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April 21, 2015

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Intel Security, Discovery Education Release Cyberethics Module
EBSCO Information Services Offers the YBP Core Titles Collections
Mimio Introduces Touch-Enabled Interactive Projectors
PBS KIDS Launches Its First Online World: Kart Kingdom
PBS LearningMedia Announces Teachers Selected for the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program

Intel Security, Discovery Education Release Cyberethics Module

Intel Security in partnership with Discovery Education has released a new, web-based cyberethics module for students aged 8-11 as part of the Intel Security Digital Safety Program, a three-year national education initiative designed to teach children to “Think Before You Link” and make safer decisions when using the internet. The first and only Discovery Education-supported initiative focusing on cybersecurity education, the Intel Security Digital Safety Program offers educators, students and parents important tips and strategies to help protect their devices and personal information while online.

Similar to the cybersafety and cybersecurity modules that launched earlier this year, the new cyberethics module consists of student-facing, self-paced interactive activities for grades 3-5, an educator guide and a companion parent module. Through participation in the cyberethics module, students will learn how to act more responsibly online, and explore important concepts such as cyberbullying, plagiarism and importance of creating a positive digital footprint. The module is divided into the following three topics:

· Respecting Everyone Online – Students are reminded that the people they connect with online are real people with real feelings and reputations to protect. Students are introduced to the term cyberbullying, which is a very serious problem online that can upset and frighten those who are being targeted. Students learn what cyberbullying is, what to do if they are cyberbullied, and what they can do to avoid taking part in cyberbullying behavior.

· Respecting Others’ Online Property – Students are likely aware that they can download all kinds of digital content from the internet. But they may not be aware that it is unethical, and in some cases illegal, to take, download or reuse digital content that belongs to others without getting permission from and/or crediting the original owner. Students will learn that digital content belongs to the person or group that created or purchased it, which means non-owners need permission to use it. Students will be introduced to term copyright and learn about the importance of checking websites for copyright lines. Participants will also learn how to create a reference for online citations – an important skill as students are using web-based sources to complete homework assignments. Tips for using digital content safely and legally will also be shared.

· Creating a Positive Digital Footprint - Students will be introduced to the term digital footprint, the data that is left behind by users on digital services, and learn the “dos” and “don’ts” for creating a positive digital footprint by being respectful of themselves and others online. They will learn that sharing parts of their lives – photos, videos, and posts – is a great way to connect with friends and family; however, that what they share can be viewed by people they don’t know, and once posted online could be there forever.

The Intel Security Digital Safety Program provides educators with standards-aligned resources, including self-paced lessons for use in the classroom to help engage students on timely, relevant topics like internet safety and security. At the conclusion of each module, students will receive certificate confirming they’ve completed the program and have acknowledged that they will act as a responsible cyber citizen. Additionally, parents can access the program’s at-home family resources to further reinforce the importance of online safety to their children.

Through Intel Security and Discovery Education’s partnership, the Intel Security Digital Safety Program will offer resources designed to teach students ages 8-11 in the United States and Canada the importance of online privacy and strategies for keeping certain types of personally identifiable information (PII) private, create stronger passwords and better protect themselves against cyberbullies. In the partnership’s second year, the program will expand to reach ages 11-14, and in its third year the program will expand internationally to offer its resources in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Since program launch on November 13, 2014, more than 338,000 students and 900 parents in the U.S. and Canada have engaged in the Intel Security Digital Safety Program modules.

For more information, please visit: thinkbeforeyoulinkinschool.com.

Source: Intel Security, intelsecurity.com

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EBSCO Information Services Offers the YBP Core Titles Collections

EBSCO Information Services is introducing 10 new EBSCO eBooks Featured Collections designed to give academic libraries a simple way to add important titles to their collections. The YBP U.S. Core Titles Collections and the YBP U.K. Core Titles Collections are each comprised of five subject-related collections of EBSCO eBooks found in the YBP Core Titles.

Each year, profiling bibliographers from YBP Library Services, an industry leader in delivering content solutions to academic libraries, compile YBP Core Titles, a list of titles that are considered to be essential to academic libraries. These lists assist academic librarians with identifying the best possible titles to add to their collections each year.

