March 2013, What’s New
Belkin Stage App
iPad app that
of a document
camera with the
power of an interactive whiteboard. The
Stage app enables educators to sketch and
annotate over live videos or objects using
the iPad camera. With a connection to a
projector or second screen, iPad creations
can be shared with an entire classroom.
Bloxx Web Filter and
Secure Gateway Apps
apps for the
Filter and Bloxx Secure Web Gateway.
The virtual appliances mirror the
protection and functionality of Bloxx’s
current hardware appliances, making
them ideal for organizations moving
their security infrastructure to a virtual
Gaggle iPad App
The new Gaggle
iPad app solves
the problem of
shared iPads in
a classroom cart
app, each student using the iPad logs into
her own account, so sharing the tablet
is easy and documents are kept safe and
secure. Features include Gaggle email,
an Assignment Drop Box, and the ability
to digitally grade assignments and return
them to students with the Mark it Up! pen.
app that enables
iPads with lessons displayed on the
classroom’s interactive whiteboard. The
connection uses a Quick Response Code
(QR), eliminating the need for educators to
enter an IP address, port, or any additional
information to connect the application to
classroom computers or tablets.
an app for iOS
students mobile access to the proprietary
Robust Online Academic Delivery System
(R.O.A.D.S.) learning management system.
With the ROADS app, students enrolled
in Advanced Academics online programs
can access their grades, post to discussion
boards, and get real-time assistance from
teachers via an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
has teamed up
to offer HMH’s
interactive education content and solutions
on Samsung’s Android-powered tablets,
including the GALAXY Note 10.1. They
have also developed a version of the HMH
Fuse app—the full-curriculum algebra and
geometry program—for the Android platform.
Schoolwires Mobile App
works with the Centricity2 content
management system to offer district
communities quick and easy access to the
district home screen, announcements,
headline news and information, and
calendar of events via smartphones.
Districts can also choose to brand the app
to match the colors, fonts, and logos of their
with expanded features and curriculum.
Featuring a full classroom management
system, a complete third- through fifthgrade
Common Core curriculum, and a
supplemental sixth- through eighth-grade
curriculum, the latest version of Wowzers
is now supported on any mobile device.
of its cloudbased
educate and train students via rich
interactive multimedia for a wide range
of applications, including studentbuilt
apps in flipped classrooms, social
engagement apps, and games.
software & online
Aperio is a wireless
eliminates the use
of keys and allows
entry only to authorized
faculty with proper credentials. The
technology heightens the safety of students
and enables school management to
comprehensively protect and monitor
access to any area of the facility at all times.
Bookshare’s New Tools
library of digital accessible books, is
a literacy initiative for education and
pleasure reading by Benetech, a nonprofit
organization using technology to
support humanity. Bookshare has released
two new tools to help its members (U.S.
students with qualified print disabilities
and schools) organize and read ebooks.
Web Reader will allow individual members
to open and read books with a browser,
without requiring them to download
the book or use separate software. The
Bookshelf will help members and sponsors
organize reading, including K-12 textbooks
and required reading assignments.
which allows districts and schools to
build and publish custom digital units
that align with their curriculum maps
and instructional goals. The tool enables
administrators to create and share unique
content collections with their teachers
and re-sequence existing content to more
effectively meet specific objectives and
DataProtect for NetApp
off-site backup, replication, and disaster
recovery for environments that use NetApp
filters , without the need for any additional
hardware, tapes, or third party software.
Schools can have a reliable off-site backup
solution in less than 30 minutes.
Edgenuity, and the new platform offers
several upgrades that are ideal for today’s
classroom. Edgenuity offers hundreds
of course choices to prepare students for
college and the workplace, powerful studentcentered
tools to facilitate learning, and
ongoing feedback. Edgenuity courses are
now tablet-compatible, for schools that make
tablets available to students.
has unveiled new and
enhanced tools and resources for
students, teachers, and schools that
encourage collaborative social learning.
The upgrades include free self-directed,
authentic student learning centers, new
classroom management and Web 2.0
collaboration tools, and projects and
resources that provide immediate support
for teachers implementing the Common
360 helps educators gain immediate
results from formative and summative
assessment using a variety of mobile
devices, such as eInstruction student
response pads (clickers), smartphones,
tablets, or iPads.
EverFi Digital Learning
students in critical skills, offers digital
learning programs. The learning platforms
focus on topics including financial literacy,
digital citizenship, and cyberbullying
prevention. Each platform leverages
adaptive technologies such as 3D gaming,
simulation, social networking, and virtual
ForeScout CounterACT 7
hybrid 802.1X and agentless NAC
functionality that makes it easier to
deploy, manage, and scale network access
control, particularly for organizations
that are seeking to enable a BYOD
strategy. With CounterACT, districts can
achieve continuous network access and
endpoint compliance while upholding user
experience and critical operations.
