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Edgenuity Introduces New Suite of Courses

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

LearningExpress Announces PrepSTEP High School Edition

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

Defined Learning's New Online PD Course Focuses on Incorporating Project-Based Learning

"Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe" is designed to help educators create, implement, and assess effective project-based lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Apr 2016

Imagine Easy Classroom Suite

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Building Digital Research Skills

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

DimensionU Mobile Ed-gaming Apps Now Available on Android Platform

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


MobyMax is a personalized, blended learning curriculum for K-8 students. It is an online learning tool that includes math, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and more.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By

Meet Your Learners Where They Are: Virtualizing the School Library

As author Brenda Boyer notes, the proliferation of BYOD, 1:1 device programs, and blended and online learning opportunities for students makes it critical for school libraries to meet the challenge of providing services, resources, and instruction in virtual environments. To that end, Boyer lays out a comprehensive road map to building and maintaining that virtual environment.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By Increases Integration with Google Classroom

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

Common Sense Media, SETDA Unveil New Toolkit to Help States and Schools Access E-Rate Funds

The collaboration is intended to help finish the job of connecting every U.S. classroom and library to high-speed internet.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Oct 2015

Discovery Education, American Bar Association, National Constitution Center Host Interactive Virtual Field Trip on Constitution Day

Hosted live from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, this event will explore the history of the U.S. Constitution and introduce students to the Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeal judges.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2015

Intel Security, Discovery Education Release Cyberethics Module

The new, web-based cyberethics module for students aged 8-11 is part of the Intel Security Digital Safety Program, a three-year national education initiative designed to teach children to "Think Before You Link" and make safer decisions when using the internet.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Apr 2015

WizIQ Introduces Mobile Learning Platform for Live Interactive Classes on Mobile Devices

The cloud-based platform works with iPhone and provides a host of advanced features, giving students the freedom to participate in live classes anywhere/anyplace and providing teachers a vital conduit for live engagement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jan 2015

Smithsonian Brings Historic Specimens to Life in Free “Skin and Bones” Mobile App

The free app is available for download in the App Store and reinvents how visitors to the museum can experience select specimens on view in its historic "Bone Hall," an exhibit of almost 300 vertebrate skeletons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2015

MindLaunch Debuts "Intelligent Educator Match" to Custom-Match Students with Online Teachers

MindLaunch students of all ages now have the ability to quickly and easily select the kind of online teacher who best suits their needs and personality, and then be automatically matched and scheduled to begin a quality learning experience in any subject.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jan 2015

CueThink is an iPad app that provides guided instruction in math problem-solving skills for middle and high school students.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2015 - Jan/Feb 2015 Issue By


For December 15, 2014: Teachers will be delighted by the Duolingo site, where students can dig into a foreign language.
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Discovery Education Enhances Streaming Service With Hundreds of New Digital Assets

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

iTunes University

iTunes University provides free access to complete courses taught by instructors from leading universities and schools. It is also a web-based tool that lets educators build courses for their own students.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2014 - Sep/Oct 2014 Issue By

Edgenuity Introduces New Courses for Back to School

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

WizIQ Announces WizIQ Learning Marketplace, Comprehensive Online Teaching System

The WizIQ Learning Marketplace enables students to choose from courses offered by thousands of instructors. Educators and organizations can create a comprehensive quality online course - with live or self-paced instruction - quickly, and teach any learner or employee anywhere in the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 May 2014

ASCD Releases 2014 PD Online Course Catalog for K–12 Educators

The new catalog offers more than 100 user-friendly courses developed by ASCD authors and experts available anytime, anywhere to educators, including 21 new PD Online courses. PD Online courses are developed to help educators increase their knowledge and discover best practice methods.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 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

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


VoiceThread is a cloud application that enables the user to create, upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files, and videos. Five options (microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload) provide a commenting capacity on VoiceThread slides.
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

Nepris Service Connects STEM Professionals, Students, and Curriculum

Nepris fires up students by showing them STEM professionals in action through highly interactive web-enabled video chat sessions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2013

