and skills needed to learn algebra.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 May 2007

Cool Links: Teaching Green with "Blue Vinyl"

“Blue Vinyl: The World’s First Toxic Comedy,” a documentary directed by Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold, takes a charming look at a chilling situation with worldwide implications.
News/Cool Links - Posted 26 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

InspireData

Sally Finley reviews InspireData, database software focused on the concepts of visual learning and data literacy.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Study Island

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

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

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

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

Math FACTMASTER In Online Edition

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

AutoSkill Releases SpanishTutor Module for Academy of MATH

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

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

Virtual History - Ancient Egypt

Alice Kurtz reviews Virtual History - Ancient Egypt, a CD-based computer simulation designed to allow students to experience life in the Egypt of 4,000 years ago.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

First in MATH

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

WebLessons

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

GenevaLogic Vision Kits: Classroom Computer Management Software

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

Free Resources: AASL School Librarian's Scholarship Deadline Nears

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

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

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

Participate in AASL's "School Libraries Count" Survey

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

GenevaLogic Debuts New Classroom Computer Management Software

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

Hotmath.com Adds Video Instruction

Hotmath.com now offers nearly 1,000 video lessons that teach and explain math homework topics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 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

SafeSchools.com Announces Release of Online Safety Primer: What Every Educator Needs to Know

This is the first in SafeSchools’ Online Safety Series, which covers the various means of communication as well as the growing dangers that can entrap students when they’re online, including cyberbullying, predators, and threats of violence.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2007

Discovery Education Launches Education Science Connection

Discovery’s online science supplement helps science educators improve instruction and meet the latest NCLB requirements, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jan 2007

ABC-CLIO Releases Latest Database, Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

The new database combines authoritative research sources, inquiry-based teaching and study tools, and integrated current events aligned to social studies standards and curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2007

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

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

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

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

TeachingBooks.net 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

Math'scool

John Drag, Jr. reviews Math'scool, a pre-algebra program that can be used with students in grades 3-8.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

Super Size Me: Educationally Enhanced DVD

Sally Finley takes a look at the Super Size Me: Educationally Enhanced DVD, a combination of the award-winning documentary and interactive learning features for students in grades 6-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

Rand McNally Classroom

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

WriteBrain

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

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

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

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

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

Free Resources: HP Offers K-12 Technology Grant Initiative

A new HP initiative will award grants totaling $3.9 million in cash and HP equipment to K-12 public schools in the United States and Puerto Rico.
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 Dec 2006

YALSA Unveils New Electronic Discussion List

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, announced the launch of a new open discussion list, YA-MUSIC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Dec 2006

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

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

EBSCOhost Offers “New Features” Area

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

Fact Monster

For December 1, 2006: Fact Monster, a great, free research, homework help, and just plain fun site from Information Please, provides loads of features targeted to students.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Dec 2006 By

Facts On File News Services Releases Issues & Controversies in American History Database

Comprised of concise, balanced original articles, primary source documents, diaries, speeches, and interviews, the database is targeted to grades 7 and up, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2006

NCEE Offers Virtual Economics CD-ROM

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

Nutrition Café

For November 15, 2006: At the Nutrition Café, "where nutrition information is fun,"students get to learn about and demonstrate their knowledge of nutritional facts.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Nov 2006 By

Thinkronize Announces Addition of Canadian Resources to netTrekker

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

netTrekker Includes Teachers’ Domain

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

Free Resources: Activities for National American Indian Heritage Month

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Zones: Quest for the True Fountain of Youth

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

American History Online

Reviewer Alice Kurtz takes a look at American History Online, a database for 7th grade - high school learning.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

Straight Curve Mathematics Series 2

Reviewer John Drag, Jr. reviews Straight Curve Mathematics Series 2, a Web-based math program for grades 3-5.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

CultureGrams

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

CYBERBEE: Caching in on GPS

Cyberbee is positioned this month--Globally Positioned, that is--with resources to help you and your students map trails, find treasure caches, and solve problems by using the Global Positioning System technology made possible by 24 U.S. military satellites orbiting Earth that transmit signals to a GPS receiver.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

Free Resources: Online Archaeology Resources for K-12

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

Discovery Education Introduces New Multimedia Learning Products in Key Subject Areas

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

School Science Fairs

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

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

Discovery Education to Create Lesson Plans Featuring unitedstreaming and Google Earth

