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Acer America Acer Chromebook R 11 C738T
The Acer Chromebook R 11 C738T is packed with the latest technology and features, combined with the ease of use of Chrome, for a faster, more productive and engaging experience for students. The 360-degree dual-torque hinges allow the Chromebook to be easily transitioned among four modes, yet keep the display secure and stable. At just 0.76 inches thin and weighing only 2.76 lbs, the C738T is lightweight even for younger students and slips into backpacks effortlessly. Acer education customers can also take advantage of the Acer Educare Warranty Programs to further protect their investment with solutions such as battery replacement, paid two-way shipping, and accidental damage protection.
Acer Switch Alpha 12
The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a portable and flexible 2-in-1 Windows 10 notebook that provides cool, quiet operation ideal for use by students at school or home. Some of the many highlights include a fanless and anti-slip design, a vibrant 12-inch touch display with 10-point touch controls, a thin, and a light keyboard that is backlit. Also, U.S.-based Acer Premier Care is provided to U.S. Acer education and business customers purchasing 100+ units.
Bloomz is the mobile parent communication app helping early-childhood through middle-school educators and communities to connect and coordinate with modern day parents in one easy-to-use experience with all the tools they need, supported by a patented approach to building an engaged parent community.
For most science teachers, using STEM in the classroom revolves around a box or drawer filled with a tangle of sensor cables and connection boxes. Often, the first 10 minutes or more of a class is spent disentangling these devices and getting them plugged in and working. With Boxlight’s Labdisc, it’s all—inside a small disk. With a diameter of 5.2 inches and a thickness of 1.5 inches, the disc is like a large hockey puck. It’s easy for small hands to carry and use, is rugged and has a pull-out stand in the back. At 11 ounces, a classroom’s worth of sensors can be carried on a tray or cart between rooms. The Boxlight Labdisc also includes unique features like the GPS probe, which harnesses GPS to plot sensor values as a layer over a Google map, and it offers a robust battery that supplies over 150 hours of battery life. This helps students connect and engage with science anywhere. It also serves as an ideal solution for long-term experiments such as plant growth, weather change, and pollution.
bulb digital portfolios
bulb is where students and educators curate and create, share, and showcase their smarts. bulb helps you gather the best of what you’ve done to make the most of what you know, so you can show the world what you believe. By leveraging the powerful effect of an authentic audience and the synergy of multi-mediated work, bulb encourages students to deepen their learning journeys and share their smarts with the world. For more information, please visit bulbapp.com.
Edthena Chromebook app
The Edthena Chromebook app automates the process of recording and uploading videos of any length. With the Edthena platform, teachers share their videos with coaches and colleagues who provide timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths, and notes. The platform enables teachers and coaches to participate in collaborative professional learning cycles. Reports and graphs, linked to the school’s or district’s associated professional standards, help identify teaching trends, determine if the professional development is improving teaching practices, and provide a basis for ongoing dialogue about instructional best practices.
Epson BrightLink 697Ui Presentation Displays
The Epson BrightLink 697Ui is one of four new interactive ultra short-throw enhanced presentation displays that enable individualized instruction with wireless content sharing. The displays transform any flat classroom surface into an interactive learning space. Epson’s advanced 3LCD light engine creates bright, vivid images with 4,400 lumens of color brightness and 4,400 lumens of white brightness and its long-life, low-cost lamps last up to 10,000 hours in ECO mode. Whether across campus or in the classroom, students can connect and share any type of content in real-time using the flagship BrightLink 697Ui presentation display. With the Whiteboard Sharing Tool, up to 15 participants can join a whiteboarding session directly from any mobile device with a Web browser or from another BrightLink without a PC.
LearnFit Sit-Stand Desk
Transform classrooms into active learning environments with on-demand sit-stand desks. With the simple squeeze of a hand lever, kids can change from sitting to standing. This adjustment capability, along with the desk’s ease of mobility, gives an educator unparalleled flexibility in arranging their classroom for the lesson.
Extron’s StudioStation100 is a quick, simple, and convenient solution for one-touch recording of high-quality video and audio presentations. To operate the system, simply insert a USB stick and press the record button to begin recording. StudioStation 100 solutions are ideal for flipped classroom recordings, lecture captures, student assessments, rehearsal spaces, moot courts, or any other application where making a recording by pressing only one button is desired.
VoiceLift Pro Microphone
The VoiceLift Pro Microphone is designed to evenly distribute the teacher’s voice throughout the classroom, which has been proven to increase student achievement. VoiceLift Pro wireless technology utilizes digital transmission and pairing in a dedicated spectrum to provide superior performance over traditional systems. Benefits include higher sound quality, increased reliability, and greater transmission distance, with reduced interference.
