January 2012, What’s New
Online & Software
Promethean has launched its first
mobile app for the classroom. The virtual
learner response system, designed for
use on the iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, and
Android, offers teachers an integrated
solution that streamlines instruction and aids in assessment.
Aerohive Networks Branch on
Aerohive Networks has announced
a Network as a Service (Naas) solution
that provides wired and wireless
access, performance, and security
management across districts. Optional 3G and 4G modem support
extends the enterprise network to several locations.
Atomic Learning Assistive
The company recently added content
to its online professional-development
suite. The Assistive Technology collection
now also includes Stages Assessment
Software—Stage 6 tutorials. The expanded
library helps educators understand
the requirements for providing assistive
technology under IDEA as well as how to create forms and documents
that are accessible to students who use assistive technology.
Brigance iPad App
Curriculum Associates has developed
an iPad app that provides users of the
Brigance Inventory of Early Development
(IED II) and Online Management System
(OMS) with an easy way to assess and
report on the educational strengths and needs of students performing
below the developmental age of seven. IED II then enables teachers to
upload the data into the oms for tracking and management. The app
lets users record data and observations directly on their iPads and sync
the information with the OMS.
The company has announced the availability
of the Microsoft OneNote 2010
certification exam as part of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
2010 certification suite. this software helps teachers draw on all the
features of Microsoft Office 2010 to validate their desktop skills.
Coach’s Eye App
Techsmith has launched an iOS 5 application
for the iPhone and iPod touch. It
enables coaches, athletes, and parents to
capture, analyze, and share athletic performance
on video by using an everyday
mobile device. Coaches can use the app
for slow-motion frame-by-frame analysis,
telestrating, and audio narration. Teachers
can take advantage of AirPlay mirroring
to output content from their devices to a
television without cables.
Collaborize Classroom and Topic
Democrasoft, Inc. has
Classroom, a free online
learning platform with which
teachers can extend classroom
discussions to a structured
and private online community. The company also launched Topic
Library, a free community resource that lets teachers share with other
educators the best individual topic-based lessons they create.
School Improvement Network
has launched a new Common
Core Web site. it provides a host
of free resources for educators
looking for ways to implement
and teach the standards and
will be updated with additional
Nuance Communications, Inc. has
announced an app that is available free
from the Apple iOS app store. It lets Dragon
customers use an iOS mobile device as a
voice recorder, then transcribe their recordings,
via iTunes or a wireless network, into
any application on a MAC or PC that has
Dragon speech recognition.
Dropbox for Teams
Dropbox, a free service that lets users
transport their documents, photos,
and videos between computers and
mobile devices, has introduced a paid
version that gives administrators new
features, including centralized billing,
phone support, and controls that let
them add or delete users for a group of colleagues.
Encyclopaedia Britannica iPad App
Encyclopaedia Britannica is now available
as an iPad app. The free version gives users
access to high-resolution images, maps,
100 free articles and the first 100 words of
all articles, as well as the Britannica “link
map.” The paid version, $1.99 a month,
allows users access to all articles (more than
80,000) in a fully searchable database.
The Healthy Weight Commitment
Foundation and Discovery
Education have teamed up for
the re-launch of this site, which
educates students and teachers about wellness and balancing calories
and features a variety of curricular resources. schools can also enter
the “Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes” for a chance to win
a $30,000 grant from Sports Authority and a new playground from
Playworld Systems, Inc.
Epals Learningspace 2.0
The company has announced that
the social learning platform now provides
embedded access to third-party
applications, like Microsoft Office Web
Apps and Google Docs. Schools can
now extend LearningSpace’s enterprise grade
platform by incorporating leading
applications and productivity tools in a
safe, controlled, and K–12 appropriate environment.
Essay Workstation 2.1
Niles Technology has released an essaywriting
encyclopedia and mobile writing
platform that teaches argument development
and directs students step by step in
how to write better essays. It is available for
iPad and iPhone.
Performance Matters’ new
Formative Action System for
Teacher Effectiveness offers a dashboard
and analytics platform that
supports educators on a continuous
“formative” basis with actionable
information. Teachers can monitor
their performance against several
measures, connect to differentiated professional-development
resources, and receive summative rating reports at the end of the year.
