What’s New: New tools for schools.
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Mobile Learn 3.0
updated two of its
teachers to expand
with parents. For
example, teachers can remind parents
about class assignments. The company
has also announced a major update to
its Mobile Learn app. Now students can
take tests specifically designed for mobile
devices and receive push notifications when
important updates or changes happen in
EarthLink, Inc. has launched EarthLink
Business IT Services Cloud Workspace,
a hosted desktop service. The customized
environment allows IT administrators
to control business applications and
data with secure access for employees
from anywhere and from any device with
Internet access. This service functions as a
virtual office wherever teachers work.
Common Sense Media
and Teaching Channel
Common Sense Media and Teaching
Channel (TCH) have released a series of
videos to help middle school teachers bring
important digital literacy and citizenship
lessons to their classrooms. The nine-part
series includes a broad range of digital
topics, including cyberbullying, “fair use” of
digital media, and online privacy.
The Benetech DIAGRAM Center
(Digital Image and Graphics Resources
for Accessible Materials) has created
an application called Poet that makes
otherwise inaccessible graphic content
available for readers with disabilities. Poet
supports writing descriptions in electronic
books created in the international
DAISY standard for digital talking
booksand EPUB3 formats. Schools
are welcome to use Poet to write image
e2020 World Languages
e2020 Inc. has integrated a robust set of
world languages courses into its catalog.
Proficiency in world languages rounds out
e2020’s solution for preparing students to
compete in an increasingly global society.
eBOARD Meetings App 2.0
updated the Meetings
app for the iPad. The
new version provides
quicker access to
meeting agendas and a
cleaner, more modern
interface. Other new
features include an
integrated “Help” function and the ability
to subscribe to notifications for meetings.
FASTT Math Next
Scholastic Education has upgraded their
math fact fluency program, FASTT Math.
The new version helps students in Grades
2-9+ build fluency faster. It is also designed
to meet Common Core State Standards
and features 18 new games and new
Fragile Earth App
released its second
app, Fragile Earth.
The app illustrates
the effects of climate
change, nature, and
man’s impact on
the planet from 73
locations across the globe. With the iPad’s
swiping capability, users can move between
“before and after” images.
Knovation has announced that it is
partnering with Youngzine, a Web
site featuring current news and events
presented in a non-sensational format,
geared toward children. The content will
be integrated into netTrekker Search and
iCurio. Categories include “world news,”
“science & technology,” “our earth,” and
“society & arts.” The site also includes
trivia, visuals, and videos, and encourages
readers to express their views.
Samsung Electronics America has
announced the availability of its enhanced
“plug & play” MobilePrint App for secure,
fast, and easy printing or scanning through
a Wi-Fi access point for iOS smart mobile
devices. The free download eliminates
the need for an external server or PC and
allows authorized users to print, scan,
review, sign, and share printed documents
from their smartphones or tablets.
Odysseyware has introduced a new slate
of courses designed to help students fit
into a designated Career Technology
Education (CTE) career cluster. The
courses are ideal for business management
and administration, health science, and
hospitality and tourism.
PD 360 Videos
School Improvement Network has
released a new series of professional
video footage of the Prevent Suicide
Hawai’i conference. The content is
designed to help teachers identify warning
signs of suicide before it occurs, outline
available resources for help, and develop
an increased understanding of those who
survive suicide attempts or who suffer a
loss as a result of suicide.
QuestionMark has added new tools for
analyzing and reporting on assessments
to QuestionMark Perception, its onpremise
There are also four
reports, which when
combined with the
tools in QuestionMark Live, provide
solutions for quick creation, distribution,
and reporting on course evaluations.
Float Mobile Learning has released
RabbleBrowser 2.5, an iPad app and Web
browser for the classroom. The tool allows
a teacher to lead an unlimited number of
students through a Web browsing session
or discussion, connected through a Wi-Fi
or Bluetooth network.
Mackin Educational Resources has added
ReferencePoint Press nonfiction ebooks to
of ebooks. The
research and learning tools for 6th- to 12thgrade
students. Topics covered include
technology, health, and current issues.
Lectora now includes ReviewLink 1.0,
a collaborative e-Learning review tool,
in its Inspire and Lectora Publisher
e-Learning authoring tools. The tool
enables e-Learning teams to quickly, easily,
and seamlessly share and review Lectora
courses for online training.
