Academic Accelerator offered its product of the same name, a web-based information and guided analysis system that delivers information, analysis, and streamlined reporting for educators and administrators. The software is intended to help monitor, measure, manage, and adjust all aspects of the education environment. All reports are provided with appropriate and actionable information for teachers, administrators, parents, students, and the community, according to the company. Reports include visual perspectives on student, teacher, and school performance and progress. Other features include communication mechanisms and eMail alerts for parents and the community, NCLB reporting, and professional development.

ADT, a security firm best known for home protection, offers a wide array of services to schools and colleges as well. ADT’s products and services include access control, fire/life safety, intrusion detection and control, closed-circuit television monitoring and surveillance, warning and mass notification, and system integration and design. The company also provides free risk assessments for education facilities. Among other things at its web site, the company offers a free security checklist, free security diagram, and a security case study of Elgin High School in Elgin, Texas.

From American Education Corp. , the A+nyWhere Learning System, otherwise known as A+LS, is a courseware program that combines access to core curriculum content in a wide range of disciplines with a battery of interactive assessment and reporting tools designed to match the needs and skill levels of a variety of students–from those in remedial courses to the gifted and talented. Through this interactive, web-based solution, teachers have the ability to assess student progress by administering periodic online tests; prescribe learning by creating unique lesson plans matched to state standards and individual student needs; provide additional instruction through the integration of more than 5,400 unique lesson plans; and produce reports designed to gauge where each student stands in relation to federal, state, and local standards, the company said. Featured disciplines include mathematics, vocabulary building, language usage, reading, high school English, writing, science, social studies, and Spanish.

Apangea Learning demonstrated its latest tutoring solution for mathematics classes. SmartHelp reportedly is the first mathematics tutoring solution that combines the efficiency of online artificial intelligence with the effectiveness of one-on-one human tutoring. Company executives provided a run-through of the SmartHelp user interface, taking attendees step by step through the problem-solving process and explaining how the technology is designed to adjust automatically to individual students’ needs. The program, geared toward learners in grades 5-12, also provides a “just-in-time” support feature designed to detect when students are struggling with a particular problem and features a live online support tool, which automatically connects students with a certified math teacher for additional help.

Avatar Technology, a provider of online and in-person professional development solutions, offered its Course InSite Professional Development Management System (PDMS). The product reportedly includes solutions that feature integrated, web-based tools for easy online course development; a full-featured testing and assessment engine equipped with certification capabilities; community support with threaded discussion and web-based chat rooms; comprehensive management, tracking, and reporting of professional development course and participant progress; multiple security levels, with unlimited administrators and workflow management; and support for all web-based media, including audio and video.

Carnegie Learning, the Pittsburgh, Pa.-based maker of Cognitive Tutor, demonstrated its Bridge to Algebra solution, a new algebra readiness curriculum for middle and high school students. This research-based curriculum is intended to provide a foundation for struggling and beginning algebra students and reportedly can be implemented as a full, year-long math curriculum or as a supplemental application for special-education students, at-risk populations, ELL classes, and vocational and technical programs. The blended curriculum is a mix of software, text, and classroom instruction. The software application provides a number of unique features, including practice sets that employ contemporary word-problem scenarios and an on-screen “skillometer” designed to track student progress.

ETS, a developer of standardized testing solutions and research metrics, demonstrated its Instructional Data Management System (IDMS). According to company materials, IDMS is an internet-based system designed to help educators manage testing and reporting data by delivering user-friendly reports and statistics directly to their desktops.

Follett Software Co. introduced Destiny Asset Manager, a new browser-based interface and scanner technology designed to keep track of a district’s fixed portable assets quickly and efficiently, including books and technology. Using the web-based interface, librarians and other authorized users can immediately track who has a particular asset, where it’s housed, and when it’s due back. Designed for the needs of K-12 schools, Destiny Asset Manager allows districts to streamline operations by reducing lost and stolen inventory, maximizing asset use, generating state- and county-based reports, and eliminating the need for multiple management applications. Plus, the product is fast and inexpensive to implement, leaving more time to spend with students, executives say.

K12 Classroom Solutions was on hand to promote its Science in the Classroom–Science in Action product. The technology-based learning program provides a variety of standards-based lessons, integrating video, audio, and Flash animations to provide a more engaging way for students to study difficult scientific concepts. Other features include biographies on some of history’s most accomplished scientists, printable materials for hands-on classroom activities, and teacher’s guides that include background information and refresher courses for new and experienced educators.

