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January 10, 2012

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CDW-G, Discovery Education Launch 10th-Annual K-12 Sweepstakes
Shmoop Launches AP Environmental Science Guide
School Improvement Network Releases Learning Progression Tool
Cerebellum Corp. Releases Two New STEM DVD Series
ASCD Announces Seven New PD Online Courses for Educators
Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networking Institute and Web Wise Kids Introduce Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids to the Android Market

CDW-G, Discovery Education Launch 10th-Annual K-12 Sweepstakes

CDW Government LLC (CDW-G) and Discovery Education have announced the launch of the 10th-annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes.

The 2012 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes will award three grand prize 21st-century classroom technology packages, which include 20 tablet or notebook computers, an interactive whiteboard, student response system, printer, document camera and $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant. CDW-G and Discovery Education will also provide on-site training at each winning school.

Public and private school employees are eligible to enter the sweepstakes once a day at from January 3 to May 3.

CDW-G and Discovery Education also offer educators the opportunity to increase their daily entries via Twitter.  Through the Win a Wireless Lab website, entrants can submit 30-second videos and written essays that describe how their school is encouraging people to enter the sweepstakes and how they will use the technology.  CDW-G and Discovery Education will post selected videos to the Win a Wireless Lab Facebook page, and entrants will be included in a special drawing for additional prizes.   

Each of the three grand-prize winners will receive a 21st-century classroom technology package valued at more than $45,000, including:

*  Discovery Education $5,000 digital media grant

*  20 notebook or tablet computers from HP, Lenovo or Toshiba

*  3 wireless access points from Cisco

*  1 mobile cart from Ergotron

*  1 interactive whiteboard from PolyVision

*  24 student response devices from Qwizdom

*  1 document camera from Aver

*  1 multifunction printer from HP

CDW-G and Discovery Education will announce the grand prize winners in summer 2012.  A complete list of rules is available online at  Educators are encouraged to participate in the Win a Wireless Lab community online at and on the sweepstakes' Facebook page.

Source:  CDW-G,, Discovery Education,

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Shmoop Launches AP Environmental Science Guide

Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, has announced the launch of a new AP Environmental Science learning guide to help students prepare for the exam.

Environmental science is all about learning how to fix our planet's problems, whether we caused them ourselves or not. If you're in the mood to get guilt-tripped by a class, or just want to help make this world a better place, you're probably taking the AP Environmental Science exam, or APES.

In addition to an overview that prepares the diligent for the length, content and format of the test, the Shmoop guide to APES explores each topic on the exam in detail. Here's a brief overview of each subject:

--Earth Systems and Resources. Volcanoes. Soil. Rocks. What has been here for millions of years, and what will be here for millions more?

--The Living World. Learn the ins and outs of biological populations and the process of natural selection.

--Population. We're growing as a species. How long can we keep consuming resources and destroying habitats?

--Land and Water Use. Let's have a conversation about conservation.

--Energy Resources and Consumption. What are the safest and most effective alternatives to using limited fossil fuel resources? 

--Pollution. Learn ways how we can clean up our collective act-and our planet.

--Global Change. Is it getting hot in here? No? Just us?

Throughout the guide, Shmoop will answer some of your most burning questions:

--How do I separate my Mesozoic from my Cenozoic?

--How are scientists trying to genetically modify organisms?

--Why do we need more than 1,200 varieties of banana?

--What does Black Friday have to do with survival of the fittest

Get the answers with Shmoop's new guide to AP Environmental Science.

Source: Shmoop,

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School Improvement Network Releases Learning Progression Tool

School Improvement Network (SINET) has created a tool that will help educators make use of the Common Core State Standards. The Learning Progression Tool is a new function that has been added to SINET's Common Core solution suite, Common Core 360.

The Learning Progression Tool provides an intuitive way to browse the Standards for lesson planning, curriculum alignment, and remedial/special education planning, according to the announcement. Within the Tool, the Standards are placed on a digital card deck, where each individual Standard is given its own card. The deck is arranged by grade and subject, and is easily navigable with the click of a mouse. Standards can be searched by any number of identifying criteria, and are accessible wherever a laptop can go. With the Tool, teachers can:

* See exactly what skills their students learned in previous school years.

* Understand precisely what they will need to know to perform well next year.

* Plan more efficient lessons based on this knowledge.

* Differentiate lesson planning more readily, knowing quickly and easily where each student stands in the rubric of the Standards.

