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July 08, 2014

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Britannica Enhances ImageQuest Resource for Schools, Libraries
WIN Learning Updates WIN Career Readiness System
myON Expands Personalized Reading Platform with Literacy Toolkit
Learning.com Updates EasyTech Digital Literacy Curriculum for 2014-15 School Year
McGraw-Hill Professional Delivers Premier Content to K-12 Schools via Follett’s Market Leading Destiny Platform

Britannica Enhances ImageQuest Resource for Schools, Libraries

Britannica Digital Learning has announced a new and significantly upgraded version of its popular ImageQuest resource for schools and libraries. ImageQuest provides nearly 3 million rights-cleared photos and other images for homework, classroom activities and lesson plans. Images come from more than 50 of the best collections in the world, including the Bridgeman Art Gallery, Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Geographic Society and Encyclopaedia Britannica.

The newly released ImageQuest includes a host of features that make finding and working with images easier and more efficient. Besides the new panoramic home page, it has new filtering mechanisms for refining a search, the ability to enlarge images, features for searching and working with multiple images at once, prepared image albums on popular topics and project ideas for teachers.

At a time when proficient visual literacy skills are being increasingly expected of students, ImageQuest has been greeted with enthusiasm by educators, the announcement states. Recognized for its value as a source of high-quality images that can be used freely for a wide range of educational projects, the product has won the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of American Publishers, and several educational publications have given it highly recommended ratings.

More information about Britannica ImageQuest and other Britannica products is available at http://info.eb.com.

Source: Britannica Digital Learning, http://edu.eb.com/

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WIN Learning Updates WIN Career Readiness System

WIN Learning has announced the updated WIN Career Readiness System. The new digital teaching and learning solution for college and career readiness preparation includes a single sign-on portal for instant access to all four of the program’s components, as well as scientifically-validated embedded assessments powered by Kuder, a WIN partner in career guidance.

The first of the four WIN Learning system components is myStrategic Compass, a career exploration, planning and guidance tool that has been updated with new education planning features, including a class planning tool that maps required high school classes based on career interests; college and degree program profiles to support post-secondary education planning; and a searchable national scholarship and grant database. Additionally, new robust job search features include a resume builder, a cover letter builder and an e-portfolio that can be emailed directly to employers, as well as a reference bank plus sample and practice job applications. Users can also access job search and interviewing tips, and links to nationally recognized job search engines.

myStrategic Compass also includes three research-based, scientifically validated assessments powered by Kuder. Designed to prompt learners to explore career pathways aligned with their interests, skills and work values, the program’s objective is to drive students to develop an education plan to support their future goals.

Next is the WIN College Readiness Courseware (CRC+), a new digital test prep curriculum that helps learners achieve foundational college readiness in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Reading and Writing/English. CRC+ includes five learning modules that provide students with practice and enable them to apply concepts commonly addressed in college placement exams.

Designed to link education directly to the needs of the economy, the WIN Career Readiness Courseware has updated instructional content that reinforces the relevance between foundational skills – in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information – and emerging high-demand, high-wage jobs. Additionally, learners will have access to updated embedded placement test and post-test assessment items that are aligned with state and national career readiness standards.

The fourth component is WIN Soft Skills, which teaches employability and social skills including conveying professionalism, communicating effectively, promoting teamwork and collaboration, thinking critically, and problem solving.

With one-click access to any combination of the WIN instructional resources via a single URL, the WIN Career Readiness System also features new at-a-glance career readiness dashboard displays for all stakeholders — administrators, facilitators and learners. Each offers new performance reports, new digital ebadges tracking content progress, new downloadable digital certificates rewarding content completion/mastery, centralized user management and WIN University, a comprehensive online library of implementation and professional development resources. 

The WIN system is available for August 2014, and supports most conventional browsers and tablets, including the iPad, Kindle Fire and Samsung Tablet.

Source: WIN Learning, winlearning.com

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myON Expands Personalized Reading Platform with Literacy Toolkit

myON is expanding its digital literacy platform to include a set of literacy tools to further personalize the reading experience for students, while growing instructional capabilities for teachers. These literacy tools will be an addition to myON’s existing digital collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia scaffolds and embedded assessments.

The first set of literacy tools to be released includes tools to support close reading. Students can use embedded tools in all myON digital books to practice close reading skills like highlighting and note taking. More than 70% of the myON collection is composed of informational text, which serves as a base from which educators can teach how to cite evidence to support the text with close reading. The myON license ensures that each book is always accessible no matter how many students are reading, and that each student has a personal copy for their own close reading. This allows teachers and students to collaborate together and interact with texts in new ways.

myON is the first company to offer unlimited access to authentic digital content and reading growth assessments, tools and data, according to the announcement. With the addition of new literacy tools, educators can easily review students’ close reading activities in a digital environment.

Close reading tools are the first in the lineup within the expansion of the myON literacy platform. More tools will be announced and added to the myON platform over the coming twelve months. For a limited time, all myON customers will have free access to the literacy tools as they’re added to the platform.

Source: myON, myON.com

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Learning.com Updates EasyTech Digital Literacy Curriculum for 2014-15 School Year

Learning.com has announced key enhancements to EasyTech, a digital literacy curriculum that helps students develop technology skills while they study core subjects. The updates include new technology pre-tests for Next-Generation Assessments, 11 new lessons, and enhancements to more than half of the current lessons. All updates and new content will be ready for the 2014-15 school year.

The updated EasyTech for Next-Generation Assessments solution will feature technology skills pre-tests, which check for the technology skills required on PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and ACT Aspire, then prescribe EasyTech lessons as needed based on individual student results. The pre-tests are designed to take the guesswork out of preparing students and help districts ensure their students are ready to take these computer-based assessments.

The new EasyTech lessons focus on online safety, mobile devices, cloud computing and word processing. Enhanced lessons reflect the most current technology and address the growing use of mobile and tablet devices in the classroom.

Additional EasyTech content, including games and quizzes, will be accessible in the Learning.com app, which is available for iPad, Android and Kindle Fire tablet devices.

Source: Learning.com, learning.com

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McGraw-Hill Professional Delivers Premier Content to K-12 Schools via Follett’s Market Leading Destiny Platform

McGraw-Hill Professional has announced a partnership with Follett to further expand availability of its eBook collection to K-12 school library customers globally.

McGraw-Hill Professional is offering more than 4,500 new and backlist eBooks, available to lend on multiple devices. These titles include McGraw-Hill Education’s comprehensive collection of student test prep and study aids: 5 Steps to a 5 AP test prep series, the Demystified series, Practice Makes Perfect foreign language series, Schaum’s Outline study guides, McGraw-Hill Education Guide to SAT, McGraw-Hill Education TASC, The Official Guide to TOEFL Test, and more.

Follett customers are able to seamlessly search and access all print and digital content within the convenience of Destiny Library Manager, the leading school library management solution. Destiny features Follett’s Universal Search, a tool that gives students the ability to access content they need from one system. Follett customers without the Destiny platform use Follett Shelf, the company’s virtual bookshelf. Currently, more than 30 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use eBooks provided by Follett.

Source: McGraw-Hill Professional, mhprofessional.com

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