Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 12:14pm
The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools, welcomes Thomas Gentzel, the new executive director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and Brian Lewis, the new chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), to its board.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 11:32am
Super Duper Publications has added three educational Fun Deck mobile apps for Apple devices — Listening for Absurdities, What Does Miss Bee See, and What Doesn’t Belong — to its growing number of titles available in the iTunes App Store.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:59am
Grappling with decreased local and state revenue and new, more rigorous learning standards for math and English language arts, Illinois school districts are seeking innovative ways to increase their efficiency as they strive to improve student performance. One system that is making it easier to meet rigorous requirements while saving time for school and district staff is Performance Matters, a web-based solution that provides an integrated platform for student assessment, data management and teacher effectiveness.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:07am
Learning a new language is tedious and demands a lot of practice. Luis von Ahn doesn’t want all that effort to be wasted. In fact, it might be a gold mine. Von Ahn, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is the co-creator of Duolingo, a free language-learning site that turns students into an online workforce. His software uses their answers to simple exercises in a translation service that he expects to charge money for.
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Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 2:45pm
Brush of Truth, a book app for kids 8-12, was rated five stars by review site Technology in Education for engaging young readers. Created by Story Bayou, the $1.99 app will go on sale for 99 cents on Dec. 7 on iTunes for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Brush of Truth, recognized for its appeal to reluctant readers, also is available on Google Play for Android devices, and for Kindle Fire and Windows 7 devices.
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Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 2:37pm
Epson America, Inc. has announced a 2012 holiday season initiative to help teachers acquire much-needed classroom technology for enhancing student learning. Through the DonorsChoose.org "Double Your Impact Program," Epson will donate two percent of purchases sold on Epson.com between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24, 2012, up to $100,000.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 2:25pm
To better serve a portion of the district’s special needs student population, Groton (Conn.) Public Schools has partnered with PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. Through this adoption, students in grades 1-5 receive web-based speech-language therapy services from a highly qualified, certified speech-language pathologist (SLP).
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 4:37pm
Microsoft Corp. today kicked off its annual Partners in Learning Global Forum and reaffirmed its commitment to education with a US$250 million, five-year renewal of Microsoft Partners in Learning, bringing Microsoft’s total investment in the program to US$750 million over 15 years.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 4:30pm
The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) showcased some of the leading growth companies in the education technology market and recognized the best among them as part of the Innovation Incubator program at the 12th annual Ed Tech Business Forum, held Nov. 26 and 27 at the McGraw Hill Conference Center in New York.
Submitted by Lauren Williams on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 4:11pm
Educators at 15 schools in the Austin Independent School District, and a growing number across the state of Texas, have found a simpler and more cost-effective way to teach with Lexia Reading®.