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November 18, 2015

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OpenEd.com Expands Library With New Videos, Games, and Assessments
Promethean Introduces ClassFlow Connect Wireless Collaboration Solution
Learning Bird Announces Update to Learning Platform
Follett Announces Follett Community
Gale Expands Integration of Google Apps for Education into Popular Product Lines

OpenEd.com Expands Library With New Videos, Games, and Assessments

OpenEd.com has announced the addition of new videos and games to its library from Flocabulary, Althea Publishers, Splash Math and Gynzy.

All resources in the OpenEd library are sorted by quality, grade, subject and publisher, and all are aligned to the standards and microconcepts within Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Texas (TEKS) standards. Nearly 10 percent of U.S. teachers turn to OpenEd for access to free, high-quality online resources.

OpenEd research demonstrates that the most effective videos and games for students are often created by niche publishers who do one thing very well. Publishers that take a broad approach to content development are typically average to below average in effectiveness.

The new and effective publishers listed on OpenEd.com are:

· Flocabulary, which creates educational hip-hop videos to teach K-12 students standards-based content from ELA, math, science and social studies. The company has made a small portion of its content library available for free to OpenEd users; the full program is available atflocabulary.com.

· Althea Publishers, which specializes in science and math videos designed specifically for English language learners. Its resources will be free for the next two weeks.

· Splash Math, which focuses on K-5 learners with fun and engaging exercises and games that are curriculum aligned. It is free.

· Gynzy, which offers interactive apps and activities designed for smartboard technology. It is free.

OpenEd allows teachers to assign a different resource to each student based on individual assessment results. It also is now compatible with some of the most popular Learning management systems (LMS) and Personalized Learning Platforms. Teachers who use Google Classroom, Canvas, Highlight by Education Elements, Atlas Learning, Otus Learning, Slate or Moodle can now share the above and all OpenEd resources with their students directly via their platforms.

Source: OpenEd, opened.com

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Promethean Introduces ClassFlow Connect Wireless Collaboration Solution

Promethean has launched ClassFlow Connect, a wireless classroom collaboration system that enables teachers and students to connect, interact, and instantly share ideas and information. With ClassFlow Connect, the entire class can simultaneously interact or view and share resources from any mobile device, including smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and notebook computers.

ClassFlow Connect is designed to help teachers energize the learning experience in modern classrooms supported by 1:1, BYOD, and mobile computer cart programs by:

ENABLING WIRELESS CONTENT SHARING

· Wirelessly Mirror & View Content from Any Mobile Device: Project digital learning resources (apps, games, documents, web pages, etc.) from any mobile device to the primary classroom display for whole-class viewing and interaction.

· Share & Interact with Multimedia Digital Content: Promote peer-to-peer learning by allowing each student to use a connected mobile device to receive, send, annotate, draw, or interact with digital lesson content.

· Promote Stimulating Classroom Discussion & Student Engagement: Create instant polls to measure student understanding by sending questions to students and having them respond on their device.

· Harness the Power of Mobile Technology: Wirelessly connect any Windows, MacBook, iOS or Android device using the streaming feature that is already built into the device. ClassFlow Connect eliminates the need for additional software or apps to get students and teachers connected.

PROMOTING DEEPER LEARNING & ENGAGEMENT

· Instant Digital Whiteboard: Start an interactive collaboration or brainstorming session with the built-in digital whiteboard. With the touch of a button, instantly turn your classroom projector or display into an interactive digital canvas to capture ideas without connecting to a computer.

· Capture & Save Work: Capture all annotations, presentations, slides, and notes during the lesson and send them to the entire class.

· Interactive Web Browsing & Live Web Page Sharing: Launch the custom web browser to quickly search for information. Send students web page images with live links and notes.

ClassFlow Connect is easy to integrate, manage and maintain—no cables, software, applications or display setting adjustments needed. In addition, ClassFlow Connect supports two or more WiFi network connections on the same display to ensure students and teachers can simultaneously share their screens regardless if they are on the school or guest network. IT Administrators can remotely track and manage all of the ClassFlow Connect devices within the district to deploy software updates and modify system settings when needed.

ClassFlow Connect is now available for purchase. For more information, visit classflowconnect.com/.

Source: Promethean, prometheanworld.com

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Learning Bird Announces Update to Learning Platform

Learning Bird has announced a significant update to its learning platform. The latest release is designed to further empower teachers in offering differentiated instruction in their classroom by allowing them to easily assign specific lessons to individual students or groups of students. Teachers can upload their class lists into the platform and can then selectively assign individual lessons or playlists of lessons for students to complete. Teachers can even set due dates for lesson assignments and can check back any time to see which students have completed the assignments and whether they found the assignment helpful or not.

