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December 03, 2013

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Cool Links: Edtech Digest on Epson's Free iProjection App
SAS Curriculum Pathways Now Available to All netTrekker Subscribers
Follett Partners With EBSCO Information Services
OverDrive Debuts Streaming Video Service to Libraries, Schools

Cool Links: Edtech Digest on Epson's Free iProjection App

A nod and a Cool Link to Victor Rivero's Edtech Digest for noting this cool tool—Epson's free iProjection App. From the Edtech Digest posting:

With the push toward 1:1 computing and BYOD in schools, educators are looking for easy to use tools that help put these devices to use in the classroom. The free Epson iProjection app is such a tool. It allows educators and students to wirelessly display documents and photos on Epson projectors, providing a collaborative classroom environment.

Read the full posting, and see pix, HERE on Edtech Digest.

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SAS Curriculum Pathways Now Available to All netTrekker Subscribers

Knovation has announced that it has expanded its collaboration with SAS Curriculum Pathways. Already available to Knovation’s icurio subscribers, SAS’ extensive interactive curriculum product, SAS Curriculum Pathways, will now be available via netTrekker, Knovation’s flagship solution that delivers the industry-leading digital resource library, the announcement states. Available at no cost, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources featuring hundreds of interactive tools, inquiries, web lessons and audio tutorials in every core subject for traditional, virtual and home schools.

With the addition of SAS Curriculum Pathways, netTrekker subscribers will gain access to a greater depth and breadth of interactive content, through a single point of access. SAS Curriculum Pathways focuses on topics where doing, seeing and listening provide information and encourage insights in ways conventional methods cannot. Aligned to state and Common Core standards, SAS Curriculum Pathways targets higher-order thinking skills and engages students with quality content that can be differentiated to meet their varied needs.

netTrekker delivers more than 330,000 curated, contextualized, standards-aligned learning resources for every grade and subject, including images, videos, lesson plans, primary source documents, learning games and more. netTrekker is designed to support instructional strategies centered on areas including Common Core, in-class instruction, homework, research, project-based learning, remediation and enrichment. Since 2000, netTrekker has had a positive impact on more than 1 million teachers and 27 million students in the U.S.

Available at no cost to all U.S. educators, SAS Curriculum Pathways features over 200 Interactive Tools, 200 Inquiries, 600 Web and Tool-Based Lessons, and 70 Audio Tutorials. With that content, netTrekker will now have an even broader variety of instructional strategies as well as supplemental curriculum resources to augment existing curriculum. Using personalized learning tools such as the Read Aloud text-to-speech feature for auditory support and the dictionary/translation tool, netTrekker enables students to become independent learners, improve comprehension and attain a higher level of success, according to the announcement.

Source: Knovation, www.knovationlearning.com

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Follett Partners With EBSCO Information Services

Follett has announced a partnership with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) to provide students with expanded online access to top research databases such as MasterFILE Premier and Academic Search Premier.

Libraries subscribing to any of the more than 130 EBSCO databases included in the initial release will be able to integrate the databases using Follett’s One Search, a complimentary service for users of Follett’s Destiny Library Manager, Follett Shelf Classroom Connections and Aspen Instructional Management System. Follett’s One Search organizes more than 550 free and subscription-based research databases for schools, allowing students to quickly access the full range of library resources and online subscriptions in a single, timesaving search.

EBSCO joins popular database providers already featured in Follett’s One Search, including World Book, Encyclopedia Britannica, Gale, and ProQuest. Media specialists and librarians value having access to EBSCO databases, considered the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide, which represent millions of end-users.

This is the latest in a series of partnerships Follett has forged to position itself as the leader in digital content solutions for PreK-12 schools. In the past four months, the company has partnered with Random House Publishing and Hachette Book Group to provide PreK-12 school libraries and students expanded access to popular children’s and young adult books in ebook format.

Source: Follett, www.follettlearning.com

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OverDrive Debuts Streaming Video Service to Libraries, Schools

OverDrive has announced that the Streaming Video lending service has launched in its first pilot at Los Angeles Public Library (http://lapl.lib.overdrive.com). The Streaming Video service is a way to instantly borrow from your library and watch videos anytime, anywhere, on any computer, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection. While LAPL is the first to offer the service, OverDrive is preparing to roll it out to their entire network, expanding to additional markets in North America and worldwide.

Libraries spend millions of dollars purchasing DVD and Blu-Ray movies for lending in their communities. With OverDrive Streaming Video, this is a forward-looking service that libraries can invest in to reach new patrons through their website. As with other digital media services from OverDrive, titles are never late, never lost, and there are no late fees.

With OverDrive’s service, video titles are hosted on the same platform as the library’s ebook, audiobook and music titles, creating an easy user experience where library patrons can browse, discover and borrow videos or other media titles all in one place. Streaming Videos can also be browsed, searched and sampled on the OverDrive Media Station, OverDrive’s in-library touchscreen eBook kiosks, and sent directly to any device via email, QR code or text message (SMS).

Users can have fun viewing samples or checking out streaming video titles of all kinds including award-winning independent films, children’s videos, foreign films, documentaries, comedies, dramas, educational videos and more. Movies starring Academy Award-winning actors such as Forest Whitaker, William Hurt, Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon, Philip Seymour Hoffman and others are accessible with one click through the OverDrive-powered digital library website. Whether you are interested in learning guitar, catching up on the classical adaptation of The Gift of the Magi or entertaining your family with titles like Inspector Gadget or The Adventures of Paddington Bear, OverDrive Streaming Video has something for everyone. Chief Strategy Officer Lee Milstein, General Counsel Erica Lazzaro and team have been busy in California talking with major motion picture studios, and big announcements are coming soon. Thousands of additional titles in all genres from major studios, including Hollywood blockbusters, will be added on a continual basis.

OverDrive is going live with several libraries as part of a limited pilot program starting this month. Visit search.overdrive.com to see available Streaming Video titles.

Source: OverDrive, www.overdrive.com

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