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Marketplace trend update: 5 new ed-tech developments

Don't miss this recap of the latest product news, reports, and research in the ed-tech world

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.

For instance, a new report highlights the link between arts-based learning and STEM education; a new challenge asks participants to explore and report on local folklore traditions; tutoring gets a social treatment; and more.

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.

A new tool for teacher resource sharing, Boom Learning, will help teachers access a collection of teacher-created content for classroom devices. They also can create their own content to share and sell, augmenting their pay and enabling them to perhaps make up gaps between desperately-needed classroom resources and what school budgets can cover. Students with special needs and homeschooled students are only a few of the populations who can benefit from this type of teacher creation tool. Read more.

A new report from the Art of Science Learning compares the impacts and outcomes of arts-based innovation training with more traditional innovation training that does not incorporate the arts. The research offers “clear evidence” that arts-based learning sparks creativity, collaboration, emotionally intelligent behavior and innovation in both adolescents and adults. The research demonstrates that arts-based learning directly strengthens many key 21st Century learning and workforce skills. Read more.

Nampa School District #131 in Nampa, Idaho has become the first school district in the state to implement the itslearning learning management system. With 24 schools, Nampa SD serves 15,000 students in grades preK – 12, and will begin using the itslearning system this fall. Students will be able to explore, learn, share and express themselves using digital tools, and can also chat with teachers, collaborate on projects, reflect on learning with blogs and ePortfolios and show what they know. Read more.

Cricket Media and the Smithsonian have launched the 2016 Global Folklorist Challenge. The Challenge invites kids 8-18 from around the globe to explore and share cultural traditions and learn professional folklorist investigation, interview and reporting skills. Cultural traditions students might explore range from dance, games, and handicrafts to cooking, storytelling, customs, distinctive jobs, and more. Read more.

The social learning marketplace MindSpree is revamping the tutoring landscape by offering on-demand services nationwide. Tutors and students negotiate location, time and duration of each session. Students receive their first session for free.  MindSpree is available throughout the United States, and has students and tutors located in most major metropolitan areas. Read more.

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