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January 05, 2010

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Free Resources: Discovery Education SCIcon 2010 Science-Focused Professional Development Event
Ginger Software Expands Capabilities of Text Correction Tool
Netop Education Software Now Supports Windows 7
Free Resources: PBS Teachers' New Collection for Teaching Critical Economic and Financial Literacy Skills
Gale Ties Educational Content to Curriculum Standards With New Search Tool
Free Resources: ALSC's Exceptional Web Site for Children List

Free Resources: Discovery Education SCIcon 2010 Science-Focused Professional Development Event

Discovery Education is hosting a free, virtual professional development opportunity in January focusing on showing educators and administrators how to incorporate digital content and the latest educational technologies into science instruction. Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, from 9 a.m. EST to 4 p.m. EST, Discovery Educator Network SCIcon 2010 will highlight best practices and new techniques attendees can apply to their science lessons to improve student achievement.

Supported by Discovery Education, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a community of more than 125,000 active educators. Through the DEN, members have access to a wide range of technology training, as well as a resource library of teacher-generated projects and tools.

During the event, Discovery Education experts will present a series of sessions specifically designed to help educators learn how to integrate the latest educational technologies and science-related digital resources into classroom instruction. Sessions will address teaching global climate change issues, paperless instruction, hands-on activities, teaching with the MYTHBUSTERS, and fun, easy, and effective science experiments.

Discovery Education staff also will share information related to the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge and the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, two annual competitions that encourage students to showcase their scientific understanding.

Discovery Educator Network SCIcon 2010 will be delivered online to attendees worldwide and through in-person trainings hosted by Discovery Educator Network Leadership Councils across the country. Those attending in-person gatherings will participate in online presentations, as well as breakout sessions presented by local STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are Discovery Educator Network members recognized for their efforts in sharing their insight and expertise with peers through activities such as trainings, workshops. or presentations.

Educators and administrators interested in learning more, or registering for Discovery Educator Network SCIcon 2010, can visit http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/scienceinaction/denscicon/.

Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com

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Ginger Software Expands Capabilities of Text Correction Tool

Ginger Software, Inc. has announced the latest release of Ginger, a context-based text correction tool. Ginger now works with Internet Explorer, enabling students to write with confidence online. In addition, Ginger features customizable settings, and progress reporting to track mistakes and illustrate student progress.

Ginger is designed for all students, including those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and English language learners. Compatible with Microsoft Word and Outlook, and now Internet Explorer, Ginger automatically corrects misused words, incorrect grammar, and spelling mistakes. Ginger deciphers unusual spelling mistakes and corrects multiple errors within a sentence simultaneously, allowing students to work more efficiently, according to the announcement. Through Internet Explorer, students can now write with confidence in e-mail applications like Gmail, and on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The new version of Ginger is also more accessible, providing customizable interface settings. Students can change display attributes such as background color and font style to complement their abilities and preferences. For example, a user with low vision may want to enlarge the text size, whereas a student who is color-blind may prefer a different background color. Text-to-speech functionality available through Ginger Premium enables users to hear sentences before and after correction, as well as alternate corrections and their definitions. Speech settings allow students to change the speed, volume and voice used. In addition, an "add to dictionary" feature now enables students to add words that are not already included in the dictionary, such as names.

Ginger helps students learn from their mistakes, by highlighting spelling and grammar errors, and offering alternate contextual options. In addition, progress reporting available through Ginger Premium allows teachers and students to identify problem areas. Reports contain statistical analyses of the most frequent errors, listing them in two categories: as spelling mistakes, or grammar mistakes and misused words. The number of words and sentences corrected, and a list of repeatedly misspelled words also is provided. Through the reports, teachers can identify student needs, track their progress, and personalize instruction in response.

Ginger and Ginger Premium are both offered through an annual subscription, which includes updates and upgrades released during that period. School subscriptions start at $145 for three workstations, with volume and multiple-year subscription discounts available. 

To download a free trial of Ginger or Ginger Premium, visit www.gingersoftware.com.

Source: Ginger Software, Inc., www.gingersoftware.com

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Netop Education Software Now Supports Windows 7

Netop has launched new versions of its classroom management software tools with support for the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Schools can now download updates to Netop School6 and Netop Vision6 classroom management software at www.netop.com/download.

