Industry News

New enrollment platform for all New York City charters

SchoolMint will be the primary mobile platform for application and enrollment processes for all New York City charter schools. Currently, the admissions and communications platform supports over 70 charter schools across the city.

Cameras improve Texas district's school security

In Corpus Christi, the Flour Bluff ISD recently upgraded to an Arecont Vision megapixel IP camera system that includes more than 130 cameras watching the district's six campuses.

Two Texas districts switch to efficient, integrated system

Already using Skyward for its financial operations, Georgetown ISD turned to the Student Management Suite for all-in-one access to student data, online scheduling and the Family and Student Access portal. In addition, Klein ISD selected the Student Management Suite from Skyward.

Ed tech companies to create adaptive learning experiences

As part of a new partnership to develop game-­based assessments and explore adaptivity in games, Muzzy Lane’s technology for game-­based learning will be combined with Knewton’s adaptive platform.

Athens City Schools takes lead in providing virtual school option to Alabama students

The school system is partnering with Fuel Education to provide its online course catalog, technology platform and tools to Athens Renaissance School, a new full-time online and blended public school for K12 students in Alabama. The courses that will be taught by both Athens City Schools teachers and FuelEd’s certified teachers.

Unlimited K12 content now available on-demand

Teachwise Inspire is a new platform for educators that provides members with unlimited access to tens of thousands of downloadable resources with Common Core alignment and detailed teacher reviews in addition to a library of professional development courses.

Real-world news program released

The Week in Rap Junior, a weekly program that engages elementary students in cross-curricular learning through age-appropriate news stories, introduces kindergarten through fifth-grader students to news videos, exercises and an interactive creative challenge each week.

Environmental education curriculum now available

Kindergarten through second grade teachers can now access Think Earth materials to teach students about the environment and the everyday behaviors that can help protect it. Updated Think Earth units for third grade will be available in September, and grades four through eight will be available online in 2015 and 2016.

SPARK joins forces to combat childhood obesity

School Specialty's SPARK teamed up with KIDS in the GAME and ICAN Foundation to provide the Oakhurst Intermediate School in Mississippi with resources to develop a comprehensive physical education and health program. SPARK also collaborates with other supporting organizations to promote active and healthy living.

New computer-adaptive screener and diagnostic tool debuted

Designed for administration in the fall, winter and spring, RAPID (Reading Assessment for Prescriptive Instructional Data) Assessment uses a computer-adaptive process to identify and monitor reading and language skills for students in grades 3–12 so that teachers can quickly acquire actionable data for instruction and measure the long-term growth of each student’s skills.