What’s Hot on the ISTE Show Floor
A customized version of a highquality
Android device, the Amplify
Tablet delivers a powerful digital
experience designed specially for
K-12 education. Teachers gain tools
to plan standards-aligned lessons,
manage a classroom full of tablets,
assess student understanding on the fly, and personalize instruction.
Students get a mobile learning device that becomes their digital
backpack, filled with all of the content, assignments, and activities of
their classes. Finally, Amplify’s all-in-one solution addresses a
need to manage and scale 1:1 deployments, with a robust mobile device
management system built for education, training, project management
and customer support—all designed to help schools integrate the
into teaching and learning in meaningful ways
Acer Veriton P Series
Acer America’s new Veriton P
Series workstations are built for
designers, engineers, and research
professionals, but they’re also
ideal for high school/college prep
for use in educational labs where
students learn design, architecture,
film and engineering in a handson
environment with graphics
demanding applications such as
AutoCAD and Adobe. They can also be used to prepare students for the
workforce in geospatial, financial services, and many other industries.
These workstations deliver maximum computing and 3D graphics
power in a robust design capable of running 24/7.
Aerohive has enhanced its
management system with new
client management capabilities,
combining device configuration,
management, and monitoring with policy-based network access and
an employee self-service portal. Together this solution provides a
single product for school districts who support BYOD in conjunction
with school-issued devices, and helps transform your network into a
platform for mobility.
Belkin Store and Charge
Belkin’s new Store and Charge system offers an affordable,
management solution designed to optimize digital learning. With the
ability to store and charge up to 10 devices simultaneously, the station
makes it easy to keep tablets, laptops, and e-readers organized, available,
fully charged, and ready for classroom use. The solution is compatible
with standard AV carts for ease of transport between classrooms. It also
offers 10 surge-protected, AC outlets that fit most charging
Brain Parade, a developer of learning
solutions for children with special
needs, has released See.Touch.Learn. (Site Edition). The See.Touch.
Learn visual learning iPad app is available for private implementation in
classroom, school, and district settings. The package provides training
sessions to educators and enables them to share custom content with
teaching aides, therapists, and parents in their communities. The Site
Edition offers the option to create private communities where teachers
can share individualized, custom lessons with others involved in the
child’s education plan.
Califone 1206i Jackbox
Califone International, Inc. has launched the
1206i Jackbox for iPhone and iPod.
The new six-position Jackbox features a
docking station and enables up to six students to simultaneously listen
to lesson content without disrupting others. This privacy feature
facilitates differentiated learning, literacy exercises, read-alongs, and
language learning applications. The 1206i Jackbox also allows teachers
to maximize the use of existing classroom technology to captivate and
motivate students. The system distributes headphone audio through
standard 3.5 mm plug. Through the Apple 30-pin part on the back of the
Jackbox dock, users can connect easily to a computer’s USB
Classroom Advantage, an instructional tool aligned to the Common
Core State Standards, empowers teachers to deliver reading and
language arts lessons using interactive whiteboards. Ideal for students
in PreK – 2nd grade, RTI, ELL, and Special Education students,
Classroom Advantage provides a comprehensive curriculum solution
with over 4,800 activities.
Connected Science System
Vernier Software and Technology has
created the Connected Science System,
a networked collection of technology
products that expands the ability to use
data collected with LabQuest 2. With the
Connected Science System and the builtin,
wireless connectivity of the LabQuest
2, STEM educators and students can share and analyze data using mobile
devices. The Connected Science System encompasses three major
features, Graphical Analysis for iPad, Vernier Data Share, and LabQuest
Viewer, all of which support a collaborative learning environment.
its new Personal
Dashboard, which lets users interact with and
prioritize Web-based information through
a drag-and-drop interface featuring customizable, movable tiles. The
new management tool saves users time by reducing “information
enabling single-click access to favorite content and leveraging
Mosaic technology to deliver personalized communication and content.
eChalk will roll out the Personal Dashboard throughout the summer.
Epson recently released the
new BrightLink 475Wi, 480Wi,
and 485Wi ultra-short, throw
projectors. All three models
feature built-in, annotation
technology that allows teachers
and students to instantly interact
directly with a projected image
from a variety of devices beyond
PCs, including tablets, Blu-ray
players, VCRs, document cameras,
and more. With the new, ultra-short, throw BrightLink 475Wi, 480Wi,
and 485Wi models, teachers are free to connect existing multimedia
devices already in their classroom. The company also released three new,
short-throw, BrightLink projectors, the 425Wi, 430i, and 435Wi, which
come with a wall mount and two interactive pens.
