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TECHLEARNING.COM

IDEAS AND TOOLS FOR ED TECH LEADERS

OCTOBER 2016

MAKE
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HOW ADAPTIVE
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HOW ADAPTIVE LEARNING REALLY WORKS

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MAKE BELIEVE: 2016 3D PRINTER ROUNDUP

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THE MAKING OF A MAKER SPACE

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By Tara Smith
This collection of success stories showcases schools and
districts that are celebrating achievements gained through
the efforts of dedicated staff implementing adaptive learning
strategies.

With the flood of available 3D printers, determining what is


right for each school and its students can be overwhelming.
T&L reviewer Shannon Mersand takes a look at five 3D
printers to consider for your school.

By Sascha Zuger

SCHOOLCIO REPORT: FOSTERING DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP:


A SCHOOL DISTRICTS ROLE
The June 2016 SchoolCIO Summit worked to create specific
policies and procedures to educate school communities on
their roles in the appropriate use of social media. Here are
highlights.

PRODUCTS

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WHATS NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS


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media to give voice to their
opinions on issues that matter
to them in the coming election.
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Traffic to education Web sites isnt growing: K12 site visits are down eight percent yearover-year in Q2, and post-secondary site visits are down one percent YOY in Q2.
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he number of extreme headlines


around technology has become
alarming lately. Facebook is
killing your relationships or Why
only terrible parents give their
kids phones are just a couple of
examples. The latest in the long line of
guilt-shaming, tech-bashing, click-bait
is a recently published post by Dr.
Nicholas Kardaras on how Screens in
Schools Are a $60 Billion Hoax.

Now I could spend several paragraphs on


how sensationalistic that headline is or how
he cherry-picks head-nodding researchers to
back his claim, but I wont. I could spend the
time complaining about how he singles out
two (in)famous failures with mobile devices in
schools (Amplifys failed tablet and the LAUSD
iPad fiasco) and how he uses those examples
to generalize his argument that it must all be
bad, but I wont. I could point out the hypocrisy
that his recently published book, titled Glow
Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids, is
available in ebook format, but I wont. (Tough to read
that ebook without a screen, Dr. K.)
I will mention the fact that hes nailed a successful
method of using the Internet to feed our paranoia, fear,
uncertainty, and doubt. Hes found the magic formula of
finding sound bites and randomly researched assertions
to back his claim and to what benefit? Is he helping
schools or our educational system? Not at all. The
sad thing is, lost in his morass of rigmarole, there are
some small truths that can actually help education use
technology more effectively.
But is he interested in that? No. He just wants your
clicks.

DO WE EVEN NEED TO TEACH


STUDENTS TO USE TECH ANYMORE?
By Adam Schoenbart, English teacher,
Ossining High School, Westchester
County, NY

his year, I decided to make a change.


I will no longer directly teach
technology. Instead, I want to
develop meaningful applications (and
review) of the tools to jump right
into relationship-building, inquiry,
exploration, and learning. Heres how:
Building Capacity: As always, context
matters. I know that all of last years eighth and
ninth graders used Chromebooks and Google
Classroom, so I can feel more comfortable
jumping right in. Communities are new to the
freshman, so Ill spend a little more time letting
them explore the platform.
Developing Skills: The best teaching, in
my experience, combines skills and content.

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We dont study literary


elements or vocabulary
in isolation in my English
class, but to develop
deeper understandings of
literature. Similarly, use
of technology should help
to personalize students
learning, developing skills
like citizenship, autonomy,
and perseverance.
Teaching for Learning:
Despite not directly teaching
technology skills to start the
school year, its important
to remember that just
because students can use the
technology doesnt always
mean that theyre ready to use it effectively in
their learning. Students will often learn to use

technology on their own.


But its our job as educators
to make sure that they use it
responsibly, effectively, and
to enhance learning.
In the end, as usual,
its about knowing your
students, their comfort and
experiences, and your goals.
Sometimes it pays to let
them play and explore with
technology without academic
pressurethat type of play
often pays off with a deeper
understanding of the tools.
The bottom line for mein all
of my teaching this yearis
to trust students to learn,
iterate, adapt, and persevere. I think we will all
be better off for it.

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A DV E R T O R I A L

VELOCITY, FULL
SPEED AHEAD
In a recent interview, Polly Stansell, Senior Vice President of Product
Development at Voyager Sopris Learning, discussed the companys
latest development to hit the edtech scene.
Voyager Sopris Learning has long been
known for intervention programs. What
new edtech solutions does the company
have on the horizon?
Our brand new solution is Velocity, an online
product for learners in grades K-5.
As you noted, Voyager Sopris Learning is
well known for the solutions weve brought to
students who struggle to learn to read or perform
well in mathemathics. When we began to develop
Velocity, we wanted to stay true to that mission and
develop a solution specific for students who had
gaps in their learning or had not been successful on
state assessments. During the process we discovered
Velocity reaches far beyond what we have ever
done before.
Velocity uses intuitive algorithms to adapt to
every student in real time. It provides insights to
every teacher regarding how students are doing
as well as the level of support students need for
success. With that, Velocity can reach every learner
and change the classroom ecoysystem as we know
it today.

developed this solution differently than we have our


other solutions. Velocity meets all of the standards
and national and state requirements, plus provides
the deep instruction students need to meet those
expectations.
With Velocity, all of the skills needed in grades
K-5 are broken into the smallest possible learning
components. Those small pieces of skills can then
be used to pinpoint precisely what students need
to accelerate their learning. In addition, Velocity
can adjust or optimize the instruction for each
individual student. This optimization occurs in the
complexity of the item students are receiving, how
students receive the instruction, how it scaffolds,
and even the individual learning path taken by each
student.
This very robust adaptive application uses
personalized machine learning to personalize
and optimize the instructional pathway through
Velocity. It helps students meet the heightened
rigors of critical thinking and comprehension
needed to reach their grade level and do well on
standardized tests.

What was Voyager Sopris aim when


developing Velocity?
We have a deep history in building research-based
products. With Velocity, were taking advantage of
the research of teaching students to read, and it goes
beyond that. Weve taken advantage of the research
around Productive Struggle to understand how
to help students gain an appreciation of not only
learning, but how they best learn. Were providing
teachers with actionable data, being very specific
and highlighting areas of difficulty and advising
when and how to intervene, based upon what
students did in the application.

Is this where edtech is heading?


Its a really good direction, doing some of those
things that are really hard for a single person
to do. It takes a lot of data to do the kind of
differentiation and analysis were doing, but theres
also a responsibility for the tech industry to bring
the teacher into products. Learning is very social,
yet technology sometimes makes it feel like its not.
It doesnt matter how great our curriculum is, the
number one factor in classroom success is each and
every teacherthat person is the motivation and
engagement that happens during those moments
of connection. Giving the teacher data for insight
into whats happening with the student can change
the whole ecosystem of the classroom. Its not
infringing on the teachers role, it is just a tool to
help them do what they are already doing, in a

How does Velocity help students?


Velocity provides instruction for students to help
them meet their needs where they need it most. We

Polly Stansell, Senior Vice President of Product


Development at Voyager Sopris Learning

more efficient way.


Velocity isnt like any other product on the
market in that sense. Velocity truly is a resource
for teachers to ensure students are receiving
instruction, not practice, and a resource for gaining
insights regarding how students are working.
What is the biggest benefit to teachers?
We give teachers actionable data and provide
the resource for them, whether its a quick do
this on-the-spot-teaching right now or here is a
small group lesson you can do in the next couple
of days. The newest ed trend is differentiation, but
imagine how difficult and frustrating that is for a
regular classroom teacher. When do you even have
five kids in the same place? Were maximizing their
time of interaction with students. The work were
doing around discreet skills and how they build up
to exactly what the student needs is getting very
close to that Personal Tutor promise of technology
that, as an industry, weve under-delivered on.
With Velocity, we plan on nailing it. The level of
adaptation that were doing with ELA is totally in
a class by itself.
Whats next?
One of the beautiful things about technology
is you dont ever have be doneyou can keep
enhancing and improving it and making it better.
Thats exactly what we intend to do with Velocity.
Its an exciting time to be part of Voyager Sopris
Learning.

