Twenty new curriculum software products for schools

In development for three years, the product was built from the ground up, based on the Common Core standards—but it retains Lexia’s research-based, proven methodology. Students work independently, at their own pace, through animated activities. If a student struggles with a task, he or she is presented with a scaffolded approach to the skill. If the student continues to struggle, he or she receives skill-specific, direct instruction in the software, and if necessary, explicit, teacher-led instruction using Lexia’s scripted lesson materials. This personalized approach to skill development enables at-risk students to close the gap more quickly, while on-level or advanced students can continue to progress with limited support from their teacher, the company says.

As students work in the program, Lexia’s proprietary “Assessment Without Testing” technology gathers norm-referenced performance data—without stopping the flow of instruction to administer a test—and adjusts each student’s learning path accordingly. Teachers and administrators receive real-time reports on individual student progress toward mastery of the Common Core standards, as well as student-specific action plans to provide intervention and improve performance on year-end assessments.

Lexia Reading Core5 will be available online and on the iPad this month. Existing Lexia Reading customers will be transitioned to the new product automatically at their current subscription rate.

McGraw-Hill Education presented its latest digital solutions that address two key trends in K-12 education: the Common Core State Standards and the rise of personalized teaching and learning through the use of technology.

The company demonstrated two of its latest reading programs, released earlier this year: McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders, which it calls the first K-6 core reading program built from the ground up to address the Common Core standards; and SRA FLEX Literacy, an adaptive online literacy intervention program for grades 3-8.

Mimio discussed its new MimioScience product, a collection of interactive lessons that are among the first to address the Next Generation Science Standards. The product features 75 interactive whiteboard units that provide more than 225 high-quality lessons for students in grades 3-8. These lessons cover the areas of physical science, Earth and space science, engineering, life science, and science processes.

Moving away from presenting science content as a list of facts to be memorized, the MimioScience curriculum is organized into a set of practices to be performed. Every grade-appropriate activity, tested for effectiveness by students and teachers alike, ties a particular scientific concept or principle to a science practice, Mimio says. In this way, MimioScience supports the goal of the Next Generation Science Standards, which is to identify what students can do, not just how many facts they can recount. Each lesson works on Mimio interactive whiteboards and those developed by other vendors.

In June, the company released 26 physical science units (about 80 lessons) and 18 science processes units (about 54 lessons). This winter, Mimio will release seven engineering and technology units and 18 earth and space units (about 54 lessons). Twelve life science units (about 36 lessons) will be available for downloading in April. The price of the MimioScience interactive lessons is $1,299 per school, per year.

Promethean launched CoolStreet, a free, multi-device educational app for teaching economics. The app allows teachers to take advantage of mobile devices, ActivBoards, ActivTables, and laptops to complete a simulation that reinforces basic economic principles through practical application, Promethean says.

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