Gravic showcased its Remark Office OMR product, which collects and analyzes data from plain paper forms. Using any software package, users can design and print their own “fill-in-the-bubble” forms for conducting surveys, tests, and evaluations. The user then scans those completed forms in Remark Office OMR, which supports a variety of image scanners. An analysis package tabulates survey results and grades exams to produce professional-looking reports and graphs with the click of a button. The reports can be exported to various formats, including PDF, HTML, Excel, and Rich-Text Format.

iParadigms, which is best known for its plagiarism detection software, Turnitin, demonstrated PeerMark, a new product that facilitates peer review of student work online. With PeerMark, students turn in drafts of their papers online, and the instructor creates a list of questions to focus reviewers’ attention. Once students are assigned papers to review, they can mark up their peers’ work using a customizable palette of online tools. When students get their own paper back, they can rate the feedback they’ve received. PeerMark is now part of iParadigms’ WriteCycle product suite, which includes Turnitin and a paperless grading system called GradeMark. The goal of the software suite is to encourage better writing habits, iParadigms said—such as more original student writing and revision.

Learn360, a media-on-demand service for K-12 educators, unveiled version 3.0 of its service, which includes new content and improvements in speed and accessibility. All of the company’s content now can be integrated easily into podcasts, presentations, learning-based activities, and quizzes, Learn360 said. In addition, the company has partnered with National Geographic, allowing users to download more than 200 video titles from National Geographic Digital Motion. The collection includes footage from around the world on such topics as nature, wildlife, people and cultures, history and archeology, current events, and exploration.

Learning Plans on Demand (LPOD) demonstrated its new diagnostic assessments that tie directly into hundreds of embedded tutorials for personalizing learning. Teachers can use LPOD to make instructional plans based on students’ individual needs, such as those required for a “Response to Intervention” (RTI) approach to instruction. LPOD automates the RTI process, from assessing students’ needs to generating the learning plans—and it does so for remediation or accelerated instruction. The system includes assessments and tutorials for mathematics, language arts, reading, and science at any grade level from kindergarten through high school. All content is aligned with state standards, and test questions are available in open-ended or multiple-choice formats. The system also includes reporting features to help administrators analyze curriculum gaps and school or district performance over a wide range of variables.

NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, introduced its Cue Card Media Player, which allows teachers to search through more than 10,000 digital media resources covering all subjects using a standards-based search engine. Teachers and students can save, share, access, and annotate these resources either online or offline. Educators who subscribe to the service by April 15 will get an additional school year for free with their 2010-11 subscription.

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.