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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 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 Performance Learning Systems On 09/20/2012

More than 15 countries will be represented this fall when education leaders attend the AAIE Institute for International School Leadership, an online educational initiative co-developed by the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and Performance Learning Systems (PLS). The education leaders will begin eight, seven-week online courses featuring the fundamental components that are unique to international school guidance. The initiative supports participants in obtaining real-world knowledge with research-based frameworks for leadership within international schools.



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 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 Shmoop On 09/21/2012

To help students realize the practical applications of calculus, Shmoop announces the launch of its Calculus Guide. The online resource relates real-life situations to advanced calculus concepts including derivatives, limits and differential equations. Additionally, Shmoop incorporated hundreds of examples, exercises and sample problems to help students better understand the material. Shmoop also offers graphs to assist students in visualizing calculus terms and functions.



by Parchment On 10/04/2012

On the heels of its acquisition of Avow Systems yesterday, Parchment is unveiling enhancements to its Docufide e-Transcript exchange platform and launching a new offering called Parchment Discover, which represents a new category of enrollment analytics. Using social graphing, Parchment Discover enables higher education officials to better identify prospective students, not only based on academic credentials, but also where similar students have applied, were accepted, and ultimately chose to enroll. The tool also helps students get noticed by colleges that may be a good fit for them by opting in when they use the free service, Parchment.com, which helps students request and send e-transcripts to colleges of their choice, gauge their college admissions chances and get college recommendations. New features in Docufide include a Dashboard that helps high school and college administrators see quick snapshots of transcript requests, delivery status, and volume, among other data.



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.



by Kaplan K12 On 09/26/2012

Teachers have long been challenged in affording underperforming students the opportunity to achieve academically. One explanation for this challenge centers on the Teacher Expectancy Model. Under the Teacher Expectancy model, educators communicate high expectations to those deemed to be potential high achievers, and low expectations to those they see as potential low achievers. Kaplan K12 Learning Services’ new white paper, “Positively Impacting the Student-Teacher Relationship through Differentiated Instruction,” written by Erick E. Witherspoon, Ed. D., outlines strategies to help school leaders, instructional coaches and teachers overcome this challenge.



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.



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