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November 06, 2012

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ASCD Releases Report on Common Core State Standards Implementation
Netop Unveils New Student Response System That Turns Any Smart Device Into a Clicker
EBSCO Publishing Releases K-8 and High School Ebook Collections
Capstone Digital Extends Mobile Reach with myON iPad App
Follett Integrates Destiny 10.5 with FollettShelf, Follett Digital Reader
Internet@Schools Xtra News: Free November/December 2012 Internet@Schools Content Now Available Online

ASCD Releases Report on Common Core State Standards Implementation

ASCD has released a new report titled Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability, illuminating activities educators and policymakers at all levels can undertake to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards across the nation. This free report can be found on the EduCore site, ASCD's free repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards.

The recommendations included in Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards are derived from data gathered from field work, surveys, and educator summits. While focusing on tactics and strategies educators across the nation can use to implement the new standards, this report delves deeper into the needs, input, and activities of educators in four states diverse in location and education practice-Arkansas, Colorado, North Carolina, and Utah.

Based on the data gathered, ASCD has made a number of key recommendations to education leaders that will help them successfully implement the Common Core State Standards in their school systems. Among the recommendations are to

  • Transform principals into instructional leaders;

  • Listen to educators about their professional learning needs;

  • Adopt technology for teaching and learning;

  • Align initiatives into comprehensive reforms;

  • Make sure educators deeply understand the standards and the key instructional shifts they require; and

  • Vet instructional resources for quality and alignment with the standards.

This report is one of the projects funded through a three-year, $3 million dollar grant awarded to ASCD last year by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support implementation of the Common Core standards.

To obtain a full copy of this report and to access the many resources from ASCD aiding educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards, visit www.ascd.org/commoncore

Source: ASCD, www.ascd.org

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Netop Unveils New Student Response System That Turns Any Smart Device Into a Clicker

Netop, a provider of classroom management software, has launched Netop Response, a new web-based, interactive student response system that turns any smart device into a clicker. With Netop Response, teachers can actively engage students and easily assess learning.

Using QVR, a virtual remote technology from Qwizdom, Netop Response provides a browser-based clicker that runs on any smart device, including iPads, PCs, smartphones and other web-enabled devices. Plus, Netop Response includes the new Netop Vision Mobileapp, which allows teachers to teach from anywhere in the classroom by putting the power of the resources on their PC into their iPad.

With Netop Response, teachers can pose a question to the class, either verbally, on paper or through PowerPoint. Students consider their answers and respond using their iPads, PCs or other smart devices. The results are immediately sent to the teacher, who can view them privately or share them with the entire class. Following the lesson, the results are collated instantly, and the teacher can access them in Microsoft Excel, Flash or PDF.

When Netop Response is combined with Netop Vision Pro classroom management solution to form the Netop Interactive Classroom Suite, teachers have the best-in-class solution for classroom management and an innovative, interactive student response system in one package, according to the announcement. For less than the cost of most stand-alone student response systems, the Netop Interactive Classroom Suite provides two solutions that engage student attention, ignite learning and improve achievement.

In addition, WizTeach from Qwizdom is now included with Vision Pro. WizTeach is a collection of interactive teacher tools designed to enhance teaching and boost learning outcomes across multiple subject areas, with more than 70 individual tools. WizTeach is designed to work with any interactive whiteboard or projector, any software application and even over an Internet browser.

Netop Response for one teacher and 30 students is $499, and the Netop Interactive Classroom Suite for one teacher and 30 students is $1,499. For more information or to download a free trial, visit www.netop.com/response.

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

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EBSCO Publishing Releases K-8 and High School Ebook Collections

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has announced the addition of two new grade-appropriate ebook subscription collections for the school market. eBook K-8 Collection and eBook High School Collection are available for schools looking to find full-text ebooks specifically catered to their needs. The collections align with Common Core guidelines for Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12 in English Language Arts and Literacy, History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.

K-8 Collection contains nearly 4,800 titles and eBook High School Collection includes nearly 5,100 titles with new titles added to each collection quarterly. Each collection includes content that spans all academic subjects and incorporates selections of classic literary works, important historical documents and general reference material appropriate for their grade levels.

The eBook K-8 Collection and eBook High School Collection were designed to provide educators with full-text ebook coverage to support their curricula. To ensure content is relevant and grade appropriate for each specific collection, strict collection development criteria were used when developing these collections.

