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September 30, 2009

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Adobe Unveils New Digital School Collection for K-12 Classrooms
Cool Links: Read.gov Launches Today With Numerous Features
Free Resources: Library of Congress' New Multimedia Website Aimed at Readers
PCI Education Releases Academic Curriculum Framework
ePals Joins National Consumer Brands to Launch 'Team Earth,' a Global Sustainability Movement
H. W. Wilson Releases Tenth Edition of Middle & Junior High Core Collection
ISTE Book Highlights Importance of Integrating Global Education in the Classroom

Adobe Unveils New Digital School Collection for K-12 Classrooms

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the new Digital School Collection for K-12 students and educators. The bundle includes the new Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements 8 for Windows, which offer new photo, video and podcasting capabilities that enable students to creatively express ideas through classroom projects. Using these and other tools in the collection – Adobe Contribute CS4, Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro and Adobe Soundbooth CS4 – educators can inspire students to develop the problem solving, critical thinking, digital literacy and collaboration skills needed to succeed beyond the classroom and in the future workforce, the announcement states. Additionally, Adobe now offers netbook compatibility support for Photoshop Elements 8 (Windows) and Adobe Photoshop Elements for the Mac platform.

 

To equip educators with skills to use Adobe solutions in their classrooms, the collection includes a free Teacher Resource DVD with K-12 lesson plans, creative ideas, and quick tutorials to implement projects. These free teaching resources are also available online at www.adobe.com/education/instruction/adsc. Additionally, Adobe and Knowledge Network Solutions Inc. (KNS) together offer professional development courses that help teachers use the new version of Adobe Digital School Collection across academic disciplines.

 

Photoshop Elements 8 helps students learn creative communication and problem solving skills by enabling them to manage, edit, and share photos more easily, giving them more control over digital storytelling projects and multimedia presentations. The new Organizer, a media management hub, lets students manage their photos, videos, documents, ePortfolios, podcasts, and digital stories in one location. With Photoshop Elements 8, students will use their critical thinking skills to best express what they have learned through visually creative book reports or digital art projects, according to the announcement.

 

Premiere Elements 8 gives teachers ways to incorporate podcasting and video sharing into lessons. Students can create artistic videos with special effects features such as new video motion-tracking capabilities. Intelligent video editing features also help students develop future workforce skills when used to create professional-looking documentaries. Once students are finished with their photo or video projects, they can showcase them via the new interactive Online Albums templates allowing for collaborative review with peers and teachers. Podcasting is also now easier than ever to use with features that enable syndication publishing for audio/video content distribution and integration with Podbean, a free podcast hosting site.

 

These features, along with solutions in Acrobat 9 Pro, Contribute CS4, and Soundbooth CS4, give students the ability to integrate multimedia design, video, audio, animation, and web design into projects and ePortfolios that build necessary technology and critical thinking skills for future success.

 

The Adobe Digital School Collection will be available on Oct. 1, 2009 from authorized Adobe education resellers via volume licensing for $149. The standalone version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 software for Windows and Mac is $69. Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements 8 bundle for Windows is $119. Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements 8 for Windows K-12 Student Licensing is $99. Additionally, the Adobe Digital School Collection and Photoshop Elements 8 will be available through Adobe’s hardware partners, Lenovo, HP and Dell. Further information is available at www.adobe.com/education/k12/adsc. Prices listed are the Adobe direct store prices; reseller prices may vary.

 

Source: Adobe Systems Incorporated, www.adobe.com

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Cool Links: Read.gov Launches Today With Numerous Features

We ran the Library of Congress announcement on the launch of Read.gov in this space a couple of days ago. Today, we note that Gary Price's ResourceShelf has a posting discussing the site and service to coincide with its actual launch. It's full of great information, as, of course, is the site itself. From the ResourceShelf posting:

 

 

… What follows are some Read.gov features that we noticed while reviewing the site and reading this blog post.

