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February 10, 2016

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Follett, EBSCO Announce eBook Partnership
Free Resources: A State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Webinar–What’s New And Noteworthy
Follett Partners with Cengage Learning to Sell Career and Technical Education Solutions
Promethean Introduces Next Generation of its ActivWall System
Circumventure Learning Launches SkyMath App to Boost Confidence, Skills in Elementary Kids
HP Inc. Unveils New Chromebook Designed for Education
Gale Brings Interactive Science Products to Libraries

Follett, EBSCO Announce eBook Partnership

Follett has announced it is partnering with EBSCO Information Services to make approximately 600,000 EBSCO-hosted eBooks available for ordering through Titlewave, Follett’s collection development and order platform for K-12 schools.

EBSCO offers eBooks from more than 1,500 major publishers, including eBooks from more than 115 worldwide university presses. The Follett-EBSCO partnership provides schools with the flexibility to purchase EBSCO eBooks on Titlewave and provides a cost-effective way for libraries to provide educators with full-text EBSCO eBooks coverage to support their curricula.

Moreover, EBSCO eBooks support a quality learning experience across all subject areas taught in K-12 schools, and their content aligns with curriculum standards in the U.S. and Canada, according to the announcement.

As books increasingly move to digital formats, Follett is at the forefront of the transition providing solutions that help educators and students access, integrate and increase the utility of digital content within schools. Currently, more than 30 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use eBooks provided by Follett.

For more information about Follett Learning, visit follettlearning.com; for more information about EBSCO Information Services, visit ebsco.com.

Source: Follett Corporation, follett.com

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Free Resources: A State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Webinar–What’s New And Noteworthy

WHAT: Free SETDA Webinar Examining Implementations of New Technologies

WHO:

* Adam Geller, CEO, Edthena with Diane Lauer, Executive Director of Professional Development and Assessment at St. Vrain Valley School District, CO

* Nikki Navta, CEO, Zulama Modern Learning with Dr. Todd Keruskin at Elizabeth Forward School District, PA

* DJ Cunningham, CEO, LearnStyle with Halton District School Board Leader from the Canadian province of Ontario

* Julie Huston, Senior Account Executive, Three Ring with Jesse Orth, Lead Teacher, Potomac Heights Elementary School, MD

WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET

REGISTER: http://survey.k12insight.com/survey.aspx?k=SsRPUWsSXQsPsPsP&lang=0&data=

Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena, a leading video coaching platform for classroom observation, will be one of the presenters in a free, one-hour webinar focusing on examples of innovative ways to enhance K-12 learning. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

The webinar presenters are SETDA’s Emerging Private Sector Partners program participants and their school partners. Geller will partner with Diane Lauer, the executive director of professional development and assessment at St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado, to talk about how the district implemented video coaching to accelerate teacher professional development and collaboration.

The other presenters will address the following topics:
– Enhancement of student learning through making and playing educational games
– Differentiating instruction based on student learning styles
– Using a digital platform used to capture, share and track student progress

To register, go to http://survey.k12insight.com/survey.aspx?k=SsRPUWsSXQsPsPsP&lang=0&data=

Source: Edthena, edthena.com/, and SETDA, setda.org/

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Follett Partners with Cengage Learning to Sell Career and Technical Education Solutions

Studies show high school students involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE) are more engaged, perform better, and graduate at higher rates. To help give students in grades 9 through 12 the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers, Follett is partnering with Cengage Learning to offer more than 1,700 of Cengage Learning’s CTE titles, focusing on Business Education, Computing and STEM.

