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Chicago plans to open new schools for dropouts amid massive closures

Chicago Public Schools announced plans to open several new schools for former high school dropouts, despite large-scale budget cuts and widespread protests over school closures in the city.

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K12 Inc. extends anytime, anywhere benefits of online learning to school district administrators, teachers, and mentors

The platform for creating and presenting interactive lessons on all MimioClassroom™ products, MimioStudio software now allows students to practice for open-response test items in the upcoming CCSS assessments using mobile devices equipped with the MimioMobile app.

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New Schoology features enhance blended learning

More than two million users at over 40,000 schools and universities use Schoology’s collaborative interface to boost student engagement and streamline curriculum management. The new features announced today include: customizable award badges for use in motivating students; a new parent interface to improve communication between parents, students and teachers; and updates to the iOS and Android™ mobile apps that enhance the use of external media.

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Newsela Beta delivers leveled, nonfiction texts that build literacy skills

Newsela helps students climb the staircase of reading complexity from elementary through high school by providing daily news articles written at five levels of difficulty.

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Blackboard launches Mosaic, a new approach to mobile apps for schools

Mosaic is the only solution in the education space that enables institutions to implement data once, and deploy separate native apps across all major platforms including iOS® and Android™, as well as Mobile Web. With Mosaic, institutions can choose from 14 readily available features, add custom data, and create a unique interface to match their brand. With the click of a button, the platform’s backend validates data and transforms it into a robust mobile app in minutes.

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New Mimio software upgrades help educators make the most of Common Core guidelines, mobile devices

Launched this week at ISTE 2013, the MimioMobile™ 2 mobile application and MimioStudio™ 11 classroom software will be available for download in early September.

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Pearson introduces the OpenClass Exchange

With a focus on Open Educational Resources (OER) and institutional content, the OpenClass Exchange allows educators to search and access born-digital course collections developed from eTextbooks, course resources, modules and other educational content such as assessments, videos and more.

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Atlona now shipping new family of HDBaseT extenders

Designed to provide the ultimate in HD connectivity to both residential and commercial applications over a common connector cable, the HDBaseT extender family offers higher resolutions at longer distances, Power over Category cable (PoCc), and multiple control options.

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Extron introduces PoleVault Digital Classroom AV Systems for HDMI and VGA

At the heart of these systems is a switcher/amplifier that meets ENERGY STAR® requirements for AV products and includes two Extron-exclusive power saving modes designed to lower energy usage and reduce operating costs.

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Good teaching transforms the future

The approach gives teachers concrete, practical strategies they can use from their first day of teaching and hone throughout their careers.