L E A R N M O R E W W W.T E AC H V E LO C I T Y.CO M

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WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF LITERACY INSTRUC TION

Real-Time
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Using real-time adaptive learning, Velocity
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accelerate to grade level K5 literacy proficiency.
Its new, revolutionary technology
empowers and enhances both teachers and
students for improved engagement and learning.

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HOW ADAPTIVE LEARNING


REALLY WORKS
By Tara Smith

daptive learning in mathematics is the wave of the future, says Spencer Hansen,
principal of Centerville (UT) Junior High. Educators across the country are riding
this wave into the future of learningin math as well as in language arts and other
subject areas. Theyre finding that improved adaptive learning technologies offer
unique benefits and options for learning, in addition to valuable data and efficiencies.
This collection of success stories showcases schools and districts that are celebrating
achievements gained through the efforts of dedicated staff implementing adaptive learning strategies.

ACADEMIC PRIDE AND PROGRESS


For Browne Education Campus, the impetus to embrace adaptive learning technologies came
abruptly. When Browne (K8) was named one of the District of Columbia Public Schools 40 lowest
performing schools in 2012, Principal Andre Samuels and staff began working with Education Elements
to assess, plan, and implement both solid PD and innovative adaptive learning strategies.
The results speak for themselves. In 201516, 81 percent of students met their end-of-year target of
one or more years of growth. And according to Education Elements 201516 impact report, Brownes
K8 growth was equal to 151 percent of targeted growth, which means that students showed 50 percent
more growth than average.

A ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE IN EVERY CLASSROOM

Although these are impressive numbers, for Samuels and staff


they are only the beginningand an encouragement to continue
vetting, piloting, and reassessing programs and instructional models
to determine which work best for which students. As class lead and
math department chair Brandon Johnson emphasizes, asking the
key questions each year to make instruction even better is critical,
as is monitoring and determining how best to use the available
real-time data. Marcia Cole, technology instructional coach and
blended learning department chair, notes that it takes time to build
this mindset shift.
Cole likens their context to a one-room schoolhouse, where
on any given day you have K6 in any classroom. With such a
diverse body of learners its a challenge, she says, to provide quality
instruction and ensure achievement and equity. Johnson agrees.
Engaging 17 students between the first- and fifth-grade levels with
content in a short time is a monumental task.

DATA PRIDE

But Johnson has seen equally monumental growth in his


students as theyve used adaptive learning technologies. In addition
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TOOLS THEY USE


BROWNE
4 Achieve3000
4 Blendspace
4 Discovery EdTech
4 EduCanon
4 Educreations
4 GoFormative
4 i-Ready (including
Teacher Toolbox)
4 Lexia
4 Nearpod
4 Read 180
4 Reflex Math
4 Spelling City
4 System 44
4 Zearn Math

Browne Education Campus students benefit from


adaptive learning technology.

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ADAPTIVE LEARNING
more, he witnessed a shift between September
and November as students became more
comfortable with their new autonomy. He
watched them begin to take risks and speak out
as they grew into independent learners able
to assess their learning and what they needed
to do to grow. An interactive data wall in his
classroom, where students can update their
progress after each adaptive learning session,
fosters healthy competition and student pride.
This sense of pride extends throughout the
school. Even first graders approach Cole in the
hallways, eager to share their i-Ready scores
or their Lexia levels. While this knowledge
of their data is indicative of both efficacy and
engagement, Cole says, its also a challenge not
to be overly focused on what adaptive technology
says about you as an overall student. While
adaptive learning is only one ingredient in
Brownes remarkable revitalization, technology,
combined with strong leadership support and
effective teaching, is playing a part as their story
unfolds.

CJH ninth graders work on math problems in ALEKS.

EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION
+ ADAPTIVE LEARNING
TECHNOLOGY = SUCCESS
At Centerville Junior High (CJH), part of
the Davis (UT) School District east of the Great
Salt Lake, nearly a thousand students in grades
79 enjoy access to computer and iPad labs and
laptops, and they will soon have Chromebooks
to complement their learning as well. Principal
Spencer Hansen says that an annual review
of their five-year Comprehensive Technology
Integration Plan enables them to remain flexible
in response to rapid changes in edtech.
One of the ways CJH is implementing

TOOLS THEY USE


CJH
4 ALEKS
4 Chromebooks
4 HMH Collections eTextbook
4 Holt McDougal online history
texts
4 iPads
4 Laptops
4 Safari Montage
4 TED Talks
4 Utah Compose

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A CJH ninth grader looks at the pie chart describing his current knowledge with recommendations for further
study.
adaptive learning technology is through the use
of ALEKS, an online tutoring and assessment
program, to supplement math instruction. All
math teachers have used ALEKS weekly since
2014, and assistant principal Cheryl Mays says
the school also uses the program in their credit
recovery program and has secured licenses so
students can practice and learn new math skills
over the summer.
With its initial knowledge checks,
individualized learning paths, and topics, which
are like individual modules that break down
skills and concepts into smaller chunks that
students are able to work through in order to
relearn, math department chair Bill McKay

says that ALEKS has actually made adaptive


learning extremely easy. To do what the
program doesto evaluate individual student
data, gather curriculum for each students needs,
assess, and repeat in a continuous cyclewould
be time-consuming and untenable. Students
are clearly engaged, as well. All of my students
spend time outside of class working in the
program, McKay says.

REMEDIATION, ACCELERATION, AND RETENTION


Anyone whos been a student can identify
with the sinking feeling of falling behind. Often
students who are behind in math dont even try,
McKay says, because they dont understand the

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ADAPTIVE LEARNING
TOOLS THEY USE
APSD
4 Houghton Mifflin
Harcourts full suite of
programs, including:
4 Big Day
4 iRead
4 System 44
4 Read 180
4 English 3D
4 Collections
Pre-K students in an APSD summer program received both swimming and academic instruction.
preliminary steps They then shut down and try
to fly under the radar hoping nobody notices.
But with the adaptive program, he says, students
feel they are given something they can actually
figure out, and they can build confidence as they
ask questions, try again, and receive immediate
feedback.
At the other end of the spectrum, teacher
Jeffrey Wilkinson explains, the program enables
advanced students to work ahead. Then,
Wilkinson says, when we get to those topics as
a class later on, I already have a handful of kids
in the class that know what to do and they can
support the others. Teacher Markie Broderick
also notes that, because students can choose to
work on topics in any order, a lot of the time they
will be reviewing and so they retain information
better because they are able to get a spiral review.
McKay credits the program with playing a
large part in how our students have improved
with their end-of-year testing, and Hansen
affirms that adaptive learning in mathematics is
the wave of the future.

BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE


PUTTING THE DISTRICT ON A DIET

When Sancha Gray took on her new


responsibilities as director of curriculum
and instruction at Asbury Park (NJ) School
District (APSD) in 2014, she inherited lots of
deficiencies in this high-poverty districtand
lots of intervention programs as well.
Gray likens the challenge to dieting. If
you try to do the Atkins and the South Beach
diets at the same time and introduce carbs in
the induction phase of Atkins, you wont lose

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weight, she says. In the same way, using pieces


of different programs across the district was
ineffective. With over 75 percent of students
below grade level, and with these deficiencies
compounding annually, APSD needed to stop
the hemorrhaging immediately.
So the district decided on a one-program
diet. They chose Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(HMH)based on Grays previous experience
with the solid, research-based product as well as
on her meeting with their sales rep.
Read 180 was one of APSDs umpteen
programs, and the sales rep told Gray, We wont
support you any more with PD. Taken aback by
this brazen statement, Gray listened. Youre not
using it, the rep continued. Tell me what we need
to do to get you to use it. The district now uses
HMHs full suite of products and support services.

