Cool Tool | Schoology

CREDIT SchoologyNew York City-based Schoology—used by seven million users in 60,000 K-12 schools and universities around the world—combines dynamic learning management, an easy-to-use collaborative interface and next-generation API integration into one innovative solution. It transforms learning into a media-rich interactive experience where students, teachers, parents and administrators work together to raise student achievement worldwide. Available as a free stand-alone product and as a fee-based integrated enterprise-class solution deployed in schools or across districts, Schoology is user-centric and scalable for any blended learning environment. Learn more.

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Cool Tool | Conscious Classroom Management LumiBook

CREDIT LumiBook Rick Smith bookLumiBook is an interactive cloud book platform that illuminates learning with a wide variety of resources including text, video, audio files, resource links, file sharing, social media interaction, and more—all made possible by cloud technology. It also allows the author to collaborate with readers in the text, and change or add to the book. For over ten years, Rick Smith’s Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching, 2nd Edition by Rick Smith has been the “go-to” book for creating more positive environments where referrals and suspensions are down and student engagement and teacher satisfaction are up. In this new edition, educators can access all of Rick Smith’s classroom management strategies along with video, rubrics, visuals, and digital tools that allow readers to interact directly with Rick Smith and Grace Dearborn. This LumiBook also includes three new chapters not included in the print book, and the promise of more updates directly by the author as discussions and collaborations unfold. Focused primarily on prevention, the Conscious Classroom Management LumiBook offers practical, easy-to-implement, proactive strategies that teachers can use to build positive connections with students, teach procedures, cultivate consistency, and hold their ground while inviting student cooperation. Read more.


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Cool Tool | Edivate

CREDIT School Improvement Network EdivateEdivate is an intelligent professional learning resource that creates a personalized learning experience for educators, helping them improve their practice and raise student achievement. It offers a personalized experience for every teacher, delivers thousands of the best resources that can be tailored to individual interests and needs, and features a new intuitive and easy to use interface. It makes the complex task of managing system-wide PD simpler. Administrators recommend PD to specific teachers, create online catalogs of professional learning resources and courses for entire schools or districts, or give teachers the ability to create their own PD plans. It is backed by a partnership of long-term support that offers strategic planning workshops, unlimited on-demand training, and ongoing consultation—all from an experienced client success team that gets to know a client’s unique objectives and challenges, and works over the long term to help them achieve their PD goals. Independent research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in Edivate increase student proficiency by an average of 18 percent in a single year compared to neighboring schools. Learn more.

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Cool Tool | Difference Engine

CREDIT Difference EngineIn 2014, Learning Objects, Inc. launched its Difference Engine platform to solve Bloom’s 2-sigma problem by enabling a powerful blend of computer and human tutoring. The platform is fundamentally learning-goal-centric. At any given point in time, the system is aware of each learner’s progress to their goal(s) and provides the next best activity for them and/or guides instructors to do so based on powerful analytics and intuitive dashboards. The system is also built around core IMS standards (including LTI, LTI Outcomes, and QTI) and is proactively working toward supporting Caliper so adopters can readily integrate it with their existing tools and infrastructure. Further, Lumen Learning, powered on their platform, just won a Gates Next Gen Course Grant and the Grand Prize at Educause Startup Alley. Learn more.

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