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

Lectora Launches New, Quick-Deploying Learning Management System

Lectora Express is a cloud-based LMS designed to allow users to easily host, deliver and track e-Learning content in just minutes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Oct 2013

Atomic Learning Expands Online Training Library

One of the new online training workshops helps educators understand cloud-based applications.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2013

Interview | Tim Springer: A New Mobile Approach to the Learning Space

Tim Springer (HERO, Inc.), Don Orth (director of technology at Hillbrook School), and Chris Petrick (Bretford Manufacturing) discuss what it takes to create a mobile world for an academic setting, the issues and challenges, advice on managing the process, and the purposes behind it all.
Editorial/Features - 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

ASCD Awarded Grant to Offer Free Virtual Teacher Networks

The virtual PD networks, facilitated by ASCD expert faculty and consultants, will cover math, English language arts literacy, literacy shifts for science, and literacy shifts for social science.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Aug 2013

ASCD Offers Resources for Educators Planning the School Year Ahead

ASCD offers timely materials on the most prevalent issues in education today, including the Common Core State Standards, teacher and principal effectiveness, and quality instruction. Here are a few resources to get started.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2013

Free Resources: Five ASCD PD Resources to Transform Summer Learning for Educators

These offerings let educators take professional learning into their hands by selecting desired areas for growth and immersing themselves in targeted learning at their own pace. All five are available anytime and anywhere there is an internet connection.
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 Jun 2013

Benesse America Offers StraightAce Learning Middle School-Exclusive Learning System

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

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

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

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

The Etext Revolution: Rewriting the Textbook Model

Shmoop's founder and chief creative officer has some creative things to say about how the textbook industry is transforming and where the etext industry is headed. Take a look down the digital road with him.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Shmoop Opens the Doors of Its New 'Math Shack'

Math Shack features more than 200 types of problems that will hone a user's skills in all test areas—Numbers and Operations, Algebra and Functions, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics and Probability.
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

YUDU Media Enhances Features of Its Digital Publishing Platform

The company has released several new and enhanced features on YUDU Education, a technology tool that allows publishers to convert textbook content to digital form, as well as add rich media elements to accommodate the interactive focus of today's teachers and students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Apr 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

Britannica Publishes New Elementary Ebooks

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

Free Resources: The Smithsonian Quests Program

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

Pearson Adds Text Complexity Measure to WriteToLearn

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

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

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

Shmoop Gives AP Biology an Extreme Makeover

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

Pearson, Flipped Learning Network Announce Professional Development Partnership

The joint venture will result in a comprehensive professional development course for the rapidly increasing number of educators looking to switch to the new "flipped learning" teaching model.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2012

Alliance for Excellent Education Releases Report: 'The Nation’s Schools Are Stepping Up to Higher Standards'

The report identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must systemically address in the next two years and outlines the essential elements for developing a comprehensive digital strategy.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Nov 2012

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

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

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

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

Follett Announces Joint Release of Destiny 10.5, FollettShelf Enhancements with New Follett Digital Reader

The joint release is designed to improve the foundation of Follett's eBook platform, helping to better manage the check-in/check-out process, and provide improved access to books and notes, whether online or offline.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 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

Shmoop Partners with College Preparation Site Zinch

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

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

EBSCO Publishing Releases New Version of EBSCOhost Mobile

With ease of use and more functionality, the new EBSCOhost Mobile will provide users with an improved search experience for accessing EBSCOhost databases and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) on the go, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2012

iEARN Launches New Global Online Collaboration Centre

The mission of iEARN is to enable young people worldwide, working in collaboration and respectful dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. This new platform is a key piece of fulfilling that mission.
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

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

New Data from StudyBlue Reveals Shift Toward Mobile Studying

Students have logged a 10-fold increase in study minutes on mobile devices over the past year, according to the data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2012

Edmodo Annouces Topics for Free EdmodCon Virtual Educator Conference

Wednesday, August 8, more than 4,000 attendees worldwide will connect online for a free one-day professional education workshop. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jul 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's 2012 Summer Boot Camp Webinar Series

