November 2011, What’s New
Online & Software
19Pencils has launched an online
resource to help K–8 teachers
guide their students in finding specific
Web content aligned to the
curriculum. Teachers can search hundreds of Web sites for content
or provide their own sites and share that content with other subscribers.
The site also keeps track of the time students spend on tasks and
includes a Playground where students can interact with one another
and share their thoughts about the assigned subject matter.
Apperson has launched an individualized
online supplemental tool
that helps instructors teach while
it monitors students’ progress.
Apperson Prep includes animated
unit and lesson movies, practice questions, and quizzes that currently
focus on algebra but will eventually include geometry.
Bearport Publishing Ebooks
Bearport Publishing now offers Web-hosted
award-winning nonfiction e-books for grades
pre-K–8. Available with unlimited simultaneous
user access, the e-books help round out
school and library print and digital collections.
Kensington Computer Products has introduced
a series of solutions for reducing the
risk of iPads and iPhones’ being stolen or lost.
BungeeAir alerts users if their iPhones are
taken or left behind, and SecureBack allows
the iPad to be physically locked to a stationary device. When an
iPhone moves a certain distance from a fob on Bungee Air, an alarm
is triggered. SecureBack provides a lock that can attach the iPad to a
variety of objects while permitting user access.
Pearson’s automated identitymanagement
tool is now available
for Google Apps for Education,
a free suite of hosted email and
collaboration applications for schools. CloudConnect connects to
the school’s student-information system, Google Apps, or Office 365
application and creates, removes, and updates accounts as needed.
Common Core 360
School Improvement Network just
launched a Common Core training
resource complete with videos and
documents; a library and mobile app
are soon to come. Common Core 360 helps teachers understand how
the Common Core standards work, what the vision for education is,
and how to help students better.
Dukane’s software platform provides an easy-touse
interface while gathering student-performance
data and providing access across the school district.
Convey supplies teachers with real-time information
on whether students understand concepts in each lesson,
and students are engaged in the process because
they use a responder (iPad, iPod, laptop, or handheld
device). A built-in data-aggregation engine gives leadership personnel
important information about key student-performance indicators.
eChalk Mobile App
eChalk has launched a mobile app to extend its
school-communication and instruction-management
software to more computing devices. The app, which
has versions for iOS and Android devices, provides
access to the eChalk online platform, allowing users
to view grades, homework assignments, learning
resources, and class discussions. Teachers can notify
students and parents from their mobile devices.
English Spanish Success ESS!
Sunburst has launched its
newest brand of digital
instructional solutions. ESS!
was designed to answer a growing demand from school districts looking
for products tailored to students of Hispanic heritage. The brand
will debut Sparkito! Kinder, Comprendo! Elementary, and Claro! Middle
School programs in the next month.
Gale Business Insights: Global
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has
released an international online business
resource that helps students progress
from basic research to higher levels of
understanding. The program integrates
case studies, analytical tools, and in-depth
statistical data with narrative content.
HMH and Promethean
Digital Math Textbooks
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Promethean have
teamed up to create the next generation of digital
math textbooks. The textbooks will feature
interactive lessons with embedded hands-on
activities and will be compatible
with interactive whiteboards
and mobile devices.
Kaplan Teach! Strategies &
Kaplan K12 Learning Services has launched
an online tool kit that has instructional and
professional-development resources. Based
on pedagogical best practices and aligned
to state-specific and Common Core standards,
Teach! Strategies & Resources offers an online library of more
than 3,000 lessons, assessments, and videos that educators can filter
by grade (2–12), subject, state-specific standards, and/or Common
Core State Standards to find tools for classroom use.
ClassLink’s new cloud-based program delivers
a course-centered, flexible learning experience.
Teachers and students have access
to the same suite of tools, which facilitate
blended learning and provide the digital
instruments they need in the classroom, the
computer lab, the library, and beyond.
Learn360 Math Park
and Write Right
Learn360 has announced its newest
series of videos. Both series offer
streaming video that has engaging
characters and concepts. Math Park
supports national math learning standards
and helps students learn core-curriculum topics. Two new
Write Right series from MetaFour Productions have been added to
Learn360’s content library. Learning to Print and Learning Cursive
include 25 full videos and 56 video clips also targeted to grades K–5.
