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eSchool News
eSchool News covers the intersection of technology and innovation in education.
  • New Science Techbook is built for NGSS
    Discovery Education's new Science Techbook aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is now available for classroom use. Designed specifically to help teachers transition to the NGSS framework, Discovery Education’s latest Techbook joins the company’s award-winning line of digital textbooks. The Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Embedded formative assessment opportunities help educators monitor student progress, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbook works on any device and can be implemented in a variety of instructional settings. Discovery Education’s new NGSS-aligned Science Techbook fully supports the instructional shifts required by the new standards, embraces the philosophy of three-dimensional learning, and is designed to help educators adapt their classroom practice to meet the standards. In addition to content chosen to directly support the standards, the NGSS Model Lessons within the new Techbook reflect the interconnectedness of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) and Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCC) and illustrate what these mean in practice for educators. With the NGSS-aligned Science Techbook, students will become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers, developing their own scientific explanations by a variety of activities such as exploring the overarching themes of science, asking questions and making claims, and identifying the cross-cutting connections between sciences. “Monarch Learning Center was excited at the prospect of using NGSS as our guide to science instruction. As a science-based school, we knew we had to find a curriculum that was thorough, engaging, and student centered,” said Patricia Davis, director at Monarch Learning Center in Redding, Calif. “Discovery Education’s NGSS-aligned Techbook offers students the chance to dig deeper and explore the content that grabs their attention. We are anticipating higher levels of engagement, greater depth of knowledge, and inspiring a love of science learning in our students.”
  • Students’ ed-tech opinions might surprise you
    Students are more thoughtful about technology use than many adults give them credit for Students see equity of access as a key ed-tech challenge for their schools, and they’d like to have newer technology in their classrooms. But they’re also more thoughtful about their tech use than many adults give them credit for, expressing concerns  [ Read More ]
  • Classroom in a Box leverages digital solutions for achievement
    Samsung Electronics America today at ISTE 2015 announced plans to launch its Classroom in a Box suite of services to K-12 schools. According to a recent survey of K-12 teachers conducted by Samsung and GfK, 91 percent of teachers surveyed feel that access to up-to-date training on how to use technology in the classroom is important to achieving success. Based on the survey findings, 81 percent of surveyed teachers agree that technology in the classroom enables students to get more hands-on experience during lessons. However, 60 percent of teachers surveyed feel they are inadequately prepared to use it. “Technology can have a dramatically positive impact on student success, but it’s important to ensure that educators are equipped with the resources and skills needed to leverage its power,” said Ted Brodheim, vice president of Vertical Business at Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung is committed to developing the best in classroom technology, and supporting teachers and schools with professional development that offers a deeper exploration of 21st century learning to improve student outcomes.” New Classroom in a Box Solution In partnership with McGraw-Hill Education, Samsung's Classroom in a Box is a fully-integrated pilot program that includes components needed to transform classrooms into technology enabled learning environments. This pilot is designed to let schools access market-leading digital solutions that are designed to increase student achievement. Schools have a choice of thirty GalaxyTab® 4 Education 10” Tablets or thirty 11.6” Samsung Chromebook 2 equipped with Intel® Celeron Processor for fast performance. Both choices also include: • Professional Development: Curriculum based professional development provided by McGraw-Hill Education to help teachers excel in the digital classroom. • Classroom Management: Google Chrome Management Console, which comes on every device and allows teachers to control student access, track assets and provide layers of security as well as access to Google Play for Education. • Deployment Services: This includes a site visit by a Samsung representative to ensure Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 Education or Chromebooks are setup and ready for the classroom. • Digital Curriculum by McGraw-Hill Education: o THRIVE: Thirty 1 Year Licenses of McGraw- Hill Education Thrive ELA and Math for Grades 3 – 8, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry. o ALEKS®: Thirty 30 Day trial licenses of McGraw-Hill Education adaptive learning solution for math, grades 3-12.
  • SunGard K-12 Education releases eSchoolPLUS 4.0
    Today, SunGard K-12 Education announced the release of eSchoolPLUS 4.0. The next-generation student information system, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 is a solution for student information management that helps educators directly and positively impact student achievement. This release amplifies SunGard K-12 Education’s student information system with a smart user interface and a variety of features that promote collaboration. According to Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of product, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 delivers on the vision of bringing a highly elegant solution with user-focused interactivity to schools. “With recent advances and increasing options in technology, today’s educator relies on a broad spectrum of devices and browsers to access their web applications,” says Hames. “eSchoolPLUS 4.0 meets educators where they are by leveraging the latest technology to create a progressive, highly usable, and forward-thinking solution for student achievement.” With HTML5 as its core technology, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 offers the same application and user experience across any browser and choice of PC, Mac®, Chromebook™ notebook computer, and iPad® or other tablet. eSchoolPLUS 4.0 sets a new standard for usability with features including responsive design, advanced navigation tools, and mobile-first design concepts, such as tablet-friendly icons and pages and gesture-friendly screens. The result is a very friendly user experience, regardless of which of the multitude of devices and browsers educators and administrators are using to access this web-based application. This solution also provides advanced tools and at-a-glance insights that promote collaboration between administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Highly customizable smart search functionality throughout the software puts ad-hoc reporting capabilities at the fingertips of educators. And, with SunGard K-12’s hallmark PLUS 360 Notifications, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 mines student data to help increase user efficiency by allowing educational stakeholders to choose to be automatically alerted when certain events occur or criteria are met.
  • App of the Week: Quist – Today in LGBTQ History
    Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.   Quist: Today in LGBTQ History What’s It Like? Quist (a contraction of “queer history”) is a reference app for exploring historic events that involved members of the LGBTQ  [ Read More ]
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