The YBP Core Titles Featured Collections include more than 2,800 titles that have been identified as excellent academic titles between 2010 and 2014. Separate collections are available for the U.S. Core Titles list and the U.K. Titles list organized by the following five subjects:

· Arts & Humanities

· Medicine

· Science & Technology

· Business & Economics

· Social Sciences 

Publishers include ABC-CLIO, Cambridge University Press, Harvard University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis Ltd., and many more esteemed university of academic presses. Notable titles include An Unwritten Novel: Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet’ Ancient Syria; A Three Thousand Year History by Trevor Bryce; Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel; The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union; and Apes and Human Evolution.

EBSCO eBooks proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of libraries. EBSCO eBooks currently offers over 700,000 ebooks and audiobooks, representing a deep collection of ebook content that is accessible via a variety of devices. Accessing the EBSCOhost platform for ebooks and audiobooks saves librarians training time and adds a well-known search platform to the end user’s experience. Allowing end users to search for ebooks and audiobooks along with their EBSCOhost database content improves the discoverability of library collections.

EBSCO eBooks are available for purchase on an individual basis as well as in Subject Sets, Featured Collections and Custom Collections with a growing number of purchase, lease and subscription options as well as patron driven options. Lowering the cost for libraries makes the decision to focus on, or add to ebook and audiobook collections easier and more cost-effective. Visit ebscohost.com/ebooks for more information.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, ebsco.com

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Mimio Introduces Touch-Enabled Interactive Projectors

Mimio has announced its new MimioProjector 280 projector family, which allows schools to bring interactive and touch technology to classrooms that don’t already have projectors. The enhanced MimioProjector 280 line now offers educators three options: the conventional non-interactive 280 model, the pen-based interactive 280I model, and the touch-enabled 280T model. With touch technology added to the MimioProjector line, schools can now offer students the technology they are so familiar with outside of the classroom, to better engage them in learning.

With a brightness level of 3,100 lumens, all versions of the MimioProjector 280 series provide extremely vivid and compelling images, and the ultra-short-throw design reduces shadows on the whiteboard. Students can enjoy stunning visuals and audio – no need for separate speakers.

The 280I allows for the simultaneous use of up to 10 interactive pens, a significant increase in functionality over the dual-pen operations of previous models. The touch-based 280T supports up to 10 simultaneous touch points – 10 single-touch points or 5 dual-touch points for gestures, using styli or fingers. With an interactive touch area as large as 100 inches diagonal, the 280T comfortably accommodates up to 10 students at the board, taking teachers and students to a new level of engagement.

LAN connectivity comes standard with all models, and all versions include a wall mount. The 280 model is field-upgradeable from non-interactive to interactive status, and from interactive to touch – without dismounting it. Setup is straightforward and easy for the interactive and touch systems. With a typical bulb life of 5000 hours, bulbs won’t need changing often, but they can easily be replaced without dismounting the devices.

Source: Mimio, mimio.com

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PBS KIDS Launches Its First Online World: Kart Kingdom

PBS KIDS has announced the launch of Kart Kingdom, the children’s media brand’s first-ever online world. Now available at pbskids.org/kartkingdom, Kart Kingdom features a collection of fun, curriculum-based games that help kids ages 6-9 learn systems thinking skills. The game also helps children build collaboration skills as they work together to create gadgets and unlock rewards for the entire Kart Kingdom community. PBS KIDS’ Kart Kingdom features a new junior edition of E-line Media’s Gamestar Mechanic, which allows kids to create, play and share their own digital games. PBS stations will bring Kart Kingdom into the community with live game events across the U.S. starting this spring.

As kids navigate Kart Kingdom, they complete quests in their customized karts, gathering resources along the way that enable them to craft gadgets that help them further explore the world. Throughout the experience, players collaborate to craft new items for their avatars and karts and to complete community events that unlock new rewards for all participants. As part of the adventure, kids can also play games with characters from their favorite PBS KIDS series, including WILD KRATTS and THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! With Kart Kingdom’s Gamestar Mechanic Jr. game, young learners have the chance to create their own video games, which other kids can play.