PlenumVault Digital Systems
PlenumVault Digital Systems are easy-to-use AV switching and control systems that provide support for common classroom sources at resolutions up to 4K. Standard systems include all the necessary audio and video switching, audio amplification, system control, source connectivity, speakers, mounting hardware, and cabling for a complete classroom AV solution. The unique PlenumVault Mounting Kit securely mounts and conceals system components in the plenum space above a suspended ceiling.
Founded in 1992, FileWave provides education, enterprise, and government institutions around the world with multi-platform endpoint management software to assist IT teams throughout the entire lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, and maintenance. FileWave’s all-in-one, highly scalable solution solves the many challenges of managing a diverse and growing population of users, devices, and content by ensuring organizations have a comprehensive solution that supports both desktop and mobile devices across macOS, iOS, Windows, Chrome OS, and Android. To learn more, visit https://www.filewave.com.
HUE HD Pro Camera
The HUE HD Pro classroom camera is the latest addition to the HUE range of USB cameras. This camera can view a full U.S. letter-size sheet and project it onto the whiteboard via your PC and projector. The HUE HD Pro also comes with specially designed software, HUE Intuition, to allow you to master the full functionality of the camera with ease. It’s portable, affordable, and adorable!
The partnership between itslearning — the award-winning learning management system (LMS) provider — and Gooru — a nonprofit organization that curates, vets, and enriches open educational resources (OERs) — is providing teachers and students an awesome new experience. Now, over 1.7 million resources, 14,000 playlists, and 35+ courses are easily within reach, included as part of the LMS. Each item is tagged with quality metadata, completely searchable, and ready to incorporate into tasks and lessons. Teachers can spend less time searching for content and more time with their students, delivering the highest level of personalized learning.
Lumens Integration, Inc.
DC193 and PC193 Ladibug Document Cameras
Lumens Integration’s new DC193 and PC193 document cameras come in full HD, 1080p, 30fps resolution and 20x zoom capability. Both cameras come with a VGA and HDMI input/output slots. The document cameras have an internal memory for storing up to 240 images and the total memory is expandable to 4TB using a USB drive. The document cameras are applicable for presenting in educational classrooms, training courses, and large and small meeting venues.
MackinVIA is a FREE digital content management system. It was intricately designed by Mackin from the ground up, with the needs of students, teachers, librarians, and administrators in mind. With a single login, users can view, utilize, and manage all of the school’s digital resources. MackinVIA features a PK-12, student-friendly interface and an array of cutting-edge features including Backpacks that provide easy access to checkouts, requests, favorites, and a notebook. The Mackin catalog offers nearly 1.5 million digital resources in a variety of formats including ebooks, digital audiobooks, databases, and videos for use in MackinVIA, and links can be added to preferred websites and videos.
Total Motivation, Mentoring Minds’ innovative, award-winning, print-and-online supplemental curriculum is used by two million students nationwide. Flexible enough to fit any scope and sequence but rigorous enough to drive instructional design on its own, Total Motivation is designed to help students build critical thinking skills. Total Motivation deeply aligns to state standards and reflects the rigor of high stakes assessments. Online progress monitoring, activity coding, and a wealth of instructional support empower educators to scaffold learning, differentiate instruction, and formatively assess student progress. Total Motivation is available for ELA, Math, and Science. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Total Motivation ELA encompasses high-interest literary and information texts with cross-curricular content in social studies and science to develop enthusiastic readers and writers.
Nearpod is a unique mobile learning platform designed for the synchronized use of mobile devices in education. With Nearpod, teachers can create content, engage students digitally, and assess them in real time. Its mission is to significantly improve the quality and cost of education, while transforming and improving the ways in which people learn.
Nepris is a cloud-based platform and network that connects educators with industry professionals to bring abstract lessons to life, mentor students on class projects, evaluate student work, interview professionals, and join virtual tours of workspaces.
NetSupport School is a leading multi-platform classroom management software solution designed to help educators improve the efficiency and effectiveness of technology-led instruction, thanks to its superior range of PC and device monitoring, assessment features, and collaboration tools. Features include real-time viewing and controlling of student screens, testing and assessment tools, language lab module, Internet and application metering and control, digital journals to record key lesson content, real-time instruction and gamification tools, teacher, t/a and student apps plus integration with OneDrive, and much more.
Award-winning IT Asset Management solution, NetSupport DNA, is designed to provide real-time visibility of all school or district IT asset and endpoints by constantly tracking, monitoring, and managing all devices on the network as well as proactively warning of any impending issues. In addition to Hardware & Software Inventory, Software License Management, Software Distribution, Printer Management and full Custom Reporting, NetSupport DNA affords added Student Safeguarding with its standard eSafety module including Internet Metering, Keyword & Phrases Monitoring, and Student Report a Concern features, plus much more.
