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Fifty from ISTE: 50 new ed-tech services

Fifty from ISTE: 50 new ed-tech services

 Assessment

(27) ACT Aspire is a new company formed as a joint venture between ACT and Pearson. Its College and Career Readiness System includes summative, formative, and interim assessments across five subject areas for grades 3-12, aligned with both ACT’s College Readiness Standards and the Common Core.

(28) Belkin showed a new line of wired keyboards with a built-in stand for holding a tablet computer, designed for use in Common Core testing with tablets.

Ranging in price from $39 for a five-pin version for use with Samsung tablets to $79 for an iPad Lightning version, the new keyboards feature non-priable keys and a cable management track built into the bottom, and they “nest” for easy stacking and storage when testing is done.

(29) Along the same lines, Griffin Technology introduced a Digital Testing Kit, containing peripherals for using iPads during online testing.

The Digital Testing Kit includes a wired 30-pin or Lightning keyboard for iOS devices; volume-limiting headphones for private listening capability; and Griffin’s military-tested rugged case, Survivor for iPad.

(30) Mac to School said all of its refurbished MacBooks meet the standards for taking Common Core assessments—and the devices offer a cost-effective way to get technology into the hands of students as schools prepare for the exams.

For instance, California’s Academy of Arts and Sciences recently saved $245,000 by working with Mac to School rather than buying new technology directly from Apple, the company said.

(31) Naiku has updated its cloud-based assessment platform that enables schools to track students’ proficiency toward state and Common Core standards. The latest version enhances support for standards-based grading, allowing users to transport students’ proficiency by standard directly to any gradebook that supports this approach.

(32) Scantron launched a product called Scantron Assessment Analytics at ISTE; it includes a range of interactive dashboards for visualizing longitudinal assessment data from multiple sources.

Scantron also unveiled a Next Generation Science Item Bank to help schools measure student proficiency toward the Next Generation Science Standards; the item bank targets life, physical, and earth sciences for grades K-8.

Online learning

(33) Next month, Edgenuity will begin offering a new intervention service—called MyPath—to help middle and high school students get back on track with their learning.

What’s more, Edgenuity is planning to roll out a brand-new online course in January that teaches students how to be good digital citizens—and how to learn more effectively in an online environment.

(34) Edmentum announced several enhancements to its products and services at ISTE, including a streamlined user experience that enables students to manage their assignments and view their progress more easily within the company’s Plato Courseware and its EdOptions Academy, a virtual-school solution.

These two products also include new high school math and ELA courses that are built to the Common Core standards and are optimized for mobile devices, Edmentum said.

(35) Odysseyware has a major launch of new online content coming July 19, including middle school exploration courses for career and technical education, a library of more than 20 virtual labs for science classes, and more “Investigations” that help students answer the question, “Why do I need to know this?”

With its new launch coming later this month, all Odysseyware content will be HTML5-based, so the content can be used on iPads and any other mobile device—and the company also has created a “blended learning library” for schools to use its content in conjunction with traditional classroom instruction through a blended approach.

(Next page: New school and student management solutions; network infrastructure; and 21st century skills)

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