Knowledge Delivery Systems, a provider of online educational solutions, gives schools the chance to create their own branded school district web site portal with access to the company’s online learning resources. Participants can log in to purchase and view workshops, teachers can post comments and track participation, and teachers and students can view a seminar program and transcript, listen to it, and write notes within a special section. Teachers have access to what each seminar requires and what they have or have not completed.

LearningExpress LLC, a provider of assessment technologies, offered its scored writing program, Write Track. LearningExpress says its Write Track assessment offers standardized essay scoring by trained professionals–delivering a framework for measuring students’ writing proficiency and informing instruction. The online assessments are designed for grades 3-10 and consist of a series of grade-appropriate writing assessments that the company says are scored by professionals within 72 hours. A portable online portfolio of student essays permits students to view a complete history of their work. Write Track, according to LearningExpress, also gives educators and administrators critical longitudinal data to evaluate writing curricula and track students’ progress throughout their entire academic careers.

MathResources displayed its 2006 Product Guide, including these three products: Interactive School Mathematics, Portrait 4 Graphing and Calculating, and Visual Math Dictionary. Interactive School Mathematics, a computer-based math curriculum that extends beyond textbooks, aims to provide learners with opportunities to interact directly with the concepts they are studying. Portrait 4 Graphing and Calculating plots graphs, such as bar graphs, curves of best fit, and parametric plots, and doubles as a graphing, statistical, financial, and scientific calculator. The Visual Math Dictionary includes 1,100 terms and definitions, has full-color illustrations, and has hyperlinked definitions so students can see the connections between different concepts.

Pearson Education used its time at the conference to demo the latest version of its Pearson SuccessNet product, a combination of web-based solutions designed to boost student performance by providing the tools to connect teachers and parents, understand data by demographic groups, and publish or analyze assessments and tests. Pearson SuccessNet includes test items covering standards-aligned textbook content, test authoring, online and scanner-based testing capability, and basic essay scoring. Individual student reports are included, as well as classroom AYP reports and online parent reports, with links to prescribed content for additional help, the company said on its web site.

Scantron Corp. , a provider of assessment solutions, offered its Performance Series, which the company says offers individualized tests to students based on their actual ability levels. The Performance Series tests are web-based, computer-adaptive diagnostic test that reportedly are reliable, valid, and standards-based. Scantron says educators can use Performance Series tests to pinpoint proficiency levels instantly, place students in the appropriate programs, report progress, and predict performance on high-stakes tests. The system automatically adjusts to each student’s ability, generating more difficult questions if the student answers correctly and easier questions if the student answers the question incorrectly. It also permits teachers, administrators, students, and parents to view test results. Students and parents can use Performance Series features to access information on individual performance, while the summary report shows average performance data at the school level, permitting administrators to target schools in need of help.

From XAP Corp. comes a new online test-prep resource: Free to students, the online repository features a variety of tutorials, practice sessions, and vocabulary drills designed to reinforce the academic skills tested on such critical metrics as the SAT 1, ACT, and GRE. A personalized home page gives each student the chance to monitor his or her own progress, using graphs and personalized reports to hone in on weaknesses and improve skills in preparation for upcoming exams. A series of online tutorials helps reinforce relevant academic skills, and online practice sessions enable students to work through specific sets of questions for each content category. Optional features include eMail reminders with tips, a word of the day, additional questions, and a designated counselor or “coach” function designed to help students through the test-prep process.

The Y-12 National Security Complex, a security training and software firm associated with the National Nuclear Security Administration and the defense contractor Bechtel Inc., is offering a Vulnerability Assessment in U.S. Schools workshop. The 12-hour workshop for law enforcement officials and school administrators is intended to help develop a “Safe School” plan of action consistent with National Institute of Justice guidelines. The workshop, reportedly developed to protect nuclear facilities, offers facility characterization, tabletop exercises, scenario development, and computer simulation. It covers the appropriate, effective use of security technologies in U.S. schools and the fundamentals of conducting a systematic vulnerability assessment to identify existing targets and threats. Y-12 says participants will leave understanding available security technologies and their appropriate, effective uses on a per-building basis.

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