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Schoology to power new online arts curriculum

Henry Mancini Arts Education, a new interactive curriculum created by Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and its partners, contains 3,000 online dance, music, theatre and visual arts lessons delivered via digital platforms. Available in Fall 2015, the middle and high school lessons will be accessed through the Schoology learning management system.

MBS selects Vital Source

Vital Source Technologies, Inc. has been selected by MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc. to be the digital fulfillment vendor for all of its educational content. The agreement will span both the K12 and higher education markets, and will encompass all of the channels through which MBS will sell digital content, including MBS Direct, and MBS Systems.

New educational course initiative debuted

The New York Times and CIG Education Group have partnered to launch a new education initiative. Starting in fall 2015, NYT EDUcation will provide innovative courses and programs covering a wide array of subjects, ranging from pre-college level to higher education, continuing education and executive education.

Science and engineering game launched by Filament Games

Filament Games introduced its first physical science game, Backyard Engineers. The game challenges students to create the ultimate catapult by customizing mechanical elements to manipulate movement, accuracy and range. Backyard Engineers also includes a teacher dashboard and standards-based curriculum.

Program launched to introduce students to national parks

The National Park Foundation is kicking off its Every Kid in a Park initiative to enable every 4th grade student to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-16 school year. Every Kid in a Park joins the Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids program in helping children learn history, culture and science while exploring the great outdoors.

Califone launches VoiceSaver amplifier to deliver clear instruction

The upgraded Bluetooth-enabled VoiceSaver personal amplifier provides teachers with clarity while delivering lessons, and now features a wireless headset for hands-free flexibility. It offers enough power to amplify a voice for use in mid-sized classrooms.

Relative Content releases new feedback mobile app

The free mobile application, TeachBack, has been launched nationwide for iPhone and Android. TeachBack is a classroom education tool that gathers structured feedback from students about their educators’ lessons, lectures and overall class experiences.

Security capabilities for offline devices introduced by Absolute Software

Absolute Software Corporation incorporated a new security feature, Device Freeze Offline Policy, for its Absolute Computrace product. This capability allows IT to set an automated freeze command for any device that remains offline for a specific period of time or is unassigned or misplaced.

Intelligent color added to Cree's SmartCast Technology

Cree, Inc. introduced field-adjustable color temperature for its SmartCast Technology-enabled CR Series LED troffers. The SmartCast Technology, combined with Cree's TrueWhite Technology, allows for better color quality, consistency and flexibility to control illumination.

Teachers given the power to differentiate with Compass Learning

Compass Learning has added GoQuest, a differentiation, inquiry- and project-based learning tool that matches more than 40,000 learning activities and projects to specific student interests and preferences.