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by Charlotte Andrist On 06/18/2013

State to Provide Free Access to Technology-based Reading Instruction for Hundreds of Elementary Schools   BOSTON—June 18, 2013—The State of Kansas has established a two-year pilot program for improving reading outcomes using educational technology and has chosen to implement Lexia Reading Core5™ based on a review of stringent requirements. The state budget includes up to $6M in both 2014 and 2015 to implement the program, providing as many as 50,000 students in grades pre-K–5 with free access to Lexia Reading Core5. There is no cost to the schools chosen to participate in the pilot program as long as they meet minimum usage requirements. Lexia’s research-proven reading approach is currently used by approximately 20 percent of elementary schools throughout the state. 



by Learning.com On 06/12/2013

Learning.com, the celebrated source for connecting educators and students to the right digital curriculum, announces that schools can now sync rosters in their student information systems (SIS) with Learning.com. Learning.com has partnered with Clever to ensure that educators and administrators will always have accurate, updated information in the Learning.com platform.



by Conceptua Math On 06/12/2013

Three Diverse School Districts Adopt Comprehensive Digital Math CurriculumPETALUMA, Calif. — June 12, 2013 — Conceptua Math today announced the rollout of a comprehensive digital mathematics curriculum for grades 3-5. Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Ariz.; Henry County Schools in McDonough, Ga.; and Grandview School District in Grandview, Wash. are the first three districts to adopt this new program. Conceptua will launch grades 3-5 curriculum units in a staged release over the next two school years.



by ALEKS On 06/24/2013

Custom Reporting Makes ALEKS an Even More Powerful Tool for Individualizing LearningSAN ANTONIO – June 24, 2013 – Today at ISTE 2013, ALEKS Corporation, a leading provider of mastery-based learning and assessment solutions, announced the addition of a new Custom Reporting feature to its online courses. This new feature will allow K-12, college, and university instructors and administrators to tap into the vast wealth of ALEKS data to develop customized Excel reports at the district, school, instructor, class, or multi-class level. This new update makes ALEKS an even more powerful tool for individualizing learning and data-driven instruction.



by Califone International, Inc. On 06/13/2013

Califone today announces the launch of its Bluetooth Speaker (PA-BT30). The first speaker of its kind designed with presenters and teachers in mind features easy connectivity to any Bluetooth®-enabled mobile device and computer. It supports whole class and group learning activities in the classroom, and high-quality presentations in any meeting setting. The speaker is compatible with a variety of mobile devices, including Android® and iOS-based devices such as the Galaxy®, iPhone® and iPad®. The speaker is designed for fast and easy classroom or meeting room setup, offering convenient connect-and-play audio streaming capabilities.



by ISTE On 06/24/2013

Free High Quality Online STEMx Learning for Educators Developed in Collaboration With ISTE and New Media ConsortiumSAN ANTONIO – June 24, 2013 – Today at ISTE 2013, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the New Media Consortium (NMC) announced that the first set of HP Catalyst Academy online mini-courses is now available for enrollment under beta testing. The HP Catalyst Academy extends the work of the HP Catalyst Initiative, which was launched in 2010 to support innovations in STEMx teaching and learning. To date, 56 organizations in 15 countries have received grants from HP to explore how emerging technologies and great teaching can be combined to create powerful STEMx learning experiences for more than 130,000 students around the globe.



by ISTE On 06/13/2013

Online Registration for ISTE Open Until June 18WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 13, 2013 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) today announced that Microsoft Corp. plans to give a Microsoft Surface RT to 10,000 ISTE 2013 conference attendees as part of the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project. Online ISTE conference registration is open until June 18 for the world’s premier education technology event slated for June 23-26 in San Antonio.



by Pearson On 06/17/2013

Flipped Learning Network™, George Mason University and Pearson’s Center for Educator Effectiveness Collaborate to Provide Resources to Support Growth of Innovative Instructional ModelSTILLWATER, Minn. - June 17, 2013 — As thousands of teachers around the country are moving from the traditional “sage on the stage” model of teaching to what is broadly understood as “flipped learning,” they are looking for research and resources that suggest proven methods they can rely on as they implement this innovative new instructional approach. Today at FlipCon13, the sixth annual flipped learning conference, the Flipped Learning Network, George Mason University and Pearson’s Center for Educator Effectiveness released, “A Review of Flipped Learning,” a comprehensive review of the emerging literature on flipped learning to support the growth of this teaching model that appears to be improving student achievement.



by Charlotte Andrist, Haselton Group On 06/20/2013

Mobile Access to Personalized Learning Program Helps Students Develop Foundational Reading Skills Anytime, Anywhere   Boston —June 20, 2013 — The much-anticipated Lexia Reading® app for iPad® is now available on the Apple app store at www.itunes.com/appstore/. The new app from Lexia Learning®, one of the nation’s most highly-regarded providers of reading instructional technology, allows students to use the research-proven Lexia Early Reading® and Lexia Primary Reading® programs on iPad 2 and higher. This provides students in grades K–3 greater access to the program in tablet-enabled classrooms and computer labs, and extends use outside of the school day in blended learning environments.  



by Atomic Learning On 06/18/2013

Atomic Learning showcases its latest technology training at ISTE 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition, held in San Antonio, June 23–26. The company will release six new technology training offerings to expand its resources of more than 250 education-specific software application and device tutorials. These additions highlight the most recent versions of popular programs, enabling teachers to master updated interfaces and features. Atomic Learning also will host a poster session, “It’s Not an iPad Initiative, It’s a Learning Initiative,” led by Carmen Garcia, director of instructional technology for McAllen ISD, Wednesday, June 26, at 11 a.m. CDT.



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