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March 01, 2016

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Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google
Reading Horizons Incorporates the Lexile Framework for Reading in K-3 Literacy Platform
myON Adds Classic Novels and Short Stories to its Personalized Literacy Environment
Envision and Discovery Education Announce Multi-Year Educational Partnership to Amplify the Voice of Students in 2016 Presidential Election Process
Cogent Education, Inner Voice & LightUp Announced as Winners of FETC 2016 Goldfish Tank Innovators Competition
New 4K UHD MimioDisplay Touch Display Debuts
DimensionU Mobile Ed-gaming Apps Now Available on Android Platform

Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has reached a major milestone in its quest to improve discoverability and researcher workflow, completing indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily discover scholarly content from Gale and its partners on Google or Google Scholar, through a pathway that leads directly to their institution or local library.

“We know researchers begin searching in Google before they are ready to delve into their library’s resources. With this collaboration we’re making it easier for them to quickly and easily connect with quality content, and in the workflow they’re accustomed to,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “This is only one step in our approach to improving discovery. We’ve also increased our work with library discovery services, and have initiatives underway to put library resources on the student path with the integration of Google Apps for Education in our products, and making Gale primary sources available to faculty and students from within Cengage Learning's MindTap e-learning platform."

Google Scholar, a free search engine for scholarly research often used by students and instructors in higher education, has indexed full-text scholarly content from Gale Academic OneFile, an online resource that aggregates peer-reviewed articles from the world’s leading journals covering physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, literature, and more. Users beginning their research in Google Scholar or Google can find content from Gale and its partners, and subsequently be taken to the full-text of an article (if authenticated users of a subscribed library) or directed to an abstract and information on how to access the article through their institution or local library. This integration helps researchers more easily discover Gale content and will bring more users directly into the library.

In addition, Gale has integrated Google Apps for Education – Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs, and more – with more than 70 of its products, making it easy for schools to leverage Gale library content directly in the classroom.

For more information on Gale’s efforts to increase discovery, visit gale.com/discovery. For more information on Gale’s work with Google, please visit gale.com/google.

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

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Reading Horizons Incorporates the Lexile Framework for Reading in K-3 Literacy Platform

Reading Horizons and MetaMetrics have announced the expansion of their partnership with the addition of Lexile measures in the Reading Horizons Discovery program. Reading Horizons and MetaMetrics, developer of the Lexile Framework for Reading, first announced their partnership in May 2015 when Lexile measures launched in the Reading Horizons Elevate reading program.

Reading Horizons Discovery is a strategy-based reading solution designed for students in Kindergarten through third grade that incorporates multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham principles of instruction and a unique marking system that delivers superior results. The effective, easy-to-use software utilizes the most current technology and instructional best practices to deliver assessments and skill-based lessons for each grade level, K-3. Initial assessments ensure that teachers have an accurate measure of each student’s ability and the software adapts to meet the needs and skill levels of those students and provides differentiation as they progress through the program.

The software includes formative assessments as well as vocabulary, games, and activities. Reading Horizons Discovery fulfills 92% of the standards for foundational reading skills for students in K-3, as well as other standards outlined by the Common Core State Standards, and is correlated to the findings of the National Reading Panel.

The assessment’s initial Lexile measure serves as a benchmark for gauging both a student’s reading ability and the complexity of text so that appropriate reading materials can be matched to the student as they progress. Reading Horizons Discovery automatically unlocks reading passages in the software library as additional skills are mastered. Each book in the library has been measured by MetaMetrics and has an official Lexile level.

Source: Reading Horizons, readinghorizons.com; MetaMetrics, metametricsinc.com

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myON Adds Classic Novels and Short Stories to its Personalized Literacy Environment

myON has added myON Classics collections for middle and high school students to its 10,000-book collection.

The myON Classics collections are available at no cost to all myON customers. These handpicked novels and short stories have withstood the test of time and include titles that have helped shape the culture and education of America. Aiming to reach middle and high school myON users, myON Classic books are complete in their original format, not abridged or condensed.

Titles include The Scarlet Letter, The Raven, Turn of the Screw, The Monkey’s Paw, Metamorphosis, The Invisible Man, Twelve Years a Slave, War of the Worlds, and timeless fiction by notable authors such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and many more.

Originally launched in 2011, myON has earned national recognition for its innovative approach to providing students with 24/7 online and offline access to a library of digital texts personalized to match their individual interests and reading levels. In August 2015, the company launched myON 3.0, which includes new student and educator interfaces, advancements in content recommendations based upon individual student interests, Lexile reading level, gamification, and enhancements to the state-of-the-art monitoring and reporting functions.

Source: myON, myON.com

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Envision and Discovery Education Announce Multi-Year Educational Partnership to Amplify the Voice of Students in 2016 Presidential Election Process

Envision, an experiential education organization, and Discovery Education have announced a multi-year educational partnership that will provide students and educators with tools to engage, captivate and energize the youth voice on the importance of democracy and civic engagement throughout this year’s Presidential election, leading up to the 2017 inauguration. This program, Chase the Race in School, complements Chase the Race 2016 – Envision’s program that will give 12 high school students across the United States the opportunity to play an active role in the election process by serving as onsite reporters at a number of key political events.

