2016 got off to a fast start in education technology. Here’s a look at products, services and offerings profiled this month in SmartBrief on EdTech’s weekly Tech Showcase, in no particular order:
New course introduces middle school students to coding
Middle-school students learn the basics of coding and application development with Odysseyware’s new course, Principles of Coding. Units include lessons on building games, simulations and mobile applications. The course includes multimedia and interactive elements with each lesson.
Free science workshops to focus on data-collection technologies
Science teachers can participate in free four-hour workshops, presented by Vernier, on integrating data-collection technologies into their science curriculum. Attendees will explore classroom-ready labs and work with trainers on using the devices. A schedule of the cities hosting the workshops is available at Vernier’s website.
Search engine helps users find advice, learning tools
Parents and students looking for learning resources, tutoring help or information about schools and colleges can use a free search engine called Noodle. Users can find articles on various topics, profiles on schools – preschool, K12 and college — and access an online community of experts, among other resources.
Software helps student athletes manage recruiting process
CaptainU is designed to help high-school athletes manage their recruiting experience. The platform let students build profiles, find schools that fit their athletic and academic goals, and create checklists of action items and build relationship with coaches. Students may register for a free or paid plan.
Webinar: How to improve school-parent communication, TCPA compliance
This webinar aims to help schools and districts understand the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Attendees will receive tips and resources on improving parent communication and TCPA compliance. Registration is open now for the February 3 webcast.
MDM tool aims to help teachers manage, control iOS devices
TabPilot is a cloud-based mobile device management solution designed to help teachers and IT staff better manage tablets in the classroom. The solution includes features for managing and distributing apps, setting device restrictions, and locking and freezing student screens, among other capabilities.
Portable document camera offers HD resolution, microscope adapter
Epson’s new portable document camera, the DC-21, comes with a number of features for enhanced experience, including HD 1080p resolution, large imaging sensor, HDMI connectivity for high-definition video and a microscope adapter for sharing images, among others.
Program provides scholarship, coaching support for students with ADHD
Students with ADHD who plan to attend college or vocational training program can apply for the Michael Yesick ADHD Scholarship. Applicants must be under the care of a doctor. Recipients will receive $2,000 and one year of ADHD coaching. Deadline to apply is March 9. Full rules and application are available online.
SchoolMessenger debuts Ecosystem Partner Program
A new initiative from School Messenger, called SchoolMessenger Ecosystem Partner Program, lets companies introduce products directly to districts. Schools can access the system through SchoolMessenger Passport, a free single-sign on solution for districts.
Wireless sensors work with Windows, iOS, Android devices
Pasco Scientific released a line of wireless sensors, designed for K12 science classes. The sensors are compatible with Windows, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as Chromebooks. The sensors and devices pair via Bluetooth.
Podcast: What educators can learn from Hogwarts and Harry Potter
Children’s books experts Cheryl Klein and Pam Allyn discuss the Harry Potter series, why it’s been so successful and the value the books can bring to young readers in this 20-minute podcast.
Safety system detects threats, alerts emergency response teams
Battelle’s SiteGuard system is designed to detect threats, inside and outside of facilities, then send alerts to security, police and emergency-response teams. The system also activates countermeasures and provides security teams with information about the situation.