Cengage Learning’s CTE digital and textbook resources – including virtual labs and simulations – fully support 21stcentury learning skills and center on outcomes that empower, engage, and help learners achieve success in the classroom and beyond. Among the most popular Cengage Learning CTE titles Follett will be offering include:

· Shelly Cashman Series for Microsoft® Office

· Century 21 Accounting

· Principles of Business

· Personal Financial Literacy

· A+ Guide to IT Technical Support

· Java Programming

“Career and Technical Education programs allow students to draw real-world connections from core school subjects such as math, science, reading, and writing,” said Nader Qaimari, Executive Vice President for Follett Corporation and General Manager of Follett School Solutions, Follett’s K-12 business. “High schools are increasingly leveraging CTE programming as academics and career education coverage, thus our partnership with Cengage Learning takes on added significance.”

“We are committed to delivering programs that prepare students for college and career success,” said Vincent Grosso, Senior Vice President of National Geographic Learning, a part of Cengage Learning. “We are pleased to team up with Follett to expand student access to our career and technical education programs.”

Follett customers can find the newly added Cengage Learning CTE program at http://FES.follett.com.

Source: Follett Corporation, follettlearning.com

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Promethean Introduces Next Generation of its ActivWall System

Promethean has announced the launch of the next generation of its ActivWall System at the 2016 TCEA Convention and Exposition. Advanced surface technology for the Modern Classroom, the widescreen surface of the new ActivWall product line is designed as a comprehensive collaborative learning solution, offering multi-touch interactivity, HD viewing and dry-erase writing. Directly from the home screen, teachers can browse the web, start a white-boarding session and wirelessly connect to mirror their devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops to the surface.

This state-of-the-art classroom technology system includes a widescreen interactive surface, a DLP solid-state projector, built-in speakers, interactive software and a wireless mirroring system. It features Promethean’s LaserView Technology, a leading advancement in projection technology. LaserView Technology delivers beautiful illumination and color, a near instant power on and off, auto-calibration and a 20,000-hour light source with no lamp replacement.

Designed as an all-in-one-solution for team-based collaboration, Promethean’s Surface-Segmentation Technology enables teachers to divide the ActivWall into independent learning spaces where students can work individually or in small groups to solve problems, explore solutions and learn in a technology-rich environment.

With the ActivWall System, teachers and students can launch an instant whiteboard session to write and draw freely for brainstorming, instruction and sharing ideas without connecting a computer. The multi-user surface makes lessons interactive by supporting 20 touch points and four digital pens. A built-in web browser allows students to quickly search for information and share webpage images with live links and notes. After the session, the system captures all annotations, slides and notes to send to each student and the teacher. Assessing student understanding also becomes a natural part of the lesson and the learning process with the ActivWall System. Teachers can create and send instant polls and questions to students, who respond using any connected mobile device.

Harnessing the power of mobile technology in the classroom, the ActivWall System includes a wireless classroom connectivity solution that further enables:

· Wireless connecting of Windows, OS X, iOS or Android devices using the streaming feature built into the device. The ActivWall System eliminates the need for additional software or apps to connect students.

· Mirroring and viewing content from mobile devices to share digital learning resources, including apps, games, documents and web pages, from smartphones, tablets and laptops to the ActivWall for whole-class viewing and interaction. Mirror multiple devices at the same time.

· Teachers to move freely throughout the classroom to observe and intervene with individual students and work teams while mirroring lesson content using their smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The ActivWall System is available in 135” ultra-widescreen and 102” widescreen displays. For more information, visit PrometheanWorld.com/Activwall.

Source: Promethean, prometheanworld.com

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Circumventure Learning Launches SkyMath App to Boost Confidence, Skills in Elementary Kids

Circumventure Learning has announced the national launch of SkyMath, a new app designed to boost math confidence and skill level in children grades K-4. Now available in the app store for all iPad devices, SkyMath allows parents to access skill level, monitor growth and celebrate the mathematic achievements of their children.

SkyMath assesses a child’s skill level through an adaptive diagnostic test to identify areas with the greatest opportunity for growth. The app then creates a personalized learning profile for each child with recommendations on educational apps to help them tackle math skills at their skill level. Once the child is confident in that skill, they return to SkyMath to re-assess their proficiency so they can move on to the tackle the next skill set. The diagnostic test and first section of the learning profile on SkyMath is available at no charge. Many of the recommended apps are free, while the others cost between $0.99 and $3.99.