Assisting educators at all levels around the globe prepare for the 2012-13 school year, ASCD's free summer boot camp comprises nine informative webinars on a variety of topics that shape classrooms worldwide.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Jun 2012

myON reader Expands Publishers Program

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

MindConnex Learning Launches Fifth Shakespeare In Bits Title - Julius Caesar

Shakespeare In Bits is a multimedia resource designed to enable educators and students to experience, understand and appreciate The Bard's plays in bite-sized chunks, or "bits."
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jun 2012

ASCD Announces New PD Online Courses

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

McGraw-Hill Education Launches ONboard Series for Advanced Placement

ONboard Series for Advanced Placement is designed to prepare high school students for the rigors of AP coursework through interactive learning tools that accommodate all learning styles.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Apr 2012

Pearson Digital Learning’s NovaNET Now Speech-Enabled with Texthelp Systems’ SpeechStream

SpeechStream is an intuitive text-to-speech toolbar, particularly helpful to ELL students, that gives users the ability to read while hearing text read aloud by a high-quality, digitized human voice, helping to improve word recognition, vocabulary and comprehension.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Apr 2012

Khan Academy

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

ASCD and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Partner to Launch New PD Online Course

The course, entitled Exploring 21st Century Teaching and Learning, outlines 21st century teaching and learning and is designed to empower educators with the tools and concepts needed to develop a vision of 21st century education in their school or district and translate it into actionable practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2012

myON reader from Capstone Digital Goes Mobile

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

PBS TeacherLine Adds Course Terms to Online Professional Development Program

Most popular PBS TeacherLine courses are now offered eight times a year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 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 TeacherLine Unveils Course on Virtual Teaching

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

Cool Links: Infographic--Apple, iPads, Digital Resources and Education

Take a look at's infographic about Apple's iTunes U app announcement.
News/Cool Links - Posted 19 Jan 2012

Apple Unveils iTunes U App for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

The iTunes U app gives iOS users access a catalog of free educational content from top universities including Cambridge, Duke, Harvard, Oxford and Stanford, and any K-12 school district can offer full courses through the iTunes U app.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2012

THE PIPELINE: Elearning and Libraries--Critical Questions Librarians Need to Ask

There are huge opportunities to improve the learning experience with elearning. As elearning environments improve and evolve, we're discovering more and more about how to implement them at all levels of education. That said, there are some critical questions librarians need to ask about our role in the elearning space. Stephen posits a few he feels are essential to be concerned about.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

Learning Together: The Evolution of a 1:1 iPad Program

At Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, an iPad pilot initiative is exploring how a new portable technology, in the hands of teachers and students, can affect teaching and learning. Librarian Carolyn Foote describes how they are proceeding, keeping a close eye on what is working and what the impacts of the project are.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Where Are They Now? Looking Back Before Moving On

Johanna winds up her stint writing for Internet@Schools by revisiting some of the tech innovators she wrote about to explore what they're up to and the "tech effect" of their efforts.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

Interview With Julie Young: Staying Human in a Virtual School State

Julie Young is president and CEO of Florida Virtual School, now one of the largest public online school districts in the U.S. In this interview by Victor Rivero, we take a closer look at this virtual school and hear what its leader has to say about the field of virtual learning.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

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

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

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

ITI Crosslinks: Amazon Launches Library Ebook Lending Support for Kindle and an All-New Kindle Family

Ebook news is big these days, and matters increasingly in the K-12 realm. Here are the opening paragraphs, plus a couple of teaser sentences to entice you to read more, from a report on Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks yesterday.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 30 Sep 2011

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

Winners Announced in Ninth Annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes from CDW-G and Discovery Education

The 2011 sweepstakes awarded nearly $200,000 in customized classroom technologies to 53 schools nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2011

K5 Learning Launches K-5 Online Math and Reading Program

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

Don Johnston Announces Bookstream for Ebook Delivery

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

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

ASCD Releases New Editions of Popular PD Online Courses

The second edition courses feature improved navigation, additional video content, and additional materials for download, including PDF readings and job-embedded resources that support educators as they implement their learning in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 2011

