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by ALEKS On 09/04/2013

IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 3, 2013 – Deborah Burton, a seventh and eighth-grade math teacher at Big Bear Middle School in Big Bear, Calif., considers the color-keyed pie chart in ALEKS as one of her favorite teaching tools. The interactive pie chart displays the results of a student’s current knowledge and each pie slice corresponds to a particular group of math topics, such as fractions or equations. The larger the area of a slice that is darker, the more mastery the student has of the topic area. Content mastery can be visually tracked by determining how much of each slice is dark.



by Charlotte Andrist, Eicher Communications On 09/20/2013

Aransas Pass Superintendent Dr. Royce Avery to Present at TASA 2014: “How Schools Can Better Ensure Career and College Ready Students” District’s Personalized Career Readiness System, based on “Educonomy” model, helps address new diploma endorsement requirements of Texas House Bill 5Kingston, Tenn. – Sept. 20, 2013 – Career and college readiness is an important topic of conversation across the nation, but even more so in Texas where the recently passed House Bill 5 requires districts to offer more options to prepare students for success after high school, be it direct workforce entry, a post-secondary vocational program, community college, or enrollment in a traditional four-year institution. The bill also encourages school districts to partner with area colleges and industry to develop rigorous courses that relate to the area economy and can count toward graduation standards.



by Flipped Learning Network On 09/06/2013

Hundreds Take the Pledge to Use this Innovative Instructional ModelWASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 6, 2013 – Today nearly 400 teachers from 25 countries around the globe are flipping learning in their classrooms in celebration of the first “Flipped Day.” They have taken the pledge to use this innovative model of instruction with their students and discover the ways that it increases student engagement and, ultimately, improves student achievement.



by Charlotte Andrist, Haselton Group On 09/30/2013

Award-winning Platform’s Multimedia Lessons Now Model Study Group Interactions for Elementary Students as well as the Middle and High School Levels   SONOMA, Calif.  (Sept. 30, 2013) – In classrooms across the country, educators are striving to address a critical tenet of the new Common Core standards: the acquisition of high-level reading and writing skills. Adding to the challenge is the Common Core’s inclusion of listening and speaking skills as English language arts standards. StudySync (www.studysync.com), the leading-edge Common Core literacy curriculum from BookheadEd Learning, is helping students acquire all four skills by expanding its award-winning library of SyncTV episodes, which model study group interactions and analyses of a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction works. Users can now access more than 100 of the short, scripted video lessons.



by Charlotte Andrist, Haselton Group On 09/04/2013

Web-based Program Supports New Texas House Bill 5; Delivers Extensive Support for College and Career Readiness Kingston, TN  - Sept. 4, 2013 – When Texas House Bill 5 (HB 5) takes affect in the 2014-15 school year, students will select a diploma ‘endorsement’ in one of five areas: science and technology, business and industry, public services, humanities, or a multidisciplinary option. Administrators in Lancaster Independent School District (LISD) are already taking steps to prepare for HB 5 by offering WIN Learning’s Personalized Career Readiness System to its middle and high school students beginning this school year.  



by ISTE On 09/06/2013

Registration Now Open for First Massively Open Online Conference for STEMx Educators, Sept. 19-21WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 5, 2013 –To help teachers and students prepare for the growing global need for employees with STEM skills, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) announced today that it is hosting the 2013 Global STEMx* Education Conference, the world’s first massively open online conference for STEMx educators, in collaboration with partner HP and more than 20 other organizations. Participants will meet educators from around the world and learn how to enhance student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and more. This unique event will take place entirely online, 24 hours a day for three days, Sept. 19-21, 2013. Registration is free. More information can be found at www.stemxcon.com.



by Nearpod On 09/13/2013

MIAMI & NEW YORK – Sept. 11, 2013 – With today’s launch of the Nearpod Content Store, “TIME For Kids” is now available to educators in a format designed specifically for the mobile classroom. This new collaboration between Nearpod, the award-winning platform for presenting, assessing and reporting, and respected classroom news magazine, “TIME For Kids,” will provide teachers with access to high quality digital engaging content.



by Conceptua Math On 09/13/2013

TUCSON, AZ. — September 11, 2013 — United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan paid a special visit to a leading Conceptua Math implementation site today to recognize its leadership in digital learning. Duncan is at the Sunnyside Unified School District which uses Conceptua Math as its grade 3-5 core instructional program.



by Achieve3000 On 09/13/2013

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Sept. 12, 2013– The LevelSet® assessment from Achieve3000 is now listed by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as an approved measure of student growth, clearing the way for New York City (NYC) schools to use the assessment as part of its teacher and principal evaluation process. Achieve3000's literacy solutions are already in use in one out of five NYC schools, and now its LevelSet assessment of student growth can be used to factor into teachers' and principals' annual performance data, known statewide as the Annual Professional Performance Review plan, or APPR.



by ISTE On 09/17/2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Sept. 16, 2013 –The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) today announced the appointment of Jodie Pozo-Olano to chief communications officer. In addition, the association promoted Tracee Aliotti to senior director, marketing and brand management.



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