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This weekly online discussion program for grades 3–12 is focused on national and international current events. Every issue contains two components: a discussion guide and images that go along with each story. Teachers can use the program to encourage students to talk and think about important issues.

Reader Testimony: 

“NewsCurrents keeps our students informed. They are able to make connections with what is going on now and what has gone on in the past. Students read about interesting topics and are provided links to news stories.” — Angie Weinerth, principal, Martinsville City Public Schools, Va.

Year: 
2014

With the onTRAC Longitudinal Data System, district administrators can monitor and comply with state and federal reporting requirements. It can provide a side-by-side comparison of school, teacher and student performance. Users can also track effectiveness of formative assessments, and identify and execute strategies to support professional growth in school leadership.

Year: 
2014

This comprehensive online learning environment delivers robust core and elective courses to public and charter school students in K12. It includes enrollment, customization and monitoring tools for teachers, as well as lessons, assessments and instructional resources.

Reader Testimony: 

“Our high schools use Odysseyware during the school year to support students who were not successful in a course and to allow them an opportunity to make up the coursework and master the content. Students who have scheduling conflicts are offered opportunities to complete coursework online—anywhere, anytime.” — Mark Benigni, superintendent, Meriden Public Schools, Conn.

Year: 
2014

Bus drivers wear this product over their hands to let students know when it’s safe to cross the street in front of the bus. Designed by a professional school bus driver, the STEFFI Crossing Enhancer is bright yellow with a reflective arrow through the center, increasing visibility through window reflection and sun glare.

Year: 
2014

This analytics platform creates evidence-based frameworks that help educational leaders make better decisions for students. It measures the impact of federal and states programs. Using school- and student-specific triggers, Clarity can alert educators to intervene when students are at risk of falling behind

Reader Testimony: 

“Since we adopted BrightBytes in our district, it has provided us with the data needed to ensure we are reaching our 21st century learners. One of the most appealing features is its ability to efficiently transform complex research and data sets into simple, accessible roadmaps that educators can easily understand. The program has showcased our district’s strengths and weaknesses in areas of technology.” — Matt Friedman, assistant superintendent, Mars Area School District, Pa.

Year: 
2014

XpressConnect ES provides a scalable, standards-based security solution that reduces management demands—even as the number and diversity of mobile devices requiring varied levels of access to the network skyrockets. It also protects a district’s network from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks attempting to steal, corrupt or destroy data.

Year: 
2014

This browser-based software provides access to enriched, educator-reviewed digital content and tools that help students, librarians and educators find, share and use print and digital resources. Destiny Library Manager can be accessed from anywhere at any time. It can also be integrated with a school’s student information system.

Year: 
2014

Used for BYOD or 1-to-1 initiatives, FileWave’s all-in-one scalable software helps IT administrators manage a growing population of mobile devices, users and content. It supports both desktop and mobile devices across Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.

Year: 
2014

Administrators can use this web-based tool to observe and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture. Using an observation template on any laptop or tablet, data is collected during an evaluation and can be shared with teachers and other administrators via email. observe4success identifies trends by storing, sorting and analyzing data by teacher, grade level, department and school.

Year: 
2014

Such intervention software is designed to help districts reduce truancy and excessive absences. It allows administrators to track and analyze absence patterns, and compare the data to historical trends. A2A can turn this data into actionable reports, highlighting the areas that help district administrators address attendance concerns and increase parent involvement.

Reader Testimony: 

“A2A has not only helped our district track our attendance but also communicate early and often with our families. The response from families has been very positive and our attendance has improved from approximately 94 to 96 percent. Because of A2A, we have been able to not only track how many students are absent but when they are absent and where” — such as the specific classroom and community. — Margaret Lavin, director of student services, Redwood City School District, Calif.

Year: 
2014

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