 

+ Read Classic Books (in their Entirety) Online
Move through a book page-by-page (forward or backwards) by simply clicking on the page you’re currently reading or looking at. The LC Book Reader also allows you to see facing pages, the option to go directly to a specific page, zoom (in and out), and the ability to view the book in "scroll" mode. At the moment books are available in two categories: Teens and Kids.

 

Some of the titles available today are: The Raven, A Christmas Carol, A Wonder-Book for Girls & Boys (Teens) and The Baby’s Own Aesop, Baseball ABC, Denslow’s Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose Finger Plays, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and The Wonders of a Toy Shop (Kids).

 

+ Episodic Reading: The Exquisite Corps Adventure

 

Click HERE to link to the full ResourceShelf posting on LOC's Read.gov.

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

The Library of Congress has announced the launch of a new multimedia website offering resources from throughout the Library designed to encourage the reading of books and to interest users in learning about the authors and illustrators who create them.

 

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is offering this site, Read.gov (www.Read.gov), as part of its mission to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries.

 

A highlight of Read.gov is the exclusive story "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure." Its first episode will debut and be read by its author, Jon Scieszka, during the National Book Festival. Scieszka is the acclaimed author of "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales," the creator of the website Guys Read (www.guysread.com/), a nonprofit literacy organization, and the Library’s National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The first episode is illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, who is the artist for Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series, among other books.

 

Other authors and illustrators participating in "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure" are M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Steven Kellogg, Megan McDonald, Gregory Maguire, Fred and Patricia McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, James Ransome, and Chris Van Dusen.

 

"The Exquisite Corpse Adventure" is a project of the Center for the Book and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org). NCBLA, in collaboration with the Butler Center for Children’s Literature at Dominican University, will also offer an online educational center on its website to accompany the "Exquisite Corpse."

 

Read.gov will offer "audience" pages designed specifically for Kids, Teens, Adults and Educators, and Parents. These pages will contain resources such as webcasts in which authors discuss their latest works, digitized classic books with extraordinary illustrations such as Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" and Poe’s "The Raven," and educational resources for parents and teachers. There will also be a Books & Beyond Book Club, based on the author presentations of the Books & Beyond series sponsored by the Center for the Book. The Book Club will be hosted on Facebook.

 

The Center for the Book (www.loc.gov/cfbook) was established by Congress in 1977 "to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries." With its many educational programs that reach readers of all ages, through its support of the National Book Festival and through its dynamic state centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Center for the Book has developed a nationwide network of organizational partners dedicated to promoting the wonders and benefits of reading.

Source: The Library of Congress, www.loc.gov

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PCI Education Releases Academic Curriculum Framework

PCI Education, a provider of resources for students with special needs, has announced the release of Academic Curriculum Framework, a comprehensive K-12+ program that aligns academic skills for students with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Created by a team of educators experienced in special education, speech pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, Academic Curriculum Framework offers a developmentally sequenced progression of skills that can be implemented district-wide, providing consistency and continuity across schools and grade levels. The authors reviewed the general education standards for all 50 states and reduced them to developmentally appropriate standards for students with disabilities.

Students with intellectual disabilities often have delays or gaps in their development and acquisition of skills and concepts; therefore repetition is essential for learning. To meet the needs of these students, Academic Curriculum Framework utilizes an integrated teaching and learning cycle designed to maximize strategies found to be effective in teaching students with special needs. The cycle incorporates three instructional phases: teach/re-teach, guided and independent practice and informal assessment.
 
Individual student progress monitoring is an integral part of the program. Progress monitoring charts align directly with the framework's content area skills, and, according to the announcement, provide a clear, efficient means of showing where the student stands in terms of skill acquisition. Progress Monitoring Booklets are available for each grade band. Each student booklet provides a place to record specific, measurable data directly related to the content area skills on the program's curriculum charts.


Pricing for Academic Curriculum Framework starts at $149.95 per grade band, with volume discounts available. For more information, visit www.pcieducation.com/acf.

