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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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BOXLIGHT IMPROVED STEM GUIDE
(www.boxlight.com)

Boxlight published “The Big Guide to STEM: Volume No. 2.” The guide offers tips and resources to guide teachers as they integrate STEM into their curriculum. Available for free, the comprehensive guide explains why STEM is critical for today’s students and shares how to incorporate STEM learning into the classroom.

CONNECTIONS MODEL KIDCONNECT READY2LEARN CURRICULUM
(www.teachemotionalregulation.com/kcr2l)

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The Connections Model launched its KidConnect Ready2Learn Curriculum, a proactive social-emotional learning (SEL) program that provides teachers with the tools to help learners identify, understand, and manage their emotions in order to control their behavior. The curriculum is designed for grades K-6 and includes 26 lessons centered on targeted skills.

CURRICULUM ASSOCIATES “READY NEW YORK,” NEXT GENERATION LEARNING STANDARDS EDITION
(CurriculumAssociates.com/NYNextGen)

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Curriculum Associates developed the Ready New York, Next Generation Learning Standards Edition. This new program, designed specifically to address the newly revised New York State standards, includes a combination of student and teacher resources that address the demands for focus, rigor, and higher-order thinking to support standards mastery and proficiency.

EDGENUITY SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING COURSE EXPANSION
(www.edgenuity.com)

Edgenuity customers now have access to six SEL courses integrated into Courseware: Mental Health & Wellness, College and Career Readiness, Social & Emotional Success, Unlock Your Purpose, Character & Leadership Development and Personal Development. The curriculum addresses topical interventions for students at risk or in need of behavioral supports and intervention.

GALE & MACKIN PARTNERSHIP
(www.gale.com) & (www.mackin.com)

Gale, a Cengage company, has partnered with Mackin to make its database content available on the MackinVIA digital content management platform. Now MackinVIA customers can search Gale databases using MackinVIA’s new Deep Discovery tool to quickly find authoritative content, delivering better research outcomes for student success.

KICKBOARD SKILL FOR AMAZON ALEXA
(www.kickboardforschools.com) & (developer.amazon.com/en-US/alexa)

Kickboard announced that the Kickboard skill for Amazon Alexa will be hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the 2019-2020 school year and available to customers via Alexa-enabled devices. Families will have access to their child’s behavior data and messages using any Alexa-enabled device and via the Alexa app.

SAM LABS BABY BLOCKY & OTHER PRODUCTS
(samlabs.com)

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SAM Labs launched new coding and problem-solving curriculum and resources for kindergarten and first-grade students, including Baby Blocky, a new character to the SAM Labs family, and other courses that highlight coding, creativity, exploration, solution thinking, and collaboration skills. Additionally, the K-1 kits will include cross-discipline, extension and enrichment activities.

TURNITIN EMPOWERS EDUCATORS TO TEACH ORIGINALITY
(www.turnitin.com)

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With Turnitin Feedback Studio’s similarity checking service, leverage the world’s largest collection of internet, academic, and student paper content. Teaching originality requires more than just plagiarism detection; paired with commenting and grading tools and classroom resources, Feedback Studio helps teach students the value of their authentic voice.

Hardware & Software

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Optoma (www.optoma.com/us) announced its 406 series of ultra compact 1080p and WUXGA laser light source projectors. With 4K HDR image processing and simplified features to fit ProAV installations in education, government and corporate settings, the Optoma ZU406, ZH406 and ZH406ST will illuminate any mid-size projection environment with incredible picture quality.

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