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LightSail announces free digital ebook library

K-12 literacy solution provider LightSail will offer a free Starter Library for all customers. The Starter Library includes 200 texts spanning elementary, middle, and high school reading levels, and will grow to 350 texts by March, 2015. Each free text in the Starter Library comes with LightSail’s signature feature: multiple-measure assessments which are embedded into the text, and completed as students read. LightSail’s formative assessments not only gauge reading comprehension, they allow LightSail to offer a consistently personalized literacy experience. As students read, LightSail monitors their progress and updates their individual Lexile score on-the-fly, causing the library to adapt based on reading...

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5 gorgeous apps to help you learn about space

STEM learning seems to be a national priority today, with calls for more computer science, engineering, and coding opportunities for students of all ages. In fact, using students' interests…

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LAUSD backs off one-to-one iPad goal

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines said that the district cannot afford to provide a computer to every student, signaling a major reversal of his…

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28 apps for challenge-based learning projects

Challenge-based learning lets students locate a problem and then unleash their creativity in search of a solution. By nature, these projects are collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and hands-on. And what…

Why site visits are vital to tech rollouts

Why site visits are vital to tech rollouts

A program of site visits can teach leaders invaluable skills and keep them from feeling too lost Since 1987, the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network has…

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30,000 Chromebooks reach middle schoolers in N.C. district

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is equipping each of its 30,000 middle school students with a laptop this year in the district’s latest move to make its classrooms more tech-savvy. The district…

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Massive growth predicted for e-books

A new survey of 475 educators indicates that schools and districts see their use of classroom materials transitioning substantially from paper books to digital books over the next…

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myON adds National Geographic Kids to digital platform

myON, a business unit of Capstone, has added digital books from National Geographic Kids, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world, to myON’s…

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Key factors to consider in mobile device rollouts

Many schools begin implementing mobile devices by opting to try a pilot of devices, and increasingly, they are also piloting charging carts or charging stations as well. Pilots…

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TabPilot’s Tablet Manager for iOS is free through end of school year

TabPilot Learning Systems has announced that its Tablet Manager for iOS will now be free for all public and private K-12 schools with 25 or more iPads through…

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Goodbye textbooks, hello free online resources

Textbooks, those long-entrenched staples of classrooms, could soon be pushed from their place of prominence by a high-tech alternative: online lessons that can be downloaded, customized and updated…

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Navigating the New E-rate

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In a series of moves that mark the biggest changes to the E-rate in its 17-year history, the Federal Communications Commission has updated the nation’s school wiring program…

Successful Tips to Accelerate English Language Learning (ELL)

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English language learners (ELLs) face many obstacles compared to native English speakers. How can educators respond to significant challenges facing schools? Here’s what you need to know…

Transforming Today’s Math Education

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Math can be a challenging subject for many middle and high school students—and schools and districts often struggle to find ways to improve math proficiency while sustaining student…

Mac to School

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Districts across the nation are facing a dilemma: How can you keep up with the changing landscape of expensive educational technology when budgets are tighter than ever? The…

Teaching Essential 21st Century Skills

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Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to learn key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally…