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Kurzweil Education announces enhanced version of Kurzweil 3000–firefly

Cambium Learning Group, Inc.'s Kurzweil Education, Inc. division launched its newest Kurzweil 3000–firefly literacy software. This version includes nearly 40 updates to Kurzweil 3000 for Windows, Mac, and the web-based firefly that will help learners read and understand content, then demonstrate what they have learned.

Edmodo launches insight tool for teachers and administrators

Edmodo released Snapshot, a formative assessment tool designed to provide real-time insight into student proficiency in educational standards and help teachers immediately address any learning gaps. Built directly into the Edmodo platform, Snapshot is customized for both teachers and administrators.

McGraw-Hill Education CTB releases 2014 OECD Test for Schools results

McGraw-Hill Education CTB announced the completion of the first cycle of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s new OECD Test for Schools benchmarking tool. The 2014 results provide schools with insights into student performance in reading, science and mathematics relative to international results from the Programme for International Student Assessment.

KnowledgeNet celebrates launch of new Citrix training courses

KnowledgeNet introduced its new authorized Citrix training. KnowledgeNet's Citrix course catalog includes training for XenDesktop, XenApp, XenServer, XenMobile and NetScaler. The company is also offering hands-on instructor-led Citrix training in various cities for the first time.

Leapfrog introduces its first educational, active video gaming system

LeapFrog Enterprises unveiled its first educational, active video gaming system, LeapTV. It is designed specifically for children ages three to eight years old. This new video game console system combines activity and movement with educational curriculum.

Fuel Up breakfast grant program kicks off

General Mills Foodservice and National Dairy Council are partnering again to help K12 schools expand their breakfast programs by offering Fuel Up Breakfast Grants. Schools that participate in the National School Breakfast Program and are enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program are eligible for the grant program.

Two new PA Series projectors added by NEC Display Solutions

NEC Display Solutions of America has incorporated two new PA Series projectors, the PA672W and PA722X. With built-in HDBaseT connectivity technology, PA Series projectors run uncompressed full-HD digital video, audio, Ethernet, power and various other controls through one cable.

Califone launches 901 Wireless Headphone

Califone International has released its new 901 Wireless Headphone. The rechargeable headphone and separate 3.5 mm transmitter connect students to listening activities on computers, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices.

Three Wisconsin districts select Skyward

Neenah Joint, Menasha Joint and Marion Independent School Districts have designated Skyward to improve business and student operations within their districts. Two of the three districts will be implementing Skyward’s School Business Suite, while the third will be deploying the Student Management Suite.

Teacher evaluation support report released

School Improvement Network released a report on teacher professional development policy in all 50 states. The report findings indicate that schools, districts and states lack the professional development and support needed to make soon mandated teacher evaluations a meaningful part of professional growth towards educator effectiveness.

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