SWIMMING, READING, AND ADULT LITERACY TOO

Asbury Park began by launching a


comprehensive literacy initiative for Pre-K12.
An adult literacy component aims to close yet
another loop for families. Grays enthusiasm is
infectious as she describes some of the districts
new initiatives, including a successful Pre-K
summer program combining swimming lessons
with engaging academic instruction. In this shore
community, Gray says, Our superintendent
believes our students should know how to
swimparticularly in light of the fact that the
incidences of drowning are higher in Black and
Hispanic communities.
In addition, following a successful pilot, APSD
is introducing a comprehensive math program
this year and is also piloting a comprehensive

4 Math 180
technology initiative, with a view to introducing
devices district-wide next year. The method
makes sensehaving used the programs
successfully for two years, with solid PD support,
teachers will have the confidence and curiosity
to explore further learning possibilities in their
classrooms with their new devices.

A WONDERFUL PROBLEM

Gray is cautious as she shares evidence of


success, and she emphasizes the importance
of accessing multiple data points. She says the
work is yielding positive results because of
the relationships being fostered through rich,
qualitative feedback during our stakeholder
focus group meetings. In one school in an area
of town with the highest poverty and crime
levels, 99 percent of kindergarten students are
entering first grade ready for first-grade content.
On one unannounced visit to a classroom in
this school, Gray and Superintendent Lamont
Repollet were dumbfounded by the rich,
thoughtful student-to-student discourse.
Another sign of success is the wonderful
problem that teachers now need to use adaptive
learning programs not only for remediation but
also for teaching students ready for on-gradelevel content. Focusing on PD so that building
principals are instructional leaders is also key,
Gray says.
So its back to the dieting analogyrapid
weight loss is not sustainable, and neither are
rapid results at the expense of solid learning and
PD, but Gray is confident that with a steady diet
of hope and opportunity all students will have a
brighter future.

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In some ways, Seatack Elementary, An


Achievable Dream Academy in Virginia
Beach (VA), is like many other schools across
the nation. Theyre 1:1, and students use a
variety of devices and programs to enhance
learning. Seatack has a dedicated instructional
technology specialist and SMART Boards in
each classroom. Instructional staff are able
to be responsive to student data because of
the training theyve received in programs like
Velocity, TenMarks, and Achieve3000.
But 100 percent of Seatack students qualify
for free or reduced lunch, 83 percent live in
single-parent households, and 9 percent live in
no-parent (guardian-led) households. Seatack
Elementary is one of three An Achievable
Dream Academies (AADA) in Virginia.
Through unique public/private partnerships
and a steadfast belief that all children can
learn and succeed and that education can break
the cycle of poverty, these schools translate
dreams into a powerful reality with a 100
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GETTING UP TO SPEED WITH VELOCITY

Seatack Elementary first graders do research on their iPads.

Lee Vreeland, vice president of


academics, gives two examples of how
adaptive learning has helped make a
difference for Seatack students. First,
their third-grade classes were the beta
testers for Velocity last year. Vreeland
says that teachers quickly saw the
potential for the program in the way
it guides the students through their
work, providing scaffolds in the forms
of instructional videos, mental models
for attacking a problem, hints and tips,
and instant feedback. In addition, with
the option of personalized instruction
for each student, teachers can work
Seatack Elementary third graders work collaboratively on a simple
individually or in small groups with
machines project using Google Docs.
other students who need guided teacher
intervention.
Second, using Google Classroom for
them the education-enhancing potential of
collaboration has helped students to take
these programs, Vreeland says, as well as being
ownership of their learning in new ways. Small
deliberate in terms of expectations and planning
groups of Seatack third graders, for example,
implementation and monitoring usage and
gathered information about simple machines,
progress, are all key to success.
took pictures, and shared what theyd found with
Adaptive learning programs are embedded
the class. This allowed for the students to be
into the daily schedule at Seatack and also
the facilitators in the activity and for the teacher
into extended-day classes. Providing access to
to be a guide and offer assistance when it was
technology and personalized learning is one
needed, Vreeland says.
part of helping these students achieve their
Securing buy-in from leaders by showing
dreams.

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TOOLS THEY USE


SEATACK ELEMENTARY
4 Achieve3000
4 BookFlix
4 BrainPOP
4 ConnectED
4 Core Clicks
4 Davis Digital
4 Discovery Education Science
Techbook
4 FASTT Math
4 Fraction Nation
4 GAFE
4 Imagine Learning
4 National Geographic Kids
4 NBC Learn
4 PebbleGo
4 Reflex
4 Seesaw
4 SmartyAnts
4 Storia
4 TenMarks
4 TumbleBooks
4 Velocity
4 Wixie

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MAKE BELIEVE
2016 3D Printer Roundup

By Shannon Mersand
s more schools add makerspaces, FabLabs, and other hands-on learning experiences, the question of should we buy a 3D
printer? is no longer valid. Rather, the question schools should be asking is which 3D printer should we buy? With the
flood of available 3D printers, determining what is right for each school and its students can be overwhelming. One of the
major factors for schools is cost, but that should not be the only consideration. Ease of use, availability of consumables,
noise level, and safety are all important to factor in.
All five printers tested would be fantastic additions to a school. Each offers its own unique characteristics and
capabilities. Among the many features in this group of printers are sleek designs, swappable extruders, full enclosure, filtration, access
to 3D printing ecosystems, flexibility in filament choices, and many more. All produced high quality prints, and were easy to use. It
would be hard to pick a favorite from among this set of printers.

AFINIA 3D, www.afinia.com


H400 (Available November 2016)
Price

$599*

Print Heads

Filament Used

ABS, HIPS, Nylon, PET, PLA, polycarbonate, wood

Layer Resolution

150 micron to 350 micron (selectable)

Print Plate Size

139mm x 139mm (5.5in x 5.5in)

Maximum Print Size

120mm x 120mm x 120mm (4.73in x 4.73in x 4.73in)

Features

Heated print bed, fully enclosed with HEPA 7 air filter, auto height detection,
wi-fi enabled, touchscreen display

Must use proprietary


filament

No

Must use proprietary


software for design

No

Warranty

One year limited warranty

What you get

3D printer, 500g ABS filament, USB cable, tool set, gloves, quick start guide, user manual

What makes this printer


stand out

This printer is lightweight and comes with a convenient built-in carry handle, making it easy to transport from place to place. Safety features include
a built-in recirculating HEPA 7 air filter that makes it safer to print in ABS filament in confined spaces; it is fully enclosed, keeping curious hands from
touching the filament and print head while it works; and it includes a pair of safety gloves for operators. It has two doors, making it easier to remove
stubborn prints, and a touchscreen display, which allows for basic operation directly on the printer. There is also an available curriculum for schools. The
Studio software is available for Windows, Mac, and iOS devices.

Support

Lifetime support (Phone, email, Web)

Notes

Box to Print: 20 minutes; Loading Filament: easy; Noise: quiet; Software setup: easy; Software use: easy

Available Replacement
Parts

Nozzle: $27; Perf Board: $24; Filament: as low as $16 per reel

*An Education value bundle with extended warranty, SketchUp design activity book, large supply of filament, an extra nozzle, and other supplies will be released soon - price TBD

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ALEPH OBJECTS, INC., www.lulzbot.com/


LulzBot Mini

DREMEL, https://3dprinter.dremel.com
Idea Builder 3D40-EDU

Price

$1,250

Printer $1,299, EDU version $1,599

Print Heads

Filament Used

ABS, HIPS, Nylon, PET, PLA, polycarbonate, PVA, wood, copolyester, metal,
and more

PLA

Layer Resolution

50 micron to 500 micron

100 to 300 micron

Print Plate Size

152mm x 152mm (6in x 6in)

254mm x 152mm (10in x 6in)

Maximum Print Size

152mm x 152mm x 158mm (6in x 6in x 6.2in)

254mm x 152mm x 170mm (10in x 6in x 6.7in)

Features

Heated print bed, auto calibration, plug-and-play, self-cleaning

Fully enclosed, auto calibration, wi-fi capable, touchscreen display

Must use proprietary


filament

No

Yes

Must use proprietary


software for design

No

No

Warranty

One year warranty standard, optional extensions up to three additional


years.

