Industry News

New assessments added to build instructional resources

OpenEd expanded its formative assessment bank to include new assessments built from questions from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Assess2Know Benchmark Item Bank and Higher Learning Technology.

Conversations about race course debuted

To address racial disparities in school settings, Knowledge Delivery Systems and Pacific Educational Group’s new online course, Courageous Conversations About Race, was developed for preK-12 grade educators to become more culturally and socially responsive to the needs of all students.

Maryland district expands digital resource partnership

Allegany County Public Schools continued its partnership with Discovery Education with the school district now providing its students in grades K-8 access to Discovery Education Science Techbook.

New communication disabilities tools debuted

Tobii Dynavox, an assistive technology company for individuals with communication disabilities, introduced Communicator 5 software and I-Series+ speech generating devices—which comes with eye-tracking capabilities supporting communication through voice, email, text messaging, social networking and phone calls.

New partnership formed to create interactive video lessons

Instructure, a software-as-a-service company and creator of the Canvas learning management system, is incorporating Zaption's interactive video lessons in 10 Canvas Network courses. For educators, Zaption's advanced analytics provide immediate feedback on students' engagement and their understanding of key concepts.

School districts in Wisconsin and Illinois leverage Lexia Reading Core5

Berwyn South School District 100 in Illinois deployed Lexia Reading Core5 across all elementary schools while Wisconsin's West Allis-West Milwaukee School District incorporated the program for all pre-K-5 students across the district.

Expanding computer science through partnerships announced 11 new partnerships with computer science education organizations to help schools where it isn’t able to work directly. The organizations offer curriculum, professional development or a blend of both to add computer science into the formal curriculum in schools.

Actively Learn teams up with HarperCollins

The new partnership will allow teachers using the Actively Learn digital reading platform to buy circulations of HarperCollins’s copyrighted K12 titles from the platform’s online catalog.

New capabilities incorporated into Vision ME iPad app

Netop updated its Vision ME iPad classroom workflow app with expanded sharing of file types, an improved student enrollment process and increased foreign language support. In a move to support mixed language classrooms, the app is now available in Japanese in addition to Spanish, French, Dutch, German and English.

New company offers electronics projects for families and teachers

How to make STEM learning fun brought together two education technology entrepreneurs to create KitHub, a new electronics kit company. The company partner with toymakers, technologists and teachers to create and offer new kits monthly in addition to classroom sets and curriculum and step-by-step guides.