Developed by PBS KIDS with curriculum advisors from Arizona State University’s Center for Games and Impact and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Kart Kingdom helps kids develop systems thinking skills, which are essential to solving complex problems that affect all areas of their lives. Systems thinking skills enable kids to realize the connections and interactions between elements that compose a whole system, and to strategize about how they would optimize the system interactions to more effectively reach important goals.

PBS stations will bring Kart Kingdom to life with events based on the game’s curricular focus in communities across the country later this year. Designed to help kids build systems thinking skills, the station events will feature live games that kids can play together and that can be customized for each local community.

Kart Kingdom is currently available as a browser-based game and will be available for iPad and Android tablets this summer.

Source: PBSKids, pbskids.org

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PBS LearningMedia Announces Teachers Selected for the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program

PBS LearningMedia has announced the 100 educators selected for the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program, which is in its third year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms.

The 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom service, invitations to special events, and access to a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course. PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support in their community from their local PBS member stations.

In addition, the top 30 applicants will serve as leads of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia to participate in the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. All Lead PBS Digital Innovators will also receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet to continue their use of technology in the classroom.

The 2015 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators are listed below. The full list of PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.

  • Amanda Haughs - Forest Hill Elementary, San Jose, California (KQED)

  • Jessica Anderson - Powell County High School, Deer Lodge, Montana (Montana PBS)

  • Jennifer Beach - Clemmons Elementary, Clemmons, North Carolina (UNC TV)

  • Peter Bohacek - Henry Sibley High School, Mendota Heights, Minnesota (Twin Cities PBS)

  • Jeffrey Bradbury - North Brunswick Twp. High School, Pennsauken, New Jersey (NJTV)

  • Patricia Brown - Old Bonhomme Elementary, Saint Louis, Missouri (Nine Network)

  • Kymberli Bryant - Spruce Mountain High School, Jay, Maine (MPBN)

  • Susan Cintra - Madison Central High School, Berea, Kentucky (KET)

  • Sharon Clark - East Side Intermediate, Brownsville, Tennessee (WLJT)

  • Paul Eyler - Tyler ISD, Lindale, Texas (KERA)

  • Shelly Fryer - Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (OETA)

  • Trapper Hallam - Eisenhower High School, Shelby Township, Michigan (Detroit Public TV)

  • Michael Hernandez - Mira Costa High School, Los Angeles, California (PBS SoCal)

  • Cindy Herren - Brookview Elementary, West Des Moines, Iowa (IPTV)

  • Vicky Hsieh - Environmental Charter School at Frick Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (WQED)

  • Stephani Itibrout - Medina High School, Medina, Ohio (WVIZ/IdeaStream PBS)

  • Jennifer Judkins - Lynnfield Public Schools, Lynnfield, Massachusetts (WGBH)

  • Amanda Kruysman - Gold Hill Middle School, Fort Mill, South Carolina (SCETV)

  • Brandi Leggett - Prairie Ridge Elementary School, Shawnee, Kansas (KCPT)

  • Bonnie McClelland - Albany Avenue Elementary School, North Massapequa, New York (WNET/WILW)

  • Clara Pena - Kirtland Middle School, Kirtland, New Mexico (New Mexico PBS)

  • Robert Pennington - Roton Middle School, Norwalk, Connecticut (CPTV)

  • Faith Plunkett - Monte Sano Elementary, Huntsville, Alabama (Alabama PBS)

  • Deb Ramm - Sarah Dyer Barnes, Johnston, Rhode Island (Rhode Island PBS)

  • Jennifer Schlie-Reed - Stocker Elementary School, Kenosha, Wisconsin (WI Media Lab)

  • Kyle Schulenborg - Towne Meadow Elementary, Carmel, Indiana (Indiana PBS)

  • Allie Segura - St. George's Episcopal School, New Orleans, Louisiana (LPB)

  • Pasha Souvorin - Phoenix High School, Atlanta, Georgia (GPB)

  • Bobbi Starling - Woodland Elementary School, Dade City, Florida (Florida Custom)

  • Peter Van Lindblom - Math & Science Academy, Chicago, Illinois (WTTW)

PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. Judges selected the 100 educators based on submissions of videos and written essays that addressed how they are creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement.

Source: PBS LearningMedia, pbslearningmedia.org

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