With a combination of digital content, adaptive algorithms, and teaching support tools, Learning Bird makes it easier for all teachers to differentiate their instruction so every child performs better, the announcement states. Learning Bird includes digital lessons from a variety of approaches to help students find their path to better learning and to support teachers in helping them achieve this.

In this update, there have also been significant enhancements made to the lesson viewer, allowing students to clearly see a different approach, and to see related lessons. This helps students in overcoming learning obstacles and achieving better outcomes as they can experience a lesson explained by a different teacher or delivered in a different way. Learning Bird lessons are presented as stories, presentations, songs, animations, role play, text and more, ensuring every student can find the right explanation to help him/her understand.

Another important update is the addition of reporting at the class, teachers, school, and district level. This allows administrators to clearly be able to see how students are performing from an individual, class and school/district perspective, and provides educators and administrators with the opportunity to link data to student progress.

Source: Learning Bird, learningbird.com

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Follett Announces Follett Community

Follett has announced Follett Community, an online gathering place where teachers, administrators and librarians can share knowledge and engage in discussions on a wide range of topics. Follett Community provides members a space to share ideas, solutions, and collaborate with other K-12 learning professionals.

According to Lora Cain, Follett Community manager, members stay on top of the latest education discussions and topics of interest with convenient email notification options set to their own personal preferences.

“You can recommend resources, share your latest project, ask a question, research solutions, or discuss the latest innovations in technology,” Cain said. “Follett Community uses groups to organize discussions and news into commonly accessed topics, and we’ve made it easy to browse all discussions that have happened for a specific topic.”

In addition, Follett Community members can get quick answers on how to get the most of Follett products and services, such as Destiny, Aspen, Follett Shelf, and Titlewave, plus customer service updates. The new web-based Community replaces the Follett-Talk listserv, giving educators an enhanced, searchable platform to talk about Follett’s market-leading products.

The growing Follett Community includes K-12 educators and school/district administrators who hail from around the globe and serve as education moderators, including:

· Ann Fondren, Spotsylvania (Va.) Public Schools;

· John Parker, Cherokee County Schools (Asheville, N.C.);

· Amy Ransom, Henrico County (Va.) Public Schools; and

· Stuart Crouch, International School of Düsseldorf, Germany.

In addition, Larry Gilbert – a Follett consultant better known as the “Destiny Doctor” – offers his expertise on anything related to the company’s market-leading Destiny Library Manager.

Follett Community is organized into six groups: Follett Print and Digital Content, Technology, Lead My District, Manage My School, Enrich My Classroom and Enhance My Library. In addition, the Community will be hosting professional development webinars. Upcoming topics being led by noted educators include “Everybody Code: Teaching and Learning an Essential 21stCentury Skill” (Shannon McClintock Miller on Dec. 8), “Ditching Dewey” (Tiffany Whitehead), “Improving Communication with Parents and Students with Aspen” (Hank Thiele), and “Librarians as Change Agents: The Expertise is Right Here” (Mark Ray). Topics planned for other webinars include gamification, makerspaces and project-based learning.

Membership is free and open to all educators.

For more information, visit follettcommunity.com.

Source: Follett, follettlearning.com

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Gale Expands Integration of Google Apps for Education into Popular Product Lines

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has expanded the integration of Google Apps for Education – Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs, and more – into its most-popular product lines. Researchers can seamlessly log into many of their school or library’s Gale resources with their Google Account credentials and easily save, share, and download content (including bookmarks and their personal highlights and notes) using Gmail, Drive, and Docs. In December, the new Google Classroom share button will be integrated with these resources, allowing educators to seamlessly link third party content, including Gale content, to classroom assignments.

Google tools are now integrated into many Gale products:

· Research In Context and all In Context resources (excluding Global Issues In Context)

· Infotrac including Powersearch

· GVRL

· Contemporary Authors Online

· LitFinder

· MLA International Bibliography

· Book Review Index Plus

· Literature Resource Center

· Kids InfoBits (coming this winter)

In addition, users can access the same Gale resources purchased by their subscribing institution through the free Chrome app versions available for download in the Chrome Web Store (and soon to be available in Google Play for Education in 2016).

For more information on Gale’s integration of Google Apps for Education, visit gale.com/google.

Source: Cengage Learning and Gale, gale.cengage.com

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