Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

ClassLink, a provider of single sign-on and rostering solutions for education, announced a new relationship with Istation, an e-learning program. This relationship will provide millions of educators and students with secure OneClick access to Istation, enabling faster, easier access to one of education’s most trusted providers. Read more.

To fill a reading gap and encourage families in all communities to foster their children’s literacy development beyond the school day, Scholastic announced the launch of My Books Every Day, a collection of high-quality, take-home book packs with interactive activities for students in grades PreK–3. Read more.

Steelcase Education launched the third annual Active Learning Center Grant cycle, a program that provides modern and flexible classroom redesigns to schools across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The new classrooms will be awarded to innovative schools who show a commitment to fostering student engagement, creativity and success. All grades 6-12, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities are encouraged to apply. Read more.

ClassDojo announced a major new growth milestone: 90 percent of K-8 schools in the U.S. have joined, making it the most used communication app in K-8 classrooms. Used throughout the day as a place for teachers, parents and students to connect and share important moments, ClassDojo has quickly become a way schools across the country are building positive classroom communities. Read more.

When school leaders rethink what new, innovative schools should look like, it is important they implement models that not only fit their vision, but also support students’ academic needs. To help guide schools through this process, the Colorado Department of Education approved the formation of Colorado Digital Board of Cooperative Education Service to act as an online and blended learning expert. Read more.

Middlebury Interactive Languages has been named an approved provider of academic resources for English Language Learners (ELL) in the Houston Independent School District.   Middlebury Interactive will offer Houston ISD schools a blended approach for ELL instruction based on an academically-rigorous language immersion pedagogy, designed with a strong focus on culture and academic English. Read more.

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Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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