Industry News

Kansas school districts switch to Skyward

Louisburg USD 416 and Kingman-Norwich USD 331 have selected the Skyward School Management System to streamline student information and business operations.

New Spanish literacy resources debuted by Benchmark Education

The two new Spanish-language reading series in print format are designed for K2 students. Text Connections en español helps Spanish speakers read, analyze and respond to key text types while Soluciones helps struggling readers with foundational skills and oral language development.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches new education services organization

HMH Education Services is a newly formed organization that will offer a comprehensive set of services to K12 districts, including technical planning, curriculum implementation guidance, districtwide data analysis, school improvement offerings and professional development.

800 new digital learning activities released for grades 6-8

Compass Learning's Pathblazer math and reading intervention solution and Hybridge blended learning solution have been enriched with more than 800 new digital learning activities that align to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Easy K8 printables released by MyExcelTemplates.com

MyExcelTemplates.com has rolled out a variety of printable and customizable spreadsheets for teachers to use as worksheets and grade trackers.

Schoology to power new online arts curriculum

Henry Mancini Arts Education, a new interactive curriculum created by Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and its partners, contains 3,000 online dance, music, theatre and visual arts lessons delivered via digital platforms. Available in Fall 2015, the middle and high school lessons will be accessed through the Schoology learning management system.

MBS selects Vital Source

Vital Source Technologies, Inc. has been selected by MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc. to be the digital fulfillment vendor for all of its educational content. The agreement will span both the K12 and higher education markets, and will encompass all of the channels through which MBS will sell digital content, including MBS Direct, Textbooks.com and MBS Systems.

New educational course initiative debuted

The New York Times and CIG Education Group have partnered to launch a new education initiative. Starting in fall 2015, NYT EDUcation will provide innovative courses and programs covering a wide array of subjects, ranging from pre-college level to higher education, continuing education and executive education.

Science and engineering game launched by Filament Games

Filament Games introduced its first physical science game, Backyard Engineers. The game challenges students to create the ultimate catapult by customizing mechanical elements to manipulate movement, accuracy and range. Backyard Engineers also includes a teacher dashboard and standards-based curriculum.

Program launched to introduce students to national parks

The National Park Foundation is kicking off its Every Kid in a Park initiative to enable every 4th grade student to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-16 school year. Every Kid in a Park joins the Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids program in helping children learn history, culture and science while exploring the great outdoors.

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