Tech & Learning’s: What’s Hot on the ISTE Show Floor
Lightspeed Technologies: Flexcat
Lightspeed Technologies, a provider of classroom audio solutions, has released the Flexcat small-group instruction system to help teachers differentiate their classroom instruction. Flexcat provides a flexible, group audio system with a headset for the teacher and simple tabletop speakers/mics for each student group. The tabletop speakers/mics are battery operated and wireless.
Farmington Municipal Schools in New Mexico are using GuideK12, a web-based, geovisual, analytic software solution that enables data analysis for districts. District leaders sought out an application to save them time and resources to support their district’s current and future planning needs. GuideK12 allows administrative teams to have access to their data with a web-based tool. Now, the Farmington schools can directly link student and household information which saves time and money while increasing transparency for everything from boundary planning to program resource allocation to student performance analysis.
myON: Hoosier Family of Readers
Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, recently kicked off the state’s family-focused literacy initiative, “Hoosier Family of Readers.” Students will be asked to identify their family of readers—family, friends, and other key people who will encourage and share in their reading experiences. The initiative includes access to myON, a cloud-based, digital collection of thousands of enhanced digital books. The e-books include multimedia support, an embedded dictionary, and naturally recorded audio. Students also have access to a safe, social network where they can read, rate, review, and recommend books to classmates.
Insight Education Group: myCore
Insight Education Group has announced myCore, a cloud-based, Common Core solution that offers teachers on-demand support in creating rigorous, engaging, standards-aligned lessons. “Conversations” between teachers and instructional coaches are stored in a Facebook-type e-mail system for easy review and tracking. Teachers can analyze standards through a color-coding tool and use the built-in coaching tool whenever they need extra support. In addition to coaching, myCore offers sample lessons in both ELA and math, with plans to offer a full year of units and lessons for grades K-6 by the upcoming school year.
One Call Now: Safe School Helpline
One Call Now has launched its latest, anti-bullying service, the Safe School Helpline, for students, parents, and
educators. Developed with valuable input from school administrators, the Safe School Helpline is the only student anonymous hotline service that also includes direct and confidential 24/7 access to a trained staff of crisis counselors. The Safe School Helpline service also includes full transcripts of incident reports, emergency response protocols, and awareness collateral.
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