Twenty new curriculum software products for schools


See.Touch.Learn. provides a personalized picture card learning tool for iPad users. It’s being used to teach vocabulary or English as a second language to elementary students, or to teach daily living skills to special-needs children. The app includes more than 4,400 photos and other images, grouped into dozens of categories, and users can upload their own images, too. It’s easy for teachers to create their own lessons using the software, and there’s also an online community where users can upload, download, and share lessons with each other.

Individual licenses of See.Touch.Learn. include free and premium versions, and the new school site edition includes on-site training and support, for $1,995 per school.

Capstone Digital discussed enhancements to its myON reader, a complete literacy solution that gives students anytime, anywhere access thousands of award-winning digital books online. The enhancements include apps that that enable students to access the service from any Android device and even the Kindle Fire HD. (An iPad app already was available.)

myON is a personalized literacy environment offering more than 5,000 enhanced digital books from more than 32 publishers. Its intelligent technology suggests new books for students to read, based on their indicated preferences and their ratings of books they’ve already read—like Netflix for reading. The digital platform also makes parental involvement easy, and students in one-to-one computing programs who don’t have home internet access can download books offline for at-home access.

Conceptua Math announced the rollout of a comprehensive, cloud-based math curriculum for students in grades 3-5.

The program is organized into month-long Big Ideas, units that are aligned with the Common Core standards and designed to foster deep conceptual understanding. Daily lessons include Openers and Closers, which are teacher-facilitated classroom discussions that employ interactive whiteboards or other front-of-the-room technologies. Students log in to Guided Lessons, where they receive visual instruction and practice.

The curriculum adds whole number operations, place values, measurement, geometry, and data analysis to the company’s Conceptua Fractions content that has been available since last year. Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Ariz.; Henry County Schools in McDonough, Ga.; and Grandview School District in Grandview, Wash., are the first three districts to adopt the new program. Sunnyside chose Conceptua Math as its core math curriculum for grades 3-5 based on its use of Conceptua Fractions during the 2012-13 school year. In that time, students’ understanding of fractions nearly doubled as reflected in yearly achievement tests, the company said.

The Digital Harbor Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to technology education, has teamed up with BattelleEd and Arizona State University to launch STEM Core, a curriculum focused on building technical skills among students in grades 8-12.

STEM Core is a Common Core aligned, blended-learning curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering, and math education. The online program is inquiry-driven and fueled by hands-on activities that link the development of technical skills to growth across the curriculum in language arts and communication, mathematics, and design thinking, its makers say.

Created to blend online video content with a school’s in-person instruction, STEM Core creates a hands-on learning environment that uses cutting-edge tools and methodologies to teach technology topics. For example, students can learn mobile game development using the Corona SDK framework.

Discovery Education announced enhancements to its Discovery Education Streaming Plus service, including a new feature that enables teachers to create custom assessments to accompany the service’s instructional videos.

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