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Five new ed-tech innovations for schools
Available on a wide variety of platforms and devices, including iPads, Chromebooks, and Android tablets, FuelEd’s Online Courses for Middle School enable teachers to personalize learning for students in an online or blended learning environment. The curriculum aligns with the Common Core; features a modular, flexible design that allows for the customization of courses to meet district needs; and integrates literacy and vocabulary development across all topic areas.
The online math, language arts, and science courses for students in grades 6-8 include interactive activities, videos, games, and formative assessments that provide real-time feedback. Each course includes vocabulary help, text to speech functionality, and translation to support English language learners.
The new middle school courses are integrated into PEAK, Fuel Education’s “personalized learning platform,” which makes it easy for districts to integrate and manage all of their online learning programs. What’s more, teachers can customize the courses with resources available in the PEAK Library, which includes more than 5,500 lessons, assessments, and content from third-party partners such as Britannica School, as well as open educational resources such as Khan Academy and YouTube Education.
Another cloud hosting option for schools
Cloud server provider Infinitely Virtual has introduced a few cloud-based hosting plans aimed at schools and colleges.
The company’s “Virtual Terminal Server: Standard” Plan enables schools to put their Windows-based applications in a private cloud, hosted by Infinitely Virtual. Users can access these applications and data from anywhere in the world, which is an ideal solution for schools that want to offer home or remote access to software, the company said. Pricing starts at $6.65 per user, per month, with volume discounts available.
A “Virtual Terminal Server: Premium” Plan adds Active Directory controllers and a file server, making it easy for schools to get up and running in the cloud, starting at $8.53 per user, per month.
These are the first two of what eventually will be four cloud hosting plans for education from Infinitely Virtual. The others will offer dedicated Microsoft Exchange hosting in a secure private cloud, as well as a combination of this and the Terminal Server Premium plan.
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