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 TCEA 2017 marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

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PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live, online special education related services, is pleased to announce the six winners of its 3rd annual Awards of Excellence, recognizing leadership, teamwork, and outstanding student progress. The winners of the 3rd annual PresenceLearning Awards of Excellence are: Barstow Unified School District in Barstow, CA (online speech-language therapy); Central Kansas Cooperative in Education in Salina, KS (online speech-language therapy); Easterseals Academy in Rockford, IL (online speech-language and occupational therapy); Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District in Newman, CA (online speech-language therapy); Pass Christian School District in Pass Christian, MS (online speech-language therapy); Randolph Academy Union Free School District in Randolph, NY (online behavioral interventions and mental health services). Read more.

Both malicious acts related to sexting and the cyberbullying of sexual assault victims are all-too-common occurrences among students. To help schools detect these issues, Impero Software, provider of network administration, classroom management and internet safety software, has partnered with SafeBAE (Safe Before Anyone Else), which raises awareness of sexual assault and dating violence among high school and middle school students. SafeBAE will enhance Impero’s library of sexting-related keywords and will help Impero create a new keyword library of terms related to the bullying of sexual assault victims. Impero’s software creates an alert if students use any of the keywords or phrases while using devices on the school network. Educators are then able to view the students’ comments or internet searches in context to determine the appropriate next steps. Read more.

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Video-based coaching and professional learning using a Chromebook is now a reality with Edthena’s new Chromebook app launching this week. Teachers can now complete an entire video coaching cycle – from recording to upload to feedback – on a Chromebook device. Read more.

Epson announced new ultra short-throw presentation displays for K-12 classrooms – the Epson PowerLite® 675W, 680 and 685W. Designed for classroom collaboration, the new presentation displays enable individualized instruction with wireless content sharing and offer bright images up to 100-inches with minimal shadows and glare – enhancing communication and inspiring student engagement. Read more.

Epson announced the latest BrightLink® interactive ultra short-throw presentation displays for education, including the BrightLink 685Wi, 695Wi, 696Ui, and 697Ui. These enhanced displays enable individualized instruction with wireless content sharing and deliver crisp image quality with up to full HD resolution1 and a bright, readable interactive image up to 100-inches – 3x as big as a 60-inch flat panel. Combined with Epson’s advanced 3LCD light engine for bright, vivid colors, the new BrightLink interactive displays result in impactful presentations and productive collaboration. Read more.

To provide educators with a comprehensive language and reading intervention that gets better results in a shorter period of time, Scientific Learning Corp. announced that the Fast ForWord® online reading intervention will now include Reading Assistant™ patented speech recognition technology, plus hundreds of reading selections and new teacher-directed lessons. Fast ForWord was developed by neuroscientists to intensively target working memory, attention and processing speed in the context of language and reading exercises. Read more.

Sony is expanding its line of 3LCD portable projectors with seven new E-series models, 4300lm to 3100lm with a choice of XGA and WXGA resolutions for the education and corporate markets. The new projectors are ideal for B2B applications including mid-sized classrooms and meeting rooms, and where popular display solutions prove unsuitable due to budget constraints and/or where larger image size is needed. The new range underlines Sony’s commitment to deliver stunning image quality, enduring brightness and low running costs to meet customers’ needs. Read more.

As technology evolves, U.S. schools are choosing a variety of low-cost computing platforms for student instruction including personal computers, Chromebook™ devices, tablets, and more. In response to educators’ needs, Vernier Software & Technology launched the Go Direct™ family of sensors to offer teachers and students maximum versatility to collect scientific data either wirelessly or via a USB connection. The 16 new low-cost sensors, which are designed primarily for chemistry, physical science, and middle school science, can be used in more than 190 teacher-tested experiments developed by Vernier and are supported by free graphing and analysis software, Graphical Analysis™ 4 app. Read more.

CTL has announced a partnership with PortableCloud. CTL will offer our customers the PortableCloud platform and Cube servers, which allow users to access curated files, web-content and web-apps over WiFi in any device with a browser, at blazing speeds, regardless of Internet connectivity. The PortableCloud Cube micro-server empowers schools to ensure that educational content and apps are always available, even in areas without Internet connectivity! The PortableCloud Cube server is connected to a Server applications marketplace where schools can download needed solutions, content, resources and tools to the PortableCloud and it will seamlessly connect to wireless devices on campus. Read more.

Educators now face an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing interactive solutions for their classes, but all that choice leaves many in a quandary. How does technology for student collaboration and small-group work complement or influence the choice of front-of-classroom technology? How do you decide between one technology and another? To help schools and districts answer these questions and more, Boxlight has published A Helpful Guide to Interactive Solutions in the Classroom, which can be downloaded at no charge from http://news.mimio.boxlight.com/whole-class-guide. Read more.

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce StudioStation, a quick, simple, and convenient solution for one-touch recording of high quality video and audio presentations. To turn the system on, insert a USB stick and press the record button to begin recording. Systems are customizable to support any installation. StudioStation solutions are ideal for flipped classroom recordings, lecture capture, student assessments, rehearsal spaces, moot courts, or any other application where making a recording by pressing only one button is desired. Read more.

OC Pathways focuses on getting students onto a path or college or career. This comprehensive partnership with the K-12 schools and community colleges, leverages local business relationships and uses Nepris to connect with businesses outside the region. The program is active and vibrant. We have several teachers, site-based leaders, administrators and businesses ready and willing to be interviewed. The COE is highly organized and motivated to tell their story. Read more.
STEM and STEAM

At the recent Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC) held at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center in January 2017, educators immediately recognized that AP Lazer has the high potential to strengthen students’ education in the areas of science, technology, art and math (STEAM), as well as assist schools with cost savings and revenue generation. Read more.

Online and blended learning

At Antelope Valley Adult School (AVAS) in northern Los Angeles County, students enroll for a variety of reasons, including court or family mandates; they dropped out of high school; they need diplomas to apply for jobs or financial aid at local community colleges; or their diplomas or credits from other countries are not recognized in the U.S. To provide students with a flexible yet rigorous educational program, AVAS partnered with Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™). The students use FuelEd Online Courses as part of a blended program that combines learning in a classroom as well as online. Read more.

Faced with persisting achievement gaps, education leaders are searching for resources to help students meet their full learning potential. One solution that has yielded positive results for schools is cognitive training tools. C8 Sciences, distributor of a sophisticated brain training program used to help students improve thinking skills announces a new partnership with Universal Academy, located in the Dallas area. Read more.

Today’s workforce is in the midst of a drastic shift. A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that there was a 68 percent increase in the number of workers in occupations requiring “average to above-average education, training and experience” over the past 25 years. Of the ways to achieve this level of qualification, 78 percent of the United States’ adults surveyed said industry-recognized certifications prepared them “somewhat well” to “very well” for the field. Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) created Career Readiness Pathways™ to help districts provide a clear learning path for students interested in pursuing industry-recognized certifications in high-demand careers. Read more.

IT

ClassLink, the leader in single sign-on and rostering solutions for schools, has added BrainPOP to the list of leading edtech companies with which it integrates. This integration will provide millions of educators and students with secure, OneClick access to BrainPOP, one of education’s most trusted online learning providers. ClassLink OneClick delivers single sign-on to Windows, Google, and web applications like BrainPOP, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Read more.

Digital resources

Blackboard Inc. and Chalk.com announced a partnership to deliver a best-in-class digital gradebook and portfolio for K-12 educators. The unique offering will provide teachers and parents with deeper insights into student performance, helping every learner reach their full potential. The Chalk.com platform will complement Blackboard’s existing offerings designed to enhance learning and will integrate with Blackboard Web Community Manager (WCM), Blackboard’s robust, dependable and reliable community engagement platform. Read more.

itslearning (itslearning.com), developer of the award-winning personalized learning management platform of the same name, today announced it will partner with the Griffin, Ga., Regional Educational Services Agency (RESA) to deliver courses to those professionals enrolled in the Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GATAPP). Read more.

Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School District (RPSD) announced an expansion of their ongoing partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In this new stage of the collaboration, educators in more than 20 district schools will now be empowered to support RPSD’s transition to student-centered learning environments with Discovery Education’s digital social studies and science textbooks. Read more.

Lightspeed Technologies, provider of classroom audio systems, announced that the large-scale classroom implementation with North East Independent School District (NEISD) in San Antonio, TX, is nearing completion of approximately 2,500 systems installed in classrooms throughout the district. Read more.

IXL Learning, the K–12 learning program used by 1 in 9 U.S. students, announced the introduction of adaptive science and social studies content for grades 6–8. Each skill in the curriculum leads students through a series of concepts using multi-stage challenges, which they complete by answering interactive questions. This progression helps students build mastery of complex topics, while the challenges make the learning process engaging. With this release, IXL now offers science and social studies for grades 2–8 and math and English language arts for grades pre-K–12. Read more.

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