Technology in the Classroom

SketchBook Express Offers Tools for Creativity

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:00
Creation tools hook kids, connect them with global community of artists

Word Literacy: Adjective Detective

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game.

Math Intervention Vmath Gets Rigorous Update for Common Core

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:00
The third edition of elementary and middle school math intervention Vmath adds updates designed to reflect shifting mathematics standards around the country.

California District Expands Online Reading Intervention

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:22
California's Westside Union School District will expand the use of an online language and reading intervention after seeing success with limited use of the program in 2013.

Nebraska District Extends Security with Cameras and Door Access Control

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:47
A small Nebraska school district has gone public with an upgrade in security from the use of an analog digital video recorder camera system in its high school building to track vandalism and doors locked by key to a surveillance system with dozens of network cameras and door secured with readers and controllers.

Satellite Company Lets Students Launch Experiments Into Space

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:00
Taking STEM to the next frontier, the education arm of a small satellite company is letting students across the world create and perform a variety of experiments in space.

Learning Upgrade Offers 100,000 Free Licenses for its Common Core-Aligned Courses

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:00
Administrators and teachers can enroll each licensed student into any of Learning Upgrade’s Common Core-aligned courses.

NYC's Cooke Center Academy Moves To Digital Portfolios

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:40
New York City's Cooke Center for Learning and Development will use online portfolios provided by OpenSchool for its high school-aged students.

New Jersey City U To Offer PD From Teq for Continuing Ed Credits

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:00
New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ, will offer more than 50 online courses produced by professional development provider Teq for continuing education units.

Berea College To Help Kentucky Students Prepare for College

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:50
High school students in Appalachia will get a boost in their college aspirations through a partnership that will include the use of online college preparation resources. Kentucky's Berea College, recently named the "most affordable college" in the nation by Money magazine, is using grant money to work with high schoolers in five counties — Rockcastle, Estill, Jackson, Lee and Madison — in a program that emphasizes academic success, career preparation and a mentality for pursuing college.

Paleontology Portal

Tech and Learning News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
This portal of the University of California Museum of Paleontology provides access to the museum's research resources and fossil holdings.

Broadband pilots could serve as models for other states

eSchool News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:20

Arkansas, Virginia partner with EducationSuperHighway to design a roadmap for bringing broadband to every student

EducationSuperHighway’s analysis revealed a key opportunity to deliver broadband to every Arkansas school through fiber-optic connections.

Arkansas and Virginia have teamed up with the San Francisco-based nonprofit EducationSuperHighway to design a cost-effective plan for meeting President Obama’s goal of ensuring broadband access for every student.

EducationSuperHighway, whose mission is to “close the K-12 digital divide and open the door to new learning and teaching opportunities” in the nation’s schools, is surveying the available bandwidth in Arkansas and Virginia classrooms.

The group then will assess what broadband technologies are available in each state. Working with state and local education leaders and with service providers, EducationSuperHighway will form a plan for delivering high-speed internet to each state’s schools in the most efficient way possible.

If these pilot projects are successful, they could become models for other states to follow, said Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway.

President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, announced last year, calls for 99 percent of American students to have broadband access in their classrooms by 2018. The initiative defines broadband as at least 100 kilobits per second of bandwidth for every student.

(Next page: How EducationSuperHighway is assessing these states’ needs—and what the organization has learned from its work in Arkansas)

Explore the Fun of Science With Sound Uncovered

Tech and Learning News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:00
Interactive science tool teaches with virtual experiments, exploration

STEM Video Site Helps District Transition to New Science Standards

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 18:30
Thanks to a new partnership with Carolina Science, students at Sumter (SC) School District are gaining access to a large collection of online videos around STEM topics from video archives such as Gerry Images and NASA as they move toward the Next Generation National Science Framework.

12 Florida Districts Intro National Geographic Reading Program

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:30
Twelve Florida counties are adopting new ELA reading programs from National Geographic Learning for their middle and high school students.

Classes With Best Music Videos To Win $185,000 in Technology

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:16
Compass Learning will give $185,000 worth of technology to three classrooms that can create the best music videos about the value of educational technology.

Lantonix Launches PAL Initiative To Bring Mobile Printing to the Classroom

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:42
Lantronix has launched the Print and Learn program, an initiative designed to help educational institutions deploy tools to print directly from mobile devices to printers in the classroom.

College Gets $1 Million Grant To Train STEM Teachers in High Need Areas

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:30
To help increase the number of qualified secondary STEM instructors, Westminster College in Pennsylvania has received a $1 million grant for its IQ STEM teacher training program.

Pearson Adds Interactive Elements, Reporting Options to SuccessMaker

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:30
Pearson has updated SuccessMaker, its personalized digital math and reading curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade, releasing its seventh version of the program.

iboss Network Security Adds Single Sign-On Feature

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:30
User-based authentication is intended to help with policy enforcement and regulatory compliance, as well as detecting malware on devices.