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March 23, 2017

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EBSCO eBooks Reaches One Million Title Mark
Logitech Introduces Rugged Combo for the New 9.7-inch iPad
New Enhancements to Discovery Education’s Digital Services Boost Educators’ Ability to Connect with Peers and Differentiate Instruction
Follett Now Offers Haese Mathematics as Part of International Baccalaureate Content
myON Launches myON News Powered by News-O-Matic
Flipped Learning Global Initiative Researchers Confirm Flipped Learning Methodology Advances
Curriculum Associates Launches Ready Central Online Portal
Discovery Education Announces Dates for 2017 Day of Discovery Tour
Follett Challenge’s Semifinalists, Video Winners Span the U.S.

EBSCO eBooks Reaches One Million Title Mark

EBSCO eBooks from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced its collection has reached the 1 million mark. EBSCO strives to provide the most e-book options and the best integrated platform user experience possible, continuing its commitment to libraries to continually grow their selection of best-selling, front list and award winning e-book titles, according to its announcement.

Since EBSCO first began offering e-books to libraries, the focus has been to offer an extensive collection of e-books from publishers around the world and a comprehensive and powerful search experience. EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of libraries. In the past six months, approximately 16,000 e-books were added each month, and in the past seven years EBSCO eBooks has seen an increase of 800,000 e-books. EBSCO eBooks is accessible via the EBSCOhost platform and integrates seamlessly with all EBSCOhost content. Allowing end users to search for e-books along with their EBSCOhost database content improves the discoverability of library collections, the announcement states.

To provide more choices to librarians and their patrons and allow librarians more freedom to make purchasing decisions, e-books are available to purchase on a title-by-title basis as well as in Subject Sets and Featured Collections. EBSCO creates approximately 21 pre-packaged Featured Collections per month and also offers a choice of 27 Subscription Collections that are updated quarterly. Subject Sets allow for quick and easy purchases in particularly high-interest subject area and approximately 50-60 Subject Sets are released each year.

EBSCO is committed to focus on optimizing the e-book user experience for library patrons. Being fully integrated with EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service and offering access to its broad collection of content, EBSCO eBooks platform offers features like print and save as well as improved performance, and both vertical scrolling and sequential paging.

EBSCO also updated the EBSCO eBooks mobile experience, making it easier to access industry leading content by no longer requiring an Adobe ID login.

Libraries have several options when purchasing e-books from EBSCO: using the ownership model (one user, three user, unlimited user, concurrent access); through Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA); via lease; or subscription collections. Titles can be purchased through GOBI, OASIS, EBSCOhost Collection Manager (ECM), Titlewave and Mackin.com. With no markups and no fees of any title and no minimum order requirement, EBSCO eBooks is an economical and convenient way for libraries to acquire the titles that researchers, clinicians and students need.

EBSCO also offers a premium collection of 70,000 high-quality audiobook titles. EBSCO Audiobooks provides audiobooks directly from mobile devices to make on-the-go listening easier. Audiobooks are available to purchase in ECM through a Single User perpetual access model.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, ebsco.com/

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Logitech Introduces Rugged Combo for the New 9.7-inch iPad

Logitech has announced the Logitech Rugged Combo, Logitech Rugged Case and Logitech Add-on Keyboard for Rugged Case for Apple's new, more affordable 9.7-inch iPad, a complete solution designed specifically for students and learning. The Rugged Combo helps protect iPad from drops and daily wear and tear, and has a detachable keyboard offering a secure and approved solution for testing and exams.

The Rugged Case’s frame is lined with soft polymer ribs that flex on impact to protect iPad from drops as high as six feet onto surfaces as hard as concrete. The kick-back stand has sturdy mechanical hinges that move freely within a 40-degree range, while staying firmly in place, without collapsing, even with aggressive tapping.

