SPECIAL Section ISTE Wrap-up
Online & Software
eInstruction has partnered with Ignite! Learning
to enable immediate and automatic scoring on
eInstruction’s CPS student response systems.
Ignite! Learning provides standards-aligned middle
school assessments that can be used as tests
or class review.
Questionmark, the online testing and
assessment program, has been upgraded.
Version 5.3 offers an interactive Item
Analysis Report that gives users visual
cues on how to quickly see results that
need more detailed investigation.
SK Telecom, a provider of wireless
and mobile applications, will soon
release T Smart Learning, a new
platform that provides customized
learning and opportunities for individual
student evaluations. The new
platform can be accessed through a
mobile tablet and can help students
prioritize coursework, set goals, manage schedules, and improve skills
such as vocabulary.
GALE, part of Cengage Learning,
has announced the addition of
five new languages to Powerspeak
Languages, the online language
learning program. ESL for speakers
of Mandarin Chinese, Italian,
Japanese, Russian and Korean
round out the program, which
uses a variety of multi-sensory
activities to help students acquire language skills.
e2020, Inc.’s new eLibrary
program offers a keyword
search tutorial system for
grades 6-12 that gives students
access to over 4,600
Common Core state standard
aligned lessons in languages,
math, science, social
studies, and electives. The library can be implemented by itself or as
an add-on to the e2020 Virtual Classroom and Virtual Tutor products.
iCLIPART for Schools
iCLIPART for Schools
provides an age-appropriate
site with 7.8 million
fonts, animations, and videos to enhance teaching materials or other
classroom media projects.
Learning.com online marketplace
Learning.com has launched
an online marketplace to help
educators find, buy, and use
digital resources. The site
offers a single online point
to organize, assign, and track
student progress with both
free and fee-based standards-
aligned digital content.
Teachers can find resources
by keyword, state, or national
DYMO/Mimio has released a
new version of MimioStudio.
Teachers can use the software
with any combination
from the Mimio product suite
to create interactive lessons.
Updates include expanded
Customization, brush pen
stylized writing, enhanced
drawing tools, and more.
PBS and WGBH have launched PBS LearningMedia, a free service
for teachers, students, and parents that offers over 14,000 digital
resources for use in the classroom and at home. The content is
aligned to Common Core State Standards and available for all
Qtopia, an online interactive learning and gaming platform with
materials for K-8 students, has announced a premium, paid version.
Qtopia Plus includes state standards-aligned curriculum, more learning
tools, and additional reporting features.
Pathways for netTrekker
netTrekker subscribers now have access to the free
middle and high school resources from SAS Curriculum
Pathways. Teachers will be able to access the SAS
library of educator-reviewed, standards-aligned, digital
instructional resources and use these tools in personalizing
instruction and planning lessons.
Shmoop has announced new gaming-inspired features to
help make their educational Web site fun and engaging
for middle and high school students. Students can earn
“Shmoints” that can be redeemed for prizes by answering
literature quizzes, working through Shmoop’s test prep
courses, or just by logging in to Shmoop. They can also
see how they rank in their school or nationwide, thanks to
a new school leaderboard feature.
StudySync for Middle School
BookheadEd Learning, LLC, has expanded into
the middle school market, making its curriculum
program StudySync available for these grade levels.
StudySync has also upgraded their library to
include more modern and classic texts and new
Hatch and SMART Technologies collaborated to co-develop the
CoreFocus learning system for kindergarten and 1st grade. CoreFocus
includes 2,500 CCSS-aligned math and literacy activities and lesson
plans for SMART Boards. Hatch has also recently launched the
TeachSmart 2.0 Learning System which includes a content management
system, more than 1,100 activities, and professional development
Aerohive has announced a partnership
with Pearson. This collaboration
has made Aerohive’s Wi-Fi platform-
enabled classroom management
to be integrated with Pearson’s
PowerSchool solution, a student
information systems program.
Teachers will now be able to monitor
student Wi-Fi activity in classrooms
and control the Web content that students can access.
Arcademic Skill Builders
Arcademic Skill Builders, a free
online resource with educational
video games, has released a
new subscription-based option
that includes score tracking and
a Learning Management System for teachers. The games have also
expanded in scope, content and functionality.