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

ETS Releases Criterion v6.2

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

Knowledge Matters Introduces Educational Simulation on Ancient Egypt

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

Tom Snyder Productions Releases MaxData

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

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

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

Free Resources: National Science Foundation Online Lessons and Web Resources

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

Pearson Introduces Bridge of Vocabulary

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

Turner Learning’s CNN Student News Makes Daily Broadcast Available as Video Podcast

The daily 10-minute broadcast on Headline News can be downloaded free from the CNN Web site.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2006

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

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

SRA/McGraw-Hill Upgrades TechKnowledge

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

Let's Go Learn/Reading

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

MathAmigo 4

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

Hotmath.com Web Site Revised

The site now offers homework help for 150 math textbooks. Free access to some content is available through January 2007.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Aug 2006

Hotmath.com Web Site Revised

The site now offers homework help for 150 math textbooks. Free access to some content is available through January 2007.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 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

ISTE Updates “Spreadsheet Magic”

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

Curriculum Associates Releases Science Vocabulary Series

Curriculum Associates released Passwords: Science Vocabulary for students in grades 3-12. The program is part of a series designed to help students develop academic language.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Jul 2006

Pearson 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

Simulation Explorer

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

Holt Science & Technology Lab Generator

The Holt Science & Technology Lab Generator CD-ROM aids the planning and management of science labs for grades 5–8.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue

SirsiDynix K-12 SchoolRooms Project

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

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

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

Discovery Education Launches the Next Generation of unitedstreaming

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

Sci4Kids

For June 1, 2006: The USDA's Sci4Kids Web site is a series of stories for students ages 8-13 illustrating the work of the Agriculture Department scientists. Learn how satellites determine where cows Moo-ve (roam) and why that is important, how food might be grown in space, and lots more.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Jun 2006 By

Pearson Prentice Hall Pairs Literacy Skill Builder Series With WriteToLearn

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

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

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

Development of the Industrial U.S. Reference Library

The Development of the Industrial U.S. Reference Library, published by UXL, covers the history of America during the second half of the 19th century, a time when the country began its march toward the role of the wealthiest and most powerful industrial nation in the world.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

The Education Desktop

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

Science Diagrams

Science Diagrams is a drawing program that provides access to more than 200 pre-constructed and edit-ready science-related diagrams, as well as the tools to create new diagrams.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Marvelous Math Products

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

CYBERBEE: Creekin’

This month, Cyberbee sets his and your sites on water, streams, and creeks, where your students can experience great adventures. Discover all sorts of creatures and plants that live in this aquatic habitat, investigate the health of the creek and its impact on the overall environment, and lots more. Prepare for your journey by visiting these Web sites for information and lesson ideas.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

BrainPOP! Brings on Science Movies, BrainPOP! en Español

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

Canvastic Is Updated to Version 2.1

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

Ohio Peregrine Falcons

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

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

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

Discovery Communications Launches COSMEO Online Homework Help Tool

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

Something Froggy!

For March 15, 2006: Life re-emerges as we spring into spring! Take frogs, for instance. At the Something Froggy Web site, choose from the Primary (K-3) or the Junior (4-8) version to learn about frogs and their life cycle.
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Free Resources: Thomson Gale Offers Earth Day Materials

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

Free Resources: BrainPOP's Earth Day Videos

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

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

Freedom on the Move, Continuing the March Toward a More Perfect Union

Freedom on the Move, Continuing the March Toward a More Perfect Union offers students a multimedia experience focused on the important historical events associated with the civil rights movement, as well as an exploration of the issues of discrimination, prejudice, and bias.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

ISTE Publishes Guide on Intelligent Mobile Device Use in Schools

Handheld Computers and Smartphones in Secondary Schools provides guidance and activities to help educators learn how to use this new technology effectively to meet curricular goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2006

ST Math

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

Learning Essentials for Microsoft Office

Learning Essentials for Microsoft Office, a software tool that provides education-specific scaffolding for students and teachers using Microsoft Office applications, is reviewed by Charles Doe.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Inspiration 8

Inspiration 8 updates the visual learning program launched nearly 10 years ago for grades 6–12 with new and improved capabilities designed to help students visualize, think, organize, and learn.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue

K8AIT's Kite Flying

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

Linda Joseph's CyberBee this month helps you and your students transform your schoolyard into a launchpad; experiment with aerodynamics, Newton's laws, and Bernoulli's principle; create geometric kites and sleek paper airplanes; measure distances; determine the best flying designs and discover why they were successful; and more ... by guiding you to some terrific kite- and paper-airplane-related math and science Web sites.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

TI Every Day Math Initiative Brings NUMB3RS to FETC

The program for the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) includes a closing session focused on the Texas Instruments “We Use Math Every Day” initiative, based on the popular CBS television series “NUMB3RS.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Feb 2006

Electric Universe: The Power of Learning!

