Technology in the Classroom

Balefire Labs Adds Support for 12 Additional Languages

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 19:41
Balefire Labs has added support for 12 new languages to its educational app and game reviews.

Global Smartphone Market Posts Second-Highest Quarter in History

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:24
Worldwide, vendors shipped 337.2 million smartphones in the second quarter of this year, an 11.6 percent increase over the same period last year and the second-highest total in history, according to a new report from International Data Corp.

Report: State Policies Create Barriers to Early Childhood Charter Schools

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:46
Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia have legislation that allows charter schools as well as state-funded preschool programs, and 32 of those jurisdictions have at least one charter school serving preschoolers, but state policies present a barrier to charter preschools in many jurisdictions, according to a new report from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Texas A&M To Look into Neuroscience of Learning

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:11
A new lab at Texas A&M University is studying the science of the mind and how it learns.

Valley Christian High School Deploys Digital Signage

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:57
Valley Christian High School in Chandler, AZ has implemented a new digital signage system campus-wide to improve communication with students.

WebAssign Unveils Analytics Tool for Students

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 19:10
WebAssign, a company that provides online instructional tools, has released My Class Insights, a new analytics tool for students.

Hatch Launches Dual Language Software for Pre-K Students

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:48
Hatch has launched a new program, Shell Squad Adventures — Dual Language, designed to help English language learners in pre-K develop math and literacy skills in Spanish and prepare them for kindergarten in English.

Registration Gateway Expands Single Sign-On, Streamlines Document Uploading

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:42
In the latest version of its Registration Gateway software, SRC Solutions has added new features, such as single sign-on with more student information systems, type-ahead address functionality and streamlined document uploading for parents, based on customer recommendations that were then voted on by existing users.

National Student Financial Aid Profile Finds Dramatic Increase in Need

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:16
As Congress debates reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, a national organization of financial aid professionals has issued its latest "National Student Aid Profile" to help policymakers understand what they're making decisions about.

CTL Launches New Windows Laptop for Education

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 07:00
CTL has introduced the NL15 Windows Education Laptop, a new semi-rugged 11.6-inch laptop running the latest Windows 10 operating system.

Report: Spending on Instructional Materials Increases for First Time in 6 Years

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 18:36
Instructional spending by K-12 schools in the United States was up 9 percent in the 2013-2014 school year, according to a new report from MDR, the largest increase in six years.

Chalkup 2.0 Adds iOS Tools for Teachers, Android Version to Follow

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:46
An application that lays additional class collaboration functionality on top of Google Apps for Education has added mobility features to its iOS version and hinted at an Android edition.

SRC Expands K-12 Admin Applications Beyond Online Registration

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:15
SRC Solutions has added a complete portfolio of K-12 administrative software products that can be used in conjunction with its 15-year-old Registration Gateway software.

Survey: Professors and Employers Find High School Grads Unready for College or Work

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:54
A new study found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.

Project Connect Develops Toolkit for Future-Ready Librarians

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:00
The toolkit will include a framework for revamping relevant job descriptions, roles and evaluation rubrics for school librarians. Project Connect will also create videos, webinars, whitepapers and possibly micro credentials that librarians and others can earn.

Video Tutorial: Mastering Word 2010

Tech and Learning News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:13
This comprehensive online training course produced by Microsoft® Certified Trainer Christina Tankersley covers all aspects of Microsoft Word 2010.

100 Ways You Can Improve the Environment

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:40
Use this resource to find 100 different ways to conserve energy, reduce toxicity, decrease greenhouse gases, create less trash, and protect our air and water in our homes, yards, and offices.

Top ELA App Offers Lessons, Quizzes and More

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:00
Impressive resource with high-quality content and challenging quizzes

Survey: Teachers Spend $500 a Year of Their Own Money on Classroom Supplies

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 15:00
SheerID and Agile Education Marketing's survey of 536 K-12 teachers also found that the majority spent more out of their own bank accounts for classroom supplies than they got from either their school or their school district.

Instructure Canvas Now Integrates With Lecture Capture App

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 14:06
Instructure Canvas has a new lecture capture and video solution in its Open LTI App Collection.