TCI Unveils New Version of Its Online Social Studies Curriculum

The new K-12 social studies program is optimized for teaching online and with interactive whiteboards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2011

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

Arcademic Skill Builders Introduces Score Tracking and Learning Management System Features

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

OverDrive Announces Acceleration of Global eBook Distribution to K-12 & Higher Ed Channels

Hundreds of school, college, and university libraries worldwide now offer digital books via OverDrive.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2011

Cool Links: Why the first true post-PC era device isn't the iPad. It's the Chromebook.

So the announcement about Google's Chromebook is out! And so is a river of informed commentary. Read this to find a really good take on the device and what it means, or might mean, ... or ...
News/Cool Links - Posted 13 May 2011

ASCD Introduces Four New Courses to PD Online Series

With a flexible, multimedia design and a deep course catalog, the PD Online series supports the needs of almost any type and size of learning group—from individual learners and small professional learning communities to districtwide professional development, and integration into university courses and programs, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 May 2011

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: We’re Talking Social Media in Education

"As fast as a trending Twitterstorm and as powerful as a flood of Facebook fans, there's a curious phenomenon moving through our schools these days: social media." Read all about the phenomenon … and the tools that comprise it … in Victor's feature.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

PBS TeacherLine Expands Online Professional Development Program With Additional Spring and Summer Course Terms

Enrollment is now open for the late spring term beginning on May 11, the early summer term starting June 22, and the late summer term commencing on August 10.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Apr 2011

World Book Launches World Book Mobile

World Book Mobile is a mobile-friendly version of World Book's comprehensive reference database, which includes tens of thousands of authoritative articles and multimedia images, including maps, photographs, and illustrations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 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

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

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

Atomic Learning

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

PD 360

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

Sublime Learning

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

Shmoop Launches Online ACT Prep

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

Mobl21, from Emantras, Inc.

Mobl21 is an easy-to-use platform enabling educational mobility. With the editor, individual teachers, students, or institutions can create and share learning assets that complement formal courses, extending learning through the use of desktop widgets, social networking sites, and devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch. Facebook, iGoogle, Android, BlackBerry, and Flash Lite apps will be available soon.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

Blackboard Mobile Learn

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Connected and Engaged

Online. Blended. Mobile. 21 st-century. Collaborative. Project-based. Any way you label it, learning is changing. We're now settling into an exciting new paradigm of connected, engaged learning. To get a sense of all this, take a look at the sites, services, and resources we've noted right here in this article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

PBS TeacherLine Offers INSPIRE's 'Inspire Elementary Students with Engineering' Course

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

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 Announces To Go Education App

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

Adobe Introduces Adobe Connect 8 Software

Designed to work as an independent system, or in conjunction with a learning management system, Adobe Connect 8 software enables presenters to deliver engaging, media-rich experiences—live and on-demand—to widely dispersed learners and colleagues.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Nov 2010

THE MEDIA CENTER: What’s It Like to Teach an Online Class?

As her bio notes indicate, Mary Alice is an online adjunct instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and she's well versed in the ways of teaching online. Since online education is growing in importance, whether for higher education, professional development, or for K-12 settings, Mary Alice offers the benefits of hers and many of her online colleagues' experience in this realm for this month's Media Center column.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Free Resources:'s Series Books Curriculum Resource Center

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

Archipelago Learning Releases Study Island Version 4.0

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

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

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Technology-Based Professional Development

With online learning growing by a rate of 30% over the past few years, according to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, once-lonely and isolated education professionals are now taking advantage of tech-based tools and platforms and connecting like never before. From self-paced courses, product training, instructional seminars, and real-time information resources to video segments and streaming content, educators have plenty of ways to hone up on just about anything.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

Free Resources: Teachscape's ‘Module of the Month Club’ Professional Development Content

Each month registered Module of the Month Club members will have unlimited access to one selected module from the Teachscape XL library.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Feb 2010

