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June 16, 2016

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Follett Launches New Makerspace Bundles for K-12 Libraries
Scholastic to Launch Horizon, A New Multiplatform Series Led by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Scott Westerfeld
Gale Contest Calls on Libraries to Share 'My Library Pic'
Turnitin Integrates Formative Writing Tools into College Board Programs to Support Student Practice
itslearning Partners with Gooru to Enhance LMS Platform
Edgenuity Introduces New Suite of Courses
LearningExpress Announces PrepSTEP High School Edition
myON Launches Summer 2016 Reading Challenge ‘Get in the Game and Read!’
Gale Expands Gale Primary Sources Program with Launch of American Fiction Archive
Gale Delivers New Class of Student Research Products to Develop Critical Thinking Skills and Enable Faculty-Librarian Collaboration
Gale Interactive: Science Now Available for Schools

Follett Launches New Makerspace Bundles for K-12 Libraries

As makerspaces continue to gain momentum in the K-12 library world to encourage students’ inquiry and exploration through hands-on production, Follett has announced it is offering Makerspace Bundles. The age level-specific bundles are individually tailored for elementary, middle and high school grades, and include a variety of diverse materials, including books, building supplies, and robotic kits.

The bundles, designed to save time and take the guesswork out of starting a makerspace, allow librarians to get started in the makerspace concept without doing all of the curation work themselves. The resources for the bundles are grouped together by elementary, middle, and high school and were curated by Follett's curriculum staff. Also, in a special “Makerspace Mania” section within Titlewave, guest librarians who operate their own makerspaces have created resource lists for Follett based on their experiences with students across K-12.

The pre-packaged Makerspace Bundles start at $450 and are available for purchase on Follett’s Titlewave.com.

Follett has plans to add more products to support the maker movement. In addition, after-school and summer Maker Solutions are under development.

Source: Follett Learning, follettlearning.com

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Scholastic to Launch Horizon, A New Multiplatform Series Led by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Scott Westerfeld

Scholastic has expanded its multi-platform publishing program with the launch of Horizon, a supernatural survival series for readers ages 9 and up. To be written by a team of seven authors anchored by #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, this new adventure combines books with a fast-paced digital game that allows readers to test their survival skills. The new hardcover book series will launch simultaneously in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, with the first book scheduled for release in January 2017. The second book, penned by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen, will follow in September 2017. Additional authors will be announced at a later date.

Horizon is a supernatural survival story following a diverse group of kids who step from the wreckage of a plane crash to find themselves stranded, at odds, and under threat from curious and terrible creatures. The Horizon digital experience is unlike any other Scholastic has released before, launching simultaneously for desktop and mobile. The breakthrough game play, developed in collaboration with author and avid gamer Scott Westerfeld, puts readers on a race for survival within an ever-shifting landscape. The game combines altered physics, the ability to build lifesaving gadgets, an eerie soundscape, and antigravity modes that allow players to fly – or, if they're not careful, crash.

Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the Leviathan series; Afterworlds; and many other books for young readers. He was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia and New York City.

Source: Scholastic, scholastic.com

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Gale Contest Calls on Libraries to Share 'My Library Pic'

Libraries are often the go-to technology centers in local communities and on campuses. To better tell that story, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is calling all libraries to participate in the My Library Pic contest. All types of libraries, big or small, and all types of photographers (professional or amateur) are invited to share a photo showing how their library integrates and embraces technology. The contest is open June 1-June 30. Five winners will be randomly selected from each of four categories for a total of 20 prizes. Each winner will receive a $150 American Express gift card.

All submissions will become part of Gale’s digital mosaic at the American Library Association (ALA) conference and will be pieced together, in real-time, with small pictures collaged into a larger image.

Libraries who want to participate must submit a photo online at My Library Pic Photo Contest in one of these four categories:

• Candid Tech – Are your users actively and interestingly using technology in the classroom, library or on the go? Show us how.

• Learning Incubator – From early literacy programs to business start-up workshops to study groups, we know that people work best in groups. Teach us your ways.

• From the Stacks – Whether a research paper, entrance exam, practice test, or plain old reading, how do your users read and research in the digital age?

• Digital Ingenuity– There’s always an easier, better way of doing something. Show us how you used technology to make life a little bit easier for you or your users.