Lightspeed Technologies, a
provider of classroom audio
solutions, has released the
Flexcat small-group instruction
system to help teachers differentiate their classroom instruction.
Flexcat provides a flexible, group audio system with a headset for the
teacher and simple tabletop speakers/mics for each student group. The
tabletop speakers/mics are battery operated and wireless.
Common Sense Media, a national
non-profit, has introduced
Graphite—a free, web-based service
to help teachers improve the
effectiveness of technology in the
K-12 classroom. Teachers can use
Graphite to discover, share, and use
the highest quality, most relevant
digital learning products that have
been reviewed and rated for their
learning potential. Products are
evaluated across a range of core
subjects and deeper learning skills. Ratings and reviews are bolstered
by Graphite’s community of educators and include notes on how to use
Farmington Municipal Schools in New
Mexico are using GuideK12, a web-based, geovisual, analytic software
solution that enables data analysis for districts. District leaders
sought out an application to save them time and
resources to support
their district’s current and future planning needs. GuideK12 allows
administrative teams to have access to their data with a web-based tool.
Now, the Farmington schools can directly link student and household
information which saves time and money while increasing transparency
for everything from boundary planning to program resource allocation
to student performance analysis.
Hoosier Family of
Readers and myON
Indiana’s Superintendent of Public
Instruction, Glenda Ritz, recently kicked off the state’s
literacy initiative, “Hoosier Family of Readers.” Students
asked to identify their family of readers—family, friends, and other
people who will encourage and share in their reading experiences. The
initiative includes access to myON, a cloud-based, digital collection of
thousands of enhanced digital books. The e-books include multimedia
support, an embedded dictionary, and naturally recorded audio.
Students also have access to a safe, social network where they can read,
rate, review, and recommend books to classmates.
HP ProBook 440 G0
The HP ProBook 440 G0 is up to
36% thinner and 18% lighter than
previous generation notebooks. It
includes a security suite designed
into the hardware, BIOS, and
software, to encrypt and proactively
protect your data, as well as the HP
3D DriveGuard which senses sudden
movement and protecting the hard
drive. The display ranges in size from 13.3 inches to 17.3 inches. The
400 Series Notebooks will be available in May 2013 starting at $499.
HP ProDesk 600 G1 TWR/HP ProOne 600 G1
The HP ProOne 600 G1 AiO is a cost-effective, enterprise-class
combining a space-saving form factor with powerful and secure PC performance.
The HP ProOne and ProDesk
600 series feature AiO and desktop PCs
with up-to-date designs and the latest
4th-generation Intel Core processors.
The series provides users with Windows 8
experience, HP Client Security protocols,
rich audio and video features, and three
video output ports.
Pricing and availability for the ProOne and ProDesk 600 Series
products are not yet available.
HP has launched the HP Catalyst Academy, which is designed to
teaching practices, and close the global skills gap.
In June, the HP Catalyst Academy will offer its
first set of online mini-courses, covering a wide range of topics such as
digital fabrication, computational thinking, remote labs, game design,
and social media. Participants will learn how to work with students to
develop mobile applications that solve real-world problems by being
matched online with professional designers and developers.
Intel will be hosting free one-hour sessions that dive into hot topics
focused on impactful uses of technology (www.k12blueprint.com/intelatiste).
Plus—attendees can also share the chance to win an
Ultrabook device and other prizes. Attendees will also have the chance
to share what they’re learning at ISTE and hear from attendees in the
Teachers Engage ISTE 2013 group. (https://engage.intel.com/groups/iste-2013)
Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and
Engineering in the Classroom
In a new book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and
the Classroom, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager capture the
of the maker movement and share the educational case for bringing
making, tinkering, and engineering to every classroom. Invent To Learn
is the first book to introduce this phenomenon to educators and situate
the lessons of the maker community in an educational context. The
book explores new technologies, places them in a historical context,
and advises educators on how to create rich learning adventures in their
i-Ready Diagnostic &
This August, Curriculum Associates’
i-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction will
include monthly Progress Monitoring assessments for grades K-8
and will expand diagnostic assessments through grade 12. These
additions will increase the functionality of the online program that
helps educators identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and
instruction accordingly. The new high school diagnostic items will
cover reading and mathematics. The new assessment items feature
an extensive use of compare and contrast and include a range of
multimedia items to reflect the increased rigor of the Common Core
standards at the high school level.