Heinle ELT, ePals Launch Virtual Community for English Language Learners

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

THE MEDIA CENTER: The Power of Primary Sources, Part 2--Build Your Own Professional Development

In her last Media Center column (November/December 2009), Mary Alice examined the power of primary sources and shared ideas for using them to enhance student learning. This month, she discusses how educators can learn how to add power to their teaching by using Teaching With Primary Sources Direct, or TPS Direct, a powerful, high-quality, free online professional development tool from the Library of Congress.
Column/The New Media Center - 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

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

PBS TeacherLine Partners With Universities to Offer Graduate Credit for Online Professional Development

Central Michigan University, Northwest Nazarene University, and Madonna University are the latest of 28 higher education institutions to offer teachers graduate credit for PBS TeacherLine's courses.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Nov 2009

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

netTrekker, CyberSmart! Announce Partnership

The new partnership combines netTrekker's digital resources with CyberSmart! Online Workshops to support 21st century teaching and learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Nov 2009

The K–12 Online Evolution: 21st-Century Solutions for 21st-Century Learning

An increasing number of K-12 academic institutions are going online, changing the way they teach in response to how today's students today want to learn. Industry organizations such as the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) believe online learning is revolutionizing global education, and those academic institutions with strong elearning strategies will advance to help prepare students to reach their full potential in a digital age. Today's students want more options when it comes to education, and online learning is providing new opportunities for universal access to the best possible education for all students, regardless of ability, background, income level, or geography.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Free Resources: PBS Teachers/Classroom 2.0 Webinar 'Helping Kids Understand Viruses and Vaccinations with Sid the Science Kid'

The November 17, 2009 webinar focuses on resources and strategies to help students understand how germs, viruses, and vaccinations work.
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Oct 2009

Moodlerooms Partners With Cisco Entrepreneur Institute

The collaboration has resulted in the first integration of Moodle and Cisco WebEx Training Center, a live or on demand web conferencing and training platform that engages learners with interactive, media-rich online instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Oct 2009

Moodlerooms Facilitates Survey to Collect Feedback About Learning Management System Needs

A provider of an enterprise learning management platform with open-source Moodle at its core, Moodlerooms plans to take all feedback it receives into consideration when planning for future developments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2009

ePals Joins National Consumer Brands to Launch 'Team Earth,' a Global Sustainability Movement

ePals will act as the global education partner for "Team Earth," and will offer an interactive, safe focus area for students worldwide to engage in competitions, voice their opinions and take action.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Sep 2009

Tabula Digita Introduces Latest Version of DimensionM Muliplayer Video Game for Math

With expanded math content, improved reporting functionality, and new multimedia features, DimensionM combines technological advances in video game design with new research in math curriculum and instruction to provide an educational tool designed to increase student engagement, time on task, and achievement scores.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Sep 2009

Elluminate Announces Accredited Online Teacher Certification Program

Designed for both individuals and academic organizations, the Elluminate Teacher Certification Program is available to anyone as a public or private course, online or onsite. Upon successful completion of the course, attendees earn two academic or continuing education credits.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2009

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

ePals Launches Upgraded Language Translation Tool

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

Free Resources: PBS Teachers Fall/Winter Webinars

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 host a series of free webinars for educators on digital media and technology in education. The new fall line up of PBS Teachers LIVE! webinars includes topics on science, digital storytelling, geography, social studies, education in the digital age, and online professional development and teaching resources.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Aug 2009

Teachscape Expands Teachscape XL Professional Learning Platform

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

Wright Group/McGraw-Hill's Everyday Mathematics Now Includes Online Demonstrations

Parents who would like to become more familiar with the algorithms in Everyday Mathematics can now see them step-by-step in the Free Family Resources section of
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jun 2009

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

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

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills Hosts Interactive, Live Cyber Summit for Education Stakeholders

The summit, which will take place solely online, affords education, policy, civic, community, and business leaders the opportunity to interact with one another and discuss important education reform initiatives. The Cyber Summit leads up to the National Education Summit on 21st Century Skills, which will take place on June 12 in Washington, D.C.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2009