Libraries and their patrons or students are encouraged to share their image on social media using the hashtag #MyLibraryPic and tagging @galecengage. Stop by the Gale booth (#1503) at the ALA conference in Orlando, June 24-27.

For questions, please contact Kristina Massari at kristina.massari@cengage.com.

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

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Turnitin Integrates Formative Writing Tools into College Board Programs to Support Student Practice

Turnitin has announced a multi-year extension of its work with the College Board that will connect its formative writing tools to College Board programs like SpringBoard in an effort to expand and promote productive student writing practice. The addition of Turnitin’s writing instruction technology, Revision Assistant, will give students more ways to practice and receive instruction that will help them develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that are critical to college and career success.

This announcement marks the culmination of three years of collaborative research between Turnitin and the College Board that demonstrates the value of Turnitin’s Revision Assistant technology in evaluating and improving student writing, according to the announcement. Turnitin Revision Assistant extends the reach of teachers by providing immediate, actionable feedback to students as they write; and provides appropriate and helpful feedback on student writing across prompt types and writing styles, the announcement states.

The College Board’s AP and SpringBoard Digital programs are the first programs to feature Revision Assistant integration. SpringBoard Digital includes a version of Revision Assistant that is trained to provide feedback on SpringBoard’s proprietary end-of-unit embedded assessments. Additionally, the College Board has made six AP World History and AP English Language and Composition prompts available within the full version of Turnitin Revision Assistant that is available to school districts nationwide.

In the near future, Turnitin will continue the integration of its education technology into other College Board programs, including Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. By the end of 2016, students will be able to use a free, publicly available version of Revision Assistant to help them prepare for the new SAT Essay section.

Source: Turnitin, turnitin.com

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itslearning Partners with Gooru to Enhance LMS Platform

itslearning, developer of the learning management system of the same name, and Gooru, a non-profit organization which provides a free online learning navigator for educators, have announced a strategic partnership to enhance itslearning’s platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. The alliance will initially give teachers up-to-date avenue to find, remix and share collections and courses of open content designed for future-ready learning. Through a seamless integration, teachers will have instant access to quality multimedia content to guide student-centric learning experiences, supporting the success of every student, the announcement states.

The enhancement of the itslearning platform with Gooru’s capabilities supports educator and learner discovery, acquisition, curation and critique of publisher, academic and online content with standards-aligned instructional support. Gooru organizes millions of online learning content items and connects a community of educators and learners to meet students’ unique needs with a personalized learning solution while itslearning, designed specifically for the K-12 sector, sets the gold standard for curriculum management, content integration, rostering and offering a customizable standards-aligned planner.

As a student-centered learning environment, itslearning gives teachers, students and parents access, as appropriate, to course materials, assignments, communities for collaboration, professional development tools and student progress reports. The platform’s personalized dashboards give teachers a way to quickly and easily share everything from instructional resources and assignments to assessments with students and parents.

Source: itslearning, itslearning.net

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Edgenuity Introduces New Suite of Courses

Edgenuity, a provider of online and blended learning solutions, has announced a new suite of career and elective courses that help keep students motivated and excited about learning. Available as part of Edgenuity’s Instructional Services, students can take greater control of their learning experience by pursuing their unique areas of interest – from archeology to social media.

These courses give students access to subjects not available in many traditional high school settings. Students of Edgenuity schools and districts can now access a full suite of courses including:

* Archaeology: Explore the relationship of material items to culture and what we can learn about past societies from these items.

* Culinary Arts: Hone cooking skills and get the opportunity to explore careers in the culinary industry.

* Forensic Science: Follow evidence trails and examine how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.

* Personal & Family Finance: Learn more about topics such as taxation, financial institutions, credit, and money management.

* Public Speaking: Learn what makes a truly successful speech and put that knowledge to practical use.

* Social Media: Learn the ins and outs of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+, which can be essential the age of digital communication.

* World Religions: Trace the major developments in these religions and explore their relationships with social institutions and culture.

Source: Edgenuity, edgenuity.com

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LearningExpress Announces PrepSTEP High School Edition

LearningExpress, an EBSCO company, has introduced PrepSTEP High School Edition. The online learning platform helps high school students build the skills that prepare them for success in college, in a career, and beyond, the announcement states.