CounterACT virtual network
access control solution
ForeScout has announced that
it can now run its CounterACT
network access control solution
(NAC) as a virtual appliance. This
means users can put the NAC anywhere
they want, without needing
a physical machine. Customers can
mix virtual appliances with physical
NAC appliances and manage them from a single console.
With Livescribe Connect, educators,
and students can use their
Echo and Pulse smartpens to send
their handwritten notes and audio
from paper to online applications.
Users simply draw a line and write
the name of the application they
want to send their notes to, and
then tap the pages to select the
information they want to send.
Acumen Solutions has
announced the availability of
SchoolForce, an open Student
Information System and performance
The cloud-based application is
built on the salesforce (force.com) platform and is integrated
with Google Apps. Educators
can have open access to the
SchoolForce application and will
be able to enhance and extend it.
A beta version of SMART Vantage technologymanagement
software, an application that provides
data on how SMART Board interactive
whiteboards and projectors are being used, was
recently released. Administrators and IT directors can log on through
a web-based interface to gain access to the reporting, which shows
how the items are being used across classrooms
and the entire district. Annual subscriptions will be
available in October 2011.
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ZeroPC Private Cloud
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ZeroDesktop, Inc. has announced
a virtual desktop that lets users
access content through any computer
with a Web browser. ZeroPC
Private Cloud enables IT administrators
to set up general kioskmode
desktops with predefined
applications, files, and programs
that students can access in any
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
platform and games
HMH has announced new offerings
to its learning platforms
and games, including Carmen
Sandiego Adventures in Math:
The Lady Liberty Larceny, the
first in a series of math-focused
games from the company available
for the Wii.
appMobi has created appFlash, a
new Web-based application that
converts Adobe Flash Web sites,
ads, and apps to native iOS apps.
Currently available in an experimental
stage to developers, the
app leverages appMobi’s cloud-based cross-platform native app
“build” service to help users create native code apps for the Apple
iTunes App store.
Avid has released its first application for the
iPad. With Avid Scorch, students and teachers
can practice, perform, and purchase
sheet music as the app transforms the iPad
into an interactive score library, music stand,
and sheet music store. Scorch currently has
over 150,000 titles available.
KUNO mobile device
uWriteTouch recently introduced
KUNO, a mobile device developed
with students in mind. Schools can
manage and control the student
devices from a teacher, school,
and district level. Used with
software, teachers can set access
to content and resources on the student KUNO devices.
Mozy, an online backup service,
has introduced a mobile app for
MozyPro users that allows them to
access their files from their mobile
devices, without needing to store
or download the files in advance.
Knowledge Adventure mobile games
Knowledge Adventure has
launched three new mobile
games: JumpStart Roller Squash,
Math Blaster B-Force Blaster,
and JumpStart My ABC Book.
The games are available online,
for Nintendo Wii and DS, and
through the iTunes App Store
for the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch.
Super Duper new mobile apps
Super Duper Publications has released
four new mobile apps to help teachers
track progress and provide educational
materials for students. The Super Duper
Age Calculator is available through
Android Market as well as the iTunes
App store. The other apps—Super
Duper Data Tracker, Webber Photo
Cards What Are They Thinking?, and
Story Starters Fun Deck—are available
Texthelp Web Apps
Texthelp has released a new suite
of Web Apps that give Read&Write
GOLD users access to read-aloud
tools with dual color highlighting
for HTML and Bookshare eBooks.
The Apps work on the iPad and
other IOS devices, Android tablets
and phones, and other mobile
devices in addition to PCs and Mac
DYMO/Mimio and Headsprout
DYMO/Mimio recently acquired
Headsprout, a provider of adaptive
online learning software programs.
Headsprout’s programs for reading
allow teachers to ensure students
are mastering skills in each lesson at
their own pace before continuing. The
acquisition will strengthen DYMO/Mimio’s offerings of integrated
hardware, software, and services.
Lexia Reading 8
Lexia has released a new version of its technologybased
reading program, Lexia Reading. Version 8 predicts
student performance on grade-level assessments
and prescribes the intensity of instruction needed to
improve student performance. A new iPhone app also
gives teachers access to student performance data.
to its collection of
over 19,000 ebooks.
multi-user access to every ebook that is purchased
with no ongoing annual subscription
or platform fees, and they can access their
titles from any Internet-connected computer
or Windows-based mobile device.
