Cool Tool | Newseum Digital Classroom

CREDIT NewseumThe Newseum Digital Classroom serves to extend and enrich the museum experience. Free for students and teachers, it provides access to those who can’t visit the physical space. For those who can visit the Newseum, the Digital Classroom allows classes to prepare for their visit and continue learning about the exhibits and ideas afterward. In both cases, Digital Classroom resources also support teachers’ curricular requirements and existing lesson plans. This cross-disciplinary resource features interactive timelines, archival videos and downloadable historic front pages. Their unique lenses of historical connections, media literacy and civics frame comprehensive yet flexible lesson plans aligned to national standards, including Common Core Anchor Standards, Common Core Writing for History Standards, NCSS Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Standards for History, and more. Designed for middle, high school and college teachers and students, these lesson plans help students become historians through posing compelling questions, forming hypotheses, evaluating evidence and making projects based on their findings – which they can submit to the Digital Classroom for inclusion in one of the site’s inter actives. More than 12,000 users have registered from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 66 international countries and territories. Learn more.

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Top 100 Companies Transforming Education

etdTOP100coThe editors and advisors of EdTech Digest are developing a compendium of companies serving the education sector to highlight leading innovative technology solution providers intent on transforming education. From small startups to larger, established firms in both K-12 and higher ed—the list will include those involved in adaptive technology, curriculum, administrative, operations, data privacy, security, assessment, communications, hardware, teacher and instructional tools, storage and management, e-learning, gaming, management systems, enterprise, networking, media technologies, mobile learning, and more. To have your company considered for recognition, and for inclusion in special reports, newsletters and editorial content, submit your information here:

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Cool Tool | NumberShire

CREDIT NumberShireHere’s an immersive learning game for web and mobile platforms that teaches critical math concepts to K-2 students, especially those at risk for mathematics difficulties. With a fun, narrative approach, NumberShire engages students. Performance monitoring tools provide data aligned to the Common Core State Standards to support educational decision-making. Built using academic best practices and cutting-edge technology, it emphasizes deep learning with over 12 hours of content. It’s an innovative collaboration between Thought Cycle and the University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching and Learning. In an eight-week pilot study in 26 first grade classrooms, this tool significantly improved students’ mathematics learning. Using rigorous research methods supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse, the pilot study found that students who played it performed better than control students on assessments of critical skills addressed in the Common Core State Standards. Hundreds of kids are playing it and loving it; teachers using it find it to be effective. Says Christie Hoogendoorn, a first-grade teacher Oregon teacher, “After using NumberShire, over 90 percent of my students nailed the district math assessment!” Her class average went up over 20 percent from the fall to the spring. Play it.

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Cool Tool | EduSystem

Here’s a learning management system that provides teachers access to K-12 digital courses for Math, Science, Social Studies (available in Spanish and English) as well as Language Arts courses for Spanish and English. Teachers and students can access content for offline use. Lessons can be downloaded onto each users device. Teachers can easily modify existing lessons or create new ones by incorporating their own (or district-provided) digital resources. Students can download digital lesson and access online assessments on multiple devices as the EduSystem student viewer app is available for both PC and Mac, as well as on tablets (iPad, Android and Windows RT tablets). Their learning management system allows teachers to access content from all grade levels, thus facilitating differentiation and individualized instruction. School administrators are able to view teacher calendars, message enrolled students, and can also manage course enrollment as well as teacher and student user accounts. 
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Cool Tool | Elements from PerkinElmer

The Elements platform provides a cost-effective solution for safe, secure record-keeping that eliminates the need for investment in on-premise infrastructure. Elements is inexpensive, collaborative, social, and adapts to your science. With Elements, users can easily collaborate across organizations. The simplicity and cloud technology offered by Elements transforms how scientists collect and share data and information in the lab and classroom alike, addressing their unique challenges. Built for any science, purpose-built scientific apps allow for quick and easy customization, whether you’re a biologist, chemist, or physicist — you’re covered. Collaboratively speaking, it’s housed in the cloud, and enables users access from anywhere. One can easily invite colleagues to share and promote external collaboration that other environments do not. As for cloud computing, with the Elements, it’s more than technology; this tool provides collaborative opportunities to exchange information and connect with others as your data does not get lost, isolated, destroyed, or compromised; it lasts. Learn more.

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