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APEX LEARNING STATE-SPECIFIC

Apex Learning released new online math courses tailored to the academic standards in Georgia, Florida, and California. These state-specific additions to Apex Learning’s suite of digital curricula integrate multimedia—in the form of animations, charts, graphs, images, and interactive manipulatives—with instructional text. Price: Pricing varies depending on the implementation Category: math
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LEARNING PLANS ON DEMAND

Learning Plans on Demand released new diagnostic assessments that tie directly into embedded tutorials for individualized learning. The tool automates the RTI process from the individual assessments to the generating of the learning plan, and it does so for remediation or accelerated instruction. It includes assessments and tutorials for math, language arts, reading, and science at any grade level from kindergarten to high school exit exams. Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: assessment

Product: Blossom Learning

Blossom Learning is an online applied SMART Board course that allows teachers and students to take a course at their own pace, and repeat a lesson until proficiency is achieved. The course contains end of chapter reviews, but teachers have the freedom to review at any time. PROS: The program is a bargain at its price, offering nearly four days of instruction and covering all aspects of the SMART Board from the basics to the most advanced topics. The course features built-in administrative functions that allow administrators to assign, monitor, and evaluate individual teacher progress.CONS: To successfully take the course, teachers and students should have some prior knowledge of how to learn from an online course.OVERALL EVALUATION: Schools who want to incorporate more SMART Board technology into their classroom curricula will benefit from a program like Blossom Learning, with its straightforward lessons and individualized opportunity for progressing at a self-paced level.www.blossomlearning.comRetail price: $69.95—Joe Huber

DREAMBOX LEARNING K-2 MATH

DreamBox Learning K-2 Math is an interactive math curriculum for grades K-2 that is built on a standards-based mathematics curriculum and presented in a fun, adventure-style interactive game. The program presents in-depth math lessons that develop computational fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving ability. DreamBox analyzes a student's individual responses and dynamically customizes the content and sequence for each child. The program keeps track of the student’s progress and remediates and accelerates the student as needed.Pros: The graphics and audio are attractive enough to hold students’ attention for the intended grade level. The vocabulary is also age-level appropriate. The action on the screen will hold the student’s attention, but does not distract from the lesson. The program readily adapts itself  to the individual student’s learning style and pace. The areas covered are based on NCTM standards. Students are given continual positive reinforcement as they move through the tasks. The online dashboard is a great standards-based report card on the students progress through the program. Online support provides teachers and parents with tips on how to transfer math skills to everyday life. Progress emails are automatically sent to parents every time the student uses the program.Cons: The program would benefit from some type of administrative module that handled  security and reporting for classroom use.Overall Impression: This is a great example of one of the many Web-based learning tools out there. Because it is Web-based, updates can be done automatically so schools can ensure the curriculum is linked to the latest standards.Retail Price: $12.95 per month per student, volume discounts available 

CONTINUITY OF LEARNING (WWW.BRAINHONEY.COM)

Agilix Labs’ BrainHoney and Florida Virtual School (FLVS) released a new online learning solution called Continuity of Learning. The new solution prepares high schools for emergency situations by supplementing classroom instruction with comprehensive online curriculum and learning tools that are available to students year-round. If disaster strikes, schools can close their doors and students can make an instant transition to online learning. Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: Online learning

ELLUMINATE LEARNING SUITE (WWW.ELLUMINATE.COM)

The Elluminate Learning Suite now includes Elluminate Live! V9.5, Elluminate Plan! V2, and enhancements of Elluminate Bridges for learning-management-system integrations. Elluminate Live! V9.5 adds improved audio fidelity and reduced audio time lag, along with higher video-frame rates for smoother video motion. Elluminate Plan! V2 helps organize, script, and package content and activities before the live session. Elluminate Bridges now includes support for ANGEL Learning Management Suite 7.3 and 7.4 and newer Blackboard Learning Systems. Price: Contact company for pricing.Category: Web conferencing

IT’S LEARNING INC

it’s learning inc. has expanded its individualized learning platform with new features to enable better collaboration among teachers and students, safer communication online, and faster support of attendance and behavior tracking. it’s learning integrates with each school’s existing student information system (SIS). In addition, the company now supplies Gmail from Google. The latest release also updated it’s learning’s software development kit (SDK) to include support for third party plug-ins, in addition to traditional application integration. Price: $10-$15 per user per year Category: administrative tool

PLATO LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (PLE) V. 1.3

PLE combines 21st-century technology with PLATO Learning’s curricula, assessment and standards management to create a unified system for integrating the key aspects of the educational process. This latest release adds new features and functionality upgrades, including the Create Custom Resource tool, teacher and student communication tools and enhanced batch enroll features.Price: $300-$1,200 per seat (inclusive of instructional content)Category: administrative tool

MESTUDYING

meStudying allows high school students to practice algebraic concepts such as graphing, polynomials, and the division and factoring of polynomials on an iPhone/iPod touch application. The application delivers more than 300 questions in a multiple-choice format to help students review core algebraic concepts learned in class. It offers both review and practice-test modules and self-paced tests, giving immediate insight into areas of mastery and difficulty. Price: $4.99 in Apple iTunes App StoreCategory: math

Product: Learning.Com’s Digital Learning Environment

Learning.com’s Digital Learning Environment is an online curriculum management tool that coordinates lesson plans to national and some state curriculum guides. Teachers have the ability to share their best lesson plans with other educators, and can interact with students via online journal lessons (interactive web pages). Users can import media for outside resources such as teacher tube, and the program encourages teachers to relate lesson plans to curriculum guidelines as they are being written. Lessons are stored on companies’ servers, eliminating the need for local installations.PROS: The software is an excellent value, since anyone who currently uses a Learning.com product can access it free of charge. This is one of the easiest to use curriculum management tools available. It includes a comprehensive feature set that is robust enough to get the job done, especially for elementary schools. With a crisp and clean user interface, anyone who can use a word processing program can use the Digital Learning Environment. Sharing lesson plans among teachers makes it easy to collaborate with co-workers. CONS: To reach a larger audience, the product needs to be coordinated to more state curriculum guidelines.OVERALL EVALUATION: Schools will benefit from a software tool like Digital Learning Environment, a product that boosts collaboration between teachers and allows for easy student-teacher interaction via interactive web pages.www.learning.comRetail price: Free to current Learning.com customers.—Joe Huber