Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change.
Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.
PC Connection, Inc., a national technology solutions provider, has changed its brand name to Connection. Reflecting the increasing relevance of transformational technologies, this new brand aligns with the company’s mission to connect people with technology that enhances growth, elevates productivity, and empowers innovation. Connection unites PC Connection, GovConnection, MoreDirect, and Softmart into one brand name. Read more.
Unplag, an online plagiarism checker designed to spot similarities and teach students how to write originally, is now available for all educational institutions using Blackboard’s leading learning management system, Blackboard Learn. The Unplag functionality, including its search sensitivity and character replacement features can be used by teachers or professors once their institution representative registers an account. With possibilities to run simultaneous checks against online sources, documents stored in the institution account and integrated databases as well as receive interactive reports with links to original sources, Unplag can help educators optimize their daily workflow a lot. Read more.
Delaware Valley Regional High School has launched two digital programs from Evolution Labs, which utilize web, mobile app, mobile messaging and social media to help students and parents explore a range of issues, from social media bullying to sexual assault to mental health. Students and parents will access the program by downloading an app or via a mobile-optimized website. Suite360 was piloted during the 2015-2016 school year. Evolution Labs and Delaware Valley are now preparing to showcase the program to all students and parents beginning this fall. Read more.
Mojo Networks, a provider of secure cloud managed WiFi for the K-12 educational market, announces Mojo Enforce. Enforce takes policies for network access and device management from third party systems and applies them to the WiFi network; the first integration for Enforce is with Google for Education. With Enforce, Mojo will integrate with Google for Education to ensure that only devices registered in the school’s Google domain are able to connect to the school WiFi network and enforce network access policies. This unique integration, coupled with Mojo Network’s cloud managed WiFi solution and high-performing access points, brings even more control, usability and ease-of-use to school districts. Read more.