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New exploration-based learning company launched

Planet3's digital learning platform targets STEAM subjects with immersive game-based challenges combined with real-world context. The company's first product—scheduled for fall 2016—focuses on middle school earth, life and physical sciences.

40-inch HD touchscreens wirelessly displays devices

The 1080p-resolution, 10-point touch DigiEasel has two interactive touchscreen display models, which both feature built-in digital whiteboarding tools and give users display and touch control of their Windows, Mac and Chromebook devices.

New sports safety online courses offered to coaches

Through a new partnership, online training and certification in recognizing and treating concussion, heat illness and sudden cardiac arrest will be available. The companies' mission is to promote injury prevention and safe participation in physical activity and sports by providing educational programming to coaches, athletes, parents and sports medicine professionals.

California district adopts online risk management system

Clovis USD is implementing PublicSchoolWORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite and Student Accident Management System this fall. The district, which serves 41,000 students and more than 6,000 employees in 49 schools, needed a more streamlined way to manage safety processes as the district does not have a designated risk manager.

Nationwide rollout of digital classroom solution

From a GoGuardian for Teachers portal, teachers are able to control the way Chromebooks are used in their classrooms by keeping students focused on lessons and resources, directing them to new tabs, and closing off-topic tabs on one or multiple devices.

Online teacher certification program available in Arkansas

The American Board is now offering its online teacher certification program in the state of Arkansas for biology, chemistry, elementary education, English, general science, history, math and physics.

New Google Docs tools added for new school year

Google has added several new features to Google Docs to make it easier for students to finish their schoolwork, including a new Docs for Android research tool that allows users to search with Google without having to leave Docs. A voice typing feature allows students to dictate words to be included in their work.

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Facebook’s newest product helps educators track students’ progress

For the past year, Facebook has been working with a group of public schools to help improve the Personalized Learning Plan software they use to monitor students’ progress. Now, it wants to give it away for free to schools across the U.S. Summit Public Schools customizes coursework to each student based on their goals and paces it according to their capabilities.

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AASA launches Aspiring Superintendents Academy

The program, currently limited to 30 individuals who work in Minnesota, focuses on developing a professional practice grounded on evidence-based knowledge, skills and dispositions resulting in certification and transition for participants into their first position as superintendent.

Sesame Workshop and HBO ink five-year partnership

The next five seasons of Sesame Street will now be available on HBO and its multiplex channels, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new internet-only SVOD service HBO NOW. Sesame Workshop will also be able to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons and, for the first time, make the show available free of charge to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window.