Mcgraw-Hill Education has launched its first online language-arts
program for middle school and high school students. It offers rigorous
instruction that meets the common core state standards and standards
of english-language proficiency and college/career readiness.
it also helps students handle the demands of high-level assessments,
like the act and sat, and supports english-language leaders and
students in need of intervention.
Hatch has released a mobile version of its
learning system designed to improve critical
skills for kindergarten readiness. The
system gives teachers access to a Web-based, password-protected
system for reporting children’s progress. The system offers more than
500 activities that guide children toward mastering 18 skills.
Knowledge Delivery Systems
Internet Safety and Cyberbullying
The company has developed
two courses on internet safety and cyberbullying as part of its online
professional-development product suite. “Cyber Savvy: Promoting
Students’ Safe and Civil Internet Practice” offers teachers insights
into promoting safe and responsible use of digital technologies.
“Cyberbullying: Empowering Students Against Digital Aggression,
Abuse, and Exploitation” provides recommended strategies for preventing
risk and intervention initiatives for addressing digital dangers.
Courses can be purchased together or individually.
Learn360 Video Content Aligned To
CCSS and 21st-Century Skills
Learn360 has announced an
update of its online video content
to correlate with Common Core
Standards and 21st-century skills. Teachers, parents, and students
have been given access to this content to support fully integrating
technology into the classroom.
Lectora Snap! Empower
Lectora has added a social-networking
dimension to its e-Learning suite of
products that helps users easily publish
and share their presentations on social
networks and mobile devices. A static
PowerPoint slide deck can be spruced
up with Flash animation, video, and narration
without the user’s having to learn
Letz Talk Inc.
This new product line gives teens a creative
outlet where they can open up to the adults
in their lives and share their feelings and concerns.
It includes Caremail, which includes
age-appropriate cards for kids aged five
to 18. Used by organizations including Big
Brothers/Big Sisters, Caremail helps children
talk to parents and teachers to build supportive relationships.
The Livescribe K12 blog now includes pencasts.
Teachers can record daily discussions
and lessons and make them available
to absentee students to avoid having
to teach the same lesson again and so that
the students can hear, see, and relive the
notes the way they were produced.
Marshall Cavendish has introduced
a flexible online learning platform
developed to support the teaching
of Singapore Math in the US to
grades one through five. Math Buddies
includes multimedia lessons that
explain each concept, step-by-step
practice problems for independent and group learning, and comprehensive
assessments for tracking students’ progress.
This new free Web site helps students
learn through a repository of
cultivated crowd-sourced educational content organized into step-bystep
directions. It aggregates and categorizes the online material, such
as YouTube videos and About.com articles, into intuitive “how-to”
courses called Learning Playlists.
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has
announced an online subscriptionbased
resource that provides key
information about U.S. elected officials
and political candidates and their main topics as well as on how the
government functions. MyGovernment provides detailed facts on representatives
at the federal, state, and local levels.
NBC Learn Decision 2012
The company has launched a special
collection that will help students
research and analyze the
2012 election by looking at the
candidates, the major issues,
events, and the process behind the
campaigns. The collection of NBC
News reports will be updated continually
on weekdays through the inauguration in 2013.
New Dimension Media STEM
The company announced that it will offer an exclusively
STEM-focused streaming-media program in
January 2012 to help bolster students’ achievement
in these areas. The service will feature more than
300 programs from NDM’s content catalog, including
standards-based programming from Bill Nye the
Science Guy and the National Science Foundation.
Nitro Pro 7
Nitro has released the latest version of
its desktop product designed to “Make
PDF easy.” With it, users can create,
edit, secure, sign, and share PDF files
more intuitively. new features include
Redaction, QuickSign, and Digital
Signature Profiles along with support for
static XFA forms and Optional Content
Groups (OCG layers).
Note Taker HD
Now available as an iPad app, Note Taker HD
enables users to write directly on the iPad
screen. Other features include a Zoom window
to let users focus on a portion of the screen
and highlight key text; the ability to write on a
PDF form that is stored, then save or email the
form; folders for organizing and storing documents;
and pens of many colors and widths
that users can preset.
This product has been upgraded to
offer extended features for the iPad.
