Ed News Ticker for December 5th 2011
Announcing LearnBoost Upgrade features!
A new feature enables teachers to upgrade their accounts to admin with just a few clicks. This feature has been demanded by the users of LearnBoost who wanted to share the tool with other teachers in their school.
Source: LearnBoost Blog
Free app set to socialise with public attractions
LearningHunt is a free app that enables visitors of museums, art galleries, zoos and parks to interact with the attractions or vice-versa.
“The app’s unique selling point is its content management system, so a museum for instance can upload its content such as videos, audio, educational quizzes, historical information or factsheets and quixkly turn these into a mobile app and interactive games.”
Worth Ave. Group Launches New “Technology in Education” Grant Giveaway Program Across K-12 Schools Nationwide
Nominations for the grants and prices opened Dec 1st 2011 and will close March 31 2012. All public, private and parochial schools can participate.
The Grand Prize winning school will receive a $25,000 technology grant and the “Best Teacher in America” will receive an iPad 2 in addition to 30 iPod Touch devices for their classroom. As runner-ups, five schools will be awarded $1,000 grants and an iPad2 and to encourage voting, Worth Ave. Group will give an iPad 2 to five random voters and to each individual who referred them. The first 5,000 voters will also receive Worth Ave. Group’s WorthTrack® laptop tracking software — valued at $29.95 each.
iPad puts education at students fingertips
As part of its three year technology plan, the Pittsburg district purchased 200 iPads that are shared between all four elementary schools.
“There are a lot of elementary level applications that you can use,” says Brett Dalton, Public Information Officer for the Pittsburg school district. ”You almost sort of need a different level of education, so we wanted to focus there at the early levels.”
Lakeville schools betting on digital emphasis in classrooms
Superintendent Lisa Snyder calls for a deep commitment to blending technology and learning like a $500,000 initiative to install or improve wireless Internet access in all the district’s buildings in January.
Many educators, including Snyder, believe using technology will translate into better student achievement because the newest devices and applications allow for more personalized instruction that can reach both struggling and accelerated students. She points to new research involving iPads in Chicago Public Schools that show positive results in both test scores and student engagement.
Science Exchange’s Marketplace For Research Facilities Gets A $1.5 Million Boost
Science Exchange launched in August and offers scientists access to experimental service providers across the globe. This way costly experiments can be easily outsourced , saving costs and time.
Late Nite Labs Raises $1.1 Million To Bring Virtual Science Education To Campuses
Late Nite Labs is a web-based educational platform offering over 150 experiment simulations in biology and chemistry labs. Teachers can also create their own customized experiments and courses.