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ETS and GlassLab partner with NASA and National Writing Project

Educational Testing Service (ETS) worked with GlassLab, NASA and the National Writing Project to develop Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, a tablet-based educational game for grades six through eight. The game is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts, but also integrates STEM content.

Extron releases configurable control system software

Extron's new Global Configurator Professional can be used for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs.

Crisis averted …and exploited

An online educational continuity plan can improve year-round learning goals. When a school cannot open for a day, for a week, for a month or longer—no matter the reason—that is the essence of an educational crisis.

New virtual twists on making up snow days

Districts in Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania turned to online learning in lieu of time in school to make up for missed class time due to weather cancellations. Many implemented e-learning days, during which students read through online lessons and completed assignments at home to meet class-time requirements.

Career frontiers: Voc-tech moves into the future

Career technology programs have evolved far beyond traditional vocational education classes of the last century, in woodworking, cosmetology and automotive mechanics. The new programs emerging are designed to fill skills gaps, particularly in STEM fields, such as aeronautics, energy and robotics.

Mobile access added for Scientific Minds' science content

Scientific Minds has a new partner in delivering its comprehensive science content to students – the Puffin Academy app. The Puffin Academy web browser works on iOS and Android devices. Scientific Minds' users can now access Science Starters for elementary, middle school, biology and chemistry from these devices.

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

Whole Child Symposium

May 8, 2014

Washington, D.C.

In Illinois, school tech grants get big boost

Seven Chicago schools will be awarded grants of up to $100,000 to explore how laptops, iPhones and iPads can help teachers move away from single lesson plans toward a more individualized approach to learning. Half the money for the Breakthrough Schools grants comes from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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