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September 09, 2014

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ASCD Publishes New Common Core Resources
Discovery Education, Science Channel Launch Epic Story
Ingram and ProQuest Expand Ebook Collaboration
Discovery Education Announces New Content in Social Studies Techbook Series
EBSCO eBooks Now Offers E-books from Hachette Book Group

ASCD Publishes New Common Core Resources

ASCD has announced two new professional development publications and an ASCD Arias title to help educators to align instruction to the Common Core State Standards. These new resources provide tools, examples, and strategies designed to help students grow as effective writers, thinkers, and problem solvers while meeting the demands and guidelines of the new standards.

New Professional Development Publications

How to Design Questions and Tasks to Assess Student Thinking— Assessment expert and educational consultant Susan M. Brookhart offers guidance to educators on how to write questions and design tasks that effectively assess students’ ability to think at higher levels. With examples from all K–12 content areas, this book covers how to design multiple-choice questions, effectively use open- and close-ended questions, and adjust features of performance assessment tasks that target different thinking skills. Educators will also find Brookhart’s “idea bank” useful when creating assessments that encourage higher-order thinking. Read a sample chapter HERE. ($24.95 print; $23.99 e-book )

Tools for Teaching Writing: Strategies and Interventions for Diverse Learners in Grades 3–8 —Professor David Campos and education consultant Kathleen Fad focus on the underlying keys to successful writing instruction, examining eight research-based traits of good writing and providing 30 customizable strategies to improve students’ writing performance before they enter high school. This book provides a variety of tools and tips that accommodate the learning styles of diverse students, including English language learners, struggling readers, and students with disabilities. Read a sample chapter HERE. ($39.95 print )

New ASCD Arias Publication
An ASCD Arias publication is about 50 pages long and answers a crucial and timely "How do I . . . ?" question. Available in print and e-book formats, these titles contain original, stand-alone content that educators can read in one sitting and immediately apply to their practice. These convenient and succinct publications offer the expertise of education thought leaders, experienced practitioners, and researchers.

A Differentiated Approach to the Common Core: How do I help a broad range of learners succeed with challenging curriculum? —Differentiated instruction expert Carol Ann Tomlinson and ASCD Professional Learning Services Faculty member Marcia B. Imbeau provide a simple, eight-step process for creating and delivering lessons based on both the Common Core State Standards and the individual needs of students. Useful in all K–12 content areas, this practical guide will help educators reach students with varied levels of readiness, interests, and learning profiles and help them grow as thinkers and problem solvers. ($12.99 print; $6.99 e-book )

Visit www.ascdarias.com to learn more about the short-format ASCD Arias imprint. To learn more about ASCD books or to read sample chapters from these and other publications, visit www.ascd.org/books.

Source: ASCD, www.ascd.org

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Discovery Education, Science Channel Launch Epic Story

Discovery Education and Science Channel have announced the launch of Epic Story. This online program brings incredible network programming, accomplished producers and student-created content together to provide students with tools that build independent learning skills and teach the art of storytelling. Broken into three parts to engage students through the fall term, Epic Story offers an interactive virtual field trip and hands-on activities that promote research, writing and presentation skills while also reinforcing critical concepts key to achieving state standards.

During the first phase of the program, “Pick One,” students across the country are invited to log in to their Discovery Education accounts to view exclusive clips from Science Channel series including: Monster Bug Wars, Outrageous Acts of Science and How the Universe Works. Students are encouraged to vote for their favorite clip to determine the guest executive producer for an Epic Virtual Field Trip. The voting period will occur from September 8th – October 3rd.

The executive producer of the winning clip will participate in phase two, “Hear One,” and be featured during Discovery Education’s Epic Virtual Field Trip taking place at Discovery Communication’s global headquarters on October 15th. During the virtual field trip, the producer will provide students with behind-the-scenes knowledge about the production process for a major network show and exclusive tips that will help them excel in creating their own stories. Students will be able to ask questions and speak directly with the producer in real-time.

Additionally, the virtual field trip will highlight important elements of great storytelling using Discovery Education’s Board Builder, an exciting digital tool that allows users to create multimedia stories that include text, photos and video.

Students will then incorporate skills learned from their experience with the virtual field trip to tell their own story in the third phase of Epic Story, “Tell One.” By utilizing Discovery Education’s Board Builder tool, students will create a Board telling their story which represents themselves including their interests, work, hobbies, community, class and family. Each Epic Story participant will receive an Epic Story Certificate of Participation and an Epic Story Screen Saver. Selected student Boards will be featured on the Discovery Student Network Blog.

For more information about Epic Story, visit www.DiscoveryEducation.com/EpicStory.

Source: Discovery Education, www.discovereyeducation.com

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Ingram and ProQuest Expand Ebook Collaboration

Ingram Content Group Inc., and ProQuest LLC have announced an expanded e-book collaboration that benefits libraries worldwide.

