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New K12 content integration planned by Blackboard and Discovery Education

Blackboard and Discovery Education will be partnering later this year on an integration for K12 students and instructors that will provide access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus content. The service provides more than 151,000 standards-aligned resources.

3D Systems launches digital literacy programs

A series of 3D digital literacy initiatives has been launched by 3D Systems. The long-term MAKE.DIGITAL initiative includes an education webpage on 3DS' Cubify.com, curriculum and training resources for a range of STEAM subjects and age groups, and partnerships with programs and scholarships.

Classroom sound line version announced by FrontRow

FrontRow released a new version of its Juno classroom sound line: Juno Connect. It lets teachers use voice commands to control projectors and other devices, record and post screen capture videos, and initiate and answer intercom calls without touching a computer.

ConnectEDU follows Gates Foundation grant with Ch. 11 bankruptcy

Months after receiving a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boston-based ed tech startup ConnectEDU has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In its filing, ConnectEDU cited its inability to pay debt owed to over 200 creditors.

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Scholastic launches subscription e-reading programs

Scholastic launched Storia School Edition, a subscription-based e-book solution for pre-K through six, for group and individual classroom reading, and Core Clicks, a web-based instructional program for K5 that supports content area reading in social studies and science.

Common Core course released by Virtual Education Software

Virtual Education Software debuted a new graduate level online course titled, "Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards" (CCS). VESi's CCS course is available to pre-K through 12 education professionals.

PresenceLearning adds occupational therapy assessments

The company's online occupational therapists conduct the same assessments as those performed in traditional, in-person OT settings, including the Beery VMI, the Sensory Profile, family and teacher interviews, and observation of school and functional skills in the student’s natural learning environment.

National Geographic Learning program approved for Ariz. district

National Geographic Learning's Financial Algebra has been approved for use in Mesa Public Schools' high schools in Arizona. The algebra-based, technology-rich program is developed for and aligned to the Common Core State Standards that use Algebra I skills in a financial setting.

Apex Learning introduces digital curriculum for middle schools

Apex Learning is expanding its Apex Learning Tutorials to middle school students. The new Tutorials include Math 6, 7, 8 and English language arts 6, 7, 8. Tutorials are tablet-ready for Android and iOS devices as well as netbooks, laptops and desktop computers.

SPARK adds video content for physically active instruction breaks

SPARK has added five-minute Fast Break Videos to its Classroom Activity & Recess program, SPARKabc’s. The Fast Break Videos provide educators with a quick, visual tool for getting students active in between lessons.

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