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January 07, 2014

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Curriculum Associates Releases Door 24 — New iPad App
SIIA Releases Qualitative Study on Mobile Learning
Follett Launches Simon & Schuster Ebooks to Schools
EDUonGo Learning Platform Facilitates Flipped Learning Lessons
Discovery Education Launches 'Of the People' Virtual Field Trip Series

Curriculum Associates Releases Door 24 — New iPad App

Curriculum Associates has announced another addition to the i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction product line, winner of the 2013 CODiE Award for Best Student Assessment Solution, with the release of Door 24, the second in a new series of educational games for the iPad. These apps target the skills that are most essential for achievement in reading and mathematics and motivate students to develop these skills through the power of game design.

The release of Door 24 follows the successful launch of its companion app, World’s Worst Pet, which has been ranked as a Top 25 Education App on the App Store, featured as iTunes Best New Education App, and named “App of the Week” by eSchool News.

Designed for grades 4–8, Door 24 helps students build their computational fluency and develop their ability to think quantitatively and strategically. Complementing i-Ready’s online adaptive diagnostic and instruction program, Door 24 goes beyond just having students memorize facts and procedures. The app’s focus on computational fluency supports problem solving and higher-order thinking and builds the mathematical processes and proficiencies that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) identify in the Standards of Mathematical Practice (SMP).

Available for free through the App Store, Door 24 requires students to use their skills to help Bella and Beau—the onscreen characters from i-Ready’s online lessons—fix Victor the robot’s fried circuits and solve the secret of “Door 24.”

During the game, students use number facts, order of operation, and number relationships to create expressions equivalent to 24. Students additionally learn strategies such as making tens, recognizing factors of 24, understanding relationships between operations, and more. At the end of every level, students are also presented with a challenge set that requires them to find as many expressions as possible that are equivalent to 24, given a particular number set.

The app can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/door-24-math/id770879638?ls=1&mt=8 or by searching for “Door 24” in the App Store.

Built for the Common Core, i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction is designed to help students make real gains. It combines a valid and reliable measure and personalized instruction into a single online product that saves teachers time at a fraction of the cost of similar products.

The adaptive Diagnostic pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level and generates a combination of online instruction and downloadable teacher-led lessons that are unique to each student’s diagnostic result. These individualized learning plans are easy to understand and implement.

For more information, please visit www.i-Ready.com/empower.

Source: Curriculum Associates, www.curriculumassociates.com

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SIIA Releases Qualitative Study on Mobile Learning

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, has released a Qualitative Study on Mobile Learning. The study of educators’ mobile challenges and opportunities indicates opportunities for growth in the use of mobile technology in schools.

The results, gathered from interviews with nine educators, demonstrate the successes and difficulties faced by individual teachers in their integration of smart phones and tablets for educational purposes. This qualitative study was conducted primarily through phone interviews with participants.

“The enthusiasm for mobile technology in the classroom is exciting, as teachers adopt this new technology,” said Market and Policy Analyst for the SIIA Education Division Lindsay Harman. “Many were impressed with the opportunities to increase student engagement through the use of mobile learning.”

SIIA piloted the project in conjunction with Andrew Pass, CEO of A Pass Education, to understand how teachers were using mobile technology in the classroom. SIIA member companies are increasingly transitioning to mobile delivery, and SIIA believes it is important to understand how these tools are implemented in real classrooms.

The stories in this report show unique challenges and successes in the implementation of mobile technology in the classroom. SIIA member companies and others can learn from these studies showing how mobile technology is actually being implemented.

For more information on the findings, see these summaries of SIIA Mobile Study.

Source: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), www.siia.net/education

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Follett Launches Simon & Schuster Ebooks to Schools

Follett has announced a partnership with Simon & Schuster that makes more than 450 PreK-12 titles available in ebook format on Titlewave, Follett’s collection development, search and ordering tool. Follett now offers more than 250,000 ebook titles through Titlewave to schools nationwide.

Simon & Schuster titles will span the full range of popular school titles from pre-school picture books to chapter books for early readers to higher-level fiction and nonfiction for young adults. Specific titles available include “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” by Coreen Cronin, “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen, “Out Of My Mind” by Sharon Draper, “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway.

