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September 23, 2014

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Free Resources: National Gallery of Art's NGAkids Art Zone App
Mimio Launches New Webinar Series on Using Its Latest Interactive Technologies for Collaborative Learning
White House, Discovery Education Expand 'Of the People' Virtual Field Trip Series for Students Nationwide
Free Resources: LOC's Interactive Student Discovery Series for Tablets
WIN Learning Introduces WIN Math
EBSCO Introduces New Magazine Archives, Including Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek

Free Resources: National Gallery of Art's NGAkids Art Zone App

The National Gallery of Art recently released a new children’s app for iPad, NGAkids Art Zone, now available for free download on iTunes. Echoing the style of the popular NGAkids online interactives, this dynamic app contains eight new hands-on activities inspired by works in the collection, as well as a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space where users can save and display art they create with the program. The child-friendly interface emphasizes creativity, discovery, careful observation, and artistic self-expression, making the NGAkids app educational and fun for the whole family.

Each activity offers various levels of complexity, making the app suitable for all age groups. It is optimized for ages 9 through 11, but younger children, as well as teens and adults, will find the program enjoyable and artistically motivating.

These activities are designed for children to use, unassisted, in a recreational context (although teachers do use them as an entertaining addition to a traditional curriculum). This absorbing, self-directed interaction creates a personal connection to art that often lasts a lifetime.

The NGAkids app provides an immersive experience as children visit a virtual art gallery and explore a variety of works spanning more than 300 years of art history. High-resolution graphics, careful attention to detail, and a variety of subjects, painting styles, and techniques help cultivate an authentic understanding of the artistic process and reinforce users’ familiarity with the fundamental elements of art. Unexpected animation and audio features further enliven the program and foster fun learning experiences.

There are ten sections to explore: Portrait, Landscape, Seascape, Still Life, Action Painting, Exploring Color, Color Field, Collage, Sketchbook, and My Art Gallery.

Works of art by a wide range of artists—including Edward Hicks, Fitz Henry Lane, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Mark Rothko, Josef Albers, and Robert Rauschenberg, along with several anonymous American naive painters—serve as inspirational models for users to build upon.

New technologies play an important role in the efforts of the Gallery to fulfill its mission to preserve, collect, exhibit, and foster understanding of works of art. The Gallery hopes this robust, interactive iPad app will enrich children’s enjoyment and understanding of the creative process and encourage them to create art of their own.

Parents and teachers are invited to share children’s artistic creations on social media, including the hashtag #ngakids.

For additional online learning resources, visit

The NGAkids Art Zone app was developed by Al Jarnow of Protozone, Inc., in collaboration with the Education Division of the National Gallery of Art and coded for iOS by App Partner, LLC.

NGAkids is supported in part by a generous grant from the Ruth S. Willoughby Foundation.

Source: The National Gallery of Art,

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Mimio Launches New Webinar Series on Using Its Latest Interactive Technologies for Collaborative Learning

Mimio has announced its second annual professional development webinar series designed to help customers make optimal use of its technologies. Educators who are expert with Mimio’s collaborative technologies will host the fall 2014 webinars. Each of the live 30-minute sessions is offered on two separate dates to accommodate attendees' schedules.

The fall 2014 series includes the following sessions:

Seamless Integration of Curriculum and Technology

This webinar explore how curriculum and technology work together seamlessly in the Mimio classroom. Attendees will receive the latest information on Mimio products that work with Apple and Android mobile devices to create an even more engaging and collaborative learning environment.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, September 25, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Jason Schmidt, who is Instructional Technologist for Bennington Public Schools in Nebraska, a Google Education Trainer, a Moodle Certified Course Creator, and a Mimio Certified Trainer, will host the session. Visit to register.

The session will take place again on Tuesday, December 2, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Charli Mullen, a third-grade teacher at Fredericksburg Elementary in Texas and a Mimio Master, will conduct this webinar. Visit to register.

Classroom Collaboration with Mimio

Students must acquire collaboration skills in order to be successful in school and in their lives. This webinar will provide tips and suggestions for using the many features of the updated MimioStudio software and MimioMobile app for Apple and Android mobile devices to facilitate and encourage collaboration in the classroom.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Dr. Roland Rios, the technology director at Fort Sam Houston ISD in Texas and a Mimio Certified Trainer, will be the presenter. Visit to register.

The webinar will also be held on Tuesday, November 4,at 4:30 p.m. ET. Maribeth Lowe, a Mimio Master and a special education teacher with31 years of teaching experience in both private and public school settings, will host the session. Visit to register.

Getting More from Your Lessons with Mimio

Effective lesson design encourages student engagement, interactivity, and collaboration, and facilitates assessment. This webinar shows attendees how Mimio products can let them incorporate mobile devices in the classroom to make lessons even more engaging and collaborative. Attendees will also receive instructional design tips that will make students' learning experience much more interactive.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, October 23, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Two educators will host this webinar: Lindy George, a Mimio Master and a Mimio Certified Trainer who works as an instructional technology specialist for the Collier County Public schools in Florida, and Claire Pavia, a Mimio Master and a first-grade teacher at Cross Lutheran School in Illinois. Visit to register.

The webinar will take place again on Thursday, November 20, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Lindy George and Claire Pavia will once again be the presenters. Visit to register.

Source: Mimio,

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White House, Discovery Education Expand 'Of the People' Virtual Field Trip Series for Students Nationwide

The White House and Discovery Education have announced the expansion of the “Of the People: Live from the White House” virtual field trip series. Offering upper elementary, middle and high school students unique access to White House and government officials as well as subject matter experts, Of the People will bring a series of 30-minute virtual events hosted by a student and broadcast live from the White House and other special locations to classrooms nationwide. The series, which launched last year, will build upon its success for the 2014-2015 school year with topics such as civics, history, STEM and more. The first virtual field trip will commemorate Constitution Day, September 17, at 1pm ET/10 am PT.