The eBook K-8 and High School Collections integrate seamlessly with other EBSCO resources including database subscriptions and perpetual purchase ebooks to support a quality learning experience for students across all academic subjects including history, language, literature, science and technology. The collections also include a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.

The content in K-8 and High School Collections is downloadable to a variety of devices. Chapters may be transferred to Kindles, iPads and other e-readers. Users also have the ability to search alongside other EBSCOhost content adding magazines, journals and other EBSCOhost resources to their results.

More information about the ebook collections and access models available from EBSCO Publishing is available at www.ebscohost.com/ebooks.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, www.ebscohost.com

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Capstone Digital Extends Mobile Reach with myON iPad App

Capstone Digital has announced the launch of its myON iPad app, giving the more than 1.2 million students who are currently using the myON platform unlimited anytime, anywhere access to the personalized literacy environment through the new myON iPad app. 

While myON was already optimized for all mainstream mobile platforms, the iPad app now offers the ability to download digital books for offline reading. Through the myON app, students, parents and educators have access to an ever-expanding collection of more than 3,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports such as highlighting, audio and embedded dictionary. The titles originate from Capstone and 21 additional publishers that have joined myON's publishers program. The myON app also incorporates iPad's intuitive multi-touch gestures such as swiping and zooming, providing a reading experience that is accessible and appropriate for students of all ages.

In addition to an expansive collection of digital books, the myON iPad app offers educators a breakthrough classroom management solution. The app retains all of myON's tracking and measurement tools - even when students download and read books offline. The app records activity during offline reading sessions and automatically updates students' profiles when they sync their iPads. This way, educators can monitor, track and measure students' reading growth based on the Lexile Framework. The app also tracks the number of books read and time spent reading, giving students, parents and teachers access to personalized trajectory reports that forecast expected reading levels.

For more information about the myON iPad app, visit www.thefutureinreading.com/mobile.

Source: Capstone Digital, www.capstonedigital.com

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Follett Integrates Destiny 10.5 with FollettShelf, Follett Digital Reader

Follett School and Library Group (FSLG) has released new solutions to support a student-focused digital learning environment with its integration of Destiny 10.5, FollettShelf (the company's cloud-based virtual bookshelf) and the Follett Digital Reader, which provides a simpler and richer Follett eBook mobile reading experience from various platforms and devices.

The integration is designed to make a district's library more efficient and effective by providing engaging tools for students and teachers to find, share and use digital resources more efficiently, and to support anytime, anywhere learning. In addition, Follett's eBook enhancements allow customers to move seamlessly from an interactive whiteboard to a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, and even a smartphone.

Follett's ongoing efforts to support 21st century technology skills, as well as Common Core State Standards, has impressed customers who received an early look through the Follett First Look member-based program.

"Follett continues to provide impressive enhancements to all of their products," said Angela Green, technology resource coordinator for Consolidated School District 158 in Algonquin, Ill. "As we move deeper into one-to-one initiatives with our students, we are ecstatic about the development of FollettShelf/eBooks and the Follett Digital Reader."

The enhancements to Follett eBooks are also powerful, according to the announcement. All Follett eBooks use the proprietary Follett Digital Reader, which provides one consistent reading environment, includes a built-in dictionary and allows students to take notes and bookmark pages.

FSLG includes Follett Software Company, Follett Library Resources, Follett Educational Services and Follett International.

Source: Follett School and Library Group, www.follett.com

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Internet@Schools Xtra News: Free November/December 2012 Internet@Schools Content Now Available Online

Content from the November/December 2012 issue of Internet@Schools is now available at our website. There is free full text access to the cover story, TOOLS FOR LEARNING: The Big Bang--Charting the Expanding Universe of Mobile Education, plus to all the November/December reviews.

Check out the full November/December table of contents HERE, including the additional features and columns, available in synopsized form. If you're a subscriber to the print publication, you'll be receiving your issue soon! If not, well, SUBSCRIBE HERE!

Later this month, once all the issue articles have been processed electronically, you can access any of them in Full Text, Text+Graphics, or Page Image PDF format from the November/December 2012 table of contents. They'll be available on a pay-to-view basis via Information Today, Inc.'s InfoCentral, powered by ProQuest. Check back soon.

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