Version 1.5 enables users to watch
Pd 360 videos on the iPad, control
email and notifications, manage sharing
options, and more. The application works online or offline on the
iPhone, iPod touch, Android phones and tablets, and PC laptops and
The ParentLink communication platform
enables school administrators to improve the
appearance, delivery, and management of
email messages. TruSend includes a set of
email templates and editing tools and presents
a series of email delivery reports.
The company has introduced rigorous
research-based courses that
are optimized for virtual programs.
They offer a streamlined workflow
for teachers and administrators, an intuitive user interface for learners,
and support services to help schools implement an effective
virtual program quickly and cost-effectively. vCourses are aligned to
Common Core, state, and national standards, and they follow the iNACOL
National Standards of Quality for Online Courses.
Archipelago learning has
launched a Web-based reading
and comprehension program for
grades two through six. It provides
learning resources, lessons,
motivational games, e-books, and reporting capabilities in an interactive
RM Easiteach Next Generation 1.3
RM Education has released
an update of the program for
Windows. Teachers can create and
deliver lessons and activities that
incorporate text, clip art, animation,
video, Flash, and hyperlinks
using RM Easiteach’s tools. The
update also lets users import files
directly from PowerPoint and includes the integrated Download
Center, which provides thousands of lessons that can be downloaded
Safari Books Online New Titles
The company has expanded the titles
from independent publisher Berrett-
Koehler that it offers in its online digital
library, pushing the number of books and
videos available through safari to more
than 17,000. The Berrett-Koehler titles
emphasize business and leadership and are useful for professional
Schoolwires is launching a safe sociallearning
environment designed to foster
student engagement beyond the
classroom. Nimbus ensures that district
networking activity is structured
and secure. Administrators can manage
users, access, and settings; monitor network activity; and apply filters.
Reporting tools help guarantee compliance.
Shmoop Sat Subject
Test Biology E/M
The company has launched an online
course prep program focusing on both
ecology and molecular biology. It combines
two exams in one and incorporates
pop-culture trivia to keep students
STEM 417: Global Climate Change
Education for high school
PBS TeacherLine is offering an
online course for high school
teachers that is part of a series
resources on climate change.
Funded by a NASA grant, the
course is designed to engage high
school students in understanding
the causes and effects of climate
StudyBlue Mobile App
StudyBlue has launched an updated
mobile app for iPhone and Android
devices that enables students to create
flash cards on their smartphones.
With the free app, they can snap and
insert photos and transcribe speech
to text directly into the flash cards.
Super Duper Mobile Apps
Super Duper has expanded its original Data
Tracker Mobile App to help educators gather on
their iPhone, iPod touch, and iPads even more
information about students’ progress. The new
features let users create many goals for each student, choose from
several types of response, “undo” the last recorded response, and
track correct and incorrect responses to questions discreetly and efficiently.
The company has also launched four new apps.
Teachscape Modules for Leaders
The company has developed the
Data-Driven instruction Series content
library, which has four new modules
for helping educators use data to plan
and implement effective instruction.
The Modules for Leaders help teachers get up to speed on using data
to engage in continuous improvement. The Modules for Teachers
focus on ways to collect and analyze data and on conducting alternative
methods of formative assessment, respectively.
Texthelp Systems Cloud-based
Apps for Mobile Devices
The company has announced the release of a
suite of Web Apps, including Read&Write Web
and eBook Reader for Bookshare eBooks. These
Web Apps work on the iPad, iPod touch, and
other mobile devices as well as PCs and Macs.
Read&Write GOLD users benefit from using familiar
features along with flexible mobility and instant
accessibility to these powerful web support tools.
Vizzle Player App for iPad
Monarch Teaching Technologies has
announced that the app is now available
for the iPad on the Apple App Store. The
app gives children with autism access to
visual support and lessons through a fun
multi-touch display and helps educators
retrieve important academic and socialskill-
Jadu, Inc. announces a service that
helps organizations publish apps to
the mobile Web. Schools can deploy
and manage mobile Web applications
based on apps and icons that can be
deployed to mobile devices supporting HTML5 and CSS3 standards
Califone (www.califone.com) has introduced the WB80 interactive
whiteboard. it can be mounted on any surface, regardless
of whether there are electrical outlets or the strength of the
wall. The WB80 comes with sensor pieces that attach to any
blank wall, creating a 48-inch-by-64-inch interactive space. The
whiteboard runs solely on USB power, so it’s easily set up for
Video Mount Products (videomount.com) has launched the
DVR-MB1 Mobile/Rackmount DVR Lockbox. The product can
be mounted on the left, right, bottom, and rear sides for mobile
applications, includes securing strips for DVR in mobile applications,
and comes in a black static-resistant powder-coat finish.
