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In the marketplace: Digital learning, NGSS resources, IT partnerships, and more

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
October 19th, 2016

Don't miss this recap of the latest product news, reports, and research in the ed-tech world

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Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change.

Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

With an eye toward helping close the gap between schools and their local communities comes TrustED, a new content hub and media-rich website featuring news and practical solutions for America’s K12 school leaders. Powered by K12 Insight, the new online destination features daily original and curated stories, commentary and special features exploring critical issues facing America’s public schools, with a special focus on community engagement, innovative leadership, student safety and school technology. Read more.

Seven months into its partnership with Achieve3000, a Calcasieu Parish School in Lake Charles, La., saw greater than expected literacy gains on the Spring 2016 Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) for English language arts among middle school students regularly using one of Achieve3000’s differentiated literacy solutions. The goal of this long-term partnership, which started in late October 2015, is to accelerate learning and put Ray D. Molo Middle School students on track for college and career success. Read more.

Literacy publisher Benchmark Education released two new connected grades K-6 English language arts, English learner, and Spanish language arts programs—Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante ®2018. Available now in print and digital hybrid formats, these literacy programs provide teachers with a forward-thinking, carefully-mapped instructional design, driven by the instructional shifts in literacy, and built to prepare today’s learners for college and careers. Parallel and equitable in content, resources, and access, the programs provide authentic literature and engaging informational text in both English and Spanish. A connected set of designated English learner instructional resources reflect the latest research, paving the way for an innovative and effective approach to English learner instruction. Read more.

Seeking a transformative yet efficient way to realize its curriculum and instructional goals, Sun Prairie Area School District in Wisconsin is implementing the itslearning learning management system. The district joins South Western School District in Hanover, Pennsylvania and Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, respectively in the single end-to-end enterprise teaching and learning platform. To date, more than seven million teachers, students, and parents worldwide use itslearning to provide a streamlined, user-friendly learning environment that simplifies student-centered learning. Read more.

RingCentral, Inc., a provider of enterprise cloud communication and collaboration solutions, announced the addition of the Santa Clara Unified School District as a RingCentral customer. Located among major multinational high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Unified School District is committed to progress, and innovative technology in education is a top priority across its 28 locations and to its nearly 2,000 district administrators, faculty, and staff members. When district staff and teachers asked for a powerful communications solution that integrated seamlessly with Google Apps for Education, SCUSD decided to select RingCentral. Read more.

The Tennessee State Board of Education today adopted new K-12 science standards that include climate change education at its meeting in Nashville today. The standards are modeled after Next Generation Science Standards. The newly adopted Tennessee science standards include the climate and clean energy standards such as: Engage in argument from evidence regarding the impacts of human activity on climate change. Design solutions to address these impacts. Read more.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) released HMH Science Dimensions, the first comprehensive K-12 science curriculum created specifically to meet the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a set of science education standards developed by states nationwide. HMH Science Dimensions is the first program designed, tested, and engineered to address the complexities of NGSS and lead students to mastery of its concepts. Read more.

itslearning, a learning management system provider, is excited to launch its inaugural “The Heart of Education” award program. This program honors K-12 teachers who are using technology in new and engaging ways to connect with their students. Two winning entries will each receive a $5,000 grant. Read more.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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