ISTE Announces Second Edition of Videoconferencing for K-12 Classrooms: A Program Development Guide

Videoconferencing for K–12 Classrooms serves as a guide to setting up new interactive videoconferencing programs and improving existing ones. The book shows educators how to use interactive videoconferencing to connect to classrooms anywhere in the world, take virtual field trips to otherwise unreachable places, and integrate supplemental resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Apr 2009 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

PLATO Learning Releases Next Generation of PLATO Learning Environment

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

The Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) to Offer Online Professional Learning Resources in Partnership with Teachscape

Through the partnership, CORE will be able to deliver a 24/7 professional development program for literacy and math educators that will provide curriculum support to maximize student achievement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Mar 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

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

Discovery Education Science for Elementary

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

Aventa Learning Offers Additional Online Courses for Middle School

With the new courses, Aventa offers a full range of standards-based core and elective middle school subjects, including language arts, math, science, social studies, world language, health, and art.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2008

CoSN Launches 2008-2009 Webcast Series

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launches its fourth annual professional development Webcast series on Oct. 15.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Oct 2008

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

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

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

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

SAT Method Test Prep

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

Free Resources: Global Kids' Online Community and Game, “Hurricane Katrina: Tempest in Crescent City”

To mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, youth leaders for Global Kids, Inc. have created an online community and game in conjunction with Game Pill, Inc., AMD, and Microsoft Corp.’s Partners in Learning where young people can engage in and experience the ongoing relief efforts in New Orleans.
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 Aug 2008

BELLTONES: Viva Virtual Visits! Museums, Gardens, and Web 2.0

With the advent of spring and, now, summer, Mary Ann got the museum and botanical garden bug … which got her to thinking about the beauty, value, and educational efficacy of virtual museum visits, and, further, visits to "virtual gardens"—i.e. websites maintained by actual botanical gardens around the world. Take a tour with her in this month's Belltones column.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

Elluminate Plan!

Elluminate Plan! enables educators to pre-package teaching content and interactive activities for use during teacher-led instruction in real time on the internet.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue

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

The Real and the Virtual: Intersecting Communities at the Library [Available Full-Text, Free]

"Building community" is a powerful phrase and a tremendous responsibility for a library, and even more powerful is the experience of stepping back and seeing the community grow as a result of what you are doing to create new groups of people and new ways to share and discover information. As the technology education librarian for teens and youth at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) in North Carolina, Kelly Czarnecki believes creating virtual communities is an important aspect of this responsibility as participation in online communities is driven by advances in technology. Find out why, and how, in her article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Elluminate Releases Open-Source Integration to Bring Real-Time Collaboration Tools to Moodle Users

The company has partnered with Moodle developers in the U.S. and Canada to connect Moodle to the Elluminate Live! Virtual Classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Feb 2008

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

The latest collection of PBS TeacherLine courses addresses classroom instruction for the fastest-growing segment of student population.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2008

Free Princeton Review Test Prep in Second Life

The Princeton Review holds free SAT Strategy Session events in the virtual world of Second Life on Jan. 19 and Jan. 31.
News/Free Resources - Posted 18 Jan 2008

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

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

Fluent Reading Trainer (FLRT)

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

New Book from ISTE Explores K-12 Online Learning

What Works in K-12 Online Learning serves as a research-based guide to what works from more than two dozen contributors with real-world experience.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Dec 2007

Premier Assistive Technology Releases Premier Presentation Capture Software

This software package allows instructors to easily record their presentations and transfer them into video podcasts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Dec 2007

Oregon’s Digital Learning Initiative Taps Monterey Institute for Technology and Education’s National Repository of Online Courses

The National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) is an Open Educational Resource project of the Monterey Institute for Technology supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and institutional membership.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Nov 2007

AASL Digital Institute Opens

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) launched its first Digital Institute, “Minding Your Students’ Future,” as part of the AASL e-Academy online offerings.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2007

