New curriculum products for schools

Another video streaming company, New Dimension Media, recently added more than 500 new titles to its CCC! Video on Demand product. The additions include new content in the company’s Talking Maps series of social studies videos for students in grades 5-12, bringing the people, places, and events of the Civil War into geographical context; Geometry Applications, a new series that brings real-world applications of geometric concepts alive for high school students using computer animation; and 20 episodes of the PBS television show Between the Lions, designed to foster the literacy skills of elementary-age students. The new content brings the total number of CCC video titles to more than 4,000, the company said.

Inventive Technology doesn’t provide video content, but it does supply a way for schools to manage and stream their own content. The company’s MediaCAST platform is an open and interoperable digital content management and video streaming solution that enables schools to create, manage, and deliver live and on-demand multimedia anytime, anywhere. Users can access their school’s digital repository from any device with internet connectivity, the company says—including computers, display screens, projectors, mobile devices, and iPads.

Information literacy

EasyBib, which is an automatic bibliography maker that helps students easily compile a “works cited” list for their papers, has enhanced its service to link directly with papers created in Google Docs, the company says.

More and more schools have been encouraging their students to use Google Docs for their research papers and writing assignments, because it’s accessible from any computer or smart phone and allows different students to edit and collaborate on the same document in real time. Now, those students can easily manage and share their paper and bibliography from either website, EasyBib says.

“Previously, we made it possible to export a fully formatted bibliography to Google documents, and … as part of the Google apps marketplace, the EasyBib app has now been implemented by hundreds of schools,” said EasyBib co-founder Darshan Somashekar. “This newest [allows] users to access their completed bibliographies and papers from either website.”

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