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Epson ( has introducedtwo 3D projectorsolutions, the PowerLiteW16 and W16SK. Bothprojectors deliverthree times brightercolors than mostcompetitive projectors,allowing 3Dcontent to be easilyviewed in typical,well-lit classroomsettings. The projectorsalso offer easyset-up and connectivityoptions.


Aerohive Networks has expanded its cloud networking solutions to include the new SR-series switches, the HiveManager 6.0 network management system, and the HiveOS 6.0 network operating system. The new SR-series access switches combine cloud management, on-demand provisioning, and secure branch routing to reduce the complexity of today’s mobile environments. HiveManager 6.0 and HiveOS 6.0 add a new customizable analytics dashboard and user-based application visibility and control.


TheSmithsonianCenter forEducationand MuseumStudies hasannouncedthe launch of Smithsonian Quests, a digitalbadge program that fosters project-basedlearning. Students complete a series ofonline activities and submit their work forreview by Smithsonian education expertsto earn digital badges. The activitiesinclude creative writing, photography, oralhistories, and graph-making.


SoftChalkhaslaunched new features and enhancementsfor SoftChalk Cloud, its cross-platformlearning object repository and contentauthoring platform that works with anylearning management system. Now, all ofSoftChalk’s learning activities are viewableon iPads and Android devices. Additionally,SoftChalk Cloud can now be integratedwith even more learning managementsystems, such as Blackboard, Moodle, andDesire2Learn.



ALEKS Corporation announced the availability of its first K-12 and higher education courses for iPad and select Android tablets. Eight ALEKS courses are now optimized to work in the emerging tablet environment. Since ALEKS is Web-based, students can quickly access their accounts anytime, anywhere, via a tablet, laptop, or traditional computer.



WithShmoop’snew APexams,studentscanprep formarathon sessions in the testing roomwith full-length practice exams, andthen review the results with in-depthanswer explanations. From Statistics toEnvironmental Science, Shmoop can helpprepare students to knock the stuffing outof those big, bad tests.


PBS KIDS has releasednew, educational iPadapps from their twoseries Dinosaur Trainand The ElectricCompany. The apps encourage math andliteracy skills using familiar charactersfrom the series. The apps featureinteractive, engaging games to practiceskills such as counting, measurement,geometry, and telling time.


Slate Science,an educationaltechnologycompanyoffering STE Meducationproducts fortablets, has launched SlateMath. Thisprogram will offer a series of educationalapps that the company will bring to marketduring 2013. SlateMath can be downloadedfor free in multiple languages and isavailable now in Apple’s App Store.

BenQ America ( introduces the SH940, the company’slatest high-brightness, large-venue projector. With native, full HD,1080p resolution, the device offers flexible installation features andHollywood Quality Video (HQV). It is also designed to bring A/Vexperiences to large spaces at a lower total cost of ownership. TheSH940 offers 4,000 lumens of brightness, a high contrast ratio of50000:1, picture-in-picture display, and full connectivity to create anintegrated entertainment media hub.


The beta-versionofPersonalLearningProfiler isbased on theRenzulli Learning program from CompassLearning. This program helps teachersengage in differentiated learning. Theprofiler takes students through a series ofquestions based on 40+ years of researchto quickly and accurately determine eachstudent’s learning style, expression style,and areas of interest.

Smart School Systems ( has released the SmartScope iGO, a handheld digitalmicroscope that connects wirelessly to theiOS and Android mobile devices. Userscan connect to upto three devices andview the live imagesfrom the SmartScopeiGO. Each devicecan take pictures andrecord videos. TheSmartScope iGO’ssingle focus dial makesit a great discovery toolfor students at all gradelevels.

Samsung Electronics America ( has announced itsnext-generation TC191W (pictured) andTC241W thin clients and its NC191 andNC241 zero-client, cloud displays. Both theTC- and NC-series cloud displays provideintegrated connectivity to business clouds viadesktop virtualization technology, eliminatingthe need for a bulky PC with excessive ITadministration costs.


Atomic Learning introduces TechCore, an add-on component to the company’s professional development solution. TechCore educates teachers on the shifts they’ll need to make in their ELA and math instruction to incorporate the critical technology components of the CCSS. Educators can access sample lessons and view examples of implementation from other teachers of their same subject area and grade level.


KnowledgeLake’sdocumentimagingsolution is now fully compatible with MicrosoftSharePoint 2013. KnowledgeLakeImaging will provide new functionalityand features that take advantage of what’snew in SharePoint 2013. This programalso offers a range of deployment optionsincluding on-premises and cloud.


LightspeedSystems hasannouncedthe releaseof MobileLearning Essentials. This solutioncombines three software elements formobile learning: safety and filtering,mobile management, and a collaborativelearning platform. The addition of device configuration services helps schools rollout devices and help with deployment.


