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Voyager Sopris Learning releases 'Step Up to Writing'

Voyager Sopris Learning's fourth edition of Step Up to Writing has been released for grades 3–5. The new grade band focuses on foundational writing skills, including learning basic technology skills and grade-level proficient and advanced writing skills.

Newark’s strategy for vocational schools provides an interstate model

In Newark, N.J., Essex County Vocational Technical Schools are graduating 96 percent of their students, many of them earning professional licenses. Buffalo, N.Y., with similar demographics to Newark, can replicate their success, but Buffalo will need some help and accomodations from the state.

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New Verite Educational Systems to offer software for schools and home

Verite Group Inc. launched a spin-off company, Verite Educational Systems Inc., to design and market enterprise-quality, multi-platform technology tools for educators and families.

New Chromebox CXI Series released by Acer

Acer America announced its new Acer Chromebox CXI line, ideal for school systems that don’t require a mobile platform and who are either invested in or want to leverage the Google Chrome system. Two Acer Chromebox models with compact chassis will be available late next month: the CXI-2GKM with 2GB memory and the CXI-4GKM with 4GB memory.​

EBSCO’s eBook collection expands with 12 new subject sets

EBSCO Information Services has released 12 new EBSCO eBook Subject Sets, which are offered to libraries in convenient collections grouped by subject matter. New subject sets include diseases & conditions, robotics and poetry, among other titles.

Speech apps to smart pens: Tech aids students with learning disabilities

New gadgets and mobile apps introduced in the past few years are making reading, writing and math more accessible to students with learning disabilities. Text-to-speech apps like Voice Dream Reader, Read2Go and Notability; speech-to-text computer programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking; and smart pens like Echo have changed the way students comprehend lessons in areas they normally struggle.

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Learning Bird, edWeb.net partner for new online professional community

Learning Bird and edWeb.net will partner to support teachers making the print-to-digital curriculum transition with a new, free online professional learning community. The Digital Educator community will focus on discussing with educators and experts how to create, publish and share digital lessons to blend, flip and differentiate learning.

Two New Tech high schools to open in South Carolina county

All the incoming freshmen at one high school and 150 freshmen and sophmores at another high school in Greenville County will learn in project-based learning classrooms rebuilt to enable students to work digitally on real-world projects in small groups.

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Knovation drives digital conversion with N.C. county's schools

Cabarrus County Schools in North Carolina has partnered with Knovation. Starting this fall, more than 30,000 students will have access to Knovation’s digital content for science, math and English language classes. The district is also working with Knovation’s Curriculum Service team to align digital resources to the curriculum for core subject areas and grade levels.

Loveland schools welcome technology director David Knapp

The Loveland City School District in Ohio announced the addition of David Knapp to its administrative team as the new technology director. He most recently served as a technology instructional coach with the Hamilton City School District.

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