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Ed-tech product roundup: June

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Summer’s in full swing and ed-tech organizations have been busy releasing a slew of new offerings. Take a look at what SmartBrief on EdTech readers found interesting in this month’s Product Showcase.

IPEVO IW2. The IPEVO IW2 wireless interactive whiteboard system transforms nearly any flat surface into an interactive display. The system retails for $169.00.

Content series: Why gaming matters for education. More than 60% of teachers use games in their instruction, according to survey data from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Education expert Mitch Weisberg discusses how games support pedagogy and drive engagement in this new content series for K-12TechDecisions.

Classroom management for early learning. has partnered with Kaplan to create Classroom Management for Early Learning, a professional learning community for early childhood educators. Membership is free and includes access to a library of resources, webinars and online discussion forums. Members can receive free CE certificates for viewing webinars.

Conference: FlipCon 2015. Educators looking to learn more about flipped learning can register for FlipCon 2015, taking place July 13-15 at Michigan State University. Sessions will cover tools, research and professional development ideas for flipped learning environments. Individuals unable to attend the onsite conference can register for the online event.

Report: State digital learning exemplars. States are developing policies and programs aimed at expanding digital learning opportunities in their schools. This report, by SETDA and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, profiles five states that have created policies designed to drive funding, digital content, human capacity, network infrastructure and data management and privacy. Download the report from SETDA’s website.

i-Ready Diagnostic & InstructionNew lessons in i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction from Curriculum Associates aim to help students in grades 3-5 build close reading habits. The online lessons include activities designed to aid students in synthesizing ideas from multiple sources and develop comprehension in informational and literary texts.

Report: A path to the future: Creating accountability for personalized learning. Personalized learning is gaining momentum in K-12. This report offers recommendations for scaling a personalized learning program while maintaining accountability for outcomes. Among the recommendations made are moving from end-of-year testing to real-time testing within grade levels and allowing states to use more fully adaptive test for accountability.

Webinar: Social & emotional learning curriculum and assessment go hand in hand. Community Unit School District 300 in Illinois has integrated social emotional learning curriculum and assessment into its instruction. This on-demand webcast will discuss how the school implemented the program and what outcomes it’s seen since deployment.

Newsela summer challenge. Students earn badges and sharpen their literacy skills while reading the latest news and feature stories.

Report: Measuring mastery: Best practices for assessment in competency-based education. This report offers tips for designing high-quality assessments for competency-based programs.

TrueConf Server. This video conference platform supports up to 250 participants in multi-point conference.

Book: Vernier Chemistry Investigations. Vernier has released its new AP Chemistry lab book. The book, which comes with 16 inquiry-based lab experiments, leads students through the process of data collection using electronic sensors.

Guide to the E-Rate 2.0. This guide, from SIIA and Funds for Learning, outlines the changes to the E-rate program, including new rules and eligible services, and how these updates influence school technology acquisition and planning. The report (free to SIIA members) and executive summary is available through SIIA’s website.

Center for Student Work. The Center for Student Work, created by Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Expeditionary Learning (EL), is an online resource housing student projects by K-12 students. The site includes videos and written content on various subjects including English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Visual Arts, Health and Wellness, Performing Arts, Social Studies and World Language.

ExacqVision VMS. New video management software from Exacq Technologies enables schools to monitor video, audio and data in real time. Among the features included in the system are two-way audio, notification , interactive mapping and video analytics.

Edsby. Learning management system Edsby now offers authentication with Microsoft Azure Active Directory, OAuth2 protocol