Online-Learning Communities: The Next Generation of Professional Development

With the growth of Web technologies, the availability of high-quality professional development for educators has increased significantly. There are numerous benefits to professional development for educators, including increased job satisfaction, career advancement, better pay, and improved student learning. However, there are significant challenges that often impede them from pursuing opportunities that will contribute to their growth, such as convenience and affordability. Professional development delivered in an online-learning environment removes many of the constraints associated with traditional forms of professional development.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

HP, Microsoft, UNICEF Launch Distance Learning Program for Displaced Children

The Clinton Global Initiative announced that UNICEF has teamed with Microsoft, HP and the International Rescue Committee to launch a new $30 million distance learning initiative that will help 150,000 displaced children, including children affected by the Iraq conflict and children in the occupied Palestinian territories.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2007

Monterey Institute for Technology and Education Launches HippoCampus, a Free Online Learning Tool

HippoCampus, supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is an Open Education Resource (OER), part of a worldwide collaborative effort of academic institutions and educators to make quality education available for everyone.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2007

CYBERBEE: Global Connections

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

AASL e-Academy Offers Fall Courses

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

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

Educational videoconferencing has come a long way over the years. It started out very slowly, and, in recent years, there has been a burst of interest on the part of museums and zoos in providing their educational programs via this medium. As schools find it more difficult and more expensive to take their students on physical field trips, students are missing out on the phenomenal resources that these cultural institutions have to offer. When gas prices began to rise, local museums found that even schools in the neighborhood were unwilling to spend their precious fuel budgets bussing students off-site. Those in the museum community chose to take this as a sign that they should begin to promote their distance learning efforts.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

TakingITGlobal Report Highlights Best Practices in Global Education

The best practices featured demonstrate how students' social uses of technology can be leveraged for constructive learning, and build on the growing trend among online social networking sites, including commercial sites like MySpace and Facebook, to connect youth to social issues and causes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2007

Science Courses Added to eLearning's WebLessons

WebLessons simplifies the process of using the Web as a teaching tool by providing teachers and students with instructions, study questions, vocabulary, quizzes, and inquiry-based projecs centerd on content from a wide range of online resources, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2007

Virtual High Schools Announces 2007 Summer School Program

For the first time, the organization is offering eight-week summer school courses online for full year courses such as Algebra 1, English 9, and English 10, subjects that many students struggle with.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 May 2007

YALSA Offers Online Courses

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering four online courses this summer.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2007

PBS TeacherLine Introduces New Professional Development Course on Online Teaching

“Online Facilitator Training I - Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching” offers teachers the opportunity to gain skills in Web-based instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2007

Library Resources: A Critical Component to Online Learning [Available Full-Text, Free]

As online learning has become commonplace at universities throughout the country, the option is now being explored to a greater degree by teachers and administrators at the secondary and elementary levels. Nancy Rohland-Heinrich and Brian Jensen take you through the state of the art of online learning in this feature, with special emphasis on the role of media specialists in supporting and furthering it.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

Muzzy Lane Software Announces Teacher Innovation Program

To support teachers who want to explore use of video games in education, Muzzy Lane Software has created the MAKING HISTORY Innovative Teacher Challenge, open to all high school history teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2007

Apex Learning Announces High School Digital Curriculum

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

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

Free Resources: Field Trip Earth

Field Trip Earth, a project of the North Carolina Zoological Park, is a great place for a “wild” experience, billing itself as “the global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wildlife conservation.” Through the site, you and your students can get involved in field-based wildlife conservation projects ongoing around the world.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 Oct 2006

TANDBERG Announces Connections Program Virtual Field Trip Schedule for 2006

TANDBERG will offer access to free virtual field trips to schools that use TANDBERG videoconferencing equipment, enabling students to experience cultural events in foreign countries, learn about scientific discoveries, or hear stories first hand from those that lived through historic moments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Sep 2006

Internet2, K-12, and Librarians [Available Full-Text, Free]

Internet2 allows unprecedented worldwide communication and collaboration on data sharing, and provides an invaluable opportunity for K–12 teachers and students. In the year and a half since her school district has been connected with Internet2, author Erika Thickman Miller has begun to explore a small part of its capacity—a taste, she says, that has made her feel she has opened a book of wonderful new adventures, and that she feels compelled both to share and to further explore.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: What’s It Like to Take an Online Class?

