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PBS Learningmedia expands classroom offerings

PBS LearningMedia unveiled a new suite of teacher tools, a student website and Spanish-language content. New productivity tools include a Lesson Builder, Storyboard tool and Quiz Maker while the PBS LearningMedia for Students website enables students to create customized resources.

Mobile safety platform launched by SchoolDude

SchoolDude unveiled CrisisManager, a new mobile safety platform. CrisisManager’s safety plans, accessible to individuals with or without a wi-Fi connection, are customizable based on an organization’s needs and/or scenario, such as severe weather, school delays/cancellations or violence.

Arizona teacher shortage forces schools to go international

Low pay and tough new expectations for teachers have led to a shortage of qualified people willing to take jobs in Arizona's classrooms. With few resumes being submitted, some school districts are turning to hire teachers from overseas, especially from the Philippines.

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N.J. district voters approve $16 million bond for school improvements

West Deptford voters authorized $16,784,065 in improvements at five of the district's schools, allowing the board of education to take out a $15 million bond for a multitude of projects, including am upgraded HVAC control system, new classrooms and more.

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School systems have the real impact on student achievement

The consensus of most current research is that classroom teachers have a significant effect on student performance and achievement. Until recently, however, there was little data available to determine the effects that superintendents have on student performance. In general, school district superintendents have very little influence on student achievement in the districts they serve, a study found.

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United, communities can help youth at risk

In many ways the messages of Wes Moore, Michael Chitwood and Richard Dunlap are alike in that they focus on the importance of an entire community in helping young people become solid citizens. Sadly, sometimes it is necessary to take off the kid gloves to drive the point home.

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School administrators need to know who is carrying guns on campus

There is no reason that parents should be expected to trust every one of their children's teachers with a gun. Teachers are not trained law enforcement personnel. They may be fine teachers but are not necessarily equipped to handle a fast-moving crisis.

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Extron's ShareLink 200 enables wireless BYOD presentations

Extron Electronics debuted its new ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway, which enables anyone to present content from a personal device. Designed for professional AV applications, this technology also includes integrated wireless access point, Power over Ethernet, and antennas mounted on the front panel.

New digital learning mobile app launched by Casio America

Casio America, Inc. launched a free mobile application called C-Assist. C-Assist offers educators a suite of tools that work wirelessly in conjunction with Casio’s portfolio of projectors, including the Ultra Short Throw XJ-UT310WN.

Copia releases next generation of e-learning platform

COPIA Interactive introduced an updated version of its COPIA CLASS, an advanced e-learning platform. COPIA CLASS works with publishers to provide teachers unlimited access to books, texts, novels and multimedia.