Industry News

New Habits of Mind instructional animation series launched

The Institute for Habits of Mind and WonderGrove Studios launched a new series of instructional animations based on 16 Habits of Mind. Each instructional animation includes 20 related extension lessons that can be used to reinforce the Habits of Mind. All materials are available in both English and Spanish.

InFocus Mondopad family grows with 80-inch boardroom tablet

InFocus Corporation has added an 80-inch Mondopad to its family of large-format touchscreen conference room tablets. InFocus has also released a new version of the Mondopad software with many enhanced features.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America launches Summer Brain Gain program

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will be launching its Summer Brain Gain program in 1,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. Designed to prevent summer learning loss and foster critical creative-thinking skills, the program's curriculum will also be available for free to all BGCAs across the country.

Promethean Inc. (USA) wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award

Promethean Inc. (USA) announced that its Promethean Planet won the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators. Promethean Planet is an online educator community connecting more than 1.9 million members around the globe in a collaborative environment. 

New InFocus JTouch turns devices into large touchscreens

InFocus Corporation has addded the 65-inch JTouch model to in its line-up of large-format 1080p, LCD displays that turn notebooks into massive touchscreens. Like the previously released 55-inch and 70-inch JTouch models, the 65-inch device connects to a notebook – PC or Mac – with an HDMI cable, VGA, USB Type-A, or wirelessly via the InFocus LiteShow adapter.

Extron introduces compact two channel amplifiers for high impedance systems

Extron Electronics introduced the Extron XTRA Series XPA 1002-70V and XPA 1002-100V. The ENERGY STAR-qualified amplifiers have an high efficiency, advanced Class D amplifier design and feature patented CDRS - Class D Ripple Suppression technology.

Los Angeles district selects IBA’s emergency management app

The Los Angeles USD has selected Irving Burton Associates’ In Case of Crisis emergency preparedness mobile app. With three versions planned for faculty, parents, students and the greater community (select versions will also be developed in Spanish), the mobile app will provide guidance on specific emergencies. The district enrolls more than 650,000 K12 students. 

Seven cities to share $1 million to start STEM mentoring programs

Discovery Communications and US2020 are partnering to bolster US2020’s goal of matching 1 million STEM mentors with students by 2020. Sponsored by Cisco, the US2020 City Competition's winning city coalitions, representing over 200 companies and organizations, developed innovative models to increase the number of mentors. The winners will share $1 million in financial, consulting and staff support.

New digital platform and mathematics program released

Marshall Cavendish Education, together with Singapore Math Inc., released a new edition of the Primary Mathematics program, which is specifically aligned with the national Common Core. Also available for the 2014-2015 school year is a new digital platform, Primary Digital.

New guide released on 3D printing in the classroom

Constructing Modern Knowledge Press announced the publication of The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success. The book covers a variety of step-by-step classroom projects, 3D printing technology, new design software and advice on purchasing a 3D printer.