The ed-tech market introduced several new products and services in March. Here’s a quick look at what we featured this month in SmartBrief on EdTech’s weekly Tech Showcase:
Updated reading software supports assessment, progress monitoring
Reading Horizons has updated its platform, Reading Horizons Discovery. The new version features a check-up system to monitor progress, an assessment tool and an iPad app. A free 14-day trial is available through the company’s website.
Students can use cart and track system to explore kinematics, dynamics
Students can use Vernier’s new Dynamics Cart and Track Systems to study kinematics, dynamics, momentum, and energy. The system comes with a track, two carts, an ultra pulley, and all of the necessary attachment accessories.
Mobile app aims to teach young learners about empathy, emotions
Peppy Pals mobile games are designed to teach young learners social and emotional skills. Peppy Pals Farm and Peppy Pals Beach are available for Android and iOS devices. Peppy Pals Reggy’s Play Date is available from the iTunes store.
ClassFlow expands platform with free lessons, resources for students, teachers
Promethean has expanded its ClassFlow platform with several free features and resources for students and teachers. The tool now offers new interactive lessons through its ClassFlow Marketplace, accounts for students and teachers, collaborative lesson building and ClassFlow Desktop, the native app for Windows and Mac OS.
Tips for helping at-risk students gain social-emotional skills
Educators can learn ways to help at-risk students acquire social emotional skills in this free, one-hour webcast sponsored by Presence Learning. Ed Dunkelblau, an expert in social-emotional learning, outlines the skills these students need and why they’re important.
E-book offers tips for inbound marketing at private schools
Private schools can get tips for improving their website presence and inbound marketing efforts in a free e-book from Blackbaud.
Ultra-short-throw projector support student-teacher collaboration
BenQ released the MW883UST, an ultra short-throw projector designed for the K-12 classroom. The unit comes with 3,300 ANSI lumens, 10,000:1 contrast ratio and WXGA resolution. The projector also features tools that let students and teacher interact with and annotate course content.
Resources aim to help schools understand, comply with TCPA regulations
SchoolMessenger has created the TCPA Resource Center, an online portal of materials about the Federal Communications Commission’s rules regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The materials aim to help school districts understand the policy and ensure they are in compliance.
Digital library offers books, video field trips
Reading Rainbow has debuted a digital library for students in elementary school. The library includes fiction and non-fiction titles, video field trips hosted by LeVar Burton and lesson plans.
Software tool lets teachers use video to improve instructional practice
ADVANCEfeedback is a Web-based tool designed to help teachers improve their instruction. The platform lets teachers upload video to the cloud then share that video with coaches and peers for feedback. The tool is accessible from any Web-enabled device.