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Product: Plato Achieve Now on PSP; New Map Links Tech and Citizenship; Grant, Contest News; MORE NECC NEWS; Think your students know what it takes to get into the college of their dreams?
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Week of: July 21, 2008

  • Product: Plato Achieve Now on PSP

    Description: PLATO Achieve Now on PSP is a handheld, mobile instructional program that extends the activities of the classroom. This educational gaming solution, developed for exclusive use on the PSP system, comes with interactive software, school and home learning activities, teacher materials, professional development, and student assessment.
  • New Map Links Tech and Citizenship

    Can technology skills make our students better citizens? A new map seems to indicate that they do.
  • Grant, Contest News
    NCTM has announced an increase in its Equity in Mathematics Grants for 2009-2010. MET will award an $8,000 grant, increased from $3,000 last year, to an individual or a small group of teachers currently teaching mathematics in grades 6-8.
  • MORE NECC NEWS

    Holt McDougal launches ThinkCentral, a full-featured learning management system (LMS) combining digital content with class and district management tools. ThinkCentral offers middle and high schools one source for instructional content, pedagogical function, and management. Teachers can customize their environment by managing textbook content and administrative tasks. Districts can use ThinkCentral as a systemwide resource to manage content delivery, generate standards-based reports, and allow collaborative curriculum development. ThinkCentral includes an assignment manager; a reporting system to analyze class or student performance; a content authoring system; a schedulable calendar; a roster manager; tools for delivering automated remediation and differentiated instruction; and a searchable database of instructional materials that makes it easy to locate content by standard or keyword.
  • Think your students know what it takes to get into the college of their dreams?
    From July 15 through September 30, students will have a chance to win an all-expenses-paid tour of the accredited U.S. college of their choice, thanks to the Dream College Tour Sweepstakes from Texas Instruments (TI) and The Princeton Review. Students can register to win online at The Princeton Review and TI Math Rocks or by registering for free local educational seminars. One student will win the Dream College Sweepstakes grand prize, an all-expense paid tour of a student's first-choice college. TI and The Princeton Review are also giving away thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

Product: Plato Achieve Now on PSP

By Joe Huber

Description: PLATO Achieve Now on PSP is a handheld, mobile instructional program that extends the activities of the classroom. This educational gaming solution, developed for exclusive use on the PSP system, comes with interactive software, school and home learning activities, teacher materials, professional development, and student assessment.

Price: About $200 plus cost of software.

Pros: Compact anytime anywhere learning. The device holds student interest, especially boys. It is inexpensive, has a good screen size with good resolution and sound. The two pieces of software include were good for the grade level they covered. Software comes in both English and Spanish.

Cons: The device could be easily stolen, and some may consider the software a bit too "gamey." The screen was hard to see in very bright light. Loading software on to each PSP takes time.

Overall Impression: At less than $200, this is a great way for schools that have the Plato program to get it into the hands of students. It would be reasonable to equip an entire classroom with PSPs (though delivering content to cell phones would be even less expensive). Students could then work on the specific Plato software assigned to them.

New Map Links Tech and Citizenship

Can technology skills make our students better citizens? A new map seems to indicate that they do. This map, developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and National Council for the Social Studies, demonstrates how the integration of 21st century skills into social studies prepares students to become productive 21st century citizens. It includes suggested lesson plans that teachers can use to easily integrate the map into their curriculum. The map also cites specific student outcomes and provides project models for grades four, eight and 12. Click here for the complete map.

Grant, Contest News

NCTM has announced an increase in its Equity in Mathematics Grants for 2009-2010. MET will award an $8,000 grant, increased from $3,000 last year, to an individual or a small group of teachers currently teaching mathematics in grades 6-8. Funded by the Iris Carl Fundnd NCTM, this grant supports teachers to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have records of underachievement. Activities are to be completed between June 1, 2009, and May 31, 2010.

MORE NECC NEWS

Holt McDougal launches ThinkCentral, a full-featured learning management system (LMS) combining digital content with class and district management tools. ThinkCentral offers middle and high schools one source for instructional content, pedagogical function, and management. Teachers can customize their environment by managing textbook content and administrative tasks. Districts can use ThinkCentral as a systemwide resource to manage content delivery, generate standards-based reports, and allow collaborative curriculum development. ThinkCentral includes an assignment manager; a reporting system to analyze class or student performance; a content authoring system; a schedulable calendar; a roster manager; tools for delivering automated remediation and differentiated instruction; and a searchable database of instructional materials that makes it easy to locate content by standard or keyword.

SAM Learning, a UK company that publishes a web-based learning program, brings its High School Exit Exam prep program to the US. SAM Learning uses scaffolded pedagogy to break problems down into manageable steps. Teachers can assign, monitor, and grade student work and create groups of students across classes, subjects and/or grade level. Reports and monthly summaries show performance data by student, class, group, subject, grade, or individual question.

Mimio interactive whiteboard products will now bundle Turning Technology's response solutions. This agreement includes the bundled distribution of mimio Interactive, mimio Interactive + Capture, with or without the mimio wireless interface option, and mimio Board 80.

Scientific Learning announces the new Fast ForWord Language Series v2 that supports an RTI approach. Through individualized interventions, the Fast ForWord Language Series v2 helps elementary Tier 3 students, as well as special needs students and English language learners, meet grade-level reading skills. The reading intervention software builds and strengthens students' foundational reading and language skills while improving cognitive skills. Its intensive exercises develop critical brain processing in four key areas: memory, attention, processing rates, and sequencing skills. The Fast ForWord Language Series v2 also includes new characters, graphics, themes, and animation.

CrossTec Corporation announces the latest update to its classroom management software, CrossTec SchoolVue version 10. This version includes a unique Tech Console that lets teachers centrally manage all student computers. Also new is SchoolVue's Journaling feature, which provides a complete record of the information covered during a lesson, including teacher notes, selected screenshots, survey results, and the student's own notes.

Curriculum Associates and Let's Go Learn announce DORA/EDELL Spanish, DORA Phonemic Awareness, and DOMA Algebra. DORA/EDELL Spanish lets teachers assess students across seven reading sub-skills. DORA Phonemic Awareness gives a thorough assessment of oral phonemic awareness skills to determine a students' ability to hear and manipulate discrete sounds in spoken words. DOMA Algebra assesses students in middle and high school programs to determine their understanding of key concepts taught in Algebra I. With separate middle and high school interfaces, DOMA is able to measure a wide range of student abilities.

Think your students know what it takes to get into the college of their dreams?

From July 15 through September 30, students will have a chance to win an all-expenses-paid tour of the accredited U.S. college of their choice, thanks to the Dream College Tour Sweepstakes from Texas Instruments (TI) and The Princeton Review. Students can register to win online at The Princeton Review and TI Math Rocks or by registering for free local educational seminars. One student will win the Dream College Sweepstakes grand prize, an all-expense paid tour of a student's first-choice college. TI and The Princeton Review are also giving away thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

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