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In the marketplace: An NBA math program, coding tools, and a new literacy initiative

By Laura Ascione Devaney, Managing Editor, Content Services, @eSN_Laura
November 23rd, 2016

Don't miss this recap of the latest technology product news, reports, and research

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Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Discovery Education launched a new multi-year partnership that will deepen middle and high school students’ engagement in mathematics nationwide. In this new collaboration, which harnesses students’ interest in professional basketball to help teach important mathematics concepts, interactive math problems derived from NBA and WNBA game footage and statistics such as points, rebounds, assists and more, have been integrated into Discovery Education’s Math Techbook™. Read more.

With the support of a grant from The NEA Foundation, Girls Thinking Global (GTG) has launched its GTG Collaborative Visualization Tool, an online community of practice. The GTG Visualization Tool is an interactive global data mapping of hundreds of organizations that support the education, health, well-being, and success of young women and girls globally. Users can select a country or service area and see a list of organizations serving that geographic location, as well as the services they provide and their websites. Currently, the Visualization Tool includes information for 286 organizations. Read more.

Student devices are exploding in classrooms around the country and schools are tasked with finding ways to manage those devices so that students stay safe and on-task in the classroom. To help schools in the United States and Canada manage their digital classrooms, Impero Software, a remote monitoring and management software provider for K-12 districts, announced a $2.5 million “Best Technology for Schools” grant program. Read more.

Results are out for a Boca Raton, Florida elementary school that is in its third year of a Demonstration Schools for Rigor initiative in partnership with Learning Sciences International. With intensive professional development, coaching, and training on research-based instructional strategies, the school is now showing increased combined VAM scores and overall academic growth. Read more.

A small sphere rolls around a classroom, cycling through glowing colors, before crossing a finish line. Students cheer, because they made it happen using their own computer programming skills. These kids have been using the new, no-cost CodeSnaps app, from the makers of SAS® Curriculum Pathways®. CodeSnaps teaches coding basics by enticing students to actively work together, hands-on, to control Sphero robots. Read more.

Children’s Literacy Initiative has launched LEARN (Literacy Education and Resource Network), a new web platform providing the education community with a comprehensive and expanding resource to read, watch, and discuss the best practices in balanced literacy instruction. LEARN focuses on the core instructional practices validated through the i3 grant, and identified by the National Reading Panel. Topics include Intentional Read Aloud, Guided Reading, Message Time Plus™, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Independent Work Time, Classroom Culture & Environment, and Literacy Coaching. Read more.

The school schedule poses one of most significant challenges for school districts transitioning to progressive educational approaches and personalized learning. In a personalized learning environment, students benefit from daily or weekly choice in how and where they spend their learning time.
To provide greater ease and flexibility for districts seeking to make changes, Alma Technologies, Inc. announced the Personalized Learning Scheduling Tool; a new feature available in its intuitive, integrated student information system (SIS) and learning management system (LMS). 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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