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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Triumph Learning Launches State-Specific Waggle in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida

NEW YORK, NY – Aug. 11, 2015 –Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, unveils new versions of Waggle, its smart practice solution, to align with learning standards in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. The three state-specific versions help students master math and ELA skills and educators monitor real-time student progress.

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

Common Core State Standards Math Transition Plan Announced

Carnegie Learning has unveiled a Common Core State Standards math transition plan, featuring new core and intervention curricula written for alignment to the more rigorous academic requirements now adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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