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Ed-tech product roundup: December

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Every Monday, SmartBrief on EdTech features Product Showcase, a section highlighting new products and services designed to support teaching and learning. We’ve pulled all the solutions together into a product roundup, featured here on our Connected Teaching and Learning blog.

Ed-tech providers didn’t slow down in December, pushing out several new products and services for students and teachers. Take a look at our top picks for the month:

Free 3D printing curriculum. December’s hot item was Stratasys’ free 3D printing curriculum. The 14-week course aims to teach students the basics of personal fabrication. Download the curriculum, including curriculum guide, presentations and 3D models, at Stratasys’ Web site.

Social studies curricula. Pearson launched new social studies programs for middle- and high-school students. The courses, which include American history for middle grades, American government, U.S. history, world history and economics, are available in print, digital and blended-learning format.

‘Think Out Loud’ grant. This new grant, from ABC-Clio, endeavors to support teachers creating interesting learning experiences and boosting student thinking, through the use of digital tools.

Professional development service. Amplify’s professional development platform, called Professional Learning Maps, aims to personalize teacher training. The software solution includes surveys and tools designed to illustrate teachers’ strengths and create training plans tailored to suit their goals

‘Inanimate Alice’ storytelling project. The Bradfield Company released episode five of its “Inanimate Alice” storytelling project. In this new episode of the digital novel, which tells the story of globetrotting 16-year-old Alice who desires to be a game designer, students can engage with Alice’s world and develop their own stories and art.

Skin cancer curriculum. This new course, from the Skin Cancer Foundation, is designed to teach students about the dangers of skin cancer and what they can do to avoid it. The curriculum comes with lessons, quizzes and activities for students in grades 6-12.

Promethean flat panel displays. Promethean added to its line of interactive flat-panel displays this month with the launch of ActivPanel Touch. The 55-inch, 65-inch and 70-inch displays support full high-definition 1080p. The 84-inch unit supports ultra-high-definition 2160p. All four displays come with multiuser capability and integrate with Promethean solutions.

ClearOne PTZ Camera. ClearOne’s new Unite PTZ Camera is designed to support collaborative activities in the classroom. The plug-and-play, high-resolution 1080p60 video camera, designed for medium and large conference rooms, connects to personal computers via USB port, with no need for additional drivers.

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