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June 18, 2013

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Atomic Learning Announces Expanded Professional Development Opportunities at ISTE
Conceptua Math Announces Grade 3-5 Rollout
Learning.com Launches SIS Integration, Partners With Clever
NoveList and TLC Expand Relationship to Include ILS Integration into NoveList Select
SIIA Education Division Partners with ISTE and UBTech

Atomic Learning Announces Expanded Professional Development Opportunities at ISTE

Atomic Learning showcases its latest technology training at ISTE 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition, held in San Antonio, June 23–26. The company will release six new technology training offerings to expand its resources of more than 250 education-specific software application and device tutorials. These additions highlight the most recent versions of popular programs, enabling teachers to master updated interfaces and features.

New technology training offerings include:

  • Office 2013—What’s New Training: Overview of the latest updates to the Microsoft Office Suite applications, including significant changes to the user interface and new features.

  • Excel 2013—Pivot Tables Training: Explore how to use dynamic worksheets that can be reorganized by users, with data generated from a database or table.

  • 3D Dreams—Google SketchUp 8 Project: Create a 3D model home and learn to change the view to “walk” around the model, as well as how to export and print finished projects.

  • Internet Explorer 10 Training: Learn how to get the most out of this powerful Internet web browser.

  • JQuery Mobile Training: Use Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 as a development and test environment to create jQuery Mobile pages from scratch or from sample pages.

  • Skype 6 Training: Master Skype and learn how to initiate and accept free Skype-to-Skype calls.


In addition to the new technology training, Atomic Learning will host a poster session led by Carmen Garcia, director of instructional technology for McAllen ISD, Wednesday, June 26, at 11 a.m. CDT. The session, “It’s Not an iPad Initiative, It’s a Learning Initiative,” highlights how McAllen ISD's Transforming Learning in the Classroom, Campus and Community program is an innovative teaching and learning framework that leverages technology to give students the skills they need to succeed.

Atomic Learning will also share its iPad app, enhanced Custom Training feature for schools and districts, and an online training workshop about the basics of computer literacy.

Atomic Learning recently released a free eBook, “Proven Approaches to Effective Technology Integration: Strategies & Solutions for School Leaders,” detailing methods for success when planning school technology integration. The eBook is available online via the Atomic Learning website: http://al.atomiclearning.com/techebook.

Source: Atomic Learning, www.AtomicLearning.com

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Conceptua Math Announces Grade 3-5 Rollout

Conceptua Math has announced the rollout of a comprehensive digital mathematics curriculum for grades 3-5. Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Ariz.; Henry County Schools in McDonough, Ga.; and Grandview School District in Grandview, Wash. are the first three districts to adopt this new program. Conceptua will launch grades 3-5 curriculum units in a staged release over the next two school years.

The Sunnyside Unified School District, which serves 18,000 students of low socioeconomic status primarily from the Latino community, selected Conceptua Math as its core curriculum solution for grades 3-5 based upon results attained with Conceptua Fractions over the 2012-2013 school year. During that time, student understanding of fractions nearly doubled, with an overall increase in comprehension of 36 percent in the fourth and fifth grades.

Conceptua Math delivers online, visual and conceptual math curriculum to both students and teachers. The program is organized into month-long Big Ideas, units that are Common Core aligned and designed to foster deep conceptual understanding. Daily lessons include Openers and Closers, which are teacher-facilitated classroom discussions that employ interactive whiteboards or other front-of-the-room technologies. Students log in to Guided Lessons where they receive visual instruction and practice through Adaptive Teaching.

The grades 3-5 curriculum includes the already completed Conceptua Fractions content and adds whole number operations, place value, measurement, geometry, and data analysis. New visual models, a Conceptua specialty, will include arrays and number lines for multiplication and division, base ten blocks for place value, Singapore bar models, Geoboards, and more.

Source: Conceptua Math, www.conceptuamath.com

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Learning.com Launches SIS Integration, Partners With Clever

Learning.com has announced that schools can now sync rosters in their student information systems (SIS) with Learning.com. Learning.com has partnered with Clever to ensure that educators and administrators will always have accurate, updated information in the Learning.com platform.

Clever securely connects to a school’s SIS, pulls student enrollment rosters and demographic data, and automatically syncs that data with Learning.com. The FERPA-compliant integration process takes five minutes to set up, and Clever supports every major SIS.

Learning.com will begin rolling out the new functionality during the summer, with integration complete by fall. Learning.com customers should contact their customer representative to get started.

Source: Learning.com, www.learning.com

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NoveList and TLC Expand Relationship to Include ILS Integration into NoveList Select

NoveList, a division of EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), is announcing a new seamless ILS integration with NoveList Select, its catalog enrichment resource. NoveList Select content is now displayed alongside library data in TLC’s (The Library Corporation) LS2 PAC.

LS2 PAC Product Owner Dianne Coan explains the benefit of this integration for patrons. "The modern design of our LS2 PAC married with the rich data from NoveList equals a superior user experience for our librarians' patrons. Our users not only find what they're looking for quickly, but they can also explore the seamless display of reviews, series information, and recommended authors and titles."

NoveList Select enables libraries to add rich reader-focused features including: reading recommendations, series information, events, reviews and book jackets to enrich their catalog and make it a tool for readers to discover great books. NoveList Select works with many major vendors and systems to ensure the content is seamlessly integrated into a library’s catalog. For customers that already have LS2 PAC and NoveList Select, the connection is very easy and no extra charge.

A list of ILS systems that NoveList Select is already integrated with is available at www.ebscohost.com/novelist/our-products/novelist-select-ils.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, www.ebsco.com/

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SIIA Education Division Partners with ISTE and UBTech

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has announced new partnerships with two major education technology groups. Through the agreements, SIIA will have a presence at the UBTech and ISTE 2013 events held this month.

The partnerships enable SIIA to extend the many benefits of its prominent Innovation Incubator Program. The Innovation Incubator Program is a peer-review competition that was created to help identify and support entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided mentoring for dozens of successful companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. The application for the next program cycle will open in mid-August 2013.

The partners will provide Innovation Incubator applicants with customer-facing opportunities, including visibility on the conference websites, presentations on the conference programs, and access to conference exhibits at very reduced rates.

Learn more about SIIA’s participation in these industry-leading events:

SIIA UBTech 2013 Partnership Details
What: The Launch Pad at UBTech 2013: A Showcase of New and Notable Higher Ed Companies
When: June 10-12
Where: Orlando, Fla., Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort
Conference Details: Karen Billings will speak about innovation at a session titled “Innovation in Higher Ed: Going from Vision to Success” on Tuesday, June 11. SIIA will have a booth at the Launch Pad pavilion at the conference, which has nearly 1,000 technology, business, finance, IT, network, and facilities executives, directors, and managers in attendance.

SIIA ISTE 2013 Partnership Details
What: ISTE’s Annual Conference and Exposition
When: June 23-26
Where: San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio Convention Center
Partnership Details: Karen Billings will be judging the Innovation PitchFest on Monday, June 24. SIIA is participating in one of the largest gatherings of tech-savvy educators at the forefront of transforming teaching and learning through the effective use of technology.

SIIA Events at ISTE:
- Member Breakfast and Feedback Forum: Tuesday, June 25, 7–8:30 a.m., Marriott Riverwalk
- SIIA Press Conference – Recent Research and Reports: Tuesday, June 25, 4–5:30 p.m., Marriott Riverwalk

Source: SIIA Education Division, www.siia.net/education

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