Learning.com and EasyTech
“21st Century Skills
Assessment” now prescribes
lessons and activities
from the EasyTech
digital-literacy curriculum. This allows teachers to individualize learning
and help students progress faster. EasyTech is a self-paced
interactive K–8 curriculum that teaches critical technology skills and
higher-order thinking in the context of core curriculum.
ePals Corporation has launched the next
generation of its social-learning network.
LearningSpace 2.0 combines the best features
of Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and
other platforms with SchoolSafe safety and
privacy features to manage online social interaction. Administrators
can customize their learning communities and set varying permissions
for teachers, parents, and students.
M86 WebMarshal 6.9 with
M86 VuSafe integration
M86 Security has released its latest version
of M86 WebMarshal featuring the integration
of its successful M86 VuSafe service. M86
WebMarshal 6.9 includes a new default policy
that simplifies managing access to social-networking sites.
Additionally, teachers can share approved online videos with their
students via M86 VuSafe, a video library that helps users find, tag,
organize, and share YouTube videos while preventing access to
inappropriate videos, advertisements, and viewer comments.
My Big Campus for iOS
Lightspeed Systems has
announced the release of a free
app for iOS devices. My Big
Campus provides easy mobile
access to education resources such as YouTube videos, online
assignments, activity feeds, and group discussions. Designed to
give educators and students constant access to safe content and
classroom discussion, the app also supplies the tools for continued
collaboration and learning beyond the classroom.
Ginger Labs recently released the first integrated
note taker for the iPad. Notability
continues to integrate tools that help students
capture information and automatically
links notes to audio recordings. All
the essential tools will now be within one app: audio recordings,
full-featured handwriting, word processing, PDF annotation, media
support, a library, and automatically synced to Dropbox, iDisk, and
OnCourse Systems for Education
recently launched a mobile application
(compatible with Android and Apple)
for OnCourse Lesson Planner administrators
that allows them to review
and comment on teachers’ lesson plans.
These features enhance an administrator walk-through and track teachers’
This month Ooka Island is premiering its
Adventure literacy program, a game that
combines reading science and gaming
theory and incorporates 3-D animations,
engaging storylines, and characters to keep
students engaged. Adventure is aligned
with the Common Core Standards and
facilitates tracking by parents and teachers.
Print Manager Plus WebAdvantage
Print Manager announced the availability of
its WebAdvantage Suite, an add-on for Print
Manager Plus that helps schools control user
printing and printing security both locally and
remotely through the Internet. A school can create
its own Private Print Cloud, which is easy to
install and requires minimal setup. The software
supports Windows, Mac, Linux, and any other
OS running a Web browser.
Pro64 Network Manager 2.0
Aviom has announced the availability
of a new version of its
Pro64 Network Manager PC
control application. Version
2.0 delivers the flexibility of a
full crosspoint switch on inputs
as well as outputs throughout
a Pro64 audio network. It also
adds support for the AllFrame
Multi-Modular I/O System, the
newest addition to the Pro64
Series of audio networking products.
Revolution Prep has expanded its academic-subject tutoring program
to incorporate its REACH method. The program matches academicsubject
tutors with each student based on the student’s strengths,
needs, learning style, personality, and extracurricular interests. Then
the tutor works with the student’s family to create a customized plan
based on the student’s school curriculum and the REACH approach:
Reteaching, Exploration, Advanced, Capstone, and Homework.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions,
U.S.A. has announced the launch
of a customized suite for managing
documents electronically that
helps schools migrate to electronic
SchoolFlow, designed for
K–12 schools and districts, reduces
operating costs by improving the creation, archiving, and retrieval of
student records. It can be integrated with a library of e-forms with
Shmoop Dashboards for SAT and
ACT Exam Prep
Shmoop has announced a
Dashboard for its Enhanced
2012 SAT and ACT exam prep
courses. The Dashboard gives
students, parents, and teachers
access to more practice exams,
instant feedback, full diagnostic
exams and skill breakdowns,
and neatly printed summaries in PDF- and XLS-friendly formats.
Skype in the classroom
Skype in the classroom has
announced several improvements
of its free online resource for helping
teachers create projects and
collaborate with other instructors.
Users can now create end dates
for their projects, hyperlink to additional
content, and add school affiliation, among other things.