CEO Scott Hamilton has been working to improve learning opportunities for American kids for 25 years. He designed and for five years led the effort to grow KIPP (the Knowledge is Power Program) from two schools in 2000 to over 160 of the celebrated inner-city public schools. He served as Massachusetts’ Associate Commissioner of Education and has worked with many different private schools, public schools, and learning tools.

Hamilton has worked with Teach for America alumna Kristen Cragwall to assemble a team of former math teachers, Teach For America corps members, software developers, designers and mobile game programmers to create an application that is engaging and educational to help kids excel in math. SkyMath is designed to supplement what children are already learning in school and meets high standards for math, including new state standards that are in line with the Common Core standards.

SkyMath is available for download at: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/skymath/id973986137?mt=8

Source: Circumventure Learning, circumventurelearning.com/

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HP Inc. Unveils New Chromebook Designed for Education

HP Inc. has announced the HP Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition (EE) – a durable, lightweight Chromebook designed to meet the needs of students and educators.

HP designed the HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE with a student environment in mind. At 20 mm thickness and just 2.7 pounds, the fanless HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE is the thinnest Chromebook for Education designed to pass MIL-STD testing. With rugged construction accents like co-molded rubber edges, the device passes HP’s 70 cm drop test to help protect it from occasional bumps with lockers and drops from desks.

The spill-resistant keyboard helps keep the Chromebook safe from water-related accidents and includes smart features like a 180-degree hinge that allows the Chromebook to lie flat for easy collaboration, as well as an optional IPS panel that provides wide viewing angles, perfect for students working together on a project. And for those Google Hangouts study groups, built-in noise suppression technology makes everything sound good.

Inside, students will find an Intel Celeron processor for fast access to their applications and up to 9.5 hours of battery life. Optional 3G/4G WWAN5 connectivity helps ensure students can connect to the resources they need inside and outside of the classroom.

The HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE is also easy to deploy and manage, thanks to the optional Chrome Management Console. Teachers and administrators can manage policies, apps and OS updates across a fleet of thousands of Chromebooks, all from a web-based admin console. In addition to device management, HP offers configurable color options7 (black and electric green) so administrators can quickly identify and distribute the HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE by grade, class or charging cart.

The HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE is expected to be available in the United States this month starting at $199.

Source: HP Inc., hp.com

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Gale Brings Interactive Science Products to Libraries

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is offering three new science products for academic and school libraries. The products are designed to help students understand science beyond the text, and combine Gale’s curriculum-aligned reference content with partner CyberScience’s interactive 3D models to bring science learning to life. Two products, geared primarily for the academic market, cover the topics of human anatomy and chemistry, while a third resource combines multiple science topics and can be used as refreshers in introductory college science courses or as a basic science learning tool in high schools.

Users can delve deep into concepts with tools to zoom, rotate and explore models. Clicking on individual components of visuals brings users to relevant reference content related to the image, including the ability to search across content to find exactly what they are looking for. These powerful visual tools can be used for in-classroom demonstrations and help with homework or research assignments. The products are web-based and available as 2D experiences, while a full 3D experience is possible with commonly available hardware such as glasses, an interactive whiteboard, and/or a 3D projector.

Additional product features include:

• Self-quizzing capabilities at the end of session to review key concepts

• Guided interactive simulation lessons as well as anytime student/faculty interaction with models

• An easy-to-use, intuitive interface available via web and mobile

• Access through computers, laptops, tablets, interactive whiteboards or a projector

• Accessible through multiple browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, or IE)

• 3D printing is available with installed driver and an optional 3D printer to print teaching models for use directly in the classroom

• Interface and content to be available in multiple languages

Source: Cengage Learning/Gale, cengage.com or gale.cengage.com

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