The Grant Career
Center has developed
to make its academic
accessible to traditional vocational students
and prepare them for college. The course
is available through the cloud-based learning
platform from itslearning, and plans are
underway to offer more courses in other
LabQuest and Logger Pro via
Vernier Software & Technology and
LanSchool have teamed up to make
LabQuest data collection handheld
devices and Logger Pro software accessible
via LanSchool classroom management
software. This allows educators to
manage all devices and to project all connected LabQuest screens, so
students can see data in real-time as they conduct experiments.
Edmodo Teacher Profiles
Edmodo, a free social learning network
for schools, now offers teacher profiles
where educators can connect with peers
and the education community. Teachers
can now include their school and educational
experience in their profiles, as well
as share their teaching philosophy, interests, and favorite resources.
They can also create a personal URL for easier profile sharing.
Atomic Learning educator forum
Atomic Learning and School Improvement
Network have partnered to add a free educator
forum to the PD 360 Technology
Pedagogy training program. The forum
includes free resources and discussions on
classroom technology issues and tips.
Brainchild Professional Development
Brainchild is offering professional development
options to K-12 educators who are
implementing Kineo tablet-based learning
solutions. The professional development
covers planning and technology deployment,
as well as curriculum integration and
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Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS)
has teamed up with Solution Tree to
offer 13 new professional development courses that offer educational
strategies and tools to improve staff and student performance. The
courses include 21st Century Skills, Assessment and the Common Core
State Standards, and Intro to Professional Learning Communities.
Launching this fall is a new core instructional
resource from Discovery Education,
the Science Techbook. Each edition of
the series addresses state standards and
is intended to be the primary instructional
resource in elementary and middle school
classrooms. The Techbook offers virtual labs, video clips, ebook passages,
and interactive glossary, among other resources.
Cisco Show and Share
Cisco’s Digital Media Suite (DMS)
offers educators Webcasting and
video sharing, digital signage, and IPTV
applications for fostering collaboration
in school. The company’s new product,
Show and Share, helps schools
create secure video communities.
Users can upload content and access
it on demand, as well as collaborate by
means of rating, word tagging, and other tools.
SAFARI Montage new titles
SAFARI Montage has added more than
180 educational titles from Ambrose
Video Publishing to its Video-On-
Demand and Digital Media Management
system, including the BBC Shakespeare
Content Package. The new content will
be available in the K-8 Core Content
Package and the 9-12 Expansion Content Package.
AOC (www.aoc.com) has launched the
Touch Monitor e2239FwT, a 22-inch High-
Definition LED monitor that adds multitouch
functionality to desktop computers
and notebooks. It can be a great tool
for classroom computer games or for
teachers to maximize their small-screen
netbook experience. Users can view Full
Screen HD Video without distortion, and
play sound through the monitor’s built-in
SRS speaker bar.
Crestron (www.crestron.com) has introduced CAPTURE-HD, a high-definition lecture capture
device. The device offers a one-button solution to schedule, record, publish online and view
presentations. Students can view the presentations from mobile devices like the iPhone or iPad
as well as their laptops.
unveiled two new digital
audio recorders: the
VN-7100 (left) and the
VN-7200 (right). The products
offer hundreds of hours
of recording time and features
to help capture ideal
recordings. Both recorders
feature an optional Variable
Control Voice Actuator
function that enables automatic
recording only when
sound is detected at a predetermined
ELMO USA (www.elmousa.com) has
announced the release of the TT-12
interactive document camera. The new
camera features a multi-directional
camera head, 96x zoom (12x optical and
8x digital), an internal microphone, and
instant Audio/Video recording capability.
The unit also offers direct integration with
the ELMO CRA-1 wireless tablet with or
without a computer.
Luidia Inc (www.luidia.com) and
Sony Electronics (www.sony.com) have announced a partnership
that will offer Sony projectors
bundled with Luidia eBeam Edge.