As part of the Constitution Day observance, students will take a virtual journey through the National Archives with student host Adalia Jimenez, an 11th grader from James Hubert Blake High School in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools. During this one-of-a-kind experience, Miss Jimenez will interview the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, and ask him questions (both her own and those submitted by students) about the National Archives and its contents, as well as his role. Students will investigate how our nation’s important documents have shaped the American government and impacted the lives of millions of people. Students will also hear from a historian at the National Archives who will model a document analysis strategy with the Constitution, demonstrating the skills needed to read, write and think like a scholar. This virtual field trip allows students to experience history and explore how important documents have shaped the country, their communities and their own families.

These virtual field trips take students beyond the walls of their classroom to places that they would not normally get to experience. Each installment of the virtual field trip series reinforces critical learning concepts outlined in their subject curriculum.

All installments in this series and archives will be available on Discovery Education’s website at and will be supported with digital video and other learning tools to support student engagement.

Last year’s “Of the People” series provided students and educators with a behind-the-scenes look at the White House, its administration and events. Virtual field trip webinars addressed the history of the White House and its art, coverage of the Science Fair and the importance of mentorships, and a cultural exchange featuring First Lady Michelle Obama in China.

For more information on this webinar series and other services and learning initiatives from Discovery Education, visit

Source: Discovery Education,

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Free Resources: LOC's Interactive Student Discovery Series for Tablets

As the new school year begins, the Library of Congress invites students everywhere to touch, draw on and explore some of its most valuable treasures—all via a new set of free interactive ebooks for tablets.

The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in for close examination, draw to highlight interesting details and make notes about what they discover.

The first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos.

With a swipe of a finger, learners can peer into the workshop where the Statue of Liberty was built, scrutinize George Washington’s notes on the Constitution, and zoom in on the faces of new arrivals at Ellis Island. Using the portability that tablets bring, students can hand their work to a classmate to collaborate.

The objects in the Student Discovery Sets are primary sources—items created by eyewitnesses to history. From Galileo’s drawings of the moon to Zora Neale Hurston’s plays to Thomas Edison’s films, these maps, songs, posters, sheet music and iconic images immerse students in history, culture and science and give them the power to explore.

Primary sources have unique instructional power, says the Library’s director of Educational Outreach, Lee Ann Potter. “By analyzing primary sources, students can engage with complex content, build their critical thinking skills and create new knowledge. The Library’s new Student Discovery Sets provide rich tools for launching that process of analysis and discovery.”

The sets are designed for students, providing easy access to open-ended exploration. A Teacher’s Guide for each set, with background information, teaching ideas, and additional resources, is one click away on the Library’s website for teachers, Regular tips and resources for teachers are available on the Teaching with the Library of Congress Twitter feed, @TeachingLC.

Source: The Library of Congress,

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WIN Learning Introduces WIN Math

WIN Learning has announced the introduction of WIN Math, a career-infused, middle and high school mathematics and workplace skills program. The new digital learning platform, scheduled to be unveiled in 2015, is the first math instruction program to offer capstone projects linked to 16 career clusters, all aligned to Common Core State Standards and local state objectives.

“Countless times a day teachers are asked, ‘when will I ever use this math or why does this matter?’,” said Dr. Teresa Chasteen, CEO and president of WIN Learning. “With WIN Math’s project-based framework, students will learn the answer to those questions first hand. Math concepts will be presented in real-life scenarios and in the context of relevant careers, showing them exactly how they will use it in their lives after school.”

The new WIN Math curriculum is organized into 36 units addressing each of 16 career clusters with emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and high demand occupations. Students, working individually or collaboratively, tackle challenges and work on projects such as marketing plans or performance charts similar to what might be required in a workplace setting.

With the WIN Math digital teaching and learning platform, teachers facilitate instruction through a blended learning model introducing the objective, career context, warm-up and then engagement activities. Students in grades 5-8 who are on grade-level or high school students who are below grade level can use the program. The four-year curriculum consists of interactive math tools, career connections and capstone projects that highlight aspirational as well as practical career paths in order to engage students and provide real world connections and incentives for learning. Students then transfer their understanding through embedded formative and summative assessments giving teachers real time student progress monitoring support.

Source: WIN Learning,

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EBSCO Introduces New Magazine Archives, Including Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek

Libraries can own the 20th century collections of two of the leading business magazines now that the complete backfiles for Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek are available from EBSCO Information Services. The entire digital archives going back to volume 1, issue 1 of the magazines are included in EBSCO’s Forbes Digital Archive and Bloomberg Businessweek Digital Archive.

Forbes has delivered key insight on the business and financial world for nearly a century. Forbes Digital Archive is the world’s only complete digital version of the Forbes backfile, with content from 1917 through 2000. The fully searchable full-text archive provides analysis on business leaders, politics, entertainment, technology, communication, culture, and style.

Bloomberg Businessweek has been a leading business and financial news magazine for both business managers and consumers since 1929. EBSCO’s Bloomberg Businessweek Digital Archive provides researchers with full-text content on business management, marketing, labor, finance, and economic policy. With coverage starting from the magazine’s first issue, the Bloomberg Businessweek Digital Archive represents the world’s only complete digital version of the Businessweek backfile from 1929 through 2000.

Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek are the latest additions to EBSCO’s magazine archives. Other magazines available include The Nation, National Review, The New Republic and New Scientist. For more information, visit

Source: EBSCO Information Services,

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