One year non-commercial warranty

What you get

LulzBot Mini 3D printer, 30 day money-back guarantee, one year customer


support, quick start guide, LulzBot Mini reference poster, 5 replacement
wiper pads, 2mm Allen wrench, tweezers, dental pick, flathead bristle
brush, part removal knife (clam knife), USB and power cable, and USB drive
with source files.

Printer, instruction manual, quick start guide, power cord, USB cable,
filament spool, USB flash drive with pre-loaded files, USB flash drive preloaded with 10 print-ready curriculum-based model files, build tape, object
removal tool, unclog tool, Print Studio software.

What makes this printer


stand out

The LulzBot Mini uses Open Source hardware and free software, which they
invite anyone to improve upon, and they have an active community that
does just that. Many parts are 3D-printed, and they offer other replacement
parts on their Web site for much easier repairs or modifications. This printer
can print in a wide variety of filaments, allowing for more diverse printing
experiences. The included software allows you to easily adjust printer
setting to obtain desired prints. This printer is not just plug-and-play, it can
be used to teach the more technical aspects of 3D printing. An education
pricing program on printers, parts, and plastics is also offered. Learn more
and find case studies of education customers online at https://lulzbot.com/
education.

The Dremel 3D printing ecosystem, with access to curriculum and


instructional guides written by subject matter experts, combined with
customer service, and a PDLN badge certificate course make this an easyto-implement printer. Lesson plans are detailed and walk teachers through
using 3D-printed models to explain abstract concepts. The removable print
plate makes removing prints easier, and the mobile app allows for remote
management of print jobs.

Support

Technical support by phone and email as well as the LulzBot Forum online

One-on-one customer support is available via phone, Skype, and online


chat. Online video tutorials are also available.

Notes

Box to Print: 20 minutes; Loading Filament: moderately difficult; Noise:


moderately loud; Software setup: easy; Software use: moderately
complicated

Box to Print: 15 minutes; Loading Filament: easy; Noise: quiet; Software


setup: easy; Software use: easy

Available Replacement
Parts

Too numerous to list. Visit https://www.lulzbot.com/store/parts for a list of


parts and costs.

Replacement parts are available for purchase or repair by contacting


Dremel customer service.

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2016 3D PRINTER ROUNDUP

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MAKERBOT, www.makerbot.com
MakerBot Replicator Mini+

NEW MATTER, www.newmatter.com


MOD-t

Price

$1,299 (Introductory price $999 until October 31)

$399

Print Heads

Filament Used

PLA

PLA

Layer Resolution

100 micron

100, 200, 300, and 400 micron

Print Plate Size

102mm x 127mm (4in x 5in)

150mm x 100mm (6in x 4in)

Maximum Print Size

102mm x 127mm x 127mm (4in x 5in x 5in)

150mm x 100mm x 125mm (6in x 4in x 5in)

Features

Auto calibration, wi-fi enabled, guided wireless setup, on-board camera,


remote printing and monitoring, swappable extruder, Grip Surface (no blue
tape required)

Fully enclosed, auto calibration, wi-fi connected

Must use proprietary


filament

Yes

No

Must use proprietary


software for design

No

No

Warranty

Six months

90 days

What you get

MakerBot Replicator Mini+, Smart Extruder+, 1 roll of MakerBot PLA


filament, quick start guide, MakerBot Print software, MakerBot mobile app,
Thingiverse Education

MOD-t 3D printer, spool holder, clear cover, USB cable, print tray setup
instructions, print surface accessories, power supply, AC power cord, metal
bristled brush, scraper, filament spool (PLA 0.5kg), utility cutter

What makes this printer


stand out

The Mini+ offers several improvements to the Makerbot Mini, including


reduced noise level, increased build volume, and faster print time. Its
compact size makes it easily portable from classroom to classroom or desk
to desk. The build plate on the Mini+ offers a new surface which does not
require the use of tape or adhesive for prints to stick. The printer comes
factory-leveled, and requires no leveling out of the box. The new MakerBot
Print software allows users to print directly from CAD formats with no need
to convert to STL, saving time and frustration with conversion errors. The
Mini+, like other MakerBot printers, features a swappable SmartExtruder+
and an onboard camera for print monitoring.

Clean design, low cost, easy setup, truly unbox-and-print. Incredibly quiet
operation makes it a great fit for any classroom. Fully enclosed print area
for safety; unique print bed design makes removing prints very easy. There
are also a number of models available in the marketplace that users can
test print. Wi-fi enabled means you dont have to leave your computer
connected during the print job, because you print from the cloud.

Support

Web site, phone, email, webinars, MakerCare plans

Video tutorials, phone, email and live chat

Notes

Box to Print: 15 minutes; Loading Filament: easy; Noise: moderate;


Software setup: easy; Software use: easy

Box to Print: 15 minutes; Loading Filament: easy; Noise: very quiet;


Software setup: easy; Software use: easy

Available Replacement
Parts

Smart Extruder+: $199; MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Build Plate Kit: $19.99;
MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Grip Surface Kit (3 pack): $39.99

Print surface plate: $14.99 for 3 pack; more parts coming soon

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2016 3D PRINTER ROUNDUP


3D PRINTERS SUPPORT LEARNING
In addition to introducing more affordable 3D printers for the
education market, printer companies shared the following news:
DREMEL IDEA BUILDER AMBASSADORS
Dremel identified ten educators to serve
as Idea Builder Ambassadors for the
2016/2017 school year. Each ambassador
is a K-12 educator with extensive experience in STEM, technology, and makerspaces.
Ambassadors created video and other multimedia content that
included lesson ideas and explanations of the design and build
process. Read more on Dremels Facebook and Twitter pages.
PROJECT IGNITE
AutoDesk launched Project Ignite,
an initiative to help teachers incorporate design into the classroom
utilizing their 3D design software.
Project Ignite provides advice on
which hardware to purchase, as well

as a full library of lessons. The fully developed lesson plans allow


even the most inexperienced designer to learn to create and
explore 3D design and printing, circuitry, the Internet of Things
and other emerging technologies. Each lesson provides educators with the ability to track student progress online, as well as
step-by-step lessons, and instructions that are integrated directly
into the design software.
THINGIVERSE EDU
Thingiverse Education is a new platform that allows educators to connect
with each other to learn 3D printing
best practices and exchange knowledge, already offering over 100 lesson
plans created by other educators and
vetted by MakerBots education and
curriculum experts. Educators can filter lesson plans by subject, grade, or
standard, and, in the spirit of Thingiverse, remix them to match
specific learning goals.

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THE MAKING OF A
MAKER SPACE
By Sascha Zuger

y now, most people in education


know about Maker Spaces, but how
can schools sustain and keep their
programs successful? We chat with
Michelle Cooper, director of the
White Oak Middle School Maker
Space, about the future of these STEM-heavy
hotspots.

How do schools or learning centers sustain a


Maker Space?
Students are pretty savvy inventors. The
key is to continually challenge the students.
To inspire innovation, I held a Great Maker
Challenge. Student teams met during the month
of April to invent chain reaction machines. The
fun began as students brought their ideas to life.
They constructed every aspect of the machines
and were able to troubleshoot problems that
arose. Once the machines were assembled,
engineers Terrence Kelley and Jeremy Hayes
from Norris Cylinder Company took time to visit
with every team and offer advice.