Leading Edge Certification for
the Digital Educator
Leading Edge Certification, a national
alliance of nonprofits, universities, and
educational agencies, announced the launch of its third certification:
Leading Edge Certification for the Digital Educator. Leading Edge
Certification for the Digital Educator is geared toward classroom
teachers and is based on the National Education Technology Plan,
Common Core State Standards, and the National Educational
Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T). LEC Digital Educator
consists of eight modules taught in a combination of synchronous and
asynchronous trainings. Upon completion of LEC Digital Educator
Certification, educators will be able to identify, define and put into
practice what it means to be an effective Digital Educator.
Wanderful interactive storybooks
Wanderful interactive storybooks engage young readers to explore words and language through playful interactivity. Originally published as Living Books by Broderbund Software, each of these award winning multi-language apps are filled with animation, music, and sounds to provide hours of entertainment and foster reading skills for early learners age 2-8. Wanderful apps are available for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Mac OSX computers, and Android tablets/phones. Wanderful interactive storybooks is exhibiting in the ISTE Start-up Pavilion on the exhibit floor.
The LearnPad is a “Purpose Built for Education” tablet solution. The LearnPad comes “out of the box” ready for use in schools and classrooms anywhere. The LearnPad solution includes three components that allow any teacher or school to safely deliver unlimited, digital curriculum, and instruction anywhere – the LearnPad tablet; the LearnPad cloud-based management portal; and the LearnPad content store.
My Big Campus Redesign
My Big Campus introduced a redesign
that makes the learning platform even
easier to access, share, organize, and store
resources. As part of the redesign, My
Big Campus users are now greeted with
a new homepage, featuring a simplified sign-in process and specific
site information tabs for students, teachers, parents, IT, and school
administrators. The library now houses not only filtered and approved
YouTube videos, Web sites, learning objects, and shared files, but also
includes published lesson “Bundles” and Schoolwork
and assessments. The all-new Drive replaces Your Stuff to provide
the My Big Campus community with a folder system organization of
all resources added to the site. Teachers and students now look in one
place for everything they created or added to My Big Campus.
Insight Education Group has announced
myCore, a cloud-based, Common Core solution
that offers teachers on-demand support in creating rigorous, engaging,
standards-aligned lessons. “Conversations” between teachers
instructional coaches are stored in a Facebook-type e-mail system for
easy review and tracking. Teachers can analyze standards through a
color-coding tool and use the built-in coaching tool whenever they need
In addition to coaching, myCore offers sample lessons in both ELA and
math, with plans to offer a full year of units and lessons for grades K-6
by the upcoming school year.
NetSupport School 11.20
NetSupport has released NetSupport
School version 11.20, the latest update to its classroom management
solution. Teachers and technicians now have the capability to interact
with and control student machines that are running the Windows 8 start
screen (Metro). This includes the ability to manage and control the use
of applications on the desktop and apps on the Windows 8 start screen.
Internet monitoring and control is also provided to manage students
while they are using the Internet Explorer app on the Windows start
screen. This feature also allows administrators to enable a search
engine safe search mode and modify approved and blocked URL lists.
Version 11.20 also extends NetSupport School’s support for students
using Google Chrome OS Chromebooks.
OKI Data Americas
OKI Data Americas will demonstrate the
company’s new single function and MFPs, banner printing capabilities,
wireless printing options utilizing tablets, the Remark Test Grading
solution, and PaperCut MF print job accounting and management
software. In addition, OKI will also demonstrate MotionPrint— a
solution that brings together mobile printing technology and print
server devices allowing users to print documents and files from any
mobile device to a compatible OKI printer or MFP.
Penda Learning, a STEM standards
mastery tool for grades 4-10, is
now fully aligned to the new NGSS
standards. Additionally, the company has added a curriculum pacing
service. Pacing Assistant Service (PAS) helps teachers manage and
utilize data to drive instruction to ensure that students are attaining
proficiency in the new standards.
Read&Write Gold 11
Texthelp Inc. has released an updated
version of Read&Write Gold for PC, a
customizable toolbar that integrates with
common Windows applications and provides users of all ages and
abilities with the support tools they need to be independent learners.
This toolbar is especially helpful for students who are English
Language Learners and students who have reading,writing, and learning
difficulties. New features include new text-to-speech voices, and
support for Chrome, Firefox, and Google Docs.
