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OverDrive school digital libraries update with enhanced metadata, recommendation features

New features include enhanced metadata, robust search tools, filters and improved title detail pages and menus to make finding a title easier. Users are now able to search for titles based on standardized reading level information such as Lexile, ATOS and Accelerated Reader scores.

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Kajeet provides off-campus internet to students at Forsyth County Schools

The Atlanta-area school district purchased its first round of the portable Wi-Fi hotspots, which enable children to have access to essential academic and education resources on the Internet after they leave campus.

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Boston Public Schools chooses Tyler Incident Management for flexible reporting

Tyler Incident Management gives Boston’s school and transportation administrators flexible access to record and manage all incidents that occur at schools or on the buses. Boston also plans to use Tyler Incident Management to track parent and school service complaints.

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Two years after enacting statewide voucher program, Indiana makes dramatic gains on national achievement test

Two years after enacting the nation's most comprehensive set of education reforms, Indiana has jumped to near the head of the class in improvement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly referred to as the Nation's Report Card.

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Extron now shipping PlenumVault systems that offer secure mounting in a suspended ceiling

These easy-to-use, easy-to-install, economical classroom AV systems use twisted pair technology for transmitting signals and include network connectivity for Web-based asset management, monitoring, and control.

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New LynTec control system simplifies emergency lighting solutions

Designed to turn on circuits instantly regardless of control protocol or zone assignment, the new features enable applications within the entertainment lighting control sector to comply easily with federal, state, and local egress or emergency lighting codes.

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Discovery Communications announces acquisition of Espresso Education

The purchase of Espresso Education highlights Discovery Education’s commitment to supporting educators in the United States and around the world as they transition from static textbooks to dynamic digital learning environments.

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Middle school years essential for college readiness, says academic skills expert

Tween's study skills curriculum The Middle School Student's Guide to Study Skills, includes lessons on the process of learning, metacognition, pre-learning strategies, Cornell notes, active reading and listening, textbook outlining, memory, recall, and test-taking strategies.

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Sanford Health, WebMD and Discovery Education Healthy Living Initiative kicks off with new lesson plans and returning sweepstakes

Rooted in the four pillars of fit – mood, move, food and recharge – fit 4 the classroom helps to promote healthy habits among students with dynamic, cross-curricular lesson plans and videos that span across science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects aligned to national education standards.

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Pearson's WriteToLearn adds enhanced features for English Learners

To support EL students at Compton and other schools and districts around the country, WriteToLearn now features a selection of enhanced essay writing prompts targeted specifically at this special population. These prompts provide students with feedback that focuses on the fundamentals of writing including language usage, sentence correctness, mechanics and ordering of ideas.

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