Industry News

Espresso Education rebrands under Discovery Education

Espresso Education and Discovery Education will join together under the Discovery Education name. The name change follows Discovery Education’s acquisition of the U.K.'s Espresso Group Ltd. Espresso Primary's services will be under the name Discovery Education Espresso while Espresso CPD offerings are now Discovery Education Professional Development.

Cengage Learning’s offers research paper writing tools

A new suite of writing tools from Questia supports students in organizing and writing research papers. From Cengage Learning’s, the new Questia Writing Center features support tools such as a topic and source generator, a thesis statement builder, and an outline creator and project organizer, among others.

VIP Learning unveils a customizable study platform

Kahrds is a new learning platform from VIP Learning that allows students, teachers and instructors to customize their own study sets. In addition to providing content, the users determine the subject and the level of each one of the study sets. The study platform then turns the entered information into games, flash cards and tests.

A new resource version launched by Learning Bird

Learning Bird released a new 3.0 version designed to improve user experience for teachers, students and parents. The new version features enhanced homepages, including the debut of a “Popular Lessons” section that showcases lessons users have rated positively.

Truenorthlogic joins Digital Learning Alliance

Truenorthlogic, a talent management company for K12 school districts and state departments, has joined the Digital Learning Alliance to promote personalized education through technology and education reform.

SchoolReach and COPA partner to improve parent communications

SchoolReach and COPA have partnered to provide early childhood program administrators with a method of efficienctly communicating with parents, including rapidly sent voice, text, email and social media messages to students’ family members about any issue.

Minnesota district adds Performance Matters' online assessment platform

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) will be the first in Minnesota to implement the UNIFY assessment platform, part of the Performance Matters assessment and data management system. To begin, teachers in grades six through nine will use UNIFY to collaboratively develop and administer online assessments in mathematics.

App Partner facilitates launch of educational iPad app

App Partner has completed the iOS programming for the new NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad. The app was produced in collaboration with Protozone, Inc. and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The art-inspired app is for children between the ages of nine and eleven with interactive activities, a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space.

Adaptive learning solutions released by McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education has developed a suite of adaptive learning products that includes SmartBook, an adaptive reading program powered by LearnSmart adaptive technology for both the K12 market and for higher education.

New schools pick up Discovery Education's digital textbooks

Discovery Education's Social Studies Techbook series, a digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features standards-based digital content and resources, will be used by several new districts this school year, including Alabama’s Baldwin County Public Schools, Arizona’s Sunnyside Unified School District and Colorado’s Garfield School District No. Re-2, among others.