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June 05, 2012

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Gale Cengage Announces Classroom in Context (CliC)
Web Wise Kids Launches Spanish Version of Wired with Wisdom
Compass Learning's Odyssey 2012 Debuts
Teachscape, Saba Partner to Bring Integrated Talent Management to School Districts Nationwide
Youngzine’s Interactive News Content for Young Audiences Now Integrated with Knovation’s Personalized Learning Solutions
EBSCO Publishing Releases Nine New Audiobook Collections
Internet@Schools Xtra News: Complete May/June 2012 Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF

Gale Cengage Announces Classroom in Context (CliC)

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced Classroom in Context (CliC <www.cengagesites.com/Literature/66/CLiC/>), a curriculum-based family of resources designed to supplement textbooks and enhance learning with authoritative, media-rich content from Gale's In Context product suite.


Evolved from Gale's successful custom digital curriculum alignment program, in which Gale worked directly with schools to create online learning portals, CLiC is designed to increase student engagement, provide teachers with current digital content, and help school administrators make the transition to digital curriculum. Delivered through a unique portal experience, CLiC also has the flexibility to be easily integrated into an existing Learning Management System (LMS), the announcement states. Since CLiC can be used in the classroom, students can follow along and conduct research as they go, which also helps librarians accelerate usage of library products.

CLiC resources are aligned to universal themes, units and topics found in national and state curriculum frameworks and many nationally-adopted textbooks. The national curriculum framework provides core learning goals, including real world skills and knowledge that students need to be successful after they graduate. By utilizing CLiC, administrators, librarians and teachers can ensure they're preparing students for college and real world challenges. With options to customize content selection and add new content, CLiC is a powerful and versatile tool for any classroom, according to the announcement.

The CLiC product suite currently includes high school Biology, Chemistry, U.S History and World History, with Earth Science and Government underway. Customers that purchase CLiC resources are provided with unlimited school-wide and remote access anytime, anywhere with an internet connection.

To learn more about CLiC or to request a free trial, visit www.gale.cengage.com/clic.

Source: Cengage Learning and Gale, www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com

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Web Wise Kids Launches Spanish Version of Wired with Wisdom

Web Wise Kids has announced the launch of the Spanish version of "Wired with Wisdom." This is the first internet safety education program designed to increase Hispanic parent awareness of cyber safety issues, the announcement states. Starting this month, the Orange County Department of Education will be piloting the program to all schools servicing students in grades 6, 7, and 8.

The English version of "Wired with Wisdom" has been around for years and has undergone upgrading several times. The inspiration to develop a Spanish version of the program derived from the realization that language barriers have made it increasingly difficult for Spanish speaking parents to have access to internet safety programs. Statistics have shown that the Hispanic youth spend more time on mobile devices, including cell phones and tablets, than other students. The lack of educational programs for the parents leaves their children at a higher risk of engaging in negative online behavior.

To confront this challenge, Web Wise Kids partnered with the Entertainment Software Association Foundation and created the Spanish version using all Latino actors and voice talent. Now Hispanic parents have a resource that can give them the necessary knowledge and skills to supervise the digital activities of their children. The Orange County district is the first school district to adopt this for their entire district and will be granting teachers and parents access to the "Wired with Wisdom" parent program, free of charge via cards with access codes, for both English and Spanish versions.

The "Wired with Wisdom" program is divided into 5 components: social networking, online communications, cell phone dangers, emerging technology, and chat rooms & instant messaging safety. Each component is a 20 minute seminar that advises parents on the dangers of cyber-bullying, inappropriate online behavior, sexting, and more.

Source: Web Wise Kids, www.webwisekids.org

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Compass Learning's Odyssey 2012 Debuts

CompassLearning has announced the 2012 summer version of CompassLearning Odyssey. The new version provides educators:

  • more flexibility to customize, control and add curriculum, content, and authentic tasks for their unique teaching situations;
  • innovative course and grade management features that help teachers spend more time teaching by reducing administration time;
  • more than 400 new activities for reading language arts, math and science across the K-12 curriculum; and
  • pre-built Odyssey High School courses support original credit, yet are designed to help educators quickly implement credit recovery programs.

In addition to utilizing pre-built courses that are complete and ready to use upon implementation, educators have the flexibility to customize the content to their teaching-style and/or classroom situation within the Odyssey system. With Odyssey 2012, teachers and school or district officials can now create courses and then upload custom content from external documents or embedded links to build authentic tasks into those courses that enable extended learning opportunities. The content can be controlled at the district level or in the classroom. These new features, along with Odyssey's assessment and prescription capabilities, give teachers more flexibility in customizing learning paths for each student while saving time that they can now focus on instruction and student achievement, according to the announcement.

The new version of Odyssey offers comprehensive gradebook functionality.  Teachers can enter and modify student grades through an easy to use, spreadsheet-style interface.  Data from Odyssey assessments and activities are automatically populated in the gradebook, and teachers can easily add offline activities such as homework, projects, presentations, etc., and assign custom weighting to elements to calculate final grades.  Odyssey Gradebook also includes a student view, helping students to track their progress with a simple click of the mouse. Data from the gradebook can be exported to standard file formats for use with other district reporting systems.