Online learning is one of the most rapidly growing areas of education. It is expected to continue expanding as more colleges and universities increase their offerings. What's it like to take an online class? For this article, Mary Alice communicated with graduate students who have taken multiple online courses from several universities, fulfilling a need to earn course credits toward a degree or to meet professional development goals. Read on to see what they say and what hints you can pick up.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

The Game Institute and Muzzy Lane Software Introduce Online Video Game Training for Teachers

The series is designed to help educators get the most from video games in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 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

Pearson Knowledge Technologies Launches WriteToLearn

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

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates Offers Online Training in Curriculum Integration

Teachers receive research-based information on principles and strategies as part of Curriculum Associates’ Topics in Education Web site.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Jan 2006

What's a Wiki? A Powerful Collaborative Tool for Teaching and Learning. That's What!

Will Richardson, supervisor of instructional technology at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Fleming, N.J., and now a well-known speaker on cutting-edge educational uses of the Web, has written a book to be published by Corwin Press in February 2006 entitled An Educator's Guide to Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Cool New Tools That Are Transforming the Classroom. This article is adapted from a chapter of that book, with permission from the publisher.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

Advocacy and Emerging Issues for Media Specialists—Learn All About It, Online

Teacher-librarian, author, conference speaker, and MMIS Media Center columnist Mary Alice Anderson will be offering this online course through the University of Wisconsin—Stout Department of Education Online Professional Development program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2005

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

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

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

ETS Partners With Educere to Market ETS PATHWISE Online Professional Development Courses

The partnership should provide a larger audience for the ETS PATHWISE courses, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2005

School Library Advocacy Graduate Course for Administrators

Tell your school and district administrators about this online course, geared specifically to them, designed to help them learn how to support and maximize their schools' librarary programs to increase student achievement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2005

CoSN, MINDS, WebAIM Collaborate to Provide Streaming Videos for 2005 CoSN Conference

News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2005

Free Resources: Curriculum Associates’ Online Training in Differentiated Instruction

News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Mar 2005

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.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

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

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

Virtual School Libraries­--The Time is Now! [Available Full-Text, Free]

The free Internet, subscription databases, and e-books make information available outside of physical library walls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the proliferation of information in electronic format, virtual school libraries must be entities of the present, not the future. We must provide access to quality resources and instruction in how to use them, virtually! Learn more and discover virtual school libraries that represent Best Practices in the field in Audrey Church's article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

ITI Cross Links: Video Tools for IP Schools author Mark Fritz writes how Cisco’s VoIP solutions help school districts consolidate their networks and make videoconferencing a reality. (From Information Today, Inc.'s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 02 Feb 2005

THE MEDIA CENTER: How You Lead Depends on What You Read!

How you lead depends on what you read! Knowledge of best practices, current research, and useful ideas will help you do the following: * Plan and develop an effective school media/technology program. * Be an effective, efficient, and credible communicator. * Support your own professional writing and presentations. * Be a leader in your school and district. Among my reading favorites are the books, journals, and Web sites I turn to frequently for reference or inspiration.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

Trends in the LMC: What School Librarians Can Expect ...

To start the new calendar year with a trends and expectations story from a school librarian's point of view, we turned to library media activist, writer, conference presenter, and school library "presence" Pam Nutt. We asked Pam to query her colleagues and herself to find out, well, what's on their minds! What's affecting them and their profession, particularly--but not exclusively--in the area of technology. Read this feature to see what she told us.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

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

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

PLATO Intermediate Writing Process and Practice

PLATO Intermediate Writing Process and Practice is designed to supplement and support the teaching of writing in the middle school years. The program contains levels of lessons with a focus on many of the specific writing skills set by NCTE and the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning Lab.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By

The Blobs

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