Casio America (www.casiousa.com) has expanded its Pro
High Brightness Series of projectors with the XJ-H1700 and
XJ-H1750. They have 4,000-lumen output and feature the company’s
Laser and LED Hybrid light source technology. This technology
increases the color spectrum compared with a mercury
lamp life while lowering a projector’s total cost of ownership.
The projectors are DLP 3-D ready and can display 3-D content
from a 3-D–capable computer.
HP (www1.hp.com) has announced two new products for the
classroom. The Slate 2 Tablet PC (bottom) offers multi-touch
technology that enables easy navigation and better multitasking.
its new Swype keyboard lets users enter data with one continuous
motion of finger or stylus across the screen. The HP 3115m
(top) offers up to 11.5 hours of battery life, flexible wireless capabilities,
an 11.6-inch diagonal led back-lighted HD display, and a
ViewSonic (www.viewsonic.com) has announced the latest addition
to its line of ViewPad tablets, the 7e. The Android-based tablet is
ideal for Flash video and Web browsing and has preinstalled Amazon
applications for delivering e-reading capabilities. It offers a seveninch
display and Gingerbread 2.3 operating system and presents an
intuitive screen layout with holographic visual effects, thanks to the
ViewScene 3D interface.
Aver Information (www.averusa.com)
has launched the U10 portable USB
document camera. The ultra-compact
camera connects direct to a laptop or
desktop PC and displays live documents
and 3-D objects. It presents
materials of up to 720p HD at
30 frames per second and provides
both video and power flow
through the USB connection.
Canon (www.usa.canon.com) has three new projectors ideal for classrooms. The 2500-lumen LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw Projector (left) can
display an 80-inch picture from only 1.04 ft. The 2500-lumen LV-8225 (right) has Auto Set-Up Functions and a Wide-Angle 1.2x Zoom Lens.
The 3000-lumen LV-8320 (middle) includes an Intelligent Lamp Dimming System for extended lamp life and power-saving “green” operation.
All offer WXGA-resolution wide-screen 16:10 images. The LV-8235 and LV-8320 also include an HDMI digital input for projection of 1080p video
from Blu-ray players.
Hitachi America (www.hitachi.us)
has announced the availability of
its CP-X3021WN and CP-X2521WN
networkable mobile projectors. Both
model offer versatile networking and
connectivity options for educational
applications. The 3LCD projectors
provide a variety of upgraded performance
and convenience features,
such as the company’s new intelligent
Eco, which automatically changes the
lamp’s brightness according to the
level of the input signal.
Amplivox Sound Systems (www.ampli.com) has announced an upscale redesign
of its Pinnacle Multimedia Lecterns. The
new models feature a hard-shell polyurethane
exterior for more durability and
better performance. Divided front panels
are available in four classic wood finishes,
and a top grill cover camouflages a flat
reading shelf that has room for notes or
a laptop. A deep interior shelf supports
multimedia devices, water, and supplies.
SMART Technologies (www.smarttech.com) has launched the
SMART Board 400 series interactive display overlay. it can be
added to any LCD or plasma flat-panel display to enable touch
and ink interactivity and features SMART’s DViT technology for
facilitating effective touch control and accurate writing. The new
overlay for education includes SMART Notebook collaborative
learning software to let users work together more effectively
Panasonic (www.panasonic.com) has announced the Toughpad family
of Android-powered rugged tablets. They include a 10-inch and a seven-
inch device and are durable enough for classroom use. Both tablets
meet durability certifications and ingress protection ratings consistent
with other Toughbook devices. The Toughpad A1 also offers optional
4G (LTE or WINMAX) mobile broadband as well as satellite GPS.
Luidia Inc. (www.luidia.com) has teamed with NEC Display
Solutions Europe to feature Luidia’s eBeam technology in NEC’s
new NPO1Wi line of interactive whiteboard kits. The integration
enables NEC’s short and ultra-short throw projectors to deliver
advanced data interactivity to customers, allowing them to collaborate
on projected content in real time.