With Odyssey 2012, teachers have more than 400 new interactive activities and quizzes designed to meet the personal learning needs of today's students. The activities span the breadth of CompassLearning's comprehensive K-12 curriculum for reading language arts, math and science. The summer release will have a particularly strong increase in the middle school science offering.

The Odyssey 2012 release provides the flexibility that teachers need to customize credit recovery programs around the unique needs of a school, classroom or student, according to the announcement.  School districts can take advantage of new pre-built Odyssey High School courses, designed by CompassLearning's curriculum experts, to implement extended year, summer school or other at-school or virtual credit recovery programs.  Schools can also use Odyssey's customizable assessments to generate personalized learning paths that target the specific needs of an individual student, providing a more efficient path to credit recovery.

Source: CompassLearning, www.compasslearning.com

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Teachscape, Saba Partner to Bring Integrated Talent Management to School Districts Nationwide

Teachscape and Saba have announced that they have formed an alliance to offer joint customers a unique, competency-based integrated talent management platform, designed to support the development of effective teaching practice throughout the career lifecycle of educators.

Through this alliance, Teachscape has combined its online observer training and assessment system, tools for conducting in-classroom and video-based observations, and online professional development content with Saba's solutions, including learning and talent management, as well as enterprise social networking. This new platform is specifically designed to support personalized professional development, track educator performance, and manage educator career paths

The new platform available through this alliance includes a teaching evaluation system that joins together classroom observation and student achievement data with other measures of teaching performance and aligns Teachscape's classroom-based video content with the multiple measures evaluation system to support individualized professional development plans for every educator. School districts can also integrate their own online professional development resources via the learning management system. In addition, teachers can tap into professional learning communities with the enterprise social networking features made available on the new platform.

To learn more about Saba, visit http://saba.com/. To learn more about Teachscape, go to www.teachscape.com.

Source: Teachscape, www.teachscape.com

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Youngzine’s Interactive News Content for Young Audiences Now Integrated with Knovation’s Personalized Learning Solutions

Knovation has announced that it is partnering with Youngzine, a website featuring current news and events presented in a non-sensational format geared toward children. Under their agreement, Knovation will integrate Youngzine's news content into Knovation's personalized learning solutions - netTrekker Search and icurio.

Youngzine enhances Knovation's product solutions by incorporating news and information that is shaping the world of young people in categories including "world news," "science & technology," "our earth" and "society & arts." The site also includes trivia, visuals and videos, and encourages young readers to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues. In addition to access to the site's regular news content, the integration with Knovation's solutions will also include weekly highlighted articles in the Current Events section in both netTrekker Search and icurio.

Available immediately as an automatic upgrade for all subscribers, the Youngzine content will be incorporated into icurio, Knovation's flagship digital curriculum content solution for the design and delivery of personalized learning, and netTrekker Search, the company's educational search tool. 

To learn more about Youngzine, visit www.youngzine.com.  For more information about Knovation, please visit www.knovationlearning.com.

Source: Knovation, www.knovationlearning.com

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EBSCO Publishing Releases Nine New Audiobook Collections

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released nine new audiobook collections in popular genres, providing public libraries with a quick and convenient way to begin or expand their audiobook offerings.

The latest audiobook sets focus on niche areas of fiction and nonfiction. These collections contain a wide variety of materials from best sellers such as the Hunger Games trilogy and Tina Fey's Bossypants to recently digitized classics such as Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter. With these latest sets, particular attention was given to very specific areas of interest to public library patrons. 

These new audiobook collections are a prepackaged set of titles chosen specifically to fulfill niche areas of interest in a library's readership. The nine new sets that are now available include:

  • Romantic Fiction Audiobooks

  • Mystery Fiction Audiobooks

  • Humor Audiobooks

  • Sci-Fi Audiobooks

  • Fantasy Fiction Audiobooks

  • Biography Audiobooks

  • Psychological and Suspense Fiction Audiobooks

  • Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Audiobooks

  • Christian Fiction Audiobooks

Each collection was created by EBSCO's collection development team of librarians based on popularity, positive recommendations and reviews from trade publications as well as usage statistics. These collections will be updated quarterly with the newest and best titles in each genre, and will be available on the website and for order via EBSCOhost Collection Manager.  

eBooks on EBSCOhost offers nearly 300,000 ebooks and audiobooks. EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the needs of libraries. EBSCO has recently released EBSCOhost Collection Manager, a collection management tool that allows users to search, browse, build lists, and order e-books quickly and easily. More information is available at www.ebscohost.com/ebooks/manage-order/ecm.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, www.ebscohost.com/

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Internet@Schools Xtra News: Complete May/June 2012 Internet@Schools Contents Now Available Online—Full Text, Text+Graphics, PDF

The May/June 2012  issue of Internet @ Schools magazine is all there now at our website www.InternetAtSchools.com. In addition to the free May/June reviews and the free full-text cover story (Why Technology Is Essential in Curriculum and Content Alignment), 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 2012 issue contents HERE, click on any article, and follow the links.

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