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December 02, 2014

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Code.org to Release Disney's 'Frozen' Hour of Code Tutorial With Disney Infinity Versions of Anna and Elsa
Carnegie Learning Partners with Clever to Provide Secure, Seamless Data Integration for School Districts
ABC-CLIO Launches Video Learning Modules
Discovery Education Enhances Streaming Service With Hundreds of New Digital Assets
ContentKeeper Releases High Speed Multi-Gigabit Web Filtering Technology for K-12 School Districts

Code.org to Release Disney's 'Frozen' Hour of Code Tutorial With Disney Infinity Versions of Anna and Elsa

Code.org has unveiled a computer science tutorial featuring heroines Anna and Elsa from The Walt Disney Company’s blockbuster film “Frozen.” The tutorial kicks off the second-annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science – especially by girls – during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, 2014.

Thanks to Disney Interactive, students will learn to write code that enables Disney Infinity versions of Disney’s “Frozen” characters Anna and Elsa to draw snowflakes and snowmen and perform magical “ice craft” in Code.org’s signature lesson for the Hour of Code 2014. The tutorial aims to teach logic and math and nurtures creative thinking through introductory computer programming.

Role-model technologists and celebrities, including Polyvore CEO Jess Lee, Microsoft engineer Paola Mejia, app developer and model Lyndsey Scott, and model Karlie Kloss, provide short video lectures to guide students through the one-hour activity. Students will be able to share their artwork online or with friends through a unique link.

Along with this collaboration, Disney is donating $100,000 to support Code.org’s efforts to bring computer science education to after school programs nationwide. Disney Interactive will host Hour of Code events for local students at their Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Seattle, and Kelowna, British Columbia offices.

The tutorial, “Artist with Anna & Elsa,” is Code.org’s newest addition to its online learning platform, Code Studio, designed to teach students the basics of computer science, starting as early as kindergarten. Code Studio is used in more than 50,000 classrooms.

Last year, Code.org launched the Hour of Code with a tutorial featuring artwork from Rovio’s Angry Birds, PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies and video lectures by Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. To date, 22 million students have tried the one-hour, introductory tutorial.

Try “Artist with Anna & Elsa” now, at Code Studio: code.org/frozen

Source: Code.org, code.org

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Carnegie Learning Partners with Clever to Provide Secure, Seamless Data Integration for School Districts

Carnegie Learning has announced a new alliance bringing together Clever’s Instant Login single sign-on system with Carnegie Learning’s digital mathematics programs for middle and high school. The seamless integration of Clever’s capabilities with a school’s student information system (SIS) grants students and teachers instant access to Carnegie Learning’s MATHia and Cognitive Tutor software with a single login.

In addition to the single sign-on access for Carnegie Learning users, teachers and administrators will also gain access to real-time student enrollment rosters and reporting, which will sync across a district’s SIS to ensure students are enrolled and engaged in the proper courses. All Clever and Carnegie Learning systems are secure and FERPA-compliant, helping to ensure that all student information is safe and 100 percent controlled by the district.

Carnegie Learning offers a learning environment that extends beyond traditional textbook learning. Based on more than 20 years of research into how students process and learn mathematical principles, Carnegie Learning blends consumable, write-in textbooks that are updated annually with interactive digital, online tools and resources to create a personalized learning plan for each student.

Source: Carnegie Learning, carnegielearning.com

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ABC-CLIO Launches Video Learning Modules

ABC-CLIO Solutions, a digital curriculum resource, has launched Course Essentials video learning modules for its learning databases. The launch was announced at the 94th National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference in Boston. Formulated with the help of leading educators, the modules are designed to make complex concepts more digestible for the benefit of all learners.

ABC-CLIO is one of the first publishers in the education industry to create comprehensive video modules with direct instruction from key faculty. The modules are professionally produced and include supplemental resources to expand students’ understanding of social studies, science and English language arts topics.

Learn more about the video learning modules at abc-clio.com/CourseEssentials.

Source: ABC-CLIO, abc-clio.com

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Discovery Education Enhances Streaming Service With Hundreds of New Digital Assets

Discovery Education has announced the addition of several hundred new titles to its flagship Discovery Education Streaming and Discovery Education Streaming Plus services. The enhancements include a significant amount of new content in core academic areas for grades K-5.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus provides teachers and students with a comprehensive digital library of instructional videos, skill builders, writing prompts, multimedia activities, and articles that are aligned to state and national curriculum standards and integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. More than 350 exclusive titles from Espresso Education, which is now Discovery Education, have been added to Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Discovery Education Streaming Canada covering core subject areas, including math, language arts, social studies, science and health.

The video content supports students in grades K-5 and explores topics such as the alphabet, counting strategies, inventors and inventions, media literacy, healthy eating, phonics, handwriting, basic needs of plants and animals, and problem-solving. Also included in the offerings are Global Stories, a weekly news series covering current events which is specifically geared toward a younger audience of grades K-5.

Searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the video and digital assets in Discovery Education Streaming Plus help students build mastery in interpreting, understanding and evaluating information presented in a variety of ways, and provide the tools to teach students how to think critically about what they see and experience in their daily lives, the announcement states.

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) will continue to support Discovery Education users in their efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with digital media. A global community of education professionals, the DEN connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

Source: Discovery Education, discoveryeducation.com

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ContentKeeper Releases High Speed Multi-Gigabit Web Filtering Technology for K-12 School Districts

ContentKeeper has announced the release of TurboBridge, an Ethernet bridge technology that meets the high-speed performance and scalability demands of districts’ growing bandwidth requirements.

Through a new 2nd generation interception system, TurboBridge provides reliable, high-speed web filtering that supports rising bandwidth demands in school districts and education agencies, the announcement states. The system retains higher performance and bandwidth capacities even when SSL decryption features are active, allowing for full inspection and filtering of all or selective secure Web traffic.

TurboBridge reduces the number of appliances required for high-demand network architectures by up to 75 percent, resulting in lower implementation and management costs for school districts and state and regional education agencies. Through its powerful high-speed processing capacity, TurboBridge manages high volumes of web traffic and user counts to assist with online learning and assessment testing.

The release of TurboBridge highlights ContentKeeper’s continued focus on developing web access controls for BYOD and 1:1 learning environments, according to the announcement. The company aims to facilitate easy and secure access to a rapidly growing set of online learning materials, while also protecting school district networks and students with mobile devices.

Source: ContentKeeper, contentkeeper.com

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