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Sangari Active Science releases digital edition of middle school science program

IQWST Interactive Digital Edition (IDE) is an interactive middle school science curriculum for tablets and laptops, incorporating audio, video, graphic simulations, and writing and drawing tools into the Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST) curriculum for grades six through eight.

Two new ASCD Arias publications address social-emotional health

ASCD released two new ASCD Arias professional development titles that address students’ emotional health in the classroom. "Handling Student Frustrations" focuses on how teachers can respond to students’ frustrations to create a productive learning environment. "Encouragement in the Classroom" offers practical classroom-tested strategies, routines and rituals for creating a supportive classroom environment.

Edvance360 debuts new learning management system

Edvance360 released its Edvance360 LMS-SN Version 7.3.2 learning management system, which includes a number of new features such a LTI-integration with e-textbook provider Vital Source, expiring enrollments reports and more.

Medford district buys 1,800 Chromebooks for new English curriculum

In Oregon, Medford's board adopted a new English language arts curriculum that included the purchase of 1,800 Dell Google Chromebooks for about $1.09 million. The hardware will be used to power the 2015 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections blended learning program. Students will be able to access the curriculum on the new Chromebooks in class and from other devices outside of class.

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New York district signs with Tightrope Media Systems

Binghamton School District will be using digital signage technology from Tightrope Media Systems to deliver information inside the school and over the web. Using Tightrope’s Carousel digital signage solution, the school will broadcast feeds on classroom SMART Boards and large monitors, which will also be replicated on the school’s website.

ACT debuts enhancements to ACT test

Starting in 2015, new indicators will be reported to students who take the ACT in addition to the traditional ACT scores and ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. The indicators will describe student performance and predicted readiness levels in categories such as STEM, career readiness, English language arts and text complexity.

Aleratec to launch new portable device management products

Aleratec Inc. will introduce a new line of Portable Device Management products at this year’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) show. Designed for educators deploying multiple iPads or other tablets in the classroom, the producta include the highly secure Guard Secure Charge/Sync Cabinet 16, as well as the Charge and Sync Station 16 and Charge and Sync Station Mini 10.

Isygames teaches heart-lung anatomy with new educational app

Isygames released the Heart and Lungs Lab app for iPad. Combining interactive play with deep learning, the intuitive app promotes exploration of the physiology behind the heart and lungs with tactile interaction (including tap, drag and drop), detailed images and animation.

Califone upgrades PresentationPro speaker for Common Core

Califone has updated its wired PresentationPro speaker. The updates are aligned with Common Core and include an additional 3.5mm input, refined remote control and greater compatibility with tripods.

PresenceLearning’s services added to Louisiana state's course catalog

To supplement special education services in Louisiana, the state’s Supplemental Course Academy has added PresenceLearning’s online speech and occupational therapy services to its course catalog. Students can register for year- or semester-long services to receive speech and occupational therapy funded through their Supplemental Course Allocation.

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