PrepSTEP High School Edition is an extensive collection of academic, college preparation and career-related resources that supports college-, career- and military-bound students. It includes SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement (AP) test preparation; skill-building in English, math and science; computer skills development; a college search tool; career exploration; occupational test preparation; information about military careers, workplace skills development and more.

The platform features interactive tutorials, practice tests, flashcards, factsheets, useful articles and ebooks that students can access online anytime, anywhere, from any device with an internet browser. With the secure personal portfolio feature, students can save their work and track their progress. The self-directed tools are designed for independent use by students, which makes PrepSTEP a good supplement to coursework for instructors, a valuable resource for summer study and skills improvement for students, and powerful college and career planning support for students, parents, and guidance counselors.

PrepSTEP High School Edition is the latest addition to the PrepSTEPproduct line, which includes platforms for 2- and 4-year colleges. The PrepSTEP High School Edition with academic resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards includes more than 460 tests, tutorials, ebooks, flashcards, articles and computer courses. There is also a version of the platform with academic resources that are not tied to the Common Core standards.

Source: LearningExpress, learningexpressllc.com

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myON Launches Summer 2016 Reading Challenge ‘Get in the Game and Read!’

myON, a provider of personalized literacy solutions in the K-12 marketplace, has announced the start of its fifth annual summer reading challenge, “Get in the Game and Read!” Since 2012, myON has provided a turnkey program to help educators encourage students to read “just right” books during the summer months. Last year, 4.5 million students nationwide read 4,732,169 books over summer vacation.

Recently, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and the White House included myON in its Champions of Change Summer Opportunity Project 2016 Action Toolkit, recognizing myON as a key solution for maximizing learning and motivating kids to read during the summer.

“Research and our own experience show students read and learn more when they have the freedom to choose books that meet their interests and individual reading level, which is the fundamental principle of myON,” said Todd Brekhus, the president of myON. “We are pleased and honored to collaborate with NSLA, the White House, a large number of schools, districts, communities, and state and superintendent organizations that work so hard to keep kids reading and learning year-round.”

Increased Lexile levels and student success over the summer have led a number of state and superintendent organizations to partner with myON to offer students digital books to combat summer slide. States providing unlimited access to myON through the summer include the following:

· Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) is offering all district members access to more than 5,000 enhanced digital books and literacy tools.

· North Carolina Give Five, Read Five, with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, will provide unlimited student access to myON through August 31.

· Get Georgia Reading offers all Georgia students access to myON’s digital literacy platform from April 15–August 31. Comparing 2015 to 2016, Georgia students have already tripled the time spent reading reaching more than 11,000 hours as of early May.

· Indiana Hoosier Family of Readers Statewide Initiative & Bicentennial Challenge offers myON books to students statewide, with a goal of having students read 200,000 books in 2016.

· Get Illinois Reading Campaign is partnering with the Illinois Association of School Administrators providing unlimited access to myON for all participating districts.

myON’s “Get in the Game and Read!” Summer Challenge will launch on May 23rd and continue through the summer, ending on September 2nd. Prizes for top readers in elementary, middle, and high school will be awarded in the fall.

For step-by-step planning and ideas for communications, events, and celebrations of summer reading in your community, myON has created a Summer Reading Planning Guide.

Source: myON, myON.com

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Gale Expands Gale Primary Sources Program with Launch of American Fiction Archive

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has released American Fiction, 1774-1920, a new digital archive in its Gale Primary Sources program. The new archive includes more than 17,500 works of fiction, many of which have never before been available online. For students who use only e-resources in their work, this archive opens up thousands of texts for research. Through the novels, short stories, romances, travel accounts and sketches included in the archive, researchers can explore the socioeconomic, political, and religious tenor of America through centuries of radical change.

American Fiction, 1774-1920 encompasses prose fiction from the American Revolution to World War I, and includes works from well-known authors such as Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and James Fenimore Cooper, as well as contributions from more obscure writers. This collection is based on authoritative bibliographies including Lyle H. Wright’s American Fiction: A Contribution Toward a Bibliography, widely considered the most comprehensive bibliography of American adult prose fiction of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and Geoffrey D. Smith’s American Fiction, 1901-1925: A Bibliography, which comprises nearly three-quarters of all adult fiction published in the United States during this time period. American Fiction, coupled with Gale’s other literature resources – Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center and the Dictionary of Literary Biography, puts one of the most extensive online, curated compilations of literary content at researchers’ fingertips.