The eBeam Edge transforms any
existing flat surface into an interactive
workspace, and features
tools to help teachers create, capture,
and share lesson plans and
Samsung (www.samsung.com) has
released a new document camera, the
SDP-960. Ideal for classroom settings, the
camera provides SXGA output at 30 fps
for noise-free video display on a newly
designed platform. The SDP-960 also
offers a built-in preview monitor, digital
image rotation, and a 48X combined zoom
(6X Optical and 8X Digital)
RM Easirespond is a new classroom response
system. The included software allows teachers to
create interactive activities and gather immediate,
reportable feedback from their students. The
kit includes 32 wireless handsets that students
use to interact with the activities on the screen.
Class and individual student data can be exported
to MS Excel or a School Management System.
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PolyVision (www.polyvision.com) has added content to its interactive -eno solution by
partnering with education software providers Conceptua Math (a supplemental online
math curriculum), Britannica Digital Learning (developer of online learning and curriculum-
correlated resources), and SkillsTutor (an online tutoring tool).
Hitachi America (www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia)
has introduced a new 3LCD projector.
Upgraded from the previous model, the
CP-X2514WN features wireless operation and
networking capability. The CP-X2514WN is ideal
for medium-sized classrooms, and delivers 2,700
ANSI lumens brightness with XGA resolution and
a 3000:1 contrast ratio. Up to 50 computers can
be networked to a single projector, with one acting
as the moderator.
LG (www.LGsolutions.com) has released the
P Series Network Monitor, its next-generation
of virtualization computing devices. The 18.9”
(measured diagonally) monitor uses zero client
virtual computing technology to connect a server
host and redistribute its capabilities to multiple
users through IP, allowing IT directors to deliver
mass computing capabilities schoolwide on a
tight budget. The P Series uses a Teradici PCoIP
(PC-over-IP) Chipset and VMWare software to
offer security in the classroom.
ViewSonic (www.viewsonic.com) has partnered with Microsoft to help
teachers manage a multi-user classroom network. The MultiClient solution
gives teachers a scalable system for powering up to 10 user stations
with monitors from one host PC. ViewSonic’s MultiClient boxes are
paired with Microsoft’s Windows MultiPoint server platform to offer a
fully-managed classroom network.
Canon USA (www.usa.canon.com) has added the LV-8320 to its line of portable
multimedia LCD projectors. The projector features WXGA-resolution (1280 x 800)
and includes advanced features like a 1.6x manual zoom lens for easy projector
placement. The projector has an extended lamp and filter life, and an HDMI digital
input for projection of 1080p video from Blu-ray players and other HD sources.
Casio America (www.casiousa.com) has partnered
with Crestron Electronics,
enabling Crestron RoomView
Connected to be included in
Casio’s new portfolio of interactive
projectors. The software
helps IT administrators
with help desk management,
remote monitoring, and control
of AV devices on the
network without special hardware
FSR’s (www.fsrinc.com) new Flex-LT selfcontained
room control system can be wallmounted
or placed on a desk. An intuitive
color touch screen controls the source being
displayed, volume, lights, shades, or screen
with a simple touch. The solution allows one
to easily toggle between static functions, such
as announcements, and video presentations.
InFocus (www.infocus.com) has unveiled
Mondopad, a 55-inch HD wall tablet that uses
Vidtel’s cloud-based video conferencing system
to offer an all-in-one collaboration display.
Mondopad requires no infrastructure investment
or IT resources, and it connects to all SIP and
H.323 standards-based end points. The included
720p HD video camera and soundbar make the
Mondopad a nice addition to small classrooms.
The new iRig Mic (www.ikmulti
media.com/irigmic) is the first handheld
quality condenser microphone
for the iPhone, iPod touch, and
iPad.The mic can be used to record
speeches, instruments, performances,
or any other sound sources. It can be
mounted on any mic stand for handsfree
operation, and can be adjusted
for sound pressure condition via a
three-level gain switch.
JVC Professional Products (www.pro.jvc.com) has unveiled the new
GY-HM710U ProHD camcorder, a compact, shoulder-mount camcorder
that’s great for the classroom. It records 1920x1080 HD footage
in 1080p and 1080i at 25 Mbps or 35 Mbps. Users can record in
ready-to-edit file formats for Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere
and other NLE systems.
BenQ (www.benq.us) has announced that its new DLP projector
will feature an energy-saving technology called Smart Eco Mode.
The MX850UST projector uses up to 50 percent less energy than
other systems, and will extend lamp life, requiring less maintenance