SMART Notebook iPad App
SMART Technologies Inc. has released
a notebook app, which allows students
to use SMART Notebook collaborative
learning software on their iPads. The app
supports whole-class, small-group, and
Don Johnston Incorporated has released
the Start-to-Finish Online Accessible
Library. Students can use their iPads, mobile
devices, and laptop computers to read books
from school or home. Each school only
needs one license to use the program.
Designed to get
students excited about
is a new Web site
that streams audio
books and stories to mobile devices in
the classroom and beyond. Students and
teachers can instantly access a large library
of titles from publishers and storytellers.
Turnitin Voice Comments
Turnitin has released a beta version
of Voice Comments, a simple and
efficient way for instructors to offer
feedback on student writing using the
GradeMark online grading tool.
The new Voice Comments feature
engages students in the writing process by
providing them with clear, personalized,
and substantive feedback. It also saves
teachers time, by eliminating the need
to type comments.
Upclique is a free, online, college
recruitment network that connects
students with schools of interest and guides
them in the search process. The site lets
students find their dream school based
on criteria such as major, location, and
campus life. It also gives school counselors
one central place to manage all of their
students’ search needs.
Word Dynamo for iPad
created an iPad app
version of its popular
program. The program
with engaging games
to help students
understand language at their own pace,
complete homework faster, and improve
overall academic performance.
Algebra 1 iBook
test prep, has
released its first math iBook for schools
titled Algebra 1. The textbook is designed
to “flip the classroom,” with repetitive core
instruction done outside of class. This
app allows teachers to focus higher-level
concepts and one-on-one instruction.
Zui Social Network
launched a new
site for kids,
and YouTube, but in a safe environment.
Students can build an avatar and their own
“My Zui Page.” They can also “like” and
“favorite” items and share content within
and outside of the Zui community. To keep
kids engaged, the site generates suggested
content based on user interaction.
has released a new 24-inch
ergonomic display, the
IPS technology allows the
display to deliver images at
wide angles, up to 178 degrees
horizontally and vertically,
making it a great solution
for multi-monitor set-ups.
The LED-backlit display
also reduces energy costs, by
consuming up to 68 percent less power
than standard CCFL-backlit displays.
eInstruction (www.einstruction.com) has
released the new Mobi Case for iPad.
This sturdy case is designed to meet the needs
of teachers using iPads for classroom instruction.
The case has grips on the side and top,
allowing teachers to control their iPads in a
variety of positions.
Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions
America (www.mitsubishielectric.com) has
added two new DLP models to their highbrightness
portable projector line. The
wide-resolution WD 720U and the XGA-resolution
XD700U both offer flexibility, easy
set-up, and a low operating cost.
has expanded its
EcoBright line of
with two LED projectors,
LK30W, and the 500-lumen
TL50W. Both projectors offer wireless connectivity
to PCs and mobile devices and come with a built-in
MS Office Viewer for PC-free operation.
announced CLEVERTOUCH, its newest
interactive optical touchscreen overlay
designed for easy installation over
commercial flat panel displays or TV,
creating an interactive environment with
a connected computer. CLEVERTOUCH
uses Optical Sensing technology
integrated in a custom bezel that installs
over the display.
Hitachi America (www.hitachi-america.us) has
announced the next generation of its Classroom
and Conference Room 3LCD projectors: the
CP-X2015WN, CP -WX2515WN,
CP-X2515WN, CP -X3015WN,
CP-X4015WN, and CP -WX3015WN.
The new models offer networking capability, two
USB ports and new ImageCare functionality.
Samsung Electronics America
also introduced two new
Citrix-dedicated zero client
monitors, the SyncMaster
S-series and B-series cloud
stations. Three new S-series models (TS190C, TS220C, and
TS240C) include an embedded Citrix zero client, and the new B-series
model (TB-CH) is designed to be used in conjunction with a customer’s
legacy monitors. Users can access their own apps and data through a
tablet PC, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Phoenix Audio Technologies (www.phnxaudio.com) has
released the Quattro3 (Q3) family of tabletop conference
speakerphones. All members of the Q3 family, which includes
the USB MT301, PSTN MT302, Smart MT303,
Power MT304, and IP Phone MT305 interface
models, can be daisy-chained and powered from a
single source using a standard Ethernet cable. There is no need
to install proprietary cables or designated units.