How can maker spaces stay current without


blowing the bank?
Grants are a wonderful option to help
implement maker spaces. Donors Choose has
been a superb resource to help me fund our
maker space. Many districts have educational
foundations that provide grants directly to
your school. Foundation members love to
see the direct impact their funds have on
student success. Keep reports, take lots of
photos to share, invite the community to a
maker showcase, and create a blog so that the
school and greater community feel part of the
experience and see the value in supporting
it, financially and through offering their time
and other resources.Recyclable materials
are another cost-saving option. Students
will gladly bring items to school that were
destined for the trash bin. Teaching students
to use what they have available teaches them
resourcefulness.
Physical space is a limitation, but dont let it

Michelle Cooper, director of the White Oak Middle School Maker Space
be an obstacle to students learning; get creative.
With 180 students joining my tech club and
a library capacity of 30-40 students, I took
our school colors and started a maroon week
and a white week tech club to rotate students.
We allow any interested student to join, from
struggling learners to gifted students. You dont
see behavior issues because they are so engaged.
When you give these kids a problem to solve
or something to create or invent, it reaches
a different dynamic in the kids than in the
classroom.

What trends do you see evolving in this arena?

I believe maker spaces will continue to


be student-driven, with augmented reality
and virtual reality having a powerful impact.
Gamification will continue to rise as students
can code their own games, create apps, 3D
prototypes, and social programs, as well as
explore virtual gaming worlds such as Minecraft
and the new Swift Playground from Apple.
The emphasis will be on creation and not
consumption. Maker spaces will become a
seamless part of our culture, a necessary and
expected part of education, public libraries, and
institutions of higher learning.

What are your three best pieces of advice for


educators embarking on their first Maker Space
program?
1. Invite community members into your
maker space to mentor students. Real-world
connections inspire and motivate students to
solve local, national, and global problems.
2. Use social media to your advantage. Let
parents know what items are needed for your
space. Parents are wonderful about donating
items, such as Legos, when they clean out their
childrens rooms.
3. Teach three life lessons within the space:
Working together is about compromise.
Failing is okay; giving up is not. Perseverance
pays off.

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Highlights from Tech&Learnings June Summit:

FOSTERING DIGITAL
CITIZENSHIPA SCHOOL
DISTRICTS ROLE

oo often, schools focus only on


the students when it comes to
developing district Internet protocols.
Administrators sometimes realize too
late that teachers, staff, parents, and
school board members are also in need
of training. How can school executives create
clear processes and procedures that will keep
their districts out of the headlines?
The June 2016 SchoolCIO Summit, held in
Denver just before the ISTE convention, focused
on these questions and worked to create specific
policies and procedures to educate school
communities on their roles in the appropriate
use of social medianot to limit or ban these
powerful tools, but to harness their power in
positive ways. Some of the attendees at this
invitation-only conference already had digital
citizenship action plans in place; many more
did not. During the intensive two-day program,
attendees worked in teams to create action items
that they could put into place in their districts,
affecting a combined total of more than one
million students.

A CONVERSATION WITH ISTE


AND COMMON SENSE MEDIA
The summit began with a conversation. T&L
Content Director Kevin Hogan interviewed
Common Sense Media CEO James Steyer and
ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. Steyer talked about
the need to keep the dialoguewith parents,
teachers, students, and other members of the
school communitypositive while addressing
the hard issues. We dont want to lead with
fear or censorship, he said, but sometimes a
littleshock and awe is needed to alertpeople

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T&L Content Director Kevin Hogan interviews ISTEs Brian Lewis and Common Senses Jim Steyer.
to the dangers. Technology, used wisely, is a
phenomenal tool that can transform learning,
but used inappropriately it can have an
enormously negative impact on kids. Examples
that he shared (and that are highlighted in
videos created by Common Sense Media for the
general public) include sexting, cyberbullying,
online porn, privacy violations, and the newer
phenomenon of digital addiction.
Lewis, who had recently returned from a
meeting at the White House on the bullying of
Muslims, Sikhs, and other minority students,

discussed the importance of engaging parents


and community members in discussions
about bullying and respecting one anothers
differences. Such issues predate the Internet, of
course, but technology can amplify their negative
impact. On the other hand, as Jim Steyer pointed
out, One gift of technology is that it can be a
platform for a larger conversation. For example,
its sometimes hard for parents to talk directly to
their kids about difficult issues but a movie can
help open the dialogue.
Following remarks by Steyer and Lewis,

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summit attendees weighed in with their own


experiences related to digital citizenship.
Examples included:
Kirk Anderson, director of educational
technology for the Denver Public
Schools, explained that, even though
individual schools in the district have an
unusual amount of autonomy, appointing
a district-wide Digital Citizenship Officer
who reaches out to building leaders to
support their educational efforts has been
a positive move.
Heather Heater, who heads the IT
department for the Canton City School
District in Ohio, emphasized the
importance of starting at the top. Our
superintendent made digital citizenship
a priority, she said, and everything took
off from there.
Justin Aglio, director of innovation
for the Montour (PA) School District,
described the ways in which students
in his district have been involved in
educating one anotherincluding radio
programs and reality shows focusing on
uses of technology, as well as a project to
launch a time capsule to the moon with a
message from this generation of students
to future generations.
Chris Sherman, who manages the
instructional technology specialists in
the El Paso (TX) Independent School
District, described a process that began
with 10 technology specialists training
leaders on individual campuses and
thats scheduled to culminate with all 85
district schools receiving Common Sense
certification by early 2017.

CREATING A COMMUNITY OF
GOOD DIGITAL CITIZENSA
SCHOOL DISTRICTS ROLE
The following morning, the attendees
broke into teams, each of which represented a
district. Teams rotated around the following
stations that focused on:
Digital Citizenship for your Staff
(facilitated by Paul Sanfrancesco,
Director of Technology, Owen J. Roberts
School District [PA])
Digital Citizenship for your Parents
(facilitated by Mike Ribble, Director of
Technology, Manhattan-Ogden [KS]
School District and author of the ISTE
book Digital Citizenship in Schools).
Digital Citizenship for your Students

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Attendees brainstorm a digital citizenship action plan.

(facilitated by Nancy Battaglia, Director


of Technology, Skokie [IL] School
District 68)
Teams spent 30 minutes at each station,
sharing their districts stories and best practices
as they related to a guiding question. Below are
the highlights.
STAFF: When asked, What PD are you
giving to your teachers? attendees shared
practices that included:
Model responsible social media use.
Have teachers/staff follow administrators
on Twitter and observe (lurk and learn).
Include information about student
data privacy (see details here).
Hold a boot camp with teachers

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about the integration of 1:1 devices in


classrooms. One of the sessions could
focus on ethics and encourage teachers
to have discussions about the perceptions
their own digital footprints are putting
out to parents and students.
Explain the importance of keeping
accounts separate (personal and
school), including email accounts, Apple
IDs, etc.
PARENTS/COMMUNITY: When asked,
What education are you providing to your
parents? attendees shared practices that
included:
Offer parent nights where information
and strategies are shared and there are
opportunities for conversation.
Post information to the district Web
site. Include resources on cyberbullying,
Internet safety, etc.
Host the movie Screenagers with
moderators for Q&A. This movie
focuses on ways parents can improve
communication with their children on
their uses of technology.
Bring in an ADA to discuss apps/
Internet situations that are
challenging for your area (focusing on
awareness, not negativity).
Have the kids create their own

educational materials, and use these


same materials with parent groups
to educate them about how their
own children approach appropriate
technology usage.
Work in partnership with your police
department. Make sure you define
the scope of the conversation so that it
stays positive and does not focus on the
negative.
Partner with a not-for-profit to
provide computers to low-income
families. Prior to receiving the computer,
parents attend a series of educational
programs on digital citizenship and
technology use considerations for
parents. Show parents the dark apps
the apps that look like one thing but are
really something different.
Connect families. Since it can be
difficult to get parents to attend
traditional parent nights, build events

Common Sense Medias Rebecca Randall


facilitated the closing session.

