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June 25, 2015

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Gale Chronicles the Evolution of Flight with New Digital Archive of Aviation History
Book Creator for Windows Brings ebook App to Desktop
Discovery Education and 3M Announce Finalists in 2015 Young Scientist Challenge
Lexia Learning Introduces ‘From the Wrist’ Progress Monitoring App for Apple Watch
SETDA Announces Partnership with New Cohort of Nine Startups Focused on Serving K-12 Education Needs

Gale Chronicles the Evolution of Flight with New Digital Archive of Aviation History

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has launched Evolution of Flight, 1784-1991, a new digital archive in its Smithsonian Collections Online series. The archive brings together images, diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, government documents and other primary source materials – many of which have only been available by special request – to provide the “story behind the story” of humankind’s desire to fly.

Evolution of Flight, 1784-1991 brings together over 1 million pages of material in several languages from the National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution Archives and the National Air and Space Museum Library, Smithsonian Libraries. It sketches the lives and contributions of aviation's pioneers, scientists, promoters, businessmen, barnstormers, racers, designers and manufacturers and aces (from World War I to Iraq). It is a treasure trove of images, personal papers and commemorative memorabilia. Topics covered include the first theories and experiments of early flight, inventions, air races, the fighter pilot, African Americans and aviation, women and aviation, the evolution of aerial weaponry, navigational technology, landmark altitude and long-distance flights, Germany’s WWII jet program, the Cold War aviation race and America's current air fleet.

The archive is available on the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform giving researchers the ability to cross-search with other digital archives and access to graphing and search visualization tools that will help them explore the content in new ways. Instructors using MindTap, Cengage Learning’s e-learning platform, can integrate materials from Evolution of Flight directly into readings, quizzes, research projects, classroom discussions or other activities, driving collaboration between the library and classroom.

Source: Cengage Learning and Gale, or

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Book Creator for Windows Brings ebook App to Desktop

More than 15 million ebooks have been made with Book Creator for iPad and Android, and now the classroom app is receiving a Windows makeover and will be available on desktop devices for the first time. The developers are making the app free on the Windows store for a limited period following the launch.

Book Creator for Windows takes a blank-canvas approach to creativity that makes publishing and sharing ebooks easier than ever. With a simple and intuitive design, people of all ages can create their own international standard ePub files, and with a couple of clicks can become published authors.

With Book Creator for Windows you can:

  • Create books on a Windows tablet, laptop or desktop with an easy-to-use interface

  • Apply rich formatting with more than 40 fonts to choose from

  • Add photos and video or record audio

  • Utilize the drawing tool for illustrations and annotations

  • Read books with the in-app reader

  • Draft books in the ePub format to publish work on Apple's iBooks Store or the Google Play Store

  • Send books by email or upload to OneDrive for quick and easy sharing

Book Creator is compatible with PCs and tablets running Microsoft Windows 8.1.

The app is available worldwide through the Microsoft Windows Store. To celebrate the launch of the app, it will be free for a limited period. Book Creator has been translated into 11 languages, including English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

Source: Red Jumper,

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Discovery Education and 3M Announce Finalists in 2015 Young Scientist Challenge

Discovery Education and 3M have announced that 10 students from across the country have been named finalists in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for their use of scientific thinking and imagination to dream up a solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately reshape the way we live our lives.

After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem, these young scientists rose to the top of the competition due to their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos.

Discovery Education and 3M announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:

· Peter Finch, Harrisville, R.I., Homeschool

· Arthur Frigo, III, Jupiter, Fla., Turtle River Montessori

· Raghav Ganesh, San Jose, Calif., Joaquin Miller Middle School, Cupertino Union School District

· Amulya Garimella, Pittsburgh, Pa., Dorseyville Middle School, Fox Chapel Area School District

· Iris Gupta, North Potomac, Md., Robert Frost Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools

· Hannah Herbst, Boca Raton, Fla., Alexander D. Henderson University School, Florida Atlantic University Schools

· Alec Lessing, New York, N.Y., Collegiate School

· Conner Pettit, Lone Tree, Colo., Cresthill Middle School, Douglas County School District

· Krishna Reddy, Wichita Falls, Texas, Kirby World Academy, Wichita Falls Independent School District

· Sanjana Shah, Cupertino, Calif., John F. Kennedy Middle School, Cupertino Union School District

Schools listed are from time of competition entry (January – April 2015).

Each finalist will now have the opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist during a unique summer mentorship program, where they will be challenged to develop an innovation that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population. As part of the program, students will meet virtually with their mentors, who will provide guidance as the finalist develops his or her idea from a concept into an actual prototype. Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education. Students will then present their inventions during the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 12th and 13th.

Finalists will receive $1,000 and be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final competition where they will be evaluated on a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Each January, students nationwide are asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. In addition to the 10 finalists, 35 students have been selected as state merit winners in this year’s competition and each will receive a technology prize pack.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the state merit winners, please visit

Source: Discovery Education,

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Lexia Learning Introduces ‘From the Wrist’ Progress Monitoring App for Apple Watch

Lexia Learning has announced that the myLexia app for Apple Watch is now available for educators. The myLexia app is the educator interface for Lexia Reading Core5, which delivers real-time student skills data and norm-referenced performance measures to educators. Also compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the myLexia App includes the innovative Assessment Without Testing technology, which gives teachers and administrators mobile access to school-wide, classroom, and individual student performance data and actionable lesson plans, without stopping to administer a test.

For teachers, the myLexia App for Apple Watch will make it possible to see at a glance which students need help, which students need more time in Lexia, and which students should be celebrated for completing a level in the program. From there, with a touch of the app, a list of students grouped by specific skills for individual or small group instruction appears. The app also provides a detailed view of each student’s performance, including a prediction of his or her percent chance of reaching their end-of-year, grade-level benchmark. This allows teachers to prioritize the students who are at greatest risk of reading failure. At the school and district level, principals and superintendents viewing the myLexia App for Apple Watch can see—by class or by grade—students’ probability of reaching grade-level benchmarks. With this information on their wrist, administrators can quickly detect performance trends and deploy resources accordingly.

The myLexia App for Apple Watch is available on the App Store.

Source: Lexia Learning,

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SETDA Announces Partnership with New Cohort of Nine Startups Focused on Serving K-12 Education Needs

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, has announced its third annual cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners. These nine SETDA Emerging Private Sector Partners will debut at the Emerging Technologies Forum on June 26 in Philadelphia and engage with the SETDA membership over the next twelve months:

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The nine companies making up this cohort were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants based on their status as an emerging company, capacity to leverage technology to serve a need in PreK-12 or pre-service education, and their potential to scale on a state-wide and multi-state basis.

Over the next year, the Emerging Private Sector Partners will have the opportunity to benefit from deep education industry expertise via SETDA Channel Partners launching with an Emerging Partners Workshop on June 27. The Channel partners are longstanding experts in the K-12 industry with experience in supporting and scaling successful companies and connecting them to leading organizations like SETDA.

For more information, visit!/emerging-private-sector-partners.

Source: The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA),

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