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June 08, 2010

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SIIA Announces Innovation Incubator Award Winners
Califone Releases Upgraded Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder
ebrary Announces New Pilot Program for Public Libraries with Free Access for Local Schools
Cerebellum Corp. Releases Video Program to Supplement Algebra Curriculum
Shmoop Adds Online Photo Slideshows to Learning Guides
MMIS Xtra News: Complete May/June 2010 MultiMedia & Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF

SIIA Announces Innovation Incubator Award Winners

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) showcased some of the leading growth companies in the education technology market and recognized the best among them as part of the Innovation Incubator Program at its annual Ed Tech Industry Summit, held recently in San Francisco.

Focusing on how critical innovation is to the future of the education industry, the SIIA Education Division narrowed the list of 28 applicants to 10 finalists and two alternates:

- edtech systems for buildmytest

- Follett Software Company for Cognite

- ConnectYard, Inc. for ConnectYard

- DynamicBooks for DynamicBooks

- Livemocha for Livemocha Active English

- Whizz Education, Inc. for Math-Whizz Tutoring Plus

- Emantras, Inc. for Mobl21

- Lightspeed Systems for My Big Campus

- Turning Technologies LLC for Progress Monitoring Bundle

- Impact Education for SkillsTutor Mobile

- Monarch Teaching Technologies for VizZle (alternate)

- XLPrep.com for XLPrep.com Web-Based Learning (alternate)

The participants were highlighted through Business Profile presentations, as well as the Innovation Showcase & Networking Reception, during the Ed Tech Industry Summit.  During the event, they received industry-wide recognition, peer-to-peer mentorship and access to hand-selected prospects for partnership, acquisition, financing, and veteran advice.  SIIA continued to highlight participants in the Innovation Incubator Program during a special awards ceremony, where four awards were given:

The "Most Innovative Education Product or Service" award was given to:

- Emantras, Inc. for Mobl21

- Livemocha for Livemocha Active English (runner-up).

The "Most Likely to Succeed in the Education Market" award was given to:

- Impact Education for SkillsTutor Mobile

- Livemocha for Livemocha Active English (runner-up).

The Innovation Incubator Program connects the developers of promising, new technologies with industry leaders, potential investors and established organizations seeking partnerships or prospects for acquisition.  The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, and long-standing companies with newly developed technologies.

Applicants were assessed based on key selection criteria, including alignment to the conference's theme, "Going Mobile and Global," and SIIA's Vision K-20 Benchmarks.


Source: The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), www.siia.net

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Califone Releases Upgraded Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder

Califone International, Inc., has upgraded its Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder (2455AV-03), now offering educators and students more features that support classroom instruction and learning.

Califone has enhanced the Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder to play MP3-CD formatted discs, enabling it to play CDs burned from personal computers. For example, dance instructors can tailor music assembled onto a single CD to match their group's choreography, and play it back on the upgraded boombox.

In addition, the Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder allows educators to alter the playback speed of material, increasing or decreasing the speed by 15 percent. This feature gives educators the flexibility to match lessons to the individual learning styles of their students. For example, educators can slow down the music to help beginners learn dance steps, orchestral members practice difficult instrumental sections or language learners pick up nuances in tone and diction.

Supporting both small and large group learning activities, the Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder has six built-in headphone jacks, as well as the necessary power to project audio to audiences of more than 100 people. This boombox also can be used during emergency response situations and for making announcements by connecting a microphone to its built-in 1/4" microphone jack. Suitable for use by reading coaches, language teachers and dance instructors, the boombox offers the flexibility of having both a dual cassette and CD player.

The Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder is available for $350, and comes with a one-year warranty for school use. For more information, visit www.califone.com.

Source: Califone International, Inc., www.califone.com

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

To help public libraries address the growing needs of school students, job seekers, and other library patrons, ebrary, a provider of digital content products and technologies, has announced a new pilot program that combines more than 20,000 ebooks from leading publishers under a simultaneous, multi-user access subscription model; free access for local public high schools; do-it-yourself epublishing tools; and complimentary marketing services.

ebrary's Public Library Complete Pilot Program includes the following:

  • A growing collection of more than 20,000 full-text ebooks publishers such as Random House, Penguin, The McGraw-Hill Companies, and Taylor & Francis in multiple subject areas for schools & studying, career development, fiction, practical life skills, arts & leisure, and more. Preview the selection at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/publiclibrarytitles.
  • Affordable, subscription-based pricing with simultaneous, multi-user access - No checkouts required.
  • Free access for local public high schools.
  • DASH! (Data, Sharing Fast) for uploading, integrating, and sharing searchable databases of government forms, community college programs, ephemera, special collections, and more.
  • Complimentary marketing services and 24/7 web-based training with a real person.

