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Instant logins among the latest ed-tech innovations

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched a new online math service aimed at families. Called Go Math! Academy, it draws on the videos and other content from HMH’s Go Math! digital curriculum for students in grades K-6 to provide personalized math help for students at home, for $10 per month or $80 per year.

There are some online services that already provide math tutoring and enrichment for students at home at no cost, such as Khan Academy and TenMarks. What sets HMH’s new product apart from these other services is that “it’s based on an established, trusted, and market-leading brand for K-6 content,” said Paul Murphy, vice president of the company’s New Markets Studio. What’s more, he said, students can choose their own themes to help guide them through the material.

NetSupport has added more functionality to its classroom management software for Chrome users. The company already had a Student App for Chrome that allowed teachers to connect with students using Chromebooks from a Windows or Mac computer. Now, with the new NetSupport School Tutor app for Chrome OS, teachers can remotely interact with student Chromebooks from their own Chrome-based system—making NetSupport unique in offering both a student and teacher solution for Chromebook environments, the company says.

The NetSupport School Tutor app for Chrome OS allows teachers to view thumbnail displays of students’ Chromebook screens on their own Chrome device; zoom in for a clearer view of the activity on a particular machine; control and block students’ internet activity; send group or private messages to students; and poll students.

Through a partnership with MAXIMUS, maker of the special-education management software TIENET, Pearson’s PowerSchool student information system now includes a complete case management and reporting system for educators.

The system, called PowerSchool Special Education Powered by TIENET, allows educators who use PowerSchool to manage and monitor the entire special education process—including pre-referral, eligibility, IEP development, service documentation, reporting to parents, 504 plans, and personalized education programs—as well as support Medicaid billing, all from a single sign-on, Pearson said.

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