“Going Mobile” Catalyst
a variety of tools and strategies to get
the most out of mobile devices in the
classroom. The six-week online course
focuses on developing strategies for
including portable computing devices in
classroom projects and lessons, including
the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and other cell
phones and mobile computing platforms.
CDW-G and Google
have teamed up
to offer complete
education. These include a Chromebook
device and a tool for educators, the
Chromebook management console.
Schools can apply district policies,
applications, and settings to users’ devices,
pre-install or block applications and Web
sites, assign and track devices, manage user
acces, and control network access.
Kno has launched a
new student analytics
product, Kno Me.
Students can track
their study habits to
see where they could improve in order to
understand the material and improve their
grades. They can also share their studying
behaviors with classmates to compare their
knowledge of the material.
The LearnSmart personal digital tutor is a
software tool that personalizes learning by
pinpointing which concepts students know
and don’t know. In a high school setting, the
solution is expected to help students study
more efficiently and effectively, and come
to class better prepared to discuss more
School Item Bank
has launched its
High School Item
districts with ACT
Prep and EOC Assessment content.
Accessible through the LearningStation
Insight platform, both school and
district administrators have access to
nine standards-aligned End-of-Course
assessments and the equivalent of three full
ACT Tests, with writing prompts included.
Lego MindStorms EV3
a platform that
in STEM education through hands-on
robotics technology. Students can design,
program, and run a working robot in less
than 45 minutes while learning how these
projects relate to real-world problems.
instructional aid for teachers and students
to create focused and differentiated
writing instruction. Writer is a Web-based,
diagnostic, skill-building tool, aligned
with Common Core English/Language
Arts writing standards and scoring rubrics.
Targeted feedback helps students revise
and practice their skills.
PresenceLearning’s OT services help
students with a variety of different
diagnoses—including, but not limited to,
attention deficit disorder, speech or
language impairment, and sensory
processing disorder—make progress on
their goals. During online OT sessions, the
therapist, along with an on-site aide, works
with students using basic and inexpensive
materials such as pens, paper, dried pasta,
and other items to engage students and
teach specific functional skills.
to provide a collaborative, classroombased,
learning environment through a
suite of Windows 8 and RT applications.
The software will enable whole class
instruction, group collaboration, and
SAS and Learning.com
product to join the growing digital
content library at Learning.com. SAS
Curriculum Pathways online curriculum
resources are available at no charge to
educators, and now more teachers will
find the content through Learning.com’s
digital curriculum portal.
Network and Pearson
has partnered with Pearson to offer
instructional improvement analytics
and research-proven professional
development tools. The partnership will
bring Schoolnet clients an instructional
improvement system with integrated PD
360’s professional development content.
up with schools to
raise money—like Groupon for education.
Schoola.com hosts and facilitates the
fundraiser online, providing the tools to
share it with parents and the community.
Over 10,000 schools are already enrolled.
and administrators access to informative
data. Schools with a Shmoop license can
view user data as well as student progress,
and compare results with other schools,
classrooms, and students. In addition, the
tracking tool enables teachers to see how
much time their students are spending on
assignments and identify those who are
struggling with current material.
vendor ContentKeeper Technologies has
launched its new Secure Internet Gateway
(SIG) solution. It features CIPA-compliant
filtering and reporting for desktops and
mobile devices, including smart phones and
tablets, on or off the school network. It also
offers proactive, analysis-based malware
detection to protect against Web-based
threats that are immune to signature-based
SkyCoder, a free
tool for customers
of its K-12 student
management and school business software
that enables administrators to customize
screens, fields, and parameters. With the
new tool, school and district staff can tailor
the company’s solutions to their local and
prepare for the realities of life after high
school through personalized project-based
learning and career exploration. With these
standards-aligned, Web-based programs,
schools and districts can make sure all
students are fully engaged in relevant
Lenovo (www.lenovo.com) announces the
ThinkPad X131e Chromebook,
a rugged laptop designed for education.
The Chromebook has rubber bumpers
around the top cover, and stronger corners
to protect it against wear and tear. The 11.6-
inch HD LED anti-glare screen, low-light
webcam, and HDMI and VGA ports make it
ideal for the classroom and home.