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

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

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

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

Play Index Dramatic Resource Now Available on WilsonWeb

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

Inspiration Software Launches Inspiration 8

The new version of Inspiration offers expanded visual capabilities, increased support for writing, and new resources for curriculum integration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 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

Raptors in the City: An Online Falcon Study Project

The Raptors in the City program resumes in February with the start of the nesting season of the Peregrine Falcon.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 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

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

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

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

CYBERBEE: Shaping Minds with Puzzles

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

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

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

Northwest Evaluation Association Introduces State-Standards-Aligned Science Tests

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

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!
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Scholastic Education Introduces New Enterprise Edition of READ 180

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

Free Resources: The Baldwin Online Children's Literature project

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

Art Interactive, from the Hirschhorn

For December 1, 2005: Examine four different sculptures to discover how modern artists use different methods and materials to convey ideas at the Art Interactive site from the Hirschhorn.
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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 TeachingBooks.net announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 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 Releases New Middle and Junior HS Library Catalog

The new edition includes coverage of timely new topics of interest to middle school students and educators, as well as expanded coverage of Web resources, periodicals and graphic novels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2005

Free Resources: Discovery Education, The Faith & Politics Institute, and Freddie Mac Bring Civil Rights Curriculum to Schools

Multimedia curriculum kits are being provided free to all 15,000 U.S. middle schools.
News/Free Resources - Posted 09 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

Newton's Castle

For November 1, 2005: Explore Newton’s Castle, a “stimulating journey into the revelations of Sir Isaac Newton,” where you can learn about his discoveries … and secret life! Learn about color, optical illusions, and lots more ... such as why dogs chase cars! (Did they have cars in Newton's day??)
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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.
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Learning.com Partners with Districts to Help Test Technology Skills

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

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

Discovery Education Announces Discovery Health Connection Updates

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

U.S. State Department, Global SchoolNet Foundation Announce “Doors to Diplomacy” 2006 Web Project Competition

The educational award program will recognize the student-created Global SchoolNet Web projects that best teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Oct 2005

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

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

The Atoms Family

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

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

ABC-CLIO Announces Latest Subscription Web Site: United States At War—Understanding Conflict and Society

The Web site will look at 14 American-involved wars and allow users to compare the military, economic, and social aspects of each conflict. A 30-day free preview is available.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2005

The Ultimate Science Fair Resource

For October 1, 2005: Here's a quick reference on organizing a science fair project for your students to use.
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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

The National Constitution Center's Constitutional Timeline

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

Linda Joseph's CyberBee offers a wide assortment of resources to help you with activities for your class in support of Constitution and Citizenship Day, coming up this month.
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A LOOK AT ... Products for Science Teachers

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

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

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

Old Deerfield’s Memorial Hall Museum Online

For August 15, 2005: At the Memorial Hall Museum Online, explore the history of New England through artifacts and historic documents … even a “magic lens”!
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Pearson Educational Measurement Pilots MEAP Testing

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

NBII’s Children’s Butterfly Web site

For August 1, 2005: Glorious to look at and a breeze to navigate, the Children’s Butterfly Web site is a great exploration starting point for students.
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JASON Foundation Develops Multimedia Deep-Sea Expedition Curriculum

JASON Adventure: Lost City Hydrothermal Vents will be available this fall.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 2005

LeapFrog Launches Interactive Web Site to Showcase New FLY Pentop Computer

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

Coolmath4kids

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

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

More News from NECC: LeapFrog Enterprises Introduces FLY Pentop Computer

The FLY pentop computer offers a range of innovative applications for tweens (grades 3-8) to learn, communicate, and game.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

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

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

More News From NECC: A New Version of SMART Technologies’ SMART Ideas

SMART Ideas concept-mapping software 5.0 is designed to improve student comprehension and retention; the new version streamlines planning, teaching, and assessment, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

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

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

The San Diego Zoo Webcams

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

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

Differentiated Instruction: Success for Every Student

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

NOVA: Charters of Freedom

A review of the companion Web site for the PBS/NOVA "Saving the National Treasures" television program.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

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

Fractions with Professor Von Strudel

A product review of "Fractions with Professor Von Strudel," math software for grades 2-6.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

A LOOK AT... Products for Math Teachers

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

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

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

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, Bartleby.com: 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: Discovery Education Announces New Discovery School Multimedia Learning Products

Over 150 new video, DVD, and CD-ROM titles for grades K-12 have been added to the Discovery School line.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2005

