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eSchool News
eSchool News covers the intersection of technology and innovation in education.
  • Oregon Trail and the true value of immersive gaming in the classroom
    Walk into any bar and ask if anyone remembers Oregon Trail. You’re bound to get a lot of responses. So what is it about immersive gaming that makes it so effective?
  • Cloud-based assessment platform is free for educators
    Being able to easily create and deliver quizzes and tests to students in the classroom, and then put the results of those tests to work immediately to help improve student learning was the motivation behind Apperson, Inc. making its Evo Academics assessment platform available free-of-charge to educators everywhere. The Free Teacher Edition, which was designed by teachers, allows educators to create online quizzes and tests, share tests with colleagues, build and store rubrics, assign tests to students through a student portal, access assessment results in real time, and generate student proficiency reports for the standards assessed. Evo Academics Free Teacher Edition allows educators to use one platform for both assessment creation and online testing. It supports several question types, including multiple choice, true/false, short answers and essays. In addition, questions can include passages, images and video and educators have the ability to set assessment parameters such as time limits. For educators who are using Apperson DataLink Scanners, results can be scanned directly into the Evo Academics module so testing can be online, in paper form, or a combination of the two. "For today's K-12 educators, assessment plays an integral part in individualized learning and classroom instruction. Educators need to identify each student's learning needs while gauging overall comprehension of skills and lessons being taught," said Chairman of the Board, Bill Apperson. "Built with the whole child in mind, the Evo Academics assessment module translates data into useful information at the classroom, school or district level to identify learning opportunities and inform instruction. By offering this free edition, we hope to empower educators in their efforts to provide a deeper and more personalized learning experience for students." "As the use of assessments in schools continue to evolve, teachers know and trust Apperson to create easy-to-use and convenient solutions with their everyday needs in mind," said Brian Ludemann, Apperson’s Director of Application Architecture. "This free cloud-based assessment platform is flexible enough to let educators create and share assessments, while providing the analytics necessary to turn data into action."
  • Texas Instruments Foundation donates $2.2M for STEM district
    The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation is donating a grant of up to $2.2 million to Educate Texas to accelerate the development of a STEM district in the Lancaster Independent School District (LISD). In 2012 the TI Foundation announced a multi-year grant of up to $4.8 million to Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, to work with LISD to build out a "STEM District" using proven best practices from across the state's robust STEM network of schools. The goal was to improve academic achievement for all students and increase students' awareness and exposure to STEM college and career pathways. With today's announcement, the TI Foundation support for the initiative totals $7 million to support this district-wide transformation. "Early results of student achievement have been promising after a number of measures were put in place across most grade levels at Lancaster ISD during the last three years," said Lewis McMahan, chairman of the TI Foundation. "We hope this additional grant accelerates that progress. We believe all students can move forward and experience greater success in STEM. By focusing this new grant on areas that have shown to be the most impactful, we are confident student achievement will improve even faster. The Lancaster ISD and Educate Texas teams are to be commended for raising expectations, increasing the focus on STEM, developing teachers and leaders, and most importantly, driving gains in student achievement." "In the next 3-5 years, I see Lancaster ISD becoming one of the premier districts within the state as it relates to offering students opportunities to engage in STEM activities, being a model for improving student performance, and generating new ideas for student success," said Ty G. Jones, Lancaster ISD School Board President. "This investment will help us to get there as we are providing targeted professional development. The more qualified teachers and educational instructors that we have, the better for our students."
  • How IT can help shape their district’s technology vision
    CTOs and their teams can give students the digital toolsets and support that they need to succeed now and in the future When he thinks back to 2010-2011, Pete Just, chief technology officer at the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indiana remembers how hard K-12 schools were pushing to integrate iPads into their  [ Read More ]
  • giving out $1 MM in free subscriptions to schools
    In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, is providing $1 million worth of free subscriptions for Pro, which also includes access to Brainzy, an early math and reading program. The no-charge access is available to any eligible teacher at a Title 1 school.
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