15 amazing education technology solutions from January
6. einstein™ Tablet+: “Finally something for science.” That’s what science teachers in Israel, Russia, and over 60 other countries have echoed when they see the einstein™ Tablet+ for the first time, said this STEM solutions company. On the heels of winning the digital devices category at Bett 2014, one of the largest educational technology conferences in the world, Fourier Education is now offering science teachers the chance to bring the award‐winning einstein™ Tablet+ to their classroom. Beginning Wednesday, February 5, Fourier Education will give away one ($349 value) on a weekly basis through its Facebook page. The giveaways will run through March 26 and anyone who likes Fourier Education’s Facebook page and enters the sweepstakes will be in the running. For more information on einstein™ Tablet+, click here.
7. Galaxy Tab for Education: Samsung plans to launch a new Galaxy Tab exclusively developed for education, which will be available for K-12 school deployments for the 2014-2015 year. Launching as part of the Google Play for Education program, the classroom-ready, 10.1-inch tablet will offer simple set up and device management, access to curated educational content and more. With a 10.1-inch WXGA display, the new Galaxy Tab for Education provides students an exceptional viewing experience and the 16:10 aspect ratio is ideal for viewing educational content. It will feature the latest version of Android (version 4.4 or Kit Kat), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n support for better connectivity, and rear- and front-facing cameras to make capturing images and web chats easy. The new Galaxy Tab will also include Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, so administrators can quickly set up a classroom of devices with a few taps. Google also provides a web-based management console that will allow schools to easily manage and configure their entire fleet of devices. For more information on Samsung’s education solutions, click here.
8. Google Play for Education: Google made a huge splash at FETC, emphasizing its K-12 Books in Google Play for Education, as well as offering greater choices for devices. Google Play for Education allows educators to find and distribute apps and videos that unlock student potential, and schools have supposedly told the company that access to a wide selection of books is just as important. Google is gearing up to add thousands of K-12 books to Google Play for Education. Once a book is assigned, students can read it from their Android tablets, Chromebooks, or any other device through the Play Books reader. Affordable access periods of 60 days, 180 days, and 360 days help schools ensure that materials stay fresh (and classes stay interested) — it’s easy to change curriculum from year to year, or even customize reading materials for individual students. For more information on Google Play for Education, click here.
9. Measured Progress’ NexGen Science Assessment Tools: The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) identify content, science, and engineering practices that all students should learn. Measured Progress, an assessments solutions provider, is asking schools to participate in a pilot allowing students to get exposure to NGSS curriculum and assessments through “testlets” and curriculum-embedded performance tasks. Educators can evaluate the rigor of these new items and determine how well items helped them assess student understanding of the NGSS. For more information on the pilot and how to join, click here.
10. Online Learning Exchange (OLE): The Sochi Winter Olympics are right around the corner and now the games will become a “teachable moment” with free educational resources available at Pearson’s OLEcommunity.com blog. Looking at the historic games from a science, social studies, reading and math perspective, the resources expand Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange™ platform, a searchable K-12 digital library of Common Core teaching resources. Developed by a team of Pearson authors and editors, teachers will find all the latest news on the 2014 winter games as well as Olympic-themed teaching resources on the OLE Olympic series community blog. For more information on OLE, click here.
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