Inspiration for Pocket PC Debuts

Inspiration’s visual learning software is now compatible with leading handheld computers, with the Pocket PC version joining Inspiration for Palm OS, launched last year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jun 2005

ITI Cross Links: Readex Announces Digital Edition of American Broadsides and Ephemera

Readex's collection of primary sources will include approximately 15,000 broadsides from the 19th century. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 20 Jun 2005

The 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition)

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

Art Museum Image Gallery Debuts on H.W. Wilson’s WilsonWeb

H.W. Wilson will offer the Art Image Database to replace the AMICO Library, which is ceasing publication in July.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 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

Pinnacle Systems Delivers Video Learning Software Packages for K-12 Education

Pinnacle Studio and Advanced Academic Toolkits are designed to be simple, affordable software that makes learning fun.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 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

Free Resources: National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth Web Site

National Geographic and PBS have created a series of four television documentaries and a complementary Web site, all under the moniker Strange Days on Planet Earth, that make for a riveting 21st-century media approach to studying environmental issues.
News/Free Resources - Posted 18 May 2005

Marquis Who’s Who Releases Digitized Historical Biographies

The launch of Who’s Who in American History, with more than 70,000 historical biographies, represents the first phase of a major digitization initiative by Marquis Who’s Who.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 May 2005

Dino Russ’s Lair

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

Although this CIA reference site provides information as of 1 January 2005, it will be updated biweekly throughout the year to provide wide-ranging information about the background, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for all included countries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 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

Free Resources: EASE History, a U.S. History Project from Michigan State

EASE History’s creators describe their Website as “a rich learning environment that supports the learning of U.S. history … by connecting historical events, campaign ads, and core democratic values.” With its more than 600 videos and photographs from 1900 to the present and an interesting interface to explore them, it is indeed all that.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 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

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

Discovery Health Connection

Discovery Health Connection is a Web-based subscription service that provides a digital library of health and prevention resources for K-12 teachers including curriculum guides, worksheets, videos, and extension activities that address nine health and prevention issues for students.
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Teaching Mathematics to All Students, Grades 6-8

Teaching Mathematics to All Students is a professional development course that combines Internet-based training content with CD-ROM video elements.
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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.
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CYBERBEE: Zoo Treks

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

Discovery Education Acquires Health and Prevention Curriculum Programs

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

Cool Links: "Kids Search Engines," from SearchEngineWatch

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

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

August 2005 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Emmett Till's murder. TeachingBooks.net, 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

Free Resources: Poet's Corner from Thomson Gale

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

Geology at the Rock Hounds Web site

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

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

Foolin’ Around With Picasso

For April 1, 2005: You can make your own Picasso-esque artistic masterpiece. It's April 1st, but we're not foolin'! Check out the Mr. Picassohead Web site ...
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Facts On File’s Health Reference Center Gets New Content and Layout

News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2005

ITI Cross Links: Thomson Gale Adds Content to Databases

(From Information Today, Inc.'s EContentMag.com.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 18 Mar 2005

A Weather Lesson from Edheads

For March 15, 2005: Swing into spring with a fantastic weather lesson from Edheads.
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Free Resources: For Women's History Month

News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Mar 2005

EBSCO Introduces New Version of Online Reader

News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2005

ITI Cross Links: Iditarod.com--a Review

The Iditarod dog sled race starts March 5. Here's a review by Sally Finley of a Web site offering lots of learning opportunities built around the race. (From Information Today, Inc.'s MultiMedia & Internet@Schools -- Yes, that's us, right here!)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 Mar 2005

ProQuest Adds ExploreLearning Math, Science Simulations to Online Education Support Materials

News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2005

Kid's College

Kid's College is an online program designed to motivate students to practice skills and reinforce classroom activities. The program uses a sports theme to capture the students' attention and to encourage them to continue to answer questions and gain points.
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Iditarod.com

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

Call to Freedom is a complete, online American history textbook covering pre-Columbian America to the present. It offers all of the features, content, and extensions of a traditional print textbook and includes a variety of tools that create an interactive environment for student learning.
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CYBERBEE: A Million Money Ideas

One of the first concepts young people learn is the value of money in everyday life. From their first allowance to the entrepreneurship of the lemonade stand, students learn how to plan, save, and spend. CyberBee has been busy locating resources that will assist in teaching and learning about money.
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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.
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DATABASE NEWS: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content­, Part 1

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

For March 1, 2005: March is Women's History Month and the Women's Words of Wisdom: Thoughts Over Time site is a great way to introduce women's history to students.
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