New Braunfels ISD has a Web site,


Tec21.org, that includes a parent
university with multiple resources
for parents, including information on
digital leadership.

where students share their experiences


in panels. This format helps to build
conversation topics for parents to engage
their children on real-world/everyday
topics at home.
STUDENTS: When asked, What
curriculum is in place at school? attendees
shared practices that included:
Adopt programs like Common Sense
Media. Courses engage students at their
age/grade level. Teacher-leaders embed
these lessons into other curriculum, such
as life skills courses.
Offer a Digital Drivers License for
kids. Customize access for students
and parents based on the level of digital
citizenship instruction they complete (as
students absorb more skills/knowledge/
expertise, they gain a higher level of
access).
Offer badges for levels of proficiency on
digital citizenship using programs like
Credly.
Blend into freshman foundations
classes.Incorporate Common Sense
Media curriculum. Units built in Haiku
LMS provide incentives for good
behaviors.
Make time. In a perfect world, digital
citizenship education would happen as
part of everyday instruction, but there
isnt always time. One way to approach
this in a 1:1 situation is to integrate digital
citizenship lessons in the first few weeks/
months as students use their devices. Be
sure to incorporate measurable digital
citizenship practices into rubrics and
assessments.
Invite guest speakers to address staff
and students about copyright, digital
citizenship, etc. For example, invite
employees from the local county court to
talk to students about legal ramifications
(without using scare tactics).

CREATING AN ACTION PLAN


In the days closing session, Common
Sense Medias Rebecca Randall facilitated a
conversation among the teams, asking them to
create the foundation of a digital citizenship
action plan. Here were some key ideas:
STAFF:
Staff, students, and everyone constantly
under surveillance.

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STAFF
Involve ALL STAFF
Provide PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT UPFRONT and
offer opportunities for ONGOING
SUPPORT
Provide PLANNING time
Offer concrete GUIDANCE yet
room to INNOVATE
SOURCE: COMMON SENSE MEDIA

Teachers who want to have their own


social media presence must first Friend
or Follow the district-owned social
media account. This allows tracking.
Pre-service programs are not preparing
future teachers properly for social media
and edtech.

COMMUNITY:
Host parent meetings to discuss your
districts acceptable use policies. Parents
want assurances that the school will keep
their kids safe.
Using data helps identify what needs
to be addressed and also helps build a
marketing campaign.
Empowering students to make the right
decisions and address problems.
Important to have students and parents
take ownership.
Proof of skills and badging is more
important than we think. Consider
badging parents on their online
(LinkedIn) profiles.
CLASSROOM:
Device search guidelines. If theres
material on a device that you believe is
in violation of school policy, then you
can ask to see the device. You would
need to let the student know what you
believe the violation is and what you
will be looking for (specifically) before
looking at the device, and you would
only be allowed to look at what you say
youre looking for.
Make curriculum a digital drivers
license.
Teach students to have a positive online
portfolio. Dont always focus on the
negative aspects of online activity.

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ACLU GUIDANCE FOR


STUDENTS ON DEVICE
SEARCHES IS AS
FOLLOWS:
If youre allowed to bring a
personally owned device to
school, school officials may
confiscate and search your
device only if there is reasonable
suspicion that it contains
evidence you violated school
rules. The officials must return
your device once they have
the evidence they need or
have dispelled the suspicion of
wrongdoing.
If the device youre using
belongs to the school, school
officials can take it back from
you at any time. The school may
Let certain students be in charge of
what gets posted on Twitter and other
online content.
Teach world citizenship, not just digital
citizenship.

be able to search the device for


files even if theres no suspicion
of wrongdoing, but the courts
have not ruled on this yet.

ASK A CIO: WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS CIO?


With all the budgetary issues in the K-12 space, it would be easy to give the stock answer that struggling to find dollars to sustain a
relevant environment is my biggest challenge. Although that is [challenging], I feel the bigger challenge is maintaining support for
our classroom teachers. Building and sustaining a professional development model that supports and empowers our teachers to build
strong PLNs, collaborate often, and share out, is difficult and always changing. Having time to focus on the technical side and the
teaching side is rewarding, challenging, and a good problem to have.
JON CASTELHANO
Human resistance to change. That mostly comes from the union, but also comes from fearful, nervous administrators, parents, even
students. Technology is often seen as a complex and frustrating requirement of modern lifeas opposed to the tools without screens
and batteries, which are seen as logical and helpful. If we apply the same logic, patience, and collaboration around learning to use
a computer-based piece of technology, it isnt any more scary than learning to use a wrench or a blender. Unfortunately, media has
portrayed the laptop, tablet, and phone as auxiliary, young peoples tools, which makes the work of learning to use them that much
more offputting for older adults.
JOHN MARCUS
Knowing how to juggle multiple projects simultaneously. Also understanding the classroom environment. Being in the classroom
and working closely with teachers, students, and school administrators is the only way to really understand the needs of the school.
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InFocus (www.infocus.com) announced the Mondopad Ultra


line of premium multi-touch collaboration displays, available in 80
and 85 inch screen sizes. With all-in-one videoconferencing, interactive whiteboarding,
and data sharing, the Mondopad Ultra line delivers high-definition 4K clarity with seamless
operation and enterprise integration out of the box. The InFocus Mondopad all-in-one
system enables teams to connect and share any type of content with local and remote
audiences. Users can brainstorm on a shared whiteboard, collaboratively edit documents,
and draw directly onscreen. Documents can be saved to the Mondopad for future access
and can be emailed to anyone directly from the device. A built-in high-quality camera and
speakers facilitate enterprise-grade video conferencing.

The Kensington (www.kensington.com) LS510


Portfolio for 11.6 Chromebooks provides both

WowWee (www.wowwee.com/coji) introduced its Coji


robot, which combines STEM education with humor,
games, and robotics for students ages four and up. Coji
helps young kids learn the basics of coding through
interactive educational games, with an optional app
feature. The robot is sturdy enough to withstand hours
of classroom play. Students can easily program Coji with
simple Emoji comments, control the Coji using their
smart device, and play games that test memory, show
cause and effect, and help develop problem-solving skills.

drop protection and a professional carry experience for


classroom users. Key features include EVA foam bumpers,
a faux leather cover, soft inner lining, and magnetic flap to
guard Chromebooks against bumps and drops. Ventilation
channels ensure proper airflow to prevent overheating,
while strategic cutouts allow easy access to power and USB
ports. Hand straps provide a safer option for students and
teachers to carry the portfolio, and a handy ID window
quickly helps identify each
users device.

D-Link (www.dlink.com) announced the new Wireless PoE Outdoor Access Point, DAP3320, built to withstand outdoor environments and offering expanded coverage and
signal strength of any wireless network. Equipped with high-performance 802.11n wireless
connectivity, the DAP-3320 delivers wireless signal rates of up to 300 mbps using the 2.4
GHz band, and a built-in 2dBi omni antenna ensures the wireless signal will cover a wide area. The Wireless PoE Outdoor Access point
can be used as a wireless bridge for an outdoor IP camera. In addition, the DAP-3320 is able to support a large number of wireless
clients due to its processing power and support for 802.11n. The Wireless PoE Outdoor Access point also offers advanced security
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ABSOLUTE DATA & DEVICE
SECURITY

(www.absolute.com)
Absolute
introduced
functionality
that detects
data at risk
on endpoints
associated
with cloud
storage applications. This new capability
allows organizations to remotely secure
data stored in the cloud and beyond the
corporate network. With the latest release
of Absolute Data & Device Security, users
can determine which cloud applications
are being used and what information is
being stored, including the discovery of
sensitive data using Absolutes Endpoint
Data Discovery capability. Leveraging
Persistence technology from Absolute,
organizations can detect folders on devices
associated with cloud storage applications,
identify at-risk data such as PHI, PII,
payment information, or intellectual
property, and remotely delete sensitive data
even if an endpoint is off the corporate
network.