Additional key features and benefits include the following:

  • Highly affordable with discounts for systems and consortia
  • Available 24/7 through any web-enabled device including the iPad
  • Continued collection growth at no extra cost throughout the subscription term
  • Text to speech and other accessibility features
  • Free MARC records
  • COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
  • Powerful tools for easy researching:

o Multiple options for searching, navigating, and browsing

o ebrary InfoTools, which turns every word into a portal to additional information on the web. InfoTools can be customized to link patrons to the resources of your choice.

o Notes and highlights that are automatically stored on a personal bookshelf.

o Ability to copy/paste and print text with automatic citations and URL hyperlinks back to the source

o Personal bookshelves with moveable folders that can be emailed to others

Public libraries, systems, and consortia are invited to a breakfast focus group at ALA Annual, where ebrary will discuss the pilot program in greater detail as well as solicit input on trends, future business models for electronic content, challenges, and other matters pertaining to the public library community. To RSVP for the session, which will be held on Sunday, June 27, from 8am to 10am in Franklin A/B at the Four Points Sheraton in Washington DC, please complete our web form at www.ebrary.com/corp/inforequest/ALAPublicLibraryBrkfst.jsp.

Source: ebrary, www.ebrary.com

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Cerebellum Corp. Releases Video Program to Supplement Algebra Curriculum

Cerebellum Corporation, the producer and distributor of the Standard Deviants videos, has developed a comprehensive algebra program for middle and high school students. Based on state standards and extensive market research, Teaching Systems Algebra provides an engaging video program that reinforces the most difficult algebra topics, including functions, quadratic equations, and linear inequalities, according to the announcement.

Each Teaching Systems Algebra video provides a comprehensive review of algebraic and linear equations using step-by-step explanations and visual examples. A supplemental digital workbook is provided with each module which includes graphic organizers, key terms, and practice problems to reinforce the video topics.

Teaching Systems Algebra includes Foundations of Algebra ($49.98), Functions ($49.98), Algebra Mechanics ($49.98), Linear Equations ($49.98), Linear Inequalities ($49.98), Polynomials & Factoring ($49.98), and Quadratic Equations ($49.98). All titles will be available in July 2010.

For more information, visit Cerebellum's website at www.sdteach.com.

Source: Cerebellum, www.sdteach.com

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Shmoop Adds Online Photo Slideshows to Learning Guides

Shmoop has announced the addition of thousands of photos to enhance its online U.S. History, Civics, and Literature Learning Guides. Shmoop also made a slideshow widget available, so anyone can embed a miniature version of any Shmoop photo slideshow on their own website.

Shmoop has made photo slideshows available for:

All 60 U.S. History Learning Guides: www.shmoop.com/history/photos/.

All 11 Civics Learning Guides: www.shmoop.com/civics/photos/.

43 of its Literature Learning Guides: www.shmoop.com/literature/photos/


Highlights include:

Presidents Photos, which includes portraits of all 43 U.S. Presidents.

WWII Photos, which includes 50 photos from D-Day to war propaganda, to the bombing of Nagasaki.

Hamlet Photos, which includes paintings inspired by the play and portraits of famous stage actors who have taken on the play.


Source: Shmoop, www.shmoop.com

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MMIS Xtra News: Complete May/June 2010 MultiMedia & Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF

The May/June 2010 issue of MultiMedia & Internet @ Schools magazine is all there now at our website www.mmischools.com. In addition to the free May/June reviews and the free full-text cover story (Security in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Issues and Answers—Part 1), which have been available since the beginning of the month, now the remaining features, columns, and other May/June content have been processed. Some are free to view. Others are available in a variety of formats -- Full Text, Text+Graphics, and Page Image PDF -- on a pay-to-view basis by way of Information Today, Inc.'s InfoCentral and ProQuest Archiver.

For access, see the May/June 2010 issue contents HERE, click on any article, and follow the links.

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