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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
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Through The Idea of America, a new interactive, fully digital, Web-based curriculum, students will learn lessons from history and the principles of U.S. citizenship by exploring 65 individual case studies of the nation’s most important historical events, debating issues that changed the United States, listening to the perspectives of contemporary historians, and accessing primary-source documents of enduring significance. Price: The Idea of America: Survey, 6-year online license, $73.97; The Idea of America: Survey, 1-year online license, $36.97; The Idea of America: Modern, 6 years, $71.97; The Idea of America: Modern, 1 year, $34.97 Category: history

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Earn Graduate Continuing Education Credit with Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning announces a new collaboration with IT4Educators to provide online graduate continuing education courses created and conducted by experienced teachers. Each standards based tech integration course incorporates training from Atomic Learning for teachers seeking continuing education credits for license

Earn Graduate Continuing Education Credit with Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning announces a new collaboration with IT4Educators to provide online graduate continuing education courses created and conducted by experienced teachers. Each standards based tech integration course incorporates training from Atomic Learning for teachers seeking continuing education credits for license

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

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

SPARK SCIENCE LEARNING SYSTEM

The SPARK Science Learning System is an all-in-one mobile device that integrates probeware with inquiry-based content and assessment. The SPARK can be used as a standalone science- data-collection tool, or it can be connected to a computer via a USB cable and used as a data-collection terminal for PASCO data-collection software. A teacher can assign the class an experiment, and the students can use their SPARK units and probes to develop hypotheses, collect data to prove or disprove the hypotheses, and then draw conclusions.PROS: The SPARK comes with more than 60 preinstalled experiments. It is rugged enough to be taken outdoors and handled by elementary-, middle-, and high-school students. The SPARKvue software permits the same interface to be displayed on a computer so a teacher can deliver pre-lab instruction to an entire class via a data projector. Additional probes are reasonably priced. The SPARK is battery-powered, so it can be used outside the classroom. It allows students to record their data directly to the device. The experiments included in the SPARK let students collect meaningful data in real time. The device also has helpful online educator-training resources.CONS: It would be nice to have one kit that included all the probes; PASCO does, however, offer kits that provide the probes necessary to perform the labs that are embedded on the SPARK Science Learning System.OVERALL IMPRESSION: Science is not a study of facts and dates; science is a process. The SPARK takes this discovery process into account in a fun, easy-to-use tool.www.pasco.comRetail price: $329

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

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