Ergotron (www.ergotron.com) has
released new tablet management
carts, with capacity configurations
of 16, 32, and 48 tablets. Available
with or without LED Individual
Status Indicators (ISI), the
Cart retains the charging,
syncing, and mobility functionality
of Ergotron’s current tablet
BenQ (www.benq.com) has released Classroom iQ, a suite of nextgeneration
products that will introduce versatile new ways of both teaching and
learning via today’s handheld devices. The suite includes IFPs, panels that bring
touch technology and multimedia connectivity to the classroom. With 42-inch,
55-inch, and 65-inch displays, the panels feature tile-friendly Windows 8
compatibility, full HD resolution, and integrated speakers.
Panasonic (www.panasonic.com) has released
the i-PRO SmartHD 360° panoramic
3.0 megapixel dome cameras. Both the
indoor (WV-SF438) and outdoor IP66-
rated weather- and vandal-resistant (WVSW458)
cameras feature a 360° lowprofile
design and virtual pan/tilt/zoom
operation that does not require a motor,
enabling the camera to be placed in spaces
where conventional PTZ cameras won’t fit.
ViewSonic (www.viewsonic.com) has announced seven new models within the PJD6
and PJD7 series of projectors. The PJD7 series is equipped with 4000 lumens
brightness, HDMI connectivity, and wireless LAN display for heightened
levels of brightness and resolution. The PJD6 series focuses on the need
to deliver remote projector management for a user-friendly way to manage
multiple networked projectors. Both series enable PC-less presentations
by empowering users to connect with smartphones and tablets to wirelessly
stream content from device to projector.
SMART Technologies (www.smarttech.com) introduces
the SMART Table 442i
collaborative learning center, a SMART
Table that features an engaging 360-degree,
multi-touch surface with a 42-inch highdefinition
1080p LCD display. The SMART
Table enables up to eight students to interact.
Educators can access over 1,500 ready-made
activity packs, or create their own lesson content
using the included SMART Table Toolkit.
Ken-A-Vision’s (www.ken-a-vision.com) EduCam
Classroom Viewer enables users to view,
capture, annotate, and share live streaming images
directly from a document camera, visualizer, or digital
microscope. Designed with teacher input, EduCam is an
ideal mobile solution for BYOD, One-to-One, and iPadequipped
schools. It’s designed for use with FlexCam
visualizers, kena, and Ken-A-Vision educational
The Newcastle Systems (www.newcastlesys.com) Power
Swap System enables
the company’s NB Series
Mobile Powered Workstations
to operate 24 hours a day with
no break for recharging. To run
computers, printers, scales,
testers, barcode scanners, and
other electronic hardware, these
workstations provide clean,
seamless AC power without the
hassles of extension cords or
Aven (www.aventools.com) has introduced a pocket-sized 80x microscope
that serves as a Wi-Fi hotspot, with the ability to share magnified images and
video anywhere with three iOS or Android devices. The Mighty Scope
Connect’s 30-foot range makes it practical for science labs, field trips, and
presentations, with no need for an Internet connection or wireless network access.
The newest addition to the MimioClassroom (www.mimio.com) family, the MimioProjector interactive projector
includes built-in tracking technology, a stereo amplifier,
speakers, and the MimioStudio classroom software. Teachers
can easily create multimedia lessons and then display those
images on a dry-erase board or any other flat surface. Dualpen
operations allow two students to simultaneously interact
with the same projected image.
Epson (www.epsonbrighterfutures.com) has introduced the
BrightLink 436Wi, a fully-integrated, portable, short-throw
interactive projector. The BrightLink 436Wi is the first interactive,
short-throw Epson projector that can be moved from room to room.
It can project onto any existing whiteboard, wall, or other smooth,
light-colored, hard surface. Teachers can connect existing multimedia
devices, over their network or even PC-free, and keep writing.
Mitsubishi (www.mevsa.com) has
released the LaserVue family of lampfree,
projectors that create brilliant images with
accurate colors using a technologically
advanced light engine. The company has also
announced the WD390U-EST cloud
projector, which uses a built-in, thin client
function to serve as a dynamic display device.
Schools won’t need a computer for new builds
or technology upgrades, making the projector
a cost-efficient solution.
Califone (www.califone.com) has released the
Lightweight Stereo Headphone (8200-
HP). The headphone is purpose-built to accommodate
regular student use in classrooms, libraries, and computer labs,
featuring adjustable polypropylene headband and swiveling
on-ear earcups to enhance student comfort.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (www.samsung.com) has announced a new line
of A4 color multi-function printers. Ideal
for classrooms of all sizes, the new CLX-
8640ND and CLX-8650ND models are
built with dual-scan technology, saving
time and company resources. The printers
feature dual-scan technology, designed to
automatically scan both sides of a document
at once for faster output.