Products Worth Checking Out
“As of fall 2011, 40 states have a state virtual school or state-led online learning initiative, accounting for 536,272 course enrollments, a 19 percent annual increase.” Source: iNACOL Keeping Pace 2011
GoKnow Mobile Learning
GoKnow Mobile Learning and the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals collaborated to create GoObserve, a tablet-based classroom observation and walk-through tool. GoObserve adds to the growing family of GoKnow mobile learning tools, including PiCoMap and Sketchy. Administrators can customize the observation process and generate reports, track observations on their calendar, and edit observations or walk-throughs on the device. GoObserve is available for iPad and Android tablets.
Networks: A Social Studies Learning System, pricing based on subscription model
Networks is moving social studies curriculum into the 21st century by offering engaging print and digital resources to create excitement in students about world history, U.S. history and civics. Students can take notes and submit assignments online. The digital resources include interactive maps and games, graphic organizers, photos and videos.
Really Easy Data Collectors, probes sold separately starting at $159.99 or in sets starting at $339.09
Really Easy Data (RED) probes make STEM experiments more efficient by helping students collect accurate data in real time. Students can measure temperature, light, force and more with RED data collectors. Schools can choose from comprehensive packages of probes for specific classes, such as chemistry, life science, physics and physical science.
The new DLP projector from InFocus combines high-definition 1080 resolution with the most innovative digital connectivity, including HDMI digital inputs and DisplayPort. It provides installation flexibility, brightness at 4000 lumens, and sharp images for use in classrooms, boardrooms or auditoriums. Three lens options are available: standard, short-throw or long-throw zoom.
Toughpad A1, $1,299
Panasonic’s Toughpad, which will be available this spring, is a 10-inch Android-powered tablet resilient enough to withstand drops from four feet. Equipped with a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor and 16GB of storage, this multitouch device includes hardware-level security and a 10-hour battery.