 

Source: PCI Education, www.pcieducation

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

ePals, Inc., has joined national consumer brands Dell, Harrah's, SC Johnson, Starbucks, and Wrigley, and three non-profit organizations, Conservation International, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Prince's Rainforest Project, to announce the launch of "Team Earth." The global sustainability movement kicked-off in New York with an event featuring Harrison Ford, a life-size origami forest, and the launch of www.epals.com/teamearth featuring student voices and community-based action. The inaugural campaign's focus is forest protection and the Copenhagen Climate Negotiations.

 

"Team Earth" unites businesses, non-profit organizations, scientists, educators, parents, and students in an international collective action campaign to address the most pressing environmental issues facing the world. 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. Educators and parents are encouraged to get involved in these school-based activities.

 

In the ePals Team Earth focus area (www.epals.com/teamearth) students can take action by joining "Team Earth" to save the rainforests, getting their classrooms on the map, reviewing resources about important environmental issues, and uploading user-generated content to highlight ideas about how they will help save the rainforest. These multimedia presentations will be shared with the world's leaders responsible for the Copenhagen Climate Negotiations, and can be added to any blog or web page by grabbing the "Students Speak" widget.

Source: ePals, www.epals.com

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

The H.W. Wilson Company has announced a new Tenth Edition of Middle  & Junior High Core Collection (formerly Middle & Junior High School Library Catalog), the latest edition of its collection development resource for school libraries in print since 1965. This new edition 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.

 

Middle & Junior High Core Collection, Tenth Edition lists works of fiction and nonfiction for readers in grades 5 through 9, plus resources for the school librarian or media specialist, and represents a basic collection for middle and junior high schools. Entries provide complete bibliographic data and descriptive and critical annotations. More than three quarters of the titles listed are new in this edition, the remainder representing classics and other standard works.

 

The new edition features broad revisions in the areas of crafts; terrorism and international security; environment and global warming; diseases and medicine; and religion. Works for the librarian and media specialist have also been expanded to include bibliographies and other resources for the selection and evaluation of library materials, and works on library management and programming, library building design, and the use of the internet in instruction.

 

This Core Collection is compiled with the assistance of distinguished librarians representing a diversity of backgrounds in librarianship for young people and a wealth of experience on national juries and American Library Association committees.

 

Middle & Junior High Core Collection is also available as a WilsonWeb database online, where it is continuously updated with new material and can be searched for "What's new?" at any time. WilsonWeb—the H.W. Wilson Company's reference database service—also allows searching in conjunction with other H.W. Wilson Core Collections, searching by grade level, and a host of other conveniences to aid in collection development, readers' advisory, and curriculum support.

 

For more on Middle & Junior High Core Collection, Tenth Edition, visit www.hwwilson.com/print/mjhscat.cfm. For more on the Wilson Core Collections, visit www.hwwilson.com/cat.

Source: H.W. Wilson, www.hwwilson.com

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ISTE Book Highlights Importance of Integrating Global Education in the Classroom

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has announced the publication of Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students, a new book that provides educators with the tools they need to help students gain a more global perspective and to prepare them for an increasingly interconnected world.

 

The book is written by Laurence Peters, an educator who has held high-level education posts in the U.S. government. It includes hundreds of global education resources, a historical perspective on global education, and an introduction to valuable global networks such as iEarn, Global Schoolhouse, and the modern-day pen-pal site ePals.

 

Peters provides advice on getting started and integrating global education into the current curriculum. Case studies include specific examples of ways in which educators are collaborating and connecting with classrooms in other parts of the world: 11th grade students in Bangladesh exchanging video interviews with 10th grade students in Georgia; high schoolers in Illinois learning Japanese, Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, French, and German using online discussion groups with members from around the world; and second graders from different countries exploring connections between their different lifestyles.

 

Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students is available online for $22.35 for ISTE members and $31.95 for nonmembers. More information about the book, including a sample chapter, is available at www.iste.org/global. To watch the companion video go to www.umuc.edu/globalk12/, or to listen to an ISTE Cast podcast interview with Peters visit http://iste.libsyn.com/.

 

Source: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), www.iste.org

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