AEROHIVE SD-LAN

(www.aerohive.com)
Aerohive Networks introduced a
comprehensive solution for Software
Defined LAN (SD-LAN), offering flexible
wireless and wired networking capabilities.
SD-LAN is a new architecture for access
networks designed to help organizations
adapt their network to the changing
demands of mobility. Aerohives SD-LAN
capabilities include a new line of cloudmanaged access switches the AP250,
a Wave 2 802.11ac access point with
software definable dual 5 GHz radios; the
latest release of HiveManager NG clouddelivered network and policy management;
dynamic application and identity-driven

network performance; and an open API


platform.

AUDIO NOTETAKER

(www.sonocent.com)
Sonocent released
its enhanced
Audio Notetaker
tool for Windows,
enabling users to
work more effectively with information
in text, audio and visual formats. The
latest update includes a suite of audio
enhancement features. The new Clear
Lecture functionality has been embedded
into the software to improve the clarity of
recordings on playback. Additional features
allow users to download content from both
Sonocent and third party providers in the
form of content packs. These can be a
mixture of Audio Notetaker and other files,
such as presentations or PDF files.

CEV MULTIMEDIA SKILLED


WORKER CURRICULUM

(www.icevonline.com)
CEV Multimedia
announced
the release of
a new Architecture, Construction,
Transportation, and Manufacturing
curriculum that addresses the demand for
educational materials that provide realworld and practical learning opportunities
for the next generation of skilled workers.
Delivered through iCEV, an online learning
platform, and developed in collaboration
with various industry organizations and
professionals, the new curriculum offers
content areas on construction technology,
welding techniques, small engine repair,
and more.

CHRONICLING AMERICA

(www.chroniclingameria.loc.gov)
New digital content has been added to
Chronicling America, the open access

WHATS NEW

database of historic
U.S. newspapers
thats part of the
National Digital
Newspaper Program
(NDNP). The content
covers 18th-century
newspapers from
the three early American capitals: New
York City, Philadelphia, and Washington,
D.C. The NDNP is expanding its current
time window (1836-1922) to include
digitized newspapers from 1690-1963. The
expansion will further the program goal of
capturing the diversity of American history
in an open access database.

CODECOMBAT

(www.codecombat.com)
CodeCombat
offers an
engaging
platform for
helping kids
learn computer science. New updates to
the platform include Game Development
and Web Development, as well as a
quadrupled number of levels within the
Learn to Code module, allowing students
to keep enhancing their coding skills.
Additionally, a new adaptive personalized
learning system recommends extra practice
levels when it senses a student is having
trouble with a concept to ensure they have
mastered a skill before they move on.

DESTINY 14.0

(www.follettlearning.com/librarymanager)
Folletts new Destiny
14.0 release supports
IMS LTI capability,
providing single
sign-on integration to resources available
in Destiny Discover via districts learning
applications. Now, institutions using any
LTI-compliant learning application can

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enhance the visibility and accessibility


of resources the district has invested in
through the addition of Destiny Discovery
tools to their online classes. Additional
updates to Destiny include a Chrome
extension and access to open education
resources.

personalized, targeted learning at all grade


levels. Compass Learning products help
pinpoint and close skill and concept gaps
and move students forward academically
with explicit instruction, supported
practice, independent practice, and
ongoing formative assessment.

DISCOVERY EDUCATION

IMPERO KEYWORD
LIBRARIES

(www.discoveryeducation.com)
To further
support
educators
using Discovery Educations digital
services to grow their students creative,
communication, collaboration and critical
thinking skills, ten collaborative projects
will be added to all Techbooks as well
as Discovery Education Streaming and
Streaming Plus. Powered by GlobalLabs
Web-based platform, the projects help
students explore data with their peers,
learn content, and build skills like data
analysis, reasoning, and teamwork.
Discovery Education is also offering
educators using the Science, Math, and
Social Studies Techbooks the opportunity
to increase student engagement through
an advanced level of immersive learning
experiences. With lessons powered by
Discovery Educations new virtual reality
content, students can explore topics such
as how potential energy is transferred into
to kinetic energy as they ride along with a
pro skateboarder.

EDGENUITY ACQUIRES
COMPASS LEARNING

(www.edgenuity.com)
Edgenuity has acquired education
software provider Compass Learning,
supporting a comprehensive suite of
digital curriculum products. Compass
Learning gives Edgenuity a full K-12
math and ELA curriculum product line,
enabling Edgenuity to meet the growing
demand of school leaders and teachers for

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(www.imperosoftware.com)
Impero
Software
has updated
its keyword
libraries to
include a more comprehensive list of U.S.
specific terms related to bullying, selfharm, radicalization, and more, in order to
alert educators so they can help students
before a tragedy occurs. The updated
library, combined with Impero Education
Pro software, helps teachers monitor and
analyze student activity on school devices.
Imperos keyword library includes terms
such as gkys which is text-speak for go
kill yourself; smack down which is slang
for severely injuring someone in a fight,
and thinspiration, a term often used by
people with eating disorders. The software
also allows for adding new keywords or
phrases so that educators can incorporate
such things as neighborhood-specific gang
references or student nicknames. Students
can also use the software to anonymously
report concerns about themselves or others
to trusted, trained adults.

ITSLEARNING AND GOORU


(www.
itslearning.net)
itslearning
partnered with Gooru, a nonprofit
that provides educators with free open
educational resources (OER). The two
organizations will offer 35 curriculum
courses, backed with assessments,

for grades 6-12 in core subject areas,


including science, mathematics, ELA, and
social studies. Goorus catalog includes
standards-aligned courses, assessments,
and multimedia resources, and has been
vetted by educators and districts. By using
the itslearning platform with Goorus
capabilities, educators and learners can
easily curate publisher, district-developed,
or open education content with standardsaligned instructional support.

JAMF SUPPORT FOR IOS 10


AND MACOS SIERRA

(www.jamfsoftware.com)
JAMF
Software
announced
support
across all
of its products, including Casper Suite
and Bushel, for iOS 10 and macOS
Sierra. Now, institutions will be able to
automatically associate Managed Apple
IDs for simplified app deployment using
Apples Volume Purchase Program (VPP)
with Apple School Manager, as well as
manage Bluetooth settings to ensure
that the Classroom app for teachers
has uninterrupted communication with
student iPads.

KIDS DISCOVER ONLINE

(www.kidsdiscover.com)
Kids Discover, a
provider of science
and social studies
curriculum,
announced that
its interactive
digital library, Kids
Discover Online, now includes custom
assessment capabilities. Kids Discover
Online enables educators to mix and match
material from science and social studies to
facilitate students exploration of big ideas
through cross-curricular learning. The new

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Assessments tool helps teachers create,
distribute, and assess custom quizzes, tests,
and homework assignments directly within
the platform. The tool includes more than
5,000 questions covering more than 1,200
science and social studies topics. Question
types include discussion prompts, short
answer, multiple choice, and true/false.

audio components, video production tools,


computers, and software into learning
environments. The mobile-friendly site
is easy to use and navigate, and includes
access to videos and downloadable lesson
plans withcorresponding assets such as
handouts, worksheets, and music/audio
files.

KORGEDU WEBSITE FOR


EDUCATORS

MASTERTRACK 3.0

(www.education.korg.com)- image in
Dropbox
Korg USA
recently
launched a
new Web site
dedicated for
KorgEDU, the companys educational
division dedicated to helping educators
integrate electronic music instruments,

(www.mastertracksolutions.com)
MasterTrack
Solutions
released the
latest version
of its progress
monitoring tools
to track student mastery in K-8 CCSS for
Math and ELA. MasterTrack 3.0s tools
serve as an early warning system, providing
feedback to principals and teachers that

WHATS NEW

they can use to make course corrections


throughout the school year. Additionally,
MasterTracks monthly coaching helps
elementary school principals collect and
act upon school-wide formative learning
feedback to identify, clarify, and rectify
students skills gaps on the CCSS.