Towers by PowerGistics
Towers by PowerGistics has been taking the device storage world by storm. PowerGistics has been working hard to make sure that their quality is unmatched by utilizing a vertical design and positive cable management to help your teachers and staff save time and money! No more time spent untangling cords, replacing broken units, or constantly opening those big bulky padlocks to check if everything is in place.
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360
Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 engages K-12 students in independent and close reading practice. Students complete close reading activities built into high-interest nonfiction articles, choose their own independent reading books, and take short reading comprehension quizzes. Reliable student data helps educators set reading goals, monitor progress, and diagnose areas of struggle.
Renaissance Accelerated Math
Renaissance Accelerated Math provides deep math practice at the unique levels students need in order for them to grow—from foundational skills to grade-level standards. Students learn to think critically—like mathematicians—in order to master math. The right amount of productive struggle helps students learn. Then, once students feel confident, they open up to mathematical discourse in the classroom and productive struggle in their practice, to enrich their math experience.
RobotLAB Introduces Engage! K-12, a revolutionary platform for teaching 21st-century skills using robots. Engage! K-12 offers hands-on learning activities and interactive tools that unlock STEM and coding skills in students of all ages. Engage! K-12 is an interactive and hands-on STEM learning experience organized by eye-catching themes (such as soccer-playing robots or autonomous cars). Students and teachers can access the browser-based learning ecosystem from any device. A user-friendly interface allows teachers, even those with zero programming experience, to bring their lessons to life with virtual and physical robots. Engage! K-12 currently houses a wide variety of lessons focusing on subjects or concepts that students often struggle with. Lessons are searchable by grade level, subject, and CCSS or TEKS standard, and cover topics from coding to STEM to storytelling. Teachers can use RobotLAB’s existing lessons, customize them for their classes, or create their own. Each lesson leads students from idea to construction to application to results.
Securly is the industry’s first 100% cloud-based Web filtering solution designed from the ground up for K-12 schools’ 21st-century needs. Securly is designed to provide protection for any device, anywhere, and to completely replace the existing web filter appliance with Securly’s unique Web filtering solution. Being cloud-based allows 24/7 protection for students, with native support for any device, anywhere—onsite or offsite.
Turnitin Revision Assistant
Revision Assistant gives students instant, specific feedback on their writing. Standards-aligned prompts include document-based and open-ended writing assignments covering various genres and essay types. Students request a signal check giving qualitative and visual feedback with a student-friendly visualization of trait-level scores on standards-aligned rubrics (focus, evidence, ideas, and genre). Comments in the margins tie to specific sentences highlighted in the text. Signal check feedback emphasizes areas of strength and offers constructive suggestions for sentence-level improvements.
Vernier Software & Technology
Go Direct Sensors
Vernier Software & Technology’s new Go Direct family of sensors offers teachers and students the versatility to collect scientific data either wirelessly or via a USB connection. The sensors connect directly to Chromebooks, mobile devices, or computers so there’s no interface needed. This gives science and STEM teachers the flexibility to utilize the technology platforms of their choice, or that they already have in their classrooms, in new and innovative ways for scientific exploration with their students. The 16 new sensors, which are designed primarily for chemistry, physical science, and middle-school science, utilize Vernier’s free Graphical Analysis 4 app, which facilitates student understanding with real-time graphing of experimental data. They can also be used as part of more than 100 investigations in Vernier’s fourth edition lab books which will be available in Spring 2017. The Go Direct sensors include the 3-Axis Magnetic Field Sensor, Colorimeter, Conductivity Probe, Constant Current System, Drop Counter, Force and Acceleration Sensor, Gas Pressure Sensor, Light and Color Sensors, Melt Station, Motion Detector, ORP Sensor, pH Sensor, Radiation Monitor, SpectroVis Plus Spectrophotometer, Temperature Probe, and Voltage Probe. To learn more about Go Direct sensors, visit www.vernier.com/products/sensors/go-direct-sensors/.
Voyager Sopris Learning
Velocity is a K-5 digital English Language Arts solution for optimized learning that can be implemented alongside any core program to create individualized instruction. Students gain proficiency in critical ELA skills faster and with more 1:1 student-teacher interaction. Velocity optimizes instruction and aids teacher engagement to support students as they learn with content unique to their own pace and level. Functioning as an extension of the teacher’s presence in the classroom, Velocity continuously monitors each student’s understanding of countless subtle learning concepts. This advanced technology instantly adjusts lessons to make them more effective for each individual student, providing actionable insights to the teacher throughout the process.
This interactive wireless presentation system has advanced features, such as an onboard USB media and document player, a streaming-video player, and a 64-user queue. Classroom collaboration has never been easier; students can work together and show their projects together on the same screen, using their own BYOD device.