Through this partnership, Discovery Education will amplify Chase the Race by helping Envision extend the discussion into classrooms nationwide. Chase the Race in School will leverage Discovery Education’s expertise in developing classroom activities that inform students – and future voters – of the election process in engaging ways, and will provide educators with free, supplemental activities and interactive content. These activities will be accompanied by four video vignettes featuring Chase the Race reporters.

Key components of the partnership include:

  • An all-new program, ChasetheRaceinSchool.com, that will house all program assets, including Chase the Race classroom activities and interactive content

  • A series of video vignettes created by Discovery Education and hosted by Chase the Race 2016 reporters that will provide students and educators with a unique perspective on how the U.S. election process works and complements the Chase the Race in School classroom activities

  • An interactive, in-person event in January 2017, hosted by Discovery Education at Envision’s Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit, held in Washington, DC and featuring a panel discussion from Chase the Race journalists and a keynote from Malala Yousafzai

  • A virtual, livestreamed “Town Hall” event hosted by Discovery Education during the Summit

  • The use of Discovery Education curriculum to enhance Envision’s respected career exploration programs, particularly in the STEM fields

For more information, visit ChasetheRaceinSchool.com.

Source: Envision, envisionexperience.com; Discovery Education, discoveryeducation.com

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Cogent Education, Inner Voice & LightUp Announced as Winners of FETC 2016 Goldfish Tank Innovators Competition

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the SIIA and LRP Conferences have announced Cogent Education: Interactive Cases, Inner Voice and LightUp as the winners of the Goldfish Tank Innovators Competition during the 2016 Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC).

“This competition asks the educators in the audience to vote for the product that they would most likely use in the classroom. This year’s three-way tie vote illustrates how difficult it can be choose among the engaging and relevant digital tools that entrepreneurs are bringing to the ed tech market,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director for ETIN. “Cogent Education, Inner Voice and LightUp have the potential to give students new, rich learning experiences.”

“The Goldfish Tank competition is one of the highlights of the Incubator Pavilion at FETC,” said Rebecca McKenna, vice president Global Events and publisher at LRP Publications. “The Incubator Pavilion, co-sponsored by ETIN-SIIA, FETC and the National Science Foundation, provides attendees the opportunity to explore emerging pre-K-12 technologies while giving innovators the opportunity to hear real-time, critical feedback from tech decision makers and future buyers.”

Cogent Education also took the prize at the 2015 competition.

Source: ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA), siia.net/etin

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New 4K UHD MimioDisplay Touch Display Debuts

Mimio has unveiled the addition of the 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) to its line of touch displays. The new UHD MimioDisplay touch display offers four times the resolution of conventional 1080P high-definition displays, providing a visually sharper, detail-rich, immersive experience.

Available in 75-inch and 84-inch diagonal sizes, the 4K UHD MimioDisplay device uses Touch 360° interactive technology to drive seamless collaborative learning. Up to ten single-point touch users or five dual-touch and gestures users can work simultaneously anywhere on the display without issue. Teachers and students can use styli and fingers in any combination on the large, LED-illuminated touch screen. Quick and easy interactivity is further facilitated by the low-friction, low-glare glass surface, which makes for a smooth touch experience and allows users to easily see any images on the display.

Mimio’s latest interactive display is an all-in-one solution; with built-in stereo speakers there is no need for a separate audio system. The MimioDisplay touch display is integrated with other MimioClassroom products, including the MimioMobile collaboration and assessment app. The display also comes with MimioStudio classroom software, which makes it easy to create and deliver engaging lessons.

Source: Mimio, mimio.com

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DimensionU Mobile Ed-gaming Apps Now Available on Android Platform

Video-game developer DimensionU has announced the release of its mobile educational games on the Android platform. The apps are now available for download on Google Play and Amazon. The product availability on Android will expand access to more students and teachers both in and out of the classroom and continues the company’s push to make its engaging, educational games accessible anytime, anywhere. In addition, the company has also made product enhancements to its web and iOS games as well as its TEACHERS by DimensionU app.

For educators, the updated TEACHERS by DimensionU app provides more control over curriculum assignments for students, setting game durations to better fit classroom schedules, creating password protected game environments for only their students/classes as well as setting team vs individual play options. The updates equip educators to more easily integrate game-based learning and instructional support in their classrooms. For students, game enhancements include a new game map, new team-based play, and cross-platform multiplayer capabilities enabling web, Android and iOS users to play with or against one another.

Educators, parents and students can test out DimensionU games with a free trial account available at dimensionU.com. The company offers its products to individuals, classrooms, schools, school districts, after school and summer programs.

Source: DimensionU, Inc., dimensionU.com

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