As a part of the Gale Primary Sources program, the content within American Fiction, 1774-1920 is fueled by technology which gives researchers the ability to cross-search with other Gale digital archives, as well as analyze results using graphing and search visualization tools. In addition, all works included in the archive are fully-indexed and full-text searchable, and the metadata and data are available to support text and data mining and digital humanities research.

Available for academic and public libraries, American Fiction, 1774-1920 will support research and instruction in U.S history, English, literature and more.

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

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Gale Delivers New Class of Student Research Products to Develop Critical Thinking Skills and Enable Faculty-Librarian Collaboration

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has released Gale Researcher, a new research platform that ties directly to classroom learning and drives greater collaboration between librarians and faculty. Gale Researcher is designed to help students who may not be comfortable doing college-level research or enter school lacking necessary research skills by connecting them to citable scholarly content that is aligned to introductory college courses across a range of disciplines.

Gale Researcher was designed to help students build important research and critical thinking skills. The research platform and curriculum tool provides peer-reviewed articles based on the scope and sequence of introductory college courses. It gives students a simple path to materials that are both topically relevant to an area of study and citable for research projects. Students are often overwhelmed by internet search results and library discovery services. Gale Researcher provides the opportunity for study-specific browsing that is rich with images and video content, including, for the first time within library resources, the ability to search within streaming video content. The result is students spend less time finding scholarly materials, and more time thinking critically about them.

Gale Researcher also enables closer librarian and faculty connection – a key need identified in a recent Gale/Library Journal survey – by providing a platform to collaborate and curate curriculum-aligned content to support student research. Librarians can demonstrate direct support for key courses through tools that allow designated contributors to customize the collection with non-Gale content (faculty works, links, and more). Gale Researcher also seamlessly links to relevant ebook and journal content within a library’s Gale holdings, driving usage of library materials. Virtually all content within Gale Researcher can be shared via a persistent URL, allowing direct access from a Learning Management System (LMS) or syllabus.

Gale Researcher is mobile responsive and integrated with Google Apps for Education so students can login using their Google Account credentials to save, share, and download with tools like Google Drive, Docs, and Gmail.

Gale Researcher is available now for Economics, Psychology and Political Science and will soon be available for the following areas of study: American Literature, British Literature, Criminal Justice, Philosophy, Sociology, U.S. History, Western Civilization, and World History.

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

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Gale Interactive: Science Now Available for Schools

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has launched Gale Interactive: Science, a new digital science resource available now for schools. This new product uses innovative technology to combine Gale’s curriculum-aligned research content with interactive 3D models from partner Cyber Science 3D, to help students understand science beyond the text. Gale Interactive: Science makes it easy for instructors to integrate 3D, digital content into the classroom that’s contextualized and mapped to the national science curriculum. It can be used for test prep, research or homework assignments (with flipped classrooms), or for in-class demonstrations.

With Gale Interactive: Science, users can review concepts with tools to zoom, rotate and explore models. Clicking through a guided lesson brings users to related reference content, and allows them to search across content to find exactly what they are looking for. Each session closes with a short assessment to help build foundational knowledge. Gale Interactive: Science covers biology, chemistry, and earth/space science topics relevant to middle and high school curriculums. Content is correlated to Next Gen Science Standards and Common Core State Standards at the high school level.

For customers with access to 3D printers, Gale Interactive: Science also delivers sixty 3D models —everything from a human brain to a triceratops skull —which can be printed and used for learning. The product is web-based and available as an interactive 3D experience on a laptop or computer monitor.

Gale Interactive: Science is also integrated with Google Apps for Education allowing users to seamlessly login to their school’s resource using their Google Account credentials so they can easily save, share, and download Gale content with tools like, Drive, Docs, and Gmail. Through Google Classroom, instructors can link interactive content from the product for classroom assignments.

The Gale Interactive portfolio will expand this summer with the addition of two more products covering Human Anatomy and Chemistry.

For more information on Gale Interactive: Science, please visit gale.com/interactivescience.

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

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