Designed for educators who teach in networked classrooms or computer labs, Netop School6 incorporates tools for preparation, instruction, and evaluation in one solution. Teachers use Netop School6 to share their computer screen with the class, supervise student computer work, lend a hand when needed, control application and internet use, distribute and collect documents, create tests, and evaluate student progress.

Netop Vision6 classroom management software gives teachers control over classroom computers from an easy-to-use console that shows each student computer screen. Educators use Vision6 to monitor student progress, provide on-screen demonstrations, and guide student learning on computers.

The update to Vision6 now includes Surf-Lock, App-Control, and Pointer. All schools currently using the classroom management software will receive these additional products, formerly sold separately. This all-inclusive version of Vision6 gives teachers the ability to control internet access with a single click, only allow access to approved websites, monitor and control application access, and use Pointer to annotate presentations.

These upgrades are free to customers with valid Netop upgrade insurance policies or can be purchased. For more information, visit www.netop.com.

Source: Netop Solutions A/S, www.netop.com

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Free Resources: PBS Teachers' New Collection for Teaching Critical Economic and Financial Literacy Skills

PBS Teachers has announced the creation of Access, Analyze, Act: From Economic Theory to Financial Reality, a special collection of educational digital media resources about the economy for use in school and home learning environments. PBS Teachers is the web portal to PBS' preK-12 educational services and a searchable library of more than 9,000 free local and national standards-based instructional resources, including on-demand video, lesson plans, classroom activities, and interactive games.

Access, Analyze, Act is designed to help high school students develop foundational knowledge of economics through problem solving, analyzing data and opinions, communicating ideas, demonstrating understanding, and acting on what they have learned in authentic ways.

The website for the collection features a welcome introduction by PBS NOW's host and senior editor, David Brancaccio, encouraging teachers to make the study of economics a personal story. He also recommends specific resources for teachers to stay informed to meet this educational challenge. The collection features eight lessons plans focused on real-world case studies on four economic topics, with introductions by Michael Mandel, chief economist for BusinessWeek. Mandel also talked to Youth Radio's Loren Silverman in an exclusive interview that explores economic and financial issues from a young person's point of view. Additional resources include a glossary of economic terms - some of which are presented in lively animations or offered in a widget - and a comprehensive listing of PBS's original content, digital media and Web resources related to the economy.

The Access, Analyze, Act resource collection is part of the Economy Collaboration project. Through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a collaboration of public media organizations are producing a wide range of stories and resources on the economy for public and station use. Partners in the collaboration include NPR, "The NewsHour," PBS, PRX, PRI's "The World," "Marketplace" (American Public Media), "Nightly Business Report," Youth Radio/Youth Media International (YMI), Capitol News Connection, Public Interactive (PI), WNYC, and KQED.

Access, Analyze, Act is available for free at www.pbs.org/teachers/access-analyze-act-economy/.

Source: PBS. www.pbs.org

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Gale Ties Educational Content to Curriculum Standards With New Search Tool

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced the launch of Curriculum Correlations <www.galeschools.com/correlations/>, a search tool designed to help educators and librarians select resources to meet state and national standards.

Curriculum Correlations contains hundreds of titles from Gale and its imprints - Greenhaven Press, Lucent Books, KidHaven Press, Sleeping Bear Press, and Blackbirch Press. By visiting www.galeschools.com, librarians can search Curriculum Correlations by state, subject, and grade to locate titles that align to state and federal standards in the areas of language arts, science, social studies, health, and physical education.

Curriculum Correlations takes advantage of EdGate Correlation Services (http://correlation.edgate.com), a proprietary system for identifying content standards and aligning appropriate content to these standards. The EdGate Controlled Vocabulary System structure provides a systematic method for identifying the key concepts of a standard, whether it is broad or specific, ensuring the alignment to all applicable standards.

Source: Gale, www.galeschools.com

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Free Resources: ALSC's Exceptional Web Site for Children List

Short and sweet, from Gary Price's ResourceShelf: An entry noting additions to the Association for Library Services to Children's list of recommended sites, Great Web Sites for Kids. From the ResourceShelf posting:

... Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to Web sites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings, from astronomy and space to zoos and aquariums, from games and entertainment to geography and maps. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers.

There's a sampling of sites in the ResourceShelf item, and, of course, a link to the GWS site itself.

Click HERE to link to the full ResourceShelf posting, and HERE to link straight to the ALSC GWS site.

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