STI i21 Zone
STI has introduced a professional-development
service designed to help schools integrate
their existing technologies into daily
instructional practices so they can improve
students’ engagement and achievement. i21 Zone
provides a custom plan that helps teachers transform
their classrooms into dynamic learning environments tailored to students’
individual needs. To provide ongoing collaborative support
to teachers, i21 trainers observe and model classroom practices and
guide teachers in reflection and lesson planning.
Teachscape Reflect Live
Teachscape has developed a system
for managing and reporting observations,
allowing teachers to move from
paper forms to a technology-enabled
process that helps them schedule
classroom observations, collect and
organize the resulting data, align evidence
with a framework, and store all
work on one secure platform. Reflect
Live can be used with any Internetconnected
tablet or laptop, and users
can take notes in the system during the live observation. Districts
have the flexibility of loading any instructional rubric and pre- or postobservation
TI-Nspire Navigator System for
The new Texas Instruments system uses a school’s existing wired
or wireless network and desktop or
laptop computer infrastructure to help
teachers manage interactive math and
science instruction on the classroom
network. Teachers can transfer files
from the classroom computer to all
student computers simultaneously.
They can also create TI-Nspire documents
for homework and assessment that the system collects and
Word Joust and StoryLines
Root-One, Inc. has
launched three learning
apps: Word Joust K–5,
Word Joust 6–8, and
StoryLines. Word Joust
helps students improve their vocabulary and
performance on scholastic tests by constantly
adjusting the level of difficulty according to interaction
with the user. StoryLines is a free tool that
helps students improve their creative writing skills and fosters collaboration.
The free Word Joust apps are available for iOS devices at the
iTunes App Store, and StoryLines is available for the iPad.
Epson (www.epsonbrighterfutures.com) has
introduced the PowerLite S11 and X12 projectors.
These models replace the S9 and X9
and deliver enhanced connectivity, increased
brightness, flexible setup, and extended
lamp life. Because they have plus-or-minus
30-degree horizontal and vertical keystone
correction, they can be set up easily in any
classroom. The lamp life of the projectors is
5,000 hours in economy mode. The S11 and
X12 can be powered on and off with a wall
switch, and they offer USB connectivity for
SMART Technology (www.smarttech.com/podiumforeducation) has
announced the SMART Podium 500 series. The 518 and 524 (pictured)
interactive pen displays provide the functionality of interactive whiteboards
and let educators turn any classroom into an interactive collaboration
space. The wide-screen HD series features SMART’s DViT technology,
which enables accurate digital writing. Both models comply with
high-bandwidth digital-content protection to ensure safe file transfer.
ViewSonic (www.viewsonic.com) has announced the availability of
the PLED-W200 and PLED-W500, the first models in the company’s
line of portable LED projectors. The devices feature 20,000-hour
lamp life and 3-D–ready capabilities, as well as an SD-card reader
for displaying documents, photos, videos, and other multimedia files
without a PC.
Shure (www.shure.com) has
released a microphone that’s a
great fit for schools’ conferencing
needs. The MX415 Gooseneck
Microphone provides premium
sound and ease for speakers, and
it can be mounted on a desktop or
a base. The microphone is available
in wired and wireless options and
offers interchangeable cartridges.
Aver Information Inc. (www.averusa.com) has announced the release of
the HVC310 and HVC110, the next
generation of its videoconferencing
solutions. The HVC110 is
an H.323, 720 p, HD, 30 fps
end-point solution with a fivemegapixel
PTZ camera, full duplex
audio and echo cancellation, external
third-party microphone support, and an
included directional microphone. The HVC310 adds an integrated MCU for connecting
as many as four locations plus content sharing, meeting recording to a USB flash drive,
and two included directional mikes.
Broadcast Pix (www.broadcastpix.com) has introduced
a cost-effective live-videoproduction
by native HD technology
from Granite systems and
Broadcast Pix Fluent software,
which integrates video
and file-based content, Mica
allows even a solo operator to
create a live production.
JBL (www.jblpro.com) has unveiled the
EON 210P, a lightweight (33-pound), portable
PA system that features two 10-inch
two-way speakers, an eight-channel powered
stereo mixer with four digital effects,
two 15-foot speaker cables, and a convenient
storage compartment for microphones
and accessories. The mixer and
storage compartment attach to the rear of
the speakers, allowing a person to move
easily when transporting the system.