The keyboard physically connects to iPad using Logitech’s proprietary connector, making it a secure solution for student testing and exams. The keyboard also sources power directly from iPad, so teachers or students never have to charge the keyboard. The keyboard’s design leverages Logitech’s extensive expertise to provide laptop-like, comfortable typing to minimize mistakes. Its dedicated row of short-cut and function keys, also make it easy to navigate various iPad functions, directly from the keyboard.

The Logitech Rugged Combo offers drop protection plus a detachable front cover keyboard so students can use iPad everywhere learning happens – in the classroom, in the field and in the lab. The Logitech Rugged Case provides iPad protection and includes a detachable screen cover; clip on the cover when storing or transporting iPad, and leave it behind when using iPad. The Add-on Keyboard for the Rugged Case can also be purchased separately at any time.

The Logitech Rugged Combo, Rugged Case or Add-on Keyboard for Rugged Case is available for purchase to schools and school districts in the U.S. and Canada from apple.com/education/purchasing/.

Source: Logitech, logitech.com

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New Enhancements to Discovery Education’s Digital Services Boost Educators’ Ability to Connect with Peers and Differentiate Instruction

Discovery Education has unveiled two new enhancements to its digital services. These features, added to Discovery Education’s Streaming and Techbook services, support educators’ efforts to network with their peers and differentiate instruction.

Currently rolling-out to users of Discovery Education Streaming, Streaming Plus, and the Discovery Education Techbook series is the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Online Community. A new social media platform, embedded within Discovery Education’s services, the DEN Online Community enhances educators’ ability to connect with peers from around the world and personalize their own professional development.

The DEN Online Community helps educators explore new instructional strategies and teacher-created resources, join or create discussion groups on topics of interest to them, inspire fellow educators with advice on best practices and new approaches to teaching, and even earn badges for active participation in the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

To further support educators’ efforts to differentiate math instruction, a Math Assessment Builder has also been added to the Discovery Education Math Techbook. This enhancement gives teachers access to an additional 8,000 technology-enhanced items from which they can create their own standards-based assessments. The feedback from these teacher-created assessments can be aggregated with other data gathered from daily use of Math Techbook to provide educators a complete picture of each student’s academic progress. Also, to better help educators assess students’ readiness to learn new mathematical concepts and ideas, Discovery Education’s team of curriculum experts have also added two “quick check” questions at the beginning of every concept explored in the Math Techbook.

In the coming months, a Spanish text and a new Reading Level B complementing the challenging text available in Reading Level A is scheduled to be added to the Discovery Education Science Techbook for grades 3-8. Together, these two new resources will help teachers more easily differentiate instruction while empowering students at all levels of English-proficiency to deepen their exploration of the natural world and improve their scientific vocabulary.

Containing thousands of standards-aligned resources, Discovery Education Streaming and Streaming Plus help build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes. Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, and more.

Source: Discovery Education, discoveryeducation.com

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Follett Now Offers Haese Mathematics as Part of International Baccalaureate Content

Haese Mathematics textbooks – a popular and rigorous series of math books for International Baccalaureate (IB) students around the world – are now available for purchase through Follett, the exclusive distributor of content and merchandise from the IB.

Haese initially launched its mathematics textbooks in 2004 for IB Diploma Mathematics courses and they were greeted by an overwhelming response from teachers in 2,000 schools from more than 120 countries. Today, Haese has extended its IB mathematics series and recently released new editions of its textbooks for the IB Middle Years Program aimed at students ages 11 to 16 (grades 6 to 10), and the IB Diploma Program for students ages 16 to 19 (final two years of high school).

“With 40 years of publishing experience, leading us to become the most trusted name in mathematics education, Haese Mathematics is delighted to announce our partnership with Follett,” said Philippa Sawyers, Assistant Manager, Haese. “Our hope is that students who have not yet experienced mathematics presented in the ‘Haese way’ will benefit from our books being easily available from a trusted international supplier.”

Founded in 1968, the IB offers four highly regarded programs with more than one million students attending over 4,500 schools in 152 countries.