Earlier this year, the companies teamed to make titles from Ebook Library (EBL) available through Ingram's OASIS content platform. Ingram has now added ebrary’s vast range of titles, integrating all ProQuest e-book titles within the platform, simplifying acquisition for the companies’ shared customers. In addition to adding titles to the OASIS platform for firm orders, EBL has also been integrated with Ingram's e-book approval plans and Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) services.

Libraries using Ingram's OASIS platform can now search and purchase both EBL and ebrary e-book content through OASIS. Users can view and select from 600,000+ EBL and ebrary e-book titles from more than 1,000 publishers that serve the unique research needs of students, scholars, professionals and other information seekers, alongside existing e-books and print books on the platform, with no changes to existing preferred workflows. Billing is consolidated, offering libraries integrated acquisition services and invoicing for all ProQuest e-book content.

Ingram recently announced that it will be integrating its OASIS platform with its leading ipage search and order content management tool in the fourth quarter of 2014, and will transition customers to the integrated platform in phases through mid-2015. All the features and benefits of OASIS will be integrated with Ingram's comprehensive ipage platform, giving libraries enhanced tools to efficiently manage content. EBL and ebrary content will continue to be supported in the combined OASIS platform.

Source: Ingram Content Group, Inc., ingramcontent.com/

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Discovery Education Announces New Content in Social Studies Techbook Series

Discovery Education has released an announcement promoting its Social Studies Techbook series, a complete digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features dynamic, standards-based digital content and engaging resources. More than 100,000 middle school students are currently using Social Studies Techbook, with over 100 school districts across 33 states in the U.S. beginning to integrate the digital resource into classrooms this fall.

The award-winning digital textbook solution will now be used by some of the most innovative school systems in the 2014-15 school year, including Alabama’s Baldwin County Public Schools; Arizona’s Sunnyside Unified School District; Colorado’s Garfield School District No. Re-2; Idaho’s West Ada School District; Missouri’s Poplar Bluff Public Schools; North Carolina’s Rowan-Salisbury Schools; Tennessee’s Oak Ridge School District; and New Jersey’s Vernon Township School District, among others. Each district will have access to the full suite of Social Studies Techbook courses, including two United States History courses, World History and World Geography & Cultures.

The newest course, U.S. History II, covers the period from the Civil War to the present and together with other U.S. History offerings, it provides districts with more options for meeting their Social Studies requirements. Later this fall, Discovery Education will add an additional course, US History, Prehistory-Present.

Social Studies Techbook is a unique, web-based teaching and learning resource, according to the announcement. Unlike other digital social studies programs that are converted from existing textbooks, Techbook takes full advantage of digital capabilities to offer multi-modal resources that transform teaching and learning. Each subject area in Social Studies Techbook includes a multimedia reference library that links key people, places and events to documents and videos; interactive maps, digital investigations and activities; primary source documents; and informational texts. Techbook is designed to support multiple reading levels and languages, promote personalized learning, inspire curiosity, encourage critical thinking and enable project-based learning. The resource supports English language learners through helpful features such as hundreds of Spanish language video segments, a multimodal interactive glossary, and a Spanish reading path with text-to-voice capability.

To support educators nationwide interested in using digital resources to enhance instruction, Discovery Education is partnering with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) to offer a new webinar series. Throughout the month of September, the three part series will focus on a variety of topics, including unlocking the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) framework with digital resources, using digital tools to enhance Social Studies instruction, and how teachers across the country are using digital resources in their classrooms. For information and to register, visit socialstudies.org/workshops.

Included with each Techbook implementation, Discovery Education experts provide high-quality professional development to support educators as they implement the digital textbook in their classrooms. Discovery Education Professional Development is designed to teach educators how to maximize innovative learning tools and empower them to integrate technology effectively and confidently into instruction.

For more information about the Discovery Education Techbook series, visit discoveryeducation.com/what-we-offer/techbook-digital-textbooks/.

Source: Discovery Education, discoveryeducation.com

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EBSCO eBooks Now Offers E-books from Hachette Book Group

Popular fiction and non-fiction e-books published by Hachette Book Group are now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Hachette, a “Big 5” trade and educational publisher, has partnered with EBSCO to give customers of EBSCO eBooks access to titles from authors like David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Elin Hilderbrand, Anne River Siddons and more.

The e-books from Hachette Book Group are now part of the more than 600,000 e-books available from EBSCO eBooks. The partnership will help librarians acquire high-demand titles in a cost-effective way since there are no markups or fees of any kind on EBSCO eBooks titles. Library patrons will be able to download e-books to mobile devices, including the Kindle Fire. Additionally, patrons will be using the well-known EBSCOhost research platform.

EBSCO enables librarians to build or grow e-book collections through featured collections. The e-books will be added to existing collections from EBSCO eBooks such as the Popular Adult Fiction Collection, Youth Award Winners Collection and New Releases Collections.

EBSCO eBooks are available from EBSCO or through YBP's GOBI, Ingram's OASIS and Baker & Taylor's TitleSource. For more information on EBSCO eBooks and featured collections including Hachette titles, go to ebscohost.com/ebooks/popular-fiction.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, www.ebsco.com

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