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by SIIA Education On 04/19/2012

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces 10 qualifiers and two alternates for its Innovation Incubator Program, which connects developers of promising new technologies with industry leaders, potential investors, and established companies seeking partnerships or acquisition candidates. The winners of the program will be chosen at the Ed Tech Industry Summit (ETIS) in San Francisco, May 6-8. 



by Ballard & Tighe, Publishers On 01/22/2013

Informed by research on game-based learning, Ballard & Tighe, Publishers, has developed a new educational video game, Word Raider: Escape, aimed at helping elementary students learn academic vocabulary in an innovative way. Nine out of ten U.S. children are playing electronic games, more than 52 percent have played an educational video game, and three-fourths of administrators believe digital content increases student engagement.



by Learning.com On 01/23/2013

SAS Curriculum Pathways is the newest product to join the growing digital content library at Learning.com, the celebrated source for connecting educators and students to the right digital content. SAS Curriculum Pathways online curriculum resources have been proven to increase student learning and teacher effectiveness by targeting higher-order thinking skills. The learner-centered approach integrates varied instructional strategies and incorporates formative and summative assessments. More than 1,100 interactive Web-based curriculum resources include English language arts, math, science, social studies, and Spanish for educators and students in grades 6-12.



by SIIA On 01/24/2013

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is now accepting applicants for its Innovation Incubator Program. All education technology companies are encouraged to apply – from start-ups to established innovators. A panel of industry professional judges will then select 10 participants and one alternate to present their products during the 10th SIIA Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco, May 5-7, 2013. The deadline to apply for the Innovation Incubator Program is March 8, 2013.



by Shmoop On 05/14/2012

Shmoop announces the release of a comprehensive guide to the GED. In 2007, more than 600,000 adults worldwide completed the GED test battery, which includes five subject area tests on mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing. The online prep course from Shmoop features hundreds of explanations, examples and exercises, more than 600 practice problems and essays, and two full-length timed GED practice tests.



by Funds For Learning On 05/15/2012

Funds For Learning CEO John Harrington will participate in two national broadband panel discussions this month, focusing on the role of the E-rate program on broadband expansion. On May 21, Harrington will participate as part of the State Educational Technology Directors Association’s (SETDA) report and briefing in Washington, D.C. On May 24, Harrington will address attendees of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition’s (SHLB) ”Creating Sustainable Broadband Solutions for Communities and Anchor Institutions” in Arlington, Va. For more information or to register to attend these events, please visit the SETDA and SHLB websites.



by Shmoop On 05/17/2012

Shmoop announces the launch of a free DMV Guide for students. Customized for each state, the online guide teaches students the ins and outs of driving, including how to secure a license, rules of the road, plus further hints and driving tips. The DMV Guide also covers a few topics for students to think about after they pass the big test.



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 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 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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