The new Haese Mathematics content, plus a variety of other IB resources hand-picked by Follett’s educational experts, all are available to purchase on Titlewave, Follett’s online search and ordering tool, at titlewave.com/go/ib.

Source: Follett, follettlearning.com

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myON Launches myON News Powered by News-O-Matic

myON has introduced myON News Powered by News-O-Matic. The digital multimedia platform will serve as an interactive and fun introduction to daily news and current events for kids. myON News will engage K–8 students to help them become informed global citizens and connected to digital fiction and nonfiction books—a first-of-its-kind feature for classrooms, according to the announcement.

myON News publishes five original news articles designed for students every weekday, 52 weeks a year. All articles are available at three personalized reading levels, in English and Spanish, and are approved by education experts and child psychologists. In addition, myON News allows educators to assign articles, monitor student activity, and leverage real-time reporting and usage reports to guide and evaluate their students’ progress every step of the way. A daily Teacher’s Guide provides additional tools to help educators seamlessly integrate the texts into their classrooms.

While other providers aggregate news for adults and use a computer algorithm to simplify, myON News creates news specifically for kids. Its team of experts manually levels the texts using the Lexile Framework for Reading. Additional supports include audio narration (by real people!), high-quality photos and videos, facts and calls to action, and interactive maps showing where the stories take place. The addition of myON News to the Literacy Ecosystem creates the first literacy solution to combine the power of published books with up-to-the-minute daily news articles.

For more information about myON News or to request a free trial for your school, please visit myONnews.com.

Source: myON, myON.com

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Flipped Learning Global Initiative Researchers Confirm Flipped Learning Methodology Advances

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI), a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders, has reported evidence that a global paradigm shift in flipped learning has begun. An FLGI task force identified five factors that signal the start of a new era in Flipped Learning:

  • Awareness that Flipped Learning is a dynamic, not static, instructional model that is rapidly changing

  • Recognition that Flipped Learning is evolving in unexpected ways because of increased research, classroom innovations and advances in technology

  • The emergence of Flipped Learning as a global movement

  • A new awareness about the scope, impact, and implications of Flipped Learning

  • Expanding global demand for skilled Flipped Learning professionals

In February, FLGI Researchers Fellows and Master Teachers confirmed the findings of the management team tasked with building the global network to support flipped learning. The findings came out of the 12-month project that launched the Flipped Learning Global Initiative.

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative has designated the new era and paradigm Flipped Learning 3.0. FLGI is has launched a series of webinars to introduce flipped learning stakeholders to Flipped Learning 3.0. The online sessions will discuss the practical implications for teachers, administrators, tech coaches, flipped learning trainers, consultants, researchers, technology developers and education policy makers. Each session will host Flipped Learning 3.0 innovators with experience in each of the five factors driving the paradigm shift in flipped learning.

The next webinar is scheduled for March 9, 2017 at 2pm EST.

To register for the webinar or learn more about the Flipped Learning 3.0 webinar series go to flglobal.org/webinars

Source: Flipped Learning Global Initiative, flglobal.org

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Curriculum Associates Launches Ready Central Online Portal

Curriculum Associates has launched Ready Central to help teachers successfully and seamlessly implement Ready Mathematics as part of their core mathematics program. The online portal offers 600-plus resources, including training videos, implementation tips, planning tools, best practice examples, and more for using Ready Mathematics together with i-Ready as a blended core learning program. The resources, which are free for all Ready users, help educators get up and running quickly, plan and pace their lessons, learn instructional best practices, and leverage i-Ready data to guide their instruction.

Ready Central’s resources include videos, downloadable and shareable documents, email templates, and articles, all of which are tagged for easy searching on the part of the user. Filters such as role, grade, state, and resource type and format allow easy access to the most relevant information when they need it. In addition to aiding in the implementation of Ready Mathematics, the resources can help educators encourage mathematical discourse, use data with fidelity, communicate with parents, and plan their lessons.

Current Ready users can explore Ready Central at ReadyCentral.com.