MICROSOFT OFFICE 365


EDUCATION

(www.microsoft.com/o365eduction)
Based on
feedback
from
teachers,
Microsoft
has released
new features of Office 365 Education (free
for teachers and students) for the new
school yearMicrosoft Classroom, School
Data Sync, Microsoft Forms, OneNote

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ink, and Learning Tools. Using these tools,


teachers and students can manage their
class and assignment workflows in a single
experience, receive and directly provide
feedback on assignments, send out quizzes,
and collaborate with colleagues and
students paperlessly.

ONCAMPUS

(www.k12.blackbaud.com/oncampus)
Blackbaud
announced
that its
onCampus LMS is Learning Tools
Interoperability (LTI) certified, giving
users the capability to plug into external
tools that pass through content, roster, and
gradebook information in a standardized
way. By leveraging onCampus LTI
certification, Blackbaud integrates with
Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook
to streamline user experience and save
time for educators. Through these LTI
capabilities, Class Notebook can add to a
variety of onCampus Topics to help create
and share relevant and engaging resources
within the classroom and throughout a
school.

ORMIBOARD

(www.exou.com/products/ormiboard)
EXO U Inc.
recently
introduced
Ormiboard, a
digital learning
environment
that transforms
any device with
any operating system into a whiteboarding
and collaboration tool. Teachers can
migrate existing whiteboard content from
software such as Smart Notebook and
ActivInspire, choose from Ormiboards
ready-made lessons, or create their own
activities, games, and lessons with students
on any device within Ormiboards interface.

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Ormiboards growing library of templates


and searchable content covers all subject
areas and includes quick quizzes, clickand-drag assignments, games, and exams.
Additionally, teachers can fully integrate
Ormiboard with Google Classroom, Google
Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, and other
platforms.

and citation methods; and Plagiarism


Spectrum, an infographic that defines ten
types of plagiarism.

SINGAPORE MATH FACT


FLUENCY

(www.renaissance.com)
Renaissance
has partnered
with ClassLink
to enable OneClick access to Renaissance
solutions. ClassLinks OneClick delivers
single sign-on to cloud-based resources,
such as the Renaissance platform, and to
files, whether they are stored in the cloud,
on a device, or on the school network. The
partnership aims to simplify sign-on for
student and teachers while maintaining
high levels of data security and privacy.

(www.mceducation.us/fact-fluency)
Marshall
Cavendish
Education
released a new
workbook series
for grades K-5,
Singapore Math
Fact Fluency.
Each printformat student
workbook is for one grade level and
supports any math curriculum. Marshall
Cavendishs approach to help students
master fact fluency is based on the idea that
number sense leads to fact fluency, and that
fact fluency and higher-order thinking can
be taught simultaneously.

RETHINK FEEDBACK

SKYWARD AND CLEVER

RENAISSANCE AND
CLASSLINK

(www.turnitin.com)
New resources and
tools in Turnitins
back-to-school
program, Rethink
Feedback, help
K-12 teachers and
higher education
instructors teach
proper methods of attribution and improve
students writing skills. The resources
include In the Loop: Feedback Quiz, a
12-question, online self-teaching tool that
explains how students can get the most
from feedback and how they can respond to
instructor feedback; Feedback that Makes
the Grade, an infographic that offers tips
for high-quality feedback and details how
students use and think about feedback;
Aiming for Integrity Analysis, a report that
covers student perceptions of plagiarism

(www.skyward.com/k-12/partners)
Skyward, a
K-12 school
administrative
software
provider, has
teamed up
with Clever, a platform that simplifies and
secures the integration of student data
exchanged between SIS platforms and
educational applications. Districts using
Clever will be able to access Skywards free
API to complete a data transfer of students
enrolled in their district or select schools.
The information will then integrate, at
the discretion of district administrators,
with authorized educational applications.
Students are then able to use approved
learning apps in the classroom through
Clevers single sign-on, which ensures
student data is kept secure.

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SMITHSONIAN PRIMARY
SOURCES IN U.S. HISTORY

(www.gale.com/smithsonianps)
Gale introduced Smithsonian Primary Sources
in U.S. History, offering access to 1,800 digital
primary sources such as documents, maps,
and historical objects from the Smithsonians
museums and archives, in addition to content
from Gales own collections. These curated
materials are designed to help libraries provide a
one-stop resource to save educators time while satisfying curriculum
requirements and enhancing the study of U.S. history. Smithsonian
Primary Sources in U.S. History is integrated with Google Apps for
Education tools and Microsoft Office 365.

TOSHIBA AMERICA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

(www.business.toshiba.com)
Toshiba America Business Solutions announced the availability of
ten new e-STUDIO MFPs, including six color and four monochrome
models. Advanced software and hardware features enable users
to tackle nearly any print, document management, and workflow

Daisy Chainable HDBaseT Receiver


with IR and RS-232 Control
TM

UHBX-R-XT

application. The models include a multicore Intel Atom processor, a customizable


tablet-style user interface, Embedded
Application Platform, and Dual-Scan
Document Feeder. The latest e-BRIDGE
Next controller, combined with the new
user interface, gives users the flexibility and power to accommodate
their unique workflow needs.

VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

(www.vhslearning.org)
The Virtual High School will pilot three new
courses suitable for ESL students this fall. The
courses were developed in partnership with
CERNET Education and with input from ESL professionals at the
Massachusetts International Academy. The courses are American
Studies, Introduction to Natural Science, and Differential Calculus.

VOTERS ED AND EPALS

(www.secondavenuelearning.com/products/voters-ed)
Cricket Media partnered with Second Avenue
Learning to integrate Voters Ed into one of the
collaborative ePals Global Community Experiences.
The collaborative Global Experiences integrate
educational content from Crickets other readingleveled media products as well as multimedia
resources from experts such as the Smithsonian
Institution. Voters Ed is an interactive product
that helps students worldwide understand the
U.S. Electoral process. The combination of Voters Ed and the
Global Community helps students around the world become more
informed global citizens while practicing skills in communication,
collaboration, and the purposeful use of technology.

YOUCUBED WEEK OF INSPIRATIONAL MATH


LESSONS

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Can relay RS-232 commands on the y, or send commands programmed
in its internal memory
Can detect video and use RS-232 to turn displays on and off automatically

A New Wave in Connectivity

(www.youcubed.org)
To help students in grades K-12 approach
math with creativity and enjoyment, youcubed,
a Stanford University center that provides
research-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics,
released a series of free lessons. The Week of Inspirational Math
lesson series for teachers, parents, and students includes five lessons
that offer students open, rich mathematics experiences that inspire
creative thinking and a growth mindset. Five motivational videos
created by Stanford professor Jo Boaler and her undergraduate
students accompany the lessons.

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Behavior Management lets teachers
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Promethean released
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announcements, and awards with parents
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Learn With Homer
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more robust teacher
and classroom
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the addition of reading lessons on planes,
trains, dinosaurs, giraffes, presidential pets,
and more, and added parental controls.
The company also introduced Learn With
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LEGO MINDSTORMS
EDUCATION EV3

(https://education.lego.com/en-us)
The LEGO
MINDSTORMS
Education EV3 app
is now available for
Chromebooks, enabling
the robotics platform
to reach a larger number of students with
additional mobility and hands-on learning
activities. The free app controls the EV3
programmable Brick using Bluetooth. The
app includes a Get Started lesson plan
along with six tutorials and three design
engineering projects. The functionality
mirrors the experience of the EV3
Programming app for iOS devices.

VISION CLASSROOM
MANAGEMENT FOR
CHROMEBOOKS

(www.netop.com/chrome)
Netop released
the Vision
Classroom
Management app for Chromebooks, a
simple solution to manage a Chromebook
classroom. The app provides real time
views of every student screen on the
teachers computer, and shows every
student action, inside and outside of
the browser window. Teachers can stop
certain activities and freeze computer
screens with a single click. Additionally,
teachers can share their screens on student
Chromebooks, allowing students who
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