Safe School Helpline
One Call Now has launched its
latest, anti-bullying service, the Safe School Helpline, for students,
parents, and educators. Developed with valuable input from school
administrators, the Safe School Helpline is the only student anonymous
hotline service that also includes direct and confidential 24/7 access to
a trained staff of crisis counselors. The Safe School Helpline service
also includes full transcripts of incident reports, emergency response
protocols, and awareness collateral.
Samsung has announced the availability of the
Samsung School solution, an integrated technology
platform combining the latest tablet and e-board
technology. Following classroom pilots in 20 countries globally,
Samsung School packages are now available for school districts looking
to create a dynamic 1:1 learning environment.
Super Duper Publications’ Super Duper Learning allows PreK-8
students to access online systematic instruction in four basic
concepts, using the HearBuilder Software Series content, from
any computer. The package comes with progress monitoring reports
to track student usage, progress, and results. Also, new Super Duper
Learning apps allow students to access HearBuilder activities on an
iPad while uploading their progress onto Super Duper Learning.
SunGard K-12 Education has released a new
version of its student information system,
eSchoolPLUS. eSchoolPLUS 3.0 features a
completely redesigned Teacher Access Center
that allows teachers to quickly access information
and processes they need and helps them communicate efficiently with
parents and school administrators. The software solution’s gradebook
is customizable and provides tools for rapidly adding new assignments,
entering scores, and extracting grades.
Benesse America has launched StraightAce
Learning, a digital learning system designed
specifically for middle school students. The cloudbased
software focuses on math and English
concepts, resulting in an interactive, multi-platform learning tool that is
fully aligned with Common Core state standards. The learning system
prepares students for high school and post-secondary success. It also
saves progress across all web-connected devices. Additionally, the
company has launched StraightAce English: Writing, which enhances
students’ ability to hone their composition skills. This series
on skills such as writing introductions and conclusions, forming and
supporting a thesis, editing, revising, and researching.
Discovery Education announces
significant enhancements to its popular
Discovery Education Streaming Plus
platform, now featuring hundreds of
model lessons, performance tasks and
instructional exemplars supporting both novice and experienced
educators in implementing Common Core State Standards. Discovery
Education Streaming Plus, which provides an enriched curriculum
offering of more than 155,000 dynamic resources, supports all subject
areas and multi-modal learning styles.
Teachscape Pano Camera
Teachscape’s new Pano Camera System features
a 200-degree, panoramic video camera, an
omnidirectional microphone, an iPod Touch, and a
mobile app. This comprehensive system allows users
to capture and upload HD video and audio in real time for classroom
observation, evaluation, lesson study, and self-reflection. It also
captures and securely shares videos for collaboration, feedback, and
best practice review.
Triton Data Collection
Turning Technologies will exhibit the
full public availability of the Triton Data Collection System. Triton is a
collection system comprised of three components:
Triton Web, Triton Receiver with Proctor
Application, and the ResponseCard NXT clicker. Utilizing current test booklets, participants enter
and submit test answers via ResponseCard NXT
clicker. The Proctor Application is stored on a
single, USB Triton Receiver for simple plug
play technology. Collected data is encrypted, backed up and stored in
three locations, including a central administration Triton Web portal
that manages all testing elements.
ePals Corporation announced the launch
of Toolsforschool.com, a global
marketplace where educators can buy,
sell, and share digital curricular materials for 21st century learning
across all subjects and in multiple languages. ePals’ Toolsforschool
comprise vetted education content from both teacher-contributors and
ePals’ partner publishers and organizations, available through a
of online “storefronts.” As with the ePals community, there
membership fees and content is moderated for meaningful projects,
activities, and resources.
Stoneware’s webNetwork allows schools to create a Unified
allowing students, staff, and parents access to files, applications and
reports from anywhere, using any device. Teachers can use LanSchool
to collaborate with and monitor student devices in the classroom. Visit
Stoneware at booth 11086.
itslearning is a personalized learning
platform designed to make teaching easier, learning engaging, and
parent involvement more effective and efficient. Stop by booth
#6190 at ISTE or online at www.itslearning.com to learn
itslearning’s personalized learning platform and to register to win
iPad® mini and a one year subscription to itslearning.
ELMO introduces the brand-new
TT12i, which is the next generation
of its TTT-12. This all-inclusive
document camera is now UVC
compliant, which tremendously
improves its interactivity. Now
teachers can seamlessly interface
with other technologies in the
classroom and even use it as a
webcam. Features include hi-def 1080p at 30 fps, and virtually limitless