Ready Mathematics helps address the emphasis on conceptual understanding through reasoning, modeling, and discussion that explore the structure of mathematics while also developing students' procedural fluency. The lessons in Ready Mathematics use a research-based, proven-effective, gradual-release instructional model with a balance of conceptual understanding and procedural fluency to build confidence and mastery of the Common Core Mathematics Standards.

To learn more about Ready Mathematics, visit curriculumassociates.com/products/ready-common-core-mathematics.aspx.

Source: Curriculum Associates, curriculumassociates.com

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Discovery Education Announces Dates for 2017 Day of Discovery Tour

Discovery Education invites administrators and educators across North America to participate in the Day of Discovery Tour. A series of no-cost, full-day, professional development opportunities, the Day of Discovery Tour helps teachers and administrators learn more about integrating digital content into their curriculum, provides opportunities for participants to share strategies that are working, and connects attendees to their most valuable resource: each other.

This year’s Day of Discovery Tour kicks off on April 29th with two simultaneous events in Columbia, South Carolina, and Chicago, Illinois. Attendees at Day of Discovery events can expect a day full of dynamic networking sessions, interactive demonstrations, open discussions, and opportunities to learn from other education leaders’ testimonials and experiences. For additional information on the Day of Discovery Tour, visit: dayofdiscoverytour.com.

The Day of Discovery Tour is organized by the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals that connects members across school systems and around the world, the Discovery Education Community leverages a blend of social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events to foster valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration among participants.

Source: discoveryeducation.com

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Follett Challenge’s Semifinalists, Video Winners Span the U.S.

With representation from schools spanning the country, organizers of the Follett Challenge today announced via video the 2017 competition’s three Semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice winners. Sponsored by Follett, the sixth annual Follett Challenge – an advocacy program that rewards groundbreaking educational programs – will reward $200,000 in Follett products and services to the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students.

The scoring for this year’s Semifinalists – singled out by elementary, middle and high schools – were 80 percent based on the judges’ rubric and 20 percent based on the number of People’s Choice votes received. The three Semifinalists are:

· Elementary: USD 284 Chase County Elementary School; Strong City, Kan.; video: “Learning with Cattle”

· Middle: Highland Junior High School; Gilbert Public Schools; Mesa, Ariz.; video: “Friendship Project”

· High: Booker T. Washington High School; Escambia School District; Pensacola, Fla.; video: “Innovation Center Prepares Students for the 21st Century”

From the three, one Grand Prize winner will be chosen and announced April 28. The overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services, plus a celebration at their school. The other two each will earn $30,000 in products and services.

The video announcement also revealed the 10 People’s Choice winners – those schools whose video submissions received the highest number of online votes from the public. Each of the winning schools earns $8,000 in Follett products and services. The top 10 are:

1. John B. Alexander High School; United ISD; Laredo, Texas; video.

2. Marist High School; Chicago, Ill.; video.

3. McGee Middle School; Berlin Public Schools; Berlin, Conn.; video.

4. Deer Park Elementary School; Baltimore County Public Schools; Owings Mills, Md.; video.

5. Zela Davis Elementary School STEM Prep; Hawthorne, Calif.; video.

6. Pearsontown Elementary School; Durham Public Schools; Durham, N.C.; video.

7. Sunrise Elementary School; Cherry Creek Schools; Aurora, Colo.; video.

8. Marion High School; Marion, Ind.;video.

9. Mineola High School; Garden City Park, N.Y.; video.

10. Swan Valley High School; Swan Valley School District; Saginaw, Mich.; video.

John B. Alexander High School was the competition’s top vote getter with 10,163; Marist High School was second with 9,844.

Follett Challenge entrants must complete an online application and submit a video describing their program. The judges seek applications illustrating critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. All K-12 schools/districts, public and private, in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply.

For more information about the Follett Challenge, visit follettchallenge.com.

Source: Follett, follettlearning.com

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