To learn more about the Common Core Standards, and School Improvement Network's suite of Common Core solutions, visit

Anyone can join the School Improvement Network community, and sign up for a free 30-day trial of PD 360, SINET's premiere professional development platform. Free membership will include unlimited access to thousands of training videos and dozens of online communities for educators. Visit and click on the "free 30-day trial" icon.

Source: School Improvement Network,


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Cerebellum Corp. Releases Two New STEM DVD Series

Cerebellum Corporation has released the Daily Planet: Social Studies Series and the Daily Planet: Physical Science Series. The Daily Planet DVD programs supplement science and STEM curricula and explore the scientific aspects of current topics and events though the use of interviews, field pieces and real-life experiments.

The Daily Planet: Social Studies Series takes a look at the different aspects of human society, mixing cultures and events from the past and present. From inventors to architects to modern day crime scene investigators, the series features inspiring individuals and phenomena that have impacted science and society. The Daily Planet: Physical Science Series looks at both the unseen and unknown. The program explores such topics as outer space, air, energy and sound.

Hosted by science enthusiasts Jay Ingram and Natasha Stillwell, Daily Planet is a series that provides discussion and commentary on the scientific aspects of current events in a fast-paced, enlightening and entertaining way, according to the announcement. Produced by Exploration Production Inc. and previously seen on Discovery Canada, each episode is a complement to any educational library or school media collection.

Daily Planet: Social Studies Series (single SRP: $39.95; complete series: $359.55) include Relics, Perseverance of Inventors, Architecture Advances, Across the Globe, Countries & Culture, The Crime Investigators, The Scene of the Crime, The Natural World and Architecture Secrets. Daily Planet: Physical Science Series (single SRP: $39.95; complete series: $249.95) include Space-Meteorites & The Moon, Space-Saturn & Mars, Astronauts, Eco-Energy, Air, Space-Atmosphere and Sound. All titles are currently available for purchase. To learn more about these series, visit

Source: Cerebellum,

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ASCD Announces Seven New PD Online Courses for Educators

ASCD has announced the release of seven new PD Online courses for educators integrating Common Core State Standards into classroom instruction.

Since 1996, ASCD has provided PD Online courses to educators across the world. The PD Online series incorporates multimedia and digital content that fits the needs of almost any type and size of learning group-ranging from individual learners to entire districts and university programs, according to the announcement. With the PD Online series, districts and schools are able to personalize and monitor professional development for individual educators and groups looking to earn college course or professional development credits.

In May 2010, ASCD became an endorsing partner of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Since then, the association has developed a number of important resources for educators that are designed to ease the implementation of the new standards.

Three of the new PD Online courses support implementation of the new math standards:

* Common Core Mathematics: Grades K-5

* Common Core Mathematics: Grades 6-8

* Common Core Mathematics: Grades 9-12

Each course is grade-range specific and provides actionable strategies and tactics that help educators incorporate the new standards into classroom instruction.

In addition, four more subject-based courses focus on supporting educators in integrating the new literacy standards into science, history/social studies, English language arts, and mathematics lessons:

* Common Core and Literacy Strategies: Science

* Common Core and Literacy Strategies: History/Social Studies

* Common Core and Literacy Strategies: English Language Arts

* Common Core and Literacy Strategies: Mathematics

For more information on ASCD's other programs, products and services or to join ASCD, visit

Source: ASCD,

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Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networking Institute and Web Wise Kids Introduce Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids to the Android Market

Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute (INI) and Web Wise Kids  have announced the availability of ‘BeSeen' to the Android Market. The free mobile app, first introduced in 2011, engages kids who are beginning to use social networks in a game about online safety when accessing social networking websites via their mobile devices. This type of social networking app is the first of its kind that is designed for the Android platform, according to the announcement.

The free mobile app is now available for download in the Android Market here:

‘BeSeen' was developed in collaboration with The Wireless Foundation and Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids and Family, with additional funding from The Verizon Foundation. ‘BeSeen' was created to enable kids to learn how to use social networks safely and responsibly. The app's content and puzzles have been updated since its original launch to the iTunes Store on October 12, where the app is also available for download.

More information about the app can be found at

To download BeSeen from the Android Market, please visit: To download the updated app from the Apple iTunes store, please visit: out the new BeSeen demo video posted on the home page of the website here.

Source: Web Wise Kids:


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