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Earlier this year, Follett announced ebook partnerships with Random House and Hachette Book Group.

With books increasingly moving to digital formats, Follett is aiding in the transition with tools and solutions that help customers access and integrate the new forms of content within schools. FollettShelf is the digital bookshelf most used by schools to access ebooks. In addition, Follett Enlight provides students with a consistent and easy-to-use ebook reading environment on their desktops, tablets and smartphones, and allows users to add notes and highlights to an ebook and then view them anywhere they have access to their FollettShelf account. Today, more than 29 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use ebooks provided by Follett.

Source: Follett, www.follettlearning.com

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EDUonGo Learning Platform Facilitates Flipped Learning Lessons

EDUonGo, Inc., a learning platform company that enables educators to launch an academy and share knowledge, is now providing the intuitive, simple and personalized learning environment needed to support flipped learning in the classroom. More than 300 schools and educators utilize EDUonGo to create customized learning environments to match the unique needs of each class, instructor and student.

Tom Driscoll, a social studies teacher at Putnam High School in Putnam, Conn., turned to EDUonGo in 2012 after recognizing the need for a learning platform that would help him effectively implement Flipped Mastery —a flipped learning model—in his classroom. He wanted a platform that could encourage collaboration and communication among students.

“After trying several learning platforms that failed to deliver the flexibility I needed for my students, I connected with the team at EDUonGo,” said Driscoll. “My goal was to use one system to create a collaborative online environment, as well as incorporate elements of game-based learning. EDUonGo let me build a customized learning environment that meets these needs, amplifying the flipped learning lessons and increasing students’ ownership of their learning.”

While many schools incorporate flipped learning for one or two classes, Clintondale High School in Clinton, Mich., is the first school to implement for all grades. After incorporating the model in 2011, Clintondale’s principal, Greg Green, recognized the need for a robust learning platform to support his flipped learning initiative. Like Driscoll, Green tried many platforms before choosing EDUonGo.

“Our students responded really well to the flipped learning model, but I knew that was just the beginning,” said Green. “I needed to take flipped learning to the next level and make it a real success at our school. I knew that in order to do so, additional resources would be necessary. With EDUonGo we are receiving a straightforward, intuitive platform for teachers to create the collaborative and customized learning environments necessary to generate higher-level thinking and participation among students.”

A case study detailing the successful incorporation of EDUonGo into Driscoll’s social studies classroom at Putnam High School is available for download at: http://eduongo.com/v2/website/web/flip_your_school/.

Source: EDUonGo, www.EDUonGo.com

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Discovery Education Launches 'Of the People' Virtual Field Trip Series

Discovery Education has announced that it has launched a new Virtual Field Trip series, “Of the People: Live from the White House,” designed to offer middle and high school students unique access to White House professionals, experts and personalities in a series of 30-minute virtual events broadcast live from the White House and open to all classrooms nationwide.

This Virtual Field Trip series launched December 16 with a special look at the art and history of the White House, featuring curator William Allman. Students virtually participating in the webinar joined classrooms across the country to explore the art and history of the iconic building that has served as the primary residence for 42 of our nation’s presidents and their families for 213 years. Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) student Anasseh Holt joined the White House event, hosting a live interview with Mr. Allman.

All installments in this series will be streamed live on Discovery Education’s website at www.discoveryeducation.com//Live/of-the-people-history-and-art-of-white-house.cfm and will be supported with digital video and other learning tools to support student engagement.

“Innovative learning experiences, like Discovery Education’s new White House webinar series, are particularly relevant to our students,” said Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance. “These opportunities connect students to the people leading and shaping history and provide an unparalleled opportunity to see how education can lead to interesting and meaningful careers.”

Each webinar in the “Of the People” series will provide students and educators with a behind-the-scenes look at White House operations and an introduction to administration officials. Webinars will address topics that range from community service to climate change and from foreign policy to science and technology. A complete archive of all Virtual Field Trip sessions will be hosted on www.discoveryeducation.com.

For more information on this webinar series and other services and learning initiatives from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com\webinars.

Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com

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