EarlyLearningLabsannouncesthe secondedition of myIGDIs (Individual Growthand Development Indicators) for earlyliteracy. This program is built upon afoundation of research conducted by theUniversity of Minnesota. The myIGDIsEarly Literacy+ program is a data-basedapproach to screening and monitoringprogress to evaluate young readers who areon their way towards becoming school-ready.


Odysseywarehas releaseda new set ofassessmenttools andinstructionalmaterialsto support Common Core StateStandards (CCSS). Its Common CoreAssessment and Remediation Toolhelps K-8 teachers identify studentcompetency levels in relation to CCSSand provides supplemental materialsfor targeted skills remediation andpractice. The mini-lessons focus onone skill per lesson and approachcontent differently than in the basiccurriculum. Now fully integrated intoOdysseyware software, this tool isavailable now.


Edvationupdatedthe PD21professionaldevelopmentsolution thatincludes short, self-paced tutorials to helpteachers build foundational technical skillsin spreadsheet and database applications,word processing, Web 2.0 tools, andmultimedia authoring. The programalso includes anytime and instructorledworkshops that teach strategies forintegrating 21st century instructionalpractices into lesson planning, and anIn2class library of more than 150 ready-to-use, classroom technology integrationprojects.


NBCLearn, inpartnershipwith theNationalScience Foundation (NSF), has released fivenew videos in the “Science Behind TheNews” series. These programs featureinterviews with NSF-funded scientistsand researchers and illuminate the STE Mconcepts behind unique topics related toissues in the news. The new videos include“Predictive Policing,” which highlightsa new tactic in the LAPD’s fight againstcrime, and “Impacts on Jupiter,” whichcovers the effects of comets on Jupiter’ssurface.

( new fx-55 PLUSManipulative Kit includes Casio’s fx-55 PLUS fractioncalculator in addition to 20 other math tools designed forelementary level mathematics. The manipulative kit was createdin partnership with EAI Education Distributors to address allnational and Common Core standards.


Standards forSuccess, theonline, customizable teacher evaluationplatform, has partnered with InteractiveAchievement, which provides Web-basedassessment and data management softwarefor school districts. The partnership createsa quantitative data management solutionfor teachers and district leaders to helpthem develop a robust, interactive, staffevaluation tool.


WIN Learningintroduces the Soft Skills Series, a Webbasedprogram that builds skill masteryaround communication, professionalism,teamwork, and critical thinking skills.WIN Soft Skills provides educators witha curricular framework to teach middleand high school students the foundationalbehaviors needed for post-graduationsuccess.


i>clicker released“i>clicker GO,”a virtual studentresponse app. The virtual student response remote will becompatible with iOS and Android smartdevices and accessible via laptops. It willbe available for purchase for the Fall 2013semester. i>clicker also now integrates withInstructure’s Canvas, Moodle, and Sakai,making i>clicker compatible with nearlyevery learning management system (LMS).


The new myCreateapp, offeredby iCreate toEducate, allowsstudents to expressideas through the hands-on creationof videos. Students incorporate everythingfrom classroom resources to householditems to demonstrate their understandingof Common Core content. Videos can be saved to personal albums and sharedwith educators, peers, and family throughFacebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and HapYak,which lets users add personalizedcomments and drawings to videos.

Vernier ( introduces five new sensorsfor STE M education—the Goniometer (pictured), Radiation Monitor, Vernier Optical DOProbe, Ethanol Sensor, and Pyranometer.These tools provide high school and college classes with toolsto conduct engaging investigations across many scientificdisciplines.

Crestron ( has released the new 64x64 DigitalMedia switcher, which is built to meet high-definitionand analog AV distribution requirements for large commercialfacilities. The switcher accepts, manages, and distributes 64 AVsources of virtually any signal type. The connection extends acrosslong and short distances over a Cat5e wire or fiber, all on a singleplatform. It also features an innovative, modular blade, I/O expansionsystem, and a built-in, 15”, color touch screen.

Amplify Education ( unveiled the first open, tablet-basedlearning platform designed specifically for K-12 education. The platform, whichruns on a 10-inch Android tablet, offers schools a 1:1 personalized learning solution at anintroductory price of $299 for the device when purchased with a 2-year subscription at $99per year. The subscription includes everything in the Amplify Tablet, 4G LTE connectivity,smart data management tools, and more.

Panasonic ( has announced the availabilityof its new, lamp-free Solid Shine Series of projectors.The series features a LED, laser light source that delivers upto 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation. Allmodels in the PT-RZ370 and PT-